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Friday, September 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups

Peanut Butter Week! 

You say you are no good at cake pops...
You ask me for help with pops falling off sticks...
You want to know how to make great looking truffles...
Well, look no further! These candy molds may be the answer you are looking for!

Make your Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (or any cake pop batter). Scoop it, roll it, and refrigerate it.
Melt your candy wafers.
Add a teaspoon of melted chocolate to the mold filling it about half way.
Fill mild half way
Place a cookie dough ball into the wet candy. Do not push the dough into the chocolate. Allow the weight of the dough to fill up the cavity and push the chocolate up to the lip. If you put too much candy in, it will over flow a bit. Just scrap it away with a butter knife or small spatula. Work only a few cups at a time. Don't fill up all cavities and then add all the balls. You risk the first ones hardening up.

Add the cookie dough not pushing to bottom

Place the tray in the fridge for 5 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden and the dough ball to re-chill. The cups will pop out of the container with a slight push on the bottoms.

I melted peanut butter flavored candy melts in a small bowl and then dipped the top half of the dough ball.

The chocolate cup base is great to hold on to. Just don't use "hot" fingers and
melt the chocolate. Rinse hands in cold water and dry well prior to handling chocolate.

Just dip the top of the dough forming a seal at the middle.
When dipping the top, ensure that all sides of the dough are covered. If there are any gaps between the chocolate and peanut butter tops, just use a tooth pick with a touch of candy to fill in the holes. The chocolate coating seals in the yummy treat . 
If you would like to take it a step farther and add a stick. Add it before you dip the top. Using a knife tip, make a small hole in the bottom of the cup (or find a weak point in the chocolate), dip the lollipop stick into some candy melts and insert. Allow 5 minutes for the chocolate at the base to harden prior to dipping the top. This method makes a really cute Cupcake Pop! 
These can be stored in a container on the counter for a few days or in the fridge for about 2 weeks. 


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nutty Bar Pops Giveaway!

Peanut Butter Week - and A Giveaway!

First, I'm going to show you how I made these delicious Little Debbie Nutty Bar Cookie Pops!
Then I'm going to let you know how to WIN them!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ritz Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Peanut Butter Week

I love baking with my Little Cup, especially when there is no baking required!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Pops!

Welcome to Peanut Butter Week!! 

I love Peanut Butter and my heart aches for all of the kids that I know who have peanut allergies. Cooking in my household would be so different if my Little Cup was allergic to peanuts, but thank goodness, she's not.

I have seen so many Chocolate Chip cookie dough truffles and pops recently. I wanted to make some and almost did, until I saw this post and knew I had to made them instead.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I love making homemade ice cream. It is simple to make and so much easier now that I have the Kitchen Aid ice cream bowl attachment!

This is an easy no-cook ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream & Dessert Cook Book. It never let's me down. Make it the day before or early in the morning to allow time to harden in the freezer.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Oreo Cakesters Pops

Who does not love an Oreo? 


So for a donation to my daughter's school, I made some Oreo Cake Pops!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Unconventional Rainbow Jell-O

My Little Cup Looooves Jell-o! She asks for it all the time. Problem is, I never have it made and ready when she wants some. For a special treat, I made her some Rainbow Jell-O, the Pint Sized way!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Gotta Go Back to School

Gotta go - Back to School for I Heart Faces!

Remember last weeks entry... Yeah, so not a professional photographer, but I pretend to be one on the internet!

So... since I am new at this blogging thingy, I thought I would throw this picture of my Little Cup out there. I'm a fan of Living Locurto and I always enjoy seeing the I Heart Faces entries that she posts.

This week is Back to School Week! I've scoped out all the other entries and mine is a bit, well, different. On the first day of Kindergarten, I captured my daughter eating her nutritious Pop Tart breakfast, walking out the front door, and settling down into her classroom, but my little snap shots just don't compare to the wonderful entries by professional photographers.

The day before school started was a big day in our house! Had to get the backpack ready, all the school supplies, grocery shopping for school lunches, and of course, make a TON of Chocolate Chip Cookies! My Little Cup enjoys baking with me whenever she can.

My Little Cup waiting for the Chocolate Chip Cookies.
And yes, I let her eat raw cookie dough.
However, you know what they say... The waiting is the hardest part! Especially when you are five.

I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges and Photo Tutorials

Happy Creating!I Heart Faces

Friday, September 9, 2011

Taking Photos

I am NOT a professional photographer.

The closest I've gotten to any photography classes was back in High School when I signed up for Photography Art class - back in, like, 1990? So, I turned to the internet for help. One of my favorite sites, Sprinkle Bakes, has Wonderful, Awesome, Inspiring, Magical, Beautiful, etc, etc photography. What can I say, I love her work!

