Monday, July 25, 2016

Summertime Sweets

Hey guys! I sure have missed you. I’m sorry for not posting as much lately, but I kind of got swept away by summer and some few things going on in real life. I am excited to say that soon, well it’s probably going to be several weeks from now, but soon I’ll have a new site for you. It’s been forever … years even … since I had this little sweet spot redesigned and I can’t wait for you guys to see it. Plus, it will finally be mobile friendly. Hands high in the air …Yay!

So with summer on the brain and my oven off this past weekend, I thought I would feature some of my fave summery sweets. If you’ve been a long-time follower you’ll remember some of these oldies but goodies and if you’re new to the site, then I hope you have fun looking through all the yum.

Let’s get started……

Banana Pudding

Some Like it Hot…
…and judging by how quickly this dessert disappeared, some like it cold, too. I’m talking about good, old-fashioned banana pudding, of course. Me? I like it cold… okay, and hot, too! My grandmother used to make a homemade one that was served warm and oh, how I wish I had the recipe for it. But, since I don’t and it’s summer… Continue Reading

IMG_3341

Lei Time
Just thought I’d say hi with a few Aloha Cupcakes. Hi there. Hello. Howdy. How ya doing? These are Pineapple Mango Cupcakes. All tropical like. With graham cracker crumbs for sand and fondant flowers for the leis. They’d be super cute for a luau party. They’re really pretty easy to make once you have all … Continue reading

Butterfinger Crunch Ice Cream

Butterfinger Crunch Ice Cream
I enjoy ice cream way too much. I think I could eat it every day. And I almost did last week when I was on vacation. Ice cream is my traveling must-have treat above all other sweets. And now that I’m back home, I already feel like I’m having withdrawal. Luckily, this no-churn ice cream … Continue reading

IMG_0951

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…
Ice Cream!!!!!!!!! Sorta. Kinda. Okay, not so much. These are all cake and candy impersonating cute little ice cream cones. The cool part is they don’t drip. Their frozen parts are frozen. And unlike the … Continue reading

Beach Ball Cake Pops

Have a ball
I hope you guys are enjoying the summer so far. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the pool, the sofa or somewhere else, I hope your summer is fun, fun, fun! And these beach ball cake pops are a great way to get in the right mindset. I made them for Target’s blog A Bullseye … Continue reading

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Easy Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
Okay, I almost feel silly posting this. It’s sooo so easy, but it makes me way happy when I bite into one that I can’t resist. It’s the simple things sometimes you know. I was at Bruster’s the other day getting some ice cream and this poster was staring me back in the face. Umm … Continue reading

Burger Bite

Fast Food Fun
Cupcake Buns + Brownie Burgers + Cookie Fries = One Happy Meal! Or many… I can hardly stand how cute these little guys are … Continue Reading

Lemony Lemonies

Mom Approved!
These may not look like all that much at first glance, but let me tell you they are fantastic! They’re little lemon brownies or lemonies. My mom found them on Pinterest and said she wanted me to make some for her right away. So I came up with this version to give her on Mother’s … Continue reading

bandb

Burgers and Bees
Bzzzzzzzz. Bees first. I did these a while back. They were some of my first attempts at turning cake pops into little creatures. Since doing them, I’ve seen other variations shared by readers that are pretty darn cute, too. Some with smaller wings using jumbo white heart sprinkles that I think are just darling. I’ll … Continue reading

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

Brownie Mocha Milkshakes
So, I’m kind of in love with this milkshake. Brownies, ice cream, chocolate syrup and a little Kahlua coffee. 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 … Continue reading

Sweet Shapes Candy Cupcake Toppers

Sweet Shapes Candy Cupcake Toppers
I have another easy little project to share with you today using candy wafers and one of the candy molds in my Bakerella for Make’n Mold line. If you liked the candy jewel pops from a few weeks ago, then I think you’ll enjoy this project too. It’s a fun way to make the cutest …Continue reading

Snowcone Cupcakes

Snow Cones
These snow cones won’t melt. Nope. They’re not icy… but they are frosted. They’re snow cone cupcakes and they were a lot of fun to make. I decorated them in red, white, and blue so you can see how cute they can be for Memorial Day or the Fourth. When I made them, I wanted … Continue reading

