Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Candy Filled Lollipops / #SundaySupper

Do you ever have left over candy after the trick or treaters have come and gone? I almost always buy too much, which of course means that I need to get rid of it very quickly, as I never met a "treat" I didn't love! Today, we are celebrating leftover Halloween candy by creating recipes using that candy! I made these cute, little Candy Filled Lollipops using mini candy corn and candy corn sprinkles. They are simple to make and only take about 45 minutes from start to finish!
Candy Filled Lollipops

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar 
1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
1 /8 cup Water
Candy Thermometer
1/2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Flavoring
Mini Candy Corn 
Candy Corn Sprinkles
Mini Lollipop Mold
6-6" Lollipop Sticks
(makes 6 Lollipops)
(printable recipe at end of post)
 



This is the lollipop mold I used. I bought this at Michael's.
Add the sugar, corn syrup and water to a small saucepan. Use a small saucepan with a pouring spout on the side. If you use a large saucepan, the mix will burn before it reaches temperature. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees F. This is the hard crack stage. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Let the bubbling calm down. Add vanilla flavoring and quickly mix with a spatula or spoon. Just one or two stirs is plenty.
Pour syrup into molds. Add sticks to the molds. Start adding one or two candy corns to each sucker. Add candy corn sprinkles. Place mold on a baking rack to set up. Let lollipops set up until mold is only slightly warm. Once set, remove from mold. After lollipops are completely cooled, place lollipops in plastic bags, tie with ribbons, and give to friends!

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 Please scroll down to see how my fellow members of #SundaySupper are getting rid of their Halloween candy this year!

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yield: 6 Lollipopsprint recipe

Candy Filled Lollipops

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 8 MINStotal time: 38 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 /8 cup Water
  • Candy Thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Flavoring
  • Mini Candy Corn
  • Candy Corn Sprinkles
  • Mini Lollipop Mold
  • 6-6" Lollipop Sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Add the sugar, corn syrup and water to a small saucepan. Use a small saucepan with a pouring spout on the side. If you use a large saucepan, the mix will burn before it reaches temperature. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees F. This is the hard crack stage. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Let the bubbling calm down. Add vanilla flavoring and quickly mix with a spatula or spoon. Just one or two stirs is plenty.
  2. Pour syrup into molds. Add sticks to the molds. Start adding one or two candy corns to each sucker. Add candy corn sprinkles. Place mold on a baking rack to set up. Let lollipops set up until mold is only slightly warm. Once set, remove from mold. After lollipops are completely cooled, place lollipops in plastic bags, tie with ribbons, and give to friends!
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween Sandwich Cookies

Today I thought I would rerun a post from a few years ago when I made these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a Halloween theme! These cookies were a popular post, and there is no question why. They are cute, colorful, and so good!!! You don't need anything special to make these except for 2 cookie cutters, which if you need to buy them, should cost about $2.00. These cookies can easily be changed up. You can use the same base, a ghost for the cutout on the top, and leave the frosting white!!

 Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies
(printable recipe at end of this post)
(makes 2 dozen cookies)
3 1/2 cups Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

pinch Salt

1 cup Butter

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon Vanilla
Frosting

6 ounces Warm Water

5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar
Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
Add the flour mixture, and mix together. 
Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper.

Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.
 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time. Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. Then cut out your inside design. Re roll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes. 
 
Cut a back and a front for each cookie. Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.
Make your frosting:
Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder. Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy~about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more.

Pour all the confectioner's sugar into the bowl. Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.
Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange.
Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying. If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.
 
Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting onto the solid cookie base.
Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting. If you make these cookies I would love to hear about them! I know you will enjoy them!
 Happy Halloween!!!

print recipe

Halloween Sandwich Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

COOKIE
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • Orange Coloring
FROSTING
  • 6 ounces Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

COOKIES
  1. Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture, and mix together.
  5. Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper. Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time. Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. Then cut out your inside design. Re roll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut a back and a front for each cookie. Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.
FROSTING
  1. Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder. Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy~about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour all the confectioner's sugar into the bowl. Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.
  2. Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange. Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying. If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.
  3. Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting onto the solid cookie base.
  4. Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Baker's Dozen of Halloween Recipes

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you are still looking for the perfect recipe to celebrate with, I have quite a few for you!  These yummy recipes have all been linked up to the Celebrate It! Blog Link Party in the last few weeks, and they are all so cute and tasty looking, they needed to be seen again! Enjoy, have fun, and I hope you find something you can't wait to make!!

from Woods of Bell Trees


 Cookie Pumpkins from Simply Stacie


from Gluesticks
 
from The Country Chic Cottage
 
from Woman of Many Roles
 
from Just 2 Sisters
 
from Gluesticks
 
from Lolly Jane

from Woman of Many Roles

from A Bridge on a Budget

from Crafty Blog Stalker
from Lolly Jane

from Quirky Inspired
 
Hope you loved all those creative recipe ideas! Aren't they all so cute and yummy looking?!!
If you are looking for Halloween craft ideas, stop by tomorrow for some awesome, creative ideas! Thanks for reading!

 
 




Friday, October 21, 2016

Corny Chocolate Mini Cake / Choctoberfest2016

I can not let the Halloween holiday go by without baking up some candy corn treats! These Corny Chocolate Mini Cakes are simple to make. I used a classic chocolate cake recipe that I have used for many years, but you could also use a boxed cake mix if you prefer. If you don't have access to the special pan that I used, this can still be a great recipe for you. Make the cake in a large baking dish, or even in 9" cake pans. Then use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circles. Either way, candy corn is always a festive way to celebrate Halloween! 

Corny Chocolate Mini Cakes
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 24 mini cakes)

Cake
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
Pinch Salt
2/3 cup Butter
1 3/4 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
3 ounces unsweetened Chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/4 cups Water

Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup solid vegetable Shortening 
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon clear Vanilla
4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
2 tablespoons Milk
Food Coloring~yellow, orange
Candy Corn
Candy Corn Sprinkles



In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Beat until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one, Mix in the chocolate and vanilla. Start adding the flour, alternating with water on low speed, just until combined.
Pour batter in to prepared pan. This pan has pieces that remove from the bottom of each cavity of the pan. Spray with pan spray that has flour in it, and the mini cakes will release easily.  Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
Slice the tops off of each cake, so they are level. Then slice each cake in half.                                                                                     

Make the buttercream frosting by mixing together the shortening and butter. Whip until light and fluffy. Add vanilla.
Start adding sugar, one cup at a time. Beat in milk, a little at a time, until soft and fluffy. Tint 1 cup of frosting orange, and tint another cup yellow.
Use a wilton tip # 18 and place frosting on top of the bottom of the cake slice. place side by side as shown. 

Place other half of each cake on top of frosting. Use the same tips and frosting to decorate the top of the cakes as shown with frosting. Add candy corn to each cake, and decorate with candy corn sprinkles.
Thanks for joining me today!

Here are some other Candy Corn recipes you might enjoy:




 

 
 






 

yield: 24 mini cakesprint recipe

Corny Chocolate Mini Cakes

prep time: 1 hourcook time: 40 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Cake
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2/3 cup Butter
  • 1 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 ounces unsweetened Chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear Vanilla
  • 4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • Food Coloring~yellow, orange
  • Candy Corn
  • Candy Corn Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In your mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Beat until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one.Mix in the chocolate and vanilla. Start adding the flour mix, alternating with the water, on low speed, just until combined.
  2. Pour batter in to prepared pan. This pan has pieces that remove from the bottom of each cavity of the pan. Spray with pan spray that has flour in it, and the mini cakes will release easily. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Slice the tops off of each cake, so they are level. Then slice each cake in half.
  4. Make the buttercream frosting by mixing together the shortening and butter. Whip until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Start adding sugar, one cup at a time. Beat in milk, a little at a time, until soft and fluffy. Tint 1 cup of frosting orange, and tint another cup yellow.
  5. Use a wilton tip # 18 and place frosting on top of the bottom of the cake slice. place side by side as shown.
  6. Place other half of each cake on top of frosting. Use the same tips and frosting to decorate the top of the cakes as shown with frosting. Add candy corn to each cake, and decorate with candy corn sprinkles.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pumpkin Popcorn Box Party and A Giveaway! / Popcornboxparty2016

