How I Store Baking Staples

How I Store Baking Staples : for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
I am not an organized person by nature. My favorite section in The Container Store is gift wrap, not containers.

How I Store Baking Staples : for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
Over the years, I've learned a few ways to store my baking products, though, that keep them more organized...and more importantly, more fresh.

Along with my favorite storage ideas, I'll tell you what baking staples I keep on hand in my kitchen.

How I Store Baking Staples : for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
I'm sharing it all over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be breaking into that container of chocolate chips.

A Night Under the Stars Prom Cookies

Last week, I shared the step-by-step tutorial for making the marbled star cookies. (Find it here.) Now, here's the entire set of prom cookies. I thought this was a really pretty theme for prom...and a fun one for cookies.

Obviously, I don't have a prom-goer at home anymore. Our little birdie finishes up his sophomore year of college this week. WHAT? Let me tell a parent, the college years go by waaaaaaaay faster than any other time. It's insane.

What were we talking about? That's right...prom. I don't have tutorials for all of these, but I'll walk you through some of the highlights.

Walnut and Strawberry Torte

Walnut and Strawberry Torte : naturally gluten and dairy-free
If this isn't the perfect dessert for spring (and may I suggest Mother's Day? Yes, may. OK. Mother's Day), then I don't know what is. The torte is a nutty, light, and airy walnut base topped with glazed, sweet strawberries. We're pretty close to "belongs in a pastry case" level here.

*this recipe was developed for Imperial Sugar

Walnut and Strawberry Torte : naturally gluten and dairy-free
Not only is it beautiful and delicious, but the recipe is naturally gluten and dairy-free. By "naturally" I mean that there's no substituting ingredients to make it gluten and just happens to be so.

You start out by processing some walnuts and sugar until finely ground. You'll whip up some egg whites and add flavorings and the walnuts...

You are My Sunshine Cookies for Mother's Day

Did your mom sing "You are My Sunshine" to you when you were little? So many of us learned this from our moms. In truth, SHE is our sunshine. Moms just know how to make everything better.

This sunny and cheerful cookie set is inspired by that song and is sure to brighten your mom's Mother's Day!

You might not know this about me, but I LOVE the color yellow. I have a Pinterest board devoted to it. My mom loved yellow, too, and her favorite flower was the yellow rose. Notice a little nod to that in this cookie assortment? (Here's a yellow rose cookie for mom from years ago.)

I love the pop of pink and black with the yellow, but don't feel like you must make all three cookies in this set to give to mom. Just stick with the suns if you'd like, and enclose a card that reads, "You are my sunshine, Mom!" (Oh, and those sun cookies are double-deckers. You know how I love a two-in-one cookie.)

The full tutorial for these is over on the Imperial Sugar blog. I'll walk you through the step-by-step instructions of how to decorate them. Recipes for the cookies and icing are linked there as well. 

If you don't live near mom, no worries. Cookies decorated with royal icing ship well! Here's a link to an old, old (did I mention old?) post about how I ship them.

Sunshine cookies for mom? Wouldn't she just love that?!?  (PS. Don't ask her to share on her special day.

Marbled + Gold-Flecked Star Cookies

how to make Marbled + Gold-Flecked Star Cookies

Are you ready? Are you ready for the EASIEST cookie tutorial ever? The easiest cookie tutorial that yields the COOLEST looking cookies ever?

how to make Marbled + Gold-Flecked Star Cookies

These marbled, gold-flecked star cookies were made for a prom cookie set. I'll show you the full set in a few days. Otherwise, you'd be scrolling through approximately 372 photos in this one post. (And you're thinking, "That's really not unusual for you, Bridget.")

To start, you'll need cookies and icing. I used my go-to cut-out cookie recipe (but you can use any of my cut-out cookie recipes...find the full list here) and my royal icing recipe.

how to make Marbled + Gold-Flecked Star Cookies