Dutch Apple Pie Cookies

 

Thanks again pinterest!!  These cookies are so amazing I’m so happy they’re in my life.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and wanted to make them as soon as possible.

The original recipe is here – http://food-pusher.blogspot.com/2012/04/dutch-apple-pie-lettes-apple-pie.html – but I modified it a tiny bit.  Something about my insides can’t just make a recipe with real butter and real everything else.  I also don’t even want to try to make my own pie crust.  I don’t have the soul of a pie maker.

Ignore my finger.

 

Recipe:

1 box of refrigerated pie crust

1 1/2 cups of ‘light’ apple pie filling

1/2 cup margarine, cold and cubed

3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir.  Then mix in the cold margarine with your hands, if you’re a barbarian like I am, or use one of those pastry blade things if you’re a normal human being.  Move 1/2 of that mixture into a separate bowl.  Stir 1/2 of the apple pie filling into 1/2 of the crumble mixture.

Lay out the pie crust and cut out circles using a cookie cutter/biscuit cutter.  Put the crust circles on a greased cookie sheet.  put about 1 tbsp of the apple/crumble mixture onto each crust round.  Sprinkle a bit of the non-apple crumble mixture onto the top of the apple filling.  Bake for 12 – 14 minutes until the crust is golden brown.   Remove from oven and put on a cooling rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and then serve.

 

They are seriously delicious cookies.  My kitchen smells amazing.

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

 

I had an intense craving for banana cake with peanut butter frosting.  Its like once you have this cake, it takes over your brain.

Basically I made these cupcakes for absolutely not reason other than to eat them with wild abandon.   The recipe was posted on another of my blogs – https://slackercakes.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/peanut-butter-and-banana-cake/ – so now I’m just going to post pictures.  Yum

 

I tried not to load all of them with chocolate chips just in case it made a difference in how delicious they were.  It didn’t.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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So, like everyone, I am a little obsessed with Pinterest.   I found this delicious seeming chocolate zucchini bread and needed to make it immediately.

The recipe can be found here – http://www.sliceoffeist.com/2010/08/very-grateful/

I decided to make them in a whole loaf form to keep at home, and mini cupcakes to take to work.

ImageThese little minis were adorable.  I made a cinnamon cream cheese frosting to top them off

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

4oz cream cheese, softened

1tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients until the icing is a thick spreadable consistency.  This won’t be like regular cupcake frosting, but would more resemble melted cream cheese.  It should be like that, its ok.  You can add more sugar if you want a sweeter more frosting-like texture.  I really wanted something more tangy and like a glaze so this was perfect for me.

I used the icing to glaze the whole loaf of bread.  Yum. Image

be mindful of the bake times.  If this goes even a minute too long, the bread will be very very dry.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Look at these sexy little berries

 

So… are you ready for the easiest recipe of all time?  Seriously, two ingredients but the end result is so delicious and so fancy that everyone loves you and thinks you’re amazing.  I was invited to my boyfriend’s mom’s house for a really nice family lunch and I decided to make these little berries to bring with me.  I’m notoriously the cupcake girl so they expected me to bring some kind of baked good… well I like to mix it up a bit.  My boyfriend’s brother really loved these when I made them for the holiday’s last year, and he’s had a rough few months, so bringing these was kind of a ‘here you go lil buddy’ type of gesture.  Plus, they’re like… so delicious.

 

Ingredients –

about 10 oz of melting chocolate candy wafers.  I used the dark chocolate flavored ‘Make and Mold’ brand

strawberries – a regular pound size container that are almost the point where they are too ripe.  The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice I always say.

 

Rinse all the berries under some cold water and peel off any gross looking leaves from the top of the berries.  You can either leave that little green on the top or cut it off.  totally up to you. I like to leave them and use them as a handle.

Pat the berries dry with a paper towel.  This is important because the melted chocolate will not stick if the strawberries are wet and you’ll be left with a gross looking mess.  I also pull the leaves back a little bit so they don’t get dipped in the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate 3oz at a time.  Put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and remove and stir them.  Put them in for another 30 seconds and remove and stir.  Do this for as long as it takes until the chocolate wafers are melted completely.  If you burn the chocolate it will turn into a disgusting waxy consistency so, you know, don’t do that.