And lucky us, she also writes for a photo magazine Pixiq. I have read and re-read these articles and have tried to apply them to my own pictures. Here are a few things that I have learned about taking pictures of my "art" -

  1. Use natural light - NO FLASH!
Ugly! Bright Flash washed out the pretty pale green color.

  2. Take lots of pictures. Up close, at an angle, far away. Play with it.
I used a heavy weight scrapbook paper for the background of my Pies!

  3. Use props. Pretty plates, backgrounds, table clothes, utensils. I've even used a stuffed animal...
This Slumber Party Cupcake can't sleep without her Teddy Bear.

His poor face was completely cracked, but I
kept him turned and in the background.
  4. Pick the Best to photograph.

Four roosters; best one forward, "ugly" one stuffed to the side.

5. Edit, edit, edit. Add some contrast, highlights, crop. I use free Google Picasa. Very easy to use.
After - added some highlights to bring out the pink and
the bright sprinkles.
Before - kind of dull; colors are off; nothing
"popping" in this picture

  6. Add your Watermark. Take credit for your work. Some put it across the image, I like to display it next to the image. I've seen a few people who are not too honest and have posted other peoples work as their own.

Here are the articles from Heather Baird in Pixiq 1, 2, and 3.

Also, one of my Facebook friends, Bumble Cakes, posted her own tutorials on photographing food, editing photographs, choosing a background, and many more in her Notes section. (Please, tell her I sent ya.)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Gotta Believe!

I am so happy with the initial response that I have gotten to my Blog. Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by and taking a look at my pictures an videos. If you have a suggestion for something that you need help with, please let me know. I'll be happy to make a video or tutorial to help you out.

To share some personal information with you, my Dad passed away six years ago. I last visited him on Father's Day 2005 and he passed away less than a month later. I did not know at the time that I was pregnant, so I never had a chance to tell him he was going to be a Grandfather. I like to think that he knew because my daughter was born on my Dad's Father's Birthday. Yes, my daughter shares a birthday with her Great-Grandfather.

My Granddad passed away at Easter in 2010. It was his favorite time of year. I was not able to go down for his funeral service, but the Russian Orthodox Church has a 40 day mourning time and I was able to visit for the memorial ceremony and be there for my Grandmother.

Now, my Grandmother passed away the other day. As life would have it, she is being buried on my Father's 63ed Birthday. It amazes me how our lives have come around and have interlaced by some higher power. I'm not a very religious person, but I've gotta believe that my Dad and his parents are reunited in Heaven and are going to enjoy a good 'ol Russian Toast with some good Vodka while I give a toast to them here.

"Za vashe zdrorvie!" Here's to health! And, "Here's to Parents!" However, don't clink your glasses together if they are no longer with you.

Grandma snuggling with her Great-Granddaughter
Me, my daughter, and Grandmother 2006
The two Birthday "Kids"

In light of the recent events in my personal life, I am still going to draw a name for my giveaway, but it will be announced on Friday instead. I hope everyone understands about the delay. I'll be back next week with dry eyes and more sweets. 

Have fun creating!
 The Pint Sized Baker 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Blog! Welcome

Hello Everyone!

I would like to THANK everyone (with a giveaway below) for your support, encouragement and inspiration over the past six months. I started this little adventure back in February 2011 and have been running ever since. I have made hundreds of cake pops and challenged myself make new designs.

My First Cake Pops 2/2/11
My Favorite Cake Pops (so far)

Becoming the "Pint Sized Baker" has really changed my outlook on life. I was a full time Aviation Professional until the economy tanked and my company decided to cut all telecommute employees. I was really upset and had no idea how to be a "stay-at-home Mom". I turned to baking at Christmas time when I was really depressed about not being able to give gifts to neighbors and friends. Mr. Quart suggested that I make some cupcakes as gifts from the heart. That was the spark that I needed. My Little Cup really enjoys all of the treats that I make for dessert and she has quite the nack for decorating cupcakes and cake pops.

My Little Cup and her Cake Pop!

To thank everyone on Facebook, YouTube, Flicker, my Web Site, and now on Blogger, I am holding a giveaway for a dozen Cake Pops! (Delivered in the US.) You can pick the flavor and color of one dozen pops to be delivered in October or November. The Giveaway open time is from Sept 1 - Sept 5, (11pm EST) and the Winner will be selected by So, let your friends know!

Please leave your name and e-mail in the comments below.

Thanks again, for so much support!
The Pint Sized Baker

Sept 9, 2011 - Winner for the free Cake Pops - Tiffany Horton! 
Thank you to everyone for leaving me such wonderful comments and words of encouragement!

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