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Jeepers Creepers Oreo Pops!

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Scary Oreo popsThese scared little pretzel monster Oreo pops are not only adorable but a perfect salty and sweet combination!

Because I love desserts and I obviously blog about them all the time, my friends are often pointing out cute ideas they find online. That was the case with these cute little pretzel monsters. A friend found them in Family Fun Magazine and posted a picture on my Facebook wall. As soon as I saw them I knew they belonged on an Oreo pop!  Aren’t they so cute?!?

Monter Oreo PopsThey are also very easy, and a great make-ahead treat for fall parties!

Here’s how to create them for yourself: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 26-30 pops)

  • One box of Oreo Double Stuff cookies
  • 30 lollipop sticks
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s Candy Melts in black or purple (or both, if you want both colors!)
  • Small amounts of Wilton’s Candy Melts in other halloween colors (for the “eyes”)
  • Round sprinkles
  • 30 Flipz white chocolate covered pretzels

DIRECTIONS: (Need a visual for making Oreo pops?  Click here.)

  • Make pretzel monsters first by laying all 30 Flipz out on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Melt a small amount (maybe 1/3 cup) of any Candy Melt color for the eyes, and spoon into a small zip top bag.
  • Zip bag closed and clip a corner off.  Pipe color into top two holes of pretzel and gently set a sprinkle “iris” in place.
  • Repeat with other colors and allow eyes to harden completely.
  • For Oreo pops, carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies
  • Using one of the lollipop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the about 1/4 of the black or purple Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted candy, drizzle a little in the center of the cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
  • Place the top of the cookie back on and allow candy melts to harden (20 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside. (Freeze for 5-10 minutes to speed this process up)
  • Melt remaining black or purple Candy Melts in the same manner.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted Candy Melt, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Immediately place a pretzel monster on top and allow the Oreo to harden completely.

Alien Oreo Pops!

My thoughts: These are cute and yum yum yummy!  I like the cute little surprised looks on the pretzel monsters, and they taste GREAT! Wrap these up in cello bags with cute ribbons and you have a fun party treat to share!  Enjoy!  ~r

Jeepers Creepers Oreo Pops

A few other October treats here on Easybaked (click on photo to see recipe):

Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Peanut butter caramel Sundae- yum!Sweet Tart and Pixie Stix CakeHalloween Bundt Cake

Cheesehead Cupcakes!

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!!!These colorful Green Bay Packer CHEESEHEAD cupcakes are the perfect treat for game day!!!  Make them in YOUR team colors and start the season off with some fun!

Today is the day!!!!  NFL football season starts!!!!  Tonight it’s the Packers vs. Seattle (GO PACK GO!!!!!!!), and I had to add some cheese on these fun little cupcakes to make them just perfect!

Wait— what’s inside?  That’s what makes these so much fun!!!!!

Green Bay Packer Cupcakes!A little splash of team color hidden in the middle.  You can make these in any team colors you want- but if you make them for the Chicago Bears or the Detroit Lions you will need this tutorial here to make your cupcake toppers. 🙂

Here is how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • Green and gold food color gels (or your team colors)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (or any flavoring you’d like to add to your frosting)
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in yellow (if you want cheesehead toppers!!)  You will also need little triangle chocolate molds for these.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix as directed on box, and take about 1/4 of the batter and mix it with yellow food color gel.
  • Using a cake pop maker or a small mini muffin tin, make 24 small, baked balls of cake in yellow. (click here for pictures of how to make these cake balls)
  • Color remaining batter with green food color gel.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spoon a little bit of green batter into 24 cupcake liners placed in muffin tins.
  • Place one cake ball in each cavity in the center of the green batter.

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!

  • Carefully spoon more green batter over the top of each yellow cake ball, filling each cup only 2/3 to 3/4 full (be careful to not over-fill. That is easy to do when you are focused on covering up that cake ball!)
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and beating on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Divide frosting in half and color one half gold and the other half green. Place each color in a zip top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Pipe yellow icing on 1st followed by green and top with a bit of cheese!!!!!

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!!!To make little cheese head cupcake toppers:

Say Cheese!!!!

