Easter Egg Cookies Filled with Candy

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I love a good surprise. I also love a yummy decorated cookie, so when you take both of those elements and create this idea of a cookie with a surprise of candy tucked  and hidden inside I’m all about making them. Cookies like these have intrigued me since peeking at these candy filled pinata cookies  some time back and  I have been anxious to make my own version ever since.

As most SAHM know that finding time to do anything for yourself, can at times be a tough. For me as soon as I sit down, someone wants juice, or crackers or a movie on or just me in general. It becomes a challenge to find the time I need to actually pull these ideas from the constant buzz of ideas inside my head to create them. 

These candy filled Easter egg cookies were actually the first version of these cookies I made, even before I made the Pot of Gold version for St. Patrick’s day. That  idea was born as I was working on these and since St. Patty’s day tends to come before Easter,  I posted that one first.

Before I get into the whole shabang, about how I made them I need to insert a small bit of information here. Typically when I make decorated sugar cookies I use Royal Icing to decorate them. I also use Royal Icing when I make sugar toppers for cupcakes like these or these..

But I get a lot and I mean a lot of emails asking me about Royal icing; what is is, how to make it, where to buy it and sometimes just complaints about it. I personally love using it and working with it, as I find it to be unlimited in it’s creative possibilities, but lets be real for a moment.

Preparation, coloring and discovering what the proper consistency can be a bit time consuming for the person using it for the first time. It does even for people like me that have worked with it more. So I have a solution…..for me and for you, for right now. Because as much as I love it, finding the time to prepare it is next to impossible right now and that is at this moment  in time like a sharp pin popping my balloon of creativity.

But I found alternative that can suffice for the time being….ready …wait for it….. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, you can find it at most grocery stores.

It is not Royal Icing, so it’s not for fine detail, it’s has more of a glaze consistency and never dries as hard as Royal Icing does. But for easy to do quickie decorating it totally works. It colors very easily and the consistency is perfect for outlining, filling and a bit of detail work as long as it’s not so intricate. Its a great alternative a pinch

Now moving on.These cookie were made using an amazing vanilla sugar cookie recipe from LilaLoa.com. As I have mentioned before these are my absolute favorite Vanilla Sugar Cookie as of the moment. If your up to making the dough try her recipe. But if your not feeling that adventurous, go buy some sugar cookie dough at the store, although they most likely won’t hold there shape so perfectly after baking.

This is what you will need…

  • Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Royal Icing or Betty Crocker Cookie Icing 
  • Colored chocolate melts (You could just use this to decorate if you wanted)
  • Gel food coloring to color you icing.
  • Decorating Bags or small plastic baggies
  • Decorating tips/couplers
  • Miniature candies to fill cookies with.
  • Wax Paper

Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out your shapes using the egg cookie cutters.  Each cookie is comprised of three parts, so make sure you cut enough cookies out of the dough to be able to assemble them at a later time. Keep two whole and cut a small hole in another (using whatever works.)

Bake the cookie according to recipe directions and allow them to fully cool, before you move onto the next steps. After they are fully cooled you can get ready to assemble them. First I decorated the the tops of the cookies using the cookie icing. I colored the icing I was using a very light pink color. Pipe a nice line around the cookie and let it set.

Do this for every cookie and by the time you finish you can go back and fill in each cookie.You will need to let these sit and dry for a bit before adding in the additional details on top of the cookie.

After they have formed a nice crust on top, if you want to decorate it more you can do so. I used white icing and made a few designs on top of the cookie, to make it a bit more interesting. I started with a zig…

 
And added a little zag….
 
And finished it off with some curve lines and dots Add what you wish here..use your imagination 🙂

I let the decorated tops dry overnight, but I’m sure a few hours would suffice it you need them faster then that. To put the entire cookie together, get the rest of the pieces and begin assembling them. I used white chocolate candy melts to attach the pieces, because I knew it would dry hard and keep it all together. I just added a bit to the bottom part of the middle layer cookie.

And attached it to the bottom piece.

Let it set up and then the fun begins as you can now fill it with candies! Just don’t overfill it as you won’t be able to attach the top. I used these fun pastel colored hard candies, that my kids call marbles.

Now add the top, I also used melted white chocolate here as well to keep it all together. How pretty!

