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Rocky Road Cookies!

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Rich fudge cookies covered in a pile of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds.

A perfect rocky road combination!

Confession: I’m not a fan of ice cream. I mean, it’s ok- but it isn’t like my favorite dessert. The rocky road combination of marshmallows, chocolate and almonds began in ice cream- back in the early 1900’s. It was actually the very 1st creative ice cream flavor- prior to its invention there was only vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Stop and imagine that for a minute. The world with no mint-chip ice cream…

So they invented this crazy new flavor, and then the Great Depression hit- and people didn’t have much money to buy ice cream. In a feat of marketing genius, it was given the name “Rocky Road” to relate to what people were going through and boost sales. It must have worked, because this flavor of ice cream has stood the test of time and is still filling the freezers of America.

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Since ice cream isn’t my favorite dessert, I like to take these flavors and create other things with them instead! I made Rocky Road cupcakes a couple of years ago on Easybaked, and they are still one of my favorite recipes. Yum.

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These are easy to make, and a perfectly rich, but not too sweet treat for any holiday or celebration. Or just for Mondays. Mondays always need good cookies.

Here is how we made them (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24, 4-inch round cookies)

Cookie: 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Toppings:

  • 1 bag of mini-marshmallows
  • 1 bag of Wiltons candy melts in dark cocoa
  • 1/4 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 1 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter.  
  • Cut into large circles (you want to have room for all those toppings!) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Slide parchment paper off cookie sheet with cookies on top. Allow them to cool on counter.
  • Melt dark cocoa candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of chocolate on the top of a cookie and spread to edges.
  • Immediately (before chocolate hardens) add marshmallows, almonds and chocolate chips. They all don’t have to touch the melted chocolate, and some can be loose on top.
  • Finish all cookies in the same manner.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.
  • Place candy melts into a small zip-top bag, clip a corner and drizzle white chocolate over the top of each cookie as shown.
  • Allow everything to harden up.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days (the marshmallows get a little chewy past that point). Make sure to layer parchment paper between the layers of cookies when storing them.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: There is just something unbelievably good about marshmallows on a cookie. The chewy sweetness of those, the crunchy nuts, the soft chocolate cookie… I LOVE these! Sometimes the love of a dessert is as much about the textures as it is about the flavors- and this cookie wins in both categories!!!! I hope you get a chance to try these! Enjoy! ~r

Other favorites for the cookie jar: (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Gingerbread Cookies!German Chocolate CookieChocolate Chip Oatmeal CookiesChocolate Espresso Cookies!!!

 

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Love Bug Oreo Pops!

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Show a little love this Valentine’s Day with these Oreo Love Bugs!

Easy to make ahead and wrap up as gifts!

I just have to keep making Oreo Pops… there are so many possibilities and all of them are yummy and cute! I’ve pretty much failed at cake pops, but these? My favorite!

I made Lady Bugs Oreo Pops a couple of years ago, and when I was visiting Florida last month I was subjected to everyone’s horror stories about some awful little bug called a Love Bug. I guess people hate them down south, but when I heard “Love Bug” I immediately pictured these. Sweet little pink bugs with hearts and sprinkles!

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Aren’t they fun? Cuteness overload….! These really aren’t hard to put together- especially if you’ve made Oreo Pops in the past. (If you haven’t ever made them, click here for a tutorial).

Here’s how we created these little love bugs! (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 25-30 Oreo Pops)

  • 1 package of Oreo Double Stuff cookies
  • 1/2 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in bright pink
  • 1/2 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in black
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles (I used these), pink/red jimmies or sugars
  • Candy eyes

DIRECTIONS: 

(If you want to simplify these- don’t add a stick. Just dip the Oreos using a fork, and skip the following steps for inserting a stick!)

  • Gently twist apart all Oreos.
  • Melt white candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Dip one end of a lollipop stick into the white chocolate, spread a little on the top of the white Oreo filling and then press the stick flat into the center of the filling.
  • Place top of Oreo on, and set on a cookie sheet. When all Oreos have sticks inserted, pop these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (until they are nice and firmly set).
  • Melt pink candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Have parchment paper spread on your countertop and have your sprinkles ready. 
  • Dip an Oreo into the pink melts, spooning melts over top and sides. Tap on edge of bowl to get rid of excess and slide bottom of Oreo along edge of bowl to remove drips.
  • Place on parchment paper and while melts are still soft, sprinkle with hearts and sugar or jimmies, leaving these OFF the top 1/3 of the cookie. Allow these to harden.

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  • Melt black candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon black melts over the top 1/4 of the cookie and then tap to remove excess and slide bottom across bowl edge to remove drips.
  • Set on parchment paper and place two eyes on top.
  • Once all heads and faces are done, spoon remaining black melts into a small zip-top bag. Clip a corner, and pipe a center line down the middle of the cookie as pictured. 
  • Allow Oreo pops to harden. Bag them up individually or store them in an air-tight container. 
  • Enjoy!!

