Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

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Sometimes I get so in my head with making a deadline (and getting to that deadline on time) I don’t even think ahead to what the event will be like once I get there. Yesterday was definitely one of those days! Whole Foods Market opened its Wall, NJ store and I was honored to be asked to be a community partner vendor. I arrived promptly to a packed parking lot. As I navigated my way through the crowd carrying bins of our “Beach Life” Wall, NJ inspired cookies I commented on the crowd and busy-ness. A woman pushing a cart nearby turned to me and said, “Well, we have been waiting years for this!” 

"Beach Life" sugar cookies for Whole Foods Wall NJ sore opening. Made with all natural ingredients and food coloring.

I nicknamed this cookie set “Beach Life”. The colors were inspired by Whole Foods Wall paint swatches and in store signage renderings. We baked 100 for the opening and they were gone too quickly! They are made with all natural ingredients and food coloring.

The energy was amazing. I loved watching the community coming together from all the bordering  towns near and far. If you have ever been to a Whole Foods you know how cordial and professional their employees are. Yesterday, there was an extra added twinkle in everyone’s eye. Like gathering around the table for a delicious meal it was such a cool feeling to see and be part of that buzz and excitement.

We are freshening up our SDB logo and decided to try out one of the versions yesterday.

We are freshening up our SDB logo and decided to try out one of the versions yesterday.

 

My favorite thing about this photo is that little hand coming in to grab one of our cookies!

My favorite thing about this photo is that little hand coming in to grab one of our cookies! I could no refill this platter quick enough!

 

We used one of the fonts and the colors that were used in store to design our cookie tags

We used one of the fonts and the colors that were used in store to design our cookie tags and kitchen twine to tie the bags for an extra added nautical/ beachy look.

 

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Thanks so much to Laura Fette and Alice Dariano. Amazing ladies! All their hard work really paid off and shined!

 

"I like extra sprinkles!" Adding India Tree sanding sugar to the cookies we iced at the table. These went quick even though they were a little messy!

“More sprinkles please!” Adding India Tree sanding sugar to the cookies we iced at the table. These went quick even though they were a little messy!

 

Photo by the new sign! Here I am with Neilly Robinson, fellow community partner and owner of Heirloom Kitchen and Christina Minardi, President of the Northeast Region, Whole Foods

Photo by the new sign! Here I am with Neilly Robinson, fellow community partner and owner of Heirloom Kitchen, and Christina Minardi, President of the Northeast Region, Whole Foods

 

We took an order for our beach life cookie platter due this weekend! Thinking these will be super popular this Summer...

Even though its still a bit chilly here on the East Coast, we had a customer order a custom platter due this weekend! Thinking these will be super popular this Summer… Sweet!

We will be offering our DIY Cookie Workshops at the Wall, NJ location about once a month starting next Thursday, April 20th. Click here to register. More pop ups, workshops and lots more cookie fun coming soon! Congratulations to the amazing Whole Foods team! Wishing you all good things!  Xo Dani

Chocolate Ganache Bunny in Egg Cookies

HOPPY EASTER!

HOPPY EASTER!

As a long time chocolate lover, I have been wanting to experiment with using ganache as cookie icing. Since chocolate bunnies and Easter go together like milk and cookies, this Easter season seemed like the perfect time to try it! Use your favorite chocolate cookie dough recipe our get ours here. Our signature bunny in egg cookie cutter (we used the large one here) is one of my very favorites but any bunny and or egg cookie cutter will do!

While your cookies are cooling… SDB Chocolate Ganache Easter Bunnies and Egg Cookies_2 baked chocolate cookies

…make the ganache using one cup of chocolate chips (I mixed dark and semi sweet chocolate) with one cup of heavy cream…

                                                                                                                                                              SDB Chocolate Ganache Easter Bunnies and Egg Cookies_3 make the ganache

Pour ganache into a bowl to cool for at least one hour.

Make your “quick royal icing” by mixing one cup of confectioners sugar with about 4 tablespoons of heavy cream. You could also use whole milk or water but the cream is super delish and a great compliment to the chocolate!

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Both icing consistencies should be similar to craft glue. Thin out royal icing as needed using a bit of water or cream. Thin out the ganache by warming your icing bottle for 3 to 5 seconds in the microwave.

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Gather your supplies… I wanted to keep these cookies black and white to enhance the chocolate theme. I used cream jellybeans and champagne bubble gumdrops as eyes and nose. Chocolate sprinkles make my bunny look fuzzy. (Yes!)

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After filling your SDB icing bottles, be sure to cover your icing bowls with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out. Outline and fill your bunny with ganache. (For our SweetDaniB TV how-to video on icing our bunny in egg cookie click here).

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Let the bunny half of the cookie settle for a bit then outline and fill the egg portion of the cookie with the white royal icing. Using the ganache, draw horizontal stripes following the curved egg shape across the lower egg part of the cookie. Use a toothpick to drag a line from the center top to center lower egg. Repeat on left and right sides. To watch a how-to video on this icing technique, called marbleizing, click here.

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Let dry and settle overnight. Note: These cookies will never dry as solid as regular royal icing so consider using a clear top box and parchment paper to package them. Or even better, plate them up for your dessert buffet and serve with cold milk and festive straws!

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The combination of the chocolate cookie and the soft chocolate ganache is so yum. If you are looking for an Easter treat that is fit for foodies and chocolate lovers alike hop to it and get baking these… they are totally EGGCELLENT! Xo Dani

Check our or SweetDaniB TV Easter playlist here!