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Pink Lemonade Blondies

I bought this seasonal cake mix last season.

Then it sat in my cabinet…. See how dented the box is? It had been pushed around my baking cabinet for months.

I finally broke it out and made these amazing blondies. Then I typed up this post and then realized that the flavor is no longer in stores and no one would be able to make them, so I stored this recipe away until it would be relevant again. *sigh*

But now here we are and here we go! 🙂

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These are seriously SO easy. No mixer is needed. If you can stir some stuff in a bowl, you can make these!

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Pink Lemonade Blondies – adapted from this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Blondie Ingredients:

1 box of pink lemonade cake mix (seasonal item)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup sprinkles

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Icing Ingredients:

4 oz powdered sugar

4 1/2 tsp milk

1 packet Crystal Light on-the-go drink mix

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray pan with non-stick spray. (I used an 8×8 pan, but a 9×9 would work, or even a round pan if that’s all you have.)

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2. Mix together cake mix, oil, milk, egg, and sprinkles. It should be thick and sticky.

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3. Press evenly into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven when the edges start to brown.

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**The center might not look fully cooked, but that’s okay.**

4. Let them cool for at least 30 minutes. (That under-cooked looking center will set up and be wonderfully perfect if you let it cool completely!)

5. Mix together powdered sugar, milk, and drink mix packet. Pour icing over blondies and spread evenly with a spatula. Let the icing set up a couple hours.

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6. Cut into small pieces to share, or large pieces to devour. 🙂

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These blondies are sweet and tart and pink and pretty. I can totally imagine them at a little girl’s birthday party!

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Funfetti Blondies

Sometimes you see a recipe and think, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

This is not one of those recipes.

This recipe, you do have time for. This is the easiest recipe ever.

These took about 5 minutes to get from my cabinet to my oven.

So in total, you can have these in your mouth in about an hour.

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Funfetti Blondies – recipe found here at Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix (I always use Betty)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup + a splash of milk

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup sprinkles

1/2 cup white chocolate chips (Sally noted these as optional. I opted in!)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray pan with non-stick spray. (I used a 9×9 pan, but a 8×8 or even a round pan will work if that’s all you have.)

2. Mix all ingredients together except the white chocolate chips, mixing them in last. It should be thick and sticky.

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3. Press/spread batter into pan as evenly as possible.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn brown. The center will look under-cooked, but that’s okay!

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5. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before diving in. Letting it sit and cool will set up the center and make them dense and gooey. (Like a delectable brownie sans chocolate!)

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These are some of the yummiest things I’ve ever had. If you’re a funfetti fan, make these ASAP!

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My baking itch is back! Now I just need to manage to find time to bake. And I need to come up with good ideas. And I need to get back to work so my hubby and I stop eating everything ourselves. Seriously.

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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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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

I’ve always wanted a good homemade funfetti recipe. Every time I try one that I find online, I am disappointed. Boxed funfetti is perfection, but cupcakes are appreciated more (especially for a party!) when they’re made from scratch.

This time I decided to start with a well-known blogger’s “best ever” recipe and adapt as I needed to in order to make funfetti. Problem is, I still wanted it to be easy and able to make with basic ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for fancy ingredients or steps.

I ended up going with Glory’s Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes from her blog Glorious Treats. Quick word about Glory – she actually lives within 15-20 minutes of me in a neighboring city! I’ve never met her, but I think she’s fabulous and I hope to someday. 🙂

**Some of the ingredients below have an “or” in parenthesis. Use whichever ingredient(s) you have on hand!**

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakesrecipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Ingredients:

1 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp flour  (or 1 1/4 cups cake flour and NO cornstarch)

2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk  (or 1/2 cup buttermilk and skip the vinegar/lemon juice)

1/2 tsp white vinegar (or lemon juice)

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oil

1/4 cup sprinkles (jimmies work best)

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour and cornstarch. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. Combine the milk and vinegar and set aside.

3. Beat eggs 10-20 seconds, then slowly add sugar and beat. Once full combined, beat in extracts and oil.

4. Slowly add half the flour mixture with the mixer on low. Then add half the milk and combine well. Slowly add the other half of the flour mixture, then the other half of the milk.

5. Turn off mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the sprinkles by hand.

6. Carefully pour mixture into a lined cupcake pan, filling each liner about 2/3 the way. Do not overfill!

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7. Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

This recipe makes about 15 cupcakes.

I topped mine with my Easy Buttercream.

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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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Funfetti Oreo Surprise Cookies

My brother is away in the military. He’s been gone for almost 5 months now, and I am missing him like crazy! Before he left he lived with me. We are very close! My parents went to visit him, so I had to bake him up something yummy to send with them since I couldn’t go along.

I had a hard time coming up with something. Not because he’s picky (he loves anything with sugar in it), but because it had to travel well. They weren’t flying, so it didn’t need to be packed up necessarily, but it couldn’t be something that had to be refrigerated, or something that could melt (and when it’s 110 degrees here that’s nearly everything). Also, he’s not that into sugar cookies so I didn’t want to go there.

Somehow I arrived at the idea for these cookies, and I knew he would love them!

Funfetti Oreo Surprise Cookies makes about 20 large cookies

Ingredients:

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

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

scant 1/2 tsp salt

2 cups + 2 tbsp flour

1 cup dry funfetti cake mix

1/4 cup jimmies (the long sprinkles)

1 pack regular (aka Double Stuf) oreos

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Directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar. (I like to cut my butter up into chunks first so that I don’t have to wait for it to come to room temperature.)

2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Scrape bowl if necessary.

3. Keeping mixer on low speed, add salt and baking powder. Slowly add flour then dry funfetti cake mix.

4. I kneaded my extra sprinkles in by hand, but I guess you can do it with the mixer. It might just chop them up a bit instead of leaving large sprinkle pieces.

