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Santa Cruz Wedding Treats

Last October I made treats for the dessert table for a friend’s Santa Cruz Beach Wedding. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to the wedding because it was out of town and during the week. Another friend who was in the wedding party delivered the goodies for me, but I forgot to take any photos before I handed them over. The wedding photos just came in, so I wanted to share the treats now!

I made 2 different flavors of mini cupcakes. The tiffany blue ones were bubblegum flavored (see here) and the pale yellow ones were lemonade flavored (see here).20130323-153022.jpg

Of course I also made cookies. The couple has a beloved boxer that actually took part in the ceremony and was in all the pictures. The bride asked for cookies of their pup, and this is what I came up with.

I had a hard time trying to get the facial features down, so I decided to stick to the basic outline and the coloring. (He has pale grey spots on his body.)

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The wedding favors were classic S’more Pops (see here and here). I made simple little tags with the Bride and Groom’s name and their wedding date.

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Thanks Katie for letting me use your pictures! Like I mentioned, I forgot to take photos of these treats… all photo credits go to Grandeur Photography.

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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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Cotton Candy Marshmallows

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These homemade marshmallows are flavored like cotton candy, colored like cotton candy, and packaged like cotton candy! 

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Wedding S’more Pop Favors

Today is National S’mores Day!

A friend of a good friend of mine is getting married today and I made her these S’more Pops as her wedding favors!

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Aren’t the tags just adorable?

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If you love s’mores, you have GOT to make these. They take no time at all to whip up a few, and I promise they taste sooo much better than you can even imagine they would. I’m pretty much addicted.

How to: (sorry no pics. It’s easy though I swear.)
1. Stand up the mallows on a flat surface.
2. Shove the sticks straight into the tops of the mallows without lifting the mallow from the flat surface. (The stick may be into the mallow crooked, but it should be straight up and therefore sturdier. If you hold the mallow while you shove the stick in, it will end up crooked like 46.5% of the time. Ugh.)
3. Melt chocolate chips or candy melts in the microwave. I did candy melts this time and it seemed easier/smoother. But either works fine and tastes great. By the way, I like to melt in a short drinking glass. It’s taller and less wide so the chocolate is deeper and easier for dipping.
4. Dip the sticked mallow and shake downward to get as much chocolate off as will drip off. Trust me, they’re messy if you skip this step.
5. Roll the chocolated mallow in graham cracker crumbs.
6. Set the mallow “stick up” on wax paper to set up.
Enjoy!!!

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Pink Ribbon Party

I made these lovely treats for a woman who just finished radiation for breast cancer and was throwing herself a fabulous party!

The colors were PINK and BROWN. So cute.

Cookies…

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Chocolate Cake Pops…

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and Marshmallows!!

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The pink ones were pomegranate, but ended up tasting nothing like pomegranate… I will have to try again one of these days because I love pomegranate!

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I decided to try a little piped swirl for these. There were going to be a lot of guests at the party so the smaller the treat the farther it goes! I decided later that I’m glad I didn’t do the swirls with the chocolate mallows ….. :-/

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These chocolate ones were a million times better than the first chocolate ones I made… dark chocolate is the key!

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I hope the party was as fabulous as it was sweet!

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Coconut Star Marshmallows

In these coconut star marshmallows, coconut is definitely the star!

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Ingredients:

2 packets of powdered unflavored gelatin (I use Knox)

1/2 cup cold coconut water

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp vanilla

some shredded coconut

cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture for dusting (1:1.5 ratio)

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, whisk together the cold coconut water and gelatin, then let it stand for 5 minutes.

2. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick spray, then sprinkle the bottom with shredded coconut. It doesn’t need to be a full layer, but you don’t want too much empty space.

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3. Pour 1/4 cup corn syrup into your stand mixer. Pour the other 1/4 cup into a medium pot with the water, sugar, and salt. Attach the candy thermometer so that the tip does not touch the bottom of the pot, but instead sits in the mixture. Turn the heat on high and stir occasionally while checking the temperature (you want it to get to about 235-240*).

