Monthly Archives: October 2012

Trick (or Treat) Cupcakes

Sooo this isn’t exactly a recipe, just an awesome idea I had that I wanted to share.

I made these cupcakes for my Halloween party over the weekend. Plain white mini cupcakes are the perfect vehicle for fun flavored frostings… and much easier than making multiple flavors of cake AND frosting.

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The TRICK here for these special Halloween cupcakes is that the flavors I used do not match the bright Halloween colors!

Tasters didn’t know what to expect from an innocent little looking cupcake… and then BAM! Surprise flavor explosion!

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The orange ones are strawberry, and the green ones are cinnamon!

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The only problem that we ended up with is that the strawberry ones had to be eaten first, otherwise the cinnamon totally overpowered your taste buds and you couldn’t taste the next one.

These were so much fun and I know I will be doing this again… it’s fun to be able to TRICK somebody with a TREAT!

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In addition to regular food, I also made Fun & Easy No-Icing Sugar Cookies, Homemade Kettle Corn, and something else that I am still perfecting, so no recipe yet…

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Halloween Cookies

Nothing special or out of the ordinary, just wanted to share the few Halloween cookies I was able to make this year.

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More Halloween treats to come next week!

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Anniversary Sweets

My coworker Jaz asked me to make sweets for his wife for their 3rd anniversary. He said I could make whatever I wanted! He had not yet tried my cookies, so I definitely wanted to include some cookies… and then I thought, what is more romantic than chocolate covered strawberries?! Together they would make a cute little love tray.

Here is the picture I used for color inspiration (since he had no idea what colors would be good)…

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… and here are my colors. My pink came out a little more purple, but I still love how they looked together.

Here are the cookies. I stuck with hearts. Cuz they’re all lovey and stuff.

and the romantic strawberries…

On a side note, I know 3 people (they happen to all be men) who don’t like chocolate covered strawberries. Why you might be wondering? Because they don’t like strawberries. WHAT? How is that even possible? They must be aliens or something.

What a lucky lady you have, Jaz!

 

 

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Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

My coworker Apryle invented these, and I promised I would make them for her.

This is a soda cake.

I made soda cupcakes once before (Orange Soda Cupcakes), so I was excited to try a new flavor combo.

Chocolate Fudge Cake + a can of Dr. Pepper. That’s it! (Literally – no eggs, water, oil, anything. Just a can of soda.)

Bake em up for 18-20 min at 350*.

For the Cherry Frosting:

1 lb powdered sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter

3 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cherry extract

red food coloring

Mix all ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

My brother’s review of Apryle’s cupcake:

“The cherry is almost too overwhelming, but it works with the chocolate cupcake. The Dr. Pepper taste is subtle but it’s definitely there.”

….and Apryle’s review:

“The cherry is really sweet and the Dr. Pepper is subtle, but it was really good!”

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Scooby Doo Cookies

This may be the most intimidating set of cookies I have ever agreed to do… but it turned out one of the best!

Matthew was having a Scooby Doo party and his mom Michelle surprised him with these matching cookies!

I made Scooby faces….

Scooby Snacks (bones) which topped the birthday cupcakes (I did not make the cupcakes; mom added them when she got home).

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…and Mystery Machines! These were tough and may have almost made me crazy, but all that goes out the window when they turn out so cute!

I’m so glad Michelle and Matthew loved their cookies. They’re definitely going to stick with me!

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Baby Boy Cookies

I made cookies for a baby shower… the colors on the invite were grey, light orange, and baby blue.

I did the standard onesies, and tried out carriages for the first time… ya know, standard baby shower stuff… then I got it in my head to make an actual baby.

I used this design by Karen’s Cookies as my inspiration. I just LOVE the way they turned out. I don’t have the cute little baby cutter, so I used my teddy bear and cut his little ears off. The same teddy bear I used to make these cookies actually. What a versatile little fella…

I know I just posted about my favorite cookies, but I think these may have topped my list.

They took me for-e-ver… but it was worth it in the end.

P.S. Yes I know there are only 4 toes. It’s all I could fit.

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Favorites!!

Recently I saw another blogger (hi Hayley!) do a favorites roundup with her taste testers and I thought it would be fun to do something similar!

The people below I chose because they have tried most of what I make. I asked them to choose their favorite treat based on taste, and their favorite decorated cookies based on looks. So here we go!

Christopher is my little brother/roommate. He is a sweet-a-holic, especially when it comes to chocolate. He probably tries more treats than anyone else. His all-time favorite treat is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies.

Christopher’s favorite decorated cookies were the SF Giants Cookies (Here is another round of giants cookies I made).

Jeri is one of my coworkers and very good friends of my mom. She loved the Rolo Blondies

and The Lorax Cookies. I made some of these for her grandson, so she’s a little biased. 😉

Rodger is another coworker of mine. He likes all things sweet and had a hard time picking a favorite.  His favorite tasting are actually the decorated sugar cookies, but he also liked the Fireball Frosting cupcakes.

 

My Mom loved the Cake Mix Peanut Butter Brownies. Good choice Mom, those were on my top list too.

For sugar cookies, my mom picked the Unicorn Poop Cookies. They’re not exactly “decorated cookies” but I will let it slide because I think they’re pretty too. Aaaaaand it’s by far my most viewed post.

Apryle is my coworker, another good friend of my mom’s, and might just be my biggest fan. She loved so many things that we had to do a basketball style bracket to get it down to 1 item. The winner was the S’more Pops (made here and here).

The Australia Cookies were her favorites, maybe because I made them for her daughter. 🙂 (hi Mal!) Her other honorable mentions included Bubblegum MarshmallowsBubblegum CupcakesOrange Soda Cupcakes, and Chocolate Dipped Peeps.

Travis is my husband. He is picky. His world revolves around cookies of all kinds. Which is why I was surprised that his all-time favorite thing was Key Lime Pie. It was also my favorite, so I’m not going to argue. It’s unfortunate that only 6 people got to try it. I will have to make it again soon! Travis’ favorite decorated cookies are “the broken or ugly ones” because those are the only ones he’s allowed to eat. 🙂 And since there are no pictures of those tragedies, you will have to use your imagination.

Last but not least, my favorites. I don’t know how accurate this is, I had a hard time picking. I already mentioned Key Lime Pie, so I will just skip over that. I have mentioned it probably a thousand times now, but I don’t really like chocolate. Despite that, my top list includes Caramel Brownies aka Best Brownies Ever, Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies, and Cookie Dough Truffles – all which have chocolate in them!

Another favorite of mine is Funfetti Marshmallows. I love funfetti anything, but the texture of it in the mallows is just heaven.

As far as my favorite decorated cookies, I loved the Tool Cookies and the Popcorn Cookies. I also love making baby onesies. There are a lot of those so I won’t attach a million pictures. 🙂

 

That wraps up the favorites, thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed seeing old favorites!

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Cookies and Cream Marshmallows

These are soooo good. My 2nd favorite mallow flavor, and my brother’s #1 favorite. (Funfetti still tops my list.)

Make vanilla mallows according to this recipe. When all the whipping is done, stir in 1/2 cup crushed Oreo cookies. Instead of using powder to coat the sticky mallows, I used more crushed cookies!

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