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Wintertime Peppermint Bark

24 Dec

Okay, so you know when you go to Olive Garden and they give you Andy’s mints at the end of the meal? Am I the only one that almost looks forward to those more than the meal itself? Don’t worry, I said almost. Any who, of course you can go buy Andy’s mints in the store. OR… you can make your own fabulous and festive peppermint bark that blows Andy’s mints out of the water (in my own humble opinion). So… I thought i’d share with you a recipe on how to make your very own, OH so easy, wintertime peppermint bark.

Peppermint Bark 1

Recipe:

1 11 oz. Pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 pkg Vanilla Almond Bark

1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract

20 approx. peppermint hard candies pounded and chopped up into very small pieces

Prepare a standard size cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper laying on top. Melt your semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals. This means, cook on high for 30 seconds and then take out and stir. Then pop them back in for another 30 seconds, and take out and stir. Continue doing this until they are completely melted. Even if the chocolate doesn’t LOOK like it’s melting, only do 30 seconds at a time. Otherwise, you’ll burn it and burnt chocolate is awful smelling. Just take my word for it!

Once your semi-sweet chocolate is all melted into a smooth and silky goodness, add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. You’ll then spread the chocolate over the parchment paper on the cookie sheet until you have a thin uniform sheet of chocolate. Pop this in the fridge and move on to the next step.

You’ll melt the almond bark in much the same way. I only use 3/4 of the pkg of almond bark, but you should use however much you want. The more you use, the thicker your white chocolate layer will be. Once melted, add the other 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.

Remove your chocolate from the fridge and layer your Almond bark on top and spread thin in the same way you did with the semi-sweet chocolate. You’ll then take your peppermint pieces and evenly sprinkle them over the top of the tray until it’s as coated as you’d like it to be. Set the tray in the fridge to set for an hour.

Remove the tray and break up the bark with your hands until the pieces are a size of your liking. Eat and enjoy!

Peppermint Bark 2

Happy Baking!

Monogram Wedding Cookies

29 Oct

One of my very favorite projects is making cookies for a wedding. I recently had the opportunity to create some beautiful monogram cookies as a wedding favor. The brides colors were eggplant and granny smith apple green and they were so lovely together!

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Monogram cookies are something I absolutely love doing because while they always look elegant and lovely, they are very versatile. A monogram cookie can be anything from whimsical and artsy, to clean and professional.

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The bride wanted something that was a combination between artsy and elegant. I did half of the cookies in purple and the other half of the cookies in green.

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18 dozen cookies is quite the undertaking, and it takes careful planning and execution. If you ever decide to take one on, make sure to plan accordingly!

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These cookies turned out great and I was really pleased. Purple and green is such a great combination and compliment each other well! I’m sure the bride looked beautiful and the colors of the wedding really set everything off!

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18 dozen cookies packaged and ready to go!

Happy Baking!

Polka Dot Affair Part 1

12 Jun

I was recently asked to create some splendid treats for a polka dot themed birthday party for a very special little boy in my life. I of course, being myself, went overboard. But hey, it’s what I do. Especially when there are polka dots involved, because as anyone who knows me can tell you, I am obsessed with polka dots.

I’ll start out the little polka dot adventure with my polka dot petit fours.

 

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I love these little cakes. I traditionally make my petit fours with pound cake as it’s a nice heavy cake that is easily carved and doesn’t have as many crumbs.

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Plus, using a really dense cake allows for the poured fondant to more easily cover them with only one coat. I prefer to use poured fondant on petit fours as opposed to rolled fondant as it’s not as thick of a coating and you get a better cake to icing ratio. Oh yes, petit fours are that official.

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Petit fours are almost as much fun to eat as they are to make. Or maybe they are almost as much fun to make as they are to eat. I dunno, they’re fun either way!

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Halloween Cookies

30 Oct

Well, it’s better late than never to post Halloween cookies. Almost late that is.  I made these last week actually to practice a new lettering technique i’ve been envisioning. I love the way they turned out and had a blast making them.

Halloween cookies are a blast because there are so many possibilities. But these were really fun. I spelled out anything I thought of that reminded me of Halloween.

First, I of course baked the cookies in the pumpkin shape of my choice, and then outlined and flooded them with my favorite shade of orange. Let those sit for 24 hours and then I used my edible marker to hand write the word I wanted on that cookie. A stencil didn’t seem completely practical here because of all the small detail work, like in the word halloween. I’m sure a projector would come in handy here!

After handwriting the word in edible marker, I just piped over the top of those lines with a #2 piping tip. It was surprisingly easy to do.

As with every single treat I make, I had a blast with these and can’t wait to try them with other shapes and themes. Thanksgiving and christmas are coming up quick… what can I come up with? Hmmm….

Happy Halloween!!!!

Polka Dot Number “1” Cookies

28 Oct

Turning one is a very special event in my book. Afterall, it marks your first successful completion of many eventful things in your life. I mean… being born for one. Although I don’t remember the experience persay, I would be willing to put money on the fact that it was eventful for me at the time. So many exciting and wonderful things happen within your first year of life, why not celebrate its completion with a bang?

When Tiffany asked me to make some sugar cookies for her daughter’s birthday party, I was really excited for multiple reasons. One, because it was an excuse to make cookies (duh!), and two, because I got to make a new cookie cutter! I’ve made quite a few at this point, but any new fun and challenging shapes are welcome. So doing a “number one” shaped cutter was certainly going to be fun.

In case your not picturing the cookie cutter i’m talking about, here’s an example:

It’s nothing special, but if you’ve ever made cookie cutters, you know they can be a bit tricky, and bending the shapes can get time consuming. This one however, turns out, was quite easy. I was really pleased.  Anyway… I digress. you want to see the cookies right?

Tada! The birthday party was purple and orange, and lime green if you can’t tell. So Tiffany just wanted one shaped cookies with those colors mixed in in a polka dot theme, which happens to be my favorite design, so I was naturally happy to oblige.

(Sorry for the fuzziness on this one… I’m still working on my photo taking and editing skills)

Well anyway, they were a lot of dun to make and I enjoyed myself quite a bit.

Thanks for the order Tiffany!

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

20 Oct

I was recently asked to make a whole bunch of cupcakes for someone’s work event, and in the process, somehow I ended up with 2 dozen KU themed cookies. Long story short, there was a birthday, and a guy who was a huge KU fan, and well, okay so it’s not so much of a long story after all. 

To do these, I actually didn’t even make a stencil. I just practiced a couple of times on a piece of wax paper and then I was good to go! KU cookies here we come!

We’ve got Blue KU Cookies…

And red KU cookies…

They were a lot of fun and I enjoyed making them and I hope that he had a very happy KU themed birthday!  Thanks for the order Janet!

Cookies. Cakes. Cupcakery

22 Jul

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