Rice krispie Easter treats

 

This is a fun Easter treat that I love to do every year. So easy and fun for the kids to play with.  Wilton Pearlized sprinkles , cookie icing and candy melts help make this a fab fun family treat !

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

White cookie iciing. pink pearl sprinkles.

White cookie icicing. pink pearl sprinkles.

 

 

 

Pink cookie icing, with white pearl sprinkles

Pink cookie icicing, with white pearl sprinkles

 

 

 

 

Wilton Pearlized sprinkles

 

 

 

Hot pink, red

 

 

 

 

Rice Krispie Easter treats

 

Ingredients:

 

TOTAL TIME:15 mins

PREP TIME:5 mins

COOK TIME:10 mins

 

 

3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons margarine

40 large marshmallows (or 4 cups mini-marshmallows)

6 cups Rice Krispies

White & pink  pearlized Sprinkles

½ cup Wilton Candy Melts white, bright pink,

Cookie Icings  pink & white

 

Directions:

1.In a large microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until coated.

3. Press mixture into 13 x 9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cut with cookie cutter shapes  when cool.

4. Once cooled,melt white candy melts spread on top of the rice krispie treats, immediately sprinkle pearlized Sprinkles on top. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to set the candy melts, once set using bunny or egg cookie cutter cut into desired shape.

5. Using cookie Icings { any color pink, white, or  yellow} to outline the shape of the bunny. And to decorate egg. Let it dry before serving.

 

 

 

 

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Cookie Friday: peanut butter M&M cookie sandwiches

 

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Welcome to the  first Cookie Friday of the year. I had to take a couple of days off this week, I wasn’t feeling to good . But, I’m back ! And I’m giving you a double dose of Peanut butter. With this recipe. Peanut butter M&M cookie sandwiches. A creamy peanut butter filling YUMMY ! You will need an EXTRA TALL GLASS OF MILK.

 

 

Soft baked cookies so Yummy.

Soft baked cookies so Yummy.

Place a teaspoon of peanut butter

Place a teaspoon of peanut butter

 

 

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A tall glass of milk will be needed.

A tall glass of milk will be needed.

Cookie Friday: Peanut butter M&M cookie

sandwiches

 

Prep Time: 10 mins

Bake Time:10 mins

Total Time:20 mins

Makes about 30

Ingredients 

2 cups m&m’s

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup white sugar
2 eggs

1  3/4 cup of peanut butter for filling

Directions 

1.Preheat oven to 350
2.Cream together butters and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well. Combine the flour and baking soda, mix into the creamed mixture.
3.Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the m&m’s with a spoon, being careful not to break the candies.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on {lightly spray with oil }cookie sheet. Place a couple of m&m’s on top of each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes, or until it’s light golden brown.
4.Remove from the oven, and let sit on the cookie sheet for a few mins. and transfer cookies to cooling rack to finish cooling.
5.Take a teaspoon of peanut butter and place on flat side of 1 cookie, place another cookie on top and repeat until finish.

Red velvet cookie bars with peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars
With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Cookie Friday: Red Velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

If you are not in the Christmas spirit these red velvet cookie bars will get you there. I have been making them  for the last 3 years. By the way,  a nice hot toddy or hot chocolate, goes really well with this. The hot toddy was perfect last night for the T.V foodie night with scandal. Have a great weekend !

 

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Press dough firm into pam

Press dough firm into pan

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Total Time 1 hr 20 min 

Ingredients

Red velvet cookie bars

1 box of sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup of  unsweetened cocoa

1/4 cup of butter  softened

1 tablespoon of red food coloring

1/4 cup of cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30-50 peppermint candies crushed

 Cream cheese frosting

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of peppermint extract

Directions 

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. Form dough into a giant ball and press firmly in 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 12-19 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Take out and cool.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract. And set aside.
  5. Once bars are cool , frost with cream cheese, and sprinkle with crushed peppermints. And serve.

Chocolate S’mores martini

Thirsty Tuesday’s S’mores martini

Anything chocolate works for me . So chocolate + alcohol = Goodness  ! I like to call it a Dirty chocolate martini Enjoy !

Ingredients

3 ounces Smirnoff fluffed vodka
1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao
3/4 ounce of kahlua 
3 ounces vanilla creamer 
2 teaspoons of melted chocolate
graham crakers



Directions 


1.Rim two martini glasses with graham crackers, by coating 


the rim with crème de cacao and then dipping in a 

shallow plate filled with graham crackers. Or instead of 

graham crackers coat it with cocoa powder.


