Be Square On Your Birthday: 3 Sweet Bar Recipes!

Being square isn’t always a bad thing. We think these three square treats are perfect for your next birthday bash. They are pretty simple to make, pretty tasty, and well very pretty to look at!

Birthday Cake Fudge – Can you say decadence? The richness of fudge might make it not ideal most of the year… but come on it’s your birthday, live a little! This recipe comes from Make Bake Celebrate, a wonderful baking blog worth checking out.

Birthday Cake Fudge – Image & Recipe from Make Bake Celebrate

Birthday Cake Marshmallows – How adorable are these fluffy squares of sweetness? This recipe comes from Spicy Icecream, and is not too tricky! Definitely worth a try.

Birthday Cake Marshmallows – Image & Recipe from Spicy Icecream

Birthday Cake 7 Layer Bars – can’t decide on just one sweet indulgence? No problem go with a seven layer bar! This awesome recipe by The Domestic Rebel combines Funfetti cake, chocolate chips, marshmallow, cupcake bites, and two kinds of oreos!

Birthday Cake 7 Layer Bars

What is your favorite bar shaped sweet treat?

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Birthday Breakfast Ideas: Waffles Just About Anybody Will Love!

Looking for ideas for a special breakfast? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just the kind of morning that calls for a big breakfast, we’ve found some recipes for amazing waffles that are sure to please!

Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Waffles With Maple Cream – Always sharing beautiful recipes, Joy The Baker has done it again. These waffles are so tasty there is no way you’ll miss the wheat! How about spicing it up with warm pineapple syrup?

Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles with Maple Cream – Image & Recipe by Joy The Baker!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Strawberries & cream… a match made in culinary heaven. This recipe comes comes from Real Mom Kitchen. You could lighten it up or veganize it with soy cream cheese and swapping eggs with flax meal!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Image & recipe by Real Mom Kitchen.

Super Simple Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cream Cheese – We promise we aren’t purposefully seeking recipes with cream cheese, these just happen to look amazing. This is so simple and you can easily buy organic pre-made cinnamon roll dough to up it up a notch. We still think a drizzle of maple syrup would be a nice addition to these waffles! Recipe and Image from Unsophisticook!

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – Recipe & Image from Unsophistocook.

What’s your favorite birthday breakfast?

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3 Recipes for Homemade Pretzels

There’s nothing quite like a hot, fresh soft pretzel! With a little salt, some mustard, or cheese dip you have a truly satisfying snack. And pretzels would make for the perfect finger food at your next party! They could work for kids and adults, we are thinking circus-themed for the little ones (maybe the adults too)! Today we’ve got three recipes from around the web for the perfect homemade pretzels for just about any dietary need too!

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeno Cheese Sauce – This recipe comes from the beautiful blog Smells Like Home! Such a great tutorial and recipe with pictures to guide you along the way!

Soft Pretzels with Roasted Jalapeño Cheese Sauce Image & Recipe from Smells Like Home

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels – This recipe and tutorial comes from the blog Gluten Free Girl & The Chef. A sweet little blog you should check out if you are eating gluten free! Don’t these pretzels just look amazing!

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Gluten Free Girl & The Chef.

Vegan Soft Pretzels – A great recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian! Jessica recommends serving these pretzels up with a side of spicy mustard!

Vegan Soft Pretzels Image & Recipe from Little Miss Vegetarian.

Have you ever made your own soft pretzels before? How did they turn out?

3 Healthier Ways To Indulge In Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

Who doesn’t love cookie dough? We will fess up to having cleaned a spoon or two that was covered in the stuff. It is so sweet, so comforting, and guess what it doesn’t have to be so unhealthy! Today we’ve got 3 recipes to share with you that offer healthier ways to indulge your cookie dough craving. These treats would be great for parties or girls night, or even just good treats for your kids!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt – this glorious recipe comes from The Suburban Girl Gone Country and has been circulating Pinterest boards! We tried it out and it really does taste like cookie dough (different texture but similar taste). We used unsweetened plain soy yogurt and a little stevia in place of Greek yogurt. This would make a great snack for kids, especially if you are trying to get them to enjoy yogurt (and get their calcium)!

Image & Recipe by The Suburban Girl Gone Country

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles – These truffles from Chef Chloe are less sinful then traditional cookie dough. She omits eggs and uses vegan margarine. But we’d be interested to try using yogurt or apple sauce for part of the margarine to cut back on fat. The best part about this recipe… you can control your portions by just having one (OK maybe two) truffle(s) at a time.