Brownie Sundae Bon Bons

Brownie Sundae Bon Bons

It’s been soooo hot the last few days. Like historically hot with record-breaking temperatures in Georgia. Throw in our humidity and it’s a recipe for staying inside and enjoying the cool breeze of the air conditioner. I’ve lived without one when I was younger, but in the south, the a/c is definitely appreciated. So instead … Continue reading

Enjoy

Sweet Tarts
I decided I need to add a little more fruit to my diet. My pie diet, anyway. Berries. Black and blue. And raspberries, too. I think I love you. These are really easy to make. Pie crust, plus berries… Just fold and bake. This one didn’t even make it to the plate. Enjoy them topped … Continue reading

Okay… now I’m seriously craving something sweet. Hope you enjoy these summertime treats. Hugs!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Marbled Skillet Cookie

The swirls of chocolate that dance throughout this peanut butter skillet cookie will make you want to dive right in. I know because I could barely wait for a bite once I took this big beauty out of the oven.

Skillet Cookie Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need are: flour, sugar, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and chocolate syrup.

Mini Chips

Oh …  and some miniature semisweet chocolate chips don’t hurt either. Once the batter is mixed, stir them right in for a double dose of chocolate.

Spreading Batter

Spread half the batter in the bottom of a greased 10-inch cast iron skillet.

Chocolate Syrup

Now … yum … pour some chocolate syrup all over the top.

Good stuff.

Spreading More Batter

Then spread the rest of the batter on top of the syrup like so.

Swirled Cookie Batter

Now, gently swirl a thin knife through the batter several times. Be careful not to over mix or it will lose some of the marbled effect.

Okay, let’s bake this baby.

Marbled Peanut Butter Cookie

Beautiful. And even better with a big scoop of ice cream on top.

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Dig in with friends and several spoons or cut into even slices to serve.

Marbled Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 – 1/3 cup chocolate syrup

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Generously grease a deep 10-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
  • Using a mixer, beat butter and peanut butter until combined. Add both sugars and beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time beating between each addition. Then add vanilla and mix.
  • Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and mix until incorporated. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  • Spread half of batter in bottom of skillet. Pour syrup on top. Gently spread remaining batter on top of syrup. Using a thin knife, gently swirl syrup through batter.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes. (Note: You can also bake in a 13 X 9 inch pan for 35-40 minutes.)

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Enjoy with ice cream and more syrup if desired.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Grab some milk because you’re going to want a big cold glass to go with these chocolatey cookies.

Cookie Ingredients

Here are all the ingredients to make your day a little sweeter.

Cookie Dough

The dough gets off to a delicious start with butter, sugar, brown sugar and creamy peanut butter.

Major Morsels

When the dough is ready, these morsels get mixed in for a perfect marriage of peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s easy to see why.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups peanut butter morsels*
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels*

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and then set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, both sugars and peanut butter using a mixer until creamy. Add eggs and then vanilla, beating well until incorporated.
  • Slowly beat in the flour mixture. Stir in both morsels.
  • Chill dough for 15-20 minutes and then scoop onto prepared baking sheet placing 2 inches apart using a 1 1/2 inch scoop for evenly sized cookies.
  • Roll scooped dough into balls and gently flatten the tops of the cookies. * You can reserve some of the morsels to press into the tops of the cookies before baking.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes. Makes about 32 cookies.

Melty Morsels

Yummy melty morsels. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sweet Talk Cookie Signs

Sugar Cookie Signs

I bought a little lightbox sign the other day that inspired these sweet message board cookies.

A photo posted by @bakerella on

Look how cute. And I’ve been playing around with different sayings to put on display in the kitchen so I thought it would be fun to say things with sugar, too.

Cookie Cutting

I used this awesome sugar cookie recipe and two rectangular cookie cutters to make the signs.

The big cutter is 2 X 3 inches and the little one is 1 x 1.5 inches.

Sugar Cookies

Once the cookies are baked and cooled, roll out vanilla fondant and you can use the same cutters to cover the cookie tops.

When rolling out fondant, keep your roller and work surface lightly coated in powdered sugar or corn starch so the fondant can be easily lifted and transferred.

Spread a thin layer of frosting on your cookies and then position the fondant in place. Gently press down and smooth out without making indentions in the fondant.

Making Cookie Signs

To make the signs, I used a mini spatula to press indentions into the fondant to create a border. The width of the spatula was also perfect for the middle horizontal lines, but you can also use any straight edge that works for you.

BTW, this mini spatula is one of my all-time favorite things in the kitchen. It’s from Pampered Chef if you want to track one down.

