Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sweets for People

I don’t have one recipe for you today. Nope not one.

But how does six sound?

Pretty sweet I hope and I wanted to tell you where you can find them. I’ve been working with my friends over at People.com for the last several weeks to revisit some of their celebrity recipes and it’s been fun to be featured on the site. Below are six sweet switch ups I’ve created for them so far. Hope you like them and if you want to keep up with me over there, follow me or People’s Great Ideas on twitter for my latest treats.

But for now… enjoy these sweet links.


 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.
These cookies with a kick were the latest recipe they featured. So good. A little spicy and a whole lot of yum!

 


 

Bunny Bark.
I made this easy treat leading up to Easter. Still perfect for spring and summer or you can switch it up with other candies and colors for any occasion.

 


 

Boozy Birthday Cake Shakes.
Ice cream, sprinkles and a little cake flavored fun to celebrate.

 


 

Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes.
I love chocolate and bananas and I love them even more in pancakes stacked and covered in syrup.

 


 

Brownie Bon Bons.
Quick and easy brownie balls dipped and covered in confetti sprinkles. A party in every bite. The instructions will work with any basic brownie recipe (homemade or from a box). There’s no frosting needed since brownies are already so moist and fudgy on their own.

 


 

Monster Cookie Bars.
These big bars are chocked full of chips, candies and even cranberries. Mix them up with your favorite add-ins.

And coming up next week……… Nutella Cinnamon Roll Muffins. So yum yum!

Enjoy.

Monday, April 21, 2014

So Peanutty! Peanut Butter Cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies

These little cookies are soooo good and they were the perfect way to use up all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I happen to have………Except I can’t stop eating them myself. Help!

Reese's Eggs

Reese’s always seems to make an appearance around the house during Easter… and Christmas … and Valentine’s Day. Just about any day there’s a reason to celebrate. I’d definitely say they are my go to candy.

eggs

Sweet little peanut butter eggs… ALL chopped up!!!

But these cookies are jam-packed with even more peanut power.

Peanutty!

Creamy peanut butter and chopped peanuts round these cookies out.

Cookie Dough

The dough is to die for.

Cookie Dough

Use a cookie scoop for evenly sized cookies. Place scooped dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Then roll each scoop in chopped peanuts and sugar and bake away.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Just a few minutes in the oven …

Cookie Bite

and then these soft little bites of peanut butter yumminess can jump in your mouth.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Peanutty Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings: 32 2-inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. bag Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped into small pieces. (Note: I used about 15 snack size eggs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy, about two minutes.
  4. Mix in peanut butter, egg and vanilla until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix on low until combined.
  6. Stir in chopped peanut butter candies and half of chopped peanuts (reserve remaining)
  7. Use a cookie scoop to place dough on baking sheet a couple of inches apart.
  8. Roll the top of each scoop in reserved peanuts and more sugar.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove, cool and enjoy.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Bake Giveaway

YAY! It’s spring and I couldn’t be happier. And to celebrate the season, I’m having a sweet springy giveaway for a KitchenAid Mixer in one of the following colors.  The winner gets to pick, too… Fun! What’s it going to be? Crystal Blue? Ice? Pistachio? Who’s up for Majestic Yellow?

All of these colors are beautiful and put me in the baking mood.

I hope they do for you, too!

Enter the Spring Bake Giveaway for a chance to win a KitchenAid 5-quart Artisan Series Stand Mixer

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite color and if you’re looking forward to any fun baking soon.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.

Good luck guys!

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I love reading what you guys are getting ready to bake and your favorite color mixer. And now I’m excited to announce the winner. I hope you enjoy the mixer and make lots of goodies with it. Okay, let’s see who it is.

It’s Joyce! Comment # 7138. Congratulations – ice is a great choice. One of my favorites.

Giveaway sponsored by me.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Let’s Decorate Cupcakes!

Hey guys! I have a fun event to share if you’re in the Atlanta area and you love cupcakes and cute! I’m co-hosting my friend Jennifer Shea’s book signing at Williams-Sonoma for her fantastic new book Trophy Cupcakes and Parties! Join us for a decorating demo featuring Trophy’s most popular cupcakes. Plus, we’ll talk tips and tricks and taste cupcakes, too! It’s going to be super sweet fun and just in time for some Easter inspiration.

I personally want to see Jennifer frost these fluffy ruffles. So pretty!!! And look at the chocolate ones on the cover below. Wowzers!

So come say hi if you have a sweet tooth and pick up her book. It’s worth it alone for these S’mores Cupcakes. OH. MY. GOSH. I may just have to break out the kitchen torch before the night’s over.

Here’s the info.

Hope to see you there!

And if you’re in Seattle or plan to visit, make sure to stop by one of her shops.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Chocolate Bunnies

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

I’ve been playing with chocolate molds this weekend. Super fun!

A while ago I received a really cool professional chocolate bunny mold as a gift. I hadn’t seen one like it before, so as soon as I saw how it worked, I knew I wanted to try it out. And with Easter coming up, it was time to break out the bunnies. This is a professional mold as in pretty pricey for home use… but I wanted to show you guys so you can see how cool and easy it is to use.

Chocolate Bunny Mold

The mold makes four bunnies at a time and comes in two pieces.

Each piece has these really strong magnets…

Chocolate Bunny Mold

So when you line them up, they will snap together.

It takes a little force to separate them. They won’t budge on their own.

When they are together, the mold stands up with the 3-D bunnies upside down.

Then all you have to do is fill them with tempered chocolate. I filled mine with melted candy wafers though.

Chocolate Bunny Mold

But first I wanted them to have a little color, so I painted on the inside of the mold using a toothpick to apply blue candy coating for eyes and white for tails and ears.

Chocolate Bunny Mold

Then, bam. Snap them together and fill.

This is meant to be a solid chocolate mold. Fill them and you’re done.

But I wanted to make hollow bunnies, too.

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

So after the bunny was filled, I turned the mold upside down and let the excess chocolate fall out to reuse.

Chocolate Easter Bunnies
When dry, I filled the bunny tummies with pastel M&M’s right to the top. Then I added some more chocolate coating to seal them inside. The candies near the base of the bunny will get attached to the chocolate, but the others won’t.

You could also fill them with other small candies like pastel coated sunflower seeds … or even with crumbled cake and frosting and a sturdy cookie pop stick, to turn them into molded cake pops. They’d be big though.

Leave them in the freezer for a few minutes to set completely and just separate the mold pieces to pop out the bunnies.

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

So cute … And the awesome thing about the magnets, is these come out virtually seamless because of having such a tight seal.

Bunnies

Fun!!!

Here’s this same bunny shape, but in a 3-D mold that’s more affordable for occasional use. (It doesn’t have the magnets.) And here’s the one I actually used. Eek at $195! I peeked around on their site and they have tons of other bunnies to choose from ranging in price from around $15-350. Here’s a few funny bunnies that made me chuckle. Rabbit on a Rooster, Astronaut Bunny and Three-foot tall Bunny!!!!!!!

And… Here’s a super cute, itsy-bitsy chocolate bunny project I did a while back using plastic molds like the ones you find at craft stores.

I love making these…so much!

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