Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nutter Butter and Hershey Kiss Acorns

Happy Fall!

This is really more of a dessert idea than baking.  It took be less than 10 minutes to make a couple dozen of these babies.  I don't know about you, but Fall is by far my favorite season.  I look forward to it all year and am a little sad when it ends so quickly.  To welcome Fall I decided I would make these little cuties.  I have seen them all over the internet for years and did not even bother to read how they were made.  I just rant to the store and picked up some Nutter Butter Bites and some Hershey Kisses.  

Nutter Butter and Hershey Kiss Acorns
adapted from Taste of Home

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
48 Hershey Kisses
48 Nutter Butter Bites

In a microwave, melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spread the flat side of each kiss with a small amount of melted chocolate; immediately attach each to a cookie.

Cut a small hole in the corner of a  plastic bag. Fill with remaining melted chocolate. Pipe a dot onto each acorn and top with chocolate chip. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

For my baby.

I mentioned in my last post that my baby boy turned one.  This past year has been truly incredible and I am thankful for every moment, even the first six months where he did not sleep through the night.  To celebrate my little guy we had a Monster themed birthday party.  We gave him his own little cake which he tore into and fun was had by all.  I made three types of cupcakes for the party, Lemon with Lemon Frosting, Vanilla with Vanilla Frosting, and Vanilla Oreo with Cookies and Cream Frosting.  I ate a Lemon Cupcake which is one of my favorite, but I can tell you that the Oreo went first and people raved about them.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
recipe from Baked Perfection

makes approximately 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cups sugar1 egg 

1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cups sour cream

12 chopped double stuffed Oreos

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and egg white, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick), gently stir in Oreos. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 

Cookies and Cream Frosting
recipe from Baked Perfection

1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature1 - 2 cups powdered sugar12 Oreo cookies, finely chopped1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extractpinch of salt

Beat butter and cream cheese with until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Add salt and vanilla; mix until smooth. Place Oreo cookies in a fine strainer to remove any small particles. Gently stir Oreos into the frosting, careful to not over stir. Frost cupcakes as desired. Store any remaining frosting in the fridge.

Monday, September 16, 2013

M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

Cute and Tasty

I apologize for disappearing on you. I let life get in the way of blogging and I must say that life has been pretty good.  Since I last blogged, we went on a family vacation to the beach, one of my best friends got married, we went to Washington, DC where I hosted a Bridal Shower for another of my best friends, then went to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party, and my sweet little boy turned one.  It has been quite an eventful few months and I have enjoyed every moment.  I have not been baking much either, but I did make these tasty cookies and some delicious cupcakes for Noble's first birthday party.  My sister will really appreciate that I am finally posting these because she LOVED them, so this is for you Jos.

M&M Sugar Cookie Bars
recipe adapted from My Baking Addiction

1 cup butter, room temperature2 cups sugar4 eggs2 tsp vanilla5 cups flour1 tsp salt1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup M&M Candies

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix until combined. Spread on a greased baking sheet (use a 13 x 18 pan).  Top with M&M's.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool completely before serving.