Mardi Gras Treats

Treat yourself this Tuesday– no need to be in NOLA to celebrate Mardi Gras!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows
  • Purple candy melts
  • Star shaped silicone mold (optional)
  • Green, gold and purple sugar pearls
  • Green, gold and purple sprinkles

Mardi Gras Treats

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until they’re melted and combined.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and add it to cereal until it’s evenly coated.
  4. Coat a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray, pressing mixture evenly into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into small rectangles.
  6. Melt purple candy according to instructions and pour into molds.
  7. Reserving half, dip the treats into the melted candy, as much or as little as you’d like.
  8. Decorate using the cooled star candies, sugar pearls and sprinkles.

Mardi Gras Treats

 

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Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

Kristen Lauterbach, our very own Associate Manager of Business Strategies, just started her very own sweets biz! Get to know the #AerieREAL girl behind Gimme Some Sugar Cookie, then get baking with her U-Day cookie recipe below.

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

When did you first start baking?

KL: I started baking about 4 years ago for my friends & family only. It was a guarantee that the dessert table for any holiday would have some type of treat made by me.

What inspired you to start Gimme Some Sugar Cookie?

KL: First off, I love finding any and all creative outlets; having the opportunity to make something special for someone that brings them joy is the ultimate gift!! I thrive off those moments when people see their cookies for the first time! I started Gimme Some Sugar Cookie to hopefully give me many more of those moments in the future!

What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business?

KL: The #1 thing I would say is make sure you absolutely LOVE whatever your business is. This is a serious undertaking that takes MANYYYY hours out of your day so it should be something you get joy out of doing! If you don’t LOVE it then you haven’t found the right business just yet!

How will you be celebrating U-Day?

KL: I will be celebrating U-Day by continuing to challenge myself to take risks because that is truly when you learn exactly what you’re capable of!

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (makes the flavor amazing!)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Royal Icing

  • 3 tbsp. 4oz. meringue powder
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 tbsp. spoons warm water

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter in a large bowl until it is creamy and smooth (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat at a high speed until it’s light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat on high until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer to low and add about half of the flour mixture. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until combined.Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to about 1/4″ thickness.
  5. Stack the pieces (with parchment paper) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. If chilling for more than a couple hours, cover the top dough piece with a single piece of parchment paper.
  6. Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F . Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The amount of batches will depend on how large/small you cut your cookies.
  7. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.
  8. Bake for 8-11 minutes until very lightly colored on top and around the edges, rotating the baking sheet halfway through bake time. My cookies typically take 9 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. I always let mine cool overnight, just to be sure.Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!
  10. Make the icing (I doubled the frosting recipe to frost a majority of my cookies): beat all icing ingredients until icing forms peaks (7 minutes at low speed with heavy-duty mixer). Once it reaches your preferred consistency, separate and color in bowls with food coloring.
  11. Decorate with filled piping bags. 
  12. Once the icing has set, these cookies are great for gifts, sending or munching on right away. I find they stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature.
    Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

In NYC this weekend? Meet Kristen and sample Gimme Some Sugar Cookie at our SoHo pop-up on Saturday, 2.11! To see more of her amazing cookie creations and find out how to order your own, follow her on Instagram.

Gimme Some Sugar Cookies For U-Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

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Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

Be the best you with these healthy cranberry almond granola bars. Packed with protein and vitamins, these energy-boosting snacks will keep you feeling satisfied and full of pep for yoga class, work or whatever comes your way!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups whole almonds, roasted or raw
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. hemp seeds*
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

*Optional, may substitute chia or flax seeds

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line an 8×8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine brown rice syrup, honey and vanilla over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until temperature reaches 260°.
  5. Pour it over dry mixture, stirring quickly to coat all ingredients evenly.
  6. Quickly pour mixture into a lined baking sheet, pressing firmly into an even layer.
  7. Let bars cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes), then lift parchment paper from dish.
  8. On a cutting board, cut the form into bars.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
  10. ENJOY!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

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Power Up Smoothie Recipe

Power up your winter with a fruity smoothie! This bright drink is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, aka all the good stuff you need for a healthy start to your year.

Power Up Smoothie Recipe
 
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk or juice of your choice

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Let frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes
  2. Place it into blender and add kiwi and almond milk or juice
  3. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency
  4. Garnish with more fruit
  5. ENJOY!

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

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Mocha Peppermint Holiday Cookies

These festive cookies are a must for cookie swaps, parties or for keeping all to yourself!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp espresso powder or 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chopped white chocolate
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until it’s creamy and smooth.
  2. Add both types of sugar and continue to beat on a medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Turn up to high speed, and mix in egg, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix at a slow speed until completely combined.
  6. Continue to beat on high and add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill for at least three hours or overnight.
  8. Remove cookie dough and bring to room temperature.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Roll dough into small balls and place onto lined baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes on the sheet.
  12. Melt white chocolate (make sure you don’t burn it!)
  13. Dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  14. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle crushed candy canes onto each cookie.
  15. Place in the refrigerator to help chocolate set completely.
  16. Enjoy!

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