Vegan Spritz Cookies

As we are working on the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, I thought it would be fun to take a dive into one of our family’s favorite cookies: the Spritz Cookie. These almond flavored cookies are synonymous with Christmas to me! Turns out, they are a Christmas favorite for many others as well. Read on to learn more about Spritz Cookies and watch the video below to hear about our family tradition, see how to make Spritz Cookies yourself, and learn how we’ve managed to veganize this holiday classic.

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Cookie Baking Party Tips

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, we got together for a cookie baking party! We gathered a few family members and baked Snickerdoodles, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, Spritz Cookies, and Iced Sugar Cookies. Read on and watch the video below to hear our tips for hosting your own cookie baking party.

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Cookie Decorating Class

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 2

To complete Step 2 of the Cookie Connoisseur Badge we took a cookie decorating class at a local coffee shop! Emilee from Wildflour Cookie Co. taught us how to use royal icing in various colors to create borders and fill in the cookies. In cookie connoisseur terminology this is called “pipe and fill”. Emilee is beyond talented and her Instagram is pure joy. Go check it out for some cookie inspiration!

Step 2 of any badge is to learn from others. Taking an organized class is a great way to do this step if you can find one! Cookie decorating classes seem to be plentiful these days and are also offered as e-courses online. You could also take a class that teaches you how to bake various types of cookies.

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Cookie Research: History, Techniques, and Fun Facts

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 1

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We are full swing into the holiday season around here. We can’t think of a better time to earn a badge all about cookies! We love everything cookies: cookie baking, cookie decorating, cookie tasting, cookie giving, and cookie swapping!

Although we’ve been cookie fans for a very long time, we did not know much about the history of cookies, how cookie recipes have changed over time, or how to decorate with royal icing. Join us as we become cookie connoisseurs! Follow along and research your favorite cookies, practice cookie decorating with royal icing, and learn some exciting cookie history and fun facts.

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Cookie Connoisseur Badge

Just in time for holiday baking, our next badge is the Cookie Connoisseur Badge! Join us over the next couple weeks as we learn the history of cookie baking, tips and techniques for decorating cookies, and how holiday baking has evolved over the years.

If you are interested in earning the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us.

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Earn your Mixology Badge in a Weekend!

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To earn the Mixology Badge, you will research the fascinating history of cocktails. You will learn about the tools of the mixology trade and the history of fun cocktail accessories. Invite some friends along as you take a cocktail class or learn from another expert. You will then get a chance to share your cocktail cognitions with others by hosting your own cocktail party. We’ve outlined how to complete the badge in a weekend below.

But first, here is a quick rundown of how earning a badge works. We use “Badge Guides” to lay out what it takes to earn the badge.

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Cozy Fall Cocktails: Apple Pie Martini & Vegan White Russian

Mixology Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the Mixology Badge, we taught family and friends to make two cozy fall cocktail drinks: an Apple Pie Martini and a vegan White Russian! Step 3 of any badge is to take action and share what you’ve learned with others.

We completed this badge by hosting several events – E had friends over one night after work for cocktails, we showed family how to make fall cocktails before a frigid and wet high school football game, and we had apple pie martinis at our annual family “fall fest.” All three events benefited from the fun of making cocktails and a little social lubricant. Below, we show you how to make these two fall drinks and share how we set up our supplies for teaching others.

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Cocktail Making Class

Mixology Badge, Step 2

To complete Step 2 of the Mixology Badge we took a cocktail making class at our local distillery, Red Cedar Spirits! We learned to make the “Bourbon Bun” and an “Apple Pie Martini.”

Step 2 of any badge is to learn from others. Taking an organized class is a great way to do this step if you can find one! Many distilleries offer cocktail making classes a couple times per year. You may also be able to find one on Airbnb Experiences

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Mixology Research: Cocktail History and Tools

Mixology Badge, Step 1

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We had a great time learning all about wine in our first Badge! It upped our wine knowledge immensely and tastings have been more fun as a result. We knew another alcohol-based badge was in our future. We are excited to learn all about cocktail history and how to master the art of mixology!

This badge is a natural fit with my love for hosting gatherings. A gathering with cocktails automatically elevates the event and makes it a bit more special! In this post, you will learn some basic cocktail and mixology history from our research. We will look into common mixology tools (is shaken really better than stirred?) and share fun facts about other cocktail accessories!

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Mixology Badge

We are very excited to announce our next badge… Mixology! Mixology is “the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.” Join us over the next two weeks as we learn the history of cocktails, figure out what various bar tending tools are used for, take a cocktail making class at a local distillery, and host a cocktail party!

If you are interested in earning the Mixology Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us. The Mixology Badge taught us tips for making delicious cocktails and showed us the history of cocktails from Europe to the US and the Caribbean.

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