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 …

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I look forward to your comments!

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Marshmallow Pops for Presidents’ Day

           ♥ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE ♥

 

Yesterday morning a brilliant idea appeared in my brain … at least I thought it was brilliant!

I have been thinking about making cherry marshmallow pops for some time, but I hadn’t decided how or why I would make them … just knew that I wanted to make them.

At about 7:00am it all came together for no apparent reason … make cherries in honor of George Washington … you know, the chopping down the cherry tree story and make top hats in honor of Abraham Lincoln.  I made top hats for snowmen and pilgrims … never for a president!

Marshmallow Pops for Presidents Day

Brilliant, I tell you … brilliant!  So I thought …

I’ll try to make this a story short … I have two old friends, the three of us have old basic cell phones that don’t have large screens like smart phones.  I sent this photo …

cherry & top hat

to my friends’ phones with this message … “Can you guess what these are for?”

Friend #1 (who happens to be a big Abraham Lincoln admirer) responded with a text message … “A hat and 2 mops?  But remember my pic is very small.”

My response … “We are taking up a collection to buy you a new phone and new glasses!”   Yes, that was a sarcastic remark … she never wears her glasses anyway ;)

Friend #2 responded … “Presidents’ Day do I win a prize?”

My response … “You are correct and you do win a prize” … I didn’t tell her what the prize was because I used part of her prize in the cherry pops.  She loves cherry Tootsie Pops and cherry candy canes.  I bought the candy sticks (stems) for her and used part of them … really she get half of a prize … please don’t tell her ;)

Friend #2 then showed the photo to her hubby … he thinks that my pops look like a hat and two swollen feet!  I hope he wasn’t wearing his glasses ;)

Cherry Marshmallow Pops

This is what you will need to make Cherry Marshmallow Pops and Top Hats.  If you want to make mops or swollen feet … contact my friends that need to wear their glasses …

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To make the cherries … work on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and you will need 1 or 2 paper towels …

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  1. Insert a “stem” into marshmallow as shown.  Stem alternatives – peppermint reception sticks, pretzel sticks, Pocky Sticks, lollipop sticks coated in chocolate … you get the idea.  I consider the cherry sticks a lucky find … it was meant to be.  Sorry again to Friend #2 … you do get half a box ;)
  2. Dip the marshmallow in water.
  3. Pat marshmallow with a paper towel to remove excess water.
  4. Immediately roll marshmallow in sugar, pressing sugar if necessary.
  5. Tie two cherries and 1 leaf together with twine.

To make the top hats … again work on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper …

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  1. Dip the tip of a stick in melted chocolate and insert in marshmallow, let chocolate harden up.
  2. Dip marshmallow in chocolate and tap to remove excess chocolate.
  3. Spoon nonpareils over sides of marshmallow and area where stick is inserted.
  4. Place marshmallow on chocolate wafer cookie, set aside and allow chocolate to harden up.

Cherries for George Washington & a Top Hat for Abraham Lincoln

I am feeling insecure … do my cherry pops look like cherries … should I buy glasses for my friends … do I make too many sarcastic remarks?

I ♥ your comments (that is not sarcastic) …

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Review

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away … here is a quick little review of some ideas …

 

Faux Cupcakes … a no-bake treat.

Gold at the End of the Rainbow Cupcakes … sorry it’s not real gold.

Leprechaun Cakesters … a very simple treat to make.

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes … guess where the cupcake is hiding!

Green Velvet Waffles … for Saturday morning breakfast!

Edible Shot Glasses … for Saturday night’s party!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

 

Valentine’s Day Recap

This is just a reminder that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  Are you ready?  If not … don’t panic … I thought that I would do a little recap of a few quick Valentine’s Day ideas.

Treats for the young and old …

  Edible Cupcake Box

    Valentine Bug Cupcakes

  Conversation Marshmallow Pops

  Strawberry Heart Marshmallows

    Valentine Sno-Caps

  Red Velvet Bottom Cupcakes

A few ideas that can be made in a big batch, divided up and packaged for individual treats …

Chocolate Caramel Salty Peanut Bark

  Chocolate Peanut Popcorn

I would like to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who voted for me in the Celebrations Cupcake Crown contest!

Valentine’s Day Sno-Caps

Do you remember Sno-Caps or Nonpareils … you know, those chocolate discs that are covered with little white balls?

Well … you can make your own … any shape you want!

This is what you will need …

  • Nonpareils … or
  • Sanding Sugar … or
  • Crystal Sugar
  • Melted chocolate or candy melts
  • Leftover Candy Canes … I’ll explain later

My philosophy is … use what you have … or what you can find.  This is what I had in my cupboard …

Melt the chocolate and put it in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag or even a ziptop bag (a quart size works well).  I like squeeze bottles that I can put different size decorating tips on them.  I used a red Candy Decorating Pen, white chocolate with a #3 tip, dark chocolate with a #4 tip and pink chocolate with a #10 tip.

