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Easter Fun: Dipped Baby Chick Cookies

Easter chick cookies

Easter Fun – Treat Recipe

Ok – We didn’t make these ones. This is a fun photo from the Free-n-Fun Easter ideas section on Oriental Trading Company. Super cute, right? They looked like they’d be pretty simple – and since I have pretty wild helpers in the kitchen, {my nephews are 8 and 5, and Abby is 20 months. The combination leads to a lot of kitchen craziness!} – I need things that are simple. And, they mostly were, but ours weren’t quite as successful as these ones. But that’s the usual result around here – I’m much more enthusiastic in the kitchen than I am skilled, lol.

Easter baby chick cookies

Making Easter Baby Chick Cookies

While our version isn’t quite as adorable as the original, they were still a ton of fun – and came out pretty cute. The kids LOVED them!! We did this as a trial run, and will be making more for our big Easter Egg Hunt party on Saturday. For the body of the chick, you can use any type of sandwich cookie – But since the kids at my house LOVE the Newman-O’s, we used those.

organic Newman-O's cookies

The Newman-O’s are a way healthier version of the traditional sandwich cookie, which is great for me – I’m on the Nutrisystem diet, but am going to splurge on a couple of Easter treats this weekend. {I’m so super-duper busy, hopefully I’ll burn off the extra calories quick, lol} – They even have a Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free cookie, for kiddo’s with food allergies. That’s a huge bonus when we’re having a ton of kids over!

 

Dipped Chick Cookie Recipe

The ingredients are simple, and you can make easy substitutions if needed. The process is pretty easy too – and they’re still pretty fun even when they don’t come out perfect! {Hint: Get some great spring candy and baking coupons right now, printable from Coupons.com – they have a lot of great ones through the weekend!}

Easter Fun: Dipped Chick Cookies

Ingredients

  • Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies
  • Pretzel Sticks, broken in half
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Orange Conversation Heart Candies - or icing
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts or Almond Bark
  • Yellow Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. Melt your candy melts or almond bark according to the package directions. {Add a bit of Crisco, if you have some, to make the dipping easier!} Stir in a couple drops of the yellow food coloring, until it's the color you want it.
  2. Dip each cookie into the melted chocolate, then place them on a big piece of wax paper.
  3. Add the mini chocolate chip eyes, and the pretzel legs. Also add the candy hearts if you have them - if not, wait until they cool and add frosting instead, like we did.
  4. Display, enjoy, then eat!
http://sunshineandsippycups.com/2012/04/easter-fun-dipped-baby-chick-cookies/

For More Fun Easter Ideas

Check out more Easter Fun Ideas and Inspiration on my Pinterest board – and if you’ve got a favorite Easter craft, recipe, or activity post to share – drop by and post it up on my Facebook wall, so everyone can check it out too! Have a cool idea to share but it’s not in a post? No worries – Post a pic on my wall too! I love seeing your fun creations – Happy Easter!

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Valentine’s Day: Chocolate filled Golden-Cherry Cupcakes

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day Cupcake idea that looks super impressive, but takes only minimal skill? Then these super delish Chocolate filled Golden-Cherry Cupcakes are perfect for you! {They start with a boxed mix. Love that, right?} Keep reading to learn my secret trick to jazzin’ ’em up!

Valentine's Day, Cupcakes, Red frosting, baking

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

As I mentioned over on the Click, Color, Capture Photo Challenge post earlier this week – I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. But – I am a fan of cupcakes! And these Chocolate-Cherry filled Golden Cupcakes totally brighten up the holiday for me! They’re incredibly easy to make, and super delicious too. They’re like – cute puppy faces and pretty flowers delivered to your door and sparkles and pretty shoes – everything that’s happy and good, all put together, and transformed into a cupcake. They’re also why my jeans are fitting tighter these days… Lol.

Baking, Cupcakes

“Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!” – Sandra J. Dykes

This cupcake recipe is a kinda-homemade style dessert – Because that’s the only way I do my baking! It starts with the new Fun-da-Middles Yellow Cupcake Mix, with chocolate frosting. But I’m never happy with a plain ol’ boxed mix, I like to get creative – But I admit, I have much more creativity and enthusiasm than I do skill, so there are disasters sometimes. Luckily, this experiment was a total success!

