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An Instagram Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!!

I hope each of you has a wonderful day today!

Our family celebrated this past weekend.  When I am asked how I came to be such a dessert loving girl, I place the blame squarely on my family.  When we get together to celebrate anything we joke that we have more desserts than people present at the table.  This year I kept a photographic  record of the sugar feast and present it here for your visual enjoyment.  My little gift to you.

All photos were taken with my iphone using Instagram- just to add a twist.  Amazing what you can do with a phone these days….!

Enjoy~  and a very Merry Christmas to you all!!  ~r

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Gingerbread men

Gingerbread men

Gingerbread Fudge

Gingerbread Fudge

Marshmallow Fudge

Marshmallow Fudge

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska

Chocolate Peeps Pops

Chocolate Peeps Pops

Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream

Gingerbread cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream

Cherry Cordial Cookies

Cherry Cordial Cookies

Peppermint Christmas Cake

Peppermint Christmas Cake

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Sugar cookie cut-outs

Sugar cookie cut-outs

Pumpkin and Gingerbread/Maple Rolls

Pumpkin and Gingerbread/Maple Rolls

Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Popcorn

Table full of goodies!! YUM!

Table full of goodies!! YUM!

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Gingerbread Cake Roll with Maple Cream Filling

Gingerbread Cake Roll A moist gingerbread cake rolled around sweet maple cream filling– a perfect Christmas treat!

Over a year ago I made gingerbread cookies with a maple cream filling for Halloween.  I’ve had so many requests for those cookies that I decided to use those flavors again in a cake form.  If you’re turning your nose up at the ginger/ maple flavor combination you simply MUST try one of these two recipes.  The flavors together are wonderful!  Cake rolls are really very easy to make. If you’ve never made one click here to get some photos of my technique with a pumpkin cake roll.

INGREDIENTS:

Roll:

  • 1 1/4c. flour
  • 1 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • 1 T. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. molasses

Filling:

  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. butter (melted)
  • 1 t. maple flavoring
  • 1/2c. white chocolate chips (melted)
  • 1-2 T. water to get spreadable consistency.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan with waxed paper and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  •  Blend together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Beat together egg and warm water in a large bowl, then whisk in white sugar, and molasses.
  • Fold in the blended dry ingredients until smooth, then pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (until the cake springs back to the touch).
  • Remove from oven and immediately -with wax paper on- roll gingerbread cake up from short end of pan to short end of pan (you will probably burn your fingers a little- I usually do!) Roll this up in a clean towel to hold it tightly together.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • While roll is chilling, make filling:
  • Add powdered sugar, melted butter, melted chips and maple flavoring together and blend.
  • Add a little bit of water to make filling into a spreadable consistency.
  • After one hour, remove roll and unroll it carefully.
  • Spread filling over top of opened roll and then re-roll this up *removing the wax paper as you roll*
  • Place this back in the refrigerator for about 4-6 hours minimum.
  • Drizzle with a little powdered sugar glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into slices to serve.

Gingerbread Cake RollMy thoughts:  YUM!!!  I can’t wait to make this again- its really fun to put together and to serve.  It’s such a unique and memorable dessert.  If you want something that will stand out on the dessert table this Christmas, this is it!  ENJOY!!!  ~r

Want to try this in cookie form?  I made these with Halloween Linzer cookie cutters, but they would be really fun with Christmas ones!  Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the recipe….enjoy!

Ginger Maple Cookies

Oreo Snowman Pops!

These cute little snowmen are easy to put together and make cute stocking stuffers or party favors!

What could be better than an Oreo cookie??  An Oreo cookie dipped in white chocolate and decorated as a fun hat-wearing snowman!

