Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts

Friday, February 5, 2016

Panther Popcorn Pops

It is Super Bowl week, and that is pretty much all anyone is talking about! Especially if you live in North Carolina, like I do! So these Panther Popcorn Pops are doing double duty. I get to show my love for the Panther's and decorate my party table! And what's even better is that they are so much fun to make! Start with a simple popcorn ball, add a few drizzles of my new favorite colors, and you have a fun, festive centerpiece for your party! Go Panthers!

Panther Popcorn Pops
(printable recipe)
 (makes 10 pops)

2 bags Microwave Popcorn

1 cup Sugar

1 cup light Corn Syrup

1/4 cup Water

3 tablespoons Butter

3 ounces Warm Water

2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 pound Confectioner's Sugar 

Sticks for pops


Styrofoam 

Shot glasses


Use a heavy bottomed pan and mix together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook until the candy thermometer reaches soft ball stage, which is 235 degrees. Cook popcorn, and remove all uncooked kernels.
Immediately remove pan from heat, and mix in butter. Pour mix over popcorn and stir until all popcorn is covered.
Once popcorn has cooled a little, start making small popcorn balls. 
Place one of the sticks into each popcorn ball.
Lay on a piece of parchment paper and let dry overnight, or several hours. Cover tray with saran wrap.
Use blocks of styrofoam to anchor the popcorn balls. Cover the blocks with plastic wrap to ensure that when the popcorn balls are decorated, frosting that falls on the blocks won't damage them.
Make the frosting by placing warm water and meringue powder in a large mixer bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk again for 30 seconds. Add confectioners sugar all at once and mix on low for 10 minutes. Once the frosting is mixed, make sure to keep it covered. Separate what you will need into a small container. Mix some frosting black, some blue, and leave some white. These pops don't use a lot of frosting, but it will depend on how many you are making. Drizzle frosting all over and around popcorn pops. Let dry.
I am using 4 of the pops for a table centerpiece, so I placed styrofoam in each little shot glass, and covered the styrofoam with lots of curly ribbon. The others I covered in plastic and tied blue, black and white ribbons around them for guests.


Have a great Weekend!


 GO PANTHERS!





Thanks for joining me today! 




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Red Chip Valentine Cookies/ #Fill The Cookie Jar

What are Red Chip Valentine Cookies? After Christmas I found this bag of mint baking chips at a local store. I picked them up at a good price, but the reason I even looked at them twice was because they were red.  I don't think I have ever seen or used red chips before. So along comes Valentine's Day and what could be more perfect than red chips. But I wanted a white cookie recipe. After looking around, I decided to bake my "go-to" sugar cookie recipe that I usually use for cut out cookies. I made a batch and they were yummy and Valentine festive!
sugar cookies, red chips
Red Chip Valentine Cookies

(makes 5-6 dozen cookies)
 5 cups Flour
 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
 2 cup Butter
 2 cup Sugar
 2 Egg
 2 teaspoon Almond Extract
 pinch salt
 Red Mint Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, red chips

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cream together the butter and sugar, add the eggs. 
flour, baking powder, salt
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mix. Add almond extract. Mix together. 
red chips
 Mix in red chips.  Use a cookie scoop or spoon and bake cookies on a parchment covered cookie sheet for 8-9 minutes.
cooling cookies
 Cool on cooling rack.
cookies, baking rack

Cookies, Valentines Day Cookies
Happy Valentine's Day!


Today I am participating in #Fill The Cookie Jar, a cookie group where every month members share cookies based around a common theme. This months theme is Valentine's day! Interested in joining?
Here's the link: Fill the Cookie Jar


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back to School Cookies/#SundaySupper

Today we are celebrating "Back to School" at #SundaySupper, so I made Back to School Cookies! I love making decorated cookies and I like to give them as gifts for special occasions, birthdays and holidays. These cookies make a tasty after school treat for the first day of school!
 
Back to School Cookies

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fruity Fruit Popsicles/#FoodieExtravaganza

I love a refreshing popsicle when it is hot and humid outside, don't you? Well, it has been hot and humid, and popsicles have become our daily treat! These Fruity Fruit Popsicles are loaded with flavor from fresh blueberries and cherries that are frozen in White Cranberry Juice, and they are quick to make!  You will love them!
Blueberry and Cherry Popsicles

Thursday, June 25, 2015

4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles!

