Finding Dory

If you have a birthday coming up, we think you will love our Finding Dory cookies! Freshly made and with the option of gluten free, you can’t go wrong! 13 years after the release of Finding Nemo, we got to experience the awesome classic all over again with exciting new twists!

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It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas!

A Charlie Brown isn’t only on ABC this year! The Little Baker has just released her new Christmas Design that includes all the favorites! Charlie, Lucy, Woodstock, and Snoopy! Complete with Snoopy laying on top of his red dog house covered in lights! Each of the designs [besides snoopy house] are done on ornament cookies to further enhance the feeling of Christmas this holiday season! These are some of the cutest designs yet!fullsizeoutput_525d.jpeg

Must Have Baking Tools For The Stay-At-Home Baker

I know what you’re thinking…I have the basics: measuring spoons, measuring cups, mixing bowls…what more could I need? Well here’s just a few must have baking tools that may save your life in ways you didn’t know it needed to be saved.

1. Silicone Baking Mats

Of all the baking tools on the market this has to be my favorite. Not just for it’s functionality but for it’s ingenuity as well. Silicone baking mats function just like any old parchment paper would; they provide a hassle free non-stick surface for your baking sheets. The upside to silicone baking mats however, is that they’re reusable! From now on your cookies will taste a little bit better knowing they were baked on an eco friendly surface. Say goodbye to paper waste and hello to reusable non stick surfaces!

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2. Cookie Scoop

The cookie scoop- a simple yet must have baking tool in the kitchen. Say hello to the perfect cookies! Coat with a little non-stick cooking spray or or butter for a smoother scooping surface.

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3. Angled Measuring Cups

You may think your ordinary measuring cups are doing the job, but measuring liquids just got so much easier! With angled measuring cups there’s no need to squat down to eye level anymore. These measuring cups have measuring marks inside the cup so you can see just how much liquid you’re pouring as you’re pouring it. These cups come not only in different cup measurement sizes, but in tablespoon and teaspoon measurement sizes as well.

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4. Cooling Racks

Cooling racks in my opinion are one of the most underrated cooking tools out there and it’s function is pretty self explanatory. Cooling racks allow your baked goods to cool faster and more even, since the bottom is exposed to air. It’s simple math really, the faster and more even your baked goods cool, the sooner you can enjoy them making this kitchen tool an obvious must have!

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5. Pastry Blender

For those of you out there who prefer baking breads to sweets, you know that in most cases it’s all about the butter. When you’re looking for a flaky crust the key is those cold small lumps of butter in the dough. This can be hard to achieve when working with a mixer if the dough is blended too well. Using your hands also poses a challenge because your body heat will only warm the butter. A pastry blender is the perfect solution; allowing you to cut your butter into the dough while still maintaining those cold little butter lumps essential to your flaky crust.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

We’ve all started to unravel the lights, attempt to make our tree look perfect, rave over the latest Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, make travel plans, and buy all the best holiday candles to fill our senses with this year’s most fragrant aromas. Santa is coming soon, and The Little Baker has great news! If you’re planning to have a party this Holiday season, indulge in some of our fresh and eye-popping/mouth-watering/mildly-addictive Santa cookies!

Santa has been around for as long as we can remember, and if you don’t want to be on the “Naughty List,” consider bringing these delightful cookies for a tasteful treat to share with guest at events, parties, family meals, and maybe even your own pantry! Happy Holidays from The Little Baker!

Click here to see the history of Santa!

 

 

The History of Wedding Cakes…

Wedding cakes have been a part of the wedding planning process for years, but date back to the mid-17th century.  During this era wedding cakes were known as the “bride’s pie”.  These pies were presented to brides for them to place a glass ring in them.  Everyone in attendance were expected to eat the dessert, as it was rude if they did not, and the young woman who found the ring was said to be the next married.  Similar to today’s bouquet toss.

wedding-brides-pie-old-traditionsEventually, the pie turned into cake that was normally fruit based and became the wedding cake we have today.  They also started to be covered in white icing as a sign of purity and virginity.  The white icing became known as royal icing after Queen Victoria used the white icing to decorate their cake.

There were many traditions that involved the earlier versions of cake too.  The women of Ancient Rome had bread broken over their heads.  This symbolized good fortune for the couple.  Cakes were stacked as high as they possibly could be for the groom and bride to stand and kiss over in Medieval England.  If they were able to kiss it meant that had a prosperous future.  8c9c84cb8616010f1b31bad8063e9794

Our cake today became mainstream in 1882 thanks to Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany.  His wedding was the first time the cake was fully edible.  Wedding cakes did not have pillars or things between the tiers until around 1902.  Normally covered in white icing the pillars symbolized prosperity and served as a status symbol for the wealthy part of society.  

Wedding cakes also served as the center of superstition at weddings and still do today.  Traditionally, in American weddings young women were invited to pull ribbons that were attached to the bottom layer of the cake.  Only one ribbon contained a charm or ring and whoever got the charm would be the next person to marry.  In other countries, like Rome, the wedding cake was broken over the bride’s head to ensure fertility and bring good fortune to the couple.  Some people today think that eating the crumbs of the wedding cake will give them good luck because the wedding cake symbolizes happiness and good life to the newlywed couple.