Yes, that is a tire pressure gauge…..

  • Melt yellow candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl, in the microwave, in 30-second increments, stirring in between.
  • Put candy melts into a sturdy zip top bag, clip a corner and pipe into triangle candy molds.
  • Tap on counter to remove bubbles, and place in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until completely hardened.
  • Turn mold upside down and tap on counter to remove chocolate.
  • Repeat this process.
  • Allow the triangle chocolates to return to room temperature, and use whatever you find handy to put “holes” in your cheese.  I used a (cleaned in hot soapy water) tire pressure gauge for mine.  Let’s hear it for problem solving in the kitchen!!!!!!

Green Bay Packer Cupcakes!

My thoughts:  These are just plain fun.  I recommend using a cake pop maker for the center circles.  It really does take less time and it makes the most adorably round little cake balls.  Plus you can make a Polka-Dot cake with it too!!!  I hope you get a chance to celebrate your team with these fun and colorful cupcakes!!!  IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!!!

 

Cheesehead Cupcakes!!!

Other fun cupcake recipes you might enjoy:

Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!Coconut Cupcakes!!!Brownie Oreo Cookie CupPile of Cupcakes!

Oreo Flower Pops!

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Oreo Flower Pops!These cheery little Oreo Pops are sure to brighten anyone’s day, and they are SO easy to put together!

I know…another Oreo Pop!!!  I can’t stop sharing them with you– they are just so fun!  I have another one in the works for a few weeks from now too!  I’m in love with these fun little treats!

If you’ve been a fan of Easybaked for any time at all, you have seen (and maybe tried!) lots of these little bits of happiness on a stick, but if you are new here, let me share with you a pdf that will help you make the perfect Oreo Pop:  How to make an Oreo Pop.

Flower Oreo Pop

Here (once again!) is the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • Two bags of Wilton’s candy melts in any colors you choose
  • M&Ms (I used the pastel kind- but any will work!)
  • Mini chewy Sweet Tarts (or any other small candy for the center of the flower)
  • 24 lollipop sticks

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies
  • Using one of the lollipop 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 Candy Melts, 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 Candy Melts to harden (10 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted Candy Melts, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess  to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Before the Candy Melts harden, place M&Ms and Sweet Tarts on top in a flower pattern.
  • Allow Oreo Pop to harden completely
  • Cover in a treat bag and tie with a ribbon
  • Enjoy!!

Flower Pot Oreo Pops

My thoughts: These are easy to make, beautiful to share, and yummy to eat!  Don’t they look cute in a bouquet?  Fall is almost here, celebrate the last bits of summer with these cheery little treats!  Enjoy! ~r

More fun recipes from easybaked:

Chocolate cut-out cookiesCookie Dough Whoopie Pies!Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake!!German Chocolate Pie

American Flag Oreo Pops

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American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!Put a little red white and blue on your Oreos and celebrate the Fourth of July!

These are an easy treat that will make you (and everyone else) smile.  Plus there’s an Oreo inside- perfect!

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again– I’m addicted to Oreo Pops.  Most of you know that I’m living in Arizona for eight months with the Navajo.  I love it here, and the Navajo people are incredibly gracious about sharing life with me and teaching me all about their culture and traditions.  I had a hard time a couple of weeks ago though.  A puppy that I recently took in became very ill and the vet diagnosed her with parvovirus, a deadly disease that can be prevented with puppy vaccinations.  Most people here cannot afford to vaccinate (or spay and neuter) their dogs, so this puppy and all of her litter mates had to be put down.

Oreo...

Oreo…

So. Incredibly. Sad.  My little puppy was named Oreo, for her adorable black and white Oreo markings.

One of my friends here suggested we sell things at a local flea market this week, and I decided to make 100 Oreo Pops in a variety of forms to make money to help spay and neuter Oreo’s parents, and to vaccinate other puppies in the area.

I made ALL SORTS of Oreo pops, and these were one of my “new” designs.  I love how patriotic they are!

