Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Decadent Rum Balls

These decadent confections are so simple to make.  They make an elegant looking desert and would also make a perfect little gift wrapped up in a tin.  What makes them great is you can roll them in almost anything so you can satisfy any craving!

credit:  http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0093009/photos/sanfranannie/2484374139/

 Main Ingredients:

  • 3 1/4 cup vanilla wafer cookies, finely crushed
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (whatever your favorite nut is)
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup rum
Once you have assembled your rum balls you can roll them in lots of fun toppings.  Here are some ideas of how to dress your balls:
  • coconut
  • cocoa
  • finely chopped nuts
  • sprinkles
  • colored sugar
  • confectioners sugar
  • cinnamon & sugar
  • crushed candy cane
Directions
  1. Crush wafer cookies in a large zip lock or food processor.  Once finely crushed, mix crumbs in with sugar, nuts and cocoa powder.
  2. Add instant coffee granules to rum; stir until coffee granules are dissolved. Add corn syrup to instant coffee mixture and add into the cookie crumb mixture.  Mix well. Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; roll into desired topping. Place in airtight container with sheet of wax paper between each layer of balls. Store at room temperature. 
YUM!
Lucy~ 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Reindeer Pancakes and Fruit Candy Cane

How cute are these Christmas morning pancakes?



You'll Need:
Bacon for antlers
Tip of Strawberry Nose
Whip cream and chocolate chip for eyes
Sliced Bananas and Strawberries for candy cane!

Use One larger pancake and one smaller pancake, stack them. Then Cut small ovals for ears.


Simple Oreo Cookie Butter

Cookie butter is the new craze and its delicious!  It also happens to be very simple and affordable to make requiring only a few ingredients.  Package it up in quaint mason jars with a simple label and give as a gift!  Its perfect to spread on crackers, breads or use as a dip with pretzels or treats.  You can also dollop it on ice cream! 


You'll Need:
  • 1 package of Oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (depending on how loose you want it)
Place the cookies and coconut oil in the food processor and pulse until cookies have begun to break up.  Turn processor on and begin drizzling in the oil until the cookie butter reaches your desired consistency.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Mini Kitchen Chair Slip Cover

This is a great solution for a mini kitchen for kids. They sometimes take up so much room...and this can be washed in the laundry!
It's found on a dutch website at the link below. If you are crafty- you could sew your own too!

Mini Kitchen Chair Cover


(Purchase here: http://de.dawanda.com/product/39188290-Kinderkueche)

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Easy No-Bake Reeses Cup Christmas Trees!

These are not only adorable, but delectable!

Try these easy no-bake Reeses Cup Christmas Trees for your party!



You will need (for each tree):
1 Hershey Kiss
2 Small (bite-size) Reeses Cups
1 Large Reeses Cup
Melted chocolate (to bond together)
Green icing for garland
Red & White Sprinkle dots for decoration

So cute right!?

- The Six

Friday, December 05, 2014

Rudolph Chocolate Truffles

These cute truffles look just like Rudolphs nose!  You can choose to place them on a stick or leave them with out.  Or give them as a gift in a cellophane bag with a label saying "Reindeer Noses"!  Kids and adults will love these!


You'll Need:
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag red wafer melting chocolates
Over a double boiler melt the chocolate over medium heat.  Place the confectioners sugar and cream cheese in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer, slowly add in the melted chocolate and vanilla.  Beat until ingredients are incorporated.  Refrigerate mixture for at least 1 hour.  Once completely cooled begin shaping dough into bite size balls (up to you on how large you like them).  Place them onto parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to sit overnight (this will help the chocolate coating to adhere better).

The next day, melt the red wafer chocolates over a double boiler or in the microwave.  Begin dipping your balls in the chocolate and place them back onto the cookie sheet to set. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Mason Jar Play Dough

These mason jars filled with play dough is the perfect gift for any kid.  It's an easy affordable gift that won't break the bank if you have a lot of kids to buy for :)  

credit: http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0090009/photos/lovelihood/5792898456/

Ingredients for Play Dough
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 6 tsp cream of tarter
  • 3 tbl oil
  • 3 cups water
  • food coloring
  • 4 oz mason jars (Walmart sells them in packages of 12 for around $10 and 4 packs for around $4)
Place all ingredients into a large pot and stir constantly while on low.  A large ball will form and will start to pull away from the sides.  Remove from heat and knead the dough until it is play dough texture.  

You may need to make a double batch depending on how many jars you need to fill.  Tie a cookie cutter around the lid and you have the perfect gift!

Lucy~

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No Bake Reindeer Cookies

These no bake treats whip up so quick and you don't need to buy lots of stuff to make them...if your like me you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry!

credit: http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0090009/photos/shawnzlea/2103689747/
You'll Need
  • Package of Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Mini M & M's
  • small pretzels
  • Bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbl cream or half & half
  1. Melt your chocolate with the cream over double boiler or slowly in a microwave being sure to check every 10 seconds or so.
  2. Dip cookie into melted chocolate and drip off as much excess as you can.  Place on a lined baking sheet.  
  3. While chocolate is still semi soft, place mini M & M's in place for the nose and eyes.  Finally break pretzels to the shape of antlers and press into the top sides of the cookies.  Repeat for remaining cookies.
They will be loved by all :)

:ucy~

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Simple Nilla Wafer "Thin Mints"

Create simple no bake Christmas cookies from store bought ingredients!  These cookies taste like a vanilla version of a thin mint.  Kids will love decorating these cookies for everyone to enjoy!


You'll Need:
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • 1 tbl vegetable oil
  • various Christmas sprinkles and decorations
Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper.  On medium heat in a double boiler melt the chocolate chips with the vegetable oil.  When the chips have melted add in the mint extract and stir.  Begin dipping your cookies in the chocolate and place them on wax paper.  While the chocolate is still wet add your decorations.  Allow chocolate to set ( you can place them in the fridge for faster setting).  Enjoy!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Teepee Cake Cones - SO CUTE!

These have to be the most creative and tasty thanksgiving desserts of them all.... and they are miniature Teepees! Who wouldn't think that was the most darling thing they've ever seen?

Photo Credit: Cakemate.com


You'll Need:
  • 24 sugar cones
  • 1 bag mini pretzel sticks
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® Cake Mix + ingredients to make mix
  • 1 tub Betty Crocker® Frosting
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker® Chocolate Cookie Icing
  • Betty Crocker® Fall Décors
  • - See more at: http://www.simplycreate.com/recipes/thanksgiving-teepee-cake-cone#sthash.1cfoYpnu.dpuf


    24 sugar cones
    1 bag mini pretzel sticks
    1 box Cake Mix + ingredients to make mix
    1 tub Frosting
    1 pouch Betty Crocker® Chocolate Cookie Icing
    Betty Crocker® Fall Décors

    Directions:
    Bake cake in a 9x13 inch pan according to cake mix directions. Cool completely.
    Break cake into pieces and place into a large bowl with 1 tub of frosting. Stir until incorporated.
    Cut about 1 inch off the tip of the sugar cones.
    Fill sugar cones with cake/frosting mixture, packing in tightly.
    Ice the bottoms of each cone with the Chocolate Cookie Icing and then sprinkle immediately with desired Décors.
    Ice the tops of each tee pee with the Chocolate Cookie Icing and top with pretzel sticks.


    Happy Thanksgiving our loyal readers!