Birthdays are the best! While it was a very busy week, it was so much fun getting ready for my daughter's birthday. We had a small family party, and in addition to the party we of course also celebrated the day of her birthday. So, with all of that there was a lot of fun, commotion, overtired kidlets (overtired mom and dad - ha!), and of course a whole lotta' cooking! So, let's get to it...
Where else can I start but with a sweet! I've been testing these "Tickled Pink" Sprinkle Cookies for my new cookbook. I put them to the "real test" the day of my daughter's party. This is always unnerving. Putting a new recipe out to see how it will be received. In this case, I was interested in whether the kids would be drawn to them, because they love "fun" food... and what could be more fun than pink cookies with sprinkles, right??!
Well, they loved them! Easy for them to pick up and munch on, and not too sugary!! Plus, I felt good knowing that they were naturally colored (a touch of beet powder to make them pink... but don't tell the kids that!) Even the sprinkles were colored naturally. I used Let's Do... Sprinkelz.
They worked beautifully, but man, these were expensive decorations. A small box had two even smaller packages inside. I figure about 2 tbsp to each package. I paid about $3.50 Cdn for them! That's insane! I think they were overpriced where I bought them, but still, it irks me so much that the junky, dye-laden stuff is so cheap. Sure, your kids may have a bizarro reaction to red and blue dye #"whatever" in the 'regular' sprinkles, but they are so bloody cheap of course people buy them.
My apologies for the sarcasm, but kids are just bombarded with the worst food. When you try to give them equivalent treats using natural, healthier ingredients, you pay the price. Well, I prefer to pay the price with my wallet than with my kids' health, thank you very much!
Well, enough of the rant. Back to the cookies. Here they are ready to be baked, after putting on the mucho-pricey sprinkles... and then another pic of these playful, sweetsie cookies!