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M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?
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Berry Jam Canning Recipes
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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
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Carrot Souffle Cake
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How to Make Mint Tea
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Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies
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No Butter Homemade Pancakes
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Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie
9
Caramel TWIX Popcorn
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Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding
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Sweet Tuxedo Fudge (That you can freeze!)
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Cake Batter Granola Bars
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Fudgy Kidney Bean Brownies
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Glazed Carrot Cake Donuts
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Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins
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Getting Ready for Game Of Thrones With Sweet Oatcakes
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Mid Week Chat With Some Light & Airy Sugar Cookies
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Sugar Puff Cookies
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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?

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Are you a Superhero? Who likes M&M’s

Well today you are! So bring your Superhero powers and grab a piece of my M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie!

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I love how fun parties are so I thought to throw a  Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier party.  Not only is there a crumbly pie waiting for you but you’ll also be equipped with a shied and helmet! The helmet doesn’t cover the mouth though which is great for eating a big piece of this M&M pie.  Superheroes have priorities, you know?

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Berry Jam Canning Recipes

Summertime Canning recipes for Raspberry and Plum Jam, Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam!

It’s that time of the year again, canning season is here.  It’s time to can vegetables and fruits to last us all year!  

Do you have a overabundance of tomatoes, cucumbers or strawberries in the garden right now?  Are you picking them by the pound and then nervously staring at them in the kitchen?  We’ve all been there.    During the Summer my once empty countertops become home to bowls of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and watermelon.  If you want to cook or use a appliance then you’ll have to rearrange the vegetables for at least a minute to get some clear space to work with.   With fresh harvest comes the idea of “What the heck am I going to make?”.  We’ve all been there too.  

Canning recipes for Sour Cherry Jam, Bumbleberry Jam and Raspberry and Plum Jams.
(Our strawberries have a pretty nice view on the roof!)

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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies

HOMEMADE Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make!  Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches. 

Oreos.  What can I say about them?  You either love them or you really love them.  There’s no hating Oreos.

What I find shocking about Oreos is that a serving is 2 cookies.  Have you ever only ate 2 Oreos?  Honestly?  Don’t lie to me.  I don’t think it’s possible to only eat 2 Oreos.  I think they have addicting like ingredients that make you eat at least 6. And that’s on a good day.  

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.        

And then there’s the flavors of Oreos.  Remember when it used to be just the chocolate with vanilla cream?  Those were the days.  Now you have Golden Oreos, Birthday Cake Oreos (yes!), Gingerbread Oreos (YES!), Candy Corn Oreos (YES YES!) and more.    I would like to say that I have tried all the Oreos listed and think they are all delicious and that I did not only eat 2 of them.  Seriously, 2 of them?  I’ll never get over it.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

So a few days ago I was craving Oreos but having a bag of Oreos is a dangerous thing, especially when you ignore the serving size instructions.  So I decided to make my own Homemade Oreo Cookie sandwiches but with a peanut butter inside.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

The peanut butter inside happened accidentally.  I’ll be honest.  I was gong to make these as regular Oreos with white vanilla cream in the middle but let’s just say there is a expiration date on shortening that should be followed.   I made a creamy vanilla mixture with powdered sugar and shortening but it was a failure.  I don’t use shortening much so it basically sits in my cabinet to be used a few times a year.  Well after I tasted the vanilla cream I knew something was off.  My gut instinct told me right away it was the shortening.  So I turned the cannister upside down and looked at the expiration date.  I’m so embarrassed I’m not going to tell you what year it said.

So what does one do when they ruin a vanilla cream?  They turn to peanut butter.   I’m happy that the vanilla cream disaster happened because I can’t imagine these Oreo sandwiches without the peanut butter filling.    The sandwich itself is moist and soft to the touch.  The peanut butter stacked between the cookies is creamy and full of sweet flavor.   They are a real treat.  

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

This is a smaller size recipe treat.  I get intimidated seeing 30 Oreo cookies sitting in my kitchen so this batch makes 8 of them. I think 8 is a fair amount as it will only last a few days and you can share with the people you love the most.   You could also eat all 8 yourself and I totally won’t judge you for that.

Delicious Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies recipe that is easy to make! Recipe makes 8 cookie sandwiches.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies
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For cookies
  1. 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  2. 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 cup butter
  7. 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For filling
  1. 2 tablespoons butter, room tempearture
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator)
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl using a hand mixer cream together butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
  2. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and continue to mix until combined.
  3. Cover cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough into large teaspoon size balls.
  5. Place balls on parchment lined cookie sheets. Once balls are down use a fork or spatula to flatten them down.
  6. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes.
Cream Filling
  1. Using a hand mixer combine the butter and peanut butter until creamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk and continue to mix until combined.
To Make Cookies
  1. Take one cookie and put filling on it. Then take another cookie and put it on top. Flatten down with your hand slightly to make the cookie sandwich.
Notes
  1. Makes 8 Cookie Sandwiches
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Carrot Souffle Cake

Carrot Souffle Cake recipe made 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more. It’s delicious healthy alternative to carrot cake!