4. Microwave the gelatin for 30 seconds. Pour it into the stand mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment) with your corn syrup, turn the mixer on low and leave it running.

5. When the sugar mixture reaches 235-240*, slowly pour it into the stand mixer. Turn the speed up to 5 or 6 and set the time for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, turn the speed up to 8 and set the timer again for 5 minutes. After the timer goes off again, add the vanilla and turn the speed up to the highest setting and set the timer for 2 minutes.

6. After the last timer goes off, turn off the mixer and pour the mallow on top the shredded coconut in the pan. Smooth out the top as much as possible, then dust with cornstarch/powdered sugar mixture and pat it down even.

7. Waiting is the hardest part. Let set up overnight.

8. The next day, place a cutting board on top of the pan and invert to release the mallow. It should come out easily because of the shredded coconut.

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9. Cut with a small star (or any shape) cookie cutter. Make sure to cut them as close as possible so there isn’t much waste. (Haha, yeah right.. the “waste” tastes just as good!) You may need to clean the cutter every couple of stars because the coconut gets sticky.

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10. Dust the sticky edges of the mallows in more cornstarch/powdered sugar.

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They are amazing as is, but I wanted to take them a step further…

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Chocolate time!!

11. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals, or in a double broiler. I chose to use my mini crock pot warmer. Once it’s smooth, you’re ready to dip!

Because the mallows were dusty and I didn’t want it to get into my chocolate, I pressed the mallow into the melted chocolate, covered it with chocolate without moving it around. Then I just lifted it out with a fork and tapped it on the edge until all the excess chocolate dripped off. Then used a knife to gently scrape the mallow off the fork onto wax paper.

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They look a little bumpy, but that’s all the yummy coconut in there!

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Don’t they look pretty?!

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The coconut is subtle enough and not too sweet. Absolutely perfect!

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Flavored Homemade Mallows

So I have been a little marshmallow crazy lately, thanks to Shauna Sever‘s book Marshmallow Madness. Instead of drawing this out, I thought I would just share some pictures of the many mallows I have been creating lately…

Milk Chocolate (my brother’s favorite):

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Key Lime Pie:

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Bubblegum (my coworkers’ favorite):

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Vanilla (my husband’s favorite), but pretty colors:

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So far my favorite is funfetti!

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Funfetti Marshmallows

I am OBSESSED with making marshmallows! If you missed the first post or the last post, be sure to check them out!

This recipe is from Shauna Server’s book Marshmallow Madness.

Follow the recipe for Basic Vanilla Marshmallows.

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At the end of all the whipping, carefully fold in 1/4 cup sifted dry funfetti cake mix. (You can use white, vanilla, or yellow cake mix if you don’t have funfetti.) My funfetti mix didn’t have enough sprinkles, so I added some more. (If you use regular cake mix you’ll want to add about 2 tbsp sprinkles.) Just be careful not to mix it too much or the sprinkles will melt and make the whole thing look muddy.

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Don’t sprinkles just make everything better?! So pretty!

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When I made these, I cut out the last 2 minutes of whipping on high speed (because I thought that’s what the recipe said) but you can go the full time. Mine just came out more smooth and melt-in-your-mouth and less marshmallowy squishy. Hope that makes sense. They were still amazing though so it doesn’t really matter. 🙂

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Unfortunately the picture above is the last one I got of these marshmallows. We ate them all so fast I was barely able to share and didn’t get a chance to take some good pictures! So far these are my favorite marshmallows I have made. So there will be a ‘next time’ and then I will come back and add better photos!

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Kool Aid Marshmallows

To make these Kool Aid Marshmallows, follow all the steps of the Basic Vanilla Marshmallows, except add a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid mix to the gelatin at the very beginning.

I chose Black Cherry because it’s my husband’s favorite.

I chose to cut into triangles this time to be different. And I made this batch in a casserole dish rather than the standard 8×8 pan. Turned out perfect!

I bet Orange Kool Aid would be tasty! Ooh or Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade… I ❤ Kool Aid.

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