Friday, December 16, 2016

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I've been baking up a storm for the holiday season! Today I'll be sharing one of my favorite recipes with you, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! Pretty much everyone I know loves peanut butter cups, and adding them to a peanut butter cookie is absolutely divine! These are perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange or for any time of the year. Here's all of the information you need to know!

Ingredients
1 Package Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Egg

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Unwrap Peanut Butter Cups
3. Mix Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar, and Butter until smooth and fluffy
4. Add Vanilla, Milk, and Egg and mix together
5. Add Flour, Salt, and Baking Soda to mixture until completely combined
6. Roll dough into small balls that will fit in a mini muffin tin
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes
8. Immediately press Peanut Butter Cups into each cookie until you covered them all

9. Cool completely 
10. Enjoy!

I've made these cookies a few times and they are always a hit. They're pretty quick to make, especially when you're baking with a friend so one can roll the balls and the other can unwrap the cups! 

Peanut butter and chocolate is always a safe dessert choice. They are always consumed immediately and my guests are always wanting more!  Biting into the soft peanut butter cookie stuffed with a peanut butter cup is absolutely mouthwatering. They are delectable right out of the oven with the oozing chocolatey peanut butter cup melting in your mouth, or even delicious completely cooled. It's a great alternative to the typical Hershey Kisses on top of the peanut butter cookies. Although I like those cookies, I like to surprise people with this twist that tastes even better! Baking cookies really gets me into the holiday spirit, and it's one of my favorite ways to celebrate the season

Here's my friend and I each with our own plate of cookies, and of course I'm holding my Peanut Butter Cup cookies! Go ahead and grab your friend and start baking these! 'Tis the season!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Powdered Secret Kisses Cookies

Ho ho ho! Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and are making spirits bright every day! One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is baking Christmas cookies and trying new recipes and creations every year. This time, I made Powdered Kisses Cookies. It's a cookie covered in powdered sugar, with a SECRET Hershey's kiss on the inside! They are incredibly delectable and I want to share this secret recipe with you! Here's what you need to know to bake these fabulous treats.

Ingredients
1 Bag of Hershey's Kisses
1 3/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Tsp. Vanilla
Powdered Sugar

Instructions
1. Combine butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and stir until well mixed
2. Add flour and walnuts and continue to stir until all is mixed together
3. Cover mix and refrigerate for 1 hour
4. Unwrap Hershey Kisses and set aside
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
5. Take the Hershey Kiss and cover it with the hardened mixture so no chocolate is showing and roll into a ball

6. Line baking sheet with wax paper and place the balls evenly apart on the paper
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes
8. Take cookies out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes
9. Roll cookies in the powdered sugar 
10. Devour!

This secret recipe is absolutely delightful!  When you take a bite of the cookie, especially right after it cools and it's drenched in powdered sugar, the milk chocolate oozes into your mouth and makes you feel like you're on top of the world. It's soft, has a slight crunch from the walnuts, and is super smooth going down. Definitely bring these to your next cookie exchange, and don't tell them about the secret Kiss inside until they take their first bite. Everyone will be in Heaven and will love the secret surprise! Merry Christmas!  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rice Krispies Turkey Legs - Dark Meat Edition

Happy Holidays! 'Tis the season to start blogging again after a long hiatus, 'tis the season to be jolly and 'tis the season for baking sweet & festive desserts! Everyone knows that Thanksgiving dinner and holiday meals are not complete without a turkey. Instead of eating and baking the real thing, we're making Rice Krispies Turkey Legs the Dark Meat edition! I know you're all excited about the dark meat, because who doesn't love milk chocolate covered pretzels, topped with Rice Krispies treats! Here's all you need to know to make this simple and delicious festive treat!

Ingredients 

1 box of Rice Krispies Cereal 

1 bag of Mini Marshmallows

6 Pretzel Rods

Semi Sweet Baking Morsels

 1/4 Cup Butter

Instructions

1. Break pretzel rods in half and place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.

2. Melt chocolate in microwave or stove top

3. Once chocolate is melted, dip the end of the pretzel rod into the chocolate, and have your mini marshmallows nearby to stick two onto the dipped end.  You will need two mini marshmallows per rod.  Let the marshmallows and dipped ends sit for a few minutes until they are all tightly stuck together.


4. After marshmallows and dipped ends of the pretzel are hardened, dip the whole pretzel in the melted chocolate. Repeat until all twelve sticks are covered in chocolate. Once finished, put the rods in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to completely harden.


5. While the rods are hardening in the refrigerator, melt the remaining marshmallows and butter together in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir the mixture until it is as fluffy and mixed as this photo.


6. Then add the Rice Krispies into the mix and stir until all of the ingredients are mixed together.


7. Use wax paper to grab small amounts of the Rice Krispies mixture into an oval shape.  This will help reduce the stickiness on your fingers and is easier to mold. 

8. By this time, the rods should be completely hardened and ready to combine with the Rice Krispie ovals.  Place each Rice Krispie on top of the chocolate covered rods and make sure none of the bare rod is displayed.

9. Repeat until each of the rods are topped with the Rice Krispies.

10. Drizzle any remaining chocolate onto the top of the Rice Krispies to finish the dark meat effect and add some extra delight.

11. Place the finished product back into the refrigerator to set and completely harden.

12. Share the wealth, grab a bone, and enjoy!


I love Rice Krispie treats and chocolate covered pretzels, so this was a phenomenal combination!  I love my twist on the dark meat edition because nothing compares to dark and milk chocolate.  Your guests will love these as much as you and will be greatly impressed by your creativity.  Don't worry, no bite will disappoint because there's no opportunity for a piece of bad meat here!  And who doesn't want to eat the whole turkey leg,  that is delicious down to the bone :)

This creative dessert is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit, and is so easy to make. 


