Sweet & Tart Cookbook Sneak Peek


When life gives you lemons . . . make a lemon (or lime, or orange, or grapefruit) dessert! Sweet and Tart brings a spritz of sunshine to the table with 70 totally tempting, accessible recipes. From irresistibly tangy-sweet Heavenly Lemon Squares to the unexpected Cream Cheese Muffins with Spinach and Lemon, these treats span sweet and savory, with recipes for frozen desserts, cakes, pies, breads, and favorite citrusy accents such as marmalade and curd.

The cookbook comes as a hardcover, with 176 pages with color photos.



Meyer Lemon Drop Cookies – Sneak Peek of What’s Inside! 


Makes about 60 cookies

Start to finish: 1 hour
Hands-on time: 20 minutes

Sometimes a soft, pillowy cookie is just the ticket to happiness. Especially a lemon bomb like these Meyer lemon–infused cookies. It’s a treat that every kid (and adult) would love to find in their lunchbox.

3 cups Error: [360] shortcode requires URL to be set unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup [170 g] unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups [300 g] granulated sugar
Zest of 3 Meyer lemons; plus 1/4 cup [60 ml] fresh Meyer lemon juice, plus 3 Tbsp
1 tsp lemon extract
3 large eggs
2 cups [240 g] powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F [190°C]. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Set aside.

Beat the butter, granulated sugar, and two-thirds of the lemon zest in a mixer bowl on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the 1⁄4 cup [60 ml] lemon juice and the lemon extract and then the eggs, one at a time. Turn the speed to low and beat in the flour mixture in three additions just until combined.

Drop the dough by tablespoons or use a 1-Tbsp scoop to scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 in [5 cm] apart. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until just firm to the touch, rotating the baking sheets 180 degrees about halfway through the baking time.

Let cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes, then lift the cookies from the parchment with a spatula and let cool completely on the racks. Repeat to bake the remaining dough on the same sheets.

Combine the powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, and remaining lemon zest in a small bowl and blend with a fork to make a glaze. (If the glaze is too thick to drizzle, add a few drops of lemon juice or water.)

Set the wire racks over a baking sheet and drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies with a fork. (The sheet will catch the drips, which can be scraped up and reused if you run short of glaze.) Let set for 20 minutes. Store, covered, at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Photos and recipe from www.chroniclebooks.com/blog.

10 Treat Ideas To Welcome Spring


1. Little Blue Flower Cupcakes – These cupcakes are full of color and cheer, plus they are super easy! Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Flower Foil Cupcake Liners and decorate with bright purple buttercream frosting topped with a Small Blue Royal Icing Flower!


2. Butterfly Wafer Paper Cookies – Make these cookies with our bestselling Butterfly Wafer Paper! Get the how-to HERE!


3. Daffodil Cupcakes – Nothing says Spring quite like a daffodil and these cupcakes! Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Blue Gingham Cupcake Liners and decorate with orange buttercream frosting topped with a pretty Daffodil Icing!


4. Garden Party Cake & Cupcakes – Decorating idea from Lucks.com. Make using our sweet Sugar Bees and Sugar Ladybugs!


5. DIY Spring Flower Sugar Cubes – Royal Icing Flower topped sugar cubes…drop one in and watch the flower float to the top as sugar cube melts. It will brighten your morning or put a smile on your guest’s face at your next brunch. Get the tutorial HERE.


6. Butterfly Cookies – Learn how to make and decorate butterfly cookies using the marbling and wet-on-wet icing techniques. Get the tutorial HERE.


7. Bright Daisy Treats – An easy way to brighten up any store bought treat is to top them with our Bright Sugar Daisies! Decorating idea from Lucks.com.


8. 3D Flower Pot Cookies – Make using our new 3D Spring Flower Pot Cookie Cutter and our No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe so that your dough does not spread and the baked pieces will still fit together nicely.


9. Hard Candy Lollipops With Edible Flowers – Update this old-fashioned favorite with edible flowers for a fresh spring treat. You can flavor to suit your taste , but you will need clear lollipops to showcase the flowers. Make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer for this recipe because the sugar temperature is critical! Get the tutorial HERE.


10. Flower Basket Cupcakes – Make Spring flower basket cupcakes topped with Royal Icing Pansies and Royal Icing Narcissus.  Just bake your favorite cupcake recipe in these Blue Gingham Cupcake Liners and wrap them in our adorable Basket Cupcake Wrappers!

Decorating Techniques for your Easter Cookies


Sponge-Painted Easter Egg Cookies

For a sweet take on speckled-eggs, use a natural sea sponge to dab royal icing (colored in springtime hues) onto white-iced cookies. The results are far too pretty to merely serve as dessert. SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, MARCH 2016

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Cookie Decorating With Wafer Paper

Learn how to adorn your sugar cookies with fun Easter wafer paper images. Application is simple and you don’t need to be a cookie decorating expert to get professional looking results!

