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In a world filled with delicious desserts, how is one ever to choose? Luckily for me, the great thing about  getting my degree online is that I can travel the world, eating exotic pastries all while finishing up college.

I have always had a major sweet tooth, and I have loved every second of jetting around the globe in search of the next great dessert. Here are a few of my favorite exotic desserts!

Cannoli – Originated in Sicily, Italy, a cannolo (singular) is a tube-shaped, fried pastry dough stuffed with a sweet, creamy filling. Often topped with a drizzle of chocolate or crushed pistachios, cannoli are wonderful finishes to any meal! I first tried these when I was in Italy, but I order them every time I go to my favorite local Italian restaurant.


Mango Sticky Rice – A traditional summer dessert from Thailand, mango sticky rice is a fabulous dish primarily comprised of sticky rice, mangos, sugar and creamy coconut milk. I ate this refreshing dessert on a vacation to the beaches of Thailand, and it brings me back every time I order it at a Thai restaurant.


Crème Brulee – This decadent dessert hails from France, and is made up of thick, creamy custard topped with caramelized sugar. Served in individual ramekins, crème brulee makes the perfect dinner party dessert. I love to make this for guests when they come over and they are always impressed.


Flan – Often referred to as crème caramel, flan is a creamy custard dish with a rich, complex caramel flavor. Slightly giggly, this dessert is slightly similar to crème brulee, but much different in texture. I love to eat this dish after a particularly spicy meal to cool off my mouth and soothe my stomach.


Baklava – Crunchy, sweet, nutty and gooey, baklava is a traditional Greek dessert that succeeds in winning me over every time. Featuring layers of flakey phyllo dough and nuts dripping in a chewy honey mixture, I ate my weight in Baklava as I toured through the Greek Islands last year.

 

Remember, just because you can’t pronounce or have never tried something doesn’t mean it won’t be delicious!

It’s that time to play the #StarSmile game again! For your chance to win, you have to guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen gourmet sugar cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door.

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this beautiful smile belongs to?

Win cookies by guessing this famous Smile!

Win cookies by guessing this famous Smile!

Cookies make life better. They just do. It doesn’t matter if you are a little kid or a grown adult, people of all ages and sizes love eating a good cookie. Cookies have been around for ages. People from across the world love to make and bake cookies. So what is so special about this simple piece of food? Well, it just seems like cookies make life richer. If you really think about it, cookies aren’t just a delicious food. They can make a difference in someone’s day.

 

Cookies can welcome a new neighbor, brighten the day of a sick friend, say thank you to someone you appreciate and even say I love you to those you care most about. And the best kind of cookie is a homemade cookie. You know, the ones you can smell cooking in the oven just waiting for you to sink your teeth into? And the best part about homemade cookies is you don’t have to be a pro at cooking to make most cookie recipes. In fact, there are tons of fun and simple cookie recipes to choose from. Cooking is a great way to unwind, relax, and send joy into someone else’s life.

 

Heart shaped cookies are a great way to say "I Love You" to someone special.

Heart shaped cookies are a great way to say “I Love You” to someone special.

Here are two of my most favorite cookies recipes. They are easy to make, easy to share and I promise will make your day better. You can find them on this great website. Cooking has never been so easy and these cookie recipes are fun and fast.

 

• These Lemon cookies are fun and easy to make. Kids will love to make this simple recipe with great success. What I really like about this recipe is that most of the time I have these things on hand. That means no strange ingredients and no expensive trips to the store. Remember to let them cool and then move them quickly to a plate. These cookies are a great choice when you have surprise or last minute guests.

 

Quick, Easy -N- Fast Lemon Krispies Recipe

1 box lemon-flavor cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 cup crisp rice cereal such as Rice Krispies
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Stir together the dry cake mix, butter and egg in a mixing bowl. Stir in the cereal.
Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to a cooling rack.
Makes about 30 cookies.

• There is something about combining chocolate and peanut butter together. I mean it is simply delicious. And once you try these cookie bars you will want to make them over and over again. Since they are bars, you can make them in top speed with delicious results.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars Recipe

1 C. peanut butter
6 T. butter, softened
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 eggs
1 C. flour
2 C. chocolate chips

 

Cream peanut butter, butter, sugars and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs. Add flour and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Spread in greased 9 x 13-inch pan.
Bake 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining chips. Let stand for 5 minutes and then spread.

 

 

About the author: Diane Johnson primarily writes about online education, pell grants, and anything else that interests her. She enjoys cooking, reading, and sports.

Do you like to bake cookies but can’t find a unique or cute way to send them?  Here’s one idea.  Why don’t you try cookie gift baskets?  It’s very easy to do.  Plus, you get to express yourself too.  Do you want to try it?

 

You can also order a gift baskets like this one which would be perfect for someone who loves coffee and cookies.

You can also order a gift baskets like this one which would be perfect for someone who loves coffee and cookies.

The truth is there is no exact or one way to present your cookie gift basket.  In fact, the possibilities for your basket are endless.  If ever you run out of quirky concept or plan, the styles below can help you:

 

1. A traditional gift basket is common.  It is easy and fun to make too.  Plus, you can purchase decorative baskets from any craft store near you.  Lay a piece of fabric at the base of your basket.  Next, place your cookies inside plastic bags.  Tie the bags with colorful ribbons.  Place the plastic bags in the basket.  That’s it.

