Frozen Desserts for Summer

Hey there! We hope you had a fun week and if you are looking for a sweet way to cool off this summer or planning your next summer bash we’ve got three great frozen recipes for you! Making frozen desserts seems intimidating at first, but in reality it’s pretty simple and the results are stunning (and an unexpected surprise for guests). We love these recipes because not only will they help you cool off, they are all summer themed!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – the sweet and refreshing combination of mint and chocolate come together perfectly in these perfect little frozen treats from Random Sweetness. And the best part of this recipe: you only need 7 ingredients!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – Image & recipe by Random Sweetness

Frozen S’mores – Nothing says summer camping like s’mores! But we’d suggest enjoying this frozen version by Reading Confetti at home!

Frozen S’mores – Image & recipe by Reading Confetti

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert  – Strawberries and summer go hand in hand. If you love the perfect pairing of strawberries and cream give this delicious frozen dessert by The Recipe Critic a try!

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert – Image & recipe from The Recipe Critic

What are your favorite frozen summer treats?

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4th of July Party Resources: Part II

Hey there fellow party and craft enthusiasts! Last week we shared some great resources to get your Fourth of July plans off the ground, so this week we wanted to start talking menus… and more importantly simple and fun desserts! So check out these red, white, and blue recipes that will impress guests without much effort.

Simple Cheesecake Tart – This five ingredient recipe comes from It’s Overflowing! How pretty and how simple. Who doesn’t love fresh berries and mini tarts? Prefer organic or vegan cheesecake? That’s a simple swap at the grocery store for organic or vegan substitutes!

5 Ingredient Cheesecake Tart – Image & Recipe from It’s Overflowing.

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs – This recipe from The Frugal Girls is so simple, and the star marshmallows are just adorable! Spice it up (or should we say sweeten it up) by dipping your fruit in red, white and blue chocolate!

Image & recipe by The Frugal Girls.

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – How cute are these cookie pops? Cake pops are yesterday’s news, this year make some of these cookie pops using this recipe from The Decorated Cookie!

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – Image & recipe from the Decorated Cookie.

What is your favorite and simple recipe for the 4th?

3 Fresh Takes On Cake Batter Treats!

Who doesn’t ADORE cake batter flavored anything? It is such a happy, festive, colorful, and DELICIOUS combination! Perfect for any birthday celebration of course! This week we rounded up three new takes on cake batter flavored treats: homemade truffles, Oreos, and cinnamon rolls! Even if it’s not your birthday this weekend, we highly recommend you make up a batch of these sprinkle laden cinnamon rolls! They are awesome 🙂

Cake Batter Truffles – Truffles are so simple, but look amazing and really wow people. This recipe comes from The Novice Chef and takes little effort but some patience while these treats chill!

Cake Batter Truffles – Image & recipe from The Novice Chef

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Oreos meet cake batter, and love ensues! The cookies on these Oreos are definitely softer than the store-bought kind… so kind of like a cake batter whoopie pie. This recipe comes from The Teenage Taste!

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Image & recipe from The Teenage Taste.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – We have died and gone to cake batter heaven! How perfect would this be for a birthday breakfast (or even breakfast this weekend)? This amazing recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. And it wouldn’t be hard to become addicted to these cinnamon rolls!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – Image & recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

So which take on the cake batter treat was your favorite? We think you know ours (psst…. it’s the cinnamon buns)!

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2 Sweet Twists on Birthday Treats!

Hello there! We hope your Friday is off to a good start. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not test out one of these 2 fun and unusual recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are colorful and cheery takes on different snack foods, perfect for a party or celebration. Sure these treats are great for birthday parties, but don’t worry if your birthday isn’t this weekend… we won’t tell anyone!

Birthday Cake S’moreos – Who doesn’t love s’mores? And who can pass up an oreo? With this recipe from The Domestic Rebel you don’t have to choose! We think these s’moreos look fantastic dipped in white chocolate, but any colored chocolate would work well!

Birthday Cake S’moreos – Image & Recipe from The Domestic Diva

Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Yup we said egg rolls! This creative recipe hails from the blog I Wash You Dry and is such a fun sweet take on a savory snack! These adorable little Cake Egg Rolls are covered in cinnamon-sugar for a sweet decadent treat.

Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Image & recipe by I Wash You Dry

 

Enhanced by ZemantaWhich is your favorite Birthday Cake spinoff? We are kind of partial to the egg rolls!

3 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas

Oh sweet, sweet birthday cake! Are you looking for some fresh ideas to try at the next party? Maybe one of these three cake ideas will get your creative baking juices flowing. They are all gorgeous and tasty! Enjoy 🙂

Banana Split Birthday Cake – this decadent cake comes from alanabread, and don’t worry the “ice cream” won’t melt… they are actually butter cream balls! This is definitely a cake worthy of a special birthday. Her recipe even comes with a helpful step by step illustration of how to construct the cake!

Banana Split Birthday Cake – Recipe & Photo from alana bread.