American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!!So, in honor of this wonderful, beautiful country that we all call home….Oreo Pops- in Red, White and Blue!!!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • One bag of Wilton’s candy melts in Red
  • One bag of Wilton’s candy melts in Blue
  • One jar of flower sprinkles (the white ones look like stars…?) 
  • 24 lollipop sticks

DIRECTIONS: (Need a visual?  Click here.)

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies
  • Using one of the lollipop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the Red Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted red 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 red chocolate to harden (10 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted red chocolate, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess red chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper to harden and cool completely
  • Melt Blue candy melts in the same manner that you melted the red.
  • Allow the candy melts to cool just a bit before dipping (so that it doesn’t melt the red candy underneath).
  • Spoon a bit of blue chocolate over just the top end of the Oreo.  Tap to drain away excess blue chocolate and wipe back across a clean paper towel to remove any drips or splatter of blue.
  • Place on a clean piece of parchment paper to cool, and immediately place a few white “stars” on the blue.
  • Allow pop to harden completely.
  • Remove from paper and serve- or place in a small treat bag, tied with pretty ribbon.
  • Enjoy!

American Flag Oreo Pops!!!!My thoughts:  These are easy and fun to put together, and just so CUTE!  Happy Fourth of July!!!!!  ~r

Other fun (and very patriotic!) desserts to try here at Easybaked:

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!Patriotic Bundt Cake!!!!Patriotic Polka Dot Cake!!!!Chocolate covered brownie stars

 

Easter Egg Cups!

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 Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!These rich chocolate cookie cups are dipped in chocolate and filled with a rich cream “egg”.  A perfect Easter treat!!!

Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!!!

Do you love Cadbury Eggs?  I’m addicted.  That’s why I decided that there simply must be a chocolate cookie cup filled with Cadbury-like cream.  I used my favorite recipe for chocolate cut-out cookies and they baked just beautifully into firm little cups.  I dipped the tops in melted chocolate and piped yummy cream filling inside.  Fun and delicious!

Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!!!

Here’s the recipe: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie Cup:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s dark chocolate candy melts.

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup light Karo syrup
  • 12 tablespoons of butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of water (for consistency)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Divide dough into 24 balls of equal size, and place each one in a muffin cup.
  • Press an indentation into each ball using a tart shaping tool (or the end of a wooden spoon)
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Press Tart shaping tool into center again, to reshape cups.
  • Allow the cups to cool for about 5 minutes in pan, then run a small paring knife around edge to pop cup out of pan.
  • Cool completely on counter.
  • Melt Wilton’s candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.  Dip tops of cups into melted chocolate and allow them to harden completely.

Making cookie cupsDipping tops of cookie cups in chocolate

  • Make filling by adding all of the filling ingredients together except for the water and sugar.
  • Beat these on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Add sugar and beat on high until creamy
  • Add water until it is a nice spreadable, but not runny, consistency.
  • Beat until very smooth.
  • Take about 1/4 out and color with yellow food color gel.
  • Pipe white filling into cups 1st and then add a fun yellow “yolk” on top.
  • Enjoy!!

Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!!!My thoughts:  These are so0000  yummy.  If you want to save time, skip the chocolate dip on the edges.  This cookie recipe is just so tasty- and so versatile.  I’ve used it for so many things now.  Your family will gobble these up (once you convince the kids they aren’t really eggs!)  I hope you enjoy them! ~r

Other fun spring recipe ideas:

Strawberry Cookies with Sweet Tart FrostingChocolate cut-out cookiesStrawberry Lemonade Birthday CakeBubble Gum Cupcakes!

 

 

Jelly Bean Cookies

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Jelly Bean Cookies!!!!These cookies deliver a big Easter surprise~ jelly beans in the middle!  Pretty on the outside and sweet surprises on the inside?  These are a must-try Easter treat!

These really are just the cutest thing…but fair warning: I brought these to church and overheard the following conversation between an 8 year old and a 6 year old:

“There’s jelly beans in the middle!”
“And the cookie tastes like Play-Doh!!”
“I want another one!”

So…maybe this is a bigger hit with the under 12 set…?

