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!

 

 

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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  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 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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The History of Cupcakes!

Just about every event with friends and family will feature cupcakes. Weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, baby showers, gender-reveal parties, bridal showers, work parties, or any other type of celebration will showcase miniature cakes that are beautiful, scrumptious, and arguably addictive.

So who was the genius who is credited for the innovative treat? Amelia Simmons, back in 1796 described the baked good as, “a light cake to bake in small cups.” She wrote the first known cookbook titled, “American Cookery,” and now there are only four copies of the original book in existence.

The name is derived from little cakes that were baked in pottery cups (or “teacup” size). There was also the term “cup cake” that described a cake measured by a standardized cup rather than a cake that weighed its ingredients. Pound cakes are a great example of the original “weighted cake,” because bakers would literally use a pound of sugar, butter, flour, and eggs.

Later on, cakes were measured by volume instead, and were widely known to be lighter, less rich, and less expensive than the traditional pound cake. “Cup cakes” actually revolutionized baking because many households treasure their measuring cups and measuring spoons!

Let’s all say a big thanks to our girl, Amelia, for giving us the gift of cupcakes that we all love and cherish! The Little Baker appreciates the hard work of the fist bakers, and we try our best to provide extensive choices varying from design, to flavor, to the basic-core ingredients (gluten-free). We always appreciate a new challenge and are willing to do whatever it takes to satisfy our cupcake-loving customers!

 

PS: Don’t forget to try our new Pumpkin Cupcakes for Fall!

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Expanding the Product Line

The Little Baker is in the process of expanding her gluten free product line. Right now the only gluten free products available are a gluten free vanilla cupcake and a gluten free chocolate cupcake. However, there have been a ton of questions about gluten free cookies. Cookies are one of The Little Baker’s biggest products. She sells over 100 cookies a week doing it by herself out of her home. On top of these there is usually at least one order for a large cake per weekend too. So seeing as the Little Baker’s custom cookies are a huge seller, it would only make sense to expand this to include a gluten free version and be able to sell to a whole new market. The issue is that certain products don’t react well to gluten free flour. Gluten free flour has a tendency to make things crumbly and dry. With cakes this can be compensated for by adding more butter or sour cream to counteract the dryness of the gluten free flour because changing the consistency just a little, doesn’t have much of an affect. But for cutout cookies, if you had more liquid, now your dough is too wet and you can’t roll it out or it spreads when you bake it and loses it’s shape. But without the extra fat in the recipe the cookies will have a tendency to crumple or fall apart because of the dryness of the gluten free flour. So creating a happy medium is difficult. But based on the amount on inquiries for this product, the little baker is continuing to try to alter the recipe to achieve a good gluten free cookie that keeps the quality of the regular cookies and it will be coming soon.

Gluten Free #thestruggle

Have you ever considered what it would be like to completely cut out a vital ingredient in your favorite foods? Let’s say, for example, that you love Chicken Pot Pie, but you can’t actually include chicken in the meal… Okay, so maybe you can come up with a great substitute, right? Let’s just say, for instance, you try to use turkey as your substitute; however, your mission fails, as turkey is amongst the many things that you simply cannot eat due to health restrictions.
Maybe this example is a bite (I mean bit, cheesy right? Oh wait, that’s food too-dangit), a bit extreme, but what if you were forced to read the ingredients every time you went grocery shopping?! What if you constantly had to spend extra time in the kitchen just to suffice your basic needs- GOOD FOOD! What if you had to consider substitutes for countless-classic dishes that you just wanted to sit down and devour? What if you went out to dinner, but the menu suddenly shrunk from 15 options, to 5? What if you went to a friend’s house for a meal, but had to put in a special request in advance for your plate to even be edible? What if.. You were gluten-free?
I can’t relate personally, but I know it is a growing concern in today’s culture, and also for those who suffer from Celiac disease. The Little Baker came across a few laughable moments we would like to share with our GF fans and customers. We are constantly working to satisfy the needs of every customer, and we proudly offer many gluten-free options that taste equally as delicious as all our other products! Check out what BuzzFeed has to say about the GF struggle here!

P.S. Maybe GF has it’s benefits? Check out this link to see some other tasteful (I did it again) reasons to join the GF lifestyle! To all our awesome followers, please feel free to keep us updated on your thoughts, ideas, and feedback!