 

2. You can entertain or amuse your friends with your cookie basket.  You might want to use tin cans or toy drums for friends who are musically-inclined.  If you want, you can wrap the cookies with a music sheet.

 

3. If you are into combining colors, you might want to try layering your basket wrapper.  Cut out designs or forms on the outer layer after you have wrapped the basket with your base layer.  For example, use a black paper as your base layer.  Then on another orange paper, cut out Halloween icons such as pumpkins, witches, etc.  Wrap the orange paper around the black paper to see the effect.  Cool, huh?

 

4. You don’t need to use a basket all the time.  You can use other ideas such as toys wagons, wheelbarrows or baby bath tub if the occasion needs it.  For baby shower gift, you can fill a baby tub with rubber duckie cookies.  For a beach themed party, you can go for pails with cookies inside.  These are cute ideas and you can invent as many “basket” ideas as you want.

 

5. If you are going for a simple presentation, you can just wrap your basket with clear cellophane.  This way, your assortment of cookies can still be seen.  Tie the cellophane with cute and colorful ribbons to create a contrast.  Better yet, turn fabrics into ribbons.  This idea allows you to incorporate fun patterns to your gift basket.

 

6. For intermediate bakers, you can create cookies shaped like flowers.  Put craft sticks into your dough before you bake them to add “stems” to your cookie flowers.  As soon as your cookies are cool enough, frost them to add colors to your flowers.  Prepare your cookie basket by placing a florist’s foam.  Carefully stick and arrange the cookies to make them look like a bouquet.  Cover the revealed foam to make the presentation more believable.

 

Order some delicious flower cookies and leave the baking to us!

Order some delicious flower cookies and leave the baking to us!

 

You don’t only get to satisfy your taste buds with this activity.  You also get to express yourself and show your creativity.  I am sure that you can come up with clever ideas for your cookie gift baskets.  If you have more, please do share them.

 

 

 

Author’s bio: Marcy Gray likes sharing her tips and tricks, and opinion through writing.  In addition, she likes to write about various topics such as Baby Shower Decoration Ideas and Removing Skin Tags Yourself.

Our StarSmile Competition continues to grow in popularity, so this week we’re going to make it even harder. For your chance to win, you have to guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below and the role they are playing in the movie this photo is from. You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen awesome cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door.

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this is?

We had so many applications for the Big Smiley Cookie Tester Team that we are still going through all of the amazing entries. Don’t worry, we will be announcing the winners very soon. Thanks for your patience!

In the meantime, we will be having another one of our #StarSmile Contests starting today at 11 AM. Just guess the celebrity who owns the smile we will post here and you can win a dozen tasty Smiley Cookies delivered to your door.

We are recruiting 10 Smileycookie fans to test an exciting new product we will be releasing later this summer: The Big Smiley Cookie. The Big Smiley Cookie is a 12’’ round (about the size of plate or Frisbee) version of our world famous sugar cookie . These cookies make excellent gifts and are perfect for sharing with friends and family at birthday parties, holidays, meetings or any other get together.

 

If chosen as a cookie tester, you will recieve a free Big Smiley Cookie delivered fresh to you door.

If chosen as a cookie tester, you will receive a free Big Smiley Cookie delivered fresh to you door.

 

If you are chosen as one of our tester subjects, we will send you a one of these giant, delicious treats as well as a link to a questionnaire that will allow you to give us feedback and the critical information we need to make the final touches before releasing Big Smiley to the public. Not only do you get a huge, tasty treat – but you also get to help craft the final product before the public can buy it!

 

So how do you enter? Simply make a post on our Facebook Wall explaining why you would be an excellent test subject and what group of people you would share your Big Smiley Cookie with. We will be choosing e the 10 most creative answers on Thursday the 9th, so we must receive your entry no later than midnight on Wednesday the 8th.

 

If you are chosen you will be required to sample the Big Smiley Cookie we send you, take a digital photo and send it to us and complete the survey.

 

Post today so you don’t miss out on your chance to join our test team and get a chance to taste the newest, biggest Smiley Cookie before everyone else.

Our StarSmile Competition continues to grow in popularity. For your chance to win, all you have to do is guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen tasty Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door.

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this is?

 

Win a dozen Smiley Cookies delivered fresh to your door by guessing which celebrity owns this smile!

Win a dozen Smiley Cookies delivered fresh to your door by guessing which celebrity owns this smile!

We are back again with another StarSmile Competition. At stake is a dozen tasty Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door. For your chance to win, all you have to do is guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page.

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this is?

 

You can win a dozen Smiley Cookies by guessing who this is!

Win a dozen delicious Smiley Cookies delivered fresh to your door!

Once again, it is time for this week’s StarSmile Competition. At stake is a dozen delicious Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door. For your chance to win, all you have to do is guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below. You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page.

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today.

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this is?

Guess which celebrity belongs to this smile and you could win a dozen tasty Smiley Cookies delivered fresh to your door!

Guess which celebrity belongs to this smile and you could win a dozen tasty Smiley Cookies delivered fresh to your door!

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