Cookies

Cupcakes are our specialty at Treat, but we love cookies. Here’s our inside “scoop” on everything from raw to baked, chips to chunks, and “regular” to special diets!

Cookies accomplish a few things cupcakes can’t. For those who want a smaller dessert, cookies are often the perfect size compared to cupcakes. They’re also easier and neater to eat on the go.

Some of our favorite classic cookie flavors are sugar, chocolate chip, M&M, and peanut butter, but there are so many new flavors to explore too. It can be fun to invent a homemade version of favorites such as Oreos, Thin Mints, and Nutter Butters. For example, we recommend using a mixture of caramel and flaked coconut on top of shortbread circles to make cookies inspired by girl scout Caramel DeLites.

Matching cookie flavors to the seasons is also a good option. For spring and summer baking, we love flavors such as lemonade, key lime, and s’more. You can even use food dye to make marbled red, white, and blue sugar cookies for the Fourth of July. Fall and winter are our favorite time to use warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; we also opt for maple, peppermint, and hot cocoa when the weather is chilly.

There are so many ways to make cookies your own. In fact, sometimes a great idea for changing a recipe comes from a “happy accident” and the troubleshooting that follows! For instance, when a batch of our peanut butter cookies turned out a little too soft, we dipped the bottoms in white chocolate to stabilize them. Now, we sometimes use a layer of chocolate to keep soft cookies from cracking.

Similarly, we try not to give up on cookies that are imperfectly cooked. We recently overbaked a batch of sugar cookie stars by a few minutes, and we weren’t sure if we could use them. But they turned out to have a toasted, caramelized flavor, almost like graham crackers. We finished them off with marshmallow cream and chocolate dip, and the s’mores sandwich cookie was born.

Allergy-friendly cookies

Similar to our position on cupcakes, we believe everyone should be able to eat an awesome cookie, regardless of diet—but it’s not always easy. Almond flour and coconut sugar have made it possible to create a paleo-friendly cookie for those who keep a grain- and refined sugar-free diet. We also use a blend of gluten-free flour to make gluten-free cookies and logs of cookie dough to bake at home.

People often ask for baking instructions for the gluten-free cookie dough. We recommend cutting the log into circles ¼ inch thick and baking them at 350 ̊ for 8 to 10 minutes until the edges are golden brown. But everyone’s oven is different—it’s best to keep an eye on the cookies!

To add some personality, try sprinkling crunchy granulated sugar on the cookies before they’re baked or dipping the baked cookies in chocolate. In the spirit of the donut-shaped sugar cookies we made this month, why not use a small spoon to take a hole out of each cookie and then decorate them as miniature donuts? If you believe donuts are incomplete without frosting, try topping them with a simple glaze made of ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and any food coloring you like.

Edible cookie dough: What’s the deal?

Lately, there’s been a craze in the bakery world for edible cookie dough. In January of 2017, Kristen Tomlan opened a New York City shop called Dō (“dough”), and we decided to bring the idea to Needham in the summer of 2018. 

Raw eggs and raw flour are unsafe to eat because of bacterial risks, but we omit eggs and use heat-treated flour instead, so our dough is safe and delicious served raw. At home, in order to make cookie dough recipes safe for eating, be sure to heat the flour to the safe temperature of 160 ̊ Fahrenheit. You can use the oven—spread 2 cups of flour on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350˚ Fahrenheit—or you can microwave 1 cup of flour for a minute and 15 seconds in total, pausing to stir it every 15 seconds. Each egg in the dough can be replaced with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water, or you can use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 2.5 tablespoons of water.

There’s a major debate over whether cookie dough tastes better cold or at room temperature. If you have fond memories of snatching bites from a bowl before baking cookies, the room-temperature option might match how you think cookie dough should taste. But if you enjoy a cool treat that’s a little like ice cream, you might prefer to refrigerate the dough before serving. 

Either way, the world of cookies is changing. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

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We can’t believe these are vegan …

Apple Pie
There’s nothing like warm homemade pie.

4-5 Granny Smith Apples
1/3 cup vegan margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. grated nutmeg
1 pre-made 9-inch pie crust

The Spruce’s Printable Recipe

Flourless Brownies
Here’s a vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free recipe!

Oh She Glows’ Printable Recipe

Basil-Berry Lemonade Sorbet
It never hurts to keep some sorbet in your freezer for times when you need something sweet.

1 cup sugar
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil
6 cups frozen mixed berries
3/4 cup lemon juice

Good Housekeeping’s Printable Recipe

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5 Things to bake over break

Rice Krispie Treats – Marshmallow goodness, a kid’s favorite. Personally, we love Shugary Sweet’s recipe!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies are great, but mini cookies are even better! Check out Two Peas & Their Pod’s recipe.

Nutella S’mores Dip – Recall warm summer nights with this chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker combination. Here’s a super simple dip recipe on My Recipes.

Quick Whoopie Pies – For a quick and easy chocolate fix, make a four ingredient whoopie pie with Midwest Living’s recipe.

Oreo Brownies – Spice up your regular brownie recipe with irresistible Oreos. See Go Go Go Gourmet’s recipe for more.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas …

Breakfast in Bed – Make your sweet these super cute Strawberry Shortcake Waffles.

Romantic Walk – Go 50-stories up for New England’s Best View at Boston’s Skywalk.

Ice Skating – Stay active without being too active. Grab your sweet’s hand on the ice.

Paint Night – Grab the girls for a fun-filled wine and paint night.

Couples Massage – Give you and your sweet that much deserved relaxation time.

Night In – Have a relaxed Valentine’s Day at home with some Netflix and popcorn.

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Peanut Butter Lovers Rejoice

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Chocolate’s best friend is arguably the Peanut. The salty sweet combination balances one another out, creating a decadent combination of melty, chocolatey, crunch, sweet, salty dessert dreams. But, the peanut can hold it’s own as well in a multitude of creations as well.

