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Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs

I made these for a good friend of mine for his birthday. He is sweets obsessed. Like, I couldn’t even get his wife to tell me what his favorite thing is, because he just likes everything! We work together, so naturally everyone at work got to enjoy them too.

The idea came from a fellow (local) blogger, Hayley. You may have heard of or seen her blog Domestic Rebel. She comes up with desserts you would see in your Candyland dreams. She is known for her brownie bombs, and they’ve been on my to-make list for awhile. They were the perfect treat for my sweet-a-holic friend.

Basically you start with a ball of cookie dough. I made my Pregnant Lady Cookie Dough (which is eggless), and added mini M&M’s. Freeze them so they’re nice and hard and cold.

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The next step is to make brownies. I used a regular fudgey brownie box mix.

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You cut the brownies, then smoosh them between your fingers…

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…then wrap the smooshed brownie around a frozen cookie dough ball. Keep smooshing until the whole ball is covered.

Next you dip the ball (which is now HUGE from the brownie) into chocolate.

I got all the way to this step before realizing I had no chocolate chips. Excuse me WHAT?! How does a baker run out of chocolate chips?

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I had some leftover candy melts on hand, so I decided to just use those instead. It actually worked out okay, they kinda looked like birthday balloons! I topped them with a little sprinkles, just to help hide any imperfections from using old candy melts.

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Because of the cookie dough, these need to be kept in the refrigerator.

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OMG these are yummy. I have this thing against chocolate (and brownies), so they were a little too rich for me to eat a whole one. Did I mention they were huge? My husband loved them, as did all of my coworkers. I think my brother (who is far away in the Navy) cried a little when he saw me post a picture of these. I will definitely have to make them for him when he comes home!

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Oreo Pops

These are SO easy to make. And who doesn’t love Oreos? I’ve been buying a lot of Oreos lately. You’ll see what I mean later this week.

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Twist Oreos open, and push sticks into the Double Stuft filling. Add a dab of candy melts, then top with the twisted off cookie.

Pop them into the fridge to set up. This only takes a couple minutes.

Then dip the Oreos into the candy melts, making sure to fully cover.

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I melted a second color to add a little drizzle, but sprinkles would look great too!

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I covered the regular Oreos in purple and the Golden Oreos in orange. Obviously these were for Halloween, but they are so easy to make that they could be any color and perfect for any party!

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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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Halloween Party Popcorn

This fun purple popcorn was inspired by this recipe that I came across on Pinterest.

Pop some popcorn. I used kernels and a pot on the stove, but microwave popcorn would work too. Maybe just use unbuttered…

Melt purple candy melts (or any color you want) in the microwave. (I wanted my purple a little darker, so I added Royal Purple food coloring to the melted candy melts. )

**Just a heads up – regular food coloring will thicken candy melts – do not add food coloring to them unless you’re doing something other than dipping… when you’re mixing it onto popcorn or drizzling it over something, it’s okay if it’s a little thicker.

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While the candy melts are still wet, add sprinkles.

I used Halloween colored quins, an orange/yellow/white non-pareil mix, black dragees, and some white bone shaped sprinkles.

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You can also drizzle a second color of candy melts over the popcorn before or after adding sprinkles. I went with neon green.

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The recipe that inspired these had candy mixed in. I didn’t have enough mini M&M’s leftover, and nothing else to throw in, so I skipped the candy this time.

I had this popcorn out at our Halloween party, but not much of it was eaten. I also had a chocolate fountain set up and let’s face it – most people will always choose chocolate. 🙂

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I packaged up some of the popcorn for our neighbor kids for Halloween night. Can’t really give away homemade stuff anymore because it can’t be trusted. But I knew the neighbor kids would at least be able to enjoy it!

This popcorn is so easy that you still have time to make some by tonight!

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Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

I guess it turned out to be funfetti week. 🙂

I have made Cookie Dough Truffles once before, here. Instead of chocolate chip cookie dough, this time I went with funfetti.

This idea is really not new. You might have seen this on Pinterest. Something similar was also done by Hayley. And a slightly different recipe can be found here by Shugary Sweets.

Since all the recipes are slightly different, and I just recently made funfetti cookies, I decided to adapt my own recipe to be “egg free” aka pregnant lady friendly.

Speaking of pregnant lady, have you seen my new sidebar pic?! I’m going to try to keep it updated as I go now so you can all see whyyyy I am not posting very often.

