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    The Cravory - The Ultimate Cookie Experience!

    Make Your Big Day Extra Sweet With These Gourmet Wedding Cookies

    wedding cookiesAmerica loves its sweets, and cookies are by far one of the most popular desserts enjoyed across the country. Over 95% of U.S. households consume cookies, and as whole our country eats more than 2 billion cookies annually -- that's 300 cookies a person every year! While they are great for everyday snacking, cookies also make great treats at special events and are becoming a more popular feature at weddings. From personalized wedding cookies to cookie wedding favors, there are number of ways to make gourmet cookies a part of the big day. Some of the most popular wedding cookies served at wedding receptions these days are heart-shaped cookies, lemon bars, peanut butter surprises, and pecan tassies.

    1. Heart-shaped Cookies - Weddings are a day to celebrate love, and heart-shaped cookies are a great way to tie in the theme going throughout the reception. While they come in many flavors, one of the best (and simplest) recipes to use for these is a sugar cookie recipe. The cookies can be shaped with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and sprinkled with colored sugar or sprinkles to match the theme of the wedding.
    2. Lemon Bars - A slightly different approach to traditional wedding cookies, lemon bars are a rich yet refreshing treat that are quick to disappear from the table. With a light shortbread crust and creamy lemon custard filling, lemon bars are surprisingly easy to make but never disappoint.
    3. Peanut Butter Surprises - The only way to make peanut butter better is to combine it with chocolate. These small wedding cookies consist of a round peanut butter cookie with a piece of chocolate pressed into the top. The chocolate can vary from hershey's kisses to peanut butter cups, depending on the bride and groom's tastes.
    4. Pecan Tassies - These decadent little treats encompass all the delicious flavors of a pecan pie in a small tart-like cookie. They consist of a light, buttery crust and brown-sugar filling mixed with crunchy pecans. Any guests who love pecan pie are bound to enjoy this bite-size version of their favorite dessert.
    Although they make a great snack, cookies are also the perfect treat to leave for guests at a wedding reception. With so many different flavors available, there are endless possibilities for making the perfect cookie table for the big day.

    Always Thankful

    Recipes new and old, that’s Thanksgiving. A little tradition, your grandmother’s sweet potatoes, your mom’s stuffing and that perfect bowl of mashed potatoes. But to go with it, a brand-new homemade cranberry relish recipe, and a roasted squash recipe you found on the Food Network. If your Thanksgiving is a little bit old school mixed with a little new-school it’s not unlike most. Even the dessert table can get a bit of a refresh, with say, some Cravory cookies. Or what about using our Salted Caramel Creme signature cookie as the crust to an apple crisp. We'd love to hear your favorite Thanksgiving traditions and hope you get to spend the day with family and friends. And of course, great, good, delicious cookies.

    Different Cookie Decorating Tricks to Wow Your Guests This Holiday Season

    gourmet cookiesThe holiday season is right around the corner, and with the holidays comes the time for all of our favorite Christmas traditions. From decorating Christmas trees to wrapping gifts, these annual traditions help keep the spirit of Christmas alive throughout the holiday season. One of the oldest traditions in our culture is baking and decorating Christmas cookies. Since the 1930s, children across North America have left a tray of Christmas cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, and the leftover cookies are great for snacking or dessert. Whether your goal is gourmet cookies or gluten free cookies, there is an abundance of different Christmas cookie recipes for this time of year, and a number of ways to decorate them. Cookies are typically classified by the way they are prepared, and one of the most traditional Christmas cookies are rolled from a dough and cut into various Christmas-themed shapes. These cut-out cookies are fun and easy to decorate. Below are some of the easiest and useful techniques you can use for decorating Christmas cookies with icing:

    1. Flooding - Flooding is a decorating technique used to neatly fill in the entire shape of the cookie, and it acts as a base for many other decorating techniques. First you need to fill a pastry bag with the icing or frosting you want to decorate the cookies with. Next, outline the shape of the cookie with a single line to hold the rest of the icing in. Now you can fill in the outline you've made. If there are any bubbles or bare patches, you can use a toothpick to even out the surface.

    2. Marbling - Marbling is a great way to turn a plain cookie into a unique, gourmet cookie. To do this you will need a flooded cookie that is still wet. Then take a pastry bag with a different colored icing and pipe little dots in a pattern on the surface of the flooded icing. Right after, take a toothpick and drag it over the dots to create a beautiful marbled design.

    3. Quilting - Quilting is another decorating technique that can make ordinary Christmas cookies look like gourmet cookies by adding texture to the design. To make a quilted pattern, use a pastry bag to outline alternating designs on the cookie. After it is outlined, flood the individual shapes and let the pattern dry. After it has dried, use either the same color or a different color icing to outline and flood the remaining design on the cookie. The place where the edges of the patterns meet will appear puffy, giving the cookie a unique quilted design.
    Whether you're making gourmet cookies for Christmas dessert, cookies to leave out for Santa or bundling up cookie gift baskets for corporate business gifts, decorating Christmas cookies is a fun holiday tradition to get you in the holiday spirit.

