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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!!!! 🙂

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!!!!!!

 

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Oreo Ornament Pops!

Oreo Ornament Pops

Celebrate the Christmas season with these fun ornament pops.

Made with Oreos, mini peanut butter cups and sprinkles, they are sure to make everyone in your family smile!

Goodness. I love cute Christmas cookies. These were SO fun to make, and decorating them is a blast. I pulled out all of those Christmas sprinkles and just went crazy. I highly recommend these for a fun project with your kids!!

The dilemma for making an edible ornament is always that little cap. I solved the problem by painting mini peanut butter cups with a little bit of edible gold dusting powder (the same stuff I used on my shortbread cookies last week). I love how they turned out! Happy shiny tops for these!

Oreo Ornament Pops!

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

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24-28 pops)

  • One package of Oreo Double Stuff cookies.
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts. As you can see, I used pink and aqua, plus I had a little green and red extra from other projects. You can use as many colors as you want- but you will need at least 2 full bags to cover the Oreos. 
  • One bag (8 oz) of Reese Peanut Butter Cup Minis- in white chocolate
  • Edible gold dusting powder (I used this brand)
  • Fun Christmas sprinkles and jimmies

DIRECTIONS:

Make gold “caps” for ornaments first.

  • Spoon a little of the gold powder into a small bowl or plate, and add a bit of water until it is the consistency of a thick paint. 
  • Use a food-grade brush to paint the gold on the bottom and sides of 24-28 peanut butter cups. Paint them all and then go back and give them a second coat to smooth out the parts that didn’t stick the 1st time.
  • Set aside to dry.

Prepare Oreo Pops (there is a tutorial for these, if you have never done them, here)

  • Twist apart all of your Oreos.
  • Melt a small amount of Candy Melts (<1/4 cup) in the microwave in 3o second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melts, and press into white filling of Oreo. Place other half of cookie back on top and press together.
  • Place Oreo and stick on a cookie sheet. Repeat this process with remaining Oreos, and then freeze all Oreos until firm (10-15 minutes).
  • Melt remaining Candy Melts using method from above.
  • Once Oreos are chilled, hold with stick and dip into Candy Melts until completely coated.
  • Tap on side of bowl to get excess off, and drag across lip of bowl to scrape excess off back of cookie.

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  • Set on parchment paper  and immediately set a gold “cap” on the top edge to harden there as the candy melts solidify.
  • If you want to add sprinkles, do so before the Candy Melts get hard (stripes in other colors can be added later)

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  • Allow Oreo Pop to harden completely
  • Decorate with other colors of Candy Melts, as desired. To make the stripes, I placed melted candy in a small zip top bag, clipped a corner and piped lines onto the Oreos. 
  • Once everything has completely hardened, place into individual cello bags, or into an air-tight bag or container. These will stay good for weeks when sealed up. 
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: Well, by now you know how much I love my Oreo Pops! These were fun to make and a little peanut butter on top of that Oreo? Yes, please! 🙂 These make great little gifts and stocking stuffers! Enjoy! ~r

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Don’t stop with just ornaments! We have two other fun Christmas Oreo Pops! (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Reindeer Oreo Pops!!!Snowman Oreo Pops

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

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’s candy melts in Green
  • One bag of Wilton’s 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

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

Gone Fishing Oreo Pops!

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Goldfish Oreo Pops!

These adorable Goldfish Oreo Pops are as tasty as they are cute!  A little salty, a little sweet.  Perfect, and just in time for Father’s Day!

We had fun announcing our new recipe cards to you this morning!!! Here’s another big Friday surprise!

A few weeks ago I told you all that I had big news to share~ well, today I’d like to announce the publication of my first cookbook!  Many of you have asked about if and when I would publish a cookbook, and last fall I was asked by Warner Press Publishing to write a cookbook devotional for kids.  This isn’t a traditional cookbook (sorry to those of you hoping for that!) but I am SO excited about this project!  I will include more about it at the end of this post.