Chocolate filled Golden-Cherry Cupcakes

  • 1. Stir up the Fun-da-Middles mix, following the instructions on the package – but instead of adding regular water, use the Clear American Cherry Flavored Water from Walmart. It fizzes a little bit when you pour it in, which is cool. Now stir up the batter just like you usually would, and move on to step 2!
  • 2. Put adorable cupcake liners into your cupcake pan. I prefer polka-dots.
  • 3. Now, things get a wee bit tricky – You want to use just enough cupcake batter to cover the bottom of each liner, but have enough left over to cover the filling! So, fill each cupcake liner with a small scoop, and make sure it fills the whole bottom of the cup.
  • 4. Now the fun part – Grab the pouch of chocolate filling included in the package, and squeeze it for a minute or two. I listen to my music loud while cooking, so I dance while I squeeze. It’s up to you.
  • 5. Now that the chocolate filling is warmed up, snip off a corner, and start squeezing dollops of it onto each cup of batter. Make them even, and keep it in the middle, not touching the edges of the liner. You don’t want it to ooze out while baking!
  • 6. Now, add one maraschino cherry on top of the chocolate filling! I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and cherry together!
  • 7. Next, use the rest of your batter to cover the cherry and chocolate filling in each cup. Bake ’em up at the temperature recommended on the box. It’s ok to have a glass of wine while you wait….
  • 8. Now, you can take a short cut and use a canister of Betty Crocker red frosting, or tint your own favorite recipe with the Wilton Red Icing Color, and use your own bag and tip to swirl on some fun frosting!
  • 9. Almost done – Grab a pretty sprinkle to top your cupcakes! I used some silver pearls on half, and chocolate sprinkles on the other half. I love sprinkles. A lot.

“I’d give up chocolate, but I’m no quitter!” – Author Unknown

Sounds good, right? These are so super fun, and the kids love the surprise of chocolate and cherry in the middle. They’re also pretty enough for fancier events too. So, while I boycott most things Valentine’s Day related – I do support holiday themed cupcakes, and will be making these again this week! Enjoy…. And – if you’re a cupcake junkie too, check out my Pinterest Cupcake Board!

“Save the earth.  It’s the only planet with chocolate.” – Author Unknown

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Red Velvet Cake Balls – Plus Freebie for Duncan Hines Bakers Club Members!

Recipe for Red Velvet Bake Pops

Get Free Baking Goodies from Duncan Hines!

These pretty little yummies are a recipe from Duncan Hines – Red Velvet Cake Balls. I’m super excited to try these out later this week – Not only are they gorgeous, but they’re super easy to make. All you need is a Red Velvet Cake Mix, frosting, and candy melts. The recipe is available to anyone who is a Duncan Hines Bakers Club Member, which you definitely want to join today – They announced on Facebook that they’re going to be sending out something cool to members later this week! After you join, you can get this full recipe here –

Red Velvet Cake Balls Recipe

The Bakers Club site is filled with great recipes and cool free tools – you’ll love it. And, if you’re like me and always looking for more ways to simplify life, you definitely want to pick up the Bake Pops set! You get a full kit totally free with each set you buy – getting you double the value. And they make it so super easy to make fun Bake Pops or Cake Balls, and they come out perfect every time. It’s like, one of my favorite inventions ever.

How do you make Bake Pops?

Do you use the kit? Or do you make them by hand? My attempts at making them by hand always ended in disaster, so the Bake Pops kit is my perfect solution to creating impressive desserts. Stop by on Facebook and share pictures of YOUR best cake balls or pops – I love to see my fans creativity!

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My Drunk Kitchen – Holiday Gingerbread Houses #humor

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” – Author Unknown

Have you ever seen My Drunk Kitchen? Ohmyheck – my favorite videos, ever. I’ve heard that not everyone thinks these are funny – but I don’t know what’s wrong with those people :) You can find more of her videos on YouTube, or follow her on Facebook for random daily laughs too.

