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Spiderweb Oreo Pops

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These web-wrapped Oreos with M&M spiders are not only cute fall treats- but delicious ones!

It’s that time of year again. That time when spiders think it’s too cold outside, and find little cracks around my windows and doors to creep in through. There’s nothing worse than sitting here, innocently blogging about a dessert recipe, only to be shocked by a giant black spider racing out from behind the couch. Seriously- they move so fast!

In any case, I make a lot of spider-themed treats. Maybe because candy spiders are so cute- and they don’t move. These are especially cute little guys- and they are perfect on top of these web-coated Oreos! Plus, as is true with all Oreo pops, you can make them weeks ahead and have them all wrapped in pretty bags and ready for a party. I love recipes like that.

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

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 pops)

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in white
  • 1/4 cup of Wilton’s candy melts in dark chocolate
  • 36-ish dark brown M&Ms (no worries–you can eat the rest of the bag while you work 🙂 )

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make your spiders 1st.
  • Melt dark chocolate melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth. Spoon into a small zip-top bag and clip a tiny corner off (or use a decorator tip, if you have one). 
  • Pipe spider legs on parchment paper (see photo) and place an M&M in the center. I make more than 24, because the legs sometimes break when you peel them off.

The photos below are from my recipe for Spider Eggs, and some of them are piped on Lindt truffles. You can see how I piped them on parchment paper though.

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  • Let spiders harden while you assemble your Oreos.
  • 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 one and a half bags of white 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.
  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Melt remaining white Candy Melts and place in a zip-top bag. Clip the corner off and drizzle over each Oreo to make a messy web-like pattern.
  • Immediately place a “spider” on this melted drizzle and allow everything to harden up for at least a couple of hours. 
  • Once hardened, store in an air-tight container or tie up in little cello bags. 
  • Enjoy!!!

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My thoughts: *Smile*!!! These are fun little treats- and not too difficult to make. I always love my Oreo pops. One of these days I should put all of them in one post since I’m getting such a large collection of them! I hope you get a chance to try these fun little treats! And I hope they are the only spiders you find in your home this fall!!!  ~r

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Other spider-y treats found on Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Spiderweb CookiesSpider Cupcakes!Spider Eggs Cupcakesspiderweb brownie

A bowl of eyeball cookies!

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These delicious little cookies are the perfect creepy treat for October!

Ah…these were fun to make and really fun to share! They definitely gave kids a pause. I heard one little girl say, “Mom- I’m a little scared of those cookies because they are looking at me!”

Love it.

Ok- so these don’t involve baking. You could certainly bake cookies and decorate them this way- but if you are like me and you needed a recipe at 10pm the night before- Nilla Wafers and Ritz crackers will do just fine (and taste GREAT!)

Here is how we put them together (and there is no printable recipe- because there isn’t really a recipe for these- just a technique!)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Nilla Wafers (and some mini-Nilla wafers, if you’ve got them!)
  • Ritz crackers
  • Wilton Candy melts in green, blue, white and black
  • Candy eyes (although these aren’t technically necessary, since you have the white and black candy melts).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Melt candy melts, one color at a time, in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon into a zip-top bag and cut a corner off. (Or use a squeeze bottle fitted with a decorating tip if you have one)
  • Use green to outline the edges of the Ritz crackers and then fill in. Use white to outline and fill in the tops of the Nilla wafers.

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  • Draw eyes of different sizes on the Ritz crackers, using a toothpick to make the tiny pupils in black (use candy eyes if you have them, for one size) I even added some little green blotches on these just to make them more weird.
  • Use blue and black candy melts to make eyes on the Nilla Wafers.

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  • Let these harden and then serve them up in a fun bowl- or maybe put them in little cello bags and tie them with ribbon!
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: Aren’t they fun? You don’t have to be fussy about making them perfect- the crazier the better! Those Ritz crackers are especially yummy with the sweet candy on top. Yum. Enjoy these quick and easy treats!!!  ~r

Other creepy recipes for your October: click on a photo to see the recipe.

Spider EggsEdible Jello Earthworm CupcakesBroken glass Cupcakes!!!Mummy Oreo Pops!

