Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding: Bridal Shower Favors

So the favor for Katie's shower was the most difficult part of the planning process.  I wanted something that fit the theme but unfortunately "tea bag caddies" and "loose tea holders" are not very practical gifts in an area of the country that likes Lipton tea iced with sugar.  I think cookies and cookie cutters are too common.  I decided to do a flavored butter - something that would be tasty on a scone, biscuit, toast, etc.  I found two recipes online and used them both to make this variation.  The cute jars were ordered at Michaels.

Vanilla Honey Butter
Smart Balance Omega-3 Buttery Spread (15 ounce container)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Start with butter that is at room temperature.  Scoop the butter out of the container and into a mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer beat butter on low until fluffy (3-4 minutes).  Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey and mix again on low until incorporated.  I used a piping bag to help get the butter into the jars.  This recipe made 14 jars.

This is not a low calorie condiment by any stretch.  But for a treat or something to make for company this is a quick and easy way to jazz up butter and make it extra special.

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