Friday, November 30, 2012

Snowman Marshmallows (12 weeks of Christmas Treats)

I have to confess I saw this idea Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle's blog ( Snowman Marshmallows) and couldn't resist. They are just too darn cute not to share. Perfect to put on a cup of hot chocolate or just plain fun to eat! I didn't pipe on the decorations but used my trusty food color pens to make the faces. I did dust them with some powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture to give them the snowy look. :)

Ingredients:
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Black icing or food coloring pen
  • Orange icing or food coloring pen
  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Directions:
  • Using a food safe pair of scissors, cut the marshmallows in half. Make sure to try and keep the marshmallow as round as possible. I had to stretch a couple to make sure the faces stay round. 
  • Lay the marshmallows with the cut side up.
  • Dip the marshmallows in the powdered sugar and cornstarch mixture. Dust off the excess sugar mixture.
  • Draw snowman eyes, nose, and mouth on the un-cut side of the marshmallow with either icing or a food safe coloring pen.
And now you have a festive treat for your loved ones! I know I cannot wait to make this for the little kids in our lives. I'm sure they will love them. 

Let's see what the other talented bakers baked up this week. And as always, thank you Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic for hosting the blog hop! It's been a blast so far! :) 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Peppermint Butter Mints (12 Weeks of Christmas Treats)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
It's hard to believe it's here already. It seems just like yesterday it was Halloween. And it's really hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's 80 degrees
today. I'm hoping these little mints with their festive colors get us in that holiday spirit. And I didn't have to turn on the oven to make them! :)

These are buttery peppermint candies that melt in your mouth. Funny story about these: after I made these, I left them on the counter to dry and left to go help out a friend. I was gone longer than I thought and texted hubby to wait on these because they needed to dry but I was too late! I think he was wondering about these (and me!) after he tried them initially. So definitely give them the time to dry out! Or they will taste kinda gummy and you don't want that. :)

They are incredibly easy to make and they make a lot! I can see making gift containers for neighbors, friends, teachers.



Homemade Butter Mints
recipe from Fearless Homemaker

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk 
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Food coloring of your choice
Directions:
  • In a stand mixer, beat the softened butter until light and fluffy, roughly for 1 minute. 
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix until the sugar mixture is dry and crumbly. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl as you go. 
  • Add the milk and peppermint extract and mix until a dough forms. It should be very thick. It definitely reminded me of playdough when it came together. 
  • Depending on how many different colors you want, divide the dough accordingly. 
  • In order to get the bright colors, I used Americolor gel colors in Super Red and Leaf Green. I used a couple of drops to get the colors bright and vivid. It was hard to stir the colors in so I just mixed the color by hand. Good thing, I have food safe gloves on hand!
  • Dust a piece of parchment with powdered sugar and break of small chunks of the dough. Roll these chunks into logs and then with a butter knife, cut them into small bite sized pieces.
  • Lay out in a single layer and dust them with powdered sugar. Let them dry for at least 24-48 hours. 


Let's see what the other talented bakers have made this week! And as always, thank you Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic for hosting the blog hop!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Andes Mint Cake Balls (12 Weeks of Christmas Treats - Week 8)

So sorry I am late to the blog hop!:( Please forgive my absence the last two weeks as our family went through the loss of a beloved family member and we have been traveling back and forth to the Midwest. While we were there under sad circumstances, it was great to see the Midwest in the fall and feel those colder temperatures.

Now that we are back home, I am starting to feel the holiday spirit. It doesn't hurt that all the Black Friday commercials are starting. Anybody else braving Black Friday? Hubby and I are in the market for a new TV so I imagine we will be out there early as can be! And I definitely think I need these cake balls for that Black Friday holiday spending spree! Filled with decadent chocolate cake and Andes mints. Oh yum! They are so easy to make and absolutely yummy!

Andes Mint Cake Balls
Recipe Inspired by Make It Sweet Cake Ball Class

Ingredients:
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Additional Ingredients To Make The Cake.
  • About 1/4 cup of Icing
  • About 1/2 cup of Andes Mints
  • Coating Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
Directions:
  • Make the chocolate cake as directed on the box. 
  • Allow chocolate cake to cool to room temperature.
  • In a stand mixer, add sections of the cake and mix until the cake is thoroughly crumbled.
  • Add the icing to the crumbled cake mix until the cake resembles a cookie dough consistency. In this step, you may use all the 1/4 cup of icing or you may not. They key is to get the cake mix moist but not too moist.
  • Chop up the Andes mints and add them to the cake mix. Stir until just combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cake mixture into balls and then chill the cake balls in the fridge for 2-3 hours until cold. The cold will help the chocolate harden over the cake balls when we coat the cake balls. 
  • Melt coating chocolate via your preferred method (I prefer to melt my chocolate in small containers in the microwave) and then dip each cake ball into the chocolate making sure to tap off all the excess chocolate before setting them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. 
  • Sprinkle on the sprinkles right after dipping so that the sprinkles can adhere to cake balls. 




Let's see what the other talented bloggers made this week. And thanks again to Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic for hosting the blog hop!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'll be back next week

I apologize for my absence on the blog for the past two weeks but we have recently had a death in our family. Our traveling to and from the funeral has prevented me from making cookies these past two weeks. I do promise to back next week with a treat for the holiday season.

Please enjoy the links to the other treats and and as always, thank you Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic for hosting the blog hop!
 

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