Cookie Butter Stuffed Oreos

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A creamy layer of chocolate chip cookie butter is a wonderful surprise inside these easy chocolate cookies!

I may be out of the loop on things, but somehow I missed this whole craze over COOKIE BUTTER. When I was in the Czech Republic about a year ago, my friend Angie (the best gift-giver!) sent me home with a collection of European treats. Nestled in with the coffees and chocolates, there was this jar of “stuff” (all the labels were in Czech) and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I know that peanut butter is hard to find in Eastern and Central Europe- so I knew it wasn’t that- but it was close… it was butter- but not made out of peanuts..made out of COOKIES!!!!! Seriously. I fell in love.

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Then I found it at Wal Mart. Here. In Indiana. #smile!!!

So, I’ve been stuffing Oreo Thins with all sorts of things over the past few months. Marshmallows….Key Lime Pie…I can’t stop. I have A LOT more ideas. This is just one more. (Prepare yourself…)

Cookie butter stuffed Oreos

These are simply….delicious. I shouldn’t have been surprised that adding cookie butter to Oreos would create such a yummy combination- but I was. The combination is such a unique flavor- and I’m not kidding you- unbelievably good!

Plus they are SUPER easy to make.

Here’s how we did it: (printable recipe available here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 25 cookies)

  • One box of Oreo Thins Chocolate cookies
  • One jar of crunchy cookie butter (I’ve loved every brand I have tried, but I used Lotus for these)
  • One cup of mini chocolate chips
  • One and 1/2 bags of Wilton’s Candy melts in dark chocolate
  • A little bit of milk chocolate candy melts to make stripes on top (or any sort of sprinkles you’d like to add to make these for any season!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Set half of Oreo cookies on a small tray or sheet that will fit in your freezer.
  • Mix jar of cookie butter and mini chips in a small bowl.
  • Scoop or spoon cookie butter on top of each Oreo and press a second Oreo on top to make a sandwich.

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  • Freeze for about 30 minutes.
  • Melt Candy Melts in microwave, in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Take 3 or 4 cookies at a time out of freezer and carefully dip in melted chocolate, using a fork to tap excess chocolate off and sliding the bottom of the cookie along the edge of the bowl to remove excess from the bottom. 

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  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Add sprinkles (if desired) before chocolate hardens, or after it hardens, drizzle or pipe a little bit of contrasting chocolate across the top of each cookie.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: Mmmmmmm! These cookies were eaten up so fast- and I got back so much positive feedback on them- everyone loved them! The only tricky part might be dipping them (if you haven’t dipped things in chocolate before). The trick is to tap off excess chocolate and to remove excess off the bottom. If you aren’t feeling confident in your dipping skills, try just dipping half of the cookie and leaving half of that yummy cookie butter visible! I hope you get a chance to try these!!!  Enjoy!!  ~R

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More delicious Oreo ideas! (Click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Oreo Brownie BarBrownie Oreo Cookie CupMud Pie!Creamy Coconut Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Tart

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A dense, dark chocolate tart covered in creamy, salted caramel sauce. Salty, sweet, and rich dessert flavors!!!!

This recipe is a combination of some of my favorite elements from other desserts. The chocolate tart is the perfect base for just about any topping. You can adjust it from dark to milk chocolate just by swapping out the type of chocolate you add. The caramel sauce is my go-to sauce for so many recipes. It’s not from-scratch, but it is honestly better (and soooo much easier)!

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That caramel layer does firm up after being chilled- but I wanted to cut into this right away- so these pictures show it in all of the gooey happiness that happens just after baking. Yum!

Here’s how we made this tart: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 10 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 32 Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 inch tart pan with cooking spray and line with pie crust.  Poke holes into bottom with fork and set on a cookie sheet.
  • Melt dark chocolate chips.  Allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs, cream, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  • Add cream mixture to chocolate and blend well.  Pour into crust and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until center is set.
  • While tart is baking, make caramel sauce by placing caramels, condensed milk and butter into a medium saucepan.
  • Heat over medium/high heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth (about 6 minutes).
  • Allow caramel to cool in pan a bit, and add salt, mixing well to combine.
  • Once tart has been removed from the oven and allowed to cool, pour caramel over the top until entire crust is filled (YUM!!!)

