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Carter is 1

My little man turned 1 year old a couple weeks ago!

I didn’t go all out with the sweets cuz I had so many other things to get ready.

We had a pirate themed party.

Here are the cookies I made:

Pirate Cookies

I made funfetti cupcakes with bright blue buttercream frosting. Unfortunately no one remembered to take any pics.

And a personal little cake for my birthday boy. First time he’s had sugar and he LOVED it of course!

Carters Cake

I spent a ton of time making him a birthday board. I am a perfectionist and it was agonizing. Cookies are easier! Ha. But I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Birthday Board

Happy 1st Birthday to my little man!

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Pool Party Cookies

Jose turned 11 on the 4th of July! He had a pool party to celebrate, so there had to be matching cookies!

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Birthday Cake Golden Oreo Truffles

These are a twist on the Cookies & Cream Truffles I made a while back. This time I used Birthday Cake Golden Oreos.

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1 full pack of Oreos crushed + 1 brick of cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat kind). Mix it into a dough, chill, roll, chill, dip, sprinkle. Then chill until it’s time to enjoy!

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These are pretty rich, I could only handle 1 at a sitting.

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So pretty!

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

My brother came to town. I promised him treats while he was here, and this was first up.

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The cake is just plain-Jane vanilla. But the frosting is what’s special. It’s FULL of Oreos! I made my normal buttercream recipe, and added half a package of crushed Oreos. Why just half a package you’re wondering?

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…because the other half was a little busy… Being baked into the bottom of the cupcakes!

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I also made mini ones without the Oreo in the bottom. Because I only had 1 pack of Oreos, and half of them went into the frosting. Plus, mini cupcakes go further when sharing. Which my coworkers appreciate. :)

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These cupcakes were kind of a trial-run for a wedding this fall. One of the them was taken to the bride and she approved!

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Ladybug Cookies

These cookies were for my coworker’s best friend. She had a ladybug themed birthday party!

I used my balloon cutter for these. (I also have a mini ornament that would work for mini version!)

20140518-185741.jpg I outlined them in a thick black line, then dropped a dot in the center, and another in the center of the top half.

20140518-185748.jpg First I piped the head, then I piped the wings fanning away from it. Took me a few tries to get the angles right.

20140518-185800.jpg I always fill in my black first, because it tends to be much messier if I make a mistake!

20140518-190225.jpg Then I filled in the red, with a little less icing than normal…

20140518-190232.jpg …because I dropped big black dots right into it for my ladybug’s spots.

20140518-190238.jpg Finished them off with some curly antennae, and viola! Cute little ladybug cookies.

20140518-190248.jpg Mini ladybugs would be totally cute for a little girl’s birthday!

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[Fake] Gender Reveal Cake & Cupcakes

I got the amazing opportunity to make gender reveal treats for another friend!

There was a twist this time. The answer on whether they were having a boy or girl – was NOT inside the treats.

The mama-to-be’s mother planned the party and asked me to put yellow inside of the cake and cupcakes.

I used vanilla pudding dyed yellow for the filling.

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The outside of the cake was decorated with both blue and pink swirled together. I was inpired by this cake by Rosie of Sweetopolita.

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The top of the cake was the ultimate question – Boy or Girl?

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…and when the parents-to-be cut into the cake… they were pretty confused and irritated. (They did find out the sex of the baby another way right after that and it was pretty fun and cute. They are having a girl!)

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Each guest got a matching cupcake.

20140504-084939.jpg The swirls on the cupcakes were a little trickier, but I liked the way they turned out.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

Made these cupcakes for my mommy for her birthday. I surprised her and brought them to her in the morning so she could take them to work with her to share with her coworkers!

I started with fresh farm-stand strawberries. Pureed them…

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…then used the pureed strawberries in place of water in a box white cake mix. I also added a good amount of red food color because the batter was actually purple-ish after adding the strawberries and I wanted them to be bright and vibrant.

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I wanted to dunk my face in that bowl. My whole kitchen smelled amazing!

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They baked up beautifully!

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I topped these cupcakes with Nestle Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting.

It’s a very yummy frosting, but I personally think it was a little too rich and took away from the special flavor of these cupcakes. Next time I will try something else that’s more subtle.

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My mommy and all her coworkers loved them!

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Chocolate White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Truffles

What a mouthful!!

You’ll forgive the ridiculous name once you try these. I promise.

I’ve made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles, Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles, and M&M Cookie Dough Truffles.

These are a twist on the common white chocolate macadamia nut cookies… Which happen to be my husband’s favorite cookie of all time. His birthday was a couple weeks ago so I made these for him. They’re lumpy and not the prettiest, but OH SO GOOD.

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Chocolate White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
6 tbsp milk (or milk substitute)
2 tbsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts, divided
Candy coating (I used CandiQuik)

Directions:
1. Beat butter and sugars. Add vanilla and milk.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add to wet mixture.
3. Stir in chips and nuts by hand.
4. Let dough chill for at least 2 hours.
5. Scoop into small balls on a waxed lined baking sheet and place in freezer to harden up. I did this the night before.
6. Melt the candy coating and dip each ball, tapping off the excess with a fork. Quickly top with chopped nuts.
7. Store in the fridge.

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Even though I made these for my husband, I actually took most of them to work. We don’t need THAT much sweets around the house! There was a good portion of cookie dough left that hadn’t been dipped so I let him finish that off. :)

My coworkers LOVED these. One even proclaimed that if he could have any dessert ever in the world that he would choose these. Maybe it was because he was currently holding one, I don’t know… :)

I liked them because they weren’t overly chocolatey.. you know, because I don’t like chocolate all that much. But they were still chocolatey enough for the major chocolate lovers too!

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Lacy Easter Egg Cookies

Made these for a friend’s mom for a get-together.

Even though they are pretty detailed, they didn’t take a ton of time to do. Filling the eggs with a solid color and only using one color to pipe with saves a TON of time.

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Each cookie is totally unique. I just made up the designs as I went, there was no template that I followed. Doing this also makes it more fun!

20140417-082009.jpg Once I was done making the cookies for the party, I had a few leftover that I played with. I really like how these “swoop” designs turned out too. And SO easy.

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More Gender Reveal Cupcakes

I got the amazing opportunity to create some gender reveal cupcakes for one of my best friends. I made these not too long ago for another mama, and so I wanted to change it up a bit this time.

This time, I was NOT allowed to know ahead of time. So I had to make both pink and blue, mark them in separate containers, and the mama-to-be mixed the right one in while no one was looking.

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I made white frosting for the tops. Then I “painted” pink and blue food color gel in stripes inside the piping bag…

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Then carefully filled the bags with the white frosting.

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When I piped swirls on the cupcakes, these pretty pink and blue streaks came through.

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LOVE this technique, I will definitely be doing it again!

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P.S. It was a GIRL! We can’t seem to locate the picture of the mama-to-be with the pink inside. :(

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