Let them fully set up before you start doing fun stuff, like cracking them open.

 
I love how those little candies look spilling out of the cookie!
 
 
An easy and hopefully fun filled way to brighten up an ordinary cookie and make it a bit more special for  Easter!
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 

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Bunny Bites Frozen Yogurt

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If you know me , then you may have seen these  little creations or these. Then you might have realized it would only be a matter of time, before I made another version. I can’t help myself, most of the time my brain just works like this! Some people think of making great architectural structures or the next big technological leap and I think of what I can make out of yogurt.

Just my way of expressing my creativity and doing my part to contribute to the grand scheme of things! 🙂

Frozen Yogurt bunny bites carrot shapes

Truth is my kids can’t get ENOUGH of these, so it’s my job to think of the next great thing to create. And since I use Greek yogurt to make these they do add a nice protein punch into their diets and make me willing to make them whenever they want them. I personally use Fage yogurt, because it is hands down the best yogurt EVER! (That is strictly an opinion of mine, which makes it sort of a fact in my world.)

The idea of these cute bunny bites popped into my head randomly this morning as I did the half asleep shuffle into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Because most people think of things like this at that strange moment in time right???? Or not.

frozen yogurt bunny bites carrots

Anyways they are super easy to make and only take minutes of your precious time.

This is what you will need……….

  • Yogurt (Greek, I use Fage brand, but use what you like)
  • Food coloring orange and green
  • Decorating bags or plastic baggies to pipe
  • Wax paper

I also use plain yogurt which I flavor and sweeten at home, personally I like it that way as do my kids, but you can use whatever flavor preference you like. Next tint your yogurt orange and green.

tint yogurt

Scoop each mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip off a small piece of the corner to pipe the shapes. Starting with the orange create the shape of the carrot by piping a zig zig type of line onto a sheet of wax paper. Be sure the wax paper is on something that will allow you to transfer the piped images into the freezer.

frozen yogurt carot bunny bites pipe orange

After all the lower portions of the carrots are finished, start adding the greens on top. I also did this by adding a zig zag pattern.

add green frozen yogurt carrot bunny bites

After they are all done, place them in the freezer for about an hour! They will be little frozen bites afterwards

frozen yogurt carrot shaped bunny bites

Be mindful they will melt! But they usually don’t last that long!

What other fun shapes would you like to see these made into???

Give me an idea or four as I would love a new challenge!

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Raspberry White Chocolate Shortcakes

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Fruit, fruit, fruit!

But I’m not just talking apples and oranges here. I’m talking about the big, luscious, bright, vibrant berries I see during my fifty thousand trips I make to the supermarket every week.  I never get everything I need or what I painstakingly took an hour to organize and write upon my shopping list (if I even remember to bring it.)  I always have my three kids with me and well, if you have ever taken your kids food shopping you know what I mean. If your unsure then borrow someones kids for an hour and go food shopping.

But let’s get back to the berries, shall we!! Each time I enter the store determined and focused on my task to get that one specific item I need and keep forgetting, I am immediately greeted by overfilled display stands of ripe intoxicating berries. Which assault (in the nicest way possible.) my senses with their berrilicious splendor. During my latest (but not last) trip to  the market, the raspberries started signing my name super loud  and calling to me, not wanting to ignore them and make them feel bad, I picked up a few containers.  

Raspberries happen to be my favorite berry, obviously because they are sweet and delicious, but I believe more so because they are interlaced with such wonderful memories of my childhood. Being so little and seemingly lost in the magical wonder of my Mother’ magnificent garden, carefully not to get pricked as I picked the ripe, sweet berries bursting with the essence of the Summer. 

Let’s just say that my original mission to pick up eggs or whatever this trip needed is forgotten.So what’s a girl to do??? Pair it with something sweet of course and call it a day! What aisle is the flour and sugar in again??

Raspberry White Chocolate Shortcakes.

Now before I even begin,  I wasn’t even sure I was technically allowed to call this a shortcake. But since I did a little internet research, I was able to find just enough information that justified my actions in calling this just that.

So there! (Just kidding by the way if I am wrong.)

To my surprise these came out even better than I had hoped.  The base that I used for the shortcake is actually a scone recipe I use which I adore, because it is not too dry and not tasteless. It is light and moist and pairs with just about any flavors perfectly.  

