Sunday, August 17, 2014

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I gave a batch of basic chocolate chip cookies a cheerful twist with cherry chips and almond bits. And these have turned out to be my new favorite cookies. At least for this week anyway. ; )

Almonds

I used blanched slivered almonds and chopped them up pretty fine … because I don’t like a lot of crunch in my cookies.

DelightFulls

And the cherry flavor came from these NEW dark chocolate cherry flavored morsels. I first enjoyed them at an event hosted by Nestle a couple of weeks ago to showcase some of their new products launching in September. You may have already seen them in stores though.

Dark chocolate cherry flavored morsels

They also come filled with caramel, peanut butter and mint flavor. Too fun! Oh and keep your eyes open in the freezer section too because they now have frozen cookie dough to answer all our late night cookie cravings. YAY!

Cookie scoops

Scooping is very satisfying to me for some reason. You can roll them in a few extra almond pieces of you like.
I love seeing these little domes of dough right before they go in the oven.

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie

But I love them even more warm right out of the oven.

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 32 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate cherry filled morsels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and both sugars in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Then stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped almonds. Stir in the cherry filled morsels.
  5. Scoop dough onto baking sheet. Roll in remaining 1/4 cup of chopped almonds if desired.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Source: © 2014 Bakerella.com

Almond Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s a quick little flipagram from the Nestle Event. It was a fun time filled with amazing chefs, new friends, great food and of course lots of chocolate.

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Brownie Mocha Milkshakes

Mocha Brownie Milkshake

So, I’m kind of in love with this milkshake. Brownies, ice cream, chocolate syrup and a little Kahlua coffee.

Brownies

My Saturday night is to blame for these. With a sudden late night craving for chocolate, I went to the pantry … fingers crossed … that I had a brownie mix (aka my guilty pleasure quick fix) in there. And yay … I did. Because if I didn’t, I don’t think I would have gone to the extra few minutes of effort to bake them from scratch.

Then I proceeded to eat more than my share of warm brownies to make me feel better.

And by late Sunday afternoon, I figured I’d finish the rest off with a little ice cream.

Scooped

One of my all time favorite sweets to enjoy is warm brownies with vanilla ice cream. I’m easy like that. But today I’m going all cold and creamy.

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

Throw everything in a blender until combined. Bam. Done.

Brownie Milkshakes

I think I’d be just fine with a spoon. Yep. Yes I would.

But let’s dress them up a little bit with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

So pretty. And now they look as good as they taste! What’s your favorite make at home milkshake flavors.

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

Servings: Two tall or three small milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 brownies (about 2-inch square), cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons cold coffee (I used Kahlua flavored) YUM!
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream, brownie pieces, milk, coffee and chocolate syrup in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth with tiny brownie pieces visible.
  3. Drizzle chocolate syrup on inside of glass. Pour in milkshake and serve with whipped cream, crumbled brownie and chocolate sprinkles.
  4. To make whipped cream, combine heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a metal mixing bowl. Beat on high using the whisk attachment until soft to medium peaks form. Chill bowl and whisk in freezer for several minutes before you get started.
Source: © 2014 Bakerella.com

Mocha Brownie Milkshake

Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Double Chocolate Pancakes and More

Double Chocolate Pancakes

How about a little chocolate to go with your chocolate?

That’s right! Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes to start the day.

Now, this is definitely not an everyday kind of breakfast, but for special days I’d say YAY and YUM and YES, please!

The recipe for these is featured on People.com if you’d like to make a stack. I’ve been working with People’s Great Ideas to create sweet switch ups from some of their celebrity recipes…

and these Double Chocolate Pancakes are my latest addition.

But that’s not all …

Below are some more sweet links that have been featured from the past few months. Enjoy!

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies
Lemon Cookies

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies

These simple sandwich cookies are lovely and lemony and a perfect summertime snack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifles

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Trifles

Single serving sweets. I love them. These are a little on the large side, but because you can close the jar, it makes them easy to enjoy for a couple of days.


Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

There’s something about Whoopie Pies that make me happy. These soft and tender little cakes sandwiched with frosting are hard to resist.


Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

Want to make cinnamon rolls without waiting for the dough to rise? Then try this quick recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars
Oreo Cheesecake

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake squares are decadent and delicious and I wish I had some in the refrigerator right now.

Strawberry Lollipop Tarts

Strawberry Lollipop Tarts

Mini Pop Tarts with lollipop sticks? These little strawberry-filled treats are sprinkled with cute.

Cocoa Cupcakes

Cocoa Cupcakes

Topped with the tiniest little marshmallows, these cupcakes are a fun way to enjoy cocoa any time of the year.

