Thursday, March 31, 2011

When the Moon Hits Your Eyes Like a Big Pizza Pie

At about 6:00 last night, my oldest daughter decided she wanted to make cookie pies. I told her we would have to wait until the next day as it was pretty close to her bed time. So today after school and lunch she asked again about making the treat, although this time she changed it up to cookie pizzas. So into the oven four cookies went (and I'm not going to lie here, they were slice and bake, not from scratch) and the gathering of topping began. For our "pizza" sauce we took regular white frosting and added some strawberry sauce to it so it would look a little bit like real pizza sauce. We had shredded coconut for our cheese and coconut M&Ms, chocolate chips, Dots, candy corn and rainbow circle sprinkles for our toppings.
I thought I would show the kids how to make their cookie pizza first and then let them loose to have fun. Here's the begin of mine.
And here is my finished pizza. I didn't want to over top mine as I was afraid my stomach wouldn't be able to handle all that sweet stuff.
After taking turns saucing their pizza crust, the kids went to town decorating them.
Even my youngest wanted in on the act, and wasn't going to let anything stop him from reaching the toppings.
They had lots of fun and didn't fight over the toppings or anything. It was really fun to see their different styles emerge.
Here are the finished pizzas (my oldest couldn't wait to try her's).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's White, Black and Hot Pink All Over?

Cake pops of course. Bet you thought this was some hard riddle...nope, just a quick post about some pops. Back in the begin of March, my friend Heidi contacted me to see if I could make some cake pops for her Goddaughter's 21st birthday. I thought, sure no problem. But there was a catch, Heidi needed them right away, like in a day or two, and she asked if they could be black and hot pink. I told her as long as she trusted me, I thought I could fill the order. Supplies to make the cake pops were no problem. I had an order coming up later in the week, and had the cake and sticks I needed. My dilemma was the colors and container to display the cake pops. Here is what I came up with on short notice...

To start, I took a cardboard box and glued hot pink cupcake liners to it and finished it off with a nice black ribbon. For the cake pops, I started with the zebra striped ones. I have never ever done any kind of animal print before. I was pretty happy with them and wouldn't mind trying them again. To achieve the black coating, I took regular chocolate and added black food coloring (and shortening to thin it out). I then brushed the pops with some pearl luster dust to give it some extra sass. And the hot pink cake pops have a spiral of hot pink sanding sugar to make the color stand out. Put them all together and you have a fun, sassy cake pop bouquet for a 21 year old.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Question Answered (hopefully)

About a week and a half ago, an old friend from college sent me a message on facebook. She wanted to know how I make the Oreo cookie pops and could I please do a blog about how I did. So Michelle, this is for you.

The first step is to separate all the Oreos and line them up for the sticks.

Next, dip the lollipop sticks in some melted chocolate and gently stick into in the creme filling. The chocolate will act as a glue when you reassemble the cookie.

If the cookie is breaking when you put the stick in the center, try cutting out a little channel.

Then do the same step as above with the stick and melted chocolate.

After you let them set for a bit, (I usually wait at least half an hour) dip the Oreos in some melted chocolate and place in a piece of styrofoam to dry.

The last step is to decorate how ever you please and then enjoy.
I hope this helps Michelle. ;)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Get Your Fat On!

It's that time of the year...Fat Tuesday. The past couple of year, I have had some friends over for a Fat Tuesday Dessert Fest and this year was no exception. I like to make bite size goodies so you don't feel like your eating so much, even though you are.

So for this year's enjoyment here is the spread of yum.

I formed the rice krispie treats by putting them in my mini muffin tin.

These are some of my favorites to eat and probably one of my least favorite to make. I have been making chocolate dipped coconut macaroons for years now and they are still as good as the first time I had them.

I brushed the outside of these chocolate dipped mint oreos with some edible gold and metallic green dust just to help incorparate the colors of Mardi Gras.

Since I always have to have some kind of cake pop, I opted to make the "chocolate covered strawberries".

Since I knew I had a lot (and I do mean a lot) of chocolate items, I made some peanut butter and jelly cookies, aka thumbprint cookies.

You can never go wrong with brownies.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh My Ganache

I had planned to post on Tuesday, I really did. But life as I know it went from crazy to extra crazy this week. So here is my post on the chocolate truffles I made for the Death by Chocolate event we went to at my friend's house.

Truffles are super easy and taste oh so yummy! A truffle filling is made from ganache, and while ganache sounds all fancy and hard to make, it is one of the simplest most versatile things. Three ingredients to make the truffle base is all you will need really. This recipe I am going to share is from Better Homes and Gardens. I happen to stumble across it online and luckily, had what I needed to make the truffles.

Chocolate Truffle Base

10 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped (you can use chocolate chips and make it easy on yourself)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, cut up

In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine semisweet chocolate, whipping cream, and butter. Microcook, uncovered, on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth. If necessary, return chocolate mixture to microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds more; stir until smooth.

Now I call this a truffle based, because I added some flavors. I divided the ganache into three bowl and had a little fun.
First I started with some Peppermint extract. I have to admit, I didn't measure how much I used. I just splashed a little in, stirred and gave it a taste.

I did the same thing with the raspberry extract.
For the coconut truffles, I used coconut extract and also added a little shredded coconut to the ganache.

Once you have you flavors mixed in, cover the bowls and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours. Line a baking sheets with nonstick foil or lightly greased foil or waxed paper. Drop chocolate mixture from rounded teaspoons (or use a small cookie scoop) onto the prepared sheet. Cover with waxed paper; freeze for 10 minutes. Roll the scooped ganache to form a ball. After that you are ready for the coating. I used cocoa for the raspberry, pink tinted coconut for the coconut and powdered sugar for the mint.
The finished delish project.