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  • Chill, and drizzle with a little chocolate sauce- if you want- for decoration 🙂
  • Remove sides from pan, serve and enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: Straight up delicious. The sweet caramel has a little bite of salt and that dark chocolate tart is the perfect balance to the sweet. I love the textures of this dessert. The chocolate is so dense and creamy, and the caramel is so soft. This is just “one of those” desserts. The kind you think about long after the last bite. This tart was given away last weekend to friends, and these pictures are killing me… I wish I had another piece right now…! Enjoy this one, friends!!!  ~r

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More caramel happiness here at Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Ritz CookiesCaramel Gelato!!!Alfajores-- yummy dulce de leche filling!Marshmallow Turtle Pops!

Apple Oreo Pops!

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These adorable Oreo pops are a perfect back-to-school treat. Add hearts to send a little love in the lunchbox- or some worms to get a few giggles!

I hate to even say the words….but fall is coming. I love summer so much, that when I start to see school busses out on the roads I just cringe. Fall has some pretty fun foods though….! One of our family-favorites is apples. I grew up in Michigan, and we have the best fall apples. I loved trips to the orchard to get cider and doughnuts- and these little Oreo pops are perfect to kick off the fall season.

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You can make them with hearts and tie them up in cello bags to send a little love…

Apple Oreo Pops with worms!

Or you can add a few caramel worms to your apples to give them an extra “Ewwww” feel- maybe for Halloween?? 🙂

Either way, these are an easy and fun fall treat that keeps for weeks when wrapped up in a cello bag.

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 pops)

  • One box of Double Stuf Oreos
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in red, yellow or green
  • About 5 tootsie rolls
  • About 1/4 cup of fondant, colored green (you can make a small batch of this or just purchase a box of Wilton’s)
  • leaf cookie or fondant cutter
  • Heart sprinkles (as desired to decorate)
  • 5-10 Kraft caramels to make worms if desired.

DIRECTIONS:

(if you have never made an Oreo Pop before, our how-to is 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).
  • While Oreos chill, make stems, leaves and decorations.
  • Make stems by rolling tootsie rolls out and cutting into short pieces.
  • Take colored fondant and roll it out. Use leaf-shaped cutter to cut out 24 leaves.

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  • If you want wormy apples, simply unwrap a caramel, roll it out into a thin rope using clean hands, and press little lines in it using a small knife or toothpick. Cut them into little pieces to add as if they are crawling out of each apple.

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  • Melt one bag of 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.
  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Immediately set a tootsie roll stem on the top, along with a leaf.
  • Add any other decorations (hearts? worms…?)
  • Melt and use second bag of Candy Melts when you are finished with the first one.
  • Allow Oreos to harden up (at least an hour) before tying each one up in a bag (or putting them in an air-tight container for storage).
  • Enjoy!

 

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My thoughts: You just can’t go wrong with Oreo Pops. They are one of my favorite things to make because you have fun treats handy for awhile afterward!  These are pretty easy- you might hesitate a little with using fondant if you have never used it before- but you should just give it a try! I don’t cover cakes in it or anything crazy- but I like it for little decorations here and there. My recipe and some tips are here. Otherwise just buy a box of the white fondant! It doesn’t taste as good, but for the little bit you are adding here, it doesn’t matter. I really hope you get a chance to try these! Happy almost-fall to you! ~r

More apple-y ideas here on Easybaked: (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Apple Cupcakes!Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Caramel Apple CupcakesGreen Apple Truffles

Key Lime Layer Cookies

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Layers of cookie, key lime pie filling, and white chocolate make these an irresistibly refreshing summer treat!

So. You know those new “healthier” Oreo Thins cookies? I found a way to make them unhealthy. Still a reasonable indulgence, but not the super-low calorie tiny sliver of a cookie they were created to be.

I present: Key Lime Layer Cookies!!!!

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Creamy Key Lime filling sandwiched between two Oreo Thins and dipped in white chocolate. YUM!!! These are incredibly easy to put together and such a delicious, creative, and beautiful treat!