That’s it! Hope you enjoy these sweet treats.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cook for the Cure

KitchenAid launched 1,000 Cooks for the Cure today and I’m thinking pink! And raspberry, too! (Enter below for a chance to win this beautiful berry colored mixer.) But first let me tell you a little about 1,000 Cooks for the Cure and how you can host a party to help an amazing cause at the same time. KitchenAid in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure helps raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Their goal is to have 1,000 cooks host a party, potluck, bbq or any get-together large or small with friends or family anytime between July 18 and July 27. Cook for the Cure gives people with a passion for cooking a wonderful way to support a meaningful cause. Host an event and encourage guests to donate to Susan G. Komen® sometime during this week-long fun and fundraising initiative.

Find out how you can get involved:
1,000 Cooks for the Cure website: http://cookforthecure.kitchenaid.com/host-a-party/

  • Register your party and let’s help fill up their map page with as many little pink ribbons as possible.
  • Check out the “How to Host” section for helpful forms, invitations, recipes and inspiration.

Plus, here are a few possibilities from me to help you think pink and party perfect.

Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes | Confetti Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pink Flower Fondant Covered Cupcakes | Pink Flower Bouquet Cake Pops | Big Love Chocolate Chip Cookie | Miniature Double Decker Doughnut Cookies | Pink Panda Cupcakes | Peppermint Candy Cookies | Pink Heart Cake Pops | Brownie Sundae Bon Bons

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And now… enter for a chance to win this Beautiful Raspberry Ice KitchenAid Stand Mixer:

 

  • Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Easy! You can share what kind of get together you’d want to host, or if there’s someone special in your heart you’d want to host it for, or you could simply say hi. (hi back from me!)
  • And … for an additional entry, register to host a #CookForTheCure party at http://cookforthecure.kitchenaid.com/host-a-party/. Then just enter the Host ID number that gets assigned to you right here in the comments section of this post as well. That’s it!
  • Deadline to enter is July 27th, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET.SORRY – TIME’S UP! Winner announced below. One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime July 28th on this post.
  • Good Luck!

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It’s time to announce a winner! And to everyone who was able to register to host a party… Thank you!!!

And the winner is… #396 – Congratulations Maria!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Party Pops

Party Balloon Cake Pops

I’ve made a bunch of cake pops over the years. I like to challenge myself and see just how much I can make a tiny ball of candy covered cake look like something else and I usually skip over more simple ideas because I can visualize how I think they might turn out.

It’s the harder ones that excite me the most because I never really know if I can pull it off until that last detail is added and I set it down in a cake pop stand. I like the challenge of the unknown. But this weekend I went for a design that was made for cake pops.

Party balloons!!! Round, bright colors and filled with cake instead of air … perfect! And my kind of pop.

Oh… And not a single candy was used to decorate them… and I love them! They really turned out cute.

I need to remember that the simple things can be just as sweet.

Cake Balls

Crumbled cake mixed with frosting and rolled into balls. You know the drill.

And if you don’t, here are the basic how-to instructions to get you started.

I hand roll the cake and frosting into balls before I shape to make sure I use even amounts for each pop. Then after they are rolled, I shape them by hand.

But I didn’t just make round balloons.

Shaped cake and frosting

It’s a party so I made balloons in different shapes…

and cones for party hats …

and dimensional triangles for pennants!

YAY Pennant Cake Pops

YAYAYAY!!!

Want to know a trick for shapes with sharper edges?

It’s simple.

Wax paper

Wax paper!!!

Just lay a sheet on the counter and take a rolled cake ball and slide it against the surface. (You can also start the shape by hand first to make it go a little quicker.) The crumbled cake mixed with frosting will easily form a flattened bottom. Then you can rotate the shape, slide again and create a sharp edge. Or you can rock it back and forth for a rounded edge. For cones, you can roll the shape at an angle so it forms a point and then slide the wider end on the wax paper for a flattened bottom.

I know it’s hard to picture, but if you just start to play around you’ll pick it up super quick.

Candy Wafers

Happy colors!

Dipping

After you dip the balloon shapes and let them dry, you can use a toothpick dipped in coating to draw a tie around the lollipop stick. It’s the only detail you need to add to sell them as balloons.

For the pennants, use a toothpick to draw an outline on the front facing triangle and then sprinkle sanding sugar on top to decorate.

Then you can use a toothpick dipped in another color to draw on “YAY”. If it helps, you can etch the word on the candy surface first to use as a guide.

That’s it!

Just dip, draw, and decorate in different colors.

Dipping

…like bright yellow … or like cheese … yes, that’s all I can see now.

It just needs a few little dimples which I could drake by pressing into the dough with the end of a lollipop stick for texture. And then I just need to make a mouse to go with it. That’s how my brain works.

Okay back to the party…

Party Cake Pops

For the party hats, I attached a sixlet on top with melted candy coating and when dry covered it with more candy coating and sprinkled with sanding sugar to get a nice round shape at the pointed top. The base of the hats were heavily dotted with melted candy coating and then covered in sanding sugar, too.

Yay for Cake … and reason enough to celebrate!

Party Cake Pops

Enjoy!

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