This Carrot Souffle you guys! 

I invite every single one of you over my house to try a piece of this Carrot Souffle.  I want you all to be believers that boiled and mashed carrots can make one heck of a great tasting dessert.   This Souffle is made out of magic… and a ton of carrots!

Carrot Desserts

Last week we picked pounds and pounds of carrots in the garden.  We usually use them in pasta dishes or some breakfast bread, but I really wanted to use them for dessert.  There’s the go to carrot cake but I really wanted a dish that would let the carrots shine.  This Carrot Souffle totally does that.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle Cake

This recipe uses 2 pounds of carrots! 2 pounds!  So if you’re swimming in garden carrots this is a great and tasty way to use them up!  Even though there is a ton of carrots in here, it’s still a very sweet and decadent dessert.  The texture is of a lightly baked cake.  You can serve it with a dusting of powdered sugar or throw some frosting on top.  Either way, this Carrot Souffle  is going to be a winner at the dessert table!

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.    

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

Carrot Souffle for dessert is a great alternative to carrot cake. It's made with 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more.

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Carrot Souffle Cake recipe made 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more. It's delicious healthy alternative to carrot cake!

Carrot Souffle Cake

Carrot Souffle Cake recipe made 2 pounds of carrots and made sweet with butter, brown sugar and more. It's delicious healthy alternative to carrot cake!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of carrots - peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar or frosting to put on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place sliced carrots into pot. Cook carrots until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Put carrots, butter, sugars, flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, cinnamon and salt into food processor. Pulse a few times until smooth.
  4. Transfer to circular baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar or put a dot of frosting on top of each slice.

Recipe Notes

If there's any leftovers, store in refrigerator. When ready for a piece, throw in microwave for 30 seconds to heat up.

 

How to Make Mint Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

I start everyday with a cup of tea.  Do you?
My morning always starts with a yawn.  Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.  

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

Mint tea can be enjoyed throughout the day.  It’s not uncommon for me to make a cup while I’m making dinner to start to calm down for the day.  It’s also not uncommon for me to make a cup of this in the afternoon when it’s “go time” with work but I need to stay sane.

It’s garden season so if you have a herb or vegetable garden chances are you might be growing mint. Mint is one of those plants that have a life of their own when it comes to growing all over.  I found 2 mint plants recently that somehow survived our brutal winter and were happily growing and getting ready for Summer.    

Is there anything sweeter then the smell of a touch of your fingers on fresh mint?  Mmmm.    Mint can be easily dried to use for tea leaves.   Many people hang their mint to dry but I’m both inpatient and sometimes out of space.  With this method below you’ll solve all that as your mint will be ready in 2-3 hours.  

Have fun drying your mint and enjoy that next cup of tea!  Make sure to serve with some cookies and tea party napkins!

How to make mint tea

Mint Leaves for Tea

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Before and After.

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And now you know how to make mint tea!  Enjoy!

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Looking for more mint recipes? Try my Cast Iron Chicken with Mint Chutney!

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DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

How to Make Mint Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry your mint plant so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

Ingredients

  • Fresh Mint

Instructions

  1. Pick mint, clean if needed. If cleaning, make sure to dry mint completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  3. Put mint in one layer on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake mint for 2-3 hours. Check at the 2 hour mark to see if mint is completely dry. If not, check every 15 minutes.
  5. Once out of the oven take mint and crumble leaves into a container.
  6. Store in jar, preferably in a dry dark cabinet shelf.
  7. When using for tea, use one teaspoon of dried mint leaves and steep for 3 minutes in hot water.

 

 

Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies

 

Easy to make Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies recipe!

I made these brownies over the weekend and they were a giant hit.  We’re talking fighting over crumbs.  We’re talking pushing and shoving in the kitchen. We’re talking every woman and man for themselves.  Can you believe that such brownie grabbing would be caused by 3 simple ingredients?

12 ounce can of Diet Coke
1 box brownie mix (I used 18 oz box of Ghirardelli)
handful of chocolate chips

That’s it.  

Diet Coke Chocolate Brownies recipe

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No Butter Homemade Pancakes

NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They’re so good you won’t miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

Don’t have any butter?  That’s ok.  Today we’re going to make some No Butter Homemade Pancakes.  They’re just as delicious as butter made ones… maybe even better!   We love these pancakes so much in our house that they became our #1 pancake recipe!

NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

I wish I could say these pancakes were created because suddenly I wanted to make healthy pancakes and do without the butter, but the truth is that we were out of butter.    Do you often run out of butter too?
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

No Butter Pancakes Recipe

Instead of butter we’re going to use 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 cup milk for the liquid ingredients.  Even with no butter, these pancakes are going to be extra fluffy and moist!
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

First you’ll want to mix your dry ingredients together…like the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon!
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

Now add your wet ingredients to the bowl, the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla!  Don’t you love how you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen?  Btw, I’ve been buying a big bottle of vanilla extract that lasts forever – it’s so much more economical than buying those small bottles!
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 
Spray a griddle or pan with nonstick spray and then heat the batter over medium high heat for a few minutes, making sure to brown both sides of the pancakes!
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

Hope this No Butter Pancake recipe helps you if you’re all out of butter too!  It might just become your new favorite pancake recipe!

And if you really love them, try making a double or triple batch to freeze! You’ll just need to throw them in a freezer bag to freeze.   Then you’ll microwave them just like you do for any store bought frozen pancakes.  Except these ones are so much better than store bought pancakes because they’re homemade!

Enjoy the pancakes everyone!
NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

 

After multiple reader requests I made these into Pancake Mini Muffins too!- YUM!
You can also find my fluffy waffles with no butter recipe here!

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NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

Looking for more pancake recipes? Try my pumpkin pancakes!

No Butter Homemade Pancakes

NO BUTTER Homemade Pancakes are fluffy and so easy to make!  They're so good you won't miss the butter at all (that makes them more healthy too!).   These made from scratch pancakes are my favorite Saturday morning breakfast, my family considers them the best! 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl mix together milk, egg, oil and vanilla until combined.
  3. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture well. Mix until completely combined.
  4. Spray a griddle or pan with nonstick spray. Heat over medium high heat.
  5. Pour 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake on hot griddle. Brown both sides.
  6. Serve hot with maple syrup on top.

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Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert!  It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

When I made this Smoothie we enjoyed it for dessert one evening.  Matthew is not big on bananas at all but he sipped this smoothie down with a smile.    Although the banana flavor can be tasted, it’s not a banana overkill making it a happy pick me up snack or dessert for both banana lovers and not so big fans. 

This Smoothie is also double chocolate because I think everything in life should be double the chocolate. Don’t you agree? This recipe calls for cocoa powder and chocolate peanut butter. Chocolate peanut butter is something I’m obsessed with in baking and smoothies but if you don’t have access to it, regular peanut butter would totally do the trick too!  Also don’t you love having Double Chocolate anything for breakfast?  Talk about a great way to start the day!

Enjoy this Smoothie and have a great weekend!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

Double Chocolate Banana Frozen Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana
  2. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 cup chocolate peanut butter (or regular smooth peanut butter)
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix all in blender.
Notes
  1. If you do no have a frozen banana, use a fresh one but add a handful of ice cubes into the blender.
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This Double Chocolate Banana Smoothie is the perfect breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert! It uses frozen bananas which you can store in the freezer for whenever you want a smoothie!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn

Delicious recipe for Caramel TWIX Popcorn.  A homemade caramel sauce is melted on the popcorn along with chopped up TWIX candy bars! 

Today we’re going to make homemade Caramel Popcorn with some chopped up TWIX Bites candy bars on top.  This recipe is happy snacking at it’s finest.

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks at sporting events or carnivals is Caramel Popcorn.  At the Brooklyn Nets game you can get a variety bucket of popcorn that has in it Caramel, Cheddar and Chocolate popcorn.  It’s a beautiful snack.    What I noticed is whenever we get this Matthew and I are always fighting over the caramel popcorn pieces, so I decided why not make some homemade caramel popcorn with chocolate thrown on top?  I mean seriously.. isn’t life always better with chocolate on top?  

TWIX Popcorn recipe

This popcorn is insane.  It’s happiness.  It’s smiles.  It’s OH LA LA.  It’s sweet.  It’s crunchy.  It’s worth all those sticky dishes due to the caramel sauce.  Trust me.

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

 The caramel sauce you’re going to make over the stove is made out of dreams.  Whatever was left in the pot when I was done I basically let dry and then scraped it up with my hands and a spoon and ate it because I’m classy like that.  Oh and the TWIX Bites you’re going to use on top?  Addictive. I’m warning you now.  I love these on the go snacks  so much that I bought a undisclosed number of bags before I got around to finally making this recipe.  I bought a bag specifically for this recipe and then we would just eat them all. And then we repeated this  Again.  And again.  Don’t ask me how many Bites I ate!  Also who wants to unwrap small candy bars?  I love that these are all unwrapped for you…. quicker to eat! 🙂 

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

So lets get on to this Caramel TWIX Popcorn already!  Grab a bowl..

