Erica’s Sweet Tooth turns 3 years old today! And as a celebration I’m launching this brand spanking new blog design made possible by the creative genius of Lindsay from Purr Design. We’ve been working together for the past few months to help make the blog more streamlined, organized, and very pretty too :). I hope you agree that the site has the same fun and cutesy vibe of the former Sweet Tooth, but just modernized a bit with some new features that should make things more user-friendly. Please take some time to explore the new site and enjoy the updated recipe index with pictures, the new recipe features within each post along with a “Print” button, the more prominent search bar and social media buttons, and so much more! I’m still working on manually updating each post (188 in total!) to make sure they all display the fancy new recipe feature but hopefully soon everything will be complete and fully functional. To celebrate all of this, I’ve made some incredibly cute birthday present surprise cookies full of so much color (and candy) so there’s no guessing they’re fit for a special birthday party.
Every year my blogoversary falls just one week shy of my brother’s birthday, so this year I had the cookies serve double duty and also gave them to Scott as an early birthday treat. If you’ve been following this blog from the early days (it was actually my 3rd post ever), you’ll remember the Skittles Cake I made him when he turned 17. He might be a few years older, but he certainly doesn’t love those chewy candies any less. This year I thought of another form to feature his favorite candy in a colorful and festive way. I think by slowly giving him birthday desserts and presents over the next week I’ll eventually come to terms with the fact that he’s turning TWENTY this year. As in 2-0, as in no longer a teenager, no longer a little kid (but still my baby brother of course). Excuse me while I go sob. Or eat my weight in leftover cookie scraps – either one, maybe both!
These cookies might seem complicated, but there’s really not much to them other than a little assembly time. By baking dyed sugar cookie dough in square shapes, I was able to cut out circles in the baked cookies, and then make coordinating stacks so they created little containers for the candy. I used melted white chocolate to help “glue” the layers together, and left the top square loose to make for easy opening. Tied off with Twizzler Pull&Peels, they’re completely edible presents with a sweet surprise inside. Scotty can share these with his friends at his birthday party this week (if he chooses to be so generous) and I get to share them with you today as a blogoversary celebration treat.
One of my favorite things to share on the blog over the past 3 years has been creative recipes that are visually appealing and inspiring, as well as tasty. Some of my favorites that epitomize this would have to be the Tooth Cookies and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Sandwiches. I LOVE having this blog as my creative outlet during this crazy busy time of my life, and the best part is the feedback from all of you. You may not get to taste everything I make, but your 2, 602 comments have certainly kept me motivated. It’s been such a pleasure baking, photographing, and sharing my thoughts with all of you the past 3 years, and I plan to keep this thing going as long as it continues to bring me such joy. Sometimes life gets busy (like leaving for Europe tomorrow, ahem), but I know the hard work I put into this blog is always worth it. Because who else would give you sugar cookies dyed rainbow colors, stacked on top of each other, filled with Skittles, and tied with a Twizzler bow on a Tuesday morning?? It’s a job I don’t take lightly, and I’m SO happy to do it each week!
Birthday Present Surprise Sugar Cookies
Yield: 8 cookie birthday presents
1 batch sugar cookie dough (my favorite recipe found here)
Flour, for dusting
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 large bag of Skittles (or candy of your choice)
1 package of Twizzler Pull&Peels
Prepare sugar cookie dough according to recipe's instructions. Divide finished dough into 5 equal parts and dye each a different color (I chose to go with Skittles colros) - but you could do anything! Wrap each colored dough in a separate sheet of plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
Once dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Roll out dough onto a well-floured surface one color at a time and cut squares out of the dough. You can use a square cookie cutter or ruler to measure out equal pieces. Place cookies 1" apart on the cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are just slightly browned.
Divide your baked cookies into groups that you wish to put together for stacks. I chose to keep my presents 6 cookies high - so for example I put piles of 2 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 green, and 1 purple. The cookies can bake unevenly sometimes, so use a sharp knife to trim any cookies down so they're all the same size in each group.
Use a cookie cutter (doesn't matter if it's square, circle, heart, whatever) to cut holes in all the cookies that will not be on the bottom or top of the present stack (for the example above, leave the red cookies alone).
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Use a toothpick to dab a bit of white chocolate on the bottom of the cookies with holes to help the stacks stay together. Leave the top cookie unattached so it can be easily lifted to reveal the surprise inside.
Fill each "present" with Skittles and tie them off with Twizzlers. I attached the bows to each present with some leftover melted white chocolate.
Happy 3rd Birthday Erica’s Sweet Tooth!
Happy 20th (omg definitely still not used to that yet) Birthday Scotty!