Cookie Sign Boards

I also tinted some fondant light pink for even cuter signs.

Cookie Writing

Let the fondant dry out a little and then use a black edible ink pen to write something sweet … or sassy. If you write right away, the pen may make indentions in the fondant.

Cookie Signs

When done writing your words, use the same edible ink pen to fill in the borders. Indenting with the spatula helps to make sure you stay in the lines.

But wait, don’t you think these signs should totally stand up?

Treat Yo Self Cookie Signs

I think so, too.

Cookie Triangles

Here, I used a small teardrop cutter to make triangle shapes by cutting off the rounded ends.

Cookie Sign Assembly

Then I attached the triangles to the cookie backs with melted peanut butter candy coating. You can use other colors, but the peanut butter wafers blended in with the cookie color nicely.

The sugar cookie recipe will make 24 cookies or 12 standing signs.

IMG_8857

These are so cute… you’ll want to eat your words.

Enjoy!!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Curious George Cake Pops

Curious George Cake Pops

I’ve been monkeying around this weekend and made the sweetest little cake pops in partnership with Hulu to share with you guys. I’m working with them to help celebrate that all nine seasons of Curious George are now streaming only on Hulu and of course I had to explore how my favorite mischievous little monkey would look in cake pop form.

Okay …Who’s curious to find out how to make George and make people smile.

Making Cake Balls

First, we need to mix up some cake and frosting and roll the mixture into balls. You can reference my basic cake pop instructions here for the full how-to and then follow along below to make them into mini monkeys.

Shaping Faces

Once you have all your balls rolled out, begin to shape the heads. Use a paper lollipop stick to make indentions on the front of the face and then roll it along the sides and surface to help smooth it out.

After shaping, chill the balls until firm.

Butterscotch Morsels

Have some butterscotch or peanut butter morsels handy because they will be our ears.

Moon and Star Sprinkles

Okay, first let me say… I really wanted to try and get George’s hair to curl like his cartoon. That said, you can skip this step and then just use a toothpick to swirl on little curls of melted chocolate on top of his head at the end of decorating.

But, if you are up for it… These are Moon and Star Sprinkles and the moons made perfectly proportioned hair. Let’s see.

Adding Hair

Dip the ends of three moon sprinkles (one at a time) into melted chocolate candy coating and attach to the top and side of George’s head. You can help secure them by adding a little more coating around the base where they are attached. Just smooth it into the surface of the pop. Place shaped balls back in the fridge to chill again before dipping.

Insert a lollipop stick into the shaped ball and carefully dip the entire pop into chocolate candy coating. Remove and gently tap off any excess. Before the coating sets, attach two butterscotch or peanut butter morsels to the side of the head with the bottoms facing forward for ears. Let dry completely.

Monkey Cake Pops

Voila… now we’re ready to fill in these blank faces.

Dipping George

For the fronts of the faces, you can use peanut butter or butterscotch candy wafers. If you can’t find those flavors, then you can also just make your chocolate candy coating lighter by mixing in white candy coating. Here I placed some peanut butter flavored candy coating in a small container and dipped the front of George’s mouth area into it. Remove and then apply more coating to his eye area using a toothpick. Gently use the toothpick to coerce the coating where you want it. You can also place the melted candy coating in a small squeeze bottle and pipe it quickly on the front.

Curious George Faces

When dry, draw on a nose using a toothpick dipped in melted candy coating and attach the eyes.

Confetti Sprinkles

The eyes are white confetti sprinkles.

When completely dry, draw on the eyes, ears and a big grin with a black edible-ink writing pen. For the final finish, dot the eyes with melted white candy coating.

Curious George Cake Pops

Super cute.

Curious George Balloons

But I think we need some balloons.

Balloon Pops

Just dip round cake pops in red, yellow and blue candy coating and let dry. Then use a toothpick to apply coating around the base of the stick for the knot.

Curious George Cake Pops

Now it’s a party and I think Curious George agrees.

Enjoy!

Green Rule

hulu IMG_37212

Curious George is swinging into your home. Hulu has all 9 seasons (108 episodes) of the animated TV series, as well as the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey. Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films! Plus, you can stream almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Visit Hulu.com to start a free 1-month trial, for a limited time.
This post is in partnership with Hulu.

Green Rule

Random Sweetness
image
image
popshop
Bakerella T-Shirts
Show off your inner Bakerella with a super-cute T!
FM Media Survey