My favorite line comes at the very end…. “Why can’t the graham crackers support themselves?? – Wait, did I just sound like the 1%?” I love this girl.

One of my goals for the new year is to start doing video reviews. And while my videos might not be quite as entertaining {or intoxicated} as hers are – I hope they’ll be pretty darn fun. So – feel free to subscribe to my mostly-empty YouTube channel now, so you’ll be the first to know when I actually get super-duper-amazingly fun and informative videos posted. Watch for them to start mid January.

If you’ve got any suggestions for products, sites, or services you’d like to see reviewed first – leave me some comments – I love hearing from you guys. And if you’re a fan of My Drunk Kitchen too – tell me which one is YOUR favorite video!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Holiday Baking with #ClearAmerican – Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Mini-Bites! #CBias

Clear American Holiday Baking

“Cooking is like love… It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” – Harriet Van Horne

I love to cook, and I really love to bake. I was so excited when we moved to this new house a year ago, and I had this great big open kitchen – New appliances, beautiful stone tile floors, a great big island in the middle – with big sliding glass doors and windows, so I have a view. Our old house had the smallest kitchen imaginable, with no windows. So this gets me excited about creating! I bought new cookware, a gorgeous new apron, and fun baking gadgets. Problem is, my kitchen skills are pretty limited, lol. But, I’m learning. And I balance that lack of skill with my enthusiasm and sense of humor. So, follow along with me on my latest baking adventure….

Clear American Flavored Water

“Many people have eaten my cooking & gone on to lead normal lives.” – Unknown.

For this shopping trip, our goal was to find and purchase Clear American Flavored Beverages from Walmart. I shop at Walmart all the time, but had never heard of these. But, you know I’m always excited to try something new, so we headed to the store to check ’em out. They were super easy to find – If you’d like to try them out too, just look for the big green ‘Flavored Water’ sign in the bottled beverages section. There are some other options – but Clear Americans selection was by far the most impressive display!!

Clear American Selection

Huge selection of flavors!!

I could not believe how many different flavors there were to choose from!! And, you can get them in different sizes too – 6-packs of bottles to drink by itself, 20-oz bottles that are perfect for recipes, and a 2-liter which would be great for punch or mixes. I really didn’t have a recipe in mind yet, since I was waiting to see what flavors were available. I knew I wanted something chocolate, so when I saw the Wild Cherry flavored Clear American, inspiration struck! Chocolate-Cherry Brownies!! I also got a bottle each of lemon and mandarin orange to use in some Jello desserts, a Berry flavor to jazz up our favorite Triple-Berry Muffins, and Strawberry to mix into my French Vanilla cake when I make Bake Pops later this week!! Stay tuned for the How-To’s on those ideas coming soon.

Clear American Baking Supplies

How to: Chocolate-Cherry Brownie Mini-Bites

As you can see, I got really excited about experimenting with this Clear American Flavored Water – I bought a ton of goodies! I promise to share the other super-simple kinda-homemade recipes later this week. For the Brownie Bites, you’ll need the following:

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite Brownie Recipe – I cheated and used a boxed mix. That’s how I roll. But – when mixing your brownies, use the Wild Cherry Clear American Water instead of plain tap water. That’s what gives this recipe it’s pizzazz!
  • Maraschino Cherries – one small jar.
  • Mini baking cups – there are some adorable holiday choices at Walmart right now!
  • Red Frosting – use your favorite recipe, one of the cans of spray frosting, or simply tint a tub of pre-made icing with the Wilton Gel Colors.
  • Sugar Crystal Sprinkles, or other decor of your choice.
  • Wine – Optional, but highly recommended.

