A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Jersey Cookie Girl, and shared a fun assortment of Easter themed cookies she was selling on her website, and could ship nationwide. If you missed my post, click here to read it now --http://www.inspiredbysavannah.com/2013/03/easter-gift-ideas-easter-and-spring.html.
Since then, Nicole, owner and Jersey Cookie Girl herself, sent my family the following Easter cookie basket, full of brightly colored chicks, bunnies and decorated Easter eggs, to sample and enjoy.
This 8 large cookie basket is $20, plus tax and shipping
Her cookies couldn't have come at a better time, as we had been laid up with food poisoning and the got the stomach flu again after I took the girls to the doctors. So much for clean, germ free doctor's offices, huh? My daughters were not happy campers with their tummy troubles and having to be cooped up in the house all week. But, when the delivery man came to drop off packages, their eyes lit up. You would have thought it was Christmas morning. :-) In addition to the Easter sampler, I also ordered a couple Blue's Clues and Pingu cookies from her, as I plan to do character cookie favors for Savannah's upcoming 3rd birthday. I wanted to be able to see Nicole's work when it came to character cookies and taste them before placing a birthday order.
So, as the girls sat hanging over the couch waiting to see what I was pulling out of the box, I couldn't help but smile when I saw the Easter basket and character cookies. I have to say, Nicole really does an amazing job in creating these cookies and decorating them by hand. Even though I had planned to hide the Pingu and Blue's Clue's cookies and add to the girls' Easter baskets, they saw me looking at the cookies and ran over to me in the kitchen, as Savannah yelled out "Pingu please and Blue's Clues for Sissa." Now, how could I saw "no" to her request. :-) Then, she saw the Easter basket full of cookies and me take it apart. It had come beautifully wrapped in cello wrap, and would have looked great on the table for display -- if you want to order a cookie arrangement for your upcoming Easter dinner. But, my girls would not let a cookie tray just sit there, to admire it. I saw Savannah's look, and knew what she wanted to do -- take and lick each one. :-)
Luckily, they had just finished lunch, so I didn't have to worry about them eating before their meal. I told them to go sit at their table and that I would bring them a cookie to try. Like any taste testers, they followed my instructions, and took a seat, as they fidgety waited for the cookies to be brought to the them. I started with the Pingu and Blue's Cookies cookies -- and, just like I had thought -- Savannah went to town licking the blacking icing off of the cookie, and loved the crystallized sugar that made up Pingu's orange nose. Once the cookie was completely bare, she requested one of the Easter cookies. I told her she would have to eat this cookie in its entirety first, before I even considered letting her try another cookie. Within five minutes she devoured the cookie, as she took breaks to wash it down with her juice, and to tell me "it's good!" or "Mmm, belly happy."
While Savannah is more vocal when it comes to taste testing, Arabella on the other hand, likes to eat in peace and quiet, and sat there enjoying every lick and bite of her Blue's Clues cookie. She started by breaking off Blue's ears, eating them first, before moving onto the actual face. And, by the time she was done, she had a blue face and a grin from ear to ear. I didn't even have to ask if she liked the cookie.
So, did I end up giving Savannah another cookie that day -- nope. She got full off of the Pingu cookie. :-) But, the next morning after breakfast she remembered we had the Easter cookies and asked for the white bunny for herself and the yellow chick for sissa. And, like they did the day before, they sat at their table in the dining room, and enjoyed milk and cookies. When they were done, not only were they full, but they were happy campers, as these cookies are so delicious. I can attest to this, as my husband and I ended up having 1 1/2 each that night after the girls went to bed, with tea. Usually I don't like decorated cookies as they are too sugary or take away from the cookie flavor. But, the cookies from Jersey Cookie Girl are beautifully decorated, while not taking away from the cookie taste.
I am so glad that I stumbled across Jersey Cookie Girl, as I now have a great go-to vendor when I need to send cookie bouquets, order one for a family gathering, or make my daughters' birthdays extra special. After having seen the Easter cookies and character cookies from Nicole, I know that the Backyardigan cookies she will be making for Savannah's birthday, will make her day extra special, and make her smile. :-)
If you are looking for an alternative to candy to fill your child's Easter basket with this year, why not consider picking up Easter cookies, or even character cookies from Jersey Cookie Girl? Or, if you are playing host to Easter dinner, save time on dessert by ordering one of Nicole's cute Easter themed cookie baskets. The cookies will be a great ending to the perfect day spent with family and friends. :-)
Click here to visit Jersey Cookie Girl and browse her selection of Easter themed cookie arrangements, as well as see examples of her other work -- http://www.jerseycookiegirl.com/. The hard part will be deciding on which cookies to get, as they all look so good! :-)
Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.