I heard a rumor today that by Saturday the heat might start subsiding a little, here in the south! Well, I hope it's true, but to be on the safe side, I am filling my freezer with these 4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles.  'Ya know, "just in case"!! Besides, what would the 4th be without the cool refreshment of popsicles! I can't imagine one without the other!! These pops are made with red and blue jello, and vanilla yogurt. They are easy to make, but not quick. Freezing them seemed to take forever, and had me yearning for one of those blast chillers they use on Chopped! But they are worth the wait!

popsicles, red, white and blue, 4th of July


4th of July "I LOVE THE USA" Popsicles

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colorful White Chocolate Truffles

These Colorful White Chocolate Truffles are a wonderful, tasty, and colorful addition to Easter Baskets, Easter Brunch, Mother's Day, Weddings or a Spring Celebration. They are easy to make with just a few ingredients. Use a good quality white chocolate and you can change the coating color on the outside to customize them to match any event for a personalized, custom look!  The soft creamy inside will be loved by everyone.

 White chocolate truffles

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Leprechaun Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorite cookies. I love their versatility to fit in to any party or celebration. Plus, they are so tasty!! These Leprechaun Thumbprint Cookies are all dressed up for St. Patrick's Day and ready to party!

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters/#FoodieExtravaganza


Today I have some Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters for your tasting pleasure! This recipe is part of the #Foodie Extravaganza food group I participate in. It's a lot of fun, and really makes me work at coming up with something different and unique that you will enjoy! Even though I use the word work, I really love the challenge! 
These Chocolate Caramel Peanut Clusters are yummy and chocolatey, gooey and nutty. That is a lot to ask for from such a small piece of candy, but it delivers and you won't be disappointed! 

Chocolate Candy


Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine Pretzels / Day 12 of 14 Days of Valentine's Day

Today's Valentine treat is simple and fun, easy and cute!
You don't need a lot of ingredients, and they are quick to make also.
Valentine Pretzel

Valentine Pretzels

Friday, February 6, 2015

Baked Valentine Popcorn/Day 6 of 14 Days of Valentine's!

Today's Valentine Day treat is easy to bake and it makes a great gift!
It would be so special to give a tin of
 this popcorn along with a gift of a favorite movie!
That would be a fun and cozy Valentine's Day!

You could also change the M and M's to match
your teams colors and munch on this while
watching your favorite basketball teams!

There are lots of ways to customize this yummy popcorn!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pfeffernuse Cookies and a Cookie Swap


The holidays are definitely the season of cookies! I have been seeing cookies EVERYWHERE! But I am not complaining. I am rejoicing! Because I love cookies!


 Today I made a pfeffernuse cookie as part of The 3rd Annual Christmas Cookies Recipe Swap.  This recipe was sent to me by Sara from Clever Pink Pirate.  Stop by and see her today. She is baking the cookie recipe I sent her,  Thumbprint Cookies! What is a pfeffernuse cookie? It is a cookie that is popular in Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands. It is full of wonderful spices that are a treat for the nose and the taste buds. While it is similar to a gingerbread cookie, it has a stronger taste. It contains anise extract, a licorice tasting flavor. But enough talking about it!
Let's give it a taste!

Pfeffernuse Cookies

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gingerbread Man Cookies

It is time for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap reveal. I always have fun participating in this holiday group. I send a dozen cookies to three different bakers. Three bakers send a dozen cookies to me! It is always fun to see and taste what cookies represent the holidays to others. I also love the fact that this group donates to Cookies For Kids Cancer with help from our sponsors! Such a great cause.
This is the fourth year I have taken  part in the cookie swap, so it is kind of the becoming a tradition for me. Which is how I ended up making gingerbread man cookies. Traditions are every where at this time of year, so I decided to go traditional with my cookies.  So I mixed 'em up, rolled 'em out, gave them eyes and a mouth, and fancied them up a bit with a bow tie, because you should dress for the holidays!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Haunted Graveyard Bites!

I love Halloween treats! Don't you? They are fun to make and share with friends, and they are so unique to the holiday! That is what these Haunted Graveyard Bites are all about! I loved creating them and they most definitely scream "Halloween"!

