Vanilla Bean Cut-Out Cookies

Vanilla Bean Cut-Out Cookies : no-chill, no spread sugar cookie recipe for decorating

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I'm going to choose chocolate ice cream over vanilla. And in baked goods, I may lean towards chocolate, there are times when a girl just wants some good ol' vanilla. ESPECIALLY when she can see those little flecks of vanilla bean.

I make these cut-out cookies when I have vanilla on the brain...or when I'm making cookies for someone with a nut allergy. My go-to cut-out cookie recipe contains almond extract. Instead of just leaving out the almond, I wanted to give these a little more va-va-va-voom. 

Vanilla Bean Cut-Out Cookies : no-chill, no spread sugar cookie recipe for decorating

Look closely at the cookies, and you'll see those gorgeous vanilla bean flecks. Oh hello, beautiful.

vanilla bean paste
vanilla bean paste flecks

These vanilla bean cookies are easily made using vanilla bean paste. Vanilla bean paste is like a thicker vanilla extract chockful of vanilla bean seeds. My grocery store carries it, but you can also find it online...Amazon and King Arthur Flour are two great resources.

Carrot Cakes to make for Easter

What to bake? What to bake? I know I want to make a carrot cake for Easter dessert but which one? Are you feeling the same way? Let's talk options... (click the title for recipes)

1. Carrot Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
First of all...salted caramel cream cheese frosting. I mean. Does it get better than that? I say not. This cake is a little lighter than a more traditional layered carrot cake. (Maybe not lighter calorie-wise but texture-wise.) Yeah, this is a good one.

2. Carrot Cake Layer Cake

favorite carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
This is your more traditional carrot layer cake. Again, it is adorned with cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese and carrot cake just go together. There's no pineapple here, no raisins (because my mama raised me RIGHT), but this cake is jazzed up with ginger! That freshly grated ginger in the cake adds the perfect little kick and freshness. Ah, I love this cake.

3. Carrot Cake Cookies

carrot cake cookies
Maybe just maybe we want to go the cookie route. Do we? We might. Carrot cake you can hold in your hand. Topped with...you guessed it...cream cheese frosting. (I guess you can say that I'm consistent.)

What should I make this Easter? What are YOU baking?


Cactus Easter Egg Cookies

Cactus Easter Egg Cookies

While I made these to be Easter egg cookies, they don't scream EGG to me. I think they're perfectly cute for plain ol' (are there really plain ol' ?) cactus cookies. You guys...they're so easy and fun to make.

how to make Cactus Easter Egg Cookies

I did another "doctoring" of two cookie cutters just like with the unicorn egg cookies. This time I used an egg and Sweet Sugarbelle's cactus cutter...just the top bit of it. You could use any bit of a small flower cutter, or even the edge of a small scalloped oval or circle.



Press the shapes together and freeze for 10 minutes before baking. This will help the pieces to join while baking.

Unicorn Easter Egg Cookies

how to make Unicorn Easter Egg Cookies: cookie decorating tutorial + recipes

I'll tell you exactly where the inspiration for the cookies came from: the Paper Source catalog. The second I peeped this darling unicorn egg kit, my brain shouted, "COOKIES!" My niece, Rosie, is really INTO unicorns at the moment, so I thought she'd appreciate these...and possibly share with her brothers.

how to make Unicorn Easter Egg Cookies: cookie decorating tutorial + recipes

If you have a unicorn lover in your life, these would be especially cute in an Easter basket. They're pretty easy to make. I'll show you.

Unicorn Easter Egg Cookies
unicorn sprinkles

I also made some unicorn sprinkle eggs to go with them. I mixed two sprinkles from Sweet Sugarbelle's line, and they are just perfect!

Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Did you just check to make sure you were on the right blog? Bridget...where is the SUGAR?!?

Never fear, I have some cookies heading your way later this week, but let's get cooking on a savory dish in the meantime. (Yes, we sometimes have something other than cookies for dinner.)

Jamaican Beef Patties ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Have you ever heard of Jamaican Beef Patties? I had not until a friend mentioned them recently. Since that time, I have fallen a little in love. I mean...LOOK at them! No, don't adjust the color on your computer. That pastry crust IS yellow.

Jamaican Beef Patties ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

The center is warm and spicy and so, so delicious. Did I mention that you can make these ahead, freeze, and then pop in the oven for a quick dinner or snack? It's true! I'll tell you all of the details.

Jamaican Beef Patties ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I'm sharing the recipe over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends today. Let's go to Jamaica (via Ree's ranch)!