Without Cookies the World Would Be…

What do you think the world would be like without cookies?!  We think it would be any combination of horrible, alarming, and downright depressing.  But, we want to know what YOU think.

Today we are raiding the subways of New York City and joining fans riding to the Yankees vs. Mets game for this in–season Subway Series.  If you are in the NYC area you can find us on the 7 Train to Citi Field hosting a cookie giveaway and kick starting our Social Media Contest.

Even if you are not in New York, no worries, you can still get in on the action!  Join our Social Media Contest by tweeting us @CookiePanache letting us know what you think the world would be like without cookies.  Use the tagline “Without cookies the world would be…”   The most creative tweet wins and scores 2 tickets to an upcoming Yankees or Mets game.  Don’t forget to hash tag your favorite MLB team (we’re Yankees fans at our office, but don’t worry – we won’t be biased in choosing our winner).

Example Tweet:

@CookiePanache Without cookies the world would be…crumb-y! #Yankees

If you don’t have a Twitter, you can still join the fun!  Get in on the contest by posting what you think the world would be like without cookies on our Facebook page (Like!) at facebook.com/cookiepanache.  (Please see below for Full Contest Rules.)

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Cookie Panache Subway Series Cookie Event Rules

Official Rules:

  • ·         No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win
  • ·         Adding more than one tagline Will Not Improve your chances of winning.

To Enter:

  • ·         Those entering will have a  Twitter Account (see Alternate Entry below if participant does not have a Twitter Account)
  • ·         Participants must create a fun/creative ending to the tagline “Without cookies the world would be…(filled in by the contestant)”

o    Then the contestant must tweet the completed tagline to (@CookiePanache) along with a hash tag (#) of their favorite New York Baseball Team (either the Mets or Yankees).

§  Example of what Tweet should look like:

  • ·         @CookiePanache Without cookies the world would be … (contestant fills in) #Mets
  • ·         @CookiePanache Without cookies the world would be … (contestant fills in) #Yankees.
  • ·         There is a limit of one entry per person/Twitter account for the duration of the survey period

o   Multiple entries from any one person or email address will void all but the initial entry

  • ·         Cookie Panache is not responsible for failures or malfunctions of email or websites; lost entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; incomplete entries or communications; or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise
  • ·         Cookie Panache reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void any and all entries of an entrant whom Cookie Panache believes has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this sweepstakes. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited

Contest Duration:

Cookie Panache will begin accepting entries June 22, 2012 and will close the contest June 27, 2012. No further entries will be eligible after the date of closure

 Winner Selection:

  • ·         Winners with the most creative tagline will be chosen by the Cookie Panache team, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the sweepstakes.
  • ·         Winners will be notified by Twitter and sent a direct message regarding further information about winnings from the Cookie Panache team

Prize:

  • ·         1st Prize– 2 Tickets to a regular season Mets or Yankees game from selection of 3 games at each stadium (winner may choose 1 game).
  • ·         2nd Prize–  $100 to spend at www.cookiepanache.com
  • ·         3rd Prize–  Winner will receive a sampler of gourmet cookies

Eligibility:

Contest is open participants 18 years of age or older; participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s consent

Alternate Entry:

If participant does not have a Twitter account, but instead has a Facebook account they can post the tagline to the Cookie Panache Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cookiepanache)

 Allergens:

  • ·         Cookies may contain traces of peanuts/nuts
  • ·         Cookies contain gluten

General:

By entering, entrants agree: to be bound by these Official Rules and that the decisions of the judges will be binding and final in all respects; and that Cookie Panache shall have the right and permission to use winner’s name and photograph for advertising, promotional and/or any other purpose in any media without additional compensation unless prohibited by law.

No substitutions or transfers of prize, except by Cookie Panache (due to prize unavailability) for a prize of equal or greater value selected by Cookie Panache. By entering, entrants agree that Cookie Panache, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, contractors, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents are not liable and shall be held harmless by entrant for any claim, action, liability, loss, injury and/or damage to entrant and/or any other person and/or entity, including, without limitation, personal injury and/or death to entrant and/or any other person, and/or damage to personal and/or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use and/or misuse of a prize or participation in this promotion.

If this sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, natural disaster, acts of god, cookie monster invasion, or any other causes beyond the control of Cookie Panache which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this sweepstakes, Cookie Panache reserves the right in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who it believes has tampered with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the sweepstakes (or any portion thereof). In the event of cancellation or termination, Cookie Panache may, in its sole discretion, select winners from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the event requiring such cancellation or termination to award prizes. Prizes are awarded “as is” without any warranty or guarantee provided by Cookie Panache.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

We like to celebrate any and all holidays at Cookie Panache, mainly because it gives us an opportunity to get creative with our cookies.  Saturday marks the Fifth of May, more commonly referred to as Cinco de Mayo.  First thoughts that come to mind when thinking about Cinco de Mayo are piñatas, sombreros, margaritas, and yummy food; at least that’s how we do it in America.  Interestingly, this holiday is now more widely celebrated in the U.S. than it is in Mexico. 

