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

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! 

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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!



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to everyone!
 To finish off my "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series I have one last holiday treat for you.

Red, White and Blue Popcorn! 
2 Bags of plain Popcorn
3/4 cup Sugar
1/6 cup Water
1 tablespoon Butter
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue
Americolor White
Pop your popcorn.
I only had microwave popcorn and it worked fine.
Divide equally among 3 plastic bags.
 
Put your sugar, water, and butter in a saucepan
and bring to a boil.
Once it has boiled, divide the liquid among 
3 bowls.
Color the liquid in each bowl.
I just happened to have a white color, put if you don't
leaving it plain liquid will work just fine.
Add the colored liquid into the bags, one at a time.
If you have gloves, use them. You can also wrap
your hands with plastic wrap.
Using your hands move the popcorn around in the bag
coating the popcorn. You may be able to coat the 
popcorn by tossing it in the bag.
Do this to all three colors.
Lay out each color of popcorn on 
parchment paper to dry.
Separate the popcorn pieces from one another
so they do not clump together.
It will take about an hour for the popcorn to dry.
Mix all the popcorn together.
You can mix in M and M's, pretzels, nuts,
marshmallows, anything you want!


Thank you for joining me for my 
"15 Days of Red, White and Blue"!


Have a Happy 4th of July!
Stay Safe!

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Red, White and Blue Thumbprints!

Well, it is Day 14 of our "15 Days of Red, White and Blue" series, and today we are posting one of my favorite cookies, thumbprints! I have been in love with this cookie since I was a little girl. There is something about the sweet, buttery flavor of this cookie! When I was growing up, there was a bakery not too far from my house. My brothers and sisters and my mom and I would walk down the hill to the bakery, and always, the woman behind the counter would give us a complimentary cookie! What fun! I would always have a difficult time deciding between the icing of my favorite cookie, a type of buttery thumbprint. Did I want yellow, green, or pink icing? It's was always a big decision. I really don't know why, because they all tasted the same! But it was a decision I took very seriously, and the bakery lady was always so sweet and patient. Now, I haven't been in that bakery in quite a few years, but I have been salivating over the memory of the cookies, and I am on a quest to find a recipe for them. This recipe for Red, White and Blue thumbprints is not exactly like my cherished bakery cookies, but these are close, and oh soooooo delicious!
Red, White and Blue Thumbprints
(from Ladies Home Journal 12/10)
Makes 5 1/2 dozen
2 2/3 cups all purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Antonia74 Icing
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar
Americolor Holiday Red
Americolor Royal Blue

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream your butter and sugar together on medium high
until fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
On low speed, add in flour mixture.
Once mixed together, wrap your dough in plastic wrap
and chill it until firm. It should take 
about 1 1/2 hours.
Roll 1" balls of dough and place them about 1"
apart on your baking sheet.
Using your finger, make an indentation in the center of each one.
Bake for 15 minutes, until cooked through, but not golden.
Remove the cookies from your oven.
Re-indent each cookie if it needs it.
Then allow to cool.

Icing Instructions
In your mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and
the meringue powder. Mix by hand with a whisk until frothy,
about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and mix again for 30 seconds.
Pour all of the confectioners sugar into the bowl at once.
Using the paddle attachment on the lowest speed,
mix slowly for a full 10 minutes.
When done, transfer a little icing to 3 different bowls.
I like to use plastic bowls with lids.
The icing gets crusty and dry if it is uncovered for even a few minutes.
Color the icing in one bowl with the red coloring.
Also add water to get the correct consistency
You basically want 10 second icing here.
That means that you can take a spoon through the middle of the
icing and it will take 10 seconds for it to go back together again.
Do the same exact thing with your second bowl,
only use the blue coloring.
For the third bowl, just make the correct consistency.
No color is needed, of course.
I used a Wilton Tip #5 to fill in the indentations in the cookie.
Once the indentation is filled in, shake the cookie
side to side, just slightly to smooth the icing out.
Fill in the white the same way,
and the red also. Let dry.
Enjoy your cookies!

Thanks for joining me today!

Stop by tomorrow for Day 15
of "15 Days of Red, White and Blue"
 and
Have a Happy 4th!