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Spring Flower Oreo Pops!

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Make a bouquet of Oreo flowers for mom this Mother’s Day!

This is the third Oreo Pop recipe I’ve used these cute little sunflower seeds in this spring- and it might be my favorite! The fun bright colors just make you smile. Tie them up in little cello bags with pretty ribbon and they make the perfect Mother’s Day treat next weekend!

You’re smiling aren’t you? Just guessing… ūüôā I absolutely LOVE these- and the color combinations are only limited to the colors you can find in the sunflower seeds. Mine are a combination of Trader Joe’s and JoAnn’s Fabric ones. You can get them online- or maybe even at your grocery! Different companies make different colors. The JoAnn ones gave me those pretty teal blue and shiny purple ones. I just used little pearl sprinkles for the centers.

Here’s how we made these fun little pops:

(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‚Äôs Candy Melts in white.
  • Wilton‚Äôs Candy Melts in a variety of colors (you‚Äôll need at least 2 bags of them)
  • Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds
  • Edible pearl sprinkles in a variety of colors

DIRECTIONS:

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • 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 dip Oreo in Candy Melts, using a spoon to cover all sides. Tap stick against side of bowl to drain excess.¬†Set on parchment paper.
  • While Candy Melts are still soft, set a pearl sprinkle at the center and then gently place sunflower seeds around the pearl in the shape of a flower (as pictured). Allow Candy Melts to harden completely.
  • Repeat with other colors of Candy Melts.
  • Store in a sealed container for 2-3 weeks. You can also tie them individually in small cello bags and store for the same timeframe. (These are a perfect treat to mail to mom or grandma!!!!)
  • Enjoy!

My thoughts: I will never pick a bouquet of flowers without thinking of my mom ūüôā She never had a summer day where there wasn’t a huge bouquet of fresh-cut flowers from her garden sitting in the center of the kitchen table. This is her third Mother’s Day in heaven, but I know these would have made her smile if she was here.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love you, and miss you!

We have lots of fun recipe ideas for Mother’s Day! Click a photo to see the recipe:

Looking for that perfect gift for moms and grandmas? Get them my cookbook- specially designed to use with kids and grandkids, teaching them both kitchen skills and about God’s love for them! Fun!!! Click on the following link to find out more about it: Life Is Sweet: 12 Baking Devotions for Kids.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

 

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A New Year’s Collection of Top Recipes on Easybaked!!

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Happy New Year, friends! One of my favorite parts of marking the end of one year and the beginning of the next is looking back at all the things that made the previous year wonderful! One of the really fun things to look at is my statistics for this blog. A LOT of you visited us here this year! ¬†Thank you!!! ¬†I am always fascinated by which recipes really took off and became HUGE hits- and I’m always a¬†tiny bit disappointed by the ones that I thought were AMAZING, that didn’t really catch anyone’s attention.

I have lots of fun recipes lined up to share with you in January, but this week- as we welcome 2017- here are the top picks from 2016.

Just click on a photo to see the recipe- and enjoy!!! ~r

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Strawberry Lemonade layer cake

Viewed 203,655 times in one month alone! The cupcake version of these is really popular too.

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream topping

Seriously, that cheesecake is maybe the best recipe on this blog. You have GOT to try it!!!! ūüôā

Oreo pops

When this was 1st posted, there were NO other Oreo Pops on the internet- so I like to think that the Oreo Pop craze started here! We certainly have had fun creating all sorts of them for every holiday!

Bailey's Cupcakes

This recipe was from a failed audition for The Great American Baking Show, and a new friend!

Turtle Bundt

This is the most recent big hit on Easybaked- and it is really easy to make!

So, those were the top 5 in all-time views this year… but what were my favorites from 2016? These three!

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This is the star of 2016. It is SO yummy and got rave reviews every time I made it. A massive layer of cookie dough in the middle of a cake? Does it get any better than that???

Marshmallow Stuffed Oreos

2016 was also my year to turn those healthy little Oreo Thins into amazing stuffed Oreos! These marshmallow ones… oh my! We also stuffed Oreos with Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Cookie Butter!

Cookie Monster Oreos!

These win my personal “cutest” recipe award for 2016! I loved making them and making cute little stickers to seal the bags I gifted them in too! So fun!

I’ve been asked many times what my all-time favorite recipe on Easybaked is. I’ve got SO many favorites- but if I had to pick one, it would be my Caramel Fudge Brownies. I love them because they are my mom’s famous mint brownies with my favorite caramel added in place of the mint- and they are just the BEST chocolate fix ever.

Caramel Fudge Brownies!!

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of recipes!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

 

First Down Oreo Pops!!!

Football Field Oreo PopsThese cute little football field Oreo pops are the perfect snack for your next tailgating party or Sunday afternoon of football!

These are just fun little football treats…and the world has far too few fun little football treats– there’s always room for more! ¬†These are made just like all of the other crazy Oreo pops on the Easybaked site. ¬†Dipped in green, piped in white and topped with a cute football sprinkle!

Football Field Oreo PopsHere is how these fun little treats are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • One bag of Wilton‚Äôs candy melts in Green
  • One bag of Wilton‚Äôs candy melts in White
  • One jar of football sprinkles (I made my own, but there are some cute ones here)
  • 24-30 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 about 1/4 of the white 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 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 (20 minutes or so), cementing¬†the cookie back together with a stick inside. (Freeze for 5-10 minutes to speed this process up)
  • Melt green candy melts in the same manner that you melted the white.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted green chocolate, spooning it over the¬†top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess green chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment¬†paper to harden and cool completely
  • Melt another 1/4 of the white candy melts, as before, and spoon into a small zip top bag. ¬†Clip a tiny corner off and pipe lines and numbers on the top of each Oreo pop.
  • Place on a clean piece of parchment paper to cool, and immediately place a football sprinkle on top.
  • Allow pop to harden completely.
  • Remove from paper and serve- or place in a small treat bag, tied with a fun team ribbon.
  • Enjoy!

Football Field Oreo PopsMy thoughts: ¬†Cute on the outside, Oreo on the inside… perfect! ¬†Hope you get a chance to try these fun little football snacks!!!!! ¬†Enjoy! ~r

Other treats to make your football feasts happy:

Salted Caramel Cookie Cup!!!Cookie Dough Cupcakes2Caramel Fudge Brownies!!Seven Layer Cups

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.

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  • 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!! ūüôā

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

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 ūüôā ¬†Yay for us!!!

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