I thought they tasted ok.  The cookies are very dense and full of white chocolate, but colored like Play-Doh…I can see the connection.  I really don’t like jelly beans either…so I wasn’t a very objective taste-tester.  But they are super cute…

Jelly Bean5In any case, if you are up for an adventure and you have lots of kids to entertain with something new….here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 36 cookies)

  • One bag of Nestle white chocolate morsels.
  • One can (14oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • Food coloring gels
  • One bag of large jelly beans (I used Brach’s Classic Jelly Bird Eggs)
  • One bag of Wilton’s white chocolate candy melts
  • Sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

  • Carefully melt Nestle morsels in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, mixing until well combined.
  • Add flour and mix, eventually using clean hands to knead dough into a ball.
  • Divide dough into parts and knead in food color gels until you get the colors you want.
  • *Note* This dough is very oily, because of all that white chocolate.  This is ok.  Just keep a paper towel handy to wipe your hands on during this process.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball.  Then press it flat, lay two jelly beans on it and pull dough up around the jelly beans to cover them.  Pinch cracks and seams closed and then roll into a ball again to make it smooth.

Making jelly bean cookiesMaking Jelly Bean cookiesMaking Jelly Bean CookiesMaking Jelly Bean Cookies

  • Place on a cookie sheet that has been covered in parchment paper.  These don’t spread, so you can place cookies very close together.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and slide parchment paper (cookies and all!) off the sheet and onto a counter to cool.  There will be oil from the white chocolate on the paper- this is ok.
  • After cookies have cooled completely, melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Lay a fresh sheet of parchment paper on the counter, and get a clean paper towel.
  • If needed, dab the bottom of each cookie on the paper towel to remove any excess oils. Then, dip the top of the cookie into the candy melts, set on the clean parchment paper and sprinkle with decorations before the chocolate hardens.
  • Enjoy!!!

Jelly Bean Cookies!!!!

My thoughts:  I’m not sure what to say about these…I asked for honest opinions from the adults that tried them and they all said they loved them.  Then I caught one person chucking his out the back door….so much for honesty…!  If you like jelly beans (and apparently Play-Doh…) you should give these a try.  They are a little time consuming, but not difficult at all.  Who knows?  It might be a new family Easter favorite?  Or maybe just a good laugh…?  Enjoy!!!! ~r

Jelly Bean Cookies!!!

Other Easter treats I would wholeheartedly recommend:

Coconut Cupcakes!!Easy Easter cut out cookiesChocolate Easter Eggs with Peanut Butter FillingRaspberry Lemonade Truffles

Hamburger Cookies!

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Hamburger Cookie!These cute little burgers are a fun April Fools treat.  They look like a little burger, but they taste like a yummy peppermint cookie!

I’ve been making these since I was a little girl.  They are so easy to put together and so fun to share with people!  Both kids and adults will smile when they see these on the table or tucked into a lunch box!

Hamburger Cookies!!Want to know how to make these cute little treats?  Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of Nilla Wafers
  • 1 bag of York Peppermint Patties
  • 1/3 cup each of red, green and yellow Wilton’s candy melts.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
  • Unwrap all of your peppermint patties. (Usually there are 24-26 of them per bag)
  • Count out twice that many Nilla Wafers (choose the pretty and unbroken ones!)
  • Place half of the Nilla Wafers, flat side up, on a cookie sheet.
  • Set one peppermint patty on each Nilla wafer.
  • Carefully place the cookie sheet in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, just long enough to melt the chocolate coating on the peppermint patty. (This will melt the bottom of the peppermint to the Nilla wafer).
  • In 3 small bowls, melt the Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Place each of the 3 melted colors in separate zip-top bags.
  • Clip one corner and drizzle one color across tops of each peppermint.  Repeat this with other two colors.

Hamburger Cookies!!!

  • Gently press a Nilla wafer, flat side down, on top of the drizzled candy melts. Press to gently squeeze the “ketchup, lettuce and cheese” colors out at the edge of the cookie “bun”.
  • Allow cookies to harden completely.

I like to serve them with those little mini potato sticks.  I wanted to take some pictures with some, but I couldn’t find any at the grocery store here.  Trust me, the salty and sweet is a yummy combination.

