Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Ice Cream Cones

Good Monday morning to you!  How are you today?  Is it hot outside?  It’s overcast here, but rather warm!  Would you like an ice cream cone?  I have just the thing for you … Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Ice Cream Cones …

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Faux Ice Cream Cones - SweetSimpleStuff

 

Wanna know how to make them?  You can find the easy peasy directions over at Hungry Happenings, where I am guest posting today.  Beth is out of the country on a fabulous vacation and I am thrilled to fill in!  So, hop on over to Hungry Happenings and check out the directions for these faux ice cream cones and all of the other fun stuff on Beth’s website!

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Oreo and Almond Flower Pops

Raise your hand if you like chocolate!  Raise your hand if you like Oreo cookies!  Almonds are a healthy snack and everything on a stick is fun … right?  Therefore … this must be a sweet, fun and healthy Oreo Flower Pop!  It has all of the necessary elements … Oreo cookies, on a stick, dipped in chocolate with chocolate covered almonds (that means double chocolate!) for the petals and a few sprinkles in the center for a little extra fun :)  These pops are guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Oreo & Almond Flower Pops

These almonds came from Costco long before Easter and were kept hidden for this project.  I have not seen them recently, but Jordan almonds, almond M&M’s or any oblong shaped candy could be substituted.

The colors are perfect for Mother’s Day and spring flowers … no green thumb necessary!

Happy Mother's Day Cookie Flower Pops

 

You will need the following to create 16 Oreo and Almond Flower Pops …

  • 1 pound vanilla candy coating (such as CandiQuik), melted
  • 16 Oreo cookies (I used the Spring variety, but any flavor/color will work)
  • 16 wood coffee stir sticks (5 1/2″)
  • 8 green striped paper straws (cut in half)
  • 80 chocolate covered almonds as petals (5 for each flower)
  • 32 green chocolate covered almonds as leaves (2 for each flower)
  • sprinkles for the flower center

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  1. Cover a tray with wax paper or parchment.  Cut paper straws in half, flatten each straw and insert the wood coffee stir stick.  Note:  the stick will be about 1-1/2″ longer than the straw half
  2. Open the cookie, lay “wood” end of stick on cookie and add a little melted candy.  Note:  the cookie opens easiest when the icing is not cold, microwave for a few seconds if necessary
  3. Replace top on cookie and melted candy.  Let candy firm up.
  4. Dip and cover cookie in melted candy, tap off excess and even drag bottom across edge of bowl.  Lay on prepared tray.  Place 5 almond on cookie to form flower petals.  Chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until totally hardened.
  5. Add a little melted candy in flower center, add sprinkles.  Use a dot of melted candy to attach 2 green almonds to straw as leaves.  Let the candy harden, then tap off excess sprinkles.

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One of the first words that I thought of to describe these flowers was “Wonky” … maybe it was a Willie Wonka memory!  Then I remembered that last year I made these “Funky Oreo Flowers” …

Funky Oreo Flowers

I guess that Oreo cookies on a stick, dipped in chocolate turn into fun flowers in my mind ;)

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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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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.
  12. Immediately place a rainbow cronut (gap side down) into the marshmallow cloud.  You may need to hold it for a moment.P1030698 ed
  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!

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How to Mend a Broken Nutter Butter Heart

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep … start thinking about everything under the sun?  I had one of those nights … thought about new Christmas projects, chocolate, dirty laundry and Valentine Nutter Butter cookies!

I wish Nutter Butter cookies were made in a variety of shapes … since they aren’t … I felt the need to make my own heart shape for Valentine’s Day.  OK, it’s time to cue the music and start singing … How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees … or just hum along.  I do have the answer to the question … you can mend a broken heart with chocolate … at least a broken Nutter Butter Heart ;)

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I was home alone when I cut the first cookie … I had never seen this done before … did I invent a Nutter Butter Heart?  My imagination took over … I felt like a genius, an inventor, maybe a mad scientist … could almost hear Alton Brown laughing in the background … yeah, I got a little carried away!  The Peanut Butter Man came home … I shared my Nutter Butter Heart invention … reminded him that I’m a genius, again … he laughed, again.  Why does he laugh at me?  However, he was very happy that it involved Nutter Butters, as usual ;)

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I want to share my joy with you …

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Easy as pie!  Cutting the cookie at different angles creates different shape hearts (as in the above photo).  I used a gentle back and forth sawing motion and with a small serrated steak knife on a cutting board.

