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.

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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

What’s your go-to health snack? Comment below and tell us!

 
 

 
 

 

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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

What are your favorite smoothie combinations? Comment and tell us below!
 

 

 
 

 

 

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How To: Cranberry Apple Cider

Forget the PSL, it’s all about the CAC! Cranberry Apple Cider is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 qt. sparkling apple cider
  • 1 qt. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Sparkling water to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup diced red apple cubes
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher or carafe, combine equal parts sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice.
  2. Add in the honey and stir until completely mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of sparkling water over the cider.
  4. Top with diced apple cubes and fresh cranberries.
  5. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. ENJOY!

 

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Comment below to tell us your favorite holiday drink!

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How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year again! Time for everyone’s favorite seasonal coffee drink – the PSL! Our Pumpkin Spice Latte is not only easy to make, but tasty to drink. This recipe combines a pumpkin spice reduction that you can store and use in not only lattes, but iced coffees, shakes, and more.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

LATTE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 shot of hot coffee (strongly brewed)
  • 3/4 cup of  milk

PUMPKIN SPICE REDUCTION INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

TOPPINGS:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Ground Cinnamon

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make pumpkin spice reduction, combine all ingredients, sans vanilla, in a small saucepan over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low. Let the reduction simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  3. While mixture is simmering, steam 3/4 cup of milk & combine with coffee.
  4. Remove pumpkin spice reduction from heat & add in vanilla extract.
  5. Combine pumpkin spice reduction with latte, stirring to mix all ingredients evenly.
  6. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and ground cinnamon to taste.
  7. Store any leftover reduction in the refrigerator for up to a week, using in more lattes or as you see fit.
  8. ENJOY!

BONUS: Coat the rim of your glass with caramel sauce and dip into either pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, brown sugar (or a combination of the three!) to add a hint of sweetness, additional flavor, & a touch of style.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

Are you a seasonal pumpkin spice lover, or do you enjoy the yummy flavor year-round? Comment below to tell us how you take your PSL!

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3 Ways to Make S’mores with a Twist

We’re celebrating National S’mores Day with some fun twists on the classic dessert! Check out our three favorite recipes below. 3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

Grilled Peach and Honey Nutella

  1. Slice a peach into halves or quarters
  2. Grill the peach slices and marshmallow on your stove top or outdoor fire until brown
  3. Mix a tablespoon of nutella with a teaspoon of honey
  4. Place grilled peach, marshmallow and honey nutella spread on a chocolate graham cracker. Enjoy!

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

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White Chocolate Bacon

  1. Sprinkle brown sugar on 2-3 slices of bacon and place in oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  2. Place white chocolate chips in microwave until melted
  3. Drizzle white chocolate onto bacon (and graham cracker, too!)
  4. Sprinkle cayenne over chocolate covered bacon
  5. Add roasted marshmallow, graham cracker and enjoy!

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist Peanut Butter Banana

  1. Slice banana into chips or halves
  2. Roast marshmallow over stove top or outdoor fire until brown
  3. Place sliced banana and marshmallow on a graham cracker. Enjoy!

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Happy National S’mores Day, Aerie girls! xo

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