Monday, August 26, 2013

Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bites

A few days ago I was a guest blogger, and I shared these wonderful Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bites. Well, I wanted to share them with all of you also, so here they are!! These tiny cookies are the perfect little snack for mid morning or after school or pretty much any time! They have a deep buttery taste, and the little bit of chocolate provided a top layer of yummy  flavor! I know you are going to love these simple treats!
Chocolate Topped Shortbread Bites
(adapted from Wilton)
1 cup Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
2/3 cup Chocolate Chips-melted
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.
Add your flour and mix until dough is smooth.
 I used this silicone pan to make my bites.
Spray the pan with pan spray. 
You could also roll out the dough and
cut the dough into small squares before cooking.

I just eyeballed the size when I made these balls.
I made one, and then pressed it into the mold.
As long as it covers the bottom and is 1/8" thick,
your cookies will be good.
I thought it was great that I was making 
24 cookies at one time!
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until light brown.
Don't over cook. They will get very hard.
Let cool.
Melt your chocolate while your
cookies are baking and cooling.
Pipe a dollop of chocolate on top of each square.
Let the chocolate set up a little.
Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me today!
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bites

Hi everyone! I am guest posting today over at Melissa's Cuisine. I made some shortbread cookies topped with chocolate frosting that I am sure you will love. They are easy to make and they make a great presentation! Plus, they are sooooo good!
Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Bites

Stop by Melissa's and check out the recipe!
and 
Don't forget to congratulate Melissa on her beautiful new daughter!
She is adorable!!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Creamy Peach Hand Pies

Today I am participating in the Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge. This is a fun challenge that really gets your creativity flowing. This months two ingredients? Peaches and Cream. Can you say yum!? I wanted to make something special, and several different ideas came to mind, but these Creamy Peach Hand Pies were the clear winner! They are simple to make (I used ready made pie crust), incredibly cute, and you can be sure that whoever tastes these pies will love them!
Creamy Peach Hand Pies
(loosely adapted from A Feast for The Eyes)

3 ripe Peaches
1/4 cup Sugar plus 2 teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
Pinch Salt
1 1/2 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
1 large Egg Yolk
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 box unbaked Pie Shells
1 Egg,  beaten
Peel, halve, and pit your peaches.
Place your peaches in a pan on top of the stove.
Heat the peaches over medium heat until they are soft 
and the juices have emptied into the pan.  
This will help prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Once the peaches are nice and soft, cut the peaches
into thin slices. Set aside.
Mix together the 1/4 cup sugar, flour and salt.
In a separate bowl , mix together the cream, egg yolk,
 vanilla and cinnamon. Add in the dry ingredients and mix 
until smooth.
Pour the cream mix over the peaches.
This is the pie mold that I used. It isn't really necessary
to use this mold to make the pies, but it is fun to use!

  Place the closed mold on the pie crust.
Cut two for each pie. One will become the 
pie top and one will become the pie bottom.
Set your mold up like this. I put 2 teaspoons of
 peaches and cream filling in each pie.
Edge each of the pie crust pieces with the beaten egg.
This will help the edges stay together.
Fold the two pie pieces together.
Pierce the pies in a few places, and sprinkle with the
2 teaspoons sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Enjoy your pies!

Thanks for joining me today, and please check out 
all the other recipes for today's challenge!


Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Sunday, August 4, 2013

10,000 Pinterest Followers Cash Giveaway!

My friend, Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is having a great giveaway! The prize is cash!! What could be better than that? Don't hesitate. Enter today. This giveaway ends next Sunday!!
Good Luck!


Sooooo... last week some of you all may have noticed my little announcement on Facebook that I finally reached a blogging milestone that had been eluding me for a little while now... 
I reached over 10,000 Pinterest followers!!  I finally hit 5 figures! ;)

I knew a milestone like this was cause for a HUGE celebration on the blog.  And when I say celebration, you all really know that I mean GIVEAWAY!