I used my electric griddle (on warm, about 150°) to melt several colors of candy coating/candy melts/chocolate …

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Gathered various sprinkles and pearls…

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Then, I used a Nutter Butter heart to draw 4 patterns (a little larger than the cookie) on white paper …

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  1. Cover the paper pattern with wax paper.
  2. Use melted candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag to draw the outline (add pearls if desired) let it dry for a few minutes.
  3. Fill in the majority of the heart with melted candy.
  4. Place the Nutter Butter on the melted candy immediately, press the two halves together, push on the center seam  if necessary.  Drizzle with melted candy and add sprinkles.

Then I tried this method …

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To form one whole heart … I dipped one half in melted candy, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it on wax paper … dipped the other half, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it so that it touched the first piece and attached as the chocolate hardened. Chill for a few minutes.  I cleaned up uneven edges of chocolate with a small sharp knife … then added decoration.

To form two halves … a.k.a. a broken heart … I followed the same steps but did not let the two pieces touch on the wax paper.

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Can you tell that it’s made from a Nutter Butter?

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Sweet Winter Wonderland

Did you watch any football this weekend?  I couldn’t believe the pro games on the east coast … fields covered in snow, facemasks  filled with snow and players in short-sleeved shirts!!!  I was home in my sweatpants, sweatshirt and Uggs … inside the heated house … as I tell my kids, “I’m old and cold”!  I braved the elements on Saturday … stayed warm and cozy on Sunday.  This morning was 34°, pretty chilly for Los Angeles and snow in the mountains … it must be winter!

I kept myself busy …

Snowman Christmas Tree Gumballs

These little guys have been in my head for sometime … came all together after seeing Love from the Oven’s Truffles .  I had Peppermint Oreos that were just waiting to be used!

candy gum snowmen Christmas trees Oreos

The snowmen make me smile and the trees remind me of something that would grow in Whoville or Candy Land!  Hope you like the snowmen and trees as much as I do … of course, they are easy peasy to make ;)

Here is what you will need for this edible craft project …

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  • Rolo Minis
  • Peppermint Oreos (or your favorite flavor)
  • White Candy coating/melts (such as CandiQuik)
  • Coarse white/clear sugar
  • Gumballs, Sixlets & Pearls (from SweetWorks)
  • Edible (food safe) markers – orange & black
  • Large star sprinkles (not in photo)

Directions to make the snowmen …

Oreo gumball snowman

Directions for the trees …

gumball candy trees

Helpful hint … if you have problems with candy slipping and not sticking, pull it away for a moment, then try again!

Thank you to Miss CandiQuik and SweetWorks for some of the supplies to create my indoor Sweet Winter Wonderland!

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Tombstone Pops

Halloween will be here in just eight days!!!  I can’t believe that I just said that!  Do you want to know how many day until Christmas?  I’m not going to count … I’ll live in denial … OK, as soon as I finish this post, I will count ;)  Honestly, I’m starting to feel a little panicky … it’s normal for me.

I feel like … let me get thru Halloween … oh, I haven’t even decorated … there’s a pumpkin on the porch and a garland hanging in the dining room … does that count as being decorated?

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If you feel a little pressed for time … like me … here is one last easy peasy, super simple Halloween treat that truly can be done in a very short amount of time ;)

P1030266 Tombstone Pops

This is what you will need to make 10 tombstone pops …

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  • 10 Paper Straws (or lollipop sticks)
  • 20 StackerMallows (flat rectangular marshmallows)
  • 4 ounces White CandiQuik (candy coating/candy melts/white chocolate) (this will be the “glue” to hold everything together and to attach decorations)
  • Various sprinkles, colored sugar, candy skulls, candy bones
  • Black edible marker (sorry, it missed the photo session ;) )

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  1. Melt the white candy according to package directions.  I put mine in a squeeze bottle (optional).  Flatten about 1″ of the straw.  Smear a little melted candy on the marshmallow and lay flattened straw on it.
  2. Smear more melted candy on top of the straw.
  3. Lay another marshmallow on top of the straw and press together the two marshmallows, add more melted candy between the marshmallows if necessary.  Let candy harden.
  4. Spread melted candy around edges of tombstone and cover with sprinkles.  Use more melted candy wherever you want to attach sprinkles, skulls, etc.
  5. Use edible marker to write messages or draw designs.

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I told you that this project was easy peasy … like cut and paste … without the cutting and using real edible paste!

Here are a few easy Halloween ideas from the past …

marshmallow eyeballs

Eyeball Pops

Monster cupcakes

Monster Cupcakes

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