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Doughnut Birthday Cake – How whimsical and simple? You can save time by using pre-made donuts, or if you are feeling adventurous why not make your own (here is a recipe we like). This birthday confection is perfect for the doughnut-lover in your life.

Doughnut Birthday Cake – Image & Recipe by Best Friends for Frosting.

Homemade Cake Batter Truffle Mini Cakes – Cake batter anything is amazing… and in truffle form cake batter may be even better. This arrangement of truffles is great for events where you don’t feel like cutting a traditional cake, and let’s guests control their portions. These sweet truffles would be great for a wedding or bridal shower too!

Cake Batter Truffle Mini Birthday Cakes – image & recipe by Club Chica Circle.

Which is your favorite take on the traditional birthday cake?

3 Gluten Free Party Perfect Treats!

We know we said these recipes are perfect for parties, but honestly they are simple enough to whip up for an afternoon snack or weekend treat. These recipes are sweet twists on traditionally savory treats. So make any day feel like a party, and whip up one of these sweet treats that are great for sensitive tummies!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – This recipe from With Style & Grace promises to knock your socks off… and we don’t doubt it. Who doesn’t love the classic combination of nut butter with bananas? And if nut allergies cause you troubles, why not try a soy nut butter or  apple butter? Want another way to really amp it up? Drizzle  a little honey or agave on the inside for an extra decadent kick. You won’t regret it!

Gluten Free Almond Butter & Banana Quesadilla – Image & Recipe from With Style & Grace.

Gluten Free Brownie & Berries Pizza – This recipe from Betty Crocker is super easy to whip up since it uses a mix, but is sure to make you look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love cookie or brownie cakes? If you don’t want to use Betty Crocker GF Brownie Mix you could always swap it out for your favorite organic or natural brand… or use your favorite from scratch recipe. We also think you could swap out berries for a cherry pie type filling for a tasty alternative!

Gluten Free Brownie & Berry Pizza – Image & Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas  – Yum! We love pumpkin, even though Fall is passed. This simple recipe from Simply Gluten Free makes 12 tasty dessert empanadas 🙂 How adorable are these? It would be so easy to swap out the filling for warm apples, cherries, or even a sweet cinnamon & cream cheese filling!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Empanadas – Image & Recipe from Simply Gluten Free.

Hope you enjoyed these seriously fun, seriously delicious, and seriously gluten free treats! And even if you aren’t sensitive to gluten we still think these recipes are worth a try. Let us know your thoughts!

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Valentine’s Day Treats: 3 Valentine Themed Sweet Treats!

Earlier this week we shared three different tutorials and resources for making amazing Valentine’s Day crafts. Today we’ve got three recipes to share for some decadent and beautiful Valentine’s Day themed goodies. Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day S’mores Cookie Sticks – This simple and adorable recipe comes from Haniela’s food blog. Who doesn’t love s’mores? And can you imagine dipping them into a cup of homemade hot chocolate? Yum! Her recipe includes homemade graham cracker cookies, but if you don’t have the time for that you could always use store bought graham crackers. Check out this recipe and some of her others while your at it.

Valentine’s Day S’more Cookie Sticks – Image & Recipe by Haniela’s.

Ice Cream Heart Sandwiches – If warm treats aren’t your thing you could give these cute ice cream sandwiches by 36th Avenue a try! These sandwiches are ready in just minutes, so they are perfect if you’re crunched for time.

Ice Cream Heart Sandwiches – Image & Recipe by The 36th Avenue.

Heart Shaped S’more Pops – So if you aren’t into dipping your s’mores than maybe you’ll enjoy eating them on a stick? This recipe and beautiful treat comes from the blog In Between Laundry. It’s a pretty easy recipe to follow, especially if you used store bought graham crackers!

Heart Shaped S’more Pops – Image & Recipe by In Between Laundry.

Do you usually bake or make anything special on Valentine’s Day?

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!

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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5 Of Our Favorite Halloween Treats!

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are getting pretty excited! Today we wanted to share 5 of our favorite DIY Halloween Treats from around the web. Enjoy and get crafty!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags – This adorable (and hilarious) tutorial comes from Glory of Glorious Treats. She even includes free printables! Yay!

Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, & Ghost Poop Treat Bags from Glorious Treats

Vampire Bites – These adorable snacks come from OOMPY! Such a simple recipe with beautiful results!

Vampire Bites from OOMPY

Halloween Peeps In A Jar – Yummy marshmallows, graham crackers, M&M’s make a delicious Halloween S’more Bar! This cute and simple tutorial comes from Southern Vogue! These would make  great party favors!

Halloween Peeps In A Jar by Southern Vogue

Trix-or-Treat Goodie Bags – Super simple and super tasty. This tutorial comes from Stephanie of Somewhat Simple, includes FREE printables, and would make a great favor as well!

Trix-Or-Treats by Somewhat Simple

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits – These are seriously too cute. This great tutorial was created by Erin of Procrastination Station. Check it out!

Halloween Push-Up Pop Parfaits by Procrastination Station

What is your favorite part of Halloween? We love getting dressed up!

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