Some common misconceptions are that it is in celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day.  This is false, as Mexico’s “Fourth of July” isn’t until September.  Tomorrow actually marks a victory for Mexico in a battle against France, in which they were the underdogs.  They had slim to no shot of winning the Battle of Puebla, but beat their opponents and defended Mexico City.  About a year later the French actually did take Mexico City, but the point of the holiday is to celebrate their initial defeating of the odds. 

We celebrate here with our delicious Mojito Lime cookies.  We know they’re not completely Mexican, but they are a light, refreshing cookie with a hint of lime, perfect for a Mexican fiesta. 

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Mojito Lime Cookies from Cookie Panache.

Please check out some party planning tips for throwing your own Cinco de Mayo party from Between the Bread. 

http://www.thedailymeal.com/ricky-eisens-cinco-de-mayo-hosting-tips   

Everyone have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo!

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Last week we had a fun opportunity to create cookies for the new Disney Avengers movie!  I don’t know about you, but we are big superhero fans around here (of course, we like the good guys).  We had a great time designing, making, and eating these cookies of some of our favorite action stars.  Click through the slideshow and let us know what you think!  The Avengers, starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson, is in theaters May 4th.

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Hopes and Dreams to become a World Record Holder

World's Largest Cookie

I was at our Midtown Manhattan kitchen today where I saw our always delicious lunch fare and baked goods.  Something that we always have on display on the counter is a giant, chewy Peanut Butter Cookie that is bigger than your head.  It was then that I realized something I have always wanted to do in my life, and that was to break a Guinness World Record.  Now I know that our basketball sized cookie was nowhere close to breaking any records, but I thought that I would do some research to see if Cookie Panache could someday be a contender in this battle.

My findings were fascinating.  The World Record for “Biggest Chocolate Chip Cookie” was made in 2003 by the Immaculate Baking Co. in North Carolina.  This monstrosity came in at 102 feet wide and at over 40,000 pounds.  It took the bakers 8 months just to design the oven (and I’m guessing another 8 months to actually eat the thing), which used convective heat to bake the cookie for six hours.  Slices of the cookie were sold and all money was donated to charity.

Just a few of the ingredients used:

6,000 pounds of chocolate chips

5,000 pounds of sugar

6,525 pounds of unsalted butter

79 pounds of baking soda

30,000 eggs

Some of the other World Records I came across were less appealing; the world’s “Largest Bowl of Pasta” and the world’s “Largest Meatball”, coincidentally separate, but a match made in heaven, perhaps?

We couldn't resist including the photo from the "Largest Bowl of Pasta".

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Easter Egg Hunts from Around the World

While I was always a fan of candy, chocolate, and the Easter bunny, the thing that I remember being my favorite about the Easter holiday as a child was the Egg Hunt!  My family’s egg hunts were usually contained to the backyard and involved my cousins and me fighting over a jellybean. Little did I know that there are some amazing egg hunts around the world.

Fabergé’s Big Egg Hunt in London, UK

White House Easter Egg Roll

One of the most well known Egg Hunts in the U.S. is the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.  This 134th annual event takes place on the South Lawn and involves 35,000 eggs, games, face painting, and food from celebrity chefs.  Over 200,000 people apply to get in and only 30,000 receive tickets.

Fabergé’s  Big Egg Hunt – London

Unfortunately this event is over, but I will say that I’m already planning my trip to England for this next year.  The egg hunt is actually over a month long, beginning on February 21 and ending on April 3.  Over 200 designer eggs, each over two feet tall are hidden all over the city.  Every egg contains a code word that can be texted in and puts you in the running for the Grand Prize (which sounds so amazing, I can hardly wait to win it next year.)  The grand prize is ‘The Diamond Jubilee Egg”, estimated at £100,000.  The eggs truly are a work of art and are created by artists and fashion designers from around the world, with all money raised donated to charities.

The Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt – Windermere, UK

This egg hunt hides 110 ceramic eggs to commemorate Peter Rabbit’s 110th birthday.  The eggs, themed after Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Mr. Tod” will be hidden across the Cambrian countryside and spans 2,600 square miles.

Egg Hunt at the Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte – France

A gorgeous castle outside of Paris hosts an egg hunt every Easter Sunday hiding over 35,000 eggs.  What I like most about this Egg Hunt though, other than the fact that it takes place at a castle, is that there is a scheduled egg hunt in the morning for kids and a separate one in the afternoon for adults.

Have a happy and safe weekend from all of us at Cookie Panache!

Our version of an Egg Hunt here at Cookie Panache!

10 Fun Foodie Facts You Didn’t Know About Easter (But Now You Do!)

While we obviously love cookies, we really are fans of sweets and treats of all kinds here at Cookie Panache.  So, as we were preparing for our Easter festivities, I came across some fun food facts and learned something about this Springtime holiday.

