March 29, 2013

Crosses & Crucifixes

My last set of Easter cookies are crosses to remind us of the real reason behind Easter.

We all like bunnies and chicks and things, but ultimately, Easter is about Jesus’ death and resurrection. 

The funny part is that I wasn’t actually planning to make crucifix cookies.  No, I was flooding the crosses and thinking about just sprinkling them with the leftover sugar from the Peeps cookies when my 2 year old pointed to the cookie and said ,“Jesus, Mama!  Jesus on it!”

March 28, 2013

Peeps Cookies

My second set of Easter Cookies were inspired by those iconic Easter treats, Marshmallow Peeps!

I don’t actually even like Peeps (oh, except for those Peeps & Cadbury Egg S’mores from last year…drool), but I do think they are super cute, so a Peeps cookie is the perfect solution!

March 27, 2013

Bunnies & Chicks

I had such a difficult time deciding which Easter Cookies I wanted to make this year! 

I ended up making seven different designs!

Then I couldn’t decide if I wanted them all in one blog post or if I wanted to split them up.

I ultimately decided to split them.  It just felt better that way, with a little better flow to the posts.

So, the first installation of Easter Cookies:  Bunnies & Chicks!

March 26, 2013

Piping Sugar Cookie Dough

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in April 2012.

Piping sugar cookie dough.  Sounds perplexing doesn’t it?  Let me explain.  I saw some beautiful Easter cookies on The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle.  She had the lovely Miss Cuit share her method for making beautiful unfrosted sugar cookies.  These were so unique, that I just had to try them!   Here’s my version of those cookies, with a few extra tips and tricks.

To start, whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough minus the baking powder.  Here is my favorite recipe (note the original calls for 1 tsp baking powder, but we’re omitting that today):

March 24, 2013

Sugar Easter Eggs

When I was growing up, one of my favorite Easter decorations was my mom’s pink sugar egg. 

It was so pretty and delicate!

I’ve sometimes seen fake sugar eggs available commercially, but they’re usually made of Styrofoam, and just not the same.

So this year, I decided to make my own sugar eggs!

Aren’t they so pretty?

I am so happy to have my own sugar eggs to display for years to come!

I used this tutorial to make the sugar eggs.  I found my panoramic egg mold on amazon.  I used this royal icing recipe, and I found the sweet little birds nests, eggs, and baskets atMichaels.

March 22, 2013

March 19, 2013

Neapolitan Cupcakes

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in March 2012.

Easter is right around the corner so why not celebrate with some pretty little eggs in nests…on top of cupcakes?

These pretty little cupcakes are made up of a delicious Neapolitan flavor combination.  Fruity strawberry cake layered fudgy brownie; topped off with a creamy vanilla cream cheese icing.  These whimsical cupcakes are the perfect addition to your springtime festivities!

March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

I’m feeling a little festive for St. Patrick’s Day this year.  I’m not Irish in the least, but I’m feeling the green and the Guinness this year (just pop on over to Amy’s Cooking Adventures for a little more on that!)

So I decided to make some cookies!

My favorites were the square cookies with the rainbow sprinkles.

Rainbows are always happy (so are sprinkles)!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

March 12, 2013

Carrot Cake

I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from a lady at church, who got it from her Ukrainian grandmother (apparently Ukrainian grandmothers make the best carrot cake).  And let me tell you, this is one heck of a carrot cake.  The cake is super moist with just a hint of cinnamon, and a bit of texture from the carrots and nuts.  If you want to wow someone with your first from scratch cake – this is definitely the way to go!

March 7, 2013

Heath Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Whenever I go to Dairy Queen (which is only, like, once or twice per year), I always treat myself to a Heath Blizzard.   I’ve tried the other flavors, but they just don’t satisfy like Heath!  There’s just something about the toffee and the chocolate that makes me swoon!

If you’re a follower over at Amy’s Cooking Adventures, you might remember the Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies, Toffee-Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies, or the Chocolate Toffee cookies.  Yep…I got it bad for toffee.

Since I’ve exhausted the toffee cookies (for now), I decided it was time to stick that toffee into a cupcake!

The cupcake is the rich chocolate cake recipe, only with toffee bits added in, the topped off with an amazing salted caramel frosting and more Heath.

The cupcakes are super delicious and very indulgent!  I’d plan to take these somewhere where there are lots of people to eat them up, because the leftovers are waaaay tempting!

March 5, 2013

Pig Sty Cake

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in March 2012.

For my husband’s 29th birthday, I threw him a bacon party.  Since I thought a bacon flavored cake would be going a bit too far, I made him a little piggy cake instead.

The decadent, chocolaty cake was the hit of the party and everyone loved the little fondant pigs!

March 1, 2013

Rice Krispies Treats "Cake"

One of my good friends from the gym works in an office where they celebrate each coworker’s birthday by drawing names.  The person who draws the name is in charge of bringing a cake on that person’s special day.

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