    Week of the Beers - Starting Sunday, November 9<sup>th</sup>

    Week of the Beers - Starting Sunday, November 9th

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    Ahhhhh, Beer Week. For some, it's just another week in the year gone unnoticed. For beer buffs, it's like Christmas, only 10 days long. And for many in the industry it gives a wonderful opportunity for friends, chefs and some of the greatest beer makers in the world to collaborate and appreciate each other's crafts just that much more. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to ‘sample’ beers at 11 AM. We choose 6 of our favorite San Diego breweries (not an easy task) and gave them each their own Cookie Takeover Day in our shop. One cookie will represent one beer and one company for a specific day this week, starting November 9th. Now that we had the breweries chosen, the hardest part was narrowing down the perfect beer from each company for their signature cookie. I wanted to build a range of flavors for the week so I used mix of flagship and seasonal brews, and everything from stouts to IPAs. My love for beer only magnified the pleasure I had in working with these great breweries in the past month. Some I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for years, others I’ve just met, but the wonderful thing was that I felt everyone was equally excited that we were making a cookie out of their beer, as I was to be able to work with these amazing breweries. I could just feel the passion for their product exude from everyone I met, from the owners to brewers to bartenders, that passion builds all of their astounding success. Here is the weekly breakdown: November 9th Saint Archer: Beer: Coffee Brown - Coffee Stout made with Bird Rock Coffee Beans Cookie: Cocoa, Malt, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans November 10th Mission Brewery: Beer: Grapefruit IPA - Boldly hopped IPA, citrusy and a strong grapefruit finish Cookie: Grapefruit IPA Caramels infused with real grapefruit zest, sugar crust November 11th Acoustic Ales: Beer: Shake Your Money Maker - Nut Brown Ale, dry bitter and nutty Cookie: Malt, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Dark Chocolate Drizzle November 12th Lost Abbey: Beer: Judgment Day - Quadruple Ale strong ale brewed with raisins Cookie: Golden Raisin puree, molasses, vanilla a'peels November 13th Ballast Point: Beer: Dead Ringer- Oktoberfest Marzen with bitter and burnt caramel notes Cookie: Toasted Hazelnuts, burnt caramel, toffee bits, touch of chocolate November 14th Coronado Brewery: Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Pumpkin Ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices. Cookie: Pumpkin Pie Spices, Caramel, Honey Pumpkin Beer Glaze On November 15th we will bake up anything left of the flavors we have, but don’t bank on there being much extra. I have a feeling these will go fast, so come in and check our your favorite brew, in cookie form! Cheers and beers, everyone go out and enjoy the great SDBW! Cravors, don’t forget to get your holiday orders in early! Personal and corporate orders are open for holiday season, make it easy on yourself and get your holiday shopping done in one phone call!

    Gluten Free Cookies Provide a Sweet Retreat for People With Gluten Allergies

    healthy gluten free cookiesDid you know that over two billion cookies are consumed by Americans every year? Our society may have a slight obsession with these tasty little morsels, but they have been part of our culture for quite some time now. Chocolate chip cookies have been around for over 75 years, and Christmas cookies have been traced back to Medieval times. Our love of cookies has been a long time in the making, and even when certain food allergies have put up a road block for some cookie-lovers, bakers have found a solution. More people are being diagnosed with gluten allergies, keeping them from eating the typical flour-based cookies most people are familiar with. However, bakeries have come up with an assortment of healthy gluten free cookies that are just as delicious. Why Gluten Free? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that prevents a person from being able to digest gluten, which is a protein found in wheat and other grains. When a person with celiac ingests gluten, they can suffer from a number of different reactions, the most common being gastrointestinal issues. There are also many people without celiac disease that have a gluten sensitivity and feel ill after eating foods containing gluten. As celiac disease and gluten sensitivities have become better understood, more food manufacturers, restaurants and bakeries have started to make products gluten free products. Gluten Free Doesn't Mean Cookie Free! With more people being diagnosed with celiac disease every day, many bakers have made it a priority to come up with an assortment of gourmet cookies and other sweets that are totally gluten free. Alternative flours, such as rice flour, potato flour and corn flour, can be used instead in different combinations in gluten free baking recipes. Some bakers nix the flour altogether and have come up with completely flour free cookies and treats. Gluten free cookies are just as delicious as any others, and many people enjoy healthy gluten free cookies without even realizing they're gluten free! Interested in gluten free options but don't know where to buy gluten free cookies? Simply search online for local gluten free bakeries, or order a package online. Being gluten free doesn't mean a person should have to compromise on taste. There are many delicious gluten free treats available for people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, allowing them to continue to enjoy the yummy cookies and treats our society is so fond of.