S'mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

I love S’mores and I love any recipe that has anything to do with S’more. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers all together?! These cupcakes would be fun for a summer night, sleepover, to take camping or just for fun. You could also make these and put them in bags then gift them to neighbors and friends with some s’more supplies. Enjoy!

S’mores Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 2 C Sugar
  • 1 3/4th C All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 C Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tea Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs room temp.
  • 1 1/2 tea Salt
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 C small Marshmallows
  • 1/2 bag of Graham Crackers 3

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. Add your eggs, milk, and oil. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Break Graham crackers in half and place in ziplock bag. Pound with cookie roller until finely crushed.
  4. Scoop 1 Tablespoon of graham cracker into cupcake tin and then scoop chocolate cake batter onto graham cracker. Push in 3 small marshmallows in center. 5 6
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Let cupcakes cool. Once cooled, put on wire rack.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C Sweet Cream Butter
  • 2/3 C Cocoa
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1 TBSP Marshmallow extract 2

Directions for frosting:

  1. Place softened butter in mixing bowl and add in the cocoa and powder sugar. Mix on low until combined. Scrap sides and add in the extract.
  2. Add in heavy cream and scrap down the sides.
  3. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and a hershey. 4
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Gender Reveal Cupcakes

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Aren’t these cupcakes just adorable?! If you are having a baby and want to surprise everyone with the gender (or if you know someone who is) I highly recommend making these cupcakes. The frosting is pink and blue and once everyone bites into it, they will either get a blue or pink heart! They are actually pretty easy to make and taste delicious since they are made from scratch. Enjoy!

Gender Reveal Cupcakes

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour, Stir flour before measuring, then scoop and level each cup carefully
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into Tablespoons
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Blue & Pink Food Coloring 1

Instructions:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 3
  2. Using a hand mixer slowly add the butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the butter breaks down and the mixture crumbles, scrap the sides as needed.
  3. In a large glass measuring cup, measure the milk and then whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Pour egg mixture into the dry ingredients, Do not over mix.
  5. Pour roughly ⅓ to ½ the batter into a bowl
  6. Mix in blue or pink food coloring until you get the color you want 4
  7. Pour batter into a greased 13×9-inch baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a good 15 minutes. 5
  8. Press a small heart shaped cookie cutter in the colored cake and gently pull out the hearts.  Cut enough hearts for the amount of cupcakes you need.  6
  9. Fill a cupcake pan with paper liners and fill ¼ to ½ full of batter.
  10. Stick colored hearts in the center of the batter.
  11. Scoop additional cake batter over the colored heart to fill the cups about ⅔ to ¾ full.
  12. Be careful not to overfill.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 to 18 minutes until cake is baked and bounces back when touched.
  14. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

Icing:

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream 2

Directions:

  1.  2 batches of Butter Cream Frosting and fit a plastic piping bag with large decorating tips
  2. Draw one thin line of pink food coloring and one thin line of blue food coloring on either side of the plastic bag.
  3. Gently fill the bag with frosting, being careful not to touch the food coloring with your spatula.
  4. Twist the end and squeeze until both colors are coming out the tip.
  5. Pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake, from the outside in towards the center, covering the secret colored heart.

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Strawberry Belgian Waffles

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Looking to impress your guests with a delicious breakfast?! If so, you will love this homemade recipe for strawberry belgian waffles. They look really fancy and taste awesome but they are quite easy to make! You can set up a “bar” of goodies to put on top like whipped cream, peanut butter, fruits, syrup, butter, chocolate chips and more The kiddos love eating these that way. Enjoy!

Strawberry Belgian Waffles

INGREDIENTS (yields about 4 waffles):

WAFFLES:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil or Melted Butter
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

  • 1/2 lb Strawberries

WHIPPED CREAM:

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Remove stems from strawberries and cut up. 3
  2. Take 1/2 of the strawberries and puree in food processor or blender. 4
  3. Preheat waffle iron.
  4. Separate eggs.
  5. Beat egg whites until they peak.
  6. Beat egg yolks in large bowl until smooth.
  7. Add flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to egg yolks and beat just until smooth.
  8. Fold in egg whites. 5
  9. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  10. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron.
  11. Cook until golden brown.
  12. Put sugar into a cold mixing bowl and add cold whipping cream.
  13. Whisk until the cream gets stiff peaks.
  14. Drizzle waffles with strawberry puree and top with strawberries.
  15. Place whipped cream on top of waffles.
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Margarita Cupcakes

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Calling all you Margarita fans out there! You will love these delicious Margarita Cupcakes! The cupcake and frosting is full of flavor and perfect for any margarita fan out there. Enjoy!

