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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stuffed Spring Cookies / Fill The Cookie jar

Spring is in the air, and I am celebrating with these Stuffed Spring Cookies! Cookies are always a great way to celebrate! These cookies take some time to make, but several of the steps can be made ahead of time and the cookies are essentially two cookies in one because they have a top and bottom, so going a smaller size on these is not an issue. For more spring cookie inspiration, when you are done reading this, keep scrolling down and see all the cookies the other members of Fill The Cookie Jar made today! Happy Spring!

 Stuffed Spring Cookies

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chocolate Filled Easter Eggs

What would Easter be without Easter Eggs?! They are such a big part of many celebrations! As my son was growing up we had one Easter tradition that was a part of every Easter~the annual Easter Egg hunt. The only difference was their our hunt was really a hunt for his basket full of goodies. The first egg was next to his bed when he woke up in the morning. Each egg held a clue to the next egg. He had to read the clue and follow the directions to the next clue. I always made them rhyme, and I would change them, making them more difficult as he got older. When we first started he couldn't even read. We did them until he was about 14 or 15, but I have a feeling he just wanted to do it for me. I even thought about making them way more difficult by having him hunt on his dirt bike or four wheeler, but we never did. Maybe when he has kids!

Anyway, these eggs are probably not the best for hiding, but I think you will find them perfect for eating!

chocolate, eggs, filled

Chocolate Filled Easter Eggs

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Carrot Cookies / #SundaySupper

Today for Sunday Supper we are featuring root vegetables, which are very popular right now. So I thought that some Carrot Cookies needed to be on the menu! Root vegetables are not only good tasting, but they are very high in nutrients, they store well, and they give you the ability to use locally sourced food, even in the winter months. Carrots are a root vegetable that is extremely versatile. They can be used for everything from an appetizer to a dessert, and can be cooked in a bazillion different ways! These carrot cookies are quick to make, and even quicker if you leave off the frosting. They have a great taste, that I know you will love!


 Carrot Cookies

Friday, March 4, 2016

Happy Shamrock Cookies

These Happy Shamrock Cookies are cute little St. Patrick's Day cookies that I hope will brighten your day! They are quick to bake and decorate, and they will put a smile on everyone's face. The dough I used is my "go-to" cookie dough that I have used for a while, and it never fails me. It can be mixed together one day, and if used within the next week of so, it is still fresh and tastes fantastic. The royal icing recipe is one I have used many times also. It stays fresh for at least a week or so, and I have read where other cookie bakers have refrigerated it and it stays fresh longer. When I made this cookie dough my plan was to make both shamrock cookies and Easter cookies out of the same batch. So after I baked these shamrock cookies, I put my dough back in the fridge, and I will bake the Easter cookies this weekend. I love that the dough doesn't have to be used immediately!

Happy Shamrock Cookie
 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Shamrock Mini Cheesecakes

I am a huge St. Patrick's Day fan, so I am excited to show you what is definitely the first of several recipes to celebrate March 17. These Shamrock Mini Cheesecakes should be a part of your party plans! They start with a chocolate base, are filled with vanilla cheesecake, topped with a milk chocolate ganache, and the topper is melted candy melts shaped into a shamrock. It is easy to make these sweet, festive treats!
chocolate, vanilla, cheesecake
Shamrock Mini Cheesecakes
Crust
1 1/4 cups Crushed Chocolate Graham Crackers
1/4 cup Melted Butter
Shamrock 
1/2 bag Green Candy Melts 
Gold Sprinkles 
Filling 
3-8oz. blocks of Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup Whipping Cream
5 teaspoons Cornstarch
4 Eggs
1 Egg Yolk
1/4 cup Vanilla flavored Syrup
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Ganache 
8-10 ounces Milk Chocolate
1/4-1/2 cup Whipping Cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

chocolate graham crackers
In a small bowl, mix together the graham crackers and the butter. Place a tablespoon of crust in to each cavity opening of the pan. You can also use cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. They work great. There will be fewer cheesecakes because they are a bit larger.
candy melts. green, cookie cutter
Use your shamrock cookie cutter and trace around it on parchment paper. You will need one traced shamrock for each cheesecake. 
candy melts, sgold sprinkles
Melt the green candy melts, and place it in a plastic decorating bottle. Turn your parchment paper over and trace the outline of the melts, and then fill it in. Sprinkle the gold over the shamrocks while they are wet. Let dry.
cream cheese, vanilla, sugar eggs
Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, whipping cream, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat with mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and the egg yolk one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the vanilla flavored syrup and the extract. 
baking, cheesecakes
Pour batter into each opening, on top of the chocolate graham cracker crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Check if it's done like you do for a cake~with a toothpick. Take a toothpick around each cake, then let cool completely. Remove from pan. Let cool some more.
chocolate,whipping cream
Chop the chocolate in to small pieces. Place in a double boiler and melt on low. Heat the whipping cream in a separate pan or in the microwave. Add the warm cream to the chocolate a little at a time, until the consistency is smooth and drizzly.
milk chocolate ganache, cheesecake
 Use a spoon to drizzle the ganache over the cheesecakes.
shamrocks
Release the shamrocks by pulling the parchment from the bottom. They release very easily.
cheesecakes
Place a shamrock on each cheesecake and enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by today! I am so happy you did!

Here are some past St. Patrick's Day treat you might enjoy! Look for some new ones coming soon!

cookies, marshmallows, chocolate

sugar cookies, glass candy
 
popcorn, candy






 

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

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

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