Snow Owl Cookie Decorating Tutorial

Snow Owl Cookie

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I absolutely adore this Snow Owl Cookie. It’s a gorgeous cookie that is sure to wow all your guests. It’s so pretty, you might not want to eat it!

Snow Owl Cookie Decorating Tutorial

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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Prepared sugar cookies (I used a round cutter)
  • Prepared royal icing in your choice of colors (regular & thinned for flooding)
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic piping bags, inserts, and tips (#2 & #4 round, and small leaf tip)
  • Plastic decorating bottles (for flooding)
  • Toothpicks

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Pumpkin Cake Recipe {Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes}

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

These Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes will make a great addition to any meal.  Watch for sales on canned pumpkin to make this dessert budget friendly.  You will likely have the other ingredients already on hand.

Now, get started on this tasty Pumpkin Cake Recipe,  it’s EASY!

Ingredients:

1 cup canned pumpkin (or fresh pumpkin puree)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees and use a cooking spray to prepare your mini bundt cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In another bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla extract, cooled melted butter and apple sauce. Stir in the sour cream and the pumpkin puree.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients until just combined – do not overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 18-22 minutes until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Let the cakes rest 5 minutes, before turning them out onto a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining batter (depending on the size of your pan).
  6. Once cooled, use a flour sifter to dust the tops of the cakes with confectioners’ sugar.

Now, try not to eat all of these mini pumpkins cakes by yourself!

You may also like my Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

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Delicious Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

If you are looking for a delicious breakfast for Christmas morning, look no further. Super fast to whip up with ingredients that you undoubtedly have on hand from all the Christmas baking, this Gingerbread Pancake Recipe is a sweet morning treat. Whether you have guests in entertain or its just the immediate family gathered around the breakfast table, make it special by serving pancakes seasoned for the holidays.

You can even use your Gingerbread cookie cutters after cooking to punch out cute shapes for the kids. They were a big hit at our breakfast table with grownups and kids alike.

Gingerbread Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Ground ginger
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg
3 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 cup milk
¼ cup molasses

Directions:

  1. Whisk egg, milk, oil, molasses into a large bowl.Gingerbread Pancake Recipe 1
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt until combined well.Gingerbread Pancake Recipe 2
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients a little at a time until completely incorporated. Add a bit more milk if you like your pancakes thin.
  4. Warm oil in a large pan over medium heat.Gingerbread Pancake Recipe 3
  5. Scoop batter into pan using a ¼ measuring cup.
  6. Cook until bubbles begin to form over majority of pancake, lift the edge to check for doneness.Gingerbread Pancake Recipe 4
  7. Flip and cook another few minutes until lightly browned.
  8. Top with syrup and light sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

For a special touch serve with Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup-

½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla

Warm in saucepan or I microwave until just warmed throughout.

Makes about 12 pancakes.

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Easy Cranberry Pound Cake

Cranberry Pound Cake

This tasty Cranberry Pound Cake will make a perfect addition to any table. Plus the fresh cranberries will have your guest begging for seconds.

Ingredients:
3 ¼ Cups Flour, All Purpose
4 Stick Butter, Softened
2 ¼ Cups Sugar, Divided
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
9 Eggs, room temperature
1 Cup Crasins
1 Cup Cranberries
½ Cup Water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter 2 5×9 inch loaf pans and set aside.Cranberry Pound Cake 2
  2. In a small saucepan bring cranberries, water and ¼ cup sugar to a boil.
  3. Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes and then remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy with a mixer. Add in vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and add in flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing until well incorporated.Cranberry Pound Cake 1
  7. Fold in your crasins.Cranberry Pound Cake 3
  8. Take cooled cranberry sauce and in a food processor or blender, mix until smooth.Cranberry Pound Cake 5
  9. Pour just enough of your pound cake mix into each loaf pan to cover the bottoms.Cranberry Pound Cake 4
  10. Cover this layer with ¼ cup of cranberry sauce in each pan.
  11. Pour remaining pound cake mixture into the loaf pans.
  12. Using a knife, swirl the pound cake batter to incorporate the cranberry sauce into the rest of the batter.
  13. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  14. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

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You may also like: White Chocolate & Cranberry Blondies Recipe & Winter Sangria Recipe with cranberries!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle {Perfect for Holiday Entertaining}

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

This Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is perfect for holiday entertaining. It’s a delicious holiday dessert that is simple to make, and beautiful to present to guests or even your family.