Anyway, back to these cookie dough truffles.

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Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks salted butter (3/4 cup)

1 cup sugar

6 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

scant 1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1 cup dry funfetti cake mix

4 tbsp any kind of sprinkles

Directions:

1. Beat together butter and sugar. Add milk and vanilla, scraping beater as needed.

2. Add baking powder and salt, then slowly add flour then funfetti mix.

3. Add more sprinkles. I used a few different random packets of Karen’s Cookies sprinkles. I had been saving them up and this was the perfect opportunity to utilize them!

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4. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and lay on cookie sheet. Freeze until firm.

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5. Melt candy melts in microwave. Using a fork, dip the balls into the candy and tap off any excess.

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Return to the cookie sheet and sprinkle the top with more sprinkles.

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6. Store in refrigerator.

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My brother would absolutely LOVE these!!

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Elf Munchies

This snack munch is easy and pretty and sure to impress!

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Elf Munchies

Ingredients:

About 8 cups of popcorn (1/2 cup of kernels if popping them fresh)

12 oz white chocolate chips, almond bark, or white candy melts

Assorted sprinkles

Directions:

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1. Pop some popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn if you want, I just don’t know how it will taste if you get the buttery kind. I used white popcorn and popped it the same way I make my Kettle Corn, but without the sugar. Let it cool.

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2. Melt white chocolate chips, almond bark, or white candy melts until smooth. Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated. I added sprinkles while my husband was stirring. Non-pareils, jimmies, and quins!

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3. Spread popcorn out on wax paper. I broke it up so that there were no large clumps.

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4. In freezer zip top bags, melt green and red candy melts. (I like to use leftover candy melts for this because it doesn’t have to melt perfectly smooth to be pretty as drizzle!) Massage bag until smooth. Snip the corner of the bag and drizzle the candy over the white chocolate coated popcorn. I finished off with some more sprinkles – snowflakes this time!

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5. Wait for the candy to set up completely, then break up popcorn and store in a airtight container or zip top bag.

This would be so cute to leave out with cookies for Santa. The elves deserve some treats too!

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Red Velvet Cake Balls

We’re back with my BabyCakes! These are what I refer to as cake balls, not to be confused with cake pops.

Here are the first ones I made a while back… along with some tips and some mistakes. (Number one tip being use a piping bag/zip top bag to fill the reservoirs.)

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These were for a 15 year old’s birthday party, and the request was for red velvet. My manual that came with the babycakes had a recipe for red velvet, so I used that.

(I have never made, or even EATEN red velvet until I made these. Not bad, not bad… maybe that’s why the world is currently obsessed?)

The recipe made about 40 cake balls.

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For the icing, I wasn’t sure what to use. For the lemon cake balls, I used my regular cookie icing. It was light and soft, and perfectly complimented the lemon.

For these, I wanted something heavier/thicker, but still somewhat soft. (As opposed to hard chocolate shell or something like that. In the end I had a combination of the two. I mixed together candy melts with a tiny bit of milk, then melted it in the microwave. The mixture was thin, so I added a bit of powdered sugar to make it more like icing. It was actually easier to dip these balls into than regular candy melts.

I don’t know exact measurements, but I would say I used about 1/4 cup candy melts and a teaspoon or so of milk. I melted for 20 seconds, then stirred until it was completely combined. I added about a spoonful of powdered sugar, but more can be added to get a good consistency. Too thin, add powdered sugar… too thick, add a few drops of milk. Pretty sure you can’t really screw this up.

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The end result was colored (from the candy melts – no food coloring needed), vanilla flavored, dried well so that they could be handled, and was soft to bite into. Like a frosting shell. I will definitely be making this again for cake balls!

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Here is the inside! Pure fluffy cake…

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psst! – Kendra, see my little clippy on the piping bag up there? These things are heaven. Don’t leak and easy peezy to get on and off.

 

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Cookies & Cream Truffles

a.k.a. Oreo Balls or Oreo Truffles.

Chances are, you have had these, or at least seen or heard of them. This is not some new idea or concept that I created. But they are brilliant. And easy. And oh so yummy.

Let’s get started.

We just need 3 ingredients.

An entire pack of oreos. If you must eat one, just buy the 2nd bag. Trust me, you want all the oreo goodness of the entire bag in this!

An 8 oz. block of cream cheese. I used 1/3 less fat. Can’t even tell the difference, so might as well be somewhat healthier, right?