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My thoughts: One of the main reasons I love Oreo Pops is that you can make them ahead for events. I’m baking quite a few things for an orientation next week and these are DONE. Wrapped in cute bags, tied with cute ribbons and ready to go. Cross one thing off my list! I also made some of my personal favorite Valentine’s treats: Frog Prince Oreos. If you need hearts for the 14th, you have these Love Bugs. If you’ve kissed one too many Frogs this year… well. These other Oreos are for you:)

Frog Oreos!!

Happy Valentine’s Day !!!!

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Other Valentine treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe):

Raspberry Truffle TartRaspberry Confetti KissesChocolate covered strawberry Cake roll!!Red velvet cookies with cream cheese icing!!

Valentine’s Day Mug Topper Cookies!

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Mug Topper Cookies

These adorable little cookies hang on the edge of a cup of coffee, cocoa or milk. Handy for dipping, and a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Aren’t these fun? When I have a few minutes of spare time, I like to wander around online looking for fun new kitchen and baking tools. I saw these cookie cutters and had to click on the photo to read more, because they didn’t make sense to me. They had several cute little shapes- but each one had a wedge cut out on one side. WHY?? I quickly discovered that the little wedge makes them not just cookie cutters- but mug-hanging cookie cutters! I happen to love dunking cookies in my coffee- so I knew I had to try them!

Valentine Mug hanging cookie

Does a cookie get more fun than that? I think not.

I was already making two different sorts of cut-out cookies for an event, so I set aside a little dough from each batch to make these. Here are the two recipes I used:

  1. Chocolate Espresso Cut-out cookies (recipe here)
  2. Buttery Cut-out cookies (recipe here)

Chocolate Espresso Cookies!!!  Butter Cut-out cookies

I kneaded some red and pink jimmies into the buttery cut-out dough before I rolled it out to cut it.

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You can use either of my recipes, or use your own- but you must choose a recipe that doesn’t puff up and get bigger in the oven. I have a fabulous gingerbread cookie recipe that would never work with these. If the dough changes shape as it bakes, that little wedge will not be big enough to slide onto the edge of a mug.

I also baked these on parchment paper, so I could slide them all off the cookie sheet and onto a counter to cool, without having to use a spatula to pick them up.

  1. Because they are tiny little cookies to handle.
  2. Because the wedge makes them more fragile until they cool and harden up.

Those are my “helpful hints”. They really are easy to make and so fun!

So a Valentine idea?

  1. Make some of my Spiced Mocha Mix (recipe here).
  2. Spoon 3-4 teaspoons into a cello bag.
  3. Place a cookie into a second cello bag.
  4. Print these tags (open link here).
  5. Staple tag over the tops of the two bags.
  6. Give away as a fun Valentine gift! (instructions for making mocha are on back of tag)

Valentine gift idea

I hope you get a chance to try this little cookie cutter idea out! If you were careful, I suspect you could even use a knife to cut a little wedge out of a plain old heart cookie too…? More time consuming, but then you don’t need to purchase a new cookie cutter. Enjoy!!  ~r

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Other Valentine’s treats here on Easybaked (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Berry Bomb CupcakesRaspberry Fudge Layer Cake1White Chocolate Strawberry Cookies!!Old fashioned Red velvet cake

 

 

 

Fudge cookies for gender reveal party!

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So my cousin Erika messaged me this week asking for ideas for a gender-reveal party she’s throwing this spring.  For those of you uninformed folks (as I was a week ago)– a gender reveal party is where you break the “It’s a boy/girl” news to all your friends and family at a fun party.  I say– what better way to deliver good news than in a dessert??!!??  So I went to work and I have several ideas you will likely see here in the coming weeks.

Idea#1— a recycled recipe tweaked for the occasion.  Remember my chocolate bonbons?  Fun little fudge cookies with a hershey kiss inside.   Instead of a kiss, how about colored white chocolate?  Here you go:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 40-50 Wilton candy melt pieces in BLUE or PINK
  • 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • Additional Wilton White Candy Melts
    for decorating as desired.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Soften Philadelphia cream cheese in microwave until completely smooth.
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well in between.
  • Add cream cheese to melted chocolate and blend well.
  • Add flour and vanilla and stir into a thick dough consistency.
  • Flatten about 1 tbs. of dough in your palm, place 2 candy melts (flat sides together) in the center and gently wrap the dough around the melts until they are completely covered.
  • Flatten dough and shape into an Oreo shaped and sized cookie and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove warm cookies from cookie sheet and place on parchment paper (they will be a little greasy on the bottom, the parchment paper helps with this)
  • Decorate as desired- I dipped the entire top of the cookie in melted white candy melts and then piped two small circles on the top.  Dragging the tip of a toothpick through the circles while they are still melted makes them into hearts (aww….)  Easy and fun!

Not expecting a baby?  Make these with pink or red melts inside and pink and red hearts on top for a fun and festive Valentines Day treat!

ENJOY!!

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