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Baked Alaska Cupcakes

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Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!!!Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a scoop of ice cream and a cloud of toasted marshmallow meringue. Best. Dessert. Ever!!!!!

Every year for Christmas our family goes out to an incredible restaurant near Marshall, MI called Win Schulers. They have the most amazing prime rib…oh my.  Anyway, within a week of Christmas it is my birthday, my mom’s birthday and my sister-in-law’s birthday.  Schuler’s gives you a Baked Alaska for your birthday….so it’s a feast of Baked Alaska and it is SO good.  About 2 weeks ago I was craving it and suddenly was struck by the idea of making it in cupcake form.  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.  Just go and make these.  Use your favorite ice cream.  You will love them…!

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed chocolate cake mix (plus the oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • One quart of your favorite ice cream (I used mint chip)
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to box directions and divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake according to package.
  • Cool completely (I refrigerated mine to get them nice and cold before adding the ice cream)
  • While they are baking and cooling, make the marshmallow meringue (I got my recipe here)

(Don’t be afraid….I was afraid to try this, it sounded complicated, but it isn’t hard- it just takes time with a mixer in your hand if you are like me and not fortunate enough to have a stand mixer!  It is actually kind of fun!  Make sure your bowl and beaters are free of any oils.  I swiped mine with a little lemon juice 1st)

  • Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a medium heat-proof bowl that will set on the top of a sauce pan of boiling water without touching the water.  (I had to experiment a bit to find a good fit)
  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan and set the bowl on top.
  • Whisk ingredients together for about 3-4 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and egg whites should be heated to 145F degrees.
  • Remove bowl from top of sauce pan and beat on low until the mixture thickens a little, then beat on high for about 10 minutes.  The meringue will become the most beautiful, white, glossy mixture.  It should form stiff peaks before you stop beating it.
  • Spoon all that wonderful marshmallow yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.
  • Assemble one cupcake at a time, and then pop it into the freezer immediately.
  • Take a cupcake, use a small cookie scoop or melon baller and place a scoop of ice cream in the center of the cupcake.  Pipe meringue all around it, being careful to seal up all the ice cream at the bottom and them working your way up to a swirled top!

Marshmallow Meringue!Marshmallow Meringue!Marshmallow Meringue!!

  • When all cupcakes are prepared and in the freezer, use a kitchen torch
    to toast the marshmallow just before serving.
  • These are best served within a couple of hours of making them.  

Since they are a fork-eating-cupcake anyway, I see no harm in adding hot fudge….

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!My thoughts: I loved them.  They satisfied my craving for a baked Alaska plus they have the cute factor of a cupcake!  Fun, fun, FUN!!!!! Enjoy!!!  ~r

Baked Alaska Cupcakes!!!Other yummy cupcakes:

Peanut Butter Cupcakes!!Key Lime Cupcakes!Doughnut cupcakes!!Chocolate molten lava cupcakes

Rainbow Oreo Pops~ and a celebration of all things OREO!!!

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Rainbow Oreo Pops!!!!You’ll feel like you’ve struck gold when you bite into one of these fun rainbow Oreos.  A perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and SO easy to make!

Prepare yourself.

National Oreo Day is just two days away.  This year, the momentous occasion falls on Thursday, March 6th.  There isn’t a store-bought cookie that I like better than an Oreo. All the fun flavors (cookie dough, peanut butter, birthday cake, mint, marshmallow…) are great- but I like mine just plain double stuf (I just realized they left an “f” off of stuf last week!)  I’m not alone in my passion for this little cookie- over 362 billion cookies have been sold since it was first introduce in 1912!

This week I created these little rainbow Oreo pops in honor of the day (and to give you a head start on your St. Patrick’s Day ideas!)

Rainbow Oreo Pops!!!!They are incredibly easy to make.  Once your Oreo has been dipped, those rainbow stripes are just painted on with gel food coloring.

Painting Rainbows on Oreos!!!

Here’s the recipe: (for a printable recipe click here, for a picture tutorial click here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Double Stuf Oreos
  • 2 (12oz.) bags of Wilton White Candy Melts
  • 24 Lollipop sticks
  • Food color gels in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red -I used these

DIRECTIONS:

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies
  • Using one of the pop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of one stick into the melted white chocolate, drizzle a little in the center of the white cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
  • Place the top of the cookie back on and allow white chocolate to harden (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 white chocolate, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess white chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper to harden.
  • Allow white chocolate to harden and cool completely.
  • Using a small paint brush (you can get one specifically made for food that won’t shed bristles- like a Wilton 7-Piece Decorating Brush Set), start in the middle of the cookie using the yellow, and paint a stripe across. Paint a yellow stripe on all cookies.
  • Wash and dry your brush and paint the other colors, working from lightest colors to darkest.
  • Allow the “paint” to dry for several hours.
  • Eat and enjoy!!!

Aren’t they fun?????

