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Maracas Oreo Pops!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these adorable maracas made with Oreos and candy sunflower seeds!

I love Mexico! I’ve been there on vacation, and I’ve been there many times to work alongside the people of a little town called Siete Ejidos in Sinaloa. I love the food, the beautiful people, the music, and the bright, fun colors that are everywhere! Seriously- why is it unacceptable to paint a house bright blue and orange in the States? (or at least in my neighborhood…)

These were such fun cookies to make because you can just go crazy with color and make any design you want! Use sprinkles or candy…I used chocolate covered sunflower seeds on mine, and I love how they turned out! They have that “bead” look you often see on maracas and other art in Mexico.

Here’s how we made these (printable recipe here)

(If you have never made Oreo Pops before, check out our tutorial here.)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-30 Oreo pops)

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s Candy Melts in white.
  • Wilton’s Candy Melts in a variety of colors (you’ll need at least 3 bags of them)
  • One box of Dots Candy

DIRECTIONS:

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Press a lollipop stick through a Dots candy until about 1 inch of the stick is out of the other side (see photo below).
  • Dip end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate, spread a little on the top of the white Oreo filling and then press the stick flat into the center of the filling.
  • Place top of Oreo on, and set on a cookie sheet. When all Oreos have sticks inserted, pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (until they are nice and firmly set).

  • Melt one color of Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Gently spoon color over bottom 1/4 of Oreo (see photos below).  I gently turned the stick so I could spoon color on the back too- then tap stick against side of bowl to drain excess. Set on parchment paper and allow this to harden up.
  • Melt second color of Candy Melts as above. Spoon color over the rest of the Oreo, tap stick against bowl to drain away excess, place on parchment paper, and gently place sunflower seeds in flower pattern in the center (or add sprinkles…or drizzle chocolate…). Allow this to harden.
  • Melt third color of Candy Melts and spoon over top 1/4. Tap stick against bowl to drain excess and set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Allow candy melts to harden completely, and then pipe line/dots on in any color (I used black).
  • ENJOY!

My thoughts: These are a delicious little way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Once they are hardened up, you can tie them into little individual cello bags and they will keep for weeks. I love make-ahead treats! 

Are you a recent arrival to the incredible fun of Oreo Pops?? They are one of our favorite things to make here on Easybaked- and we have them for every possible occasion! Here are a few to try: (click on photo to see recipe)

Or are you looking for great recipes for Cinco de Mayo?? We have those too! We love to celebrate this holiday here!!

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Baby Chick Oreo Pops

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These adorable baby chicks are made with Oreos- a perfect treat for Easter baskets!

Have you seen the chocolate covered sunflower seeds yet??? Oh my goodness. I saw them for the 1st time at Trader Joe’s, and I’ve been on the hunt for new colors ever since! My latest find was at JoAnn fabrics- right at the checkout!

I’ve been experimenting with them on a variety of Oreo pops (coming soon!) and these were a part of those experiments!

Aren’t they cute???

Here is how we made them: (printable recipe here)

(If you have never made Oreo Pops before, refer to our tutorial here.)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-30 Oreo Pops)

  • 1 package of Double Stuff Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s candy melts in yellow
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in dark chocolate
  • Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds in yellow and orange

DIRECTIONS:

(If you want to simplify these- don’t add a stick. Just dip the Oreos using a fork, and skip the following steps for inserting a stick!)

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Dip one end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate, spread a little on the top of the white Oreo filling and then press the stick flat into the center of the filling.
  • Place top of Oreo on, and set on a cookie sheet. When all Oreos have sticks inserted, pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (until they are nice and firmly set).
  • Melt yellow candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Have parchment paper spread on your countertop and have your sunflower seeds ready. 
  • Dip an Oreo into the yellow melts, spooning melts over top and sides. Tap on edge of bowl to get rid of excess and slide bottom of Oreo along edge of bowl to remove drips.
  • Place on parchment paper and while melts are still soft, gently place seeds in place (use photos as a guide). I used a clean tweezers to place these and adjust them. You can add a few flower sprinkles too, if you want! Allow these to harden.
  • Melt chocolate candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Use a toothpick, wooden skewer, or food-grade paintbrush to add little eyes.

  • Allow these to harden completely. 
  • Wrap these up in little cello bags tied with Easter ribbon for a fun treat! These will keep (sealed up) for several weeks.

My thoughts: These are as fun to make as they are cute! Placing all those little seeds can take some time- and it might take you a couple tries to get the hang of it. I was pretty speedy by the end! 🙂 Make these with our fun Flower Oreo pops– or even just dip some in fun pastel colors and add Easter sprinkles. You’ll have loads of fun treats to share! Hope you get a chance to try these! Enjoy! ~r

Other recipes to try at Easter (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Boston Cream Cookie Cups

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boston-cream-cookie-cupsThese adorable cookie cups are filled with white chocolate pudding, and topped with rich chocolate and buttercream.

