Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies

It’s almost Christmas! And if you live on the East coast, you know we’ve gotten a fair share of snow in the past week or so. So while you’re cooped up in your house as the roads slowly get plowed, here’s a delicious looking recipe you can make with red velvet ingredients and a snowflake shaped cookie cutter: red velvet snowflake cookies.

Red-Velvet-Christmas-Snowflake-CookiesThis deliciously festive Christmas cookie recipe is brought to you by Created by Diane, where you can see the full instructions for these pretty and edible snowflakes. Go grab some red velvet emulsion and gather up your on-hand baking supplies and get prepped to make the most colorful snowflakes around!

If you’re planning to gift these cookies, why not pair them with a pretty snowflake necklace¬†that will sparkle on long after the cookies are gone?
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Pre-Halloween Fall Craft: Owl Cupcakes

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet lately, you may have noticed that Halloween is trending. It’s only September!! We’re all about Halloween, but at least wait until it hits October to break out the costume ideas!

Even though in our opinion, it’s a bit too early to hop on the Halloween bandwagon, fall themed crafts (that happen to have orange and black color schemes) are totally acceptable! So here’s a fun and easy way to liven up your cupcakes with a fall twist: chocolatey owl cupcakes!

All you need is your favorite cupcake recipe, some chocolate frosting, some Oreo cookies, and orange and brown M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.

Instructions:

Bake your cupcakes and frost with chocolate icing. Then, carefully split 2 Oreo cookies per cupcake (keeping the frosting fully in tact on one side of the cookie) and place them atop the cupcake as pictured. Garnish with two brown M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces candies to finish the eyes, and add an orange candy between the two Oreo sides to form a beak. Voila! Cute, yummy owl cupcakes that are perfectly festive and appropriate as a pre-Halloween fall crafty treat!

Do you have any fun fall recipes to share? Leave yours in the comments! And if you want to double your owl love, check out the Eve’s Addiction owl jewelry collection.

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Happy Pancake Day!

Today is Pancake Day! I love that there is a day just to celebrate our love for pancakes!

I’m going to celebrate by planning a pancake feast for dinner tonight!

Here is the menu:

Blueberry pancakes

blueberry panckakes

Strawberry & Banana pancakes

strawberry and banana pancakes

Apple pancakes

apple pancakes

Chocolate Chip pancakes

chocolate chip pancakes

They don’t also call this “Fat Tuesday” for nothing! Hope I don’t get a stomachache! ūüôā

Homemade Snickers Bars

I used to have a neighbor that used to make homemade Snickers bars that were AMAZING! I used to sneak into the kitchen late at night and take a couple to store in my room before everyone ate them all (I was in a house of seven with big¬†appetites!) It must be fate because I came across a recipe for them via Chef In Training, but originated from Eat Cake for Dinner, and I think I’m gonna have to try it this weekend (but maybe with dark chocolate).

Ingrediants:

1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft caramels
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, chopped
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. whipping cream (I used evaporated milk)
2 c. milk chocolate chips

Directions:
1st layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
Melt together all ingredients in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. ¬†Spread into a lightly greased 9×13 inch glass pan. ¬†Put in fridge to cool.
Filling:
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. evaporated milk
1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. salted peanuts, chopped
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and milk, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.  Bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes (I only did 3 min.).  Mixture will start to follow your spoon. Remove from stove and stir in marshmallow cream, peanut butter and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Spread over first layer and sprinkle peanuts over top.
Caramel Layer:
1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft caramels
1/4 c. whipping cream (I used evaporated milk)
Unwrap and melt the caramels with the cream in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Carefully spread over filling layer.
Top Layer:
1 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/4 c. peanut butter
Melt together in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Spread evenly over caramel layer.  Store in the refrigerator until cooled and hardened.  Cut into small bars. Keep refrigerated.
¬†This is very easy to make, it just takes a little time to prepare each layer. ¬†I cut this in half and layered it in an 8×6 inch glass dish. ¬†I had to make the nougat/filling recipe twice, because the first time I cooked it the entire 5 minutes like the recipe suggested, but it ended up being too hard and crumbly. ¬†I tried again, but this time only cooked about 3 minutes and it was perfect. ¬†When it slightly thickens and starts to move around with your spoon while you stir it, I would quit cooking. ¬†Remember, it will be thicker when you add the mallow cream and peanut butter. ¬†I also used evaporated milk instead of the whipping cream in the caramel, because I didn’t want to spend money on a carton of cream to only use a small amount and I already had a can of evaporated milk open for the filling. ¬†I added slightly less than the recipe called for, so it would still be as thick. ¬†I like these right out of the fridge. ¬†I think they taste most like a Snickers when they are cold and chewy!¬† When they get to room temperature, the chocolate gets pretty soft and melts all over your fingers (I don’t know if that is a bad thing)? ¬†You will LOVE them!

Cake Batter Cookies Recipe

THE BEST CAKE BATTER COOKIES
via The Pinterest Project Blog.

Photo via The Pinterest Project blog

These cookies look like a rainbow of pure sugary goodness and they are so easy to make! YUM!
Thank you for sharing, Pinterest Project!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding via My Shiny Life!

Photo via My Shiny Life Blog

Who doesn’t love a chocolate coconut combination? YUM! Can’t wait to try.
Thanks you for sharing!