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

4th of July Pretzel Treats

 4th of July Pretzel Treats

I am visiting today over at Mindie's blog, Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo. Stop by and visit and get the recipe for these festive 4th of July Pretzel Treats!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dad's Cookies

I was thinking about what kind of cookie is a Dad Cookie. I mean, there is really no such thing as a manly cookie~is there? So I thought about all the types of cookies I have made in my life and which ones the two men in my life liked the most and I came up with Dad's Cookies. There is no scientific evidence that states that these cookies are only for dad's, but I think he will love them!
cookies for Dad
Dad's Cookies

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mr. McGregor's Marshmallow Carrots

These Marshmallow Carrots are not the ones that Peter Rabbit was munching on in Mr. McGregor's garden, but I think you will like them. You start with homemade marshmallow, cut out some carrots with a cookie cutter, add some orange sanding sugar, add some licorice greens, and you have a marshmallow carrot similar to a peep! Things would have been fun if these had been growing in Mr. McGregor's garden!

Peep like  marshmallow carrots
Mr. McGregors Marshmallow Carrots

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Magically Delicious Leprechaun Sticks!

These St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Sticks are tasty and maybe a bit magical. How about magically delicious? Yeah, that sounds like it might have been used before. Leprechaun Sticks are cookies, in stick form with frosting and sprinkles. Their magical powers have not been formally documented, but they do disappear quickly and they are delicious!

Leprechaun Sticks

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn

Do you like Biscoff? I just love it! I keep waiting for the time I am grocery shopping, and I don't buy 2 jars! I think it is clearly on it's way to being an obsession for me. So I guess I will have to feed this craziness until it stops. It's the only thing I can do!  :) I am also loving toffee and popcorn right now, so I thought I would put them all together, and make the ultimate treat! So, yum!
Biscoff and Toffee Popcorn
2 bags of popped microwave Popcorn
1 cup of Biscoff Spread
1/2 cup of Heath English Toffee Bits
Melt the Biscoff in a double boiler...
 until it is smooth.
Pop your popcorn, 1 bag at a time.
It is easier to control when you are mixing the popcorn.
 
Pour the melted biscoff over the popcorn,
 Mix the biscoff and 1 bag of popcorn together.
After the first bag is mixed together, add the other bag in.   
 Add the toffee bits and mix in.
 Spread the popcorn into a large pan, spread it out so it can dry.
After it is dry, munch out and enjoy! 

Thanks for joining me today!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Pizzelles!

I know everyone has a cookie that means Christmas to them. This Pizzelle is mine. I used to make this cookie with the lady who lived across the street from me when I was a little girl. Every year before Christmas I would get to go over to her house, and we would spend 2 entire days making cookies. We would listen to Christmas music and tell stories.  It was just me and her. She created an incredible memory for me. We always made these pizzelles. I can remember stacks and stacks of them when we were done. I don't know why we made so many but every minute at her house was magical to me. So when I bite into a pizzelle, I am immediately transported back to snowy winter afternoons in a warm, comfortable  kitchen in Ohio, with the smell of anise and butter in the air, and the feeling of being loved. Maybe this cookie will evoke those feelings for you.

Christmas Pizzelles
6 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 cup Butter, melted
2 tablespoon Anise Extract
3 1/2 cup Flour
4 teaspoon Baking Powder
Milk Chocolate Chips, melted
White Almond Bark, melted
crushed Candy Canes
You will need a pizzelle maker to make these cookies.
I got mine a few years ago after the holidays.
When you use it, make sure to spray the mold area
with pan spray, and to preheat the pizzelle maker.
Beat your eggs, and
add your sugar a little bit at a time.
Beat until smooth.
Add butter and anise. Mix together.
Sift your flour and baking powder and add it to the mix.
Mix well.  Dough will be sticky.
Drop 1 tablespoon of batter onto your pizzelle baker.
The first few cookies will probably be hit and miss
as far as the placement of the batter and the cooking time.
It is just something you have to experiment with.
See what I mean? :)
It ended up that the best placement for my
batter was slightly off center, and only cooked for 20 seconds.
Let cool.
The almond bark, chocolate, and candy canes are not
part of a traditional pizzelle, but I wanted to do
something different, and I think it looks pretty!

Sprinkle the candy cane over the bark or chocolate.
Let dry.
Enjoy!