Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

1396962_621732474539941_1862622456_oThese turkey cupcakes are so cool to make for Thanksgiving and even though they look like a whole lot of time went into them it was simpler then you think.

~Make you favorite cupcakes and cool.

~Melt candy melts or chocolate chips and dip top of cupcakes into it and allow to harden. (If you use chocolate chips are a small spoonful of corn syrup to make the chocolate easier to work with.)

~The head – the picture shows fondant being used but lets use half of a Nutter Butter cookie dipped into the melted chocolate and then leave to dry on the side.

~Start with yellow icing and make a rippled edging along one half of the cupcake. When done squeeze the icing back into a bowl and add more coloring to that icing to get layers of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, orange-red, red, and a maroon color (by adding a very small amount of black or purple food coloring to the red).

~Top with Nutter Butter cookie that has pipped eyes, nose and goblet.

Would be great for an extra special treat for your Thanksgiving dinner party – the kids will especially love them.

Nutter Butter Halloween Ghosts

nutter butter ghostsSo simple and so cool – your kids and party guests are going to love them.

You will need a package of Nutter Butter cookies, bag of white chocolate chip cookies (or almond bark) and small chocolate chips.

Melt chocolate/almond bark in chocolate melting bowl on stove and dip one end of the Nutter Butter cookie into it. Let these rest in a mini cupcake pan with the melted chocolate leaning to the top. Have a pair of extra hands stick two mini chocolate chips (or you could use mini M&M’s) for the eyes.

Use at a party or for munchies while passing out the candy! Have a Happy Halloween and stay safe.

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter / Nutella Healthy Snack

bananna chocolate peanut butter frozen snack healthyI saw these and my mouth watered. I often find that I want a nice tasty not overly sweet (and in the summer cold) snack. I have tried these and they are sooooo goood! They are rather simple to make and there are some variations. I will talk to you about the basic creation like is pictured and then give you some dynamite options to switch them up.

Slice bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Keep them consistent. Wipe a dollop (you can judge amount of a lot or a little based on preference but don’t make it too thick) of peanut butter (no preservatives and no sugar added – get as organic as you can) on one side and sandwich with the other slice of banana. You will need to freeze these to get them cold. While they are getting cold use a chocolate melting pot (if you are lucky enough to have one – I want one) or use a double broiler (two pots one smaller than the other with the big one having water to boil that you will set the small pot down into to melt chocolate in) to melt chocolate. If you are tight on a budget use candy melts but I often can find dark chocolate chip bags at a dollar store and that is your best bet. Take out the bananas/peanut butter treats from the freezer (you don’t want these frozen hard as a rock because the chocolate will drip right off). If it takes you a long time to get chocolate melted instead of freezer use the fridge. Now roll the banana/peanut butter treats in the melted chocolate and put them on wax paper lined COLD cookie sheets. When you get a tray of them made stick them in the freezer.

OPTIONS:

-Instead of peanut butter use a hazelnut spread from Jiffy or Nutella

-After placing dollop of peanut butter/hazelnut spread on one slice of banana stick slices of nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnut) into spread and seal with the other slice of banana.

-I used dark chocolate but by all means use white, milk or one of the flavored chocolates like mint, peppermint etc.

-After placing dollop of peanut butter/hazelnut spread on one slice of banana stick crushed candies (peppermints, red hots) into spread and seal with the other slice of banana.

-Decorate the outside with a drizzle of a different type of chocolate or melted candies to go along with a party theme or special occasion.

-Keep in the fridge or in the freezer after preparation – delicious both ways.

I hope you enjoy these delicious scrumptious (can be made in a healthy way) treats as much as I do. I enjoy going to the freezer when I get the munchies and pull one of these guys out and enjoy it knowing that they are really not that bad for me.

Candy Trains – Just Assemble

47811_10151556749075818_1470396812_nThese are really great – and they are super easy to assemble.

Needed:

Mini-Snickers Bars, Reece’s Pieces OR M&M Plain, Teddy Grahams and either chocolate icing or 1 cup chocolate chips for melting

What Now:

Place Mini-Snickers out on parchment paper. Break 1/3 off of the bottoms of your Teddies. With a knife poke a hole for Teddy to fit it. With melted chocolate or chocolate icing dip Reece’s Pieces or M&M Plain candies into it and attach giving Teddy a steering wheel and wheels.

This would be great for a child’s party, or a little pick me up for school. Would also make a nice addition to  a festive dinner.

Cheesecake Crescent Rolls

medium.12 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted
cinnamon
sugar

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.

ADDITIONAL: Consider adding some fresh fruit puree like strawberries, raspberries etc. For the chocolate lover add chocolate syrup or cut up candy bars or chocolate chips. Think of crushed nuts and caramel? How about a drizzle of maple syrup with a sprinkle of brown sugar? Just add your favorite ingredient before adding the top layer of crescent and bake as directed. Also, the filling can have some food dye placed into it to add a festive design for a special holiday!