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

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Delicious recipe for Caramel TWIX Popcorn. A homemade caramel sauce is melted on the popcorn along with chopped up TWIX candy bars!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn this is 1/2 cup unpopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 7 oz bag of TWIX Bites - chopped in half

Instructions

  1. If you are popping your own popcorn do this first.
  2. Place popcorn in large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  4. In a saucepan over medium high heat melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Then don't stir it for 3 minutes straight, letting it continue to boil.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda.
  6. Pour this hot caramel mixture over your popcorn, stirring to coat all kernels. You need to move slightly quick during this part as the caramel dries.
  7. Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by spraying them with nonstick spray. Place popcorn on top trying to make it 1 layer.
  8. Put in the oven for 1 hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break popcorn into pieces.
  10. Put popcorn in bowl, add in TWIX Bites and shake to combine.
  11. Enjoy!

 

Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

For today’s recipe we’re going to make some Dainty Ladies Cookies, perfect for your next High Tea!  Btw, here’s how to throw a tea party!

Hi Kitty Cats, are you busy?  Of course you are.  Look at you all working hard at taking a afternoon nap together.    But would you like to come to a tea party?  I promise it’ll be fun! Yes, you would? Awesome!
  Dainty Ladies Cookies

Guess what.. you’re invited too!

This recipe is another one inspired by my Downton Abbey Cookbook (see this post for more details).  So many of you guys told me that I need to start watching the show so you have my word I’m going to start as soon as I catch up on Mad Men!    Dainty Ladies cookies were served primarily to female guests during the Edwardian Era during High Tea.  

This recipe is thought of as a extra special treat because it has coconut in it.  Because of the cost of importing coconut to Great Britain during this time guests would think of this as a very special occasion if these cookies were served.  How fancy was coconut? If the abbey had coconut it was locked up and only the butler of the house would have the key!

During High Tea many of the women wear white gloves.  Because these cookies are buttery women would remove their right glove and retrieve a cookie that the footman was presenting them.  We wouldn’t want those beautiful gloves getting all buttery now, would we?
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Hope you enjoyed the cookies FiFi Bofinkles.. I know you did by the amount of licking our lips you did afterwards. 🙂
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Dainty Lady High Tea Cookies

Delicious cookies that are perfect for your next high tea party!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, coconut, rolled oats, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  3. In a small pan over medium heat melt the butter into the corn syrup and water. Once the butter has melted, stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until it is combined.
  5. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes for the oats to soak up the butter mixture.
  6. Roll into tablespoon size balls.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy

Recipe Notes

Makes 32 cookies.

Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Enjoy it.. and eat some cookies!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate and pumpkin are just the best couple aren’t they?

I mentioned on Monday that we just used up our last bag of homemade garden tomato sauce that I froze.  The same goes for pumpkin!   When making this pudding I had to reach for my last bag of frozen pumpkin puree.    I’m always a bit sad seeing the last bag gone, but it’s a great feeling knowing all the vegetables get used with love.   We just planted our pumpkin seeds last week so already I’m planning for some Summer pumpkins!  Are you guys ready for the pumpkin dance?  Prepare yourself… hopefully I’ll be dancing with happiness soon!

This Pudding is awesome for so many reasons.    For one, you are using 1 and a half cups of pumpkin so it’s full of fiber! You are using 1.5 cups of pumpkin to 1 cup chocolate chips so you’d think this is super pumpkin tasting, but it’s not.  It’s still super rich in chocolate tasting to the extent that people who don’t like pumpkin (gasp!) will still be licking their dishes when they’re done.  I recommend the good ol trick of making this recipe for pumpkin haters, having them exclaim how great it is, and then laughing and telling them how much pumpkin they ate!    Oh, I love being mean!

Lots of people think Pumpkin is only for Fall months but I don’t agree with that.    I think Pumpkin is great for the summer months for cool treats.  Besides this chilled pudding, what about pumpkin ice cream or pumpkin milk shakes?  Delicious, right?

Please please please give this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding a try.    I think you will fall in love with it! 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin
  2. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  3. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. 1 cup chocolate chips + handful of additional chips
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips (stove or microwave).
  2. Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until it is smooth. Add a handful additional chocolate chips and stir with spoon to distribute them evenly.
  3. Put in bowl and chill in refrigerator until firm.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Sweet Tuxedo Fudge (That you can freeze!)