Wedding cakes have a rich and tasty history and are continuing to change and modernize.  Make our wedding cakes a part of your memorable day!!13886500_1761114564108723_5185750546091900456_n14900594_1796126500607529_3113002419380201199_n

Time Lapse

The Little Baker wanted everyone to be able to get a glimpse into the world of cookies.  The process and layering that goes into each and every cookies. So a time lapses has been made showing the process of one of the recent cookie designs that The Little Baker has made, but there are more to come!

 

Thanksgiving Treats Your Guests Will Gobble Up!

The biggest dinner of the year should not end with just turkey and stuffing. So The Little Baker is going help you out with some suggestions for Thanksgiving desserts.

Although pie is an iconic part of the holiday menu, the same old thing every year can get boring. Pie once offered bakers a practical way to bake and store all kinds of perishable foods: fruits, vegetables, berries, custards, etc. And actually, pie wasn’t even invented in America! Ancient Egyptians should be receiving all the credit. But here in America, we just so happen to embrace pie like no other.

So if you like having your pie at Thanksgiving dinner, by no means, have pie. But consider giving these holiday tarts and cakes a glance to add to your feast. Recommended by The Little Baker!

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  2. Pumpkin S’mores Tart howsweeteats
  3. Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake lifeloveandsugar
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  6. Cranberry Apple Upside-Down Cake sallysbakingaddiction
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  8. Pumpkin Roll gimmesomeoven
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  10. Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Frosting aspicyperspective

Don’t they all sound delicious? Celebrate this holiday with a bountiful harvest! And don’t hesitate to order some of The Little Baker’s cookies for your Thanksgiving dinner too!

 

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The Royal Icing Recipe That’ll Make Your Cookies Look Fit For a Queen

Ever wonder what it takes to give your cookies that professionally piped look? Well, it’s all about the icing! No matter your piping level, whether beginner or expert, the wrong icing will make anyone’s cookie look a mess! Here’s a recipe for the perfect royal icing to get you piping like a pro: Royal Icing Recipe.

For different consistencies, simply adjust the amount of water you add to the mixture. To give your icing a pop of color, it’s highly recommended that you use gel or powder coloring as to not effect the texture of the mixture. Don’t be afraid to test your mixture on a piece of parchment first.

Now that you’ve got your royal icing ready to go, put it in a bag and get to piping! With the holidays just around the corner this is the perfect time to put your recipe to work. Break out some festive cookie cutters and start creating! Let your royally iced cookies be the highlight of your dessert table at the next holiday party. With thanksgiving just around the corner, this recipe will definitely give you something to be thankful for!

Here’s a look at some of our cookies available for purchase this Thanksgiving season:

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The Best Tips for Baking

Ever in the mood for a warm, home-made chocolate chip cookie? You find all the ingredients in the pantry and cabinets, and you’re ready to get started! But as the smell of cookie dough baking in the oven fills the house, you sneak a peek just to find the cookies you’ve been craving aren’t what you whipped up. Are they too squishy? Too flat? Crunchy? Not chewy enough? Well those days are over! The Little Baker is going to spill the secrets in baking the BEST batch of cookies your taste buds desire.

There is a chemistry to baking, as there is to practically every other food. But today we’re going to focus on the chemistry of your preferred cookie. It’s rather simple. The texture to a cookie reflects the amount of sugar, fat, and flour. As well as baking temperature and time. For this first try, we’ll be borrowing King Arthur Flour’s recipe.

Now, if your favorite cookie is crispy around the edges with a soft center, follow the recipe as it says to. If you like crunchy cookies:

·        Substitute the brown sugar with 2/3 cup of granulated sugar

·        Substitute the butter with ½ cup of vegetable shortening

·        And bake for 23 minutes at 325°F

To make thin, crispy cookies:

·        Substitute the brown sugar with 2/3 cup of granulated sugar

·        Substitute the vegetable shortening with ½ cup of butter

·        Bake for 30 minutes at 325°F

Lastly (and my personal favorite), soft and chewy cookies:

·        Substitute the brown sugar AND the granulated sugar with 1 cup of brown sugar

·        Substitute the vegetable shortening with ½ cup of butter

·        Bake for 14 minutes and 325°F

And there you go! Mystery solved! Now go put your skills to work! And don’t forget to check out The Little Baker’s specialty cookies! Available in many different flavors!

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Happy Halloween… El Día De Los Muertos!

Happy Halloween from The Little Baker! 😉

We hope your holiday is full of sweet treats, funny frights, and many memories!

Halloween has been a huge past time for the United States and profitable for the candy companies! Our holiday is based on El Día de Los Muertos. This day is meant to celebrate your ancestors and life. Their holiday is plentiful with celebrations, family, costumes, libations, and food.

In the U.S. our candy is a substitute for El Día de Los Muertos sweet treats.

On October 31st, people enjoy Pan de Muerto. It’s a sweet, egg-rich bread referred to as the “bread of the dead” and children enjoy sugar skulls. That’s right they’re not just Halloween costumes!

Chocolate and Pumpkin candy are also pivotal in their consumption of alcohol. These ingredients often appear in their cocktails during the holiday.

Their holiday isn’t too different from ours, but they enjoy their sweets differently. This Halloween be brave and try the Pan de Muerto. Find the recipe here!

As the holiday season continues don’t forget to make our sweet treats a part of your day!

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Happy Halloween!! Boo!!