2.Pour 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate in the bottom of 

each glass Set aside.


3.In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, crème 

de cacao, Kahlua and creamer. Shake to combine.


4.Using a strainer, pour into two prepared martini glasses

  For garnish dip marshmallow  in cocoa powder. Serve and 

enjoy!




Adapted from .allparenting.

Skinny cherry chocolate chip brownie batter dip

Truwhip-Skinny Chocolate cherry brownie batter dip
 


 Two easy steps for a  easy skinny chocolate treat. This delicious dip is ready in less then 10 minutes. 5 simple  ingredients, that you probably already have in your kitchen, 2 easy steps. I added cherry coke to give it a hint of cherry flavor. Low-fat yogurt, low-fat brownie mix and Truwhip.


This yummy wasit-slimming dip has Truwhip. Truwhip is a natural frozen topping but with less fat or calories. Truwhip light has only 25 calories per serving and 30 calories for the original. And it’s only 2 grams of sugar per serving. This truly delicious dip goes with fresh fruit, This graham crackers and pretzels.

Ingredients 

2 cups of Truwhip {thawed}
2 cups of  light yogurt 
1 8 oz. of low fat brownie mix
1 Tablespoon of diet cherry coke soda
1/2 cup of mini-chocolate chips
Directions


1. Mix 2 cups of yogurt and 2 cups of Truwhip, in a large bowl with mixer.
2. Slowly mix in the brownie mix and diet soda, a little at a time.

That’s it ! Easy and Quick.

Banana whoopie pies with cream cheese filling

I just got my  pie pans whoopie, and realized I haven’t made any in a few months. My aunt is a Whoopie pie addict so I try to come with a bunch of flavoring to put together.This recipe is moist with a delicious cream cheese filling. I put in 2 tablespoons of banana pudding mix.  I, also have a maple banana  whoopie pie with Nutella filling that is outrageous ! Look for that in a couple of weeks.


Bake time: 8-12 mins
Prep time: 35 mins
Preheat oven: 350
Whoopie Pie pan Opt.
Ingredients 
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  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (from 1 large ripe banana)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons of banana dry pudding mix

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Combine banana and sour cream in another bowl.

STEP 2

  1. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed, until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, beating until incorporated. Add banana and pudding mixture in 2 additions, alternating with flour mixture.

STEP 3

  1. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain tip. Pipe batter into 1 1/4-inch rounds on baking sheets, spacing rounds 1 1/2 inches apart.

STEP 4

  1. Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Slide parchment, with cookies, onto wire racks. Let cool. (Unfilled cookies can be stored for up to 1 day.)

STEP 5

  1. Beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Pipe or spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture onto the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies. 

My favorite Macaroons in the city

Welcome Macaroons lovers.

I went on a hunt for the best macaroons in N.Y.C. I did my research with Zagats, eaters and grub 
street. So a couple of week I went into the city,{and forgot my camera, i’am such a airhead sometimes.}
And went to work. Here are my 4  favorite picks.

The Best Macarons in New York City

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 Pick 1 :Francois Payard Bakery
The famous Chef Francois Payard bakery.{ My favorite chef}
The very best macarons in the city, at least to me it is. You can’t beat the prices here. 1 macaroons is $ 2.25.
the pastries and tart menu is so yummy. You must go, even if macaroons are not what you are looking for.

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Pastries, Tarts & Cookies 
Éclair $4.25 
Le Gateau Roulé $4.25/sl. 
Le Gateau Voyage $4.25/sl. 
Signature Seasonal Fruit Tarts $4.50/sl. 
Lemon Tart $4.50 
Opera $4.50 
Sacher $4.50 
Chiboust Tart $4.50                                                                            
Cookies $2.50 
Individual Macaron $2.25

http://www.fpbnyc.com/images/menu.pdf


Pick 2   Bouchon bakery

Pick 2. Is one of my favorite Bakeries in New York Bouchon bakery.  This is on my favorite bakery list also. I have the cookbook, if i could live there I would.  Again the menu here is so fab. You will really want more then macaroons.

Two prime locations

2 Prime locations
Time Warner Center
New York City

Rockefeller Center
New York City
Pick 3  Macaron cafe
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Pick 3. Macaroon  cafe

It has the most variety of macaroon in the city . I just love it. My favorite one is caramel and the peanut butter.

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Pick 4. Macaroon Parlor

Like my number 3 pick, this place also has a wonderful unique variety. Its pretty cool to walk in and see all these beautiful creations. Very pricey . Check out the menu below.

 http://macaronparlour.com/

Visit us at 111 St. Marks Place