Hamburger Cookies!!!!My thoughts:  My mom was downright mischievous on April Fools Day.  I had green milk and no meat on my sandwich and holes poked in my apple.  This is a fun “eating hamburgers for dessert” prank that will make your family smile.  Plus they are SO yummy!  Enjoy!!! ~r

Other fun treats you might like:

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!Toxic Slime-filled Cupcakes!Ladybug Oreo Pops!Pile of Cupcakes!

 

Frog Prince Oreos

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Frog Oreos!!

These adorable edible frogs are made with Oreo cookies and pretzels- cute and soooo yummy!

“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince…..!”

Someone posted a picture of frogs made with Oreos on Facebook last week and I came across it just after spending time on the phone with a friend who’s just been “dumped” by her boyfriend.  When I saw the picture I immediately thought of all the “frogs” I’ve dated and knew I had to make us some frogs for Valentine’s Day!

I’ve only occasionally been in love on Valentine’s Day, and usually I watch horror movies with my other single friends to celebrate the day. Can you relate?  If so, these frogs are for you!!

Frog Oreos!

I am 2 1/2 hours from a Hobby Lobby.  It is (as far as I know) the only place I can get candy melts and other fun decorative things for food blogging.  When I packed up my car to move here for 8 months I remember packing the candy eyes.  I can see myself thinking, “Well, I’m sure the Navajo will not have a store that sells candy eyes…I better bring those!”

I didn’t bring them.  Or I lost them….?

So today I found myself standing in the kitchen with every ingredient I needed for these…except eyes.

I melted white and black candy melts and piped little eyes.  Don’t do that.  Go and buy the Candy Eyes.  They are super cheap and really cute.  My eyes are a little crazy looking….but then again, they remind me a little of some guys I’ve dated, so I guess it all worked out in the long run for me.

Frog Oreos!!

Ready for this recipe?  Here you go! (Printable Recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Oreo cookies
  • One bag of small pretzels
  • Two bags of Wilton candy melts in green
  •  Candy Eyes
  • Mini M&Ms (you’ll only need the red, so you can eat the rest!!)
  • Green jimmies (for the warts!)
  • Candy hearts (I piped mine with red candy melts, but I’d have used candy hearts if I’d had them!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt the green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Spread a sheet of parchment paper over the counter you will be working on.
  • Dip Oreos, one at a time, in the green candy melts, spooning the candy over the top and sides and then lifting with a fork and tapping excess away.  
  • Gently slide the covered Oreo against the edge of the bowl to remove excess candy melt from the bottom, and then slide off fork on to parchment paper.
  • Place two eyes on the top, an M&M in the front for a tongue, sprinkle with jimmies and place a heart candy on top.
  • Allow Oreos to completely harden.
  • Reheat candy melts if needed (they might harden up while the Oreos cool).
  • Dip pretzels into candy melts, using the same technique as the Oreos.  
  • Place two pretzels bottom to bottom on a clean sheet of parchment paper and while they are still melted, set a decorated Oreo on top and allow this to harden together.

My thoughts:  If you’ve never dipped things in chocolate or candy melts before, it will take you a little while to get the technique down.  The biggest tip I have is to tap off as much as you can before you set it on the parchment paper.  If you leave too much of the candy melts on the Oreo or pretzel it will drain off into a big puddle around it when you set it on the parchment paper.  It is also nice to have a clean set of tweezers handy to place the eyes and M&M with.  I had so much fun decorating mine…I think they got more cross-eyed and dumb looking the longer I thought about some of the guys my friends and I have dated.  I actually laughed out loud a few times.  I’m easily entertained!! 🙂

Frog6

If you are celebrating the holiday because you have found your prince, here are some ideas for YOU 😉

Raspberry Confetti KissesRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Baileys Irish Cream CupcakesRed velvet cookies with cream cheese icing!!

Candy EyesEditorial note:  I stopped at the local grocery to get milk today and wandered through the baking aisle.  They have candy eyes! I underestimated the Navajo Nation.  All of my new friends here are asking where to get the supplies to make these. Lavina and Kathy: they have candy eyes at Basha’s 🙂  Yay for us!!!