A perfect mini-dessert!

Let’s hear it for Boston Cream Pie! I’m not sure why they call it pie when it is so obviously cake… but that aside, it is wonderful! I love little bite-size mini desserts, and I’ve wanted to create a Boston cream pie one for some time. These turned out exactly like I wanted them to. Beautiful, bite-sized, and delicious! 🙂

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Plus we use refrigerated cookie dough and instant pudding- so these are easy to make!

Here’s how we made these little guys (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 48 cookie cups)

  • One tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 box (3.3 oz.) of instant Jell-O brand white chocolate pudding (plus milk to make according to box)
  • 2 sticks of butter (divided)
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Red Sixlets candy or sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees and liberally spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Roll cookie dough into 48 small balls (about 1 heaping teaspoon in size)
  • Place balls into mini muffin cups and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Use a tart shaper or a wooden spoon to press centers of baked cookie into a cup.

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  • Cool just slightly and then run a small knife around edges to free cup from tin. Cool completely.
  • Make pudding according to box and place into a large zip-top bag. Clip a corner and pipe evenly into all 48 cups.
  • Melt 1 stick of butter and chocolate chips in a microwave in 30-second increments, stirring until smooth.
  • Spoon into a zip-top bag, clip a corner and pipe over top of pudding.

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  • Allow chocolate to harden.
  • Place stick of butter, powdered sugar and vanilla into a mixing bowl and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  • Spoon into a small zip-top bag that has been fitted with a decorating tip, and pipe a dollop of icing on top of each cookie cup.
  • Top with a Sixlet candy and ENJOY!!!

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My thoughts: These are so yummy. A little extra work to make them into little mini-desserts, but aren’t they cute??? I love the cookie flavor with the filling and chocolate- it adds a different taste than your usual Boston Cream Pie 🙂 One note: make these just a day or so before serving them, as the pudding tends to make the cookie cups a little soggy after sitting a few days. Hope you get a chance to try these! ~r

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Other fun mini-desserts here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Sweet Lime TartsMini Pineapple Upside Down cakeCookie Dough CupcakesTriple Chocolate Truffle Cups

 

 

Bailey’s Irish Cream Brownies

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baileys-brownies1These dense chocolate brownies are topped with a creamy Bailey’s filling and a layer of soft chocolate. Yum.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Time to break out the Bailey’s Irish Cream (or non-alcoholic equivalent!) and add it to everything chocolate for a special break-the-monotony-of-March treat!

Doesn’t St. Patrick’s Day come at a good time? Just when you are weary of all the grey winter weather along comes a holiday that adds some GREEN to your life! These are delicious little brownies with just a touch of Irish Cream. I don’t often add alcohol to recipes, but Irish cream really adds such a fun sweet flavor here. If you want to avoid the alcohol, use the non-alcoholic coffee creamer! I actually made half of my filling with it (to compare) and I honestly couldn’t tell the difference.

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Here is how we made these delicious little treats: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

Brownie:

  • 1cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk

Irish Cream Filling:

  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream, or 1/3 cup non-alcoholic Bailey’s coffee creamer

Fudge Topping:

  • 12oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 tablespoons butter (do not substitute margarine here!)

DIRECTIONS:

Brownie:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. 
  • Beat in eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  • Add flour and milk (alternating them and mixing well in between)
  • Spread evenly in greased jelly roll pan (12 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 1″).
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15 minutes or until done in center and just starting to pull away from sides.
  • Cool.  

Irish Cream Filling: 

  • Add melted butter and Bailey’s to powdered sugar.
  • Mix well, using water to bring it to a thick but spreadable consistency.
  • Spread across top of cooled brownies, covering them completely.

Fudge Topping:

  • Melt butter and chocolate together in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until completely melted and smooth.
  • Pour over the top of filling and spread to edges.
  • Sprinkle with jimmies before chocolate hardens (if desired)
  • Cool completely and cut into squares. 
  • Store in air-tight container with parchment or wax paper between layers. Also may be frozen if tightly sealed for up to a month. 
  • Enjoy!!!

irish cream brownies

My thoughts: These are my go-to-brownie recipe, so they always work beautifully, and this time was no exception. All I ever do is mix up the flavors in the filling, and this was a good one! I also love this recipe because it freezes so well. Nothing better than having a dessert already in the freezer ahead of time! (plus they are fabulous cold!!!) I hope you get a chance to try them- Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! ~r

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Other fun Irish treats for your holiday! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Grasshopper Mint CupcakesRainbow Oreo Pops!!!!Lime Soda Cupcakes!!!!Lucky Charm Truffles

 

Chocolate Covered Coconut Cut-out Cookies

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coconut-cookie-cut-outsCrunchy bits of toasted coconut make these cut-out cookies one of my favorite cookie recipes ever!