For the filling I skipped over the whipped cream and went to something more dense and flavorful and complemented the pure sweetness of the berries with out diluting it. It started with a fruit dip comprised of cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and  a but of  bit of melted white chocolate and then topped off with a bit of glaze on top. 

Sweet but not too sweet.

This is what you will need…..

For the Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1  1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1/3  White chocolate chips finely chopped

For the filling..4 oz Cream Cheese softened4 oz marshmallow fluff1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1/4 cup white chocolate chips2 tbsp heavy cream.

To make the shortcakes(scones)……

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the sugar, flour baking powder and salt and make a small well in the middle of the mixture. 
  • Add your heavy cream and chopped white chocolate chips to the well and combine. The mixture should be crumbly and not mixed smooth. So just quickly incorporated all the ingredient just until they are loosely mixed.
  • Spoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make them as large as you would like to make your shortcakes as each one will be split to create two parts. You can shape them up a little if you like.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, do not over bake, let me repeat that do not over bake them  or they will get dried out and you will think the recipe is terrible and then tell me you hate me, I can’t stand rejection so please let’s avoid it and just don’t over bake them.
  • When they are done they will have a golden brown color forming on top.

To make the filling…

I would suggest that before you make the scones, make the filling. This will give it a chance to set up a bit firmer in the fridge and allow the full flavor to develop as it sets.

  • In the microwave heat up the heavy cream.
  • Pour over the white chocolate chips and stir until melted. (quickly)
  • In a small bowl combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and vanilla extract
  • Add in melted white chocolate, mix well.
  • Let this set up in the fridge.
When your shortcakes are cooled it’s time to assemble them.
 
 
Split the shortcake through the middle lengthwise.
 
 
Add some filling…..
 
 
Add some raspberries….
 
 
Put the top back on and squish very gently….
 
 
Serve on a plate with some extra raspberries and add some glaze to the tops!
 
 
For the glaze on top (optional) you will need….
 
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar
 
 Melt butter in a small saucepan, add in powder sugar a little at a time and whisk to combine and add vanilla extract. Spoon over shortcakes and let rest for a minute before serving.
 
You can technically make these with any berry you prefer, so please don’t feel obligated to make them only with my favorite berry! 
How would you make these? What is your favorite berry, please let me know!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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A New Direction…and Some Great Changes.

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Since I met and moved in with my  once boyfriend, now husband. The house we live in has the back portion of our home converted to a semi apartment. It was originally built by my husband for  his father to live in, but since his passing, it has been used to help out a few friends get back on their feet.

 

But as our family as grown over so rapidly over in a few short year, we decided that as a family we needed more space. Little did I know how much my home would open up after saying buh bye to a few walls. 

renovations disiguised

 That’s my hubby making faces through the now disintegrated wall, I disguised him with some sunglasses and a mustache in case he doesn’t want his face plastered all over my site 🙂 

At this point we are gutting and remodeling our bathroom and a spare room into our master bedroom the bathroom. I think after we finish those two projects we will take a break for a minute or two to enjoy our new designs . And then in a few years we will be renovating our old kitchen;  blowing out a back wall and joining two rooms to become one huge kitchen.

In the meantime I will use the extra space as a office/work space. Which is perfect for me, because it keep my little ones from trying to destroy play with all of my stuff. By the time we make this next renovation, I am hoping my little ones will not be so curious of my work and stop touching it .

I’m super excited to redecorate and plan all of the design work with my husband and I have been pinning a lot of bathroom and bedroom ideas, heck I’m even pinning kitchen ideas at the moment.

I am loving all of the colors that are around right now and I think I will be going with this color palette from Benjamin Moore for the paint for our bedroom.

I just love the way gray looks on the walls!

I would really love to try and figure out some new ways to upcycle some of our old furniture, because it would be nice to save some money on new furniture, but also because the challenge o creating something new from something old is always a fun and creative challenge. We have s few different style of dressers ( I know, so outdated) like the one pictured below. I would be curious to see if either my husband or myself could figure out something to make them a bit more updated and in tune with the style we now like.