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Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 20 cookies)

  • 3/4 cup of key lime juice (I squeezed ’em!)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of Oreo Thins in vanilla
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s Candy Melts in white
  • Colored sugar (if desired for decorating)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Combine lime juice, condensed milk and egg together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour into a small baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon into a cool bowl and chill in freezer for 30 minutes to cool.
  • While cooling, set 1/2 box of vanilla Oreo Thins out on a baking sheet that will fit into your freezer.
  • After lime filling is chilled, stir and spoon into a large zip-top bag. Clip a corner off and pipe filling on top of each Oreo- not quite going to the edges.
  • Gently set an Oreo Thin on top of the filling. Don’t press too hard or the filling will come out on the edges. Use up all the cookies in the box.

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  • Gently slide this baking sheet into the freezer and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Melt Wilton’s Candy Melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Take chilled cookie and place it into melted chocolate. Quickly spoon over the top and sides.
  • Lift the cookie with a fork and tap on side of bowl until excess drips away. Slide bottom edge of cookie along side of bowl to get rid of excess on bottom and set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Repeat with remaining cookies. You may want to keep cookies in freezer before dipping, and only take maybe 4 or 5 out at a time to work on.
  • Decorate as desired. If you want sugar sprinkles, add these before the candy melts harden back up. 
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are easy and fun to make, and they keep for up to a week in the fridge! You will have a little pie filling left at the end, but you could get a little more white chocolate and a few more cookies to use it up -if you want. I’d guess you would have enough filling for another 8-10 cookies. Another helpful hint- make sure these are cold when you dip them, and don’t linger and let them sit for a long time in that melted chocolate. Sprinkle sugar on top while they are still melted. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!!  ~r

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Other key lime desserts here on Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Key Lime PieKey Lime CakeKey Lime Cupcakes!Key Lime Tartlets

Baked Alaska Cookies!

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These dark chocolate cookies are topped with a scoop of ice cream and a cloud of toasted meringue~ a cookie sized Baked Alaska! So fun!

Baked Alaska is a dessert that is dear to my heart. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom, sis-in-law and I have celebrated our (nearly-Christmas) birthdays with this dessert. At Christmas, the ice cream of choice is peppermint stick. I made these with Mocha Chip ice cream. Pick your favorite ice cream flavor, and give these sweet mini desserts a try!

Baked Alaska Cookies!!

Oh- and remember that hot fudge sauce I shared here a few days ago? Well…put that to good use here:

Baked Alaska Cookies!

Here is how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 18-22 desserts)

Cookies:

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 gallon of ice cream

Meringue topping:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS: (note: you will need a Kitchen Torch to toast the tops of these)

Cookies:

  • 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)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter, using a floured rolling pin.
  • Cut into 2 1/2″ circles and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface. Cool. 
  • Place cookies back on cooled cookie sheets and freeze them to get them cold while you make meringue.

Meringue topping: (Don’t be afraid- this is easy! It just takes some quality time with your mixer.)

  • 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 about 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 glossy white yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.

Assembly of dessert:

  • Assemble one dessert at a time, and then pop it into the freezer immediately.
  • Take a cold cookie, use a small cookie scoop or melon baller and place a scoop of ice cream in the center of the cookie.  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!

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  • Immediately toast this meringue with a Kitchen Torch to firm up the outside of the meringue and then FREEZE!
  • Serve frozen with a little bit of hot fudge on top.
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: **Smile** I loved these…. oh my. SO much! I made a mistake with the ice cream by using yogurt instead- it was softer than ice cream and harder to assemble- so use ice cream! I tried to take a picture of the inside and is was so soft that as soon as I cut into it, it fell apart into a pile of yummy frozen yogurt..that’s why there are no pictures of the insides 🙂 These were well-loved by everyone who tried them- including me!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

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Other mini desserts to try: (click on a photo to be taken to a recipe)

Turtle Cookie CupButterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!S'mores Pie!!!Marshmallow Turtle Pops!

Hot Fudge Sauce

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The dark cocoa flavor of this hot fudge is the perfect topping to any dessert. Never use store-bought sauce again!

This hot fudge is a preview to my next recipe. You will need hot fudge sauce for what is coming this weekend on Easybaked! Whenever I have a dessert that needs a spoonful of hot fudge on top, this is my go-to recipe. It has hardly any ingredients, and it is easy to make, store, and reheat.