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle!!
This thick and crunchy peanut brittle just melts in your mouth, and it’s one of our family’s favorite Christmas treats!

This is the best peanut brittle I’ve ever had.  My wonderful Aunt Beth has brought it to our family Christmas celebrations since I was just a tiny girl.  I remember being SO full after dinner and no matter how full I got,  I always had to have a piece of Aunt Beth’s peanut brittle.  I have vivid memories of opening presents one-handed because I had peanut brittle in the other hand.  It is THAT GOOD.

Aunt Beth

Aunt Beth and Uncle Keith

I think what makes it perfect is that it isn’t really hard to bite into or a “teeth-stuck-together” kind of candy.  It just kind of melts in your mouth…and oh my….

I’d never made it, because there has always been this aura of “impossibly difficult recipe” surrounding it.  First of all, you need a candy thermometer and I think that discourages many a would-be peanut brittle maker.  Second, it takes some stirring time over a hot stove.  This isn’t a quick recipe- but it is so sooooooo worth it!

Aunt Beth issued two warnings to me when I embarked on the mission to try her recipe:

1.  Once you add the peanuts you have to stir constantly or the brittle will burn.

2. Be incredibly careful handling the pans and especially the candy, as it is SO hot and sticky and you could easily burn yourself.  Use caution stirring and pouring.

I put on safety glasses and got out a big pan…..

RuthanneIt wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be.  It was actually really fun, and it turned out GREAT!

Ready for the recipe?  Here you go:  (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Light Karo Corn Syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 lb. raw peanuts (be sure to use raw- I found mine in the produce section of my grocery)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (plus enough to coat a large jelly roll pan)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons baking soda

DIRECTIONS:

  • Liberally butter a large jellyroll pan (this is just a cookie sheet with sides- the bigger, the better!) and set it on a towel or potholders (it will get very hot when you pour the brittle in).
  • In a large saucepan (I used a dutch oven pan) place water, Karo syrup and sugar.
  • Place a candy thermometer in the pan (I clipped mine to the side)
  • Heat on high and boil until soft ball stage (238F degrees), stirring occasionally.
  • While this is boiling, measure out the remaining ingredients and have them ready to add.
  • At 238F degrees, add the peanuts, salt and butter and carefully STIR continually until mixture reaches brittle stage (310F degrees).  This took me about 15-20 minutes.

How-to-make peanut brittleHow-to-make peanut brittle

  • Add baking soda and stir until it disappears.  The mixture will foam up and double in size (that’s why you need a big pan!). Give it  few seconds to get nice and foamy.
  • CAREFULLY, using oven mitts, pour mixture onto your buttered jelly roll pan.  Do not spread it out, just let it spread it out on its own.  Allow brittle to cool for several hours (don’t rush this part– it is worth the wait!)

How-to-make peanut brittleHow-to-make peanut brittle

  • Once it is completely cool, break it up into chunks and enjoy!!!!!!

Peanut Brittle!!
My thoughts: This isn’t a difficult recipe- it is just hot and time consuming.  Now that I’ve made it, I will make it again though- it is SO worth the effort!  I know there are much simpler recipes (even ones in the microwave!) for peanut brittle, and I’m all about simple.  But this is an exception to the rule of keeping things simple.  I really think you will love it!  Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe Aunt Beth!  Love you!  ~R

Peanut Brittle
Other Christmas recipe ideas:

Snowman Oreo PopsChocolate Pecan TartChocolate Bon-bonsPeanut butter cup cheesecake

Creepy Broken Glass Cupcakes!

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Broken glass Cupcakes!!!
These delicious Red Velvet cupcakes with smooth cream cheese icing are topped with all the makings of a horror movie (or, according to my friend Ricky, a Stephen King novel!).  These are just in time for your creepy October festivities!!

[and if you aren’t a fan of the decorations, they are an amazing cupcake all by themselves!]

Ok.  These were really fun to make.  I’d seen SO many examples of these online– this is not an original idea.  However, I made it my goal to create these in the easiest possible way, with the fewest steps and NO candy thermometers!  Not original, but EASY!!!