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5. Grab about a 2 tbsp size ball of the dough. Flatten it in your palm, then place an oreo in the center. Shape the dough around the oreo, making sure to cover it completely. It helped to kind of roll it around in my hand to smooth it out and to make sure it was totally covered.

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6. Space about 2″ apart on baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350* or until edges start to turn golden. Cookies will be super puffed up, but will flatten a little as they cool. Wait 5-10 minutes to move them to a cooling rack so they can set up.

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He loved them. 🙂

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Next time, I’m going to try to find those little mini oreos so I can make mini versions!

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Slutty Brownies

Don’t let the name fool you – these brownies are a very good thing.

I don’t know where the name came from, but it’s a real thing so I figured it made more sense to leave it be. Especially when they’re this good.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Just a quick note – There are multiple layers to these, so I listed some of the same ingredients twice. They’re listed in the order that you need them. Don’t be scared by the long list, these are easy! I put a line between each layer to help break it up.

Slutty Browniesadapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup), melted & slightly cooled

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups + 2 tbsp flour

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1 ENTIRE pack of regular (aka Double Stuf) oreos – seriously don’t even eat one or two, you will be short!)

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1 cup vegetable oil

2 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

1 cup flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

1. First layer is chocolate chip cookie. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the egg and egg yolk, and the vanilla, scraping the bowl if necessary. Mix in baking soda and salt, then slowly add the flour. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

2. Spray a 13×9″ pan with non-stick cooking spray. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan. (My honey helped me.)

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3. Press the oreos into the chocolate chip cookie dough. You might have to spread them out a little to make sure there is oreo across the whole surface. Might even have to break some in half to reach the bottom.

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4. Time to make the brownie batter! Mix together the oil and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add to wet mixture.

5. Carefully pour batter over oreos, making sure to cover them completely. Use a spatula to push batter into the corners and between all the oreos.

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*I was feeling fancy so I added sprinkles. Totally optional. But let’s face it, everything is better with sprinkles*

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6. Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes. Check the doneness by sticking a toothpick in between where the oreos are to make sure the brownie batter is cooked thoroughly. Let cool completely before cutting. Seriously, let them cool.

I made these the night before going camping, and we didn’t have them until the 3rd night. I just covered the entire pan in foil and waited patiently!

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Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

These cookies are perfect for the beginner sugar cookier. They are glazed, but not delicately so, and covered in the all-important sprinkles!

I was throwing them together Monday morning for a little BBQ at a friend’s house, so I didn’t have a lot of time (or energy) to spend on them.

ALSO, I know I am getting annoying with this, but I have a new sugar cookie recipe. I have been using this one for a while now, and it’s absolutely perfect. I linked it up here and changed the links on my other posts.

I’m also going to actually share my “recipe” for my icing. I finally took the time to measure how much of each ingredient it takes to make it the perfect consistency… rather than just guessing every time.

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Basic Icing Recipe

For these easy cookies, I rolled the cookies extra thick with my 1/4″ dowels. I chose to do stars because it was Memorial Day, but any basic shape will do.

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Spread the cookies out on a wire rack and set it on top of another pan or a piece of waxed paper.

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Mix up your icing and put into a squeeze bottle or zip-top baggie with the corner cut.  Drizzle haphazardly across the cookie in the same back-and-forth direction. I just used white icing for simplicity, but colored icing, or multiple colors drizzled together would look super cute!

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It doesn’t matter if it’s messy looking because we’re going to throw sprinkles on top.

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Here is a shot of my beautiful icing and sprinkle party after-math. I wish it was acceptable and appropriate to lick the pan.

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The cookies dried well enough in just a couple hours and were ready for our Memorial Day BBQ.

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These exact cookies would obviously be perfect for 4th of July too.. but now I am thinking Halloween or Christmas or any other holiday these could be cut with a basic shape and different color combos!

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Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

My goal when making these cookies was to mimic an amazing Mrs. Fields cookie I had a couple weekends ago while I was in Tahoe. While these turned out nothing like my beloved Mrs. Fields cookie, they were still so yummy and fun and easy that I had to share!

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies slightly modified from Spark Recipes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 sticks (1 cup) of butter

1 egg

1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp lemon extract

2 3/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

4 tbsp milk

Directions:

1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts and mix to combine, scraping if necessary.

2. Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda, then slowly add the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Once fully combined, slowly add the milk.

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3. Scoop dough into approximately 1″ balls. I used my small cookie scoop. Roll the tops in sprinkles (I used jimmies) and place 2 inches apart on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet.

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I went a little crazy with the sprinkles.

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4. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes, then let cool completely on the cookie sheet. The centers will be soft so you want them to set before trying to move them.

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My husband loved these! As did my coworkers and ex-coworkers. The batch made about 5 or 6 dozen, so I had plenty to share!

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Double Birthday Blondies

Birthday Oreos are back in stores.

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This is cause for a celebration of birthday proportions. I give you, Double Birthday Blondies.

I started with my basic blondie recipe, and went to town.

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Double Birthday Blondies

Ingredients:

 2 sticks butter (I use salted)

2 cups packed brown sugar (I used light)

2 egg

2 tsp vanilla

2 pinches of salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup funfetti cake powder

about a dozen birthday Oreos, chopped

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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Melt butter. Beat with brown sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla and egg, then add salt.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and funfetti cake mix powder until all lumps are gone. Slowly add to batter and mix until fully incorporated.

5. Mix in Oreo chunks by hand.

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6. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick spray, then pour batter into pan. Smooth out as evenly as possible.

7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set. Let cool completely before cutting so that the ooey gooey inside can set.

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