Here’s how to make it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: makes about 2 cups of sauce.

  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dark chocolate chips for less sweet sauce,  and milk chocolate chips for more)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small saucepan, melt chips, butter, condensed milk and water together. Stir until completely smooth.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Serve warm, or place in an airtight container (or one of these cute jars) -in the fridge for 2-3 days, reheating as needed.
  • ENJOY!!!

Hot Fudge Sauce 2My thoughts: This is my stand-by recipe for hot fudge. I got it from my friend Monica about 20 years ago, and it has stood the test of time – and topped a lot of yummy things over the years!  Stay tuned for a deliciously fun treat to serve with this— coming this weekend!  ~r

Things that need hot fudge on top: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Fried Ice creamCreamy classic cheesecakeIce cream pie!!!!YUM!!!!!!

Candy-coated Cut-out Cookies!

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These buttery cut-out cookies are decorated in melted candy and designed to replicate our Josiah Venture Camps Theme for 2016!

There is so much to talk about with these little cookies! I will start with the WHY.

I work for an organization named Josiah Venture. We are a movement of God among the youth of Eastern and Central Europe that finds its home in the local church and transforms society. We plan over 100 evangelical camps each summer in 13 different countries, and each camp has the same theme. This year the theme is “Did You Get My Message?”, and this is the camp logo- on all of the t-shirts and banners and materials.

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Last year, I made cookies that replicated our camp theme “You are Here” and they were such a hit that people asked if I planned to do this again… I’m starting to be a little afraid of the next year’s design!!! THIS year was pretty easy- and a lot of fun!

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Now for the HOW.

Have you ever pieced two cookie parts together to make a shape not available in the cookie cutter world?

Me neither. When I was challenged to re-create this design in cookie form I knew I could get a hexagon cookie cutter- but how to add that cute little circle at the top? Then, how to decorate them without using Royal Icing? I’m not a fan of all the waiting for it to harden between colors.

Here’s what I did- and it worked (and tasted) GREAT. I realize you will want to make your own shapes and decorations- just adjust the amounts and colors of Wilton’s candy Melts accordingly.  (For a printable cookie recipe, click here)

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 INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 cookies)

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of butter flavoring
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 bags of Wilton Candy Melts in blue (or in whatever colors you want to decorate in!)
  • 1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts in white
  • 1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts in red

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and butter flavoring and mix well.
  • Add all dry ingredients and mix until able to knead into a firm ball of dough (add additional flour if necessary).
  • Roll out on a floured counter with a flour coated rolling pin to desired thickness (I made them fairly thick)
  • Cut into whatever shape you want- and if you want to join two shapes like I did, gently set one piece against the other on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and press gently together.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes and slide off the cookie sheet (leaving on parchment paper) to cool.
  • I needed a full circle on top of each cookie, so I used a cookie marker to trace the cookie cutter as pictured.

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  • I needed 2 items drawn on top of each cookie- an envelope and an question mark. I drew the envelopes out on my computer, found a good bold font for the question marks, and printed several sheets of these. I taped them under parchment paper and used melted white candy melts to trace them. To melt candy melts, you heat them in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until smooth.
  • Then I took that same melted white chocolate and outlined the circle- using my lines as a guide.
  • Melted blue candy was used to outline the hexagon.

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  • Finally, red candy melts are piped into the circle, filling it completely. I tapped the cookie gently on the table to get rid of bubbles before gently setting a question mark in the center. This step further cements those cookie pieces together.
  • The last step is to completely fill the hexagon with blue, tap out bubbles, and gently set an envelope in the center. I swirled a little white in the blue to copy the logo’s wave look.

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Any squeeze bottle that can be fitted with a small round decorating tip will work, but aren’t these so fun? These are from the Kuhn Rikon Decorating Set. That’s a link to find them on Amazon, but I got mine in a clearance bin at Marshall’s and didn’t even know how much I would love them!

The best part about working in candy melts rather than frosting is that they harden up SO fast. No waiting between colors- and no bleeding of one color into another. Plus they taste like a cookie covered in white chocolate! The cons are color choice. You are fairly limited in what colors you can use- although the Wilton’s site does have this handy chart to help you mix colors. I will use this again- for sure. I loved it.

