Sunday, August 24, 2014

M&M's® Milk Chocolate Minis Cookies and We have a Winner!

Happy Sunday, or shall we say Sundae.






































Before we get to these cookies I wanted to announce the winner to my "National Ice Cream MonthGive Away from  Smucker’s®"  The winner is Gloria who said "My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip :)"  Please email be at bakedprefection@gmail.com with your contact information so I can get the prize pack sent to you.

For the rest of you I have a delicious chocolate M&M cookies.  These cookies are a fun change up to a traditional chocolate  Not only are they super tasty but they are just fun.    I made these cookies miniature to coincide with the size of the M&M's.  It makes you feel less guilty when you eat a handful :)

M&M's® Milk Chocolate Minis Cookies
recipe from M&M's®

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups  M&M's® Milk Chocolate Minis

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until well blended. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until combined.  Stir in the candy.

Drop by rounded half tablespoon onto a baking tray about 2 inches apart.  Bake 7-9 minutes.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins and my review of Silicone Baking Cups from The New York Baking Company

What do you do with Ripe Bananas....you make muffins!







































I still don't like bananas and I don't expect that to change anytime soon.  Zack and Noble love them though and we just about always have some on hand.  Unfortunately or fortunately(depending on how you see it), we had too many bananas last week and a few went uneaten and were very very ripe.  This meant they needed to go into muffins!

Not long ago I was asked to review the Silicone Baking Cups from The New York Baking Company. I don't typically do product reviews, but they had such high ratings on Amazon I thought I would give them a try.  Well they definitely lived up to the hype!  First I must tell you that I love the colors.  They are super bright which I love.  The muffins baked evenly and popped right out of the cup without sticking at all.  I wish I would have taken a picture for you, but I forgot to take one before they were all eaten.  I washed the cups in the dishwasher before and after I used them and they held their shape perfectly and look as if they have never been used.  I think they are perfect for muffins and will be using them again and again.

As for the muffins, I was told they were moist and delicious.  Every last one was eaten so they must have been pretty good :)

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

makes 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
2/3 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips, dusted in flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a larger bowl mix together the bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.  Gently mix in the flour mixture until smooth.  Divide evenly into prepared muffin tin.  Bake in preheated oven 25-30 muffins until lightly golden and spring back when touched.



































Please note I was compensated to provide my opinion on the products in this post. Even though I received compensation for my post, I always give my honest opinions, or experiences on the products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

“National Ice Cream Month” giveaway for Smucker’s®

#SundaeFundae






































Did you know that August is National Ice Cream Month?  I did not either, but the folks over at Smucker’s® were kind enough to let me know and of course I wanted to pass that along to you.  We are big fans of ice cream in our house.  In fact, we try not to buy it because when we have it around we eat it way too fast.  When Smucker’s® reached out to me asking if I wanted to host a giveaway on Baked Perfection and test out there new topping flavors I decided I had to partake.  Last night Zack and I went to town and made the delicious ice cream sundaes you see pictured.  Since I am still avoiding dairy I made my sundae with almond milk ice cream.  Zack used sea salt caramel gelato and I may have been a touch jealous.  We used the Smucker’s®  Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping and the Smucker’s® Simple Delight Dark Chocolate Topping.  The toppings we tried were delicious and made us feel like kids eating ice cream sundaes on a hot summer day.  This was truly a fun dessert night in our house and I want you to have the same fun.  (see below for more about the Giveaway)







































The giveaway includes:
·         Scallop Edge Hanging Chalkboard
·         Branded Cooler Tote + Scoop
·         All seven NEW Smucker’s toppings flavors including:
o   Smucker’s®  Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping
o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Chocolate Coconut Flavored Topping
o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Dark Chocolate Topping
o   Smucker’s® Simple Delight Hot Fudge Topping
o   Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel Flavored Topping
o   Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Rainbow Sherbet Flavored Topping
o   Smucker’s® Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping

(Note - Chalkboard and serving tray not pictured)

All you have to do to enter the give away is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite ice cream flavor.  Additionally, if you like Baked Perfection on Facebook and comment there, you will get a second entry.  All entries must be received by midnight on Friday August 14th.  I will announce a winner (through blog post) the week of August 17th. 

I also encourage you to to enter the the #SundaeFundae promotion (click link for official rules) for a chance to win $5,000 toward a summer vacation.  





Please note I was compensated to provide opinion on the products in this post. Even though the I received compensation for my posts, I always give my honest opinions, or experiences on the products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.