I asked just *a few* of my favorite bloggy friends to join the party and help me in celebrating.  How are we celebrating?  By helping one of you make your Pinterest dreams a reality with a $400 Paypal Cash Giveaway- the biggest giveaway ever hosted on Frugal Foodie Mama!

How many of you all have Pinterest projects and ideas that you have had pinned for months, longing to do them, but maybe the price tag is holding you back?  
*Raising hand here*
Would $400 to spend any way and anywhere you would like help out just a little with that?
Yeah.... I thought so. ;)

Of course if you win, you can spend the Paypal cash any way that you would like.  But how fun would it be to finally splurge on a little something you have had pinned away on one of your Pinterest boards??

If you do not have a Paypal account presently, you WILL have to set up one if you win.  I will only be able to transfer the funds via Paypal.  Paypal is great because it is accepted with most online shops and you can transfer funds to your checking account once you have connected the two. :)  Pretty cool, right?

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Serenity You Cash Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the Twitter Cash Giveaway!
Natasha over at  Serenity You is celebrating a 2000 Twitter followers milestone,
and she is celebrating with a cash giveaway.  

 

To celebrate reaching over 2000 twitter followers Serenity You is having a cash giveaway!!

One lucky person will win $60!

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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!
Stop by again!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Super Birthday Giveaway!

Today is the start of the biggest and best multi blogger giveaway I have ever been involved in!
My fellow blogger, Ashton, from Something Swanky is celebrating her birthday,
and in a big way! Ashton, with some help from her friends, is giving away the birthday presents 
she would like to receive!
What are they?

A Red 5 qt. Kitchen Aid mixer,
 a $300 gift card from Target, 
and 
10 different cookbooks written by bloggers!!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Best Banana Muffins Ever !!

It is time for Secret Recipe Club reveal today, and this month I was assigned the blog, Eliots Eats. If you haven't read this blog yet, please do so as soon as you can! Debra is the writer, her husband is her inspiration, and her recipes are amazing! For the second month in a row, I choose a Banana Bread recipe. I didn't do this on purpose, but when I saw Debra's recipe for The Best Banana Bread Ever, I had to put it to the test. Another thing I love about this recipe? Coconut Oil substituted for butter. Oh, so good! I made two changes to Debra's original recipe. I left out the chopped pecans, and I made muffins instead of a loaf. Oh, and yes, they are the best banana muffins, ever!


The Best Banana Bread {Muffins} Ever
1/2 cups coconut oil (in solid form)
1 cup sugar
2 large farm fresh eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (2 or 3)
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together your coconut oil and sugar.
 Mix until creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
Add bananas and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
On low speed, mix the flour into the coconut oil and
egg mix. Just mix until incorporated. Do not over mix.
Spray mini muffin pan. Bake muffins for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy your muffins!

Thanks Debra for a great recipe!
Check out what everyone else made!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes

It's 4th of July! One of my very favorite holidays. I hope you have something fun planned. These cupcakes are easy and quick and they will fit perfectly into your holiday menu! I had fun using the Twizzler red, white and blue licorice strings to decorate.  
Red, White and Blue Mini Cupcakes   
(adapted from BHG)

egg whites 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 3/4 cups sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla  
1 1/3 cups buttermilk 


Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spread batter into the cupcake liners

  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool thoroughly on racks.



Frosting
6 oz warm water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar
Red, white, and blue licorice strings


In a mixing bowl, place the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk for 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar. Whisk for 30 seconds more.
Pour all the confectioners sugar in the bowl at one time.
Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. Cover with towel to keep frosting fresh.




 Color 1/3 of the cake mix red, and 1/3 of the mix blue.
Add some white cake mix, some red mix, and......


 some blue.


Swirl the colors together.


Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool.


Make your frosting.
 Cut your licorice into small pieces.
Top each mini cupcake with frosting.
Top each cupcake with pieces of the licorice.
Enjoy and celebrate!

Happy 4th of July! 

We are partying here:
Fabulous Fridays!