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So. Fun. *smile*  ~enjoy!!!

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Caramel Armadillos. Because Caramel Turtles are soooooo yesterday.

I have this great, really easy, caramel filling. It’s great on ice cream, in brownies, in cupcakes and even by the spoonful. I love it. I decided this week that I wanted to make turtle cookies with it, and I was struck by how boring and predictable caramel turtles are. Why turtles? Who started this trend? I turned to Wikipedia for answers. I was still bored.

I decided to make caramel armadillos instead. Not only are they WAY cuter than turtles, but it’s really fun to say “caramel armadillos”.

Try it… five times fast!

You know you want to… 🙂

Caramel ArmadilloA couple weeks ago I was waiting for a friend to meet me for coffee and I stumbled upon these cute little chocolate molds on Amazon. They are supposedly Easter eggs, but when I decided to make Armadillos they came to mind as the perfect thing to use! All I needed was a tail and ears… and a tootsie roll would suffice!

SO caramel armadillos were born- and they are neither boring nor predictable!

Armadillo3Here’s how I made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 20 armadillos)

  • 32 Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • Whole pecans- about 3 per armadillo
  • 1 bag (32 oz/2lbs) of Merckens Milk chocolate wafers. 
  • about 40 candy eyes
  • 20 pink candy balls for noses
  • at least 25 tootsie rolls, unwrapped

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make caramel in a large saucepan over the stove by heating together the caramels, condensed milk and butter. Stir constantly until melted and smooth.
  • Pour into a small bowl and allow mixture to cool a bit (so it doesn’t melt chocolate when poured in).
  • Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
  • Use a food-grade brush, or pastry brush to “paint” the inside of the egg mold with chocolate. Paint two layers to make it nice and thick- you should not be able to see any of the mold showing through. 
  • Freeze until hard (5 minutes or so)
  • Place cooled caramel into a large zip-top bag, zip tightly closed and clip a corner off the bag using a pair of kitchen scissors.
  • Squeeze a little bit of caramel in each cup, set three pecans on the caramel, pushing them gently into it, then fill the remainder of the cup up with caramel.

**Note: If you are making just armadillos, don’t fill to the top because you will add a layer of chocolate on top once the caramel is hard. If you are placing these on cookies, you can fill to the top and spread flat with a knife.

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  • Place these in the freezer to harden (5-10 minutes) and then paint a layer of chocolate on the top of the hardened caramel and freeze again until hard.
  • Gently peel silicone mold away from chocolate and set on a plate to be decorated!
  • Unwrap 20 tootsie rolls and place for just a few seconds in the microwave to soften a little.
  • Pull and roll these into tails and use the side of a knife to press grooves along the length. Keep these on parchment paper until they harden up. 
  • Unwrap 4 to 5 tootsie rolls and cut them into little circles. Shape these into ears and keep with tails on parchment paper.

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  • To assemble, use dabs of melted chocolate to attach ears, candy eyes, nose and tails.

I made cookies for them to sit on. My original idea was for caramel turtle cookies, so I went ahead with the cookie plan and it does add stability to that tail (otherwise they are a little awkward to pick up!)

  • I used my favorite chocolate cookie cut-out recipe from here, and it made a few more cookies than I had armadillos for, but they are yummy cookies all alone!!
  • I used an egg-shaped cookie cutter a bit larger than the armadillo.
  • I added melted green candy wafers to the top- just spooned some on and spread it near the edges- and set a “open” caramel armadillo on top. The green wafers seal up the bottom and keep caramel from leaking out!
  • I set the tail on the melted green wafers and added flower sprinkles! Once everything hardened up I added the eyes, ears and nose.

Caramel Armadillo!

So….cookies??? Candies????  It’s up to you! I think they would be fun on a cake.

How awkwardly wonderful would a caramel armadillo cake be???

Caramel Armadillo Cookie

My thoughts: These are delicious. They are also a lot of work (being honest!). It would help to have your tails and ears shaped ahead of time and I was wishing SO hard for an additional mold. That would save time too. That said- I will totally make these again!!!! They were well- loved by adults and kids alike!  If this recipe seems like too much craziness for you, just make the caramel. Put it on ice cream and be happy!  Enjoy!!  ~r

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