This is one of the recipes featured in the cookbook.  It’s a fun hands-on project for kids to do with parents, grandparents or Sunday school teachers.  In the book, it includes a devotional about being “fishers of men” to do after the treats are made.

You know how I am about Oreo Pops. Addicted.

Goldfish Oreo pops!

These are really fun and the salty crackers are AMAZING with the sweet cookies!

Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One package of Double Stuff Oreos
  • 2 (12 oz.) bags of Wiltons Candy Melts in light blue
  • 1 (12 oz.) bag of Wiltons Candy Melts in white (optional)
  • 24 Lollipop sticks
  • 24 goldfish crackers
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • Small pearl decorating sprinkles
  • Small treat bags and ribbon, if you want to package them up to give away.

DIRECTIONS: (Need a little visual help?  Click here.)

  • Carefully twist apart all Oreo cookies.  Do this slowly and gently- and expect that some will break. 
  • Melt about ½ cup white candy melts using a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.

Note: I use white to match the white Oreo filling, if you aren’t particular about the inside of your Oreo being blue, you can just melt a little of the blue to use inside.

  • Use a lollipop stick to make an indentation in the white filling of an Oreo.
  • Dip the end of the stick into the candy melts, spread a little on top of the white filling and then press the stick into the indentation.
  • Place the top of the Oreo back on and allow the candy melts to harden and cement the cookie back together with the stick inside.
  • While you wait, melt your blue candy melts in the same manner as you melted the white, stirring until completely smooth.
  • Once the cookies are firmly hardened back together, pick one up (using the stick) and dip it into the bowl of blue candy melts. 
  • Spoon candy melts over the top and sides.
  • Gently lift the Oreo out of the candy melts, and tap the stick on the side of the bowl to allow the excess melts to drip off.
  • Slide the bottom of the Oreo against the edge of the bowl to remove excess candy melts.
  • Gently set the coated Oreo on clean parchment or wax paper.
  • Immediately, set a goldfish in the center of the cookie, sprinkle brown sugar at the bottom, and place little pearl “bubbles” over the goldfish.  Use my photos to help you with decorating.
  • Do this with each cookie and then allow them to harden completely.
  • Serve as-is, or package up for giving away by sliding each cookie into a little treat bag and tying with a ribbon.

Goldfish Oreo Pop!

My thoughts: I will forever be presenting you with new Oreo Pop ideas.  I love them.  These just make me smile. ~Enjoy!!!!!

Now, about this cookbook… 🙂

Life is Sweet!!!It is a little surreal to see my name as an author of a book- and SO exciting!  Two of my biggest passions are my love of God and my love of baking, and this cookbook combines them both!  I’m traveling to Atlanta in a week to attend the ICRS convention and debut the book.  It will be available to purchase on the 1st of July.

This is a book that brings truths from the Bible into the kitchen- it is such a perfect book for parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers and other mentors to use with kids.  I’ve done several recipes with kids here on the Navajo Nation and we have had SO much fun.  I still hear kids talking about the lessons they learned during those times in the kitchen.  Even the boys had fun~ with recipes about ugly cookies and rabbit poop, there’s lots of laughter!

To pre-order the book on Amazon, just click here. To order on Warner Press, see a demo video, or learn how to promote this at your church, visit:

http://warnerpress.org/books/lifeissweet/.

We are also opening a “Store” page here on the site, to make it easy for you to find the products that feature Easybaked recipes and photography.  Just check the tabs at the top of the site!

When I started this blog 3 years ago I would never have guessed how many opportunities would come from it.  I’m so thankful to each of you for being a part of this community, and so thankful to God for opening up opportunities I couldn’t have even imagined existed for me!

Now go make fish cookies!  {hugs} ~r

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Flower Pot Cupcakes

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Flower Pot Cupcakes!!!


These cheery garden cupcakes have delicious raspberry cream filling

and fun flowers made of M& Ms!!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!  This bit of cheer goes out especially to my mom this week.  I’m so far from home this year, that we will have to celebrate from a distance.