Margarita Cupcakes

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INGREDIENTS
For the Cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
Zest and juice of 1½ limes
2 tablespoons tequila
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk  unnamed

To Brush the Cupcakes
1 to 2 tablespoons tequila  unnamed (1)

For the Tequila-Lime Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¾ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch of coarse salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a your muffin tin with paper liners.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt

3. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy for unto 5 minutes

4. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each one

5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and tequila. Mix until combined

6. Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the milk in two batches.

7. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden and a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pan at the halfway point.

8. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes

9. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila.

10. Let the cupcakes sit aside to cool completely before frosting them.

To make the frosting

1. Whip the butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated.

2. Give it a mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds.

3. Add the lime juice, tequila and salt mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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4. Frost cupcakes and garnish, if desired, with lime zest, an additional sprinkling of salt and a lime wedge.

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Samoas Girl Scout Brownies

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Want to make the best, moistest brownies that will surely impress your guests?! These Samoa Girl Scout Brownies are made from scratch and taste DELICIOUS. If you are a fan of Samoas Cookies then I highly recommend trying out this recipe. If you don’t have Samoas Cookies, don’t worry, you can just use my homemade Samoas Cookies recipe here.

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Samoas Girl Scout cookie Brownie

BROWNIES:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 15 Samoas cookies – you can use my homemade recipe here (crumbled or blended to small chunks) 2

BROWNIES DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a food processor or a ziplock bag and rolling stick crumble the Samoa cookies to very small pieces 3
  2. Cream butter and sugar together
  3. Now add eggs and vanilla and blend well
  4. Adding the  salt, cocoa and flour and stir to combine
  5. Don’t overbeat
  6. Now add the Samoa cookies 3/4 of the amount you have in the batter, fold it in 5
  7. Pour batter into a greased 9X13 pan
  8. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes
  9. Let cool completely
  10. We also like to add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top also to make it extra gooey
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The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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If you’re looking for an awesome banana bread recipe that is moist like a cake and full of flavor then you’ve come to the right place! I hate dry bread so this recipe is the complete opposite and is the best banana bread ever (in my opinion ;-) ). Feel free to leave out the chocolate chips or add nuts, etc. Enjoy!

The Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C soften butter
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2-3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed to equal 1 C
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1/4 C milk chocolate chips 2

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Treat a 9″X5″ bread pan with Pam, set aside
-In a large bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
-In another bowl beat together until creamy the butter and sugar.
-Add in the lightly beaten 2 eggs…mix well.
-Lastly add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and milk mixing well. 4
-Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until they are combined.
-Stir in the chocolate chips throughly.
-Pour into your prepared bread pan. 5
-Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes. Check at 55 minutes with a toothpick and if the toothpick doesn’t come out clean return to oven for 5-10 minutes or until  your inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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-Cool in pan for 30 minutes.
-Remove from pan.

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Strawberry Crunch Bars

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These crunch bars are really delicious and easy to make! I love eating these for breakfast, snacks, on the go treats, desserts, taking them to parties, etc. They are sweet and full of flavor. You may be surprised to see sugar cookies in the ingredients but that is a secret tip to making the best ever “crust”.