Vegan Cookie Dough Truffles – Image & Recipe from Chef Chloe

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip – You won’t believe the secret ingredient in this dip… and neither will your friends. This dip is gluten free, high in protein, and can easily be made sugar free & vegan! Make up a batch and indulge mostly guilt free… we promise you won’t regret it!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dip – Recipe & Image from Chocolate Covered Katie

Are you a cookie dough fanatic? If so let us know what you think of these recipes!

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie

 

Our first pumpkin pie completely from scratch! Not bad!

 

This year for Christmas dinner we upped the ante and made a pumpkin pie and pie crust totally from scratch. Originally we were intimidated by the idea of making a crust from scratch, but really it wasn’t bad at all! It takes only a few minutes and a couple of ingredients! The keys to making a great pie crust from scratch are:

  • Use precise measurements for ingredients
  • Add ice water by the 1/2 tbsp to achieve moist clumps
  • Flour your rolling surface and pin really well
  • Roll pie crust from the middle outward lifting up (not pressing down hard)
  • Don’t over roll the crust
  • Roll the crust to about 2 inches larger than the diameter of your pan

But let’s get down to the good stuff… the recipe. We adapted a recipe from Paula Deen for the filling. We cut back the sugar, added a few spices, and swapped low fat cream cheese for full fat cream cheese. We thought the filling came out PERFECT!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

Directions for Pumpkin Pie Filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer.
  2. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined.
  3. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined.
  4. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined.
  5. Finally, add the vanilla and spices and beat until incorporated.

For the crust we followed Martha Stewart’s recipe and it came it just great! This crust is made with just butter no shortening, and the key is to use very cold butter!

Ingredients for Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ice water, adding increments of 1/2 tbsp ice water if needed

Directions for Pie Crust:

  1. Pulse flour, salt, and sugar several times in a food processor to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if needed, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time). Do not overprocess, this is key!
  3. Turn dough out onto a work surface; form dough into a 3/4-inch-thick disk. Wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. Before baking, unwrap dough and place the dough on a large well floured wooden surface. Roll dough to a 14-inch round (for a 9 inch pie plate). Then carefully lift the dough (it helps to have someone to push the plate under the dough as you lift) and place in the pie pan. Trim the excess edges and use a fork or your fingers to pinch the crust.

Assemble & Bake the Pie:

  1. To make the pie preheat the oven to 425 degrees Farenheit. Pour pie filling into the prepared crust above.
  2. Bake pie for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Then drop the temperature to 350 degrees Farenheit and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. We ended up baking for 44 additional minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 2 hours. If you want to speed up the cooling process place a warm pie over a container of ice or refrigerate once it cools a little.

This pie was so delicious! It was great for Christmas dinner, but honestly would make for the perfect treat at any gathering, or even just a special dinner at home!

Gluten Free Brownies

Image from Comfy Belly

Today we’ve got a recipe for delicious, cakey gluten-free brownies adapted from the book Gluten Free Baking Classics! These are so tasty nobody will even notice they don’t contain any wheat. We whipped up a batch of these for a joint birthday party this past weekend (but forgot to snap pictures), and they were a hit. These are great for birthday parties, pot lucks, or the holidays. You can add mix-ins according to your preferences. Chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or caramel sauce make nice additions! Oh and did we mention we seriously cut the sugar on these too by using stevia in place of sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 ozs. unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 ozs. semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup stevia in the raw
  • 2 tsps. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, or chocolate chips, or dried fruit, or a combination.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Farenheit, 350 if you are at altitude. Position rack in lower-middle oven, and grease an 8-inch square pan.
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum in a bowl, then set aside.
  3. Over low heat, melt chocolate and butter in a heavy sauce pan. Once melted, remove the pan from heat and whisk in stevia and vanilla.
  4. Whisk in eggs, one at a time until mixture becomes smooth and glossy.Add the flour mixture and whisk until incorporated. If you are adding nuts or chocolate chips add them and stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter into prepared 8-inch square pan and place in the oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely, then cut & serve!

What is your favorite brownie recipe? And do you like dense or cakey brownies? We can’t make up our minds.

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Don’t Forget Your Pets This Holiday Season: DIY Pet Treats & Sweets

Birthdays and holidays usually revolve around people. But our canine and feline friends are also an important and special part of our lives and memories. So while your making plans, buying gifts, and baking goodies this holiday season don’t forget to share the love with your pet! Today we’ve got a few recipes for our favorite dog and cat treats that you can bake with love & simple ingredients at home. Enjoy, we know your pets will!