I love coconut! It reminds me of sunshine and beaches and (for some weird reason) Easter. Well, it isn’t Easter yet, but you can practice up so you are ready next month!

Story time!!!!! Last Christmas I made shortbread cookies with really cute little Christmas chocolates on top. The mold I used was made by Silikomart in Italy, and I got them on Amazon. I loved that they were a thin mold- so they added a cute bit of chocolate to a cookie without being too much chocolate. I looked for other varieties and found these ADORABLE winter animal ones. Cute little foxes, and hedgehogs?? I had to find them!

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I found them on Ebay and ordered them- but they sent me the wrong ones…from Italy… and then told me afterward that they were out of stock.

Sigh.

The only other place I found these was on a website out of Poland- that only ships to Poland. But I have friends in Poland, and long story short, I just got these in the mail with a fun note and a Polish chocolate bar.

I’m telling you this so that you won’t think it is easy to get this particular mold. Silikomart has a lot of other molds on Amazon (they call these chocolate tags)- so hopefully you can find one you like and make similar cookies to these. Of course, if you live in Poland…or Italy…. 🙂

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Here is how we made these: (printable recipe for the cookies here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 48 small cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of shredded sweetened coconut (or one cup of toasted, chopped coconut)
  • 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in dark chocolate
  • Edible shimmer dust (if desired)

DIRECTIONS:

Start by making your chocolate tags.

  • Set mold on a small cookie sheet so it is easy to move.
  • Melt candy melts in a bowl in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until smooth.
  • Spoon melts into a zip-top bag. Clip a corner and squeeze chocolate out and into mold. Tap on counter to flatten out into mold and remove bubbles Photo of this here.
  • Place in freezer for about 5-10 minutes and then pop out of mold onto clean and cool surface.
  • Repeat 2 more times (so you have 48 pieces)
  • Use a food-grade paint brush to add a little edible color and shimmer to these (if desired!)

Then toast your coconut.

  • While you are waiting for these to harden, preheat oven to 350F degrees and spread 2 cups of coconut out in a baking dish.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes and watching closely. Coconut toasts fast- so be careful not to burn it!
  • Cool coconut to room temperature and then place in a food chopper and chop it up fine. Set aside.

Finally, make your cookies.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and coconut flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients except coconut and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough.
  • Add coconut and knead it in.
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut into rectangles just a little bigger than the size of the molds you use on top and place on a parchment-paper covered baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes and slide off the cookie sheet (leaving on parchment paper) to cool.
  • While the cookies are still warm, set a chocolate on top and then let them cool completely. The entire chocolate will get soft. It won’t lose it’s shape, but if you touch it before it hardens back up you will make a mess 🙂 
  • Allow cookies and chocolate to cool completely (a couple of hours)
  • Enjoy!

Coconut cut-out cookies

My thoughts: I love coconut, I love coconut and chocolate together, and I think these are simply the cutest little chocolate molds ever! Please Silikomart— sell more things in the US!!! Your stuff is SO fun!!! 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try these yummy little cookies out- I think you will love them!!!!  ~r

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Plus, if you don’t want to bother with the molds, you can cut these cookies into any shape and just drizzle them with the candy melts! Less fuss…same amazing cookies. I totally did a few- just so you can see 🙂

Coconut cut-out cookies

Other favorite coconut recipes here: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Creamy Coconut CheesecakeCoconut Cupcakes!!Coconut Brownie CupsChocolate coconut cookies

Valentine’s Day Mug Topper Cookies!

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Mug Topper Cookies

These adorable little cookies hang on the edge of a cup of coffee, cocoa or milk. Handy for dipping, and a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Aren’t these fun? When I have a few minutes of spare time, I like to wander around online looking for fun new kitchen and baking tools. I saw these cookie cutters and had to click on the photo to read more, because they didn’t make sense to me. They had several cute little shapes- but each one had a wedge cut out on one side. WHY?? I quickly discovered that the little wedge makes them not just cookie cutters- but mug-hanging cookie cutters! I happen to love dunking cookies in my coffee- so I knew I had to try them!

Valentine Mug hanging cookie

Does a cookie get more fun than that? I think not.

I was already making two different sorts of cut-out cookies for an event, so I set aside a little dough from each batch to make these. Here are the two recipes I used:

  1. Chocolate Espresso Cut-out cookies (recipe here)
  2. Buttery Cut-out cookies (recipe here)

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!  Butter Cut-out cookies

I kneaded some red and pink jimmies into the buttery cut-out dough before I rolled it out to cut it.

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You can use either of my recipes, or use your own- but you must choose a recipe that doesn’t puff up and get bigger in the oven. I have a fabulous gingerbread cookie recipe that would never work with these. If the dough changes shape as it bakes, that little wedge will not be big enough to slide onto the edge of a mug.