Fudge is a total weakness to mine.  Being around a tray of fudge is just asking for guilt and trouble, so when I make a batch I love to throw it in the freezer so it isn’t staring at me in the face for the next few days.  Fudge freezes great which means when you need that afternoon pick me up or need a quick dessert, just reach into the freezer and grab a piece of fudge.  It’s such a sweet treat.

This recipe is for Tuxedo Fudge which is half white and half black, just like a tuxedo. Well I guess a tuxedo is more black than white which is how my fudge turned out too.  There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, right? This old fashioned fudge recipe is made by combining coconut and chocolate to create one beautiful layered candy.

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This recipe comes from 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes Cookbook by Jane Sharrock.  The cookbook is pure dangerous as it has recipes from peanut brittle, caramels, truffles, nut balls, taffy and beautiful lollipops! It’s a sweet dream!
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Sweet Tuxedo Fudge (That you can freeze!)
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Coconut Layer
  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. Pinch salt
  3. 1⁄2 cup butter or margarine
  4. 1⁄4 cup light (white) corn syrup
  5. 1⁄2 cup milk
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Chocolate Layer
  1. 2 cups granulated sugar
  2. 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. Pinch salt Pinch
  4. 1⁄2 cup butter or margarine
  5. 1⁄4 cup light (white) corn syrup
  6. 1⁄2 cup milk
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1⁄2 cup pecans, in large pieces (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. To make the coconut layer: In heavy saucepan over low to medium-low heat, bring the sugar, salt, butter, corn syrup and milk to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes to dissolve the sugar crystals on the sides of the pan. Remove the lid. Cook, stirring only as needed to prevent scorching, to the soft ball stage (234°F to 240°F/112°C to 116°C, with 236°F/113°C recommended).
  2. 2. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla. Beat by hand until the candy begins to thicken and lose its gloss. Stir in the coconut. Spread the candy into the prepared pan. Cool at room temperature while making the chocolate layer.
  3. 3. To make the chocolate layer: In a clean saucepan, combine the sugar and cocoa until well blended. Add the salt, butter, corn syrup and milk. Bring to a boil over low to medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to boil. Cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes to dissolve the sugar crystals on the sides of the pan. Remove the lid. Cook, stirring only as needed to prevent scorching, to the soft ball stage (234°F to 240°F/112°C to 116°C, with 236°F/113°C recommended).
  4. 4. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla. Beat by hand until the candy begins to thicken and lose its gloss. Stir in the pecans, if desired. Spread the chocolate layer over the coconut layer in the pan. Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  5. To freeze cut up into squares and store in freezer bag. Take them out of the freezer as you need one.
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Tell me, is fudge dangerous to you too?  

Cake Batter Granola Bars

Cake Batter Granola Bars that taste just like birthday cake and are topped with chocolate chips and sprinkles! This is such a easy recipe, that even kids can help with!

One of my absolute favorite afternoon snacks is a granola bar to add some fuel, but who says your granola bars can’t be sweet too?

Basing this on my Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars recipes I wanted to create a granola bar that was filling with oats but tasted more like a pastry.  To be exact I wanted it to taste like cake batter because shouldn’t everything?  Alongside the other ingredients I added in some dry cake mix which was a great partner to pair with the oats when the wet ingredients are added in to make everything stick together.

Not only do these definitely taste like cake batter, but they smell just like cake too.   Isn’t it just wonderful?  You can totally be fun with the sprinkle colors too.  Maybe add red and green for Christmas, or bright yellow for Summer time picnic treats! 

Next time you’re craving granola bars or cake batter, give these a shot and let me know what you think!

Birthday Cake Batter Granola Bars that taste just like cake and are topped with chocolate chips and sprinkles!

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Fudgy Kidney Bean Brownies

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they’re the best brownies ever!

A few days ago I was craving brownies (when aren’t I)?    Because I always love some adding some vegetables to sweets, I went into the cabinet to grab a can of black beans to make my favorite black bean brownies but sadness hit, I was all out of black beans.  So then I sat on the floor, pantry door open, and begun to think.. could I use another bean?  So I grabbed a can of dark red kidney beans and these Fudgy Kidney Bean Brownies were made!

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST! These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy! They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love! This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables! Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

These brownies are incredibly fudgy, incredibly rich, incredibly chocolaty and made out of magic.  Did I sell you on them yet? The kidney beans worked as a perfect substitution for the black beans.   This recipe is now one of my favorite brownie recipes that I can’t keep my paws off of!  

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever! 

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

Because I love double chocolate,  I added a thick layer of brownie frosting to the top of these that set perfectly.  When you take a bite you’re just going to fall into chocolate heaven.  So go ahead and make these….. I’ll meet you there!

