Foodstirs is a monthly baking subscription box. Every month, you’ll receive family-oriented baking kits made with premium and real ingredients, free of preservatives, artificial dyes, and flavors. The mixes use organic and non-GMO ingredients when available.
Your subscription will start with the kit indicated on the subscription information page!
The theme for April was Darling Daisy Cookie Bouquet. When the treats have a holiday theme, this subscription typically comes way in advance of the holiday, so you’ll have it not only in time to make for the holiday itself but also in time for pre-holiday parties if you like.
As always, Foodstirs provides organic mixes and contains no artificial ingredients!
The box includes a card letting you know the ingredients needed, tools, baking time, quantity, etc.
I like that it breaks down the ingredients you need twice (the second time being what you need at home). The kit includes all dry ingredients and decorative items — you supply eggs, butter, and other dairy when needed. When making Foodstirs, you’ll always want to have plenty of butter and some plain Greek yogurt on hand, as these are almost always required.
The box includes complete nutritional and ingredients information. You will like the ingredients – never anything artificial, and the ingredients are primarily organic with only natural food dye. Nutrition information covers only what is provided in the kit – they don’t state the nutritional profile of the prepared food once you’ve added the required butter, eggs, yogurt, etc.
The instructions. They are step by step with a photo for each step. One card walked us through the dough preparation, cutting, and baking the cookies…
…a second card had complete instructions for turning the cookies into Daisy Bouquet.
The kit comes with organic mixes for the cookies and the frosting. We have found them to be really high quality and tasty. Regardless of how lovely our project turns out in any month, we know that it will taste good!
All of the decorative items are included, too. Foodstirs is always a bit of a craft box, too, as the baked goods are always decorated, sculpted, or arranged artistically.
Metal cookie cutters were included for two sizes of flowers, plus two bags for frosting, and a “flower pot.”
The dough mixed well and made a very soft dough. The recipe required freezing both before rolling and after cutting. Unfortunately, this lengthy routine (20 minutes for pre-rolling and pre-re-rolling; 10 minutes between cutting and baking) was required for every tray of flowers – skipping the pre-rolling chill meant the flowers would stick in the cutter, and skipping pre-bake chill would lead to expanding petals. I had to re-roll the dough a few times to use every bit, so that added an hour of time to the process. I was also a little annoyed at the command to place a cookie sheet in the freezer, as our current fridge has a counter-depth French door design that makes this a tight fit.
The cookies baked well – mine spread slightly, as I had a tough time chilling the cut cookies properly. They browned a tiny bit, but they tasted good and were getting frosted anyway.
The recipe makes a ton of cookies, but you only need six (three large and three small) on sticks for the craft.
The directions have you divide the beet-based food coloring unevenly between two bowls, giving you light and dark pink frosting. We used some of the white frosting before mixing in the dye to create additional variety.
The example shown on the card uses the frosting only for outlining, but we coated some flowers with each of the three shades of frosting and left some bare.
We then outlined the ray petals using our two shades of pink and used the yellow sprinkles to make the disc petals.
The finished bouquet. I think it’s adorable!
The recipe made a ton of cookies – enough to make a nice Spring table spread or platter for a small gathering.
By using some white frosting and covering some of the cookies with each shade before outlining, we got a lot of variety from just a single packet of dye!
The sprinkles were a little tough to apply with accuracy without taking forever, but they still looked fine. The frosting went on really quickly using the piping tube, but it was essential to guess at the proper size opening to cut at the tip – there was no hard tip provided, and the 1/2 inch suggested on the card for cutting the tip would have resulted in a hole waaaay too big for accurate decorating.
This cookie is closest to the intended look for the project, with some of the cookie showing through, but they didn’t rule out getting creative.
I really like the variety of looks created by mixing up the colors used on the flowers – try charting these on a Punnett square!
Foodstirs has proven to be a dependable baking project kit, as it always taste great and has a beautiful look if you are mindful during the preparation. Most projects look good even if you take some liberties with the decorating, so they are wonderful fun to work on with kids. Seasonally appropriate themes and early shipping schedules make this a perfect kit to receive in anticipation of holidays – most projects make an awesome centerpiece for a dessert service. All are kid-friendly.
Did you do Foodstirs this month!