One of the bloggers I absolutely love and am totally in awe of is Christi from Love from the Oven. Between her ability to find cute baking ingredients and homewares at Target, her love of super gooey sweets and her refusal to embrace the current diet fads (the ones which eliminate anything delicious!)
So I was so happy that her new book, Smart Cookie, was released. It’s a great collection of how to turn basic store-bought cookies into adorable treats, which will definitely get you compliments on innovation and creativity. The book uses not only cookies, but store-bought frosting, candies and candy melts (easy to use ingredients). The one thing I will note is that this book may be harder to use for international readers, as a lot of the ingredients can be hard to find outside of the US.
I really enjoyed the book – I was able to whip up these mock macarons for Beardy Fiance’s work in about half an hour. It would also be a great book to do with children, who would love crafting together cookies into fun, edible, seasonal designs.
Mock Macarons (from Smart Cookie)
1 box of Nilla Wafers
1 jar of vanilla icing
A few drops of food colouring