Candy Melts. One bag was not quite enough. You could also use regular chocolate chips, or almond bark. I couldn’t find almond bark at my grocery store so I went with candy melts.

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Chop up the oreos in a food processor. If you don’t have one, you could put them in a big zip top baggie and smash them. They don’t have to be perfect smithereens, they will still be amazing.

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Mix the oreo crumbs and cream cheese together. I used my Sheila, but a wooden spoon would also be fine.

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Pop that in the fridge for 10 minutes or so to  firm up a tad.

Roll into balls, set on a wax paper lined baking sheet, and pop it back in the fridge.

At this point I made sugar cookies, so the balls probably sat in my fridge for over 2 hours. I would think 20 minutes would be sufficient though.

Once the balls are chilled, melt your candy melts (or chocolate) and dip the balls one at a time into the candy with a fork, tapping the excess off on the side of the bowl. They don’t have to be perfect.

I started off doing okay, they were looking pretty cleanly/perfectly dipped, but then a couple balls got scraped and the oreo started mixing into the candy melts. I almost started stressing but then I realized it made them look like cookies and cream, which makes perfect sense! So that’s why I decided to call these Cookies & Cream Truffles.

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After the balls are all coated, pop the tray back in the fridge to harden up. Once they are set, eat one. Then peel them off the wax paper and break off the excess candy if possible.

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Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

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I actually made these for my brother (by special request) for his birthday yesterday. Glad I did, they were pretty tasty!

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Funfetti Krispy Treat Cake

Once again, an idea from Pinterest has brought me here. Though I tweaked this one a bit.

As the title suggests, what sets these rice krispy treats apart from regular krispy treats, is the addition of funfetti cake mix. Not prepared cake batter. Just dry cake mix.

I had this box of holiday funfetti, so I decided to use it. (My brother works at a grocery store and found it after Christmas for super cheap.)

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Since everyone is pretty much over the red-and-green thing by now, I added in some other colors to hide that it was holiday funfetti.

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The colored sprinkles I bought at Layer Cake Shop, in a colored sprinkles assortment. I love having the colors separate because I can mix them however I want, or I can use just 1 specific color. (Like I did here for over the hill cookies and here for a 6 year old’s birthday cookies. Also think baby showers!)

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See? Can’t even tell it was meant for Christmas!

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Okay I have to be honest here. I have never made rice krispy treats until now. I learned a few things. 🙂

First you melt 3 tbsp butter and 1 10-oz bag of mini mallows in a large pot. It looks clumpy until it starts to melt fully.

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Once it’s smooth, mix in 1/3 cup funfetti cake mix (or yellow cake) a spoonful at a time.

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Sprinkle time! This is where I got a little messed up. (Pretend this next photo isn’t blurry.)

You want to have about 1/4 cup sprinkles, equal to about 1 full jar like you’d buy at the grocery store. Pull the pot off the hot burner and mix about half of the sprinkles into your melty mallows. Mix quickly and as little as possible – the sprinkles will melt and turn your mallow mixture greyish like mine. 😦

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Mix in 6 cups of rice krispies , then press into a greased pan. Normal people use 13×9 cake pans, I decided to go with a bundt/jello mold pan. If you use a 13×9, you can sprinkle the remaining sprinkles on top.

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Let it sit up for at least an hour. This is my Krispy Cake once I popped it out of my pan… oh yeah I forgot to mention I threw some sprinkles in the bottom for good measure.

Now comes the part where I got a little crazy. I put a little bit of candy melts in a bag, and melted them at 30 second intervals until they were smooth. Okay so I did 5 colors.

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Then I snipped a corner of each bag and squeezed colors all over my funfetti krispy bundt. Then I used the rest of my sprinkles. A lot of sprinkles. Here is the mess I was left with:

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I let the candy melts set (maybe 2 minutes) then transfered it with a cooking spatula to my cake plate. Then just cut and serve!

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Quick and tasty!

P.S. Obviously I now have leftover cake mix. I have seen many-a-recipe with dry cake powder, so I am saving it in a mason jar until that day comes.

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Rainbow Treats

Rainbow Treats for a rainbow party!

Cupcakes…

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and cakepops!

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The purple and red were chocolate…

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and the yellow and blue were vanilla cake!

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I really ❤ cakepops. Bakerella, you’re a genius!

If you love cakepops too, you should try making them! I have had some hard times, did some troubleshooting, and I updated my cakepop instructions. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out!

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