A Sweet Treat: Apricot Jam Cookies

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Do you get tired of chocolates and candy by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around? If yes, then we have one thing in common because why wait for one specific date to eat them when you can treat yourself all year long! If that’s the case and you’re ready to try something new, then these apricot jam cookies will be just right for the occasion. They are ideal for your sweetheart, wonderful co-workers, un-noisy neighbours, and just about everyone else who deserves a little something sweet.

To make your very own batch, see below for all you need to know!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened, room temperature)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract1/4 cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons icing sugar

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar. Mix until well incorporated and sugar is no longer grainy.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla essence, beating the ingredients together.
  4. Sift in the cup of flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough is formed.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour, then cut into sections and roll flat.
  6. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make 1/4 inch-thick cookies. Use a smaller heart-shaped cutter to make a hole in the middle of half your batch.
  7. Place on baking sheet 1/2 inch apart and bake for approximately 8 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely. Spoon a teaspoon of jam onto the centre of each (whole) bottom half, and sprinkle sugar onto the heart-cutout part. Stick the two together, and bite in!

There you have it, ready to eat in no time! With the tangy goodness of apricots and sweet taste of icing sugar, these cookies are guaranteed to be your jam.

 

Petal Power: Buying the Best Blooms in the City!

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It’s that time of the year again! No, I’m not referring to that time when we freeze our bottoms off as the temperatures drop lower than your shortest friend does during a round of limbo.

I’m talking about Valentine’s Day –the time of the year when the town is painted pink and hearts flutter. Chocolate, dinners, and candles are all a standard part of everyone’s plans. When it comes to flowers however, there are endless options. And though roses are most coveted, other petals are just as perfect. So whether you’re buying a bouquet for yourself or for someone special, here are some go-to florists in Toronto!

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Admire the Stretch on Avenue Road: Yea, it’ll be a little chilly this weekend to say the least, but for some of the best and most abundant flower options, take a stroll on Avenue Road just south of Davenport Road. This stretch is lined plenty of shops and petals to choose from!

Check out Flower Creations: If venturing outdoors is too much for you, then take refuge in the sheltered warmth of Toronto’s PATH system. There, you’ll come across Flower Creations –ideal if you work in the downtown core (hello lunchtime trip)!

Keep it Chic with Coriander Girl: located in the Roncesvalles/Parkdale neighbourhood, this shop is as pretty as the arrangements it creates! Take one quick look at their website (or get lost for minutes on end admiring each beautifully showcased bouquet), and you’ll be sold.

Make Your Way to WilBe Bloomin: take a trip and head down to the quirky and fun Kensington Market! WilBe Bloomin makes custom bouquets and arrangements –and even delivers. So if you’re in a pinch for time, they’ll play messenger!

There you have it, plenty of options for you to pick your perfect flowers from this Valentine’s Day!