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Candy Corn Peanut Bars

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Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!
A chewy cookie crust topped with peanuts and sweet candy corn.  So many fun fall flavors in one  little bar cookie!

I confess.  I hate candy corn.  Everyone I know loved these cookie bars, but I had to make a little section of no-candy-corn just for me.  This recipe is easily made with or without the candy corn.  The candy makes it pretty though…and that counts for a lot!

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!

Want to know how to make these easy little cookie bars?

Here you go (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 bar cookies)

Crust:

  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 egg

Topping:

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 (10 oz) package of peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups salted, roasted peanuts
  • One bag of candy corn

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup of melted butter and one egg.  Mix well, kneading with clean hands at the end.
  • Carefully press crust into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. (I line mine with parchment paper)
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 12-14 minutes.
  • Carefully pour mini marshmallows over top of hot crust and place in oven for about 5 minutes (until marshmallows puff up)
  • Cool.
  • In a large saucepan, heat peanut butter chips, corn syrup, vanilla and 1/4 cup of butter until all chips are melted and smooth.
  • Add Rice Krispies and peanuts and combine well.
  • Working quickly, spoon topping over marshmallows and then press candy corn on top.
  • Chill before cutting and ENJOY!

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!


My thoughts:  I can’t believe it is already October.  When I spotted candy corn at the store I did a double take.  October….already?  These are an easy and fun treat for all of your fall parties and events.  Hope you love them!! ~r

Candy Corn Peanut Bars!!!
Other fun fall recipes:

Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Honey cut-out cookiesFall Acorn Cupcakes!Peanut butter Acorn Cookies!

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Flip Flop Cookies~ a Recipe Revisited!

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I’m excited to be back for day #2 of our walk down memory lane!  Today’s treat just had to make the list of fun and colorful recipes to revisit.  It’s not only fun and colorful, but the perfect summer treat…

Flip Flop RR card

This recipe was originally published during my first summer of blogging, on June 11, 2011.  It is particularly memorable for me because it was my first photo published on Foodgawker.  If you even knew how hard I was trying at the time to get a photo accepted on that site….oh my.  I’m very competitive and I had about 60 photos rejected before this one.  I was jumping up and down for joy!  I took this photo at my friends Tom and Tina’s house at the lake.  I knew the lighting was perfect that day and I pulled my little point and shoot out to snap some photos.  Tom suggested I try his higher-end camera and Tina popped that pretty orange flower in the background and I learned two things:  1.Staging food is a must in photography and  2. I needed a better camera.

Since that date I’ve had 55 photos accepted on Foodgawker and SO many rejected.  It has been so good for me to have outside judgement on my photography though.  It is making me better.  Will today’s photo be accepted?  I think not.  I’m not happy with the exposure in any of the pictures, but we will see!

These are white chocolate dipped Nutter Butter cookies (in case you were wondering!)  Originally dipped in rainbow colors, these are dipped in patriotic red, white and blue and garnished with a little star sprinkle.  Serving them on brown sugar gives them a beach feel.  These are a perfect summer treat and really easy to make.

To see the original recipe (along with photos showing how to dip them) click here.

To print the original recipe and instructions click here.

Enjoy!  ~r

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!

Patriotic Flip lop Cookies!!

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!

Patriotic Flip Flop Cookies!!!!

We dip lots of things into candy melts and chocolate here at easybaked.  Here are a few of our favorite candy melt treats:

Chocolate Easter Eggs with Peanut Butter FillingKool-Aid Truffles!!Chocolate covered brownie starsHot Chocolate Pop!

Gender Reveal (Surprise!) Cupcakes

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Gender reveal cupcakes!!!These cupcakes hold a secret—- is it a boy, or is it a girl?  The latest trend of having a gender reveal party is SO much fun when the gender is revealed with a yummy dessert!  Plus, I’ve included free printable cupcake toppers to go along with your party theme!

Gender reveal Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, Easybaked featured  a Polka Dot Cake using a Cake pop maker.  It was so much fun that I couldn’t help but think of other ways to use the idea.  These cupcakes are just wonderful– when you bite in the color is seamless- you can’t even tell that the cake pop was baked ahead.  Want to know how to do this?

