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valentines cocoa bar

vday-cocoa-barWhat better way to warm up on these dreary nights than with a valentines cocoa bar?

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kate spade valentines gifts under $60

Just a couple of weeks until valentines! I love these sweet gifts from Kate Spade. These are perfect ideas for boyfriends and husbands, MINE INCLUDED, HELLLLLO! 😉 I can’t get over how cute the perfect match bracelet is (and its on sale for $54!)

kate spade valentines

bow gloves // perfect match bracelet set // rain check umbrella // jewelry holder

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valentine cookies and some icing color tips!

I’m on a serious sugar cookie kick right now. Thanks to my new double oven I was able to bake 30 cookies in just 8 minutes!

These valentines cookies are pretty simple. I knew I wanted to find a lip cookie cutter, XO and make little valentines. I found the cutest pack of valentines cookie cutters, they were made to be a garland but I just used them as regular cutters. I also bought a pack of square cutters that I used for the valentines (I also have them in circles), I love that you can use them scalloped or with sharp edges.


I thought I would share the icing colors that I use because sometimes its really hard to tell looking at the little tubes or looking at someone else’s pictures. I love using the Wilton gel colors, they are so pretty and come in a lot of colors rather than just your traditional primary colors, don’t bother mixing those to try to get what you want.

Red, pink, purple (this does not look like the color on the top of the bottle, its actually burgundy!). But my best kept secret white it make the icing brighter and if you add vanilla or almond and it tints your icing throw a little white in and then add your color and it will come out brighter and truer.

But gel color is so strong and vibrant try to not get it on your hands because its beastly to get off. See my little smear on my lips down to the right? Booo. Some hot water and scrubbing it will come off.

stacks of valentine cookies

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I hope this helps you pick out the perfect shades for your next batch of cookies!


valentines day cookies – two ways!

I love Valentines day! Even if I didn’t have a boyfriend on Valentines, I just love the idea of Valentines day and all the cute valentines and sweets. Today I’m bringing you two recipes that I’ve tested (and I’ll be honest, I like one WAY more than the other!). But both are perfect and cute and sure to please your valentine.
valentines day cookies - two ways! |as GOLD as it gets blog

First up, these dreamy heart sprinkles are from Target and really add the perfect finishing touch to Domestic Dreamboats recipe for Sprinkle Crusted Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies. These are divine! She recommends using 1/2-1/2 tsp almond extract (I used 1/2 tsp) and they make them out of this world. I love sprinkles baked into cookies like this. It makes them so fun for kids + kids at heart. I also love that these can get slightly brown on the bottom – it really does add a little extra flavor.

valentines day sprinkle sugar cookies | as GOLD as it gets blog

My second recipe… is good. But I think I’ve just discovered that chocolate shortbread is too much for me. I love that buttery rich shortbread taste but I always feel like chocolate shortbread is so chock full of cocoa that it has none of that buttery flavor. The flavor is definitely a deep rich chocolate, you’ll definitely need a glass of milk to wash this down. This recipe can be found at Crunch Creamy Sweetchocolate shortbread cookies | as GOLD as it gets blog

chocolate shortbread cookies | as GOLD as it gets blogI did try another cookie after they had set for about 12 hours and the deep flavor that was initially knocking me over had subsided a little with cooling and setting. Some people will absolutely love these, and they are good — but have a drink ready to go!

Do you have any favorite valentines day treats? I’d love to hear (and try them out!)