St. Patrick’s Day Review … some oldies, but goodies!

St. Patrick’s Day is just five days away.  We should probably figure out what we will be wearing … don’t want to get pinched (is that still a thing?)!  Maybe start practicing our Irish accent … Top of the mornin to ya!  Will you be going out to an Irish Pub for green beer … I’ve never had one!  Last but not least … what food will we be making?  How about a review of some past ideas … oldies, but goodies …

These Edible Shot Glasses received quite a bit of attention this year after they were featured on BuzzFeed

edible shot glass

 

I used ice cream cones again to create these Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes …

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

 

I know that Oreo Cakesters are no longer available … how about using Golden Oreos or Nilla Wafers to make these Leprechauns …

Leprechaun Cakesters

 

How about a super simple Mint & Chocolate Cookie

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

 

These Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow Cupcakes are from a few years ago … oh, how I love gold Disco Dust …

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow cupcakes

 

Don’t forget the new things from this year …

Mini Chocolate Donuts were used to make Pots of Gold at the end of an easy Cronut Rainbow

cronut rainbow donut pot of gold

Irish Creme Parfaits can be an adult dessert or suitable for all …

Irish Creme Parfaits

These Shamrock Oreos may be these easiest and fastest thing ever …

Shamrock Oreos

 

So … what do your St. Patrick’s Day plans involve … corned beef & cabbage … green beer … green eggs & ham … or??? 

Friday is Pi Day (3-14) … I’ll be sharing a “pie” … please come back and check it out ;)

 

 

 

 

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Mint Oreo Shamrocks

Do you want to make a special treat for St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t want to spend a lot of time?  Well, I have got an idea for you!  Today I made super some easy decorated cookies with shamrocks!  When I say easy … I mean it!  This was such a fast project … I couldn’t decide which version I liked best, so I made both!  No baking involved … just start with a package of Mint Oreo cookies, use some chocolate candy coating, sprinkles or candy and you have some cute cookies in no time!

Shamrock Oreos

Mint Oreo cookies were used because they have green filling and I like mint with chocolate … you can use any flavor you like.  This is just a quick way to fancy up some store-bought cookies for St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Mint Oreo shamrocks

Now that I’m looking at the photos … some of my shamrocks remind me broccoli and I’m laughing at them … it’s OK, go ahead and laugh along ;)  Believe when I say … they sure don’t taste like broccoli!

You will need …

  • Mint Oreos (1 package – about 30 cookies)
  • 8 ounces chocolate candy coating
  • 1/2 cup green non-pareil sprinkles   OR
  • 60 green Sixlets and green candy for stems (such as laces or Laffy Taffy)

Here are the easy peasy directions … two versions …

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  1. Remove cookies from package.  Melt candy coating (according to package directions) and place in a squeeze bottle (or ziptop bag with corner cut off).
  2. Use melted candy to make 3 dots (in a triangular shape) and draw a stem on Oreo.
  3. Place one Sixlet on each dot of chocolate.
  4. Put stem in place, let chocolate harden.

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  1. Remove cookies from package.  Melt candy coating (according to package directions) and place in a squeeze bottle (or ziptop bag with corner cut off).
  2. Use melted candy to make 3 dots (in a triangular shape) and draw a stem on Oreo.  Note – be careful not to make the dots too large because they will lose some of their shape in the next step.
  3. Dip the cookie (melted chocolate side down) in the sprinkles.
  4. Let chocolate harden.

I would love to have real shamrocks in my house, but they never last very long.  These are doing quite well under the tangerine tree in my front yard …

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The cookie shamrocks are doing well in the kitchen … that is until they are discovered by my live-in cookie monsters …

Shamrocks Oreos

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Irish Creme Parfaits

Good morning!  Are you a morning coffee drinker?  How do you take it … black, cream and sugar?  My hubby likes really strong coffee … Starbucks order is … brew of the day, no room for cream.  He says that I like a little coffee added to my milk (please don’t forget the sweetener!).  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a skinny vanilla latte … is there?

Today, I made a dessert for you … Irish Creme Parfaits for St. Patrick’s Day, in Irish coffee cups that normally don’t get used in my house.  These cups sit in the cupboard, collecting dust (I washed them for this), just waiting to finally get used!

Irish Creme Parfaits

The cups came from a Princess House party back in the 80’s … it seemed like somebody I knew was always having a Tupperware or Princess House party and I’d always buy something.  We are not really a crystal and china kind of family … love the way it looks, but never use it.  I try to practice … why have it, if you don’t use it, but am guilty of keeping stuff that doesn’t get used!  Since the crystal sat in the cabinet collecting dust, several years ago, I gave away almost all of it to people who do use it … except these Irish Coffee Cups, because I knew that I would use them … just didn’t realize that it would be for dessert and not coffee!