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

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This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST! These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy! They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love! This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables! Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

Looking for more brownie recipes? Try Vanilla Brownies or Black Bean Brownies!

Fudgy Kidney Bean Brownies

This Fudgy KIDNEY BEAN Brownies recipe is the BEST!  These brownies are easy to make, moist and made with red beans to make them more healthy!  They have a thick chocolate frosting on top that everyone will love!  This is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more vegetables!  Trust me, everyone will think they're the best brownies ever!

Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the brownies

  • 1 15 oz can of dark kidney beans - drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup creamy regular or chocolate peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the frosting

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For the brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips and mix with spoon so they are equally distributed.
  4. Grease 8x8 pan and pour brownie mixture in it. Take a spatula to smooth out the top.
  5. Bake the brownies for 16-18 minutes and remove from oven.

For the frosting

  1. Combine milk, butter and powdered sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat, bringing to a boil. Allow to cook at a rolling boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  2. Add chocolate chips and vanilla to saucepan and stir until the chips are melted.
  3. Pour immediately over warm brownies.
  4. Put in refrigerator to allow brownies to set quickly.
  5. Enjoy!

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Glazed Carrot Cake Donuts

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts!  These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake!  This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor!  These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert – they’re so yummy!

This Winter we got very lucky with our carrots.  We didn’t have high hopes for them but upon one Spring cleanup day we were surprised to find pounds of carrots hiding under the soil waiting for us to find them.  It was a giant surprise and it created some giant garden smiles
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Aren’t they just beauties?  I just can’t get enough of fresh carrots.  There’s nothing like the taste of a carrot that was just picked.  Sometimes I nibble on one as soon as I pick it, I just can’t help myself.  So I took the carrots down to the kitchen and pondered… What to make?  I was craving carrots for dinner so I made some brown sugar glazed carrots that were delicious but I wanted to make a dessert with them too.  
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I had a real craving for carrot cake but I didn’t have everything on hand.  Then I thought to myself: DONUTS!  Then I thought..

CARROT CAKE DONUTS!

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

These donuts taste just like carrot cake with a sweet sugary glaze on top.  Think of a bakery glazed donut + a carrot cake…. all as fresh as possible.   The freshness of the carrots really make these donuts something special and you really get a nice taste of the carrots with the sweetness of the donuts.  

These donuts are definitely a keeper in my garden notebook now. I can’t wait for our next carrot harvest to make (and devour!) some more Carrot Cake Donuts!

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

Glazed Carrot Cake Donuts
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Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 1/4 cup melted butter
  4. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. ¼ teaspoon allspice
  12. 1 ¼ cup shredded carrots
For the glaze
  1. 2 tablespoons milk
  2. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 1 cups confectioners powdered sugar
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat egg in large bowl. Add orange juice, butter, vanilla and sugar, beat well.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice and mix till moistened.
  4. Gently fold in shredded carrots.
  5. Fill donut pan up.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes.
For the glaze
  1. Combine milk and vanilla in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Stir in confectioners powdered sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined.
  3. Remove from heat and dip each donut into glaze.
  4. Set on rack until cool enough to eat.
Notes
  1. Makes 12 donuts.
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The Best Carrot Cake Glazed Donuts! These homemade baked donuts are made with carrots (healthy!) so they taste just like carrot cake! This recipe is easy to make and the donuts are moist and full of flavor! These donuts are perfect for breakfast or dessert - they're so yummy!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with!  These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious – perfect for Saturday morning breakfast.

On a scale of 1-10 on the yummy scale, these cinnamon roll muffins are a 11.  Watch out.

One afternoon I was craving cinnamon.  It seemed like everywhere I looked I saw a cinnamon roll on twitter, on the street, in a window, and every time I closed my eyes.   All I wanted was a cinnamon roll, ok maybe I wanted two, but I wanted them quick. I didn’t want to wait hours for yeast to rise, my belly was singing “feed me cinnamon rolls” so I came up with this great Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins which will get you delicious cinnamon rolls in less than 20 minutes! Dangerous, I know.

These Muffins use the same idea of my Monkey Bread Muffins by using refrigerated biscuits to quicken up the recipe.  After baking, then we make a creamy vanilla frosting to pour over them, which you’ll see will melt beautifully and just warm your heart with happiness.  