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Note:  I did a cake mix fix by swapping out the water and oil for milk and butter and adding one extra egg.  It was SO good!  (Thanks for the idea Rex!) Heavy and moist cupcakes with exceptional flavor.  I highly recommend it, but you can certainly make the mix as directed for these cupcakes.

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

The cupcakes:

  • One boxed Red Velvet cake mix
  • Milk (in the same amount as the water required by the mix)
  • Eggs (in the same amount as required by the mix PLUS one extra egg)
  • Butter (twice the amount of oil required by mix- for example if the box calls for 1/2 cup of oil you would use 1 cup of butter).  Measure and then melt before adding to mix.

The icing:

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (melted)

The glass candy:

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring (I used raspberry)

The edible blood:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring (I used raspberry)

DIRECTIONS:

I recommend making the decorations 1st (the glass and “blood”) and keeping them until just before your party to decorate with.  They will both keep for several days, so you can make them ahead of time.

Candy Glass:

  • Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and spray the wax paper liberally with non-stick spray.
  • Place granulated sugar and corn syrup into a microwave safe bowl and mix them together.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from Microwave and CAREFULLY remove plastic  wrap (beware of hot steam!)
  • Stir well and re-cover with fresh plastic wrap.
  • Microwave on high for another 3 minutes, but watch mixture after about 2 minutes. Because microwaves vary, you need to watch it to make sure it doesn’t start to turn color.  If you cook it too long it will be an amber color instead of the nice clear glass you want.  My microwave was perfect at 2 and 1/2 minutes.
  • CAREFULLY remove from microwave and CAREFULLY remove plastic wrap.
  • This is soooo hot and sticky– using caution to not touch any of the hot candy, pour it out over the greased wax paper and allow it to sit and harden completely (at least a couple of hours)

Candy Glass How-To Pics

  • When candy glass is hard, tap a knife tip into glass to break it into sharp pieces.  
  • Carefully (the pieces are actually sharp!) push pieces up off of wax paper and onto a plate.
  • Candy glass can be kept in a zip top bag or an air tight container for about a week. Moisture (including the moisture from the frosting on the cupcakes) will eventually start to break the glass down.

Candy Glass How-To

Edible Blood:

  • Place sweetened condensed milk into a small bowl and mix in red food color gel and flavoring until you get a brilliant red color.  Add a TINY bit of black (use a toothpick- black goes a long way!).
  • Mix and adjust until you get a nice dark red color.
  • Spoon “blood” into a zip-top bag and seal TIGHTLY.  Keep refrigerated until use.

Edible Blood!Cupcakes:

  • Make cake mix according to box (swapping in cake mix “fix” ingredients if desired)
  • Divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake at 350F degrees according to times on box.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely.

Frosting:

  • On medium speed, beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until smooth.
  • Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low until completely combined.
  • Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcakes.

Decorating:

  • Put parchment paper on a counter to protect it from all that red food coloring. 
  • [or- use a large platter or tray that you will serve the cupcakes on- blood splatter and all!]
  • Place frosted cupcakes on protected surface and press 2 to3 pieces of glass into the top of each.
  • Clip the corner on the bag of edible blood and drizzle over the top of the glass and the cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides of both.
  • Serve the same day after decorating.
  • Use care transporting and serve with plates and forks, or you will all have red fingers!!

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My thoughts: These are such yummy cupcakes all by themselves.  But the decorating was SO much fun!  My friend Amber helped and we both were a little in awe of how realistic they looked…and how yummy they tasted!  I wasn’t sure how the sweetened condensed milk would taste on the cupcakes, but I added a little raspberry flavor and oh my…so good!

Setting up for photos was fun too…splattering fake blood everywhere and letting it drip off my cupcake stand was interesting…not my typical cupcake photo shoot!

I really hope you get a chance to try these– even if you just go for the yummy cupcake recipe minus the drama!

I will leave you with a little insiders look at my picture-taking experience:

Broken glass cupcakes-- food photography at its finest....lol!

So fun!!!

Here are some other fun “creepy” October recipes to try:

Mummy Oreo Pops!Spider Cupcakes!MISfortune cookies with caramel apple cupcakesHalloween Bundt Cake

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