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Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies

Pumpkin has discovered the deliciousness that is a Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookie.  One very, very cold snowy day we stopped at Starbucks to redeem a gift card for some cocoa and she saw the picture of the cookie on the board and promptly asked (with manners) for a cookie to go with her cocoa.  And she’s so cute, so it’s hard to say no.  She enjoyed her kid temperature cocoa and we shared the cookie.  It was good!  

So, when I told her I had volunteered to make a treat for her preschool class she said it had to be snowman cookies!  I wasn’t about to buy the whole class a cookie from Starbucks, especially when I had all the ingredients to make snowman cookies on hand!

These cookies are so easy to put together, but they’ll impress everyone!  They are just a simple shortbread cookie iced in chocolate!

Start with your favorite shortbread cookie recipe or use the one below.  Roll them out and cut with your snowman cookie cutter (mine came in a box of 10 different Christmas cutters that I bought at Target several years ago).  Once your cookies are baked and cooled it’s time to decorate!

Gather up your chocolate options! I used Ghirardelli white chocolate chips for the body and dark chocolate chips for the hat, eyes and buttons.  And I had orange and blue Wilton Candy Melts leftover from another project that worked perfectly for the carrot nose and scarf.  I highly recommend using a good quality chocolate for the majority of the cookie.

I started with the white chocolate and melted it at 50% power for 1 minute, then stirred and warmed it in 30 second intervals until melted. Once melted add a little bit of vegetable shortening (1/2 tsp per oz of chocolate) to smooth it out and give it a gloss when it firms up.  I put my melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and set to work outlining and filling the snowman heads and bodies.  Then I moved on to my dark chocolate, repeating the same steps, but outlining and filling his hat and adding eyes and buttons. I also used a squeeze bottle for the scarves.  For the noses I drew them on with a toothpick.  And that was it!  

The chocolate will firm back up and these cuties will be ready to share! Pumpkin loved sharing them with her classmates and her teachers were very impressed.  

Of course she also enjoyed eating our Copycat Starbucks Iced Snowman Cookies!  We still have a few left over and she’s already asked to make them again!  The girls are now on winter break and cookie decorating is on our to do list, so we may just have to make more!!!

 

Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  2. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer. Add vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add flour and baking powder and mix just until combined.
  3. Remove dough from bowl, forming a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness, cut with cookie cutter and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Decorate once completely cool.
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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini chocolate chips cookies are a crowd pleaser!  These are perfect for taking to a backyard BBQ or picnic. We took these to a Girl Scouts picnic and they disappeared fast!  I mean who doesn’t love cookies!  And isn’t everything cuter when it’s small?

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe #baking #cookies

These aren’t big cookies on a big plate.  They’re small cookies on a small plate.  Soft, delicious, chocolately cookies!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe #baking #cookies

Using mini chocolate chips adds to the mini fun of these cookies!  Make a big batch of these for your next party and watch them disappear!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies #recipe #baking #cookies

 

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  5. 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 cup butter, softened
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 12 oz mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixer bowl combine sugars, butter and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  4. Add eggs and mix.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Line your baking sheets with a Silpat or parchment paper. Drop spoonfuls (tablespoon for medium size cookies, teaspoon for tiny cookies) of the dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
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Fish Sandwich with Slaw

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I took the girls roller skating, which is their new favorite thing to do.  They both own skates, now, so we’re getting a good bit of use out of them while they still fit!  We also ate these delicious fish sandwiches with slaw!  Pumpkin isn’t a big fan of most meat, but when I make fish for dinner she gobbles it right up.  This fish sandwich was no exception!

Fish Sandwich with slaw #recipeI had some catfish I wanted to use and we had just had Crispy Baked Catfish the week before, so I wanted to try something different.  I’m a big fan of slaw so when I stumbled on this recipe I was intrigued!  I made a few changes to the recipe and it was a hit!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/229853/catfish-po-boy/

Fish Sandwich with Slaw
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Slaw
  1. 16 oz bag coleslaw veggies
  2. 1/4 pickled pepperocini peppers, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  6. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  7. 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  10. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  11. 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
Fish
  1. 6 catfish fillets (4 oz each)
  2. 2 tbsp hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  3. 1 cup cornmeal
  4. 1 cup panko
  5. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tbsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  9. 1 cup oil for frying
  10. 6 hoagie buns
Sauce
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3 tbsp garlic powder
  5. 3 tbsp onion powder
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Toss all the slaw ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. 2. Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the fish in a bowl with the hot sauce and toss to coat.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl combine the cornmeal, panko, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Remove catfish fillets from the hot sauce one at a time and coat with the breading mixture.
  5. 5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and fry the fillets until cooked through, 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  6. 6. Assemble each sandwich by putting one fillet on a hoagie and top with slaw and sauce.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Recipe: S’mores Snack Mix

Every Friday night I make a pizza, we pile up on the couch and watch a movie together as a family. Friday pizza movie night is our tradition.  Sometimes we like to have a little snack during our movie as well.  Popcorn is a favorite, but last week I whipped up this S’mores Snack Mix and the girls went crazy for it!

DSC_9280-EditThis is such a quick and yummy snack! You only need 3 ingredients, there’s no cooking involved and it’s s’mores!  I love s’mores!  This is also a great recipe for getting kids involved in the kitchen.  They can measure, stir and drizzle.  Well, maybe do the drizzling yourself.  😉

S'mores Snack Mix #dessert #smores #recipeIt can get messy! 

The hardest part of making this delicious snack is waiting for the chocolate to firm up so you can dig in!  But once you dig in, yum!  It was a big hit with Cupcake who dug right in.  Pumpkin is a tricky one and she picked out marshmallows. 

S'mores Snack Mix #dessert #smores #recipeNow here’s the silly part where I give you a recipe that is hardly a recipe.  But you need it to whip up a batch of this S’mores Snack Mix!!

S'mores Snack Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Golden Grahams cereal
  2. 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  3. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl.
  2. Spread evenly on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir and continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Drizzle chocolate over the cereal marshmallow mixture.
  5. Let chocolate harden for about 3 hours before breaking into chunks and serving.
  6. Store in an airtight container.
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S'mores Snack Mix #dessert #smores #recipe

Recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Are you a slow cooker fan?  I use mine all the time and I actually just got a new, bigger one!  I’m so excited.  No more trying to shove a whole chicken in my small one. A slow cooker isn’t just great for warm winter meals, but it’s also great for cooking while you’re outside enjoying beautiful spring afternoons.  Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin is a delicious dinner that cooks all day while you’re out having fun.

DSC_9256-EditThis is a truly simple slow cooker meal with very minimal prep.  No precooking required!  All you have to do is mix up a quick sauce, pour it over the meat and let it cook. At the end of the day the meat just falls apart.  It’s so easy to just break it up with some tongs and stir it into the sauce and serve!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin #dinner #recipe #slowcookerI served this Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin over some wild rice and a side of roasted broccoli.  It was a delicious, filling meal.  The sauce is sweet, but not overly sweet with just a bit of kick.  Hubby didn’t even have to add any red pepper flakes to his.  😉  But not so spicy that I didn’t like it.

You’ll definitely want to add this Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy to your menu this week!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lb pork tenderloin
  2. 10 oz sweet chili sauce
  3. 16 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  4. 2 tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together sweet chili sauce, cranberry sauce and brown sugar. Pour over pork.
  3. Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours and then low 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred pork, stir into sauce and serve over rice.
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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin #dinner #recipe #slowcooker

 

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