Friday, April 24, 2015

Bride to Be Candy Basket


Wedding planning is fun, always very busy, and can get hectic at times.  There's so many things to constantly check off your to-do list, people to call, invitations to send, and favors to pick out.  I love being a Bride to Be and am enjoying my engagement to the fullest.  I cannot wait for the big day

It's always fun to receive parcels in the mail.  Who doesn't love a brown box addressed in your name?  I love getting packages and when one came addressed to "Chelley Candy" from Candy Crate, I was so excited to open it!  I thought it was Easter candy for me to review but to my surprise, it was an adorable Bride to Be Candy Basket!  

It was so thoughtful of Candy Crate to send this and I was so genuinely happy when I opened the box and saw my Bridal surprise that I couldn't stop smiling.  The basket was filled with wedding related candy including the following:


Candy Garter - Let me tell you, I definitely want to wear the Candy Garter at my wedding, we'll just have to see if I can wait that long to eat it myself!  

Heart Shaped Lollipops - Two tiny scrumptious lollipop hearts! 

Ring Pop - Who doesn't love to flash that big bling on your finger!

Sugar Daddy - Everyone needs a $ugar daddy in their life!

Big Hunk Bars - Delicious and totally describes my groom to be!

White Jordan Almonds - Almonds taste bittersweet so when mixed with candy sugarcoating, the tradition is to wish a newlywed's marriage to be more sweet than bitter!

White and Silver wrapped Hard Candies - Lemon flavor in the silver wrapper and a butterscotch taste in the white wrapper that was creamy and smooth! 

Just Married Candy Rolls - The Just Married symbol is subtle but once you notice it it's so cute!  I thought they were mints at first and then tasted the sweet rolls and to my surprise they tasted like Smarties!


When I get married, I know I want to have a candy buffet at my wedding.  I know the guests will love it and know how sweet love is!  I cannot wait!

Thank you to Candy Crate for making this Bride to Be so happy!  I loved this sweet surprise and all of the wedding related scrumptious candies!  So sweet of you!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit


There's not many people who don't love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  Kimber's Cookies brings those two delicious flavors together in an easy to make cookie kit that makes three dozen cookies!  The design on the kit is so cute.  I loved the font and colors and the fun, simple, and easy instructions on the back.

Ingredients
1 Egg

1 C Unsalted Butter

2 Tsp. Vanilla

Instructions
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix Package 1 with 1 cup of melted unsalted butter (2 sticks)
3. Mix in 1 large egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla
4.  Add in package 2 and 3 and stir

5.  Roll dough up into small balls and placed on engrossed cookie sheet
6.  Bake 12-16 minutes
7.  Cool and enjoy!

These cookies are fun to make on a night in with friends and the perfect dessert!  They're crunchy with just the right amount of chewiness and have a great texture.  Once again, the peanut butter and chocolate chip combo wins!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

How I (Ring) POPped the question!


On 12.24.14 my life changed forever for the better. My boyfriend of 7 years popped the question and pulled off the most amazing surprise proposal.  There was no detail unthought of and he gave me the most amazing proposal story to tell for years to come.  He involved my whole family, asking both my parents and siblings for their blessing to marry me almost two months before the proposal.   I could not have been happier with my proposal story and it was everything I've ever dreamed of.  Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year, I love getting into the holiday spirit, and of course my family and now fiancĂ© mean the world to me so given the season and everyone involved it was absolutely perfect!


After my fiancĂ© proposed to me the wedding planning immediately began and I chose my bridesmaids quickly, but knew I had to ask them to stand by my side in a creative way.  Being that I love candy, I of course wanted to involve candy in some way.  I decided I'd use Ring Pops and "propose" to my favorite ladies by popping the question.  I went everywhere to find the perfect gift box they would open and finally found the perfect ones.  I stuffed the boxes with tissue paper and gold confetti, and printed out a note saying "Plan with me, stand with me, cry with me, laugh with me, will you be my bridesmaid/matron of honor/flower girl?"

(My flower girl and I showing off our bling!)

I topped off the box with sparkly and shiny ribbons, and was able to ask 6 out of my 7 bridesmaids and my flower girl in person.  They all loved the idea and all said yes!  There were many tears, smiles, excitement, and hugs.  It was awesome.  They loved their Ring Pops, especially my flower girl.  I can't wait for them all to be by my side on my big day! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hot Cocoa Cookies


I don't know about you but I love baking throughout the holidays! I already participated in a cookie exchange this year and just made a fresh batch of Hot Cocoa cookies.  I wanted to try a new recipe that would delight others' taste buds and put them into the Christmas spirit.  Sitting by the tree and drinking hot cocoa is a fun tradition and pastime so why not make hot cocoa cookies and eat them tree side!?

There are quite a few ingredients and these aren't the type of cookies that require zero prep time but they're worth it, pinky swear!  This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients
1 Cup Marshmallows
1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 Baking Soda
1 Cup White Sugar
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. Vanilla
3 1/4 Cup Flour
4 Packs of Instant Hot Cocoa

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in sauce pan
Once melted, mix sugar and butter into a bowl and stir until well mixed
In a separate bowl, mix hot cocoa mix, flour, baking powder, and baking soda until well mixed
Pour sugar and butter mixture into the flour mixture bowl and mix well
Add marshmallows and chocolate chips and continue to mix
Scoop tablespoon size mixture onto wax paper
Bake for 10 minutes
Cool and enjoy!