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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fudgy Brownies with Pumpkin Cookies

I'm writing this while Hurricane Sandy is blowing away my Halloween decorations outside.
I'm in the West Virginia panhandle where the Shenandoah meets the Potomac River, so I'm nowhere near the beach receiving the brunt of the storm. Neither am I in the West Virginia mountains getting snowed on. I'm in a nice middle area where we just have some wind and rain. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Halloween Boo-day to ME!

It's My Boo-Day!! Well, not today, today. But, it is on the 31st! Yes, Halloween is my Birthday  and I always loved having my Birthday on Halloween.

Some of the great benefits to having a Halloween Birthday are:

1. Extra Candy while Trick-or-Treating. Especially when you're 10 and you have broken leg and you drag yourself all over town with ten pounds of plaster from your toes to mid-thigh. Trust me. I know!
(And yes, that is me with my Dorothy Hamill haircut, my Rainbow and Unicorn Ice Cream cake, and cast up to my crotch.)

2. Dressing up is completely acceptable! It doesn't matter if you are dressed as a princess, a zombie, a pregnant nun, or a slutty flight attendant. You decide how "formal" your birthday attire can be. Just don't ask me what I was last year, 'cause I don't know!

3. There's always a party! Sometimes days and days of parties depending on what day of the week Halloween falls on. Friday and Saturday night parties as well as Wednesday night this year!

4. My 6 year old knows when my Birthday is :)

5. My Husband remembers when my Birthday is!! (And that's really important!)

6. I get to make fun Halloween Birthday Treats for ME!

I was inspired by the book "What's New, Cupcake" by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. I followed the directions in the book and had a lot of fun with it.

My only complaint is that the three stacked cupcakes were a lot of weight on the bottom center cupcake and I had to replace the first one with a fresh cupcake before taking pictures. If you're going to make this, I suggest waiting until the last minute to stack up all the pieces and then eat and enjoy it before it collapses on itself.

Also, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get all the supplies that the book calls for. I don't think chocolate cones are made anymore. I searched all over the web and couldn't find what I wanted. I guess Oreo used to make an ice cream cone. WTF Oreo?? I would totally buy those the rest of the year as well! They would be perfect for so many treats. Kinda bummed about that.

But really, nothing can bum me out on my Birthday (including Hurricane Sandy)! Here's to another year of goofing around and playing with my food! I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. 

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkin Pop Tart Sandwiches

Hi Everyone! 
Today I am guest posting over at Pamela's Heavenly Sweets

Come on over and check out my great twist to Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Sandwiches.
Hint - They are NOT stuffed with Ice Cream....

Pumpkin Pop Tart Sandwiches

by Pint Sized Baker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: pop tart Thanksgiving bars fall
Ingredients (2 sandwiches)
  • 2 Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
  • 1 Cup Cool Whip
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix
  • Sprinkles to garnish
Cut Pop Tarts in Half.
Mix Cool Whip and Pudding with a spoon or spatula.
Spoon Cool Whip Mix over one half of Pop Tart and sandwich with other half.
Dip edges in sprinkles to decorate.
Place in Freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
Eat and enjoy!
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow and Pop Tart Fudge

Oh Yes!! The ultimate in Fudge. I give you the Hot Cocoa, Marshmallow and Pop Tart Fudge!

I have been pouring over the internet for more Pop Tart ideas and nothing really inspired me. I've seen pictures of wonderful treats and designs that would blow your socks off, but I had to find something NEW! Something DIFFERENT. Something FRESH, EXCITING, and YUMMY!

I have about 6 different flavors of Pop Tarts in the house right now. I was playing around with one of my daughter's fruit flavors, but I really, really like these Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Pop Tarts that I got. I wanted to make something with them... I made the Milkshake on Monday, but I was at a loss for the next post...

But then, I thought... FUDGE!
Yes, of course! I'll make Hot Cocoa Fudge. I googled it and found a ton of Hot Fudge recipes, but only one fudge recipe that uses Hot Cocoa Mix. I tried it and it was a huge F.A.I.L. The sugar didn't melt so it was grainy and it didn't harden... What a waste!

So I turned to a known fudge recipe (on the back of the Solo Marshmallow Creme container) and just switched out the chocolate chips for Hot Cocoa Mix.