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats – this recipe from All Recipes is a delicious way to let your pet enjoy the flavors of the season. And what dog doesn’t love peanut butter?

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats from All Recipes

Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits – the perfect blend of sweet and savory! This tasty (for dogs that is) recipe comes from Martha Steward and is sure to have your pooch begging for more.

Apple Cheddar Dog Biscuits from Martha Stewart

Chewy Cat Treats – This beautifully written post and recipe comes from the delightful blog Joy The Baker. She whipped up a batch of these special treats to celebrate 2 years with her adorable feline friend. Check out the recipe if there is a special cat in your life!

Chewy Cat Treats from Joy The Baker

Have you ever thrown a “party” or whipped up something special for the family pet? Do you include them in holiday celebrations? If you try out a recipe let us know what your pet thinks!

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Our Favorite Cookie In A Jar Recipes

Cookies are amazing any time of the year, but fresh baked cookies at Christmas time takes amazing to an all new level. If you are looking for great cookie recipes to bake up for a party or searching for a great gift idea we think you’ll love these recipes we have collected from around the web. Some of the recipes even accommodate special dietary needs (vegan & gluten free).

Cranberry Hootycreeks from All Recipes

Cranberry Hootycreeks – Recipe from All Recipes.

These cookies look great in the jar and taste delightful. You could even change out the cranberries, chocolate chips, and nuts to suit your personal tastes. Dried currants, walnuts, & white chocolate chips could be a lovely combination! This recipe would make a great gift for a neighbor, coworker, or as a hostess/host gift if you are visiting family or friends over the holidays.

Julia’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from All Recipes.

Chocolate chip cookies rank at the top of most people’s favorite cookie lists. Simple, chocolatey goodness. This recipe is very delicious and again provides opportunity for experimentation (different kinds of chocolate chips, or swapping chocolate chips for M&M’s etc..). If you aren’t sure what cookies your friend would want, chocolate chip is a safe bet.

Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe from Oh She Glows

This recipe promises thin, crisp, and chewy chocolate chip cookies that even those on the most restricted diets can enjoy. But don’t get us wrong, these cookies aren’t really a compromise. They are kind of amazing. Angela’s recipe uses a mix of almond & oat flour to create this crowd pleasing cookie. Scroll to the bottom of her post to see the recipe!

Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies From Oh She Glows

Gingerbread Men Cookie Mix In A Jar – Recipe from Food For My Family

These gingerbread men are tasty and adorable. We love the idea of attaching cookie cutters to the jar to really complete the gift! We love this recipe for a holiday staple! Shaina even included free printables—holiday gifting can’t get much easier!

Gingerbread Men In A Jar Recipe from Food For My Family

Have you ever given cookies in a jar before? What are your favorite recipes?

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Election Day Treats!

Happy Election Day everybody! This is just a reminder that no matter who you support, you should GET OUT & VOTE! Today we have a collection of three easy recipes you can whip up to share with friends and family as you watch the election results roll in! Enjoy!

Red, White, & Blue Rice Krispy Treats – This recipe and tutorial from Lil’ Luna is super simple and really adorable. You could apply the same technique to achieve any color combination for another party! All you need is food coloring, Rice Krispy Cereal, Marshmallows (you could substitute vegan ones), and Margarine or Butter.

Red, White & Blue Cookies – From All Recipes/Southern Living. These chewy cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! Whip up a batch today!

Red, White & Blue Pretzel Sticks – This recipe comes from Martha Stewart! A perfect combination of salty and sweet. You could do any color combination to fit your party’s decor!

Are you having an election watch party? Or is it your birthday today? Does that change how you celebrate?

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3 Recipes for Fall Get Togethers!

Halloween is almost here and we are well into Fall! The cool air, changing leaves, and flavors of the season are some of our favorite at Make A Birthday Wish. Today we’ve collected 3 recipes that would be great to serve at any Fall birthday party, tailgate, or family get together. They are super yummy and we promise, they will impress your guests!

Give traditional hummus a fall makeover with pumpkin! It gives the hummus a lovely orange color and a long list of healthy vitamins & minerals!

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Looking to mix up your traditional granola bar or cookie? Give these tasty treats from the blog My Baking Addiction a try! And yup, you guessed it, they have pumpkin in them!

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

If you are looking for the perfect desert for any fall gathering, look no further than this recipe for a decadent pumpkin roll!

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe from Pinch My Salt

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe & Image from Pinch My Sakt

We think these recipes are fantastic, and would complete any party menu! But we want to know what you think. Let us know if you try out any of these recipes! We’ve had great results!

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