As I mentioned we are also gutting an remodeling our bathroom, we are working with a narrow space, so I am always looking for ideas for smaller type of spaces. So far I have found a few like this one that I will try and draw inspiration from. For the decorating ,I love the look of two shower curtains which we also decided we would go with instead of glass doors, until my little ones are bigger. And then if we want to to switch it we will.

I will be updating the process every now and again. Now I need to let you all know  this is something so out of my comfort zone. Typically with all the choices available, I tend to get overwhelmed and I cop out and go with solid colors (black, beige, brown) and never experiment with designs,  patterns, or even color for that matter.

I have decided that for these upcoming changes I  will take on the challenge of stepping out of my boring old decorating routine and just have fun with it all!!

I’l post some before pictures soon!!! Trust when I tell you my bathroom right now is very old. We still have a seashell shaped sink.

Any one remember those!!!!

 

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Baby Bird Nest Cookies (No Bake Haystack Cookies)

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I’m really, really, REALLY over the winter. I cannot wait to till the smells, colors and sensation of springtime begin to invade all of my sense with it’s rejuvenating essence. I am that person that complains about the cold of winter AND the sweaty in places I shouldn’t be days of summer.

I’m really not a fan of the extremes of either season. If I had it my way I would live in a climate that is eternally spring like and fall like. But since I live in NY which is none of these and am not planning on moving anytime soon, I guess I’ll have to suffer.

Whatever, either way I now that spring is almost here and in a show of good faith I though I would make something to reflect my absolute love of it. Now nothing makes me think of spring more that the incessant chitter chatter chirping that goes on in the morning and as of late it has returned, and to honor those talkative little birdies I recreated them in edible form.

So weird, right. But I hang on the left side of almost normal, pinkie swear!

No Bake Baby birdie haystack nest cookies

Baby Bird Nest Cookies

These are the some of the easiest cookies you can ever make, as they require NO baking and just a little patience. They can be tweaked with ingredients and color coordinated with any type of season.

Like little red birdies for Valentines day…get it love birds.

Red love bird nest cookies for Valentines day

 

Or you can use green candies for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have mini marshmallows you could also make them little leprechaun hats!

Green birds nest cookies for st patricks day

 

And for the Christmas holiday season you could go with red and green birdies and create some mini Santa hats for them!

Christmas love birds nest cookies haystacks

So many different ways to make these little birdies more festive. And they are guaranteed to be a hit, because they are Cadbury eggs, so that leave just about negative 100 chance survival rate for those little guys. 

Read along, grab the recipe and full how to make as I share all of this bite sized fun with my latest guest post over at  Bake it Up a Notch !

 Enjoy and happy creating!!!

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Da’ Bomb or Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bombs

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 I NEED to share these with you now as it’s important….really important.

Chocolate brownie peanut butter BOMBS….

Now before you roll your eyes in that “Oh, just another cake ball recipe” way. Let me explain to you that cake balls these are NOT.  
These are awesome deliciousness dipped in chocolate…like a sweet nectar of yum from the Gods of dessert. Several years back, when I worked in a bagel bakery cafe in five towns there was a baker who used to come up with the best desserts. He did all the normal run of the mill stuff, but every once in a while he would bring something up front that we would all run and grab as we knocked customers to the side…seriously.
 
First come, first serve right!!!
 
His brownie bites were one of those treats! Now mind you this was years before the cake pop craze had hit, so his little bite of brownies mixed to perfection with frosting and dipped in chocolate was a new taste experience for most of us. It wasn’t til’ I had a cake pop years later that I realized he had been making the “brownie” version of them. 
 
I have been wanting to recreate something like it for some time now, but haven’t had the opportunity until recently. You see I had about half a batch of my incredible creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting left over from my daughter’s birthday and it seemed almost fate that it should pair itself with a lovely chocolate brownie.
 
It was destiny I tell you…. destiny.
 
Hence these brownie bombs were born. They look  similar to cake balls and if you want to call them that I won’t be mad or anything, but I am pretty positive if you make them, THEN eat one, you will be forced by some inner version of yourself to proclaim that these are not mere cake ball, but cake BOMBS.
 
Because they are seriously Da Bomb! 
 
 
 
This is what you will need to make them…….
 
  • A pan of prepared brownies, box mix is fine (I’ll explain a little more on this later)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Frosting 
  • Chocolate Candy melts
  • Peanut Butter (creamy)
  • Apple Sauce
  • Plastic baggie with the corner snipped.