Irish Cream Ovation Parfait

This pretty layered dessert is very similar to Eclair Cake and can be made for adults with Baileys or kiddie friendly without alcohol.  If you don’t have Irish Coffee Cups sitting in your cabinet … use any clear glasses … Mason jars would be adorable!  I used three graham cracker squares and about one half cup pudding mixture for each serving, creating six servings.  You can adjust the recipe to make larger or smaller servings.

Irish Creme Parfaits

  • 18 chocolate graham cracker squares (9 sheets)
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounce) or (1 ounce if sugar-free)
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme (original or any flavor you choose)*
  • 8 ounces heavy cream (whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar), divided (or 8 ounce tub Cool Whip)
  • green food coloring
  • 12 Ovation Irish Creme chocolate sticks
  • 6 – 8 ounce glasses, cups or jars
  1. Whip heavy cream with sugar until stiff peaks form and put back in the refrigerator.
  2. Make pudding mixture … In a medium mixing bowl, whisk pudding mix, Baileys, a few drops of green coloring and milk for 2 minutes.  Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream or Cool Whip, save the remaining for garnish.  Optional step … Put pudding mixture into a gallon size ziptop bag, zip it up and cut a corner for easy piping.
  3. Break 1 graham cracker square into small pieces and place in the bottom of each glass/cup.
  4. Pipe or carefully spoon a small amount (about 1/4 cup) of pudding mixture on top of crumbled graham crackers.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, then step 3 for final layer.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. (The longer it sits, the softer the graham crackers)
  7. Remove from fridge, garnish with whipped cream and two Ovation Irish Creme sticks!

*  To make an alcohol free version – Increase milk to 1-3/4 cups and omit Baileys.  Add some mint flavoring if desired!

Irish Creme Parfait Baileys

Looks pretty fancy … especially with the chocolate sticks!

I think that I may start using these pretty cups for my morning coffee.  Right now this is how I roll …

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I use the same polka dot mug (it has a chip on the bottom) every morning with my version of a latte … named it the poorman’s latte, microwave 1/2 mug of 1% milk, add coffee and 1 packet of Stevia … easy peasy!  I am drinking a cup as I am typing … my way to start the day!

Thank you to SweetWorks for the Ovation Sticks!

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Chocolate Pots of Gold

Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend?  We finally received some much-needed rain here in Southern California … snow in the mountains too!  It’s March already and St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.  Last Friday, I shared my Rainbow Cronuts with you and promised Pots of Gold.

chocolate pots of gold

Can you tell what I used?  I thought that it was very appropriate that you would find a donut pot of gold at the end of a cronut rainbow ;)

cronut rainbow donut pot of gold

These were fun to make and were very popular with everyone, especially with the kids in the neighborhood!  Using store-bought donuts, chocolate and Sixlets made the project especially fast and easy!

This is what you will need …

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  • Mini chocolate coated donuts
  • Chocolate candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Gold Sixlets (1-4.5 ounce jar for about 12 pots of gold)
  • Gold Disco Dust

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  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions and place in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag.  Make 4 chocolate dots (legs) on top of donut.
  2. Turn donut over, use a some chocolate to attach a mini marshmallow in the center of donut.  Pipe a chocolate handle and a rim (do it twice if necessary) around the flat portion of the donut.
  3. Use melted chocolate to attach gold candy.
  4. Use a brush dipped in gold Disco Dust to add some more sparkle.

chocolate donut pots of gold

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday … you may want to whip up …

P1030684 Easy King Cake with Candy Beads

an Easy King Cake!

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Rainbow Faux Cronuts

Happy Friday!  Do you have something fun planned for the weekend?  I have a suggestion for you … make some Rainbow Cronuts for St. Patrick’s Day!  Sorry, it might be a little early … maybe gather the supplies and actually make them closer to March 17 … unless you want to do a trial run, eat them and make more later on … my personal recommendation ;)

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Speaking of Cronuts … have you had one?  This was my first!  A Cronut is described as a croissant-doughnut hybrid … my version is a hybrid of that hybrid … crescent rolls baked in a donut pan!

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These Rainbow Cronuts came about after a coffee meeting with some girlfriends … I was sharing my ideas about making a pot of gold (will be posted shortly) for St. Patrick’s Day.  The thought of a donut rainbow came up … took that idea and ran with it!  No donut would be complete with rainbow sprinkles and no rainbow would be complete without puffy white chocolate marshmallow clouds!