Layered with sweet, light pumpkin cream and spicy gingerbread, this dessert will be a hit and is a wonderful alternative to plain old pie. For individual servings this is beautiful in a wine glass, and equally pretty in a mason jar. Make it in a large glass bowl for a self serve dessert.

Customize it a bit to make it your own by layering in a chocolate drizzle instead of caramel. You could also whip instant coffee granules into your cool whip for a delicious coffee flavored topping.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Ingredients:

1-12 oz. container of cool whip
1 -30 oz. can of pumpkin puree
½ batch of this Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe, cubed
1 cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tbsp. caramel

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Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk; cool whip, pureed pumpkin, and powdered sugar until
  2. Bake gingerbread using THIS Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe, cut in half.
  3. Instead of cutting out shapes with cookie cutters – roll flat and bake like a large rectangle cookie, cool, and cut into 1×1 squares with a knife. OR. like me, you may have some gingerbread men left over already.  This is a perfect way to use up broken or leftover men.  Just crumble into small pieces.
  4. Layer pumpkin mixture, a drizzle of caramel, and gingerbread. Repeat. Top with plain cool whip.

Makes 8-10 small servings of Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

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Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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If you are like me and you want your gingerbread cookies soft instead of crunchy, this is this Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe is perfect for you.  Soft and spicy, these cookies will please kids and kids at heart. I have included a simple icing recipe to decorate these cute little guys – use it by itself or as a “glue” to attach small candies for decorations.

Grab your cookie cutters and meet me in the kitchen for a baking fest! The little ones love to help cut out shapes and decorate too.

Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups molasses
1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup water
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp. ginger
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cloves
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt

Directions:

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  1. Stir all wet ingredients together in a large bowl.SONY DSC
  2. In separate bowl combine all dry ingredients together.SONY DSC
  3. Stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Cover
  4. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove from refrigerator and divide dough in half, place one half back in refrigerator while you work with the other.
  6. Working quickly (one of the keys to keep cookies from spreading into unrecognizable shapes is to keep dough cold) roll dough on a floured surface to 1/4” to 1/2” thick.SONY DSC
  7. Cut out your chosen gingerbread shape(s).SONY DSC
  8. Move cookies carefully to an un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.SONY DSC
  10. Once cookies have completely cooled they are ready for icing.

Tips for best results -

  • Keep your dough cold
  • Roll dough to closer to 1/2” , they keep shape better when a little thicker
  • Avoid putting cookies on a hot sheet to bake
  • Allow to cool completely before icing

Perfect Gingerbread Icing:

1 stick butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup sweetened condensed milk.

Mix all ingredients well until smooth and free of lumps. Place in a pasty bag, squirt bottle or for easy clean up -transfer icing to a ziplock, seal bag, snip very small piece of corner off and use like a pasty bag, squeezing icing out as you go. Throw away when done-my favorite clean up method!

What do you think? Soft Gingerbread Cookie Recipe or crunchy?

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Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar {Homemade Gift Idea}

Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies

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Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas unless there was a tray of sweet little Gingerbread men baking in the oven.

A wonderful gift idea is to use this Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies and put it in a jar for busy moms who love to bake homemade but could use a little help pulling together ingredients. It’s also perfect for teachers who would love the taste of fresh baked cookies but lack time.

Delicious and full of the taste of the holidays these cookies are sure to put two times the smile on everyone’s face, once while baking and again while devouring them. The are equally delicious with a steaming cup of coffee or a glass of ice cold milk. Layer in a quart sized mason jar and add a pretty ribbon and handmade label with baking instructions, don’t forget to attach a cute Gingerbread cookie cutter or two to finish them off!

Recipe for Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar:

Layer the following ingredients in a quart mason jar in this order:
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1Tbsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. cinnamon

Place lid and ring on the jar and close securely. Top your gift with fabric tied in raffia or twine or cut festive scrapbook paper using your mason jar ring to trace for a topper – add ribbon and a handmade tag for a thoughtful gift.

