Category: Baking

Peppermint Melt Cookies

Fall rolls around and people get all pumpkin crazy.  Now, I love the pumpkin things, too, but it’s when the pumpkin goes away the peppermint appears and that’s when I get crazy.  I’m peppermint crazy!  That’s why on a Sunday afternoon, despite having done a lot of prep work in the kitchen all day I decided to whip up a batch of Peppermint Melt Cookies.  Even if it required a second grocery store trip to pick up some candy canes and powdered sugar.

Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookiesThese little Peppermint Melt Cookies are a sweet little treat.  They melt in your mouth, hence the name.  They are crumbly little bits of peppermint deliciousness.  These are the kind of cookies Santa would love to have!

Peppermint Melt Cookies
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For the cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
For the icing
  1. 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2 tbsp milk
  3. 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 2-3 drops red food coloring
  5. 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  6. crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and cornstarch. Add the flour and cornstarch mixture to the creamed mixture while beating a little at a time. Once combined cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the milk, peppermint extract and food coloring and mix until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Spoon the icing on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
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Peppermint Melt Cookies #dessert #baking #cookies

Buttercream Frosting

Having a good buttercream frosting recipe in your arsenal is a necessity!  Frosting makes your cake shine!  And a good frosting that can be used to frost and decorate is a bonus!  This buttercream frosting tastes delicious and it crusts well so you can use to to both frost and decorate. 

Buttercream frosting for icing and decorating #baking #cake #buttercream #frostingWhen I was pregnant with Cupcake I took the Wilton cake decorating class at my local Hobby Lobby.  We did not use the frosting recipe included in the class materials. The instructor gave us this recipe instead.  And I have used it ever since!  Like here, here, and here.

The recipe makes about 3 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost a cake, but if you want to decorate, too, you’ll need to make a double batch.  That will leave you with enough, even if you take a few test tastes.

Buttercream Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening
  2. 1 tsp almond extract
  3. 2 tbsp water
  4. 1 lb pure cane confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  5. 1 tbsp Meringue powder
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening, extract and water.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed, scraping sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  3. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy.
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This will give you a stiff frosting. To take it to medium frosting you’ll need to add 1 teaspoon of water per cup of icing. To go from medium to thin add another teaspoon of water per cup of icing.

Pumpkin’s Purple Princess Party

On Saturday my precious, little Pumpkin turned 3.  I tried to keep her 2 a little longer, but she just refused.  So we celebrated turning 3 with a purple princess party!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis girl loves purple and he loves princesses!  So, when I asked her what kind of birthday she wanted this year there was no hesitation.  Princess! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI kept the food simple.  I ordered a platter from Jimmy John’s and made chicken fries.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyThere were purple grapes and strawberries. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyPurple cauliflower, carrots and tomatoes.  Princess Goldfish, pasta salad, pretzel thins and hummus and Go Go Squeeze.  And there weren’t many leftovers! 

Dessert is my favorite part of the party!  I love to bake! So of course we had cookies.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThese were so fun to decorate!  I enjoyed coming up with different ways to decorate the crowns and stars.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyThis was probably my favorite cookie, though. 

And of course there was cake!

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princesspartyI decided to go super simple on the cake, but I really like how it turned out!  The hardest part was finding a crown without a Disney character on it!  Thank goodness for the Halloween section!  I also make cupcakes which I just frosted with white buttercream and topped with silver sprinkles and a purple chocolate crown.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyI also put out some cake balls that I made with leftover cake and candy melts and a little tin of dark chocolate Kisses (because they have purple wrappers!). And I picked up this gorgeous frame at IKEA and then picked up a wood letter and spray painted it silver, then adhered lots of big silver glitter to it!  And then we raided the Christmas decorations for the lights.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyFor craft time I picked up these fun colored paper crowns from Oriental Trading and I also ordered some sticky gems for the kids to decorate.  They had so much fun putting their personal touch on their crowns and then wearing them for the rest of the party.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyOf course Pumpkin picked the purple crown!  And even though she had a pretty silver crown from lace I made her for the party she wore the paper crown more.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter crafting and eating dinner the kiddos were getting super antsy for cake!  Including this princess dinosaur! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyWe lit 3 purple candles and sang happy birthday.  The birthday princess sang along, too!  She was so cute!  And she couldn’t wait for us to finish the song before trying to blow out the candles. 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAfter cake and ice cream, there were presents.

