Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sweet Spring Sandwich Cookies, and Food Blogger Bake Sale



So I have been thinking about cookies a lot.  Well actually not just cookies, I have been thinking about candies, and marshmallows, and cupcakes... really all sorts of baked goods and treats.  I have had cookies on the brain because I have been brainstorming what would be the perfect cookie to have at a bake sale.  




The Food Blogger Bake Sale is a national event that was started last year by Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking to benefit Share Our Strength and their efforts to end childhood hunger.  Check out the Share our Strength website for more information on this cause, and to see how last year's bake sales across the country raised more than $1 million dollars.  


This year, the Food Blogger Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, May 14th in cities all across the country.  If you don't live in the greater San Diego area, visit Gaby's site for a list of cities and states that are hosting bake sales to find a location near you.  If you are lucky enough to live in sunny San Diego, then you can come satiate your sweet tooth and support the cause by coming to our Bake Sale!


The San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale is organized by my lovely friend Marie of Meandering Eats, and a whole bunch of other amazing food bloggers are participating.  Due to a previously planned event, my smiling face won't be there to greet you, BUT I will be sending delicious baked goodies to the sale.  After hearing all the treats other bakers will be making, trust me - You do not want to miss this.  So here are the details: 


Date:
Saturday, May 14th 2011

Time:
10AM-2PM

Place: 
Great News! Discount Cookware and School
Pacific Plaza
1788 Garnet Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109


What to bring:
A smile!
Dollar bills - all treats will be priced on the dollar! 

Hope you can make it to the event, if you have any pertinent questions or would like to participate or donate, don't hesitate to contact me directly by email.



So obviously I was thinking of baking these lovely Sweet Spring Creme Sandwiches cookies for the bake sale, because they are delicious, have a bright lemon flavor and a happy yellow face.  The basic recipe for the cookies is my Grandmother's spritz recipe, which I usually only make at Christmas.  I had an epiphany last week when I realized these spritz cookies would be perfect for spring topped with a little yellow or lavender sanding sugar - filled with light lemon creme they transform from a holiday treat into beautiful spring blossoms.

So I think I am set on making these, but what else should I make?  Tell me, what cookies, candies, or other baked goods would you like to see at the bake sale? 


One year ago: Ginger Spice Cookies
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Sweet Spring Creme Sandwich Cookies

Find the cookie recipe here - My Grandma's Spritz Cookies.  

Creme Filling (similar to Oreo Creme Filling)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 tsp lemon extract

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the vegetable shortening and the unsalted butter.  Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon extract and blend until creamy.  (Or, if you don't have a stand mixer, you can mix all the ingredients together by hand.  Mix until smooth.)

To fill the cookies, add the filling to a pastry bag without a tip (or use a ziplock bag with the end cut off) and pipe out filling onto the center of one cookie, then top with a second cookie, pressing down to spread filling.  Serve immediately, or store refrigerated.  

36 comments:

  1. Pretty, lemony and spring - that sure is a killer combo. Best of luck at the sale. I'm sure it going to be loved!

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  2. These are so pretty and delicate, I'm sure they will be a hit, what about a chocolate version of these too?

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  3. So cute and delicious looking!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. Homemade honey jumbles. Do you have honey jumbles in the States? They're an Australian icon- soft gingerbread cookies, long and thin (like langues de chat) but with a hardened pink or white icing. Very kid friendly and fun.

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  5. These look gorgeous! So pretty, love the photos too :)

    La Roquette

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  6. Oooh, I'd bid on those! YUM!

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  7. That is such a nice event! I wish I lived there to take part in it, too.
    Lovely cookies! Beautiful photos!

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  8. Great cause! I will look to see if there is a bake sale near me.

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  9. Is there a way I can click my heels together and fly from Boston to San Diego on May 14 for a shot at these sweet creme sandwich cookies?

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  10. These are simply works of art! Too pretty to eat (well, maybe not!)

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  11. What perfectly beautiful little cookies! Love the photos, too! Agree with Sylvie that a chocolate version would be great too.

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  12. Great idea! Those sweet little flower cookies look almost too pretty to eat. :)

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  13. These are gorgeous! And with a lemony flavor? I'm sold!

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  14. These are just lovely! And the shots are beautiful!

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  15. I want this smothered and covered in REAL frosting...I cant bake for it, but will surely bring my daughter to eat my way through it!

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  16. Cookies are always perfect for a bake sale but these ones look perfect for really any moment! I haven't made cookies in a long time. I wonder why sometimes we tend to neglect the best treats.

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  17. So beautiful! And I am in San Diego and doing the bake sale too..unfort not working it b/c we are leaving for a trip but I will be dropping off goodies a day early with Marie. Wish I could meet you and please, keep in touch!!

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  18. OOhh!! I remember reading about your Grandma's recipe, these will be special!
    Bummed you won't be there, I was looking forward to meeting you, we will have to work on something this summer!

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  19. This reminds me that I really need a spritz cookie press before Christmas this year! These sound fabulous and I love the idea of the bake sale you're participating in.. I wish I lived closer to SD!

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  20. as pretty as daisies. beautiful shots

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  21. Looking forward to doing the bakesale with you and having the opportunity to meet other San Diego bloggers! The cookies are beautiful and sound very tasty -- they'd be a big hit.

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  22. Aren't these lovely! What a gorgeous spring cookie for a good cause. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Those are just as lovely as cookies could get!

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  24. Soooo very pretty!
    I will have to check out the other cities for the bake sale. I'd really like to be a part of that somehow....

    I'm also stopping by to say that I'm passing on a couple blog awards to you! Just go to my site to claim them and then pass them on to other worthy bloggers!
    I love your site, your recipes and your photography! You've been an inspiration to me as very new foodie/blogger. And for that, I wanted to say "Thanks."
    --Shelley
    http://www.inthelandofspice.com/spiceblog/spiceblog/Entries/2011/4/27_Blog_Award_%26_Banana_Oatmeal_Bread.html

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  25. A great event and I just love these sandwich cookies...so pretty :)

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  26. Hi!! Awesome looking cookies and cocktail. Your pictures are always absooolutely stunning! I'm joining the bake sale too, so look forward to meeting you! :)

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  27. You just gave me a great idea for my birthday! My friend are coming to the apartment for rent in Buenos Aires where I live in Argentina, and I wanted to cook something original.. thanks a lot for showing this Sandwich Cookies!

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  28. Hi! Just stumbled upon you here actually! Love the lemon creme filling! I heart anything lemon!!

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  29. So adorable!! Love these cookies. Made few batches similar butter cookies during the holidays. Wonderful cause!! Shulie

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  30. Great cookies information. Thanks for sharing great information with us on baking cookies.

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  31. These cookies are so adorable! I think you should consider entering your recipe on Instructables.com. There is a Cookie contest ending tomorrow night that I think it would be perfect for! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  32. Baking soda increases browning significantly, and if used at too high a level, it leaves a distance salty-chemical off flavor. Too much baking soda also causes eggs in baked goods to turn grayish green.

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