Dip the dried strawberries into the melted chocolate and make sure the strawberry is coated but leave some room at the top.  I feel like the appropriate chocolate coating level might be self-explanatory but maybe there are some people out there who are total idiots who don’t know not to cover up the entire thing.   I just dipped them in using my fingers and twirled until it was coated.  When the chocolate level was kind of low I used a spoon to help cover the strawberries.   Set each berry on a sheet of parchment paper until the chocolate is cooled and forms a hard shell.  It takes about 10 minutes to cool and harden.

Then eat them all before anyone else knows you made them. These can be put in the fridge if you have any leftover, but I don’t really like them out of the fridge.  The strawberries will start to release a little bit of strawberry juice-liquid and they get a little sloppy.  But they’re still good.

 

Butterfly Cupcakes

Ok, so I’m a little late posting these, but whatever.  Suck it, fools.

So I made these little cupcakes for my niece’s first birthday party.  They turned out both adorable and delicious.  I mean, not to brag or anything but these were probably the best cupcakes in the entire world at that party.  My sweet chubby niece’s birthday is at the end of dreary horrible January.  What little girl wants a slush covered dull January grey birthday party?  Probably none.  Well, what 1 year old wants any kind of birthday party.  None.  One year olds can’t even not shit in their own pants, so you know, I think planning a birthday party is a little over their heads.

So… the party.  It was a super girly pink/pastel butterfly themed party.  I wanted everything colorful and bright and sweet and spring time.  I couldn’t think of a more light spring time cupcake than a lemony cream cake with raspberry icing.

mmmm lemony!

Cakes:
Lemon Supreme Cake

12oz cream soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine soda and cake mix and scoop into cupcake liners.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Icing:
1.5 small boxes of raspberry jello, unprepared

2 sticks of butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Whip butter, jello, and vanilla until fluffy.  Seriously, do I need to say it.  About 3-5 minutes.  Stir in raspberry jello until combined.  I needed a lot of raspberry jello to get the flavor that I wanted, you can add more or less.  Or you can add some raspberry preserves or jelly instead of the jello powder.  My mom is kind of a baby about the seeds in raspberries so I had to add the flavor without putting seeds in.  The jello powder worked perfectly and it made the icing the most perfect vibrant pink color.

I piped the icing on the cupcakes once they were cool using a 1M tip.  Then I topped with some confetti sprinkles and a white chocolate butterfly.  I made a ton of those chocolate butterflies as candy for the party so I just stuck them on the cakes too.  They were an adorable addition.  Cute decorations with like, no effort.  I used a microwave and a freezer.  So easy, a baby could do it.  But they don’t because babies are notoriously lazy.

Happy First Birthday!!

I have an adorable sweet little baby niece and she turns one on Wednesday!  My mom and I threw her a butterfly themed birthday party today! We had all our family come and a few of my friends who have an investment in my niece in as much as I talk about her to them non stop.  She’s the happiest cheeriest sweetest little girl and I couldn’t have been more excited for her first birthday.

 

I went full out Martha Stewart Type A crazy with crafts and handmade candies and cakes.  Seriously.  I cut out butterflies and created a hanging butterfly chandelier.  I decorated paper lanterns with butterflies and made my own confetti.  I hung tissue paper pom poms from the ceiling.. it was all super adorable. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

 

I made cupcakes for the party, rather than making a full on birthday cake.  I’ll post the recipe and pictures in another blog post.

Of course I made baby’s first birthday cake with extra layers of icing so she could really dig in and get covered in it.  Sadly she didn’t get too crazy with the cake, but she was still cute licking the icing from her fingers.

She did a terrible job of blowing out the candles…

 

But she looked adorable eating the cake…

Happy First Birthday Kira!!!

A Love Letter…

The cake wasn't the only thing that was moist...