 I used a good old box of Pillsbury Brownie mix to make these. Please don’t shudder in disgust if your a puritan and only bake from scratch, for me box mixes have the ability to make this busy Mom’s life easier.

 
 
I’m  a huge fan of Pillsbury mixes of all sorts, so that is my go to for box mixes of any kind. Prepare the brownies according to the instructions, BUT instead of using the amount of oil it calls for cut it in half and make up the difference in apple sauce. (So 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil.) The reasoning behind this is that if you only use oil after it’s all mixed up and you dip them they will ooze. This happens a lot with cake pops (to me anyway) if I use only oil. It doesn’t affect the flavor at all when using applesauce.
 
Let the brownie cool completely before you crumble them up in to a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tbsp of creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting and mix with a big spoon. Start with a small amount and add if you need more. You want the mixture to be soft and pliable to the touch after mixed and not a big bowl of mush.
 
 
The recipe I have for creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting can be found {{HERE}} I suggest that you use the half recipe, you will not use the full amount of frosting you make, so save the remainder in the freezer, use it for something else or just eat it straight from the bowl with a pink spatula…I won’t judge…promise!
 
After you mixed the brownies and the frosting you can roll them out immediately. I use a Tbsp. measurement and scoop out all the mixture then roll them up.
 
 
They don’t have to be perfect little rounds, unless you want them to be. 🙂 I think a little blobby and imperfect give them character and  make them more like bombs anyway!
 
 
You do not have, let me repeat that, you do not have to refrigerate these, you can begin dipping them in your candy melts immediately. Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the it begin to melt and mix, mix, mix. 
 
Do not overheat the candy melts or they will never thin properly, they will be done before you think they are. If you need to you can add in a tsp. or two of oil to thin it out, but if you melt it slow enough and mix it enough you shouldn’t have to even add anything. 
 
I had a handy dandy little candy dipper thing a ma bob, which was cheap and made cheap. Trust when I tell you a fork works just as well. Now bombs away into the candy melts…..let the excess drip away, you can shimmy the fork or candy dipper so all the extra melted chocolate falls away.
 
 
Place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet to set.
 
 
Hold on, hold, on your not done yet. Although if you wanted to be you could be. But chances are that you have extra candy melts just sitting there begging to be utilized, well here is you chance to let them shine. Add in a tbsp. of creamy peanut butter to your leftover candy melts and stir to incorporate it into the melted chocolate. 
 
Now you have peanut butter flavored chocolate to drizzle on top. Pour this into a plastic baggie and snip a small piece of the corner off and go back and forth over each little bomb to give it a little something extra.
 
 
Let them set…and then arrange them all sort of cute and take pictures of them to entice people or you could just share them instead. 
 
Whatever you choose it’s entirely up to you!!
 
 
 
Full recipe/instructions can be printed from {{HERE}}
 
 
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“Swoon” Worthy Strawberry White Chocolate Frosting

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I love cupcakes and for me along with cupcakes are synonymous with frosting. Those two very elements are the entire reason I started this whole baking journey of mine a few years ago. 

While there are some people that prefer one over the other, I like them both together. I also prefer butter based frosting’s that are creamy, not overly sweet, and smooth on the palette. And while I do love my share of sweets, truth be told all in all flavor wise I am pretty boring. I like what I like and don’t often swerve from that standard, which would be a simple chocolate cupcake and vanilla frosting.

But something happened during one of my ventures into the produce section of the grocery store. It must have been the display of giant, red, ripe strawberries that seemed to be everywhere. Because  since then I have had nothing but strawberries on my mind, strawberry butter cream to be more precise and to be even more exact then that, white chocolate strawberry butter cream.

That description in itself is swoonworthy wouldn’t you agree???

Also I just can’t leave well enough alone and I LOVE white chocolate , even though technically it’s not even chocolate. Sweet, creamy strawberry flavor with that butter flavor that only white chocolate imparts. (Or it might just be me that thinks white chocolate has a buttery flavor???)

Any how this is easy to make, tastes delicious and is a nice distraction from my normal “All I like is vanilla frosting mentality, it may swerve you off course as well, so try it and pass along your thoughts to me.