Rainbow Oreo Pops!!!

My thoughts: You can see that I sprinkled a little bit of edible glitter on top when I was done.  You have to do this before the paint completely dries.  It makes them very fun and sparkly- more fun and sparkly than you can see in the pictures!  Just an option, if you want to add it.  You can also see that I didn’t agonize over painting perfect lines and not going over the edges.  I really liked the messy paintbrush look of these. Put on your artist hat and have some fun!!!

Rainbow Oreo Pops~ YUM!!!!!

Here’s a little collection of all things Oreo on Easybaked…as you can see, we love Oreos around here!  Just click on a photo to see the recipe!

Oreo Pops…so many possibilities!

Original Oreo pops!!!!!Patriotic Oreo Pops- yum!!!

Mummy Oreo Pops!Snowman Oreo PopsLadybug Oreo Pops!Reindeer Oreo Pops!!!

Nothing makes a crust like a crushed up Oreo cookie!!!

Creamy Coconut CheesecakeFrosty Almond Joy Cups!

Frosty Candy Corn Dessert!Ice Cream Cake

And my favorite Oreo dessert?

Brownie Oreo Cookie Cup2

These yummy Brownie Oreo Cookie Cups!!!!!!

Happy Oreo day to you!!!  I hope you have time to stop and enjoy some this week!!!! ~r

Reindeer Oreo Pops!

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Reindeer Oreo Pops!!!
These chocolate covered Oreos are so full of holiday cheer!  Wrap them in little cello bags for a quick and fun Holiday gift!

I confess.  I am addicted to making Oreo pops.  I can’t stop.  They are so easy and fun.  They give me an excuse to buy a package of my favorite cookies.  They make people smile.

Original Oreo pops!!!!!Mummy Oreo Pops!Snowman Oreo PopsLadybug Oreo Pops!

I have the art of “stick-placing” and “dipping” Oreos to coat them in chocolate down.

Click here for a printable sheet that takes you through the basic process step by step.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package of Double Stuff Oreos
  • 2 bags (12oz each) of milk chocolate candy melts (I use Wilton’s)
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 1 small bag of mini-pretzels
  • Candy eyes
  • Mini M&Ms

DIRECTIONS:

  • Gently twist apart Oreos.  Some will break.  No stress.  Eat them.
  • Break apart pretzels by using a sharp knife to carefully cut them top to bottom through the center.  Then cut the round tops off, leaving a “Y” shape.
  • Put eyes and red mini M&Ms into small bowls, ready to use.
  • Place candy melts into a bowl.
  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between, until completely melted and smooth.
  • Press a lollipop stick into white filling, making an indentation.
  • Dip stick into melted chocolate and spread chocolate on top of white filling.
  • Place stick into indentation and set top of cookie back on, cementing the cookie back together around the stick.
  • Allow chocolate to harden.  If you set cookies on a large plate as you put them together, you can place the entire plate into the fridge to speed the hardening process up.
  • Once hardened, pick the cookie up using the lollipop stick and set into melted chocolate.
  • Spoon melted chocolate over the Oreo to coat it.
  • Gently tap the stick on the bowl’s edge to allow excess chocolate to drip off.
  • Slide bottom of cookie along edge of bowl to remove excess chocolate.
  • Set cookie on parchment or waxed paper.
  • Put pretzel “antlers” into the top of the Oreo, and set two eyes and a nose on the front of the Oreo.
  • Allow chocolate to harden completely.
  • Serve as-is, or tie up in cello treat bags to give as gifts!

Reindeer Oreo Pops!!!
My thoughts:  What to do you get when you combine an Oreo with melted chocolate and salty pretzels?  Deliciousness!!!!!!  Use them as place settings on each plate for Christmas! Make reindeer, snowmen and red/green sprinkle Oreo pops and create a bouquet of pops in a cute Christmas planter for your Christmas celebration!  Use them as stocking stuffers or teacher gifts….the possibilities are endlessly fun!  Enjoy!  ~r


Reindeer Oreo Pops

Frosty Fall Pudding Treats

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Frosty Candy Corn Dessert!
Who says you can’t do frozen treats for Halloween??  These yummy little frosty pudding cups have a Golden Oreo crust and are decorated like fun candy corn treats!

I’m back with a recipe in my Chicago Metallic Mini Cheesecake Pan.
For those of you who haven’t gotten one of these yet, they are SO much fun.  I’ve done some of my favorite desserts in this little pan.  You can do this particular dessert in cupcake liners placed in muffin tins, but they are just SO cute in the mini cheesecake pan.

Here’s how the pan works:  You get a pan that looks just like a muffin tin but each cup has a hole in the bottom.  You also get 12 little metal disks that fit perfectly in each cup, covering up that hole.  You make, bake, freeze, etc. your dessert and then just push up through that hole in the bottom and the disk pushes out with your little dessert on top.  I love fun individual desserts, so this is pretty much the perfect idea, in my opinion!