Aren’t these the cutest cupcakes ever?  I cannot take credit for the M&M flower idea, it was an idea I originally saw on a cute blog called Sara’s Shoebox.  She was copying the idea from a cookbook called “What’s New Cupcake“.  I do not own this cook book, but it is a sequel to one of my favorites, “Hello, Cupcake!”, by the same author.  In any case, Sara made hers with mini Oreos and I simply could not get mine to work with those..?  SO, I had seen marshmallows in pink lemonade flavor (who can walk by THAT without picking up a bag?) and I decided to use them instead.  They were a tiny bit too small, so I am going to recommend that you use full-size marshmallows for these.  I had to fiddle around with them awhile to get them to all stick.  I’m positive they will be easier on a full-size marshmallow!!

The cupcakes are an original though- I used a pink velvet cake mix, but you can use any flavor you like!  I filled them with a yummy raspberry cream and topped them with scoops of butter cream and either coconut or Oreos (um…I had a few of those left over from the flower attempt!)  Are you ready for a recipe for these???  Here you go: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed cake mix (in any flavor, with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • One packet of Dream Whip
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of berry jelly or jam
  • 2 sticks of salted butter (at room temp)
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (at room temp)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of shredded coconut (died green with food coloring) -OR- 2 cups of crushed Oreo Cookies
  • 24 pretzel sticks
  • Pastel M&Ms
  • 12 marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup of white Wilton’s candy melts

DIRECTIONS:

Flowers: I recommend making these ahead and storing them covered until you make your cupcakes.  They aren’t hard to make, but a little time consuming.

  • Take 12 marshmallows and cut them in half with clean kitchen scissors. Lay them on the counter with the cut side up to keep them from sticking to things.
  • Take a pretzel stick and wiggle it up into the side of each marshmallow.  
  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted and smooth.
  • The technique that worked best for me here was to lay my M&Ms out in a flower pattern (minus the center) on parchment paper, cover the sticky side of the marshmallow with candy melts and lay it (candy melt side down) on the flower until it dries.  Then I used a little of the candy melts to stick my center on.  Here’s some photos.

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Just let those cute little flowers dry, and you are all set to make your cupcakes!

Cupcakes:

  • Make cake mix according to box and divide batter among 24 cupcake liners in muffin tins.
  • Bake according to box, remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Make filling by putting Dream whip powder and whipping cream in a bowl.  Mix on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Add jam or jelly and beat until well combined.  Place filling in a large zip top bag and keep refrigerated until use.
  • Core cooled cupcakes with a small knife or a cupcake corer.  I HIGHLY recommend the corer- it is super cheap and will save you time!
  • Cut a corner off the filling bag and squeeze filling into each cupcake.  
  • Place top of “core” that was removed back on top of cupcake.

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  • Make buttercream frosting by beating butters, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl on high until it is light and fluffy and smooth.
  • Use a scoop to place a mound of frosting on each cupcake.
  • Turn cupcake upside down in either coconut or crushed Oreo to coat the frosting.
  • Now pop a cute flower in, and you have an adorable treat for all sorts of occasions!!

 

Flower Pot Cupcakes!!!
My thoughts:  These brought smiles to so many faces!  I often share my blog creations with various families and organizations here on the Navajo Nation.  These went to the Easter party at the Senior Citizen Center here.  I got many hugs and thank yous (Ahéhee’)
 from the recipients.  I also got to watch almost 100 seniors literally running to a huge Easter egg hunt!  So fun!!!

Happy Easter!!On a recipe note:  These are little time consuming, but so worth the effort!  I made my flowers ahead and I was glad I did.  I really hope you enjoy these!

And to the best mom ever: a bouquet of M&M flowers!  I love you!!!!  ~r

M&M flower bouquet!!!
Other recipe ideas for Mother’s day:

Creamy cheesecake with sour cream toppingEspresso Cookies!!!Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!!!! Brownie Oreo Cookie Cup

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