Rainbow Cronuts

  • 1 tube refrigerated Crescent Rolls (8 count)
  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 2-3 cups mini marshmallows
  • Donut pan (Wilton)
  • non-stick cooking spray

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Open crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (I worked on parchment paper).
  2. Use your fingers to press the diagonal seams together.  Cut each rectangle into 2 long rectangles.
  3. Roll each rectangle into a long tubular shape.
  4. Place into donut pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.P1030696 ed
  5. Remove rolls from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Melt candy coating according to directions on package.  Dip one side of cronut into candy and tap off excess candy.
  7. Immediately dip into sprinkles.
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  9. Let sit at room temperature until candy hardens up.
  10. Before mixing marshmallows into melted candy, I recommend to … 1) keep melted candy on a warm surface (such as an electric skillet/griddle) or 2) divide chocolate into two portions, mix and use one portion at a time.  I say this because my candy/marshmallow mixture was cooling off … I microwaved it and the marshmallows started to melt a little, creating a sticky mess … learn from my mistakes ;)  Mix about 2 cups marshmallows into candy, add more if desired.
  11. Spoon some marshmallow mixture on parchment.   Use the spoon to create a “well” in the center for the cronut.
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  13. Add a few more marshmallows if desired.  If you have leftover marshmallow/candy mixture … drop spoonfuls on parchment and add sprinkles … let harden up … you will have marshmallows clusters as an added treat!

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These colorful cronuts were a big hit with my family and the neighbors.  I hope you make some and enjoy them as much as we did!

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My next post will feature the pot of gold that can be found at the end of every cronut rainbow … be sure to check back!

I look forward to your comments!

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St. Patrick’s Day Review and a Giveaway

Here is a quick little review of some St. Patrick’s Day ideas …

Mint & Chip Sandwich Cookies

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

St. Patricks Day Hat Cupcakes

Make Shamrock Nonpareils

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallow Cupcakes

Beef Stew … it’s not Irish Stew, but it’s Stew!

Simple Beef Stew

St. Patrick’s Day Wee Little Giveaway …

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, a few things pop into my head … shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, Lucky Charms and luck in general.

Do you feel lucky today?

I was feeling pretty lucky when I made this bracelet and named it “Lucky”.  I know,  it may seem weird to name a bracelet … I guess I’m weird (my GPS is Lucy).

This is Lucky

I am going to give “Lucky” to one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  Tell me what your plans are for St. Patrick’s Day.  Are you having a party … going out to an Irish Pub … making green mashed potatoes … or if you are shy, just say “Hi”. 

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One entry per person.  Entries must be received by Saturday, March 16, 2013 midnight (PST).  Winner will be drawn at random and announced here on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  I will also send an email to the winner.   This giveaway is now over (3-17-13).

The winner of the giveaway is comment # 9 made by Lucinda!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday … this must be your lucky day!

True Random Number Generator Min: 1, Max: 17, Result: 9 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
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Let me just say … I was in shock and disbelief when I read an email telling me that I won a cute little iPad mini from Bakerella … I named her Mini …

My little mini

You just never know when you’ll get lucky ;)

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Mint & Chip Sandwich Cookies

Now that March has arrived …

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

I start thinking about green food for St. Patrick’s Day.

When I think of green dessert, the first flavor that comes to mind … is mint.

What goes with mint … chocolate of course!

I had leftover icing/frosting in the fridge … it just made sense to use it up!  Since we had Mexican for dinner … mint with chocolate was a nice way to end the meal!

These cookies are so simple to assemble … I almost felt guilty when I told the family that I “made dessert” ;)  (Please note that I said almost felt guilty)

mint & chip collage

MINT & CHIP SANDWICH COOKIES

  • 1-1/2 cups white frosting
  • Peppermint oil or peppermint extract (to taste)
  • Leaf green gel paste food coloring
  • 20 – 24 Chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate or candy melts
  • edible shamrock decorations
  • wax paper or parchment lined tray
  1. Flavor the icing with peppermint oil … the oil is very strong, start with a few drops and taste before adding more!
  2. Color the icing … start with a drop or two.
  3. Add chocolate chips to the icing and stir to combine.
  4. Take a chocolate wafer cookie … add a scoop of the icing mixture … place another wafer cookie on top … gently press down.  Chill for a few minutes.
  5. Dip 1/2 of the cookie in melted chocolate and lay on prepared tray … lay shamrock decoration on melted chocolate.  Chill for a few minutes and serve.
  6. Store cookies in an air tight container in the fridge.  Makes 10 to 12 sandwich cookies.

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