This came out so much better!
And while I was back at the store getting MORE hot chocolate, I picked up a new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Chocolate Marshmallow packet.

Mmmmm! That's sure to add a few inches to your waistline!

Hot Chocolate Pop Tart Fudge

by Pint Sized Baker
Keywords: dessert pop tart fudge
  • 2 Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Pop Tarts
  • 5 oz. Evaporated Milk
  • 3 (1 oz) packets of Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter (1/4 C)
  • 7 oz. Marshmallow Creme
Optional Topping
  • 1/2 C Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Starter
  • 1/4 Packet of Chocolate Marshmallow Flavoring
Combine Evaporated Milk and Hot Cocoa Mix until cocoa is dissolved.
On the stove, add Milk mixture, sugar, and 1 Tbls of butter.
Bring to a boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil until mixture reaches 233 deg F on a candy thermometer. Add remaining butter and stir until melted.
Stir in two Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Pop Tarts crumbled up.
Optional topping, mix frosting and frosting flavor packet and cover fudge. Then add crumbled Pop Tarts to top.
Serve these up to your Sweet Tooth and Enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Pops

It's my second post for Pop Tart week and I hope this one does not disappoint. 

Haha! I know... Cake Pops usually post on Fridays, but this is NO cake pop!

Oh no! 

These are Pop Tart Pops!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Pop Tart Milkshakes

I declare this week - Pop Tart Week!! 

Do you like Pop Tarts? My Little Cup loves the Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Wild Berry... are you seeing a trend yet?  All the Berry Pop Tarts.

Did she like S'Mores? No!
Did she like Cupcakes? No!
Did she like the Hot Fudge Sundae? The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough? The Cookies N' Creme? NO!!!
Guess who ate those? ME :)

Yes, I like Pop Tarts as well. And when I came across Marshmallow Hot Chocolate in Target, I put it directly into my cart and ate one on the way home.

Isn't that when you eat yours? Well, as in out of sight from your husband....


When I did get home, I made an awesome Hot Chocolate Milkshake with the Pop Tarts!

You're welcome.

Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Pop Tart Milkshake

by Pint Sized Baker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: Pop Tart ice-cream
Ingredients (2 milkshakes)
  • 1 Pint Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Pop Tarts
  • 2 packets of Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 Cup Milk
Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix. Adjust the amount of milk for a smoother or thicker milk shake.
Pour into large glasses a ENJOY!!
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rolling Cake Pop Tips

Hi all... I can't believe this week has flown by and now it's almost 5pm on Thursday night and I have not put together a post for tonight. YIKES!!

I've been busy most of my days and my evenings have been completely taken over by the Online BlogCon Group on FB. The ladies participating are wonderful. Everyone has been so helpful and I've learned some new things. There have been a lot of fun giveaways and sure do hope I win something :)

On Saturday, I'm teaching my first Cake Pop Class here is Charles Town, WV and I am a bit nervous.
I am bringing these fun Halloween and Fall Inspired Cake Pops to use as my example.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Pumpkin Pudding Cookies

Oh WOW!!

If you enjoy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, these made with Pumpkin Pudding will put you into overload! 
They were soft, chewy, dare I say... moist.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cinnamon Pear Puff Pastry Tarts

Have your nights been getting cooler?? Ours have!
I've gotten out the down comforters and warm pajamas. We have some very warm fleece sheets (which my husband loves), but those can wait a little bit longer...  I've even had to turn the heat on a few nights just to keep from freezing in the morning. I HATE, LOATHE, DESPISE getting out of a warm bed on cold mornings. There is nothing worse than that. Thank goodness for sheepskin slippers :)

I am enjoying the cool evenings. I like snuggling up on the couch with the family under a blanket and playing on the internet while my Little Cup watches "My Little Pony" for the umpteenth time. For me, getting into bed and putting my toe-sicles on Mr.Quart is the best thing ever!

But what I really enjoy on cool nights, are warm desserts. 

I whipped up these tasty Pear Berry Mini Tarts in no time at all.

Start off baking some Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells.

While they are baking, cut up your pear and cook it with cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan until tender.

Remove the center of the tart shell and fill it up with the pear.

Top it with a raspberry or two and then a scoop of ice cream. 