I do not make my chocolate shapes and add sprinkles on top because … the chocolate sometimes hardens too quickly … and I usually end up with sprinkles all over the kitchen.  So this is what I do … just squeeze the chocolate on the sprinkles in the shape you want …don’t worry about perfection … we will call them “artistic” …

These sizes are the small ones that I used on the cupcakes above.  Let the candy firm up … then remove them …

Here is another idea … make larger ones for individual treats …

This is where the candy canes come in …

Or how about the two tone heart …

  First step

  Second step

  Third step

These are all so easy peasy … I hope you find it fun!

F.Y.I.  I really took the easy way out this time.  The cupcakes are made from a mix and frosted with whipped cream … straight out of the squirty can!  :)

Up next … on Friday … a little giveaway

I ♥ all of your comments!

Lamb Marshmallow Pops

Lambs are so fluffy on the outside … but these lambs are fluffy marshmallows on the inside.  Yes, I am still obsessed with jumbo marshmallows.  It is hard to tell from the photo, but the lamb on the left is made with a jumbo marshmallow and the lamb on the right is made with a traditional large marshmallow. 

As I am writing this, I just thought … why didn’t I make a black sheep?   Use dark chocolate and black nonpareils, that would be so cute and yummy!

This is what you will need … jumbo or large marshmallows, lollipop sticks, melted white chocolate/candy melts, white nonpareils, black gummy type candies, black sugar pearls, pink for the nose (I used melted candy melts, but a pink candy or sprinkle would work too) …

 The coated sunflower seeds are in this photo because I thought that I would use the white ones for ears, but I didn’t like it after I did it.  Black sunflower seeds would have been great … wish I had some!  So, I made due with what I had.

First, insert the stick into the marshmallow  … cover the marshmallow with melted white chocolate … tap off excess chocolate … then sprinkle the nonpareils all over the melted chocolate …

 

Let it dry …

While the marshmallows are drying, starting making the heads … slice off some of the flat side of the gumdrop … this can be used for ears or feet … I did use the sugar pearls for the tail, ears and feet on the smaller marshmallow …

 

Attach the head, ears and feet with a little melted white chocolate … add eyes and nose … be creative … this is my first lamb face … but I couldn’t decide if it looked more like a dog or lamb … 

 

A flock of white lambs would be so sweet with a few black sheep thrown in!
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St. Patrick’s Day Marshmallow Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17.  Here is an easy NO BAKE CUPCAKE that you can whip up very quickly.  First of all, have you seen these gigantic marshmallows?  I found them at Target and have become obsessed with them.  I have so many ideas for these wonderful marshmallows.  These are made by Kraft, but I’ve seen other brands.  There are even some that are flavored. This idea can be adapted to fit any occasion.  Make it even easier by using pre-made decorations.

This is what you will need to make the cupcakes and shamrocks…   Jumbo marshmallows, melted chocolate (see how to melt at top of page), cupcake papers, frosting (oops…forgot the photos), nonpareils or colored sanding sugar.  I am showing 3  sizes(miniature, large and jumbo) of marshmallows so that you can compare them.

 

Put the nonpareils or sugar in a shallow bowl/plate and pour the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle.  Pipe the shamrocks right on the nonpareils (3 hearts and a stem).  Pop them in the freezer for few minutes.  You have made chocolate shamrocks!

 

Let’s make the “no-bake cupcakes”…

Melt the chocolate in a deep container.  Insert a sucker stick  (skewer or fork or whatever you have on hand) into the flat side of the marshmallow.  Submerge the marshmallow into the melted chocolate…

Tap off excess chocolate and place the marshmallow in a cupcake paper.  Use a spoon to help get the marshmallow off the stick and make sure that all of the marshmallow is covered by chocolate.  Pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes or 15 minutes in the fridge.

It is time to add the frosting!  I have included a few icing recipes or use ready made.  Put your decorating tip (I used #1M or #2110) in your pastry bag and fill with frosting.  If you don’t have a bag or tip, use a Ziploc bag and snip a corner (about 1/4″) off.  Pipe a swirl on top (start on the outer edge and work toward the center).

Now decorate with sprinkles, shamrocks or both…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Here are some icing recipes that I use most frequently on cupcakes and cakes…

Super Easy Buttercream

In a mixing bowl combine 1 pound powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 5 tablespoon softened butter.  Beat until smooth (remember to scrape the bowl).

My Favorite Decorator Icing

1 cup butter*

1 pound powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder (optional, but helps give a light crust)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2-3 ounces heavy cream

In a large mixer bowl with paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar, meringue powder and 1/2 of the cream.  Add salt, flavorings and enough cream to make the consistency you desire.  Beat at medium speed until icing is fluffy.

*You may substitute vegetable shortening (Crisco) for part or all of the butter, but it will result in a different texture and taste.

Cream Cheese Icing  (softer consistency)

In a mixing bowl, combine 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese*, 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 pound powdered sugar.  Beat until creamy.

* You may substitute neufchâtel (light) cream cheese.