Here we go:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 white cake mix (for about 18 cupcakes) or 1 white/ one chocolate for a combo and about 36 cupcakes
  • The oil, eggs and water required by your boxed mix(es)
  • Gel food coloring
  • Frosting (I used my buttercream recipe ~double it if you add the second cake mix)

This little chart should help you see how many cupcakes are made with just the white mix and how many are made when you use both a white and chocolate mix (I’m bad with math…I need visuals!!):

Gender reveal cupcakes

DIRECTIONS:

  • Plug in/heat up your cake pop maker
  • Make white cake mix according to box.
  • Take about 3/4 cup (1 1/4 cup for the double batch!) of batter and place it into a smaller bowl.
  • Color the batter using color gel (I like Wilton brand of Gel food coloring because they always come out bright.  Try Aqua or Pink.)
  • Follow the directions on your cake pop maker to use the colored batter to make cake balls.  Helpful hints:  work fast and use a small cookie scoop to evenly spoon batter into cups, and check them- I burnt my 1st batch following the directions!  You should have enough batter to have a practice round and adjust.

Color batter with gelsScoop batter into cake pop maker

  • While cake balls cool, spoon small amounts of your remaining white cake mix into 12-18 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin. (start with 12 and see how much batter you have left for the rest).
  • Spread the batter out along the bottom so you have a thin layer in each liner.
  • Set a cooled cake ball in the center of each liner and carefully scoop batter over the top (I found a medium cookie scoop to make this job MUCH easier!)

    Set cake ball into center of cupcake...Scoop batter over top of cake ball.

  • After your 12 are filled, continue on until you have used up all of your cake batter.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • (If you are making the double batch, make your chocolate cake mix while the white cupcakes bake.  Set these up with the cake balls hidden inside the batter and bake for the same amount of time.)
  • Remove from tins immediately and cool on the counter.  Frost and decorate as desired.

Gender reveal cupcakes- two tone frostingPiping two tone icing colors!

Do you see how I piped the two-tone icing colors?  I’m sure there must be a better method than this…I am so not a cake decorator.  It turned out ok- but it was a little fussy to keep equal pressure on both colors at the same time.

The toppers are easy and inexpensive to make.  Simply click here to get a free pdf file of the owl toppers.  Print them on a heavy card stock paper, cut them out and use double sided tape to stick them back to back around a toothpick (one boy owl and one girl, back to back).

It's a boy!!!

It’s a boy!!!

My thoughts:  I love how the final cupcake is….just a cupcake.  It isn’t anything fancy or cream-filled…just a cupcake with a surprise.  These would be fun cupcakes for any party- you could even incorporate them in a game—whoever gets the (__color___) cupcake gets a prize!  I hope these make their way into a party of yours soon!  Enjoy!!! ~r

It's a girl!!!

It’s a girl!!!

Want some other shower ideas from easybaked?  Click on the image to be taken to the recipe.

Gender Reveal CupcakeRaspberry Confetti KissesGender reveal cookiesKool-Aid Truffles!!

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

Hot Chocolate Pops!

You’ve heard of cake pops, cookie pops, brownie pops, doughnut pops and even pie pops— but have you ever tried a Hot Chocolate Pop?  Creamy chocolate surrounding a marshmallow surprise center- pop it into a cup of hot milk and YUM- a perfect yummy creamy cup of cocoa.  Wrap them up and they make the PERFECT winter gift!

Ingredients:

  • Wilton White Candy Melts and Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts.  You will need about one 12 oz. bag per 8 pops.
  • Marshmallows (one for every pop you intend to make!)
  • Stir sticks (I found these cute dowels at Michaels)
  • Small plastic cups (I used 3 oz. clear plastic cups by Solo)
  • Clear plastic bags I used Wilton Lollipop Bags -they are so easy- perfect size and come with a bow!
  • Cute tags– use mine if you want or make your own!! 🙂

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Mint

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Instructions for use.