 

So my birthday was in July and my friend and my mom each got me a hand mixer.  They were both adorable and I was super excited about them.  I used the mixer my friend gave me ever since the day I got it.  That mixer and I had some good times.  We went to cake school together.  It was a friend.  Sadly, that mixer died yesterday.  It died an honorable death – whipping up the frostings for my niece’s birthday cake/cupcakes.  I was sad to see it go…

I opened up the mixer that my mom had given me.  This shining goliath of a hand mixer.  I put the beaters in and turned it on… it was possibly the most amazing sensation of my life.  The beaters, while delicate looking, were like magic as they whipped through the butter.  It was seriously the most erotic kitchen appliance I’ve ever held in my hands.  It was love at first plug-in.  I love this mixer.  I will promise to cherish and obey this mixer.  I hope this mixer is looking for rings and wants to have appliance-human babies with me.  Ugh, it probably doesn’t even know my name…

 

PS.  Aren’t those heart measuring cups adorable?

 

 

Cake Wreck

Look at this piece of shit'

So my boyfriend has a potluck tomorrow.  He volunteered me to make a cake of some sort.  Logical, right, since I love to bake stuff.  He asked for a whole cake rather than cupcakes.  So I made him a pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese filling and cinnamon glaze.  Easy enough.  I love baking and who can’t make a bundt?

I baked it and let it cool slightly.  I wanted it still warm on the tray so when I put the glaze on top the heat would melt the glaze and create those delicious pools and drips down the side of the cake.  The kind of thing that makes people want to eat all the cake all the time.  So I tipped the bundt pan and fate intervened.  I somehow slid the cake tray and the bundt ended up half on and half off the tray and began to crack everywhere.  It also started to expand and completely lose its bundt shape.  I tried to save it by putting it in the fridge to cool it down quickly and try to fix it.  But I mentioned glazing the cake while it was still warm and my boyfriend was all ‘you should do it, then you can just slide it over when the cake cools’  I shouldn’t have listened to that loud mouth.  I should have put the bundt pan back over the cake and let it cool and then slid it over… but no.  I created cinnamon butter soup.  I managed to slid it a teeny bit to get the whole thing on the tray so I could put the lid on.  The end result is a delicious cake that looks like DJ let it bounce around his car on the way to the office potluck.  At least thats what I’m going to tell him to tell everyone happened.

I will vindicate myself.  This is not the end of me!

PS.  I might have been near tears over this ugly ulgy cake.  What does that say about me?

Booze Dough and Tears 2011

Girls love dips!

OK, so I’ve accepted my new love for Christmas.  I’m slowly morphing into a ridiculous Christmas sweater wearing asshole.  It’ll happen one of these days I’ll look around my apartment, filled with cats, and wonder where my youth went.  When I should have been doing Christmas shots and blowing strangers, but instead I was making sweatshirts with glitter puff paint and having cookie decorating parties.  Anyway, I had a bunch of pretty ladies come to my apartment and we made sugar cookies and decorated them.  We had glasses of spiked hot chocolate and some delightful bailey’s cocktails.  Basically, it was super fun!  I made way too many snacks for everyone involved – veggie roll ups, hummus tray, and some apple straws with caramel dip.  Best snacks ever, yo!

The recipe for the sugar cookies can be found here – http://www.crisco.com/Recipes/Details.aspx?recipeID=1328  my uncle has been using this recipe for years and its my favorite cookie of all time.  I also made some buttercream frosting using a basic recipe –

1 stick butter

1tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

whip butter and vanilla until fluffy.  Add powdered sugar until desired consistency.   Delicious.

I made this cookie for my adorable boyfriend – The Ultimate Cookie Warrior !

OOohhh Yeeeaaaahhhh brother

OOohhh Yeeeaaaahhhh brother

Christina made a bad ass rocket –

she's a rocket man

Tricia made amazing looking cookies –

look at that nerd cookie!

Ann was the only one not drinking and therefore was the most enthusiastic and completed the most cookies before being officially over it –

not drinking greatly increases your productivity.

And finally, I demonstrated how I was the most emotionally mature and refined by creating this cookie –

hur hur hur hur

Getting ready for the holidays is so much fun!