Lets take a minute to admire these whimsical sugar cookies. How fun are these?! Sure, they look like a unicorn sneezed on them, but that’s part of the fun. They’re perfect for a birthday party or even a circus clown Bar Mitzvah. I’ll let you pick. They’re so Lisa Frank! Only my 90’s chick girls will catch that last reference.
The iconic caramel slice redressed for Valentine’s Day with a chewy red velvet base, a dreamy caramel center, and topped with dark chocolate, chopped white chocolate, and cute little red heart sprinkles. This Red Velvet Caramel Slice is way better than a box of chocolates!
I know lots of people don’t particularly look forward to the dreaded V-Day. Let’s look at the perks though. Chocolate. Red Velvet. Cheap cutesy pink and red candies. Champagne. Oh, and chocolate. I know I mentioned chocolate already, but…chocolate. I like Valentine’s because it distracts my brain from realizing my birthday was the day before and now I’m one year older. Ughh. It helps to gorge on copious amounts of champagne and sweets. Which is why I’m excited to dig into this huge slice of Red Velvet Caramel Slice.
These whimsical cupcakes have it all! Chopped white chocolate and tart dried cranberries baked right in the luscious cupcake base, swirled lemon cream cheese frosting, and sparkling cranberries glistening on the top. It’s my favorite Starbucks holiday treat in a cupcake!
Santa Clause hit on me.
Ok, so not Santa Clause, but a fat (and a little too jolly) 65 year old man with a white beard. Let’s just say I was very uncomfortable and wanted to duck my head into the neck of my sweater and never return. Even the check out girl asked “Did that just happen?” I replied with “Yes, it did. Do you happen to sell rape whistles next to the gum?” So now I have proof that at 32 with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under my belt, I still “got it”. At least to perverted old men. Find another chimney Santa!
Chewy and dense white chocolate chip cookies smothered in salted caramel sauce and topped with a toasted marshmallow. The ultimate holiday drink in cookie form! Warm up tonight with these Caramel White Hot Chocolate Cookies.
Just like one of my favorite Christmas songs, It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Perry Como version of course. As soon as Target gets their Christmas goodies up in the back of the store, my insides squeal like a little girl. This time of year is absolutely perfect. Except for one thing. No snow here in Orlando. Bummer. No snow equals no toasty hot drinks made of dreams. Also known as hot chocolate. So…I did what any sugar fiend would do! I made hot chocolate into a cookie!
In all the excitement of my bright (and original for sure) idea, I googled hot chocolate cookies just to check. A bazillion different versions came up. Boo. This seems to happen a lot, but after reading a post over at Love From the Oven I said to myself, “To heck with originality! If it tastes good make it and share it!” But since I’m scared of the recipe blogging police, I shook things up a bit.
I’m still on a pineapple high. From these amazing cupcakes I posted about a couple of days ago. I’m still longing for them as I type. When I sought out to make the Pineapple Dole Whip Cupcakes, I bought A LOT of crushed pineapple. I pretty much cleaned the super market out. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough in case I botched the first round. Oh, but I didn’t. They turned out perfectly delicious. So here I am with leftover cans of crushed pineapple itching to be put into another yummy dessert. I was thinking blondies, (which I still might make with pineapple for another post) but I wanted something chewy and dense. I was also thinking coconut. Coconut needs to be with pineapple. They complete each other. The almonds just weaseled their way in.
The combination was a winner.
They were so delicious I ended up eating some for breakfast. I don’t know if it was the crunchy almonds or coconut, but it tasted perfect with my morning coffee and thus my guilt was gone. The sweet and tart pineapple is baked right into the cookie bar base so you get these bursts of pineapple flavor with each bite. I sprinkled the almonds and coconut on top right before baking. The finished result was a crunchy, golden, buttery top layer.
- ¾ cup butter melted and cooled
- 1½ cups packed brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple drained.
- 1 cup white baking chips
- ⅓ cup slivered almonds
- ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish.
- Microwave the butter until melted. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In your electric mixer on medium speed with a paddle attachment, beat the melted butter and sugar until smooth.
- Next beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- On low, blend in the flour mixture.
- Fold in the crushed pineapple (drained really well) and white chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into greased dish and sprinkle coconut flakes and almonds on top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool until set and drizzle melted white chocolate on top.
If you want death by pineapple:
Decadent White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cupcakes for your sweetheart! Luscious raspberry mousse fill these tender white chocolate cupcakes. Lovingly frosted with a super light and airy vanilla butter cream and topped with tart raspberry icing.
My husband and I have never really been one’s to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Number one, we have a rambunctious 3 year old and a wee 9 month old. It’s a little hard to get away for a romantic evening. Also, its kind of difficult to get in the “mood” when you have dried poop in your hair. (Not even exaggerating there. It’s happened to me not once. Twice.)
Number 2, my birthday falls on the 13th. My husband totally lucked out on that one. My birthday kind of cancels out the day devoted to cheap candy and cheesy love cards. Which is fine with me…I like to celebrate my birth more than Valentine’s Day. As long as I get a little bit of that cheap candy.
Welcome to Alfajor Cupcakes part deux. A few weeks ago I made Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting swirled with dulce de leche. They were, to put it lightly…to die for. So, just to make sure I’m covering all bases, I baked some white chocolate ones. Truth be told, there are some people out there that don’t LIKE chocolate. Craziness. They prefer white, which I affectionately call naked chocolate. Pair naked chocolate with dulce de leche and I’m sold.
I found a recipe for white chocolate cupcakes from The Curvy Carrot, which boasted to give a moist cupcake with ultimate white chocolate flavor. It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to make sure when eaten, it was unmistakably a white chocolate cupcake and not vanilla. I crumbled some of my favorite Alfajor cookies (these were dipped in white chocolate) and baked them right in the batter. The Alfajor cookies can be found on Gaucho Direct. Even if you aren’t planning on making these cupcakes, get some Alfajores. You won’t be disappointed. They rock. The frosting is simple and easy, made with tons of dulce de leche. To make a stiffer frosting just add a little more sugar than the recipe calls for. It comes out fluffy and caramely and just plain yummy.