Sunday, June 9, 2013

Father's Day Gift Guide & Cookie Recipe

Sorry, but I have the best dad in the world. But one thing I don't love about my dad so much is that it's hard to shop for him. He's not a bigger shopper and he's not the kind of guy that likes excessive possessions. He only sticks with what he needs. Simplicity at its best!

Here is a list of gifts though that I'm sure will get dad's seal of approval this father's day.

Armani Cologne: This has been my dad's signature scent for as long as I can remember.

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups: My dad's one vice is his sweet tooth, which I'm pretty sure I inherited from him. He loves reese's peanut butter cups, but these Justin's are a little bit healthier and less processed. 

Brooks Brother's Handkerchiefs: He's the only guy I know that still carries one every day in his pocket. 

Jack Spade Briefcase: I think this briefcase is a beautiful color leather and is both sharp and functional.

Moleskin Notebook: My dad has at least a dozen of lists. He would be so much more organized if he wrote them down in a notebook. 

Ray Bans: My dad only wears ray ban sunglasses (since college!). I think this slightly different style pair would be a great.

Keurig Coffee Machine: Like the rest of America, my dad is a coffee connoisseur and runs on Dunkin. This machine makes a perfect cup of coffee without so much mess.

Vineyard Vines Tie: Since I am now college bound, I can not wait to see my whole family decked out in collegiate gear. Vineyard Vines happens to have my college for one of their ties, but if your college isn't listed, your favorite sport's team might be included.

Waterman Pen: My dad carries around his own pens as well. I'm always looking for new pens for him to try. 

Home Depot Git Card: I think this is pretty given for any dad. I know as much about power tools as my dad knows about heels- absolutely nothing!

Brooks Brother's Cuff Links: These cuff links would be great for formal events and remind me of a ring he has.

Frank Clegg Magnifying Glass: My dad always loses his glasses. This would be great for those rare common occasions he doesn't have his glasses on him. It's small enough to fit in his pocket without being clumsy and the Frank Clegg brand make all their leather goods by hand. It's quality American craftsmanship.

J. Crew Travel Kit: My dad is in the market for a new travel kit and this one is identical to his old one.

The best gift of all I make my dad for any special occasion or holiday is his favorite thumbprint cookie!

My favorite recipe for thumbprints comes from the Gourmet Cookie Book. It goes through cookies from the twentieth century by decades. I highly recommend it!

Jelly Centers

3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup confectioner's sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup of unsalted butter
6 large egg yolks
juice and rind of lemon (optional)
1 cup jam of your choice
black walnuts (optional)

Cream butter until it is light. Gradually add confectioner's sugar, creaming well after each addition. Add the egg yolks (one at a time), salt, and lemon. Gradually add flour and stir or knead dough until throughly blended. Chill for 2 hours.

Roll the dough with slightly flour covered hands into small marble sized balls (I then dip mine in chopped black walnuts). Line them on cookie sheet and then press down the center of the cookie with your thumb. Fill with jam and bake cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown.

Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes, then transfer them to cookie racks. Let them cool to room temperature before eating.

Makes about 11 dozen cookies.

Happy baking & shopping!

1 comment:

  1. Love the tie and briefcase!


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