Monday, March 23, 2009

Surprise Ice Cream Cupcake Cones

Okay, I know it's not very impressive just posting links to Betty Crocker all the time - rest assured, I will try to have a nice long, instructive recipe post soon. :D

Surprise Cupcake Cones
This is such a neat idea! to find out how to make these neat treats just watch THIS SIMPLE VIDEO and find out how, using cupcakes, frosting, candy and ice cream cones you can make a really easy, amazing dessert.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cookie Decorating Ideas!

Who doesn't love cookies? And it's always fun finding new ways to decorate them. :) I found the following tips on BettyCrocker.Com. That's one of my very favorite places to find cooking tips, because most of the ones on there are so easy! :)

How about this... I think the cookies in this picture are stuck on lollipop sticks! Cute!!
Drizzle glaze over cookies. Fill a resealable plastic bag with ready-to-use frosting from a tub or with a homemade powdered sugar glaze. Snip off tiny corner of bag, and squeeze glaze over cookies.

Add sparkle to cookies with simple sugars.
Using a very small spoon, add red sugar to cookies in spiral design to look like peppermint candies. Or place red sugar in resealable plastic bag; snip off tiny corner. Squeeze sugar from bag onto cookies.
Let candies star on cookies. Press milk chocolate candies into cookies immediately after baking.

Dip cookies in melted chocolate. (Oooooh, Yummm! I like this idea!)
To melt chocolate for dipping, heat 1 teaspoon shortening with 3 ounces bittersweet, semisweet or white chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
(This would be cool, baking a pizza-size cookie! I love these!)
Embellish cookies with candies. Frost a pizza-size cookie, then decorate with favorite candies.

Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies. Heat white baking chips or semisweet chocolate chips in resealable plastic bag in microwave until softened; squeeze until smooth. Snip off tiny corner of bag, and squeeze chocolate over cookies.
Make an impression with cookie cutters. Dip small cookie cutters into cinnamon, then press lightly onto tops of frosted bars.

Dazzle with gels. Squeeze Betty Crocker® decorating gels over frosted cookies in simple designs.

Dust glazed cookies with baking cocoa, using a stencil. Use ready-made stencils or craft your own using miniature cookie cutters, taping over open areas to use just the outline. Place stencil on cookies.

Jazz up cookie frosting. Frost cookies, then pull the tines of a fork through frosting for a decorative finish.

I hope you enjoy these tips! :) I'll definitely be trying some of these myself. :D

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pretty Pink Princess Castle Cake

THIS VIDEO was so cute and I LOVE the pink castle cake. Do check it out! :)

Strawberry Thingy

CRUST ~ 2 cups crushed pretzels (about 8 ounces)
¾ cup butter, melted
3 Tablespoons sugar
FILLING ~ 2 cups whipped topping (cool whip)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
TOPPING ~ 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry jell-o
2 cups boiling water
2 packages (16 ounces ea.) frozen sliced strawberries with syrup.

In a bowl, combine the pretzels, butter, and sugar. Press into bottom of an ungreased 13x9x2 pan.
For filling, in a mixing bowl (using mixer) beat the whipped topping, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. Spread over crust. Refrigerate until chilled.
For topping, dissolve the jell-o into the 2 C. boiling water. Stir in the strawberries with syrup, refrigerate until partially set. Carefully spoon over filling. Refrigerate 4-6 hours or until firm. Cut into squares and serve.
Credits for this delicious dessert go to Miss Joanna! :) A very dear friend of mine. :)