Enjoy friends… enjoy!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with! These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious - perfect for Saturday morning breakfast

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

 

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For the muffins
  1. 2 cans of 7.5 oz Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits (or other brand)
  2. 1/4 cup butter - melted
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the frosting
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
For the muffins
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a dozen muffin cup sheet with nonstick spray. Spray it good - on the bottom and sides.
  3. Mix melted butter, sugars and cinnamon in a plastic bag.
  4. Take each biscuit and rip it up into 6 pieces. Put the biscuit pieces in bag and shake to coat evenly.
  5. Place 8-10 pieces of biscuits into each muffin cup to evenly fill them up.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute. Then remove from pan, the muffins should fall right out.
For the frosting
  1. Mix powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in bowl with hand mixer.
  2. Add milk and continue to mix until it reaches a "frosting" consistency.
  3. Pour frosting over warm muffins, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 10-12 muffins.
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Now I’m off to make another batch of these!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with! These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious - perfect for Saturday morning breakfast

Getting Ready for Game Of Thrones With Sweet Oatcakes

You guys, the season premiere of Game of Thrones is on this Sunday, are you excited as me?

You either have 2 responses:
YES!
I don’t watch Game of Thrones

If you say “YES!” then I slap you high 5, hug you and give you my love!
If you say “I don’t watch Game of Thrones” I still hug you because you’re nice, but I need to know why you don’t watch it!

If you haven’t been watching the last few seasons, then you need to catch up because it is my favorite show on television and I get so much thrill from Sunday nights that it’s hard to put into words.  Recently I finished reading all the Game of Thrones books which left me in sadness for about a week because I had no idea what to do with my life anymore without these books.   I’m also interested to see how this is going to change how I watch the show, as I know so so so so much, but the show likes to change things a bit.  

You want to know how excited we are? We just ordered HBO specifically for Game of Thrones.  That’s dedication.  And then once it’s done for the season, we’ll remove HBO.

To get in the spirit I wanted to make a sweet that would be the perfect treat to bring to a Game of Thrones party.   Along with your Cersei wig and your white cloak, I think you should totally whip up a batch of the Sweet Oatcakes!   You already know Sansa is obsessed with Lemon Cakes, so let’s stay in the cake family but give it a oat twist!  These oatcakes are sweet but have plenty of crunch making them the perfect and addicting snack! I dare you to eat one….! 🙂 If you eat more than one though, it’s ok, they’re only 113 calories a piece!

Even Jon Snow likes them. PS. Hi Jon Snow.  *Wiggles Eyebrows*. 
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I’m House Stark all the way, even though my Starks are disappearing. What House are you?

 Sweet-Oatcakes

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1 cup rolled oats, ground in a food processor
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease two 9 inch round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl cream together butter, salt, brown sugar and vanilla. Add in the baking soda, flour and oats and continue to mix.
  3. Divide the dough in half and press into cake pans, smoothing out so it takes up the entire base of the pan and is smooth on the top. Prick the dough on top with a fork in a pattern if you'd like.
  4. Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. My time is always 37 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and loosen edges with a butter knife.
  6. Wait 5 minutes then carefully turn cakes upside down to get them out. Immediately after, using a pizza wheel, cut each round cake into 12 pieces.
Notes
  1. Makes two dozen oatcakes.
  2. One oatcake = 113 calories.
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Mid Week Chat With Some Light & Airy Sugar Cookies

Happy Half Way During the week Friends!  

How’s your week been so far?

Mine has been one of those weeks where I just need a few cookies (we’ll get to that).   Matthew and I are currently hard at work on a new business venture, so there’s been lots of brain storming, strategy meetings and just out loud get it all out stress talks.   We have a big dream, and this isn’t going to be easy, but we’re trying to start our own virtual reality creative design agency.  Some of you guys already know we work as artists under Reed + Rader where we work in fashion and advertising creating fun videos.   Reed + Rader is still highly alive but there’s so many things we want to do outside of our style and aesthetic of what we create.    We’ve always taken on a strong art director role in our work, so it makes sense for us to try to push this to the next step outside of just what we do.  Right now we’re gathering a strong team of programmers and artists to start working on projects to get the buzz out there.  Matthew and I are extremely excited as we think this could be the next big step for us and we believe strongly in the idea and pushing this to the world.  It’s not going to be easy, and we know that, but we’re always up for a challenge!  I’ll be sure to share upcoming news to you guys! Wish us luck!

On the artist side of things, we recently just finished up 3D portrait videos for fashion magazine, V Magazine.  It’s a Spring fashion story so it’s full of floral patterns and soft colors.  Some of the clothing featured is:  MIU MIUDOLCE & GABBANATHOM BROWNECHRISTOPHER KANE, AND PRABAL GURUNG.
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Besides that we’re working on some other projects that I can’t just share yet, but they’re all fun and we’re excited for them!  We’re also talking at the FITC Conference in Toronto at the end of the month.  I’ve never been to Toronto but we will be there for a  few days so any suggestions on what I should see (or more importantly what I should eat) please let me know! So work wise, between this and the new agency venture, we’re busy!

