Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Acorns Treats

For a recent Winnie the Pooh baby shower I helped with for one of my very best friends, I made these Acorns. I discovered them on the all amazing pinterest of course. My weakness and addiction. And these acorns proved to be cute and yummy! And best of all quite simple!

hershey kisses, unwrapped
a handful of  chocolate melting wafers or bark
mini round nutter butter cookies
mini chocolate chips

*the amounts for this recipe are completely dependent on how much you want to make. the kisses, cookies, and choc chips are one per acorn

1. Melt your melting chocolate. I used two squares of chocolate bark. Pour into a squeeze bottle or bag with the tip cut off for easiest application.

2. Pipe a small dot of chocolate atop the flat bottom of the hershey kiss and place a cookie flat against it.

3. Pip a very small dot of chocolate in the middle of the cookie and top it off with a mini chocolate chip.

4. Let set. I used a cookie drying rack with many slats to let the acorns rest without toppling over.

Source: We are that Family, via pinterest

Monday, May 13, 2013

Onesie Baby Shower Cookie Favors

I had the honor of making these adorable favors for one of my dearest friends that I have known since elementary school. I used my usual sugar cookie recipe for cutout and royal icing as I did for these onesie cookies, but tried something new for decorating these. Hope you enjoy these new onesie cookies using homemade templates and food color spray. I loved how they came out and had such fun making them!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What's Baking Round-up: Mini/Bite Sized Treats

I was lucky enough to host this month's What's Baking Challenge. It's always fun to see how other talented individuals take one idea or theme and interpret it in their own way and use their own tastes and skills to create something uniquely yummy! For April, I chose to have each person try their hand at a mini or bite sized treat. I picked this theme because I have always been a fan of all foods made small. They are so cute and you don't feel as guilty to treat yourself to more than one! All of the lovely ladies in What's Baking made wonderfully inventive mini sweets and savories. Enjoy all the deliciousness...

Kate from Kate's Recipe Box made BBQ Chicken in Mini Cornbread Cups. They look like the perfect, petite appetizer!

Catherine from Pursuing Domestic Goddess-ness made Mini Blueberry Cobblers. What a delicious idea for a brunch!
Joanna from Kosher Kitchen made Derby Tartlets. How cute! That walnut crust looks to die for!
Alison from Sparks from the Kitchen made Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, and Coconut Chewies. I am weakness for brown sugar so these will be on my list to make asap!
Dawn from Simple Gourmet Cooking made Banana and Chocolate Phyllo Triangles. Banana and chocolate together sound heavenly.
Jenna from Jenna's Cooking Journey made Cream Cheese Meltaways. The glaze looks so delicious!
Eva from Eva Bakes made Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes. Seriously? I think I will be making these immediately! Yum!
Heather from Hezzi- D's Books and Cooks made Crispy Peppermint Fudge Bites (Gluten- Free).  Looks a great dessert to share!
Jaida from Sweet Beginnings made Miniature Orange-Glazed Blueberry Donuts. These could not be any cuter! Mini Donuts!
And lastly I made these Mini Snickerdoodle Sandwiches
Hope you enjoy all these mini sweets and treats! For May's What's Baking challenge, Cara from The Boys Made Me Do It, chose puff pastry so let's see what ideas we come up with!

Mini Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

This month I had the privilege of hosting the What's Baking Challenge and I chose for all the participants to bake mini or bite-sizes treats. I don't know if you love all things cute and petite, but I do! A mini cupcake or mini donut is just so adorable as well as tasty! So for April's What's Baking challenge, I decided to make mini cookie sandwiches. And my husband was craving snickerdoodles terribly so that was decided.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2¾ cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 quart ice cream, vanilla or caramel
lollipop sticks

1. Beat softened butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy.

2. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each one.

3. Add in vanilla and beat for a moment to incorporate.

4. Mix flour, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Slowly add the dry flour mixture to your batter continually beating.

5. Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowl or cup.

6. Pinch very small dime sized balls of dough and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture until fully covered.

7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes on 350 degrees.

8. Let cookies completely cool on drying racks. Take out the ice cream to soften while cookie cool.

9. Then take softened ice cream and spread onto one cookie and press second cookie on top of ice cream. Or if you'd like to have cookie sandwiches on a stick, insert a lollipop stick into the ice cream before placing the second cookie. You will want to keep these in the freezer until time to eat!