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Bunny Face Cookies

Learn how to make adorable bunny face cookies with our NEW Bunny Face Cutter. This tutorial by cookie artisan Sweet Sugarbelle is actually quite simple!

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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Rubber Stamped Cookies 

Stamping your iced cookies with food color is an easy and effective way to decorate!  No professional skills are needed!  Using rubber stamps to decorate cookies, is a great way to easily add fine detail that would normally take hours free-handed with royal icing or food-color pens.

Get the full tutorial HERE.

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How To Use Wafer Paper On A Cake


Introducing edible wafer paper cake illustrations from Fancy Flours.

Now enjoy the ease and beauty of wafer paper images on cakes! Our Easter Bunnies design fits an 8″ round cake. Simply cut out and apply to fresh buttercream, or use light Karo corn syrup to apply to a fondant surface. Add to a store bought cake for a quick custom look.

What is Wafer Paper?

Wafer paper is made of dehydrated potato starch, water and vegetable oil. The thin edible paper is then pre-printed with food-safe dyes. Wafer paper is tasteless and does not “melt” into the frosting, it will remain as a thin sheet of edible paper on top of your sweet confection.

Instructions for use on a cake:

Using craft scissors, carefully cut out your wafer paper image along the outer cut line provided on the design. You will want to trim carefully for a clean, finished look.

Butter Cream Frosting Application: Apply the trimmed wafer paper illustration directly to a smooth surface of fresh buttercream frosting. Working from the center outwards, smooth any bubbles that may exist. You can consider the cake done at this point, or, pipe a decorative edge around the cake to hide the edge of the wafer paper.

Fondant Application: If your cake has a fondant surface you will want to apply a thin layer of Light Karo Corn Syrup to the back side of the wafer paper illustration using a craft brush or a very soft basting brush. (Light coating only). Turn the wafer paper illustration over and apply to the top of the cake. Starting from the center, smooth the wafer paper outward towards the edges to get a good seal and to remove all bubbles. The cake can be considered complete at this point, or, add a decorative piped border.

Store-Bought Cake Application: Request that the grocery store or bakery refrain from sprinkles or colored decorations on the top surface of the cake. If the surface is not fondant, just cut out and apply the wafer paper directly to the surface of the cake – smoothing it out as best as possible so that it does not get waves or wrinkles. The paper is really very forgiving.

Tips for Success: Wait until the day of your event to apply the wafer paper illustration and only allow the cake to be refrigerated for a few hours before serving the cake. Note: we have left a store bought cake with a wafer paper topper in the refrigerator for 3 days without any color transfer or wrinkling – however, humidity and frosting moisture are factors and may vary greatly from our test conditions.

 Serving Tip: Gently cut thru the wafer paper first and then cut deeper into your slice for serving – this will produce the most decorative presentation



Perfect dessert for your Easter celebration!


Valentine’s Day Cookies

Need a special treat for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Make a batch of these fun cookies! Here are 7 cookie ideas to make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter!


1. Happy Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies – We made these romantic cookies with our Custom Heart Copper Cookie Cutter and topped them with our NEW Happy Valentine’s Day Wreath Wafer Paper.


2. XOXO Cookies – Made with our Sweet Valentine Cookie Cutters Set of 4. Sprinkle your icing with Hologram Gold Disco Dust for a dramatic glittering look!


3. Stenciled Heart Cookies – Use our Heart Cutter & Stencil Set to make these easy cookies! Stencils can be used on cookies with royal icing or try them on cakes and brownies with sifted powdered sugar or cocoa powder. We even have Royal Icing Mix to make this project a breeze!


4. Dozen Hearts Cookies – The Dozen Hearts Cookie Cutter makes cutting out a dozen heart shaped cookies fast and easy. Just prepare your dough, press the cutter down and get 12 heart cookies in a single cutting.


5. Conversation Hearts Cookies – Stamp sweet Valentine messages on your cookies with this Conversation Heart Cookie Cutters & Stampers Set! Tint your dough with food color to get the colored dough effect.


6. Scalloped Heart Stamped Cookies – Stamp your cookies with this pretty Scalloped Heart Cookie Stamp for a simple yet romantic look! Cut the stamped dough with our Round 2.75″ Cookie Cutter.


7. Mini Heart Stamped Cookies – Make mini bite size stamped heart cookies with our Mini Heart Cookie Stamp!


– 6 cups all-purpose flour
– 3 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 cups unsalted butter
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to butter mixture. Mix well.

2. Put a handful of the freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to desired thickness. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Put the rolled dough, including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer. Your dough will be chilled and ready to cut and bake with no wait and no added flour! Repeat with scraps after cutting cookies.

3. Bake at 350° F for 8 -10 minutes. Let cool. Recipe makes 8 dozen 3″ cookies.