Baking Directions:

  1. Place cookie mix in a large mixing bowl, stir well.
  2. Stir in ¾ cup of molasses, ½ cup butter-softened, and 1 egg. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate to firm up dough for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°
  5. Roll dough out to ¼ thickness on a smooth surface that has been lightly floured.
  6. Cut shapes from dough and place on lightly greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely.
  9. Decorate with icing and small candies (using icing as a glue)

Simple Icing Recipe:

1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. water
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
½ tsp.vanilla

Start with sifted powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl, add vanilla, cream of tarter, and water 1 Tsp. at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Place in an icing bag and pipe onto cooled cookies.

* Frugal icing tip – Use a ziplock sandwich bag, after filling the bag snip off a small corner, squeeze bag gently as you go. This is also much simpler for cleanup-just toss the baggie when done!

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Marshmallow Krispie Treat Ornaments

Ornament Krispie Treats
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Looking for another great recipe to use all that Rice Krispie Treat cereal that you can usually find on a good sale?  These Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Ornaments are sure to be a huge hit.  So get the kids in the kitchen and start Holiday baking!

Ornament Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
3 tbsp Butter
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
10 oz Marshmallows
Green Food Coloring
Red Food Coloring
Rolo candies

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt half the butter over low heat.
  2. Add half the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Stir in enough food coloring to make the marshmallows very green.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add half the Rice Crispies cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.
  6. Prepare a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  7. Butter a your hands or use wax paper to press the mixture into 2″ balls and place on wax paper.
  8. Press a Rolo into the top of each.8Us8vvp029qX-NKlVlaUKq5cyT7SIAM1EwXnw0vv4irE5eq6sI7mQOBsqHn547SGqg=w1330-h500
  9. Repeat this process with the other half the ingredients and the red food coloring.
  10. Allow to cool.

Looking for more recipes?  How about these Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies!

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{Virgin} White Sangria Recipes

Virgin Winter Sangria

I’ve loved entertaining for a long time, but normally I focus on the food. Recently, I’ve started working more on having something fun to drink as well. This festive kid-friendly white sangria recipes is perfect for gatherings big and small during the holiday season {and after}. The flavors are also great for grownups and kids alike. The warm cinnamon mixes with the sweetness of the fruit. And yes, I’ll be the girl picking all the fruit out of her cup with her fingers…

White Sangria Recipes Ingredients

Ingredients
2 1/2 Cups Apple Juice
1 1/2 Cups Sparkling Water
1 pear chopped (or 1/2 each green + red anjous)
1/2 Cup cranberries
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick

White Sangria Recipes Process

Directions
Chop fruit and combine with cranberries and cinnamon stick in bottom of pitcher. Combine liquid and cinnamon. Pour over fruit. Stir well. Chill for a few hours or overnight. Stir again.

Enjoy and feel free to share more white sangria recipes with us!

Virgin Sangria Recipe

Hosting an adults only party?  Try this alcohol version of Winter Sangria as well!

Like cranberries?  Try my Cranberry Pound Cake

Many thanks to Luci with Luci’s Morsels for sharing this recipe with us!  Head on over to her site to take a peek at her other recipes and fashion tips!

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Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Are you looking for the Best Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe?  Give this one a try at your next meal and let us know what you think.

Ingredients:
4 lbs Russet Potatoes
2 sticks (8 oz) room temperature Butter
1 cup room temperature Heavy Cream
1 head Garlic
1 tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
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Directions:

  1. Cut end off end of head of garlic, place in foil and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Close up foil and bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Peel and dice potatoes into 1/2″ cubes.
  5. Cover in water in large pan and boil 20 – 30 minutes, until soft.
  6. Drain potatoes.
  7. Add 4 cloves of the roasted garlic by popping out of their skins.
  8. Mash potatoes with a masher until everything is pretty mashed
  9. Add butter.
  10. Use hand mixer to smooth out any remaining lumps.
  11. Slowly add cream until potatoes reach right consistency.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(Serves 6-7 people)

Have you looked at my Green Beans with Bacon Recipe or the 50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes with 5 Ingredients or Less?

 

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