Then there’s the garden which is full swing with the start of Spring.  We had some important planting days we had to do, so keep a look out on those posts!  Many veggies are in the soil and more are on their way! We also found a surprise in the soil.. but I’ll keep that for a new post!  

And lastly, there’s Brooklyn Farm Girl, which I love because I love you guys!  Isn’t it amazing the friendships you can start with just leaving a comment on a cake recipe exclaiming you want to stuff it in your face, then next thing you know you’re pen pals and know how many fish they have.    You guys are real cool.  I don’t think I tell you enough but whoever reads this, it really means a lot to me.  Just to be able to share recipes and stories and receive so many smiles and laughs in return, you really know how to cheer me up sometimes.  Do you know what you deserve?

COOKIES! Let’s see your best cookie dance.  Oh yeah, to the right, to the left, now shake that cookie ookie ookie ookie! 

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These Light & Airy Sugar Cookies are going to hit the spot just right.  You guys know I have a thing for super soft cookies so these ones definitely fit that category.  They’re your typical delicious sugar cookie but these are so light and moist inside.  And even better.. are you ready? 51 calories a piece.  That means you can eat 10 of them, right?  Cookies = dinner, didn’t you know?  

So go ahead, kick your feet up and enjoy mid week with these cookies!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  4. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 2 1/2 cups flour
  10. additional sugar to coat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl cream together sugars, butter and oil until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
  3. Mix in flour and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten the balls to 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until very light brown.
  7. Remove and cool.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies
  2. 1 cookie = 51 calories
Adapted from King Arthur
Adapted from King Arthur
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Sugar Puff Cookies

Recipe for easy to make Sugar Puff Cookies. These cookies are so soft!

These cookies taste like clouds because they are that light and fluffy.   You will throw one in your mouth and it will melt away with sweet flavor.  Oh these cookies guys.

How I feel about all cookies:

These Sugar Puff Cookies are so soft!

These cookies taste like if a sugar cookie got cozy with a butter cookie.  They have the taste of a sugar cookie, but the melt away in your mouth affect that a butter cookie has.  To me this is pretty much a match made in cookie heaven.

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Matthew surprised me with the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion cookbook and I’m pretty much obsessed with it.  One night while in bed I bookmarked way too  many calories in cookies, flipping through each page declaring “I must make this!”.    With that said, prepare for a bunch of cookie recipes in the next few weeks, but you guys don’t mind that right?Sugar Puff Cookies_1

Now onto these Sugar Puff Cookies!
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Enjoy!

Sugar Puff Cookies

Recipe for easy to make Sugar Puff Cookies. These cookies are so soft!

Course Dessert
Servings 20
Author King Arthur

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl cream together sugar, butter, salt and vanilla with mixer.
  4. Add cornstarch and flour and continue to mix until combined.
  5. Form tablespoons of dough and place on cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until slightly light golden brown.

Recipe Notes

This makes 20 cookies.

Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had a donut.  Are you that way too?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I’ve always battled, basically my eyes tell me to eat all sugar treats in front of me.   Most recently I broke open a bag of Halloween Oreos that I have been saving.  Do you want to know what is the most depressing thing about these delicious cookies? They’re 100 calories, a cookie.  My heart breaks just thinking about that.  These cookies are so good I’d like to eat 6, not 1.    And then there’s my middle of the night chocolate kisses I have been eating.  I found a bag of kisses in the back of my cabinet and suddenly I feel like I need to eat multiple ones when I wake up during the night.  Do you hear someone opening a plastic bag at 4AM in the morning?  Don’t worry, it’s just me, standing in the dark, eating kisses, while cats circle me because they think it’s time to play.   Then with chocolate melting in my mouth, I make my way back to bed.  Horrible, aren’t I?  Do you have a sweet right now that you are misbehaving with?

What else do I love? These peanut butter donuts with vanilla frosting.  I had it in my head I wanted to start baking more with peanut butter so these sweets were made.  I’m so happy I made this choice, the peanut butter is a great addition and it sure makes a filling donut. These would be pretty perfect for breakfast too.  Start out your day with a donut, talk about a reason to wake up in the morning!

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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting
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For the donuts
  1. 1/3 cup chocolate peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the vanilla frosting
  1. 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons milk
  3. very small pinch of salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 teaspoon melted butter
Optional
  1. Sprinkles
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Add milk, oil, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then pour this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour into your donut pan bake 9-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes.
For the vanilla frosting
  1. Add all ingredients together in small bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. One at a time, dip your donuts into the vanilla glaze. If you using sprinkles, then dip into bowl of sprinkles.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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