I also baked these on parchment paper, so I could slide them all off the cookie sheet and onto a counter to cool, without having to use a spatula to pick them up.

  1. Because they are tiny little cookies to handle.
  2. Because the wedge makes them more fragile until they cool and harden up.

Those are my “helpful hints”. They really are easy to make and so fun!

So a Valentine idea?

  1. Make some of my Spiced Mocha Mix (recipe here).
  2. Spoon 3-4 teaspoons into a cello bag.
  3. Place a cookie into a second cello bag.
  4. Print these tags (open link here).
  5. Staple tag over the tops of the two bags.
  6. Give away as a fun Valentine gift! (instructions for making mocha are on back of tag)

Valentine gift idea

I hope you get a chance to try this little cookie cutter idea out! If you were careful, I suspect you could even use a knife to cut a little wedge out of a plain old heart cookie too…? More time consuming, but then you don’t need to purchase a new cookie cutter. Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other Valentine’s treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Berry Bomb CupcakesRaspberry Fudge Layer Cake1White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies!!Old fashioned Red velvet cake

 

 

 

Fall Marshmallow Cakes

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These delicious little chocolate cakes are filled with creamy sweet marshmallow, and decorated to make everyone at your fall table smile!

I’ve been craving HoHos lately. Do they even still make those? Seems like Hostess went out of business awhile back…? Anyway- or those Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. Both of those desserts remind me of high school lunches. My friends and I would sit at lunch, peel them apart in layers, and talk about boys and such while we ate them.

Anyway… so I started thinking about a way to do a grown-up version of these flavors. My friend Angie gave me SUCH a fun pan- it makes little cakes with a cavity in the center that holds filling. See what I mean HERE. I’ve used these pans before here on Easybaked and they seemed perfect for this idea. Instead of topping cake with cake—- I topped each cake with a thick layer of chocolate glaze that was decorated with chocolate transfers.

I love how they turned out! This was my 1st time using transfers, and they are a little fussy- but the wow factor….!!!!!

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Mmmm……!! So there is some special equipment to make these exactly like I did (cake pans, silicone molds to make the top chocolate layer). If you hate to purchase the pans and chocolate mold, make these as cupcakes. Fill them with marshmallow and pour the glaze over the top. Or make this as a layer cake maybe- with the marshmallow in the middle and the glaze drizzled over the top?

However you choose to make it, the flavors are wonderful together!

Here’s how we put these together. (Printable recipe here)

Ingredients (makes 8 mini cakes)

Cake:

  • 1 chocolate cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)

Filling:

  • 2 cups marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Topping:

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 12 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 large (12″x16″) chocolate transfer sheet (here is where I got mine)

Directions:

  • Start with the chocolate toppers. To add a chocolate transfer on top, cut 8 circles in a 4 inch diameter. I traced the pans with a marker and the cut the transfer just inside the line. Place the smooth side down and the rough side up inside a 4 inch silicone cake mold (I got mine here, in the medium size).
  • Place chocolate chips and 12 tablespoons of butter into a microwave safe dish and melt in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Gently spoon chocolate over the top of each transfer until it is covered completely. 
  • Freeze for about 20 minutes- until completely hard.
  • Gently peel away the silicone mold, leaving the chocolate. Keep this chocolate in the freezer until use.

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  • Repeat process (re-melt chocolate glaze if needed) until you have 8 toppers in the freezer.
  • Make cake according to mix and bake in 4 pans as directed on box. Only fill the pans 1/2 full, or they will overflow. And grease the pans generously!!! My 1st batch stuck a little.
  • You will need to bake two batches to get your 8 cakes. Cool completely.
  • Make filling by beating together the marshmallow creme and the butter until smooth and light (about 2 minutes).
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, beating on low until it is fully mixed in, and then increasing to high and beating until light and fluffy (another 2 minutes or so).
  • Place filling into a zip top bag and zip it tightly closed. Clip a corner off and squeeze filling into each open cake cavity. 
  • Gently set a chocolate topper over the filling, pressing it lightly against the filling. As the topper warms to room temperature, it will soften and stick more firmly to the cake. 
  • Gently peel away the plastic from the top of the transfer.

 

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  • Keep at room temperature until serving. Kept covered, these can be stored for two to three days.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: If you don’t mind the extra equipment and a little bit of time, these are positively the most elegant and delicious little cakes! I had so much fun serving these as individual desserts- and everyone loved them. If what you are aiming for is extra special- this is your dessert. If you need your chocolate fix right now? Get those Little Debbies!!! 😉 ~r

Other fall treats here on Easybaked:

Pecan Pie CupcakesPumpkin Pie Cutout cookies!Honey cookies cut into leaf shapes!Acorn Candy

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