These are really fun.  If you’ve tried making Oreo pops already, these will be a breeze for you.  If this is your 1st time, you will want to refer to my original Oreo pop recipe to see pictures of these steps.  Click HERE to see the tutorial.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Double Stuff Oreos
  • 2 (12oz.) bags of Wilton White Candy Melts
  • 24 Lollipop sticks 
  • Small amounts of colored Wilton Candy Melts for eyes, nose and hats
  • 24 M&Ms in colors that match your hat colors.
  • Fun ribbons to tie on as scarves

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies.
  • Using one of the pop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted white chocolate, drizzle a little in the center of the white cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
  • Place the top of the cookie back on and allow white chocolate to harden (5 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted white chocolate, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper to harden.  
  • Melt small amounts (about 2 c. TOTAL) of Wilton candy melts in your hat colors.
  • Hold coated Oreo over bowl and gently spoon color over top edge of cookie at an angle to make a hat shape.  Use spoon to shape this.
  • Tap cookie over bowl and slide bottom edge against edge of bowl to remove excess.
  • Gently place an M&M on the cookie- against the melted candy melts and wait a few seconds for it to stick.
  • Set pop back on parchment paper to harden.
  • Use a toothpick to add eyes and a nose with Wilton candy melts in black and orange.  (If you want to color your white candy melts for these tiny bits of color you can use Wilton Icing Colors in them.)
  • Allow pops to harden completely and add a cute ribbon to the lollipop stick for a scarf.


You can put these into cute clear cello bags, tie them shut and give them as gifts or put them in a cute jar or basket as a Oreo Pop arrangement for your Holiday party!

The best part????  There’s an OREO inside!!

Enjoy these yummy winter treats!!!!!!

Click on the banner below to get more Holiday ideas and free printable gift tags:

DIY Caramel Corn and other great gift ideas from Easybaked!

I love making and getting creative edible gifts. I’m not talking just a plate of Christmas cookies here…I’m talking unique and different.  Take Caramel Corn, for example.  It is my grandmother’s favorite and I remember spending long evenings watching my parents try various caramel corn recipes in search of the perfect (yet not too messy!) one.  There was the giant brown sack method (where you shake the caramel in) and the cookie sheet one where you pour the caramel on and try to mix it on the sheet (my dog liked that method– lots of popcorn on the floor!)

A few years ago a friend handed me an adorable little Christmas package with mysterious items inside (all tied up with a cute tag and bow) and when I opened it I found ingredients for caramel corn.  All I needed was butter….. I promptly made it and YUM!!!  Quick, easy, delicious and SUCH a creative gift.  This post is dedicated to the recipes you can use this Christmas to make creative and memorable gifts for your friends and families.

CARAMEL CORN:

  • Place  1/2c. packed brown sugar in a small bag and zip or tie it tightly.
  • Place 8 large marshmallows in a small bag and zip or tie it tightly.
  • Place both of the above ingredients in a larger bag or gift box with one packet of microwave popcorn.


Close the bag or box with the following directions:

  • Pop corn in microwave according to package
  • Place brown sugar, marshmallows and 1/2 stick (4T) butter into a 2 qt. bowl
  • Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring well at 1 and 1/2 minutes.  Syrup should be smooth and bubbly.
  • Pour over popped corn and enjoy!

Click on the photo below to get free printable tags to use with this gift:

OREO POPS:

These fun chocolate-covered Oreos on a stick are great for any season.  I made them for the 1st time last spring for a baby shower.  Change up the sprinkles and tie some cute Christmas tags on and you have a great stocking stuffer- or even a holiday centerpiece bouquet!  All the how-to tips, including pictures are available if you just click HERE.  I also made up some free tags for you to tie on your pops~   Click on the picture below to get the free printable file:

HOT CHOCOLATE POPS:

I made these as gifts for SO many people last year.  I made extra for myself.  These are so easy and SO delicious~ everyone will LOVE them.  What are they?  Chocolate (in a variety of flavors and colors) hardened over a marshmallow on a stick.  You stir them into hot milk and make the most creamy, delicious hot chocolate ever.  The best part?  You can make them WAY ahead.  I made some in December and used them in March…still wonderful.  The recipe and directions can be found by clicking HERE.  If you want to print some free tags to tie on your pops click on the image below:

