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3 Hair Raising Reads You Need Now

New Spooky Books to Shelf this Season Boo La La, that Hocus Pocus time to read is here! The daily anticipation for Halloween makes me crave candy corn minute by minute….I pretty much can’t take it anymore. With only 2 more weeks to squeeze in monster themed baked goods and ghoulish hay rides with friends, limited time remains to get your creepy reads in for the season. Here are 3 books you NEED for all the goosebumpish vibes of mystery. I find reading with the lights on a good idea if your arm hair prickles easily…

The Sugar Cookie Experiment: Recipe #1

The Sugar Cookie Experiment Recipe #1: Grandma DeMayo’s Sugar Cookie Labor Day was this past week, which means summer is now waving goodbye and fall is smugly grinning hello. Meanwhile, I began my hunt for the sugar cookie recipe that tops the rest with my 8 weeks of baking, known as the Sugar Cookie Experiment. In my baking files, aka my kitchen drawer, I hold several recipes, which have been shared with me by loved ones and friends, as well as, a few famous renowned recipes that I’m hoping live up to their hype. Get your…

The Sugar Cookie Experiment

The Sugar Cookie Experiment 8 Weeks of the Sugar Cookie   Holidays are fast approaching! Somehow. I don’t know how. But, what I really feel is…. WEE! Overexplosive joy for the best time of year, baking season! Specifically, cookie season! More specifically, sugar cookie season. This year, I will start and finish my quest to bake and hail thee most perfect SUGAR COOKIE recipe (of all time). Shish Boom Bah! Back to the Beginning If you know me, then you know I am consistently baking and taste testing various types of sugar cookies. If you live in…

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give By: Angie Thomas This may not be your typical cozy wozy read to traditionally find on The Book Cookie. However, this novel, like chocolate chip cookies in the summer, I simply couldn’t get enough of! Several of my friends referred me to this read, explaining its relation to current societal events, specifically activism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, Book Cookies need to keep up with the times too and Angie Thomas rounds all bases of a perfect home run contemporary novel. She shares a story of family, bravery, current events, romance, and…

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han My first summer-fun read of the season is complete. Another charming series weaved and buried in the soft spot of our hearts. Reserved for the summer days of weightless thoughts and nostalgic teen memories, Jenny Han tells the story of fifteen-year-old Belly Conklin and her life changing summer. Belly’s annual trip with her family at Cousins beach is different this year than any other when she is reunited with the Fisher boys and their mother Susannah. It’s the first summer the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah, have…

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology By Murray Lee An Anthology of short stories composed with heartfelt emotion, Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology is a simple collection of life lessons, fit for the reader who loves to reflect. It’s impossible to read this book and not instantly feel nostalgic towards the times of your youth. Through 6 various stories, we coast up and down a wave of perspective in numerous settings, with each character sharing a piece of themselves and how surfing has been a part of their lives. We journey with individuals who are…

Basket of Books

Hi Bookies, Hop Hop Hop little Bunnies! While most of the country is still bundled in blankets and cat stretching after long naps, us west coast dreamers are prancing in poppy-filled hills and using our books as shields from the sun. New Releases and Book Festivals are upon us, which means……time to fill our Easter Baskets with fresh reads! (For the YA or Adult-Fiction fans in our lives). Here are new treasured releases to keep your heart glowing all spring long! Young Adult Strange the Dreamer (March 28) Alex, Approximately (April 2) The Sacrifice of…

Lara Jean’s Snickerdoodles

Autumn fills my heart with anticipation and warmth every year. It’s the start of tooooooooooo many of my favorite things! Such as: baking season, football games, leaf colors of the softest hues, new book clubs, a penciled in calendar which overflows with pre- planning holiday activities galore, an official one-month countdown to my Birthday (October 3rd, wee!) and…. the pumpkin spice flavored…..everything. So, of course, when I bake coziness into my schedule this fall, I think of the perfect light-hearted books to become secretly obsessed with and the best cookies to pair with…

Top 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Just Because” you don’t EVER need a reason to bake America’s favorite cookie! I find hope of all seasons (and stressful situations) in the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Maybe you’re alone and want some comfort……… just look to the CC cookie. Maybe you just had your heart broken…..or had it put together again and feel like doing pirouettes in place………look to the cookie! Bake sale? Sleepover with besties, movie night, one hour alone with your new BOOK!? Look to the Cookie! I love CC…

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Royal Icing in 5 Steps

Royal Icing 101 Nutmeg, Pumpkin spice, homemade pie, and fluttering leaves, are just a few of my favorite things about autumn. So what about decorating cookies? Royal Icing resembles a shiny, hard, texture, for beautiful cut out cookies, which are PERFECT for holiday decorating. First time making homemade icing? Follow my guide below.     5 Step Guide Awesome Recipe Perfect Consistency Mixing Colors Bottles or Bags Practice 1. Awesome Recipe Need a simple, buttery, vanilla, yum in your tum sugar cookie recipe? Right here.             Royal Icing Recipe   Ingredients: 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners&#8217…