Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Pumpkin + Whoopie Pies = Love

Looking for something new to whip up this Halloween? While on the hunt for new pumpkin dessert ideas, I came across this recipe. I am going to try these Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart. What do you think? I am guessing that they are going to be our new favorite!

Ingredients

Makes about 20

  • FOR THE COOKIES
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE FILLING
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Prepare cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
  3. Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.
  4. Prepare filling: In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  5. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.


Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe via MarthaStewart.com

And since we are talking about pumpkin desserts, I’m going to remind you of my all-time-favorite Pumpkin Shake recipe. You’re welcome.

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Donuts for Dessert, Brilliant!

Today is National Donut Day, and in honor as such a sweet calendar event- I thought I would share some great donut inspiration with you. The next time you are planning a party- consider swapping your traditional cake out and serve donuts instead.

From top- left to right: Tray passed mini donuts, a simple stack of sweet potato donuts, homemade donuts via Bakerella, double chocolate donut, create a donut dipping station, glazed honey donut atop a hot white latte.

I also love the idea of serving guest warm donuts near the end of your party. Or even, sending them home as favors. Check out these donut hole bags, they would be prefect.

You can make these yourself. Check out the DIY template from Hello Lucky. You can download here.

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St. Paddy’s desserts- all you need is Guinness!

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so let’s start with dessert first! If you are looking for an interesting St. Paddy’s dessert idea or simply a reason to drink more Guinness- look no further!

1. Rich and decadent Guinness Chocolate Cake. 2. Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes 3. Smooth Guinness Ice Cream 4. Delicious Stout Floats

I know. I know. You’re welcome!

Bain sult as. {Enjoy!}

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Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

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    Cookies Sure to Impress

    Anyone with a sweet tooth knows that a cookie is just not a cookie. Some are softer, some you crave more, some are perfect warmed, and well….some are just adorable! These cookies definitely fall into the “adorable” category. The Flour Pot has turned a delectable cookie into the perfect gift idea. Check out some of my favorite designs:

    Shaken Baked, Not Stirred. Martini and Olive cookies.

    Cakes and Gifts, perfect for any party or to send as a birthday gift!

    I am loving these cookies that are decorated as colorful fruit.

    And perhaps my favorite, cookies that help you celebrate your engagement! You can send these as a gift to a newly engaged couple OR better yet, send them to your future bridesmaids. The Flour Pot has came up with the most thoughtful way to ask that special gal in your life to be your bridesmaid, send her an adorable cookie in a box that asks, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” How thoughtful is that?! Take a look at their custom designed bridesmaid cookies.

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    Simple & Stunning! DIY Cake Decorating

    Whether you decide to decorate your own cake because it is tradition, or if it is simply to save some money by avoiding a professional bakery- you do not have to sacrifice professionalism. You can easily bake your own cake and use gorgeous accents to give it that impressive look, drawing out the “oohs and awwes” of your guests. As a former cake decorator (yes I did that too, lol)- I can tell you that making roses out of icing and lace trim with a piping bag is no simple feat. Why pretend to be a cake decorating master when you are not? For a simple way to create a stunning cake, check out these edible sugar flowers that you can use to instantly transform your sugary confections into works of art. The talented minds at The Sugar Flower Shop have made cake decorating simple {and stunning} for you.

    This beautiful cake {below} is currently being featured on the STYLE Network as part of “Martha Stewart Weddings: The Art of Cakes II.” Check it out:

    Yes, those poppies are made out of sugar and are completely edible! I know, I know…. fabulous! This poppy cake is one of my favorite creations, but they have a gorgeous gallery of unique wedding cakes, party cakes, plus many more cakes for a multitude of cake-eating occasions. I love browsing their sugar flower selection and imagining all the impressive cakes I can make myself. Here is just a peak:

    If you live in New York, NY you can schedule an appointment with the Sugar Flower Shop and check out all the edible works of art they create. If you don’t live locally, they will gladly ship these sugar flowers right to you! How awesome is that? You can be creating similar creations in no time.

    The Sugar Flower Shop

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