SPICED MOCHA MIX:

My cousin Eden made little jars of this wonderful mix for us several years ago at Christmas and I’ve used the recipe ever since.  It’s just wonderful, easy to make, keeps for months in a sealed bag or jar and makes a great gift.  Want the recipe and easy directions?  Click HERE.  Free printable tags?  Click on the picture below to get them: (I actually printed these on full-sheet labels, cut them apart and made stickers for my jars…just another idea…)

I hope that these ideas have inspired you to create your own fun and unique Christmas gifts!!!  Enjoy!  ~r

Want to try some other fun Christmas recipes by Easybaked?  Click on an image below to be taken to the recipe:

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes (with Halloween MISfortune cookies!)

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Caramel cupcakes dipped in gooey caramel cream and topped with tangy green apple frosting~ yum!  Add a caramel MISfortune cookie on top to celebrate Halloween with some laughs.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Duncan Hines Caramel cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • One bag (14 oz) Kraft Caramels
  • 1/2c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4c. butter or margarine
  • 1 stick (4oz) salted butter
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 t. clear vanilla flavoring
  • 1 packet of Crystal Light drink mix- Appletini flavor

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to box and divide into 24 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
  • Bake according to box. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • In a small saucepan, combine 16 unwrapped Caramels, 1/2c. sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 c. butter.
  • Melt (stirring constantly) until creamy and smooth.
  • Pour warm caramel into a small bowl.  Dip tops of cooled cupcakes into caramel to coat the top.  Stir caramel occasionally to keep it smooth.  (I had to spoon the remaining caramel onto the last few cucpcakes instead of dipping them)

  • Allow caramel to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by adding butters, powdered sugar, vanilla and Crystal Light drink mix together in a mixing bowl.  Beat together on low until combined and then beat on high until light and fluffy.  **note: the apple flavor in the drink mix is strong and tart– I LOVED it, but you might want to add it a little at a time and taste as you go to decide how strong a flavor you want.**
  • Pipe frosting over the caramel on each cupcake and enjoy!!!

To add fun little misfortune cookies on the top for Halloween party: 

  • Unwrap the rest of your Kraft Caramels and place about 15 in a large ziplock bag.  Microwave for about 15 seconds to soften them, remove them from the bag and knead them into a ball.
  • Place the ball back in the bag and using a rolling pin, roll the caramel out flat and thin.

  • Carefully remove the flattened caramel from the bag and use a round cookie or fondant cutter to cut circles out of the caramel.

  • Slide a funny misfortune in the center and fold into a fortune cookie shape (fold lightly in half and then pull the corners back and together).

Need ideas for MISfortunes?  Print a free PDF of my favorites here

  • Place each MISfortune cookie on a cupcake and enjoy!

To give credit where it is due: this GENIUS idea of using Kraft Caramels to make fortune cookies came from a wonderful book called  What’s New, Cupcake?  I was browsing the  cookbook aisle a few weeks ago and came across this book- it is AMAZING.  If you click on the title it will take you to Amazon and you can see pictures of some of the cupcakes other people have made using this book…..amazing creativity!

My thoughts:  These are such a unique cupcake– the tart green apple frosting is the perfect balance to the sweet caramel and the misfortune cookies just make everyone laugh. The frosting is a tart and strong green apple flavor- a little like Jolly Rancher candies.  You can add less drink mix to tone it down if you’d like- just add a little at a time and taste as you go.  I loved it exactly the way it turned out!

 I want to apologize ahead of time to my international fans.  I’m pretty sure you are going to have a hard time finding caramel cake mix and almost positive you won’t be able to get your hands on the Appletini drink mix.  A homemade caramel cake would work, and any powdered drink mix with a green apple flavor..?  As I said- my apologies!!!  

I hope you really enjoy surprising people with these unique cupcakes!!  ~r

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