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Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with the gifting of cards, flowers and chocolates. This year’s Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you still looking for gift ideas? You don’t have to break the bank to impress your valentine – check out the following chocolatiers and patisseries. They offer some beautifully crafted, delicious treats that I would be excited to receive this Valentine’s Day:

Bon Macaron Patisserie

Their 2016 Valentine’s Collection consists of 5 specialty flavours with unique designs. They are available in a beautiful gift box that fits not only all five specialty macarons, but also two extra macarons in your choice of flavours.

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

Bon Macaron Valentines Day 2016 Collection

The five specialty macarons are:

  • Cinnamon Heart – A white macaron decorated with tiny candy hearts.
  • Kir Royal – A deep pink macaron flecked with gold.
  • Mon Cheri (Chocolate and Cherry) – An adorable macaron based on the “heart eyes” emoji.
  • Rose – A bright red macaron sculpted to look like a rose.
  • Passion Fruit – Mini-macarons in the shape of hearts, X’s and O’s

On a regular basis, Bon Macaron produces some really interesting flavours, including Curry Mango Chutney, Goat Cheese & Fig, and White Truffle & Sea Salt. I’ve tried these flavours and thought they were quite spot on. Depending on your taste buds, you may taste the sweet first, or if you’re like me, I tasted the savoury flavours first. Either way, they were interesting, intriguing, and inspiring.

Bon Macaron Patisserie (3 locations)
2823 West Broadway, Vancouver
545-1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
1012 Broad Street, Victoria
www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com

Cartems Donuterie

You remember how much I enjoyed Cartems’ Christmas donut flavours. For Valentine’s Day, they have 4 special offerings:
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Here is the sugar cookie recipe that we used to bake our new header in celebration of our second anniversary. It’s a very simple recipe, but we have a few twists at the end of this post that will turn this into a great Christmas baking addition.

Cookies made for VanFoodies' 2nd anniversary

Cookies made for VanFoodies' 2nd anniversary

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for the sugar cookies

Ingredients for the sugar cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Pretty straightforward, right? It requires the basic baking ingredients that you probably all have in your pantry.

Preparation

  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter with sugar for around 2 minutes until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla extract.

    Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract together

    Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract together

  3. With a wooden spoon, gradually stir in the flour mixture until evenly blended.

    Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon

    Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon

  4. If the dough is too sticky to form into a ball, stir in extra flour. Add 2 tablespoons at a time until dough is no longer sticky and you can roll it into a ball. It should take at most another 1/2 cup flour.

    Stop when the dough is not sticky and you can form it into a ball easily

    Stop when the dough is not sticky and you can form it into a ball easily

  5. Divide the dough into 4 and press them into a disc shape. (more…)

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