Instructions:

  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Spoon melted candy into a zip-top bag and seal.
  • Clip a corner off and squeeze about a teaspoon of chocolate into the bottom of each cup.  Tap cup against counter to spread chocolate and remove bubbles.
  • Place cups in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes until chocolate is hard.
  • Press dowels or stir sticks into marshmallows
  • Squeeze about 2 teaspoons of chocolate (I used a contrasting color) into cup and while it is still melted, press marshmallow into cup (this will squeeze the chocolate up along the sides of the cup.) Tap to remove bubbles.
  • Top with chocolate until marshmallow is completely covered -or—
  • (If you are using contrasting chocolates) Refrigerate about 10 minutes until second layer is hard and then add contrasting chocolate over the top, completely covering marshmallow.
  • Place cups in fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Clip top of cup with scissors and tear it down the side which will release the pop.
  • Serve or gift wrap!  Enjoy!!!
  • To eat pop: Use a BIG mug (20 oz.) and heat up about 10oz. of milk in it.  Place pop in hot milk and stir until smooth and creamy!

My thoughts:  I love these so much…I love to come up with fun and creative edible gifts each year for giving in bulk (Bible studies, family get-togethers, hair stylist etc…) and these are just FUN!!!  I am wholeheartedly a blonde and my 1st use of these involved a full cup of hot milk plus a pop -resulting in  a huge lake of hot milk on the counter…so learn from me and use a big cup with room in it for the pop- lol!  

Also– I found MINT Wiltons candy melts and that is how I got the mint cocoa flavor.  I just added a little layer of green candy melt before I put lots of white melts and a marshmallow– I like how it turned out!  I wish I’d thought to take pictures as I went for you- I just forgot!  (NOTE: see below!!) Experiment with colors and flavors- these are pretty forgiving projects!

Enjoy– and a very Merry Christmas to you!!!!  -R

Ok– I had to make a second batch because I ran out.  Since I was making them again I took the time to take some pictures for you of the process:

A little bit of chocolate in the bottom of a 3 oz. cup.

White chocolate added over dark and marshmallow pressed into center.

Dark chocolate added over white and marshmallow– don’t forget to tap the bubbles out!

Everything is so pretty set up for pictures….this is what my counter ACTUALLY looked like at the end!

Pops ready to go in the fridge to harden!

Clip the top of the cup and tear down the side to release. (I used paper cups too this second time and they worked great– you just have to peel them off a little more.)

I hope these help– have fun!!  r-

Spiced Mocha Mix (and how to do a TimTam SLAM!)

This spiced mocha mix is a perfect gift or party treat.  Its also the perfect hot beverage for Tim Tam SLAMS!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup dry non-dairy creamer
  • 1c. hot cocoa mix
  • 2/3 c. instant coffee
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all ingredients together in a big bowl.
  • Add 3-4 heaping tsp. of mix to 8 oz. of hot water to serve.
  • Or…put mix in a fun jar or tin to give as a homemade gift!

You can use Splenda for the sugar, decaffeinated instant coffee and low-fat hot cocoa mix for a guilt-free treat!

 

How to do a Tim Tam Slam.

What are Tim Tams?   They are a chocolate cookie that (I’m told) originated in Australia.  In America they are made by Pepperidge Farm and they are a wafer/mousse cookie covered in chocolate.

To do a Slam:  Bite off the corners on two opposite sides (diagonal from each other).  Place one bitten off corner in a hot chocolate or mocha and drink up some of the hot beverage through the other bitten off corner– pulling the hot beverage up through the cookie like a straw.  Pop the WHOLE cookie in your mouth and it EXPLODES in warm gooey chocolate happiness! 🙂  (If you don’t pop the whole thing in your mouth you will have chocolate running all over you…just FYI).  In our area, Tim Tams are only available near Christmas, so Tim Tam Slams have become a fun Christmas tradition!

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My thoughts:  Thanks to my cousin-in-law Eden for the yummy mocha recipe and to my friend Andreya for showing us all how to do Tim Tam Slams….I am forever indebted for the hours of fun and laughter!!!

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