These are really easy, but they need to freeze for several hours/overnight, so make them ahead.

Frosty Fall Pudding Treat!!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Golden Oreos
  • 1 package (4 servings, 3.3 oz.) of Jell-O Instant White Chocolate Pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold milk
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of Cool-Whip topping (thawed in refrigerator)
  • Food colorings in yellow and orange
  • Fall sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

  • Crush about 2/3 package of Golden Oreos in a food processor or large food chopper.
  • Add orange food coloring until desired shade of orange is reached and mix on high until cookie bits and color are well combined.
  • Place metal disks into cheesecake pan and spoon cookie crumbs evenly into all 12 wells of mini- cheesecake pan (or cupcake liners), and press firmly into bottom (I use a Mini Tart Shaper– and I love it!)
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix cold milk with pudding for 2 minutes.
  • Add yellow food coloring to get desired shade and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in 1/2 of the Cool Whip (the rest will be used as topping- keep it refrigerated until use)
  • Spoon pudding mixture into a large zip-top bag (and zip it tight).
  • Cut a corner of the bag off and pipe pudding mixture into each cup, all the way to  the top.
  • Use a knife to smooth the tops flat and cover entire pan with plastic wrap.
  • Freeze until serving (at least a few hours)
  • Before serving, remove pan from freezer and allow it to warm up a little bit before popping desserts out.
  • Press a finger up through the hole in the bottom of the pan, pushing each dessert up- grab it by the crust and take metal disk off the bottom.
  • Serve immediately, or place in a sealed container back in the freezer until ready to serve.
  • Pipe remaining Cool Whip on top of each little dessert cup and decorate as desired.
  • Enjoy!!

Frosty Fall Pudding Treats!!!My thoughts:  There are two things that make a dessert perfect in my mind.  Taste and the amount of smiles that happen when you serve them.  These are really yummy (how can you go wrong with pudding and Oreos???) and the number of smiles….?  Well, you are just going to have to make them to see that for yourself!  Enjoy!! ~R

Other mini-cheesecake pan recipes you will love:

Mini chocolate chip cookie cheesecakesFrozen S'mores CupsMini Cookie Dough CheesecakeRaspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!

Lady Bug Oreo Pops!!

Ladybug Oreo Pops!
What could be better than a cute ladybug cookie on a stick?  Biting in and finding an OREO!!!!!

These cookies are such a fun treat!  Perfect as favors and prizes at parties- they just make you smile.

We’ve done lots of Oreo Pops here at Easybaked.  The technique is the same for these as for our Original Oreo pops.  To see the how-to photos and technique, click here.

Here’s what you will need for about 24 Oreo Pops.

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • One 12 oz. bag of Wiltons candy melts in yellow
  • One 12 oz. bag of Wiltons candy melts in red
  • One 12 oz. bag of Wiltons candy melts in dark chocolate.
  • One bag of mini M&Ms.
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • Candy Eyes (if desired)

Oreo Pops!

DIRECTIONS:

  • Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies.
  • Using one of the pop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
  • Melt the 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 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 white chocolate to harden (5 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.
  • Holding the stick, lower the entire Oreo into the bowl of melted red chocolate, spooning it over the top and sides to cover it completely.
  • Allow the excess chocolate to drain off and gently place covered Oreo on a piece of parchment paper to harden.  
  • Add two brown mini M&Ms to each half of the pop (use the photos as a guide– leave room for the top to be dipped in chocolate and for a line to be drawn down the middle.)
  • Dip half of the pops in the red chocolate and then melt the yellow chocolate and repeat the process with the 2nd half of the pops.
  • When candy melts have completely hardened, melt a the dark chocolate melts.  
  • Use a spoon to gently scoop chocolate over the top tip of the cookie, making a head on your ladybug.
  • Set each pop on parchment paper and add candy eyes (if desired) before chocolate hardens.  
  • After dipping the tops of all pops, and placing eyes, spoon remaining chocolate into a small ziptop bag and clip a corner.
  • Pipe a line from the head of the ladybug across the top toward the stick.  (use photos as a guide).
  • Allow pops to harden completely.
  • Enjoy!!!

Ladybug Oreo Pops!!!
My thoughts:  I’m addicted to Oreos.  I keep making Oreos into pops because it gives me an excuse to eat the extra Oreos that break.  

True confession.  

The other reason: they make people smile.  It never fails, you hand one of these crazy fun pops to anyone and they smile.  Even if they can’t or won’t eat dessert….they smile.  These pops are like puppies.  They make people happy!  Every few months I feel an overwhelming urge to make a different variety to share with you….so I hope that you enjoy them– and that you smile 🙂  ~r

Lady bug Oreo Pops!
Other Oreo Pop ideas we have tried:

Original Oreo pops!!!!!Mummy Oreo Pops!Snowman Oreo PopsPatriotic Oreo Pops- yum!!!

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