This would work just as well with an apple for a simple apple tart.

Mini Pear Berry Tarts

by Pint Sized Baker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: Pear Puff Pastry tart
Ingredients (6 tarts)
  • 1-2 Pears, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 6 Frozen Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp sugar
Cook Puff Pastry Shells according to directions.
While shells are cooking, cut pear and cover with sugar and cinnamon.
Cook in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until pear juice starts to run.
Remove Puff Pastry and remove center. Fill center with cooked pear and top with a raspberry.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pink Ribbon Cake Pops

A few weeks ago, my friend Suzi donated some aprons for my Blog Anniversary Celebration. This week, I'm paying it forward to help out one of Suzi's great causes - The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Suzi is fundraising and walking in the 2013 DC walk. That's 39 miles in two days! (And here I am complaining about training for a 5k run...) This will be her FOURTH year participating in the walk.

As part of the Mountain Momma's Fundraising, they have been participating in a few local events. This Saturday, the ladies will be in Shepherdstown  WV at the Freedom Run (man, I wish I were ready for this). They will be taking donations for baked goods - including these cake pops!

You know who is also donating?? Carrie from The Sweet Life. She will be donating some Cake Truffles for the cause. Aren't those pretty?

Photo: There is one week left to order your Breast Cancer bites!! $3 of every sale goes to my fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer 5K on Ocotber 20th. Who wouldn't want to try something yummy and give to a good cause all at once! Visit here to order!
Making these simple, yet elegant, Cake Pops is easy!

Really, really, easy.

As I was making my cake pop batter, I added in some hot pink nonpareils. 
To see a video on making cake pop batter, CLICK HERE!

Once they were dipped and dry, I added some pink Luster Dust and Silver Luster Dust to the pops to give them a pretty shimmer. 
I have a video on adding Luster Dust HERE.

When they were all painted, I re-melted the pink candy and added the Pink Ribbon design on the pop. 
The white cake pops got Hot Pink Sprinkles and the pink pops got Pale Pink Sprinkles.

I think they turned out super FAB!
And I LOVE the pink surprize inside the cake pops as well! 

If you would like to help Suzi and the Mountain Momma's raise money for the Avon 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, please click HERE.

ALSO - I've teamed up with the Mountain Mommas for a 50/50 fundraiser for their Avon Breast Cancer Walk. We'll be selling a dozen Pink Ribbon Cake Pops for $20 and giving HALF to the team. If you would like your pops in a pretty Pink Container to display at work or home, the Pink Cake Pop Display will be $25. Of course, don't limit yourself to just a dozen. Everyone loves cake pops - share them and help promote a great cause. Simply send me an e-mail to place your order.
Shipping for pops is available and is variable depending on weight and destination. I am not able to ship the pretty containers. Sorry.  

Pink Ribbon Cake Pops

by Pint Sized Baker
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (12 Cake Pops)
  • 1/3 of a 9x13 Sheet Cake (Vanilla or Yellow)
  • 1/8 Cup Vanilla Frosting
  • Hot Pink Nonpareils
  • White Candy Melts
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Hot Pink Sugar Crystals
  • Light Pink Sugar Crystals
  • 12 Lollipop sticks
  • Cake Pop Stand
Bake Cake and allow to cool. Cut 1/3 of the cake and mix with paddle attachment with frosting. Add in desired amount of Hot Pink Nonpareils. I used maybe 1 1/2 Tablespoons.
Form 12 balls using a cookie scoop and roll smooth. Place in fridge while melting candy melts.
Melt Candy Melts in separate ceramic containers being careful not to overheat them.
Dip 1/4 inch of lollipop stick into candy and then add cake ball. Six sticks into White and six sticks into Pink.
Dip Cake Pops straight down and back up again, coating completely, and allowing the excess to drip off. Stand up in cake pop stand. Six White Pops and six Pink Pops.
Paint on Luster Dust with a DRY brush. See videos ( here. The pink got "pinker" and the white took on a pearl look.
Put a small amount of Pink Candy into a baggie and snip off an edge. Draw on a Ribbon design and then sprinkle with Sugar Crystals. I put the Hot Pink on the white pops and Pale Pink on the pink pops.
Stand up and allow to dry.
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