Now keep in mind, I didn’t have the actual strawberries on hand when I was making the frosting, so I used strawberry preserves. Don’t cheap out on this, purchase a good preserve made with natural ingredients. It will taste better. If you want to use fresh strawberries and reduce them and all that to make a puree and use that…go for it. I myself found that the preserves worked so well, that I didn’t even have to try that way.

On another note for an extra doubly treat what you can do it make some Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Frosting and fill your cupcakes with them, then top the cupcake with the this strawberry frosting and you will get a Peanut Butter and Jelly frosting experience!! Just cut a piece from the top.

Fill with Peanut butter frosting.

Top with Strawberry Butter cream frosting.

Eat and enjoy!!!

"Swoon" Worthy Strawberry White ChocolateFrosting
Serves 24
Smooth delicious strawberry white chocolate buttercream
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
165 calories
26 g
18 g
6 g
1 g
4 g
41 g
21 g
25 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
41g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 18mg
6%
Sodium 21mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 25g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
2%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick of butter (1/2 a cup) (softened to room temperature),
  2. 1/2 cup Strawberry Preserves
  3. 3 oz. Cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  4. 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  5. 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (melted)
  6. /2 tbsp. Vanilla extract.
  7. 1 lb. confectioners sugar/powdered sugar plus some extra (approx.4 cups and a little extra)
  8. 2-3 Tbsp. Heavy cream, 1/2 & 1/2 or milk (your preference)
Instructions
  1. With a mixer cream together the butter, cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Add in vanilla. Make sure it is all mixed together well. Begin adding in the confectioners sugar a little a time.Add in 1 to 1 1/2 cups, then add in your strawberry preserves and melted white chocolate.
  3. Mix well and then add in the remaining amount of confectioners sugar. Ultimately if it looks too dry add in some heavy cream, 1/2 & 1/2 or milk until it is smooth. If you add too much powder sugar add in some liquid, until it gets to when YOU like it.
Notes
  1. Keep mixing the frosting until you get a smooth consistency. It should be fluffy and moist looking with soft peaks. If it seems too overly "wet" add a little powdered sugar into the mix.
  2. But keep in mind this is a "butter" based recipe, so as soon as you put the frosting in the fridge it will set up. Pipe a generous swirl on top of your cupcake or frost a cake with it. Garnish with some chopped white chocolate.
  3. Frosts 24 cupcakes or a 13x9 cake
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calories
165
fat
6g
protein
1g
carbs
26g
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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Filling

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Sometimes I feel obnoxious and let that part of my character shine its not so sunny disposition onto the world around me. I am human so I assume that we all have our days of not so “wonderful”?

Well I had one of those day recently and guess what happened???

I decided to make ridiculously obnoxious cookies to mirror my mood. I couldn’t help myself really, it all sort of happened after I started playing around with white chocolate earlier in the week. All sorts of ideas started rolling around in all that space inside my head. And eventually those ideas shimmied themselves towards a little thought about macadamia nuts stuck somewhere in-between here and there and I realized I was in trouble..

And I had to make these…I just had to!

I mean how could I not! Delicious chewy, soft with a hint of crispy, sweet, buttery, white chocolate, macadamia cookies filled with white chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough frosting/filling. Yeah, so it’s a bit much, but whatev’s because they are awesome and even better washed down with a tall cool glass of milk.
I felt compelled to share these because as much as I love chocolate chip cookies and cookie dough frosting, my real love of anything cookies are the white chocolate version. Add in some macadamia nuts and make some flavored frosting to schmear all over them. Cookie heaven about sums it up.
The original recipe for the cookie is a Ghirardelli recipe, but over time I have tweaked a few things to make it more the way I like cookies., which are chewy and soft not overly crisp.
To make them this is what you will need:
For the cookies:
  • 1 cup Butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1  cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2  cup brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Macadamia nuts chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl add in butter, sugar and brown sugar and mix well.
Add in eggs, one at a time, vanilla extract and add to mix. Add in package of instant pudding, flour, baking powder and salt. Combine all ingredients well. Finally add in white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts, mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated. The pudding helps keep them soft and chewy.
I used a tbsp measurement to scoop out the cookie dough and placed them about an inch apart on a cookie sheet.
Although I don’t show it, be sure to flatten the cookies a little before placing them in the oven so they are not super poofy after they bake. Bake then for 10-11 minutes or until the edges start to crisp and begin to brown. Don’t over bake them as then they will be too crispy (for my liking anyway) These work best with the filling it the cookies are soft.
While the cookies completely cool, you can make your filling/frosting.
This is what you will need:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of butter softened
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 white chocolate chips finely chopped
  • 1/4 macadamia nuts finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream/milk/half and half
In a bowl combine the butter and cream cheese.
Add the vanilla extract.
Add the brown sugar, mix well.
Add in the flour a bit at a time.
Add in white chocolate and nuts, mix well
If the frosting look/feels too dry add in the heavy cream I tbsp at at time until you reach your desired consistency.