Strawberry Crunch Bars

INGREDIENTS:

  • 15 oz Sugar Cookies
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 tbsp melted Butter
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 lb Strawberries 1

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Grease 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 325.
  3. Crush 10 oz of sugar cookies in food processor. 3
  4. Add 6 tablespoons of melted butter and pulse until blended.
  5. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. 4
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. Wash, hull and slice strawberries. 2
  9. Whip heavy cream with sugar until peaks form.
  10. Add in softened cream cheese and mix until blended.
  11. Fold in sliced strawberries. 5
  12. Spread mixture on top of cooled crust. 6
  13. Crush remaining sugar cookies in blender and sprinkle over top of pan.
  14. Cover and place in freezer.
  15. Remove from freezer about 15-30 minutes prior to serving time.
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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Did you know that you can make peanut butter cookies with just 3 ingredients?! It’s super easy to make these cookies and I love the way they taste…they are actually my favorite kind of peanut butter cookies. You will just need sugar, peanut butter and an egg! This is a perfect recipe to teach the kids since it’s simple and they can make it all on their own. Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS (Yield about 18 cookies):

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Stir the ingredients together until blended. 3 4
  3. Roll into 1″ balls with then press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the other side to form the criss cross pattern on top.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Allow them cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

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If you are a chocolate, peanut butter, brownie lover then you will definitely love this next recipe! This Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake is full of all of those ingredients. This cheesecake is rich and full of flavor. It’s sweet but not too sweet and the ganache topping just melts in your mouth. This recipe takes a little more work than most of my recipes but let me just tell you…it’s totally worth it!! Enjoy…

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix (ingredients needed according to the box usually oil and eggs)
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 6 whole Peanut Butter Cups, cut into small pieces

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 packages cream cheese (softened)
  • 2.5 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Topping:

  1. 1/4 cup whipping cream
  2. 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  3. 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  4. 6 Peanut Butter Cups, cut in half

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Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch Springform pan
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to directions and pour mixture into springform pan then bake according to directions (continue on to make the cheesecake filling – STEP 5 – while this is baking).
  3. When brownie bottom is done, pull out of oven and cover with milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. 17
  4. Spoon cheesecake mixture over chips. Turn oven down to 325°. 15
  5. Beat cream cheese until smooth
  6. Add eggs and mix well
  7. Add brown sugar, peanut butter and whipping cream and mix until smooth 19
  8. Add in vanilla
  9. Pour over top cooked brownie crust and chocolate chip mix
  10. Wrap the pan with aluminum foil 2 times to prevent water from coming in
  11. Place pan in a bigger ban and fill 1 inch up the sides of the foil with hot water 14
  12. Bake at 325 degrees for 1.5 hours (or until lightly browned and firm)
  13. Let cool for 1 hour then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours
  14. Pull out of fridge and take side springform off then hold the pan over top of stove burner for bout 10-15 seconds to loosen the bottom
  15. Remove from bottom and place on a serving plate
  16. Now for the topping ganache - bring whipping cream to a boil and add chocolate and peanut butter chips – stir until smooth and melted 13
  17. Drizzle your ganache over the top of the cheesecake and use it as a “glue” for the peanut butter cup edge!
  18. Enjoy…

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Adapted from, Tasty Kitchen

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Homemade Fruit Rollups (2-Ingredients)

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Homemade Fruit Rollups

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I’ve been on sorta a health kick lately and who doesn’t want their kiddos eating healthy right?! Well, these homemade fruit rollups are super simple and I love that they only have 2 ingredients…I mean really, have you read the ingredient list on a “healthy” package of fruit rollups or fruit snacks? Most of them have things I cannot even pronounce and have no idea what they are in them. Enjoy this healthy and easy recipe..your kids definitely will! ;-)

Homemade 2-Ingredient Fruit Rollups

printIngredients:

3 Cups of Fruit (I used Strawberries)
Sugar (Optional)

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170
  2. Line a cookie sheet that has a lip with plastic wrap (be sure to overlap your sides). I know it seems strange but yes, plastic wrap. You are dehydrating it and the temperature is so low that you can touch the pan the whole time as it never really gets hot.
  3. Prepare Strawberries (cut stems)3.jpg
  4. Puree your fruit in food processor until smooth consistency. 4.jpg
  5. Add sweetener of your choice (I used sugar) and sweeten to taste.
  6. Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet about 1/8″ thick. 5.jpg
  7. Bake for 6-8 hours. Wait until your center is no longer tacky.
  8. Lift plastic wrap out of cookie sheet and place on the countertop to cool.
  9. Flip over onto parchment paper.
  10. Remove plastic wrap.
  11. Cut into strips and roll.

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