I love to bake, but I really just don't do it often. The ingredients add up quickly, I have to actually *remember* to get them from the grocery store, and it feels like I'm going to make a giant mess in a tiny NYC-size kitchen. But I L O V E desserts, especially homemade cookies and cakes. So when I was sent this Foodstirs daisy cut-out cookie kit, I was ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
I am super picky when it comes to baked goods — cut-out butter cookies are my very, very favorite, and it's shockingly hard to find *really* good ones in bakeries. So my expectations weren't exactly the highest. When I looked at the recipe, my curiosity increased: It called for eggs and yogurt and included only all-natural ingredients and food coloring. It also included two cookie cutters and all the decorations you'd need for the adorable cookie bouquet. Even though you're supposed to use the included sticks to make cookie "lollipops," I was not about that life. You could bake way more cookies at a time without the sticks taking up so much room.
The kit made a ton of cookies! Two containers full, and that's with me eating a pretty significant portion of the dough as I cut them all out (which I'm sure isn't the healthiest thing to do, but whatever). It didn't take a long time to whip the dough together — you do need to chill it and roll it out and cut it, and repeat the whole series again and again, but that's always the case with cut-out cookies. Labor-intensive, but totally worth it. And the yogurt-based icing was sweet, tangy, and super delicious. I brought all the cookies to work the next day, and they went VERY quickly. People kept going back for seconds (real talk, I was one of them; I'm not the best at being generous when it comes to desserts). So this girl with a big ol' sweet tooth gives a big ol' thumbs-up. 10/10, would bake again. —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get it from Foodstirs for $18.99.
(You can also get a spooooky Halloween-themed kit for $14.99.)