Did you know…

  • According to the National Confectioner’s Association, Americans consume about 7 billion pounds of candy on Easter.
  • Americans buy more than 700 Million marshmallow Peeps for Easter, making it the most popular non-chocolate candy.
  • The first chocolate eggs were made in Germany.
  • 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears of a chocolate bunny first; Second most popular is the feet, followed by the tail.
  • 16 billion Jelly Beans are made specifically for Easter.
  • Kids prefer red Jelly Beans.
  • 65% of adults prefer Milk Chocolate.
  • Every year during Passover, Coca-Cola New York produces Kosher soda without corn syrup.
  • Easter is the second biggest candy-consuming holiday after Halloween.
  • In old days, pretzels were eaten on Easter because the twists were made to resemble arms that were crossed in prayer.

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The History of the Whoopie Pie

We make Whoopie Pies here in our Midtown Manhattan kitchen, and while there is no debate over how delicious they are, I think part of the reason they are so fun to eat is because of their name!  It got me thinking, who was the brilliant mind behind this scrumptious treat, and why do we call them “whoopie” pies anyway?

While it is obvious that they are certainly not a “pie”, simply put, they are mini cake sandwiches with a cream filling.  According to legend, whoopie pies have been around for almost 100 years with the first ones being made in the 1920’s.  There is controversy over which state founded them, but most sources point to the Pennsylvania Amish as the originators.  These desserts were actually made from the leftover cake batter from bigger cakes, and would be put in lunches for the men while they were farming.  When the men and children would see them, they would yell “Whoopie!”

Interestingly, the Whoopie Pie is the official state treat of Maine, which leads me to another question, and probably another blog post…(Do we have a state treat here in New York, and how have I not known about this?!  Cheesecake, perhaps?)  Anyway, back to the topic at hand; whatever its history, we’re glad that the Whoopie Pie is around and is a part of our life here at Cookie Panache.  Overall conclusion, you can’t NOT have a good time while eating something with the word “whoopie” in it.

Whoopie Pies in the making at Cookie Panache.

Fall Frenzy

Here at Cookie Panache, we love to find reasons to celebrate, and what’s more joyous than autumn. Autumn is full of beautiful sights, smells and sounds. To celebrate the delicious tastes and smells of autumn, Cookie Panache has created an ode to our grandmas’ kitchen by recreating all of our childhood favorites for you guys. Treat your family to a very special treat.

Apple Cinnamon Cookie

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

The apple cinnamon cookie is a reminder of all things Fall, from apple picking to apple pie baking to sneaking the last apple cider doughnut after mom and dad have gone to bed. These cookies feature a soft vanilla cookie, packed with pieces of fresh apple and lightly sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Almond-Ginger Butter Cookie

Almond Butter Cookie

I have many memories of eating gingerbread tea biscuits with my grandma when she watched me after school. These cookies are a reminder of all things simple and sweet. These delightfully light cookies are made with ginger and topped with sliced almonds.

Oatmeal Raisin with Walnuts

Oatmeal Raisin topped with Walnuts

A sophisticated twist on a classic favorite. Who doesn’t love a soft, chewy warm oatmeal cookie after playing in a pile of leaves all afternoon? These delicious creations are reminders of those days before we got stuck in a cubicle from 9-5.

Mom’s Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mom always knew how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookies. They were chewy on the inside, but crunchy around the sides, and always full of large chocolate chunks that were satisfying, but never over powering. Let’s not forget how many bedtimes were postponed for a tall glass of milk and a few too many cookies. 

The Sock Monkey

The other morning, Cookie Panache received a very unique order: Sock Monkey sugar cookies! Naturally, we all went crazy. Who doesn’t love a childhood classic? Then, I started wondering what makes the Sock Monkey such an American icon? As the name suggests, the Sock Monkey is a stuffed animal fashioned from a sock to look like a monkey. However, the origin of this beloved little guy is very fascinating.

Part I: The Monkey

The sock monkey’s ancestor comes from the Victorian era in Great Britain. Popular culture, influenced by the “Scramble for Africa” (history lesson: the nickname given to the dramatic growth of European colonization in Africa between 1881-1914), took interest in exotic animals, plants and crafts from Africa. The result was an increase in monkey inspired toy production. These toys were not necessarily produced from the sock, but were very popular with the kids. This new trend extended beyond Europe, it affected the United States as well.

Part II: The Sock

Meanwhile, across the ocean John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, patented a sock sewing machine in 1869 and began produced low-cost work socks for the average American factory worker. These socks were unique. They had red heels so consumers knew they were purchasing authentic Nelson Knitting Company socks. (Can you guys guess where this is going?)  Mothers across the country started using these socks to sew low cost, plush monkey toys for their children with cute, little red smiles. The outcome? Dad’s extra work sock doubled as the perfect companion for kids, especially during the Great Depression and World War I .  The rest of the story is just some patent history and the development of an American icon.

Now that is what we call crafty. Cookie Panache is very proud to carry on the tradition of this particular American sweetheart. Our sugar cookie imitation may not be quite as vintage as the Sock Monkey, but they sure are as cute.

Sweet Summer Treats

Don’t we all love cookies? So, why should summer time be reserved for ice cream and iced tea. Add a cookie or two to your day. Check out our great new collection of summer animal sugar cookies. They are as delicious as they look. Enjoy them with your friends or send them as a gift at: http://www.cookiepanache.com.

(My personal favorite are the frogs!)

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