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #partyAnd my sweet girl was spoiled rotten by her friends and family!  She loved everything and is now in princess heaven!  She and Cupcake had a great time playing with all the new princesses yesterday. 

I can’t believe my baby is 3!!! 

Pumpkin's Purple Princess Party #birthday #princess #party

 
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Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza

I don’t make dessert all that often, though I love to bake.  I mostly try to reserve baking for special events.  We definitely don’t have dessert after dinner every night in this house.  Weeks might go by without having dessert.  But when we have company I like to have dessert.  And we had company!  So we made dessert. A peanut butter marshmallow cookie pizza!  And it was good.

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingHave you ever heard of a HOOT OWL?  I first heard of a HOOT OWL when Cupcake was a baby.  It’s when moms and kids get together because their Husband is Out Of Town Or Working Late.  I have hosted a HOOT OWL as well as attended a few.  Most of the time it’s held at someone’s house, but occasionally we’ll meet up at a restaurant.  Typically Chick-fil-A.  Because the kids actually eat their food at Chick-fil-A and they have that awesome indoor play area! 

Anywho, I invited my gal, Lindsay over for dinner for a HOOT OWL as both of our hubby’s were out of town for work.  I have two girls. She has two girls. I like to run. She likes to run. I like to eat dinner. She likes to eat dinner.  🙂  We had a great time catching up and the girls had a great time playing.  A night in with friends was much needed by both of us!  And then we had dessert.

The girls got hands on in the kitchen making the Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza.  It’s been interesting having two kitchen helpers.  They did a great job of making the pizza, taking turns adding ingredients.

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingThough Cupcake is in charge of the mixer.  Pumpkin doesn’t seem to mind.  Their favorite part of this recipe, though, was pressing the dough into the pizza pan!

Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingI might have had to smooth out their handy work…………..  They also really enjoyed putting all the toppings on the pizza once the cookie had been cooked.  And they were great about being careful with the hot stone.  I might have also had to smooth out their handy work there, too.  All the peanuts were in a mound in the middle!Kid in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza #dessert #recipe #bakingThis is a great baking project for kids.  It’s very hands on with lots of steps they can help with.  After dinner we finally got to dive into the pizza and it was a hit.  Everyone, moms and kids, gave it a thumbs up.  And the moms might have had seconds. 

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookie Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. Shortening for greasing pizza pan
  2. 1 1/4 cups flour
  3. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  10. 1 large egg
  11. flour for shaping dough
  12. 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts
  13. 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  14. 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the pizza pan with shortening.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, peanut butter, sugars and egg. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. With the mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture and beat just until blended.
  5. Put the dough in the center of the pizza pan and with flour dusted hands spread the dough out evenly in the pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookie is just beginning to brown.
  7. Transfer to a cooling rack. Sprinkle the peanuts evening over the cookie. Sprinkle the marshmallows, then the chocolate chips over the cookie.
  8. Return the cookie pizza to the oven for 4 to 6 minutes until the marshmallows are puffy and lightly browned.
  9. Remove the pizza pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack until chocolate is firm (about 3 hours).
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

There are a few classic recipes you should have in your arsenal and I think Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are one of them.  And I thought everyone had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe until I was asked for mine.  Twice.  I knew this recipe had to be shared.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessertI’m all for traditional chocolate chip cookies, but sometimes I want something just a little different.  I don’t want to seem so boring.  And sometimes going from round cookies to square cookies is just enough to be exciting!  And well, when you make cookies in bar form they tend to be a little thicker.  And chewier.  And seem chocolateyier.  And they make you make up new words like chocolateyier. 

I shared these with a room full of moms yesterday and they were a hit!  And then I shared the leftovers with a few guys and the loved them, too.  And then I brought the rest home and hubby had to have a few with a big glass of milk.  Who can resist? 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars #recipe #dessert

So, if you need to bring a dessert and you don’t want to be boring with round cookies you should definitely try these out!  Bonus!  You probably have all the ingredients already in your pantry!  And if you’re keeping track, yes, I’ve shared a bar cookie recipe before, but that one calls for an ingredient you may not have on hand.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1 cup butter
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 12 oz (2 cups) chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer combine sugars, butter, vanilla egg on medium speed. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. (dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press the dough in an ungreased rectangular pan (13" x 9" x 2").
  5. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. When cool cut into small squares. (makes about 30 bars)
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