 Think we’ve gone off the deep end? You’ve got it right. Come explore these peanut buttery goodies for yourself.

The Peanut Butter Overload

Chocolate cake filled with peanut butter buttercream, topped with a layer of dark chocolate ganache, drizzled with melted peanut butter white chocolate and then swirled with more peanut butter buttercream. Glass of milk required for complete consumption.

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Fluffernutter

Our take on a the classic sandwich. Gold cupcake filled with marshmallow buttercream, swirled with peanut buttercream and topped with mini marshmallows.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft baked deliciousness in a from scratch baked peanut butter cookie.

Want more?

Come explore our Make Your Own Cupcake Bar at Treat Cupcake Bar Chestnut Hill where we have cupcakes, frosting and candies (reeses’s and pieces!) to create your own peanut buttery concoction. How about ice cream too? Visit The Dessert Workshop, located next to Treat Cupcake Bar Needham (1450 Highland Avenue) for a make your own experience with ice cream, fro yo, frosting, cupcakes, cones, candy, and (it goes without saying) peanut butter candies too!

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How to Decorate Spiderweb Cupcakes

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Create spooktacular spiderweb cupcakes for your halloween party or for a fun activity with kids. Using simple tools, you can create your own halloween inspired cupcakes with little prep. We hope you enjoy making these… if you’d like to make cupcakes with us at Treat, we host monthly decorating classes. Information regarding our classes you can find here.

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Planning the Best Birthday Party

Planning a creative birthday party requires a lot of energy. Looking for an awesome party without the stress? We offer cupcake decorating birthday parties that are perfect for the artistically minded child. With over five years of practice, we have lots of experience to share. TV shows about cake and cupcake decorating such as Cupcake Wars are so popular with kids, they can’t wait to get their hands on the materials to try it for themselves. Interested in creating one of these parties for your child at home, but aren’t sure where to start? Treat Cupcake Bar has created a guide for planning the best cupcake birthday party ever for kids of all ages!

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Cupcake Birthday Party at Treat Cupcake Bar

Here are some tips from your local Cupcake Wars Veterans:

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN Kids are high energy and require focus and structure. The best way to make your child’s birthday party a success is to make sure that you plan, plan, plan. Create an outline and a loose timeline for your party day so that you don’t lose the group’s attention. We recommend that you start with something to grab the children’s focus right away: decorate boxes to take the cupcakes home in, or t-shirts or aprons for party favors. With a box of cupcakes and a t-shirt, there’s no need for expensive favor bags: the kids create their own!

PREP & DECORATE When it’s time to start on the cupcakes, make sure everyone is prepared. Hands should be washed, hair should be tied back, and all the ingredients for decorating should be in easy reach. Unfrosted cupcakes, colorful frosting and candy are a must. Take the party to the next level with fondant or modeling chocolate. Teach the group how to use food dye and how to mix colors (don’t forget gloves!), or get a little fancier and show them how to make a flower. (Want to learn how? Check out our class options so you ready to teach!) Demos should be short and sweet to keep kids interested. Most kids need about 5 minutes per cupcake but be ready with coloring pages if someone finishes early.

CLEAN-UP Once everyone is finished, have everyone clean up as a group. This makes your final cleanup easier, and it keeps the kids’ attention while creating a clean space for the rest of the party. If your party is set during meal time, grab pizza or something similar for munching on while you wrap up. Don’t forget to sing happy birthday! You can do this either with a cake or some of the freshly decorated cupcakes. As parents trickle in to pick up their kids, make sure that each one leaves with his or her box of cupcakes and favor. Plan your time, plan your activities, and make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need. If you keep kids engaged in creative projects, you’ll have no problems, and everyone will leave asking if they can have a cupcake decorating party too!

Treat Cupcake Bar offers cupcake decorating parties at our locations in Needham and Chestnut Hill, where experienced party professionals will do all the work when it comes to planning and running the show. Visit our website and book online, and all you’ll have to do is show up!

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Gluten-Free, Could It Be?

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Trays on top of trays of gold, chocolate and red velvet cakes were stacked before my eyes. Hundreds of mouth-watering cupcakes-to-be patiently waiting for me to eat them.

I stepped closer to carefully inspect the chocolate ones. I was looking for that one perfect cupcake that bulges over the liner like the most flattering of muffin tops and has a shallow crack on the surface just deep enough to reveal a hint of the soft, gooey insides.

It was hard to focus on just one and soon my eyes were wandering towards the red velvet cakes. They looked delicious, but… different.

“Are these gluten-free?” Could it be? The bakers confirmed my suspicions. They’ve found a gluten-free flour that, when combined with other top secret ingredients, creates scrumptious red velvet cupcakes. And why stop at red velvet?

“What about gluten-free marble cakes?” 

“Oh no you didn’t!” Says head baker, Adie.

We hope to have our new gluten-free flavors perfected and available by June this summer. Let the count down begin!

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How DO You Like Them Cupcakes?

Try putting your favorite cupcake into the microwave for 30 seconds. The frosting might melt off, but it will taste delicious when you sponge it up with a warm, moist piece of cake. It’s almost as if the cupcake came straight out of the oven and landed directly into your mouth:

 

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 So good!

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Adie Loves the 80’s

I strolled into work the other day to find Adie, head baker and manager, hard at work frosting some chocolate cupcakes. Clouds were effortlessly forming out from the tip of her piping bag, as if she was the driving power behind the cloud machine from Winnie the Poo.

“They’re going to be Care Bears,” Adie says while she pipes delicious globs of frosting on top of more delicious globs of frosting. “I came into work today and thought, ‘I want to make Care Bear cupcakes!'”

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