Welcome to the 2016 Pumpkin Popcorn Box Party and Giveaway! Today I am joining many creative bloggers to participate in this Halloween party fun thrown by Laura Kelly Designs! This is my second time joining in the crazy creativity and it has been a blast! The popcorn boxes are decorated for the holiday in any way you see fit, which means that they can be scary or sweet, plain or elaborate, functional or decorative, any way you want to design them. 
 I wanted to use my popcorn box for it's purpose, and make it look like Halloween. I love the adorable papers and trims that were so sweetly given to us by the sponsors, so I used them to decorate my box to be cutesy and not scary, but still Halloweenish!

Pumpkin Popcorn Box
1 bag microwave Popcorn
1/4 cup Orange Royal Icing
small orange Pumpkin Sprinkles
orange, yellow and black Sprinkles

Place the popcorn on a baking sheet.
Drizzle with royal icing. 
Sprinkle with pumpkin sprinkles, and orange, yellow, and green sprinkles.
Let dry for several hours or overnight.
Fill boxes with popcorn!

Don't forget about the giveaway! Scroll down to see the creativity from the other participating bloggers, and enter the giveaway!
Good Luck!



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Thanks for stopping by today!  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Midnight Whoopie Pies / #BBColorOurWorldRoundUp

I think  know you are going to love these special Midnight Whoopie Pies! They are chocolatey rich and incredibly tasty. The thing I love the most about whoopie pies is that they are very versatile. They can be made to fit almost any celebration. I made these Midnight Whoopie Pies for the Blooming Bloggers Color our World Round Up, where every month we will present a post which reflects that months chosen color. This months color is black, and because I love whoopie pies, I present you with Midnight Whoopie Pies!


Midnight Whoopie Pies 
(printable recipe at bottom of post)

1 box Dark Chocolate  Fudge Cake Mix (DuncanHines)
1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
1/2 cup Flour
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
Black Food Color

Filling 
3 oz Warm Water
2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 pound Confectioners Sugar

Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.
Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. 
Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving. It is not necessary, but it is still hot here in North Carolina, and the filling starts to droop a little with the hot weather.


yield: 2 dozen                   print recipe

Midnight Whoopie Pies

prep time: 30 MINS    cook time: 9 MINS        total time: 39 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 1 box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 small box Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • Black Food Color
Filling
  • 3 oz Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 pound Confectioners Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water together in a mixing bowl. Mix until all are combined. Add in food coloring. I used a gel food color from Wilton, but any black color can be used. Add a few drops at a time, then blend together with the mix to see if you are happy with it. If you are not, add more until you are. I was unsure if the color was dark enough, so I took the time to scoop some batter out and bake a small cookie to see if it darkened enough during the baking process. It did, and I was so happy I took the few extra minutes to check. Refrigerate batter until ready to use.
  2. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop and place scoops of batter on your baking sheet. Leave room between them for the cookie to spread. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  3. Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes, remove from pan to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely.
  4. Whisk together warm water and meringue. Add cream of tartar and whisk together again. Add all of the confectioner's sugar and mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl to keep fresh and cover immediately.
  5. Separate half of filling and tint to an orange color. If you want all your cookies with orange filling, then just color it all orange. Pipe the filling on with a decorating bag using a tip with a large opening. I used a Wilton # 2A. Fill the bottom of a cookie with the filling, starting at any spot and circling the cookie until it is filled in.
  6. You want to make sure the filling is close together and thick, so the top will sit high on the cookie. That way you will get this look. Put the lid on it. Refrigerate, if you want to, until about 30 minutes before serving.

I stated in the beginning of this post that Whoopie Pies are very versatile and can accommodate many party themes and occasions. Here are some past posts that you might enjoy that explain what I mean: