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Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

If you’ve ever had a Mexican wedding cookie, then you probably know how melt-in-your-mouth delicious they are. Similar to shortbread but with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground almonds mixed in, they are one of my very favorite baked treats.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Makes 30


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar for coating
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup ground almonds


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground almonds to form your dough. Roll into 1-inch balls.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes, until golden on the bottom.
  4. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes only, and then coat with the remaining ¾ cup powdered sugar. You want the cookies to still be warm, or the sugar will not stick.

Voila! Simple to make, but so delicious.

*** A special Thank you to Lauren Conrad for sharing this recipe.

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Sugar cookies are perfect for bridal showers or wedding / party favors. They are easy to make and most people like them.

Mimi’s  Sugar Cookies

Makes 3 – 4 Dozen giant sugar cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Cream together Crisco and sugar
  2. Mix in eggs
  3. In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Slowly mix flour mixture into creamed sugar; Mix well 
  5. In a small bowl combine vanilla, sour cream and baking soda; Add to flour batter
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  7. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  8. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  9. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until sides of the cookies begin to slightly brown
  10. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack; Sprinkle immediately with sugar and allow to cool completely

****Original recipe: Peanut Butter Fingers

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Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Bites


Easy Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Cups


  • 8 oz. container of frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Small box of chocolate instant pudding
  • 1/2 cup chocolate milk
  • 24 – 30 pre-baked mini phyllo shells
  • Raspberry preserves
  • Raspberries


In a large mixing bowl, mix the whipped topping and instant pudding together with an electric mixer. Slowly add and blend the chocolate milk into the mixture, until the fluff looks like a soft, whipped mousse consistency.

Fill each fillo shell with the chocolate fluff mixture. You could use a spoon, but I found it was easier to put the chocolate fluff in a plastic bag, cut the corner off the bag and ‘pipe’ the mixture into each cup.

Place a small dollop of raspberry preserves on top of the chocolate mixture in each cup. (This ingredient could be considered optional, but I think it helps add more raspberry flavor.) Then, add a raspberry on top of each one. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve and enjoy!

You could try to use a regular chocolate mousse recipe in these little fillo shells, but I liked how the chocolate fluff had a light and airy texture and taste. It helped the raspberry flavor stand out. 

***  A special Thank You to Madigan Made for this delicious dessert recipe. Please visit Madigan Made for more lifestyle, recipes, and DIY ideas.

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2 tsp. active dry yeast
2 T. warm water (about 100 F)
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 ¼ c. granulated sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. fine sea salt (or a pinch of table salt)
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/3 c. plain, nonfat yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla extract


3 T. butter, melted, divided
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. To make the donuts, preheat oven to 350 F. Place 2 (6-count) doughnut pans in oven while it preheats.
  2. In a small bowl, stir water, yeast, and ¼ cup sugar together. Let the yeast sit for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together butter and Greek yogurt until combined.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla; stir until combined.
  6. Stir in yeast mixture and remaining sugar; mix until well-combined.
  7. Add the flour mixture, and stir until just incorporate. The batter will be on the thicker side.
  8. Carefully remove the hot doughnut pans, and lightly brush pans with about 1/2-1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pans, smoothing as needed.
  10. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until set and light golden brown. Donuts should spring back when lightly touched.
  11. While donuts are baking, stir together sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Set aside.
  12. Remove donuts from oven, and carefully brush tops and bottoms of donuts with remaining melted butter.
  13. Immediately put donuts in cinnamon/sugar mixture, turning to coat both sides.
  14. Donuts are best enjoyed warm.

Recipe Credit: I Heart Eating

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Cupcakes and macarons are the standard fare of showers, but they’ve been done far too many times. Break away from the tradition and serve your guests with something more unconventional, sophisticated, and easy to eat. We love these dessert shooters ranging from rich chocolate mousse to creamy banana pudding to sweet strawberry shortcake, all completed with a delicate silver spoon. They’re the perfect individual treats for everyone’s tastes! Which dessert shooter is your favorite?




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Yield: About 2 dozen assembled whoopie pies

 Prep time: 20 minutes   Cook time: 40 to 50 minutes total



For the whoopies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup vegetable shortening
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 teaspoons red food coloring
1 cup buttermilk

For the cream cheese filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. In a bowl, beat together the butter, shortening and both sugars on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and the red food coloring and beat until just blended.

4. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk to the batter and beat on low until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining flour mixture and remaining ½ cup buttermilk and beat until completely combined.

5. Using a spoon (or a medium cookie scoop, which is what I used), drop a tablespoon of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes each, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

6. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the filling...

In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter on medium speed. Add the sugar and beat on low speed until combined. Add the vanilla and increase the speed to medium-high; beat until creamy and smooth, about 4 minutes.

7. To assemble:

Spread the filling onto the flat side of one cake using a knife of spoon. Alternatively, you can use a pastry bag with a round tip (I likea #12 Wilton tip) to pipe the filling onto the cake. Top it with another cake, flat-side down. Repeat with the rest of the cakes and filling.

Storing: Assembled whoopie pies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you need to stack layers, place a piece of wax paper between layers.


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Here’s what you will need:

Chocolate Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter, cold
  • 4 tablespoons Crisco
  • Yolk from 2 large eggs
  • 6 – 8 tablespoons iced coffee (Ice water will work as well.)

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounce) Cool Whip, thawed

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)

Let’s begin with the crust.

In a food processor (you can also do this by hand if needed), combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt on low until blended. Add the butter and Crisco and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles. Add the egg yolks and iced coffee and process with slow pulses until the dough forms a ball. Start with about 5 tablespoons of iced coffee and add more until the mixture comes together.

Press the dough into two flatten discs. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Then, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

On a floured surface, roll out your dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Then cut out the dough using a flour shaped cookie cutter. My cookie cutter is 3-inches in diameter petal tip to petal tip. Once your first set of flowers are cut, you can ball up the dough and roll it out again. Repeat until you have used as much of the dough as possible.

Gently press the flowers into an ungreased mini muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 -15 minutes.

Allow the mini pie shells to cool completely in the pan before removing. This will ensure they keep their shape.

While they are cooling, mix up the peanut butter pie filling. Beat the peanut butter with the cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Then add the powdered sugar, beating again until smooth. Add in the Cool Whip and beat the mixture one final time until smooth.

Add this filling into a piping bag or large plastic bag. Pipe into your cooled chocolate pie shells.

For the drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwavable bowl (or in a double broiler). Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then transfer to a plastic bag. Snip off a tiny portion of one corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate onto the filled pie shells. Top with chopped peanut for a garnish.

***A very special Thank You to Inspired By Charm for this fun recipe and the delicious photos. 

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How to Frost Cupcakes


Filling a piping bag and adding a nice swirl of frosting on cupcakes is actually much easier and quicker than spreading frosting!

A few tips to get you started…

In order for the frosting to have enough body (be thick enough) to hold up, you need a good frosting to start with.  Make sure not to add to much liquid, or allow your ingredients to be too warm.  I would not recommend using canned (pre-made) frosting to pipe on cupcakes, it’s usually not firm enough to hold up.  I have heard of people adding powdered sugar to canned frosting to thicken it… but if you are going to do that, it’s just as easy to make it yourself.

Three great frostings recipes you can try: 

American Buttercream

Cream Cheese Frosting

Swiss Meringue Buttercream 


Left to Right -  Large round tip, Open star (Wilton 1M), Closed star (Wilton 2D), French tip

To frost cupcakes, you’ll want to use a large (sometimes called jumbo) decorating tip.  The four most common shapes (openings) are shown above.  The Wilton 1M and 2D are often available at craft stores, the others you may have to buy on-line.  I like to use a coupler to hold my tips in place, for these large tips you’ll need a large coupler as well.  Large tips can also be used without a coupler, by simply setting the tip inside the bag, then filling with frosting.


Have fun experimenting with different tips and frostings.  Use concentrated gel coloring to color your frosting (like Americolor or Wilton).  Add some sprinkles, and you’ve got a beautiful and delicious treat!


**A very special Thank You to Glorious Treats for sharing this fun tutorial with us.

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Recipe: Peppermint Mocha Brownies


Here’s an easy variation of Brownies. Simply add some instant coffee and frost them with a mint butter cream icing.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day or bridal showers.


  • 2 sticks melted butter
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup instant coffee crystals (1/2 cup if you like your coffee strong!)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and instant coffee crystals. Microwave for a minute or until butter melts.   Mix butter and instant coffee until coffee crystals are dissolved and well blended.    Add the sugar and mix well. Next add the eggs and mix well.  Add vanilla and peppermint extract and blend.  Finally add the flour mixture and stir until well blended.

 Pour brownie batter into a greased 13×9 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Remove brownies from oven and cool them completely before frosting.


  • 2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 2 stick butter
  • 4 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 Tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 4-6 drops red food coloring

In a deep bowl add the soft butter and powdered sugar.  Mix on low speed with an electric mixer until butter is well blending into powdered sugar. Add the peppermint extract and the milk. Whip on high speed until frosting is fluffy and spreading consistency.  Add another Tablespoon of milk to make icing a little thinner if desired.  Add enough red food coloring to make a pink tinted frosting.

 Ice brownies.  Chill slightly before cutting into squares.

** Original ecipe Credit: Tara Cooks

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Peppermint Brownies




  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 6 crushed candy canes- 12 mini candy canes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease muffin pan with cooking spray or butter.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter and mix until soft.
  4. Add vanilla and eggs, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in flour and cocoa, mix well but do not overmix.
  6. Pour in 1/2 crushed candy canes.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Pour into muffin pan, about 3/4 full.
  9. Bake until toothpick comes out completely clean, about 25 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with other half crushed candy canes.

HINTS: The tip for quick-cooking brownies is to cook them in silicone muffin pans! I love making brownies this way- they are cleaner, you don’t have to scrape and scrape a pan forever, and they are perfectly portioned for you. PLUS, they cook faster than in a big pan! SCORE!

You can use a regular muffin pan, but I’d grease it like there was no tomorrow if you do. Also maybe sprinkle a little flour to be sure. There is nothing worse than cleaning out muffin pans in my book, so I am trying to slowly add more silicon ones into my gear.

* Recipe Credit: SweetCDesigns


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Hot Cocoa Cookies



  • 1 cup butter, softened (Or Butter Flavored Crisco)
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (ghiradelli are dairy free)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

3. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture
until well blended.

4. Mix in the chocolate chips

5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set.

7. Immediately top with three mini marshmallows when you remove the cookies from the oven.

8. If more gooey marshmallow is desired place marshmallow topped cookies back in the oven for 1 mintute.

9. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely


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How To Frost Cupcakes

Here are some simple tips and techniques to help you make beautiful cupcakes.  If you have ever been curious about the pretty, ruffly swirls… I’m hear to show you how simple it really is!  Piping frosting on cupcakes is actually quicker than spreading it on, and the results are much fancier!

Ready to make some beautiful cupcakes?

You’ll need…

A large pastry bag

A Wilton 2D or 1M tip (the 2D is a closed star, the 1M is an open star, the end results are similar, with the 2D being slightly more ruffly)

A batch of delicious, thick icing  (my favorite  American Buttercream)

Baked and cooled cupcakes


1.  Hold the piping bag straight up, start frosting from the outside edge (about 12 o’clock position), and begin swirling around the outside edge.

2.-3.  Continue squeezing with constant pressure as you work around the edge of the cupcake (I go counter-clockwise, but I don’t think you have to).

4.-5.  Continue in a spiral motion, creating another layer of icing, working in toward the center.

6.  Finish the spiral in the center, release pressure on the bag, and pull straight up.

Voila!  A beautifully frosted  cupcake.  At this point, you could add sprinkles and you have a beautiful dessert perfect for most any occasion.

A few notes… the most common problem people seem to have with piping frosting on cupcakes is the frosting not being thick enough to hold it’s shape.  Make sure your ingredients (butter, milk, etc) are nice and cool as you make your icing, and make sure not to add too much liquid.  If you find the icing a bit soft, you can put it in the refrigerator to firm up a bit, or if necessary add a bit more powdered sugar.

As with any craft or skill, making beautiful cupcakes requires a bit of practice and experimentation… but it shouldn’t be too hard to find people willing to eat your “practice”.

** Credits: TheTomKatStudio

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Mini Pies In A Cupcake Tin


Your favorite pie in “mini me” size. So cute, so easy — and so delish!

All you need for this quick and easy version are some Pillsbury pie crusts, a few cups of your favorite pie filling, and an egg – and you’re ready to go! The sky’s the limit with how many ways you can customize these.  So grab a muffin tin and give them a try!



(2-count) packages Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
cups OR  2  21-ounce cans of pie filling (cherry, blueberry, apple, peach, etc.)
egg, whisked


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
Roll out a single pie crust on a flat surface. Use a large cookie cutter or any sort of circular lid to cut out a 4-inch circle of dough. Press each dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin so that a tiny rim of dough remains sticking out the top. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin cups.

Fill each cup with about 1/4 cup pie filling, or until the filling nearly fills the cups.

Use the remaining dough to cover the tops of each pie. To make a lattice crust, use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out thin strips of dough, then lace together to form a lattice. To make a standard crust, cut out a circle of dough just large enough to cover the top of the crust. Use your fingers to gently press the top crust to the bottom crust until they stick together and no gaps remain.

Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each pie with the whisked egg. Then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden and the filling begins to bubble.

Remove and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully use a knife to loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift each pie out. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


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Apple Crisp Recipe

If you like apple pie, make this! I’m thinking I might be more of a fan of this apple crisp than apple pie, because with the pie yes you get a wonderfully buttery pie crust but with this you are basically getting a crumbly, brown sugary oatmeal cookie over the top of apple pie filling.Cookie or pie crust? I think I’ll go with cookie. Besides, there’s no 2 hour chill time for pie crust and no floury countertop mess from rolling out dough. Just a simple, fresh apple filled, oat covered crisp that is full of enticing flavors. And you’ll love the way the brown sugar and plenty of hot oven heat create that amazing carmel-like taste to coat the apples. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
Apple filling
  • 2 lbs Granny Smith apples (at room temperature), peeled, sliced thin and diced
  • 2 2/3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted*
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together 1/2 cup flour, the oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, the baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt for 30 seconds. Add diced butter and using clean fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together into small crumbles. Transfer to refrigerator to chill while preparing filling.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter and flour until well blended, then mix in water, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste. Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, the nutmeg and pinch of salt. Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to evenly coat, then pour apple mixture into a buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. Remove topping from refrigerator and sprinkle into crumbles evenly over top of apples. Bake in preheated oven (I baked it in lower half of the oven to ensure the apples cooked through and so the top didn’t become too browned) until top is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a toothpick, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving (I let mine cool longer than 10 since I was serving in glass cups so they weren’t all steamy). Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

** Recipe Credit: Cooking Classy

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

These make a really nice, rich pumpkin cupcake with a frosting that is creamy, without being too sweet. I think you will love them!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

1 box Spice Cake Mix

1 15 oz. can pumpkin

1 egg

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 °. Add ingredients into mixing bowl. Pour into prepared cups.

Bake 20-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cupcakes cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

Cream together butter and cream cheese on slow speed in mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat on high until peaks form. Frost cupcakes. 

* Recipe Credit: Organized Island

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