****Make sure you really chop your chips and nuts super fine, stick them in a blender if needed, because they all but dissipate in the frosting, which flavor it wonderfully!Now all that is left to do is spread in-between cookie, squish and eat..

 

Repeat as needed until the desire to eat more has been fully quelled.
Hope you enjoy this post!!

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Will You Peas Be My Valentine????

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Need a fun easy Valentine or just feel like you may want to torture you children with embarrassment??? Then send them to their Valentine’s day parties with fistful’s of these!

Peas  be my valentine printable

I’m sure the other parents will think your wonderful thinking about the health of their children and the think of how excited the kids will be to get a bag full of snow peas!!!

will you peas be my valentine printable

Okay, I hope you know I am totally kidding. If I sent these to school with my kids they would be met with lots and lots of “I don’t want them!” or better yet “Ewwwwwww…gross” So I figured to keep my kids for needing any type of future therapy from being the victims of my twisted sense of humor. I will spare them and just make these with CANDY!!!

Peas be mine free printable valentine

They are much more fun that way! I used lime green Sixlet candies, which you can purchase at most craft stores, but any type of round green candy could be used. They can be printed out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and come four per sheet. I filled little cello bags that measured  6 x 3.75 inches. But you can use whatever you have handy to put them in and just fold them to fit the printable topper.

Peas be mine printable jpg

Unless you want to make them with real peas…no matter the choice is entirely up to you! Either way “Peas” enjoy the free printable!

Will you peas be my valentine free printable

You can print them from here!!! 

Enjoy Sweet Peeps!!

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Chocolate Banana Bear Bites

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I have been stuck inside the house for a few days with the kids. Lots of snow and overall “not fun” slushy cold, wet weather has been happening  quite a bit lately so I am hesitant to drag three kids out of the house. With that said the kids and I have becoming more than a little stir crazy over the past few days.

I mean how many princess dress up parties, hide and seek, let’s pretend, face painting, stories and play doh can be utilized before things get….a little played out, for me anyway?

When I get in one of those it’s winter and I’m stuck in the house going crazy ruts, my mind longs to find was to express itself. Today was no exception as I was slicing bananas and getting cereal ready for the kids, my brain started piecing together the ingredients into this cutsey of a bite sized treat. I never claimed to be Georgia O’Keefe as my creativity expresses itself in “other” ways

Chocolate banana bear bites for kids

They were ridiculous easy to make as you can probably see only use a few things to make them. I’m sure if I wanted to I could make them even more elaborate and silly for the kids, but I have found simple and silly get the same surprised and thrilled reaction just to see funny little tidbits like theses whenever I included them at meal times.

This is what you will need.

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Miniature Chocolate Chips or large round sprinkles
  • Cheerios or some other version of ring type of cereal.

Slice your bananas and add two cheerios to either side of the sliced banana. Add a large chocolate chip in the middle and place two miniature chocolate chips (or sprinkles) as eyes.

chocolae banana bear bites healthy treat kids

So easy and so silly, especially when you stick them on top of a stack of miniature pancakes and your kids are squealing that they have “bears” on their food 🙂 My oldest wanted to know specifically if it was “Little Bear” I told her yes, because if I didn’t it would be an hour long conversation of what bear it was, where did he live, did he have any sisters, what is his favorite color…on and on.

pancakes with mini chocolate banana bear bites

So I lied and told her yes!

Easy is the best way right  and breakfast gets eaten in a normal frame of time.

chocolate banana bear bites with pancakes

Hope you enjoy 🙂

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