Kinda-Homemade Recipe:

  1. Mix up your favorite homemade or boxed brownie mix – but remember to substitute the Wild Cherry Clear American Beverage for the plain water. It’s kind of cool when you pour it in – it’s a carbonated water, so the mix gets really fizzy and bubbly! The kids loved this. Stir it up, and grab your mini-baking pans.
  2. Line the baking pans with the super cute baking cups, then fill each one about 2/3 full. {Quick Tip: Use an ice cream scoop to fill them – makes it SO much easier!}
  3. Pop ’em in the oven for the appropriate baking time. They’re done when you can poke one with a toothpick and it comes out clean. Now, quickly push a maraschino cherry half into each little brownie bite, and then set on a rack to cool.
  4. Once they’re cool, pipe your frosting onto each brownie, and top with sugar crystals or other decor.
  5. Arrange on a pretty platter, sit in front of the fire, pour a glass of wine, and eat them all. Happy Holidays!!

Brownie Mini-Bites

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” – Unknown, but my mother says this a lot.

Learn more about these great Clear American Beverages, and find out what other great flavors you can get – www.clearamerican.com. You can also find more fun recipes on their site too!

Have questions, comments, ideas? The amazing folks at Clear American would love to hear from you! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected, learn about new promotions, and give your feedback.

See the rest of my shopping trip and baking prep in my Google+ Album!

{Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear American® brand beverages. I love this stuff – all photos and opinions are totally my own, and the over-use of exclamation points is 100% honest and heartfelt. Happy Holidays!}

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Super Fun Bake Pops Ideas!! #baking #holidays #recipes

Bake Pop Ideas

Who Loves Bake Pops?

Heck I know I do! I think that these are one of the funnest baking ideas to come around in a long time. {Is funnest even a word?….} So, if you’re like me, and love Bake Pops, and love fun holiday baking ideas, you’ll love this post! You’ll learn some super creative ideas, and find out why using the Bake Pop pans are WAAAY easier than making pops by hand!

Why I love Bake Pops

We just got our Bake Pop set last Friday – and I am SO excited to start creating some fun goodies! And the set is pretty impressive – it comes with so much stuff. Check it out – the deal is still available:

Get the Bake Pop Double Kit – 150 Pieces of Baking Fun!! Only $19.99!!

This little gadget makes it SO easy to make fun baked goodies that look like you’re a pro – even if you’re not! {I love to bake, but am super likely to run into total catastrophes! Lol.} You whip up any cake mix – from scratch or from a box – pour it into the Bake Pop pans, cook ’em up, pop ’em out, then dip ’em and decorate! It is seriously so easy peasy to make them look really impressive!

Love From the Oven:

The first pic above is from Love from the Oven – she has SO many absolutely adorable ideas! This is a really simple Bake Pop – just dipped and covered in sprinkles – then she simply put it in a cellophane bag, and tied on a printable card with ribbon. How fun would this be for a bake sale, kids birthday party, or gifts? So easy, so pretty!

Cake Pop IdeasAnother fun idea: This one comes from Bake Me a Wish – and again, shows you how even just super simple decorating can give you a really cool dessert by using the Bake Pop system!! She dipped these Bake Pops into melted Candy Melts, then covered them with fun sprinkles. She’s got some great tips – but she makes her Bake Pops by hand, and shares some of the problems you can run into doing it this way. That’s why I love my Bake Pop maker! I don’t have to worry about rolling ’em up and keeping them held together.

Bake Pops IdeasMore super fun ideas: If you’re looking for some really fun ideas for your Bake Pop pans, check out this adorable book – Bake Me I’m Yours…Cake Pops: Over 30 designs for fun sweet treats – it’s filled with 30 amazing ideas to make for holidays, birthdays, parties, or just for after-school snacks to impress the kiddo’s! You’ll find a ton of other great books on Amazon too, filled with great recipes for unique cake mixes, fillings, candy coatings, and more.

I LOVE BAKE POPS!!

Have I already said that I love my new Bake Pops kit?? We’ve made brownie pops, dipped in chocolate candy melts, and rolled in one of four toppings – coconut, chopped almonds, oreo cookie crumbs, or chocolate sprinkles. And we made super-yummy French Vanilla Bake Pops, covered with cherry flavored frosting and Edible Pink Glitter – one of my favorite baking “secret weapons” that help make it look like I’m a real master of the kitchen. I’ll share pictures soon! They came out amazingly pretty!

Get your own Bake Pops Double Set today!

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