Stacey and her husband had great seats to the basketball game last night so I got to spend some time with her kids. We are Very lucky to have kids the same ages so we can trade off babysitting when we need to. When they come over I like to have something for them for dinner and dessert. We got a new dog earlier in the day (a super cute Boston Terrier) so my pizza bar was out the window because I ran out of time and was just plain tired. That’s when I More »
Easter is early this year and the stores were full of candy, bunnies, chocolate, baskets, and eggs before Valentine’s Day was over. I have a major weakness for jelly beans and I love the Starburst flavored ones, so I immediately grabbed two bags as soon as I saw them at Target! I can eat them by the handful, but I also wanted to make something special with them. For Valentine’s Day I made Candy Corn Cookies, so those inspired me to make Starburst Jelly Bean Cookies! I found a great recipe at alli ‘n sons, but I modified it using Starburst jelly beans, and they turned out amazing! I love having the More »
I have a huge love for candy corn and can eat it by the handfuls. I love the red, pink, and white ones that are out right now for Valentine’s Day and of course bought a big container! I was trying to think of something special to do with them and came across a recipe by Just a Pinch that gave me a great idea! I have made cookies with pudding, as well as cake mix, but cream cheese was something different. I started with this recipe and made a couple additions to create Candy Corn Cookies (with cream cheese, cake mix, and pudding)! What a spectacular combination of flavors! Each bite tastes like a moist and delicious cake and once again, I could not stop eating them. Lately I have been having issues with just having one or a small amount, like with the Cheesecake Balls and Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Candy Corn Cookies are extremely addictive!
I had a great time making these with my four year old daughter! She loved mixing and pouring (and sneaking some candy corn) and watching them through the oven door. When they came out, she said, “Mommy, they are beautiful. Can I have one?” Both of my kids love Candy Corn Cookies and thankfully this recipe makes a lot of cookies! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and since this batch won’t last that long, it looks like I will be making these again very soon!
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- ¼ c up butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 3.4 oz cheesecake pudding (only the dry mix)
- 1 cup chopped Valentine’s Day candy corn
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Chop candy corn
- Cream together butter and cream cheese
- Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended (good to use a mixer)
- Stir in cake mix, then pudding mix, a little at a time and until it’s all blended (used mixer until it got very thick, then mixed with spoon)
- Add chopped candy corn and mix until well combined
- Spoon onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes
Christmas is full of traditions, spending time with family, and creating beautiful memories! One tradition that I will always cherish is the time I spent making Christmas cookies with my mom. We would make the same delicious cookies each year and occasionally add a new cookie. Wreath Cookies were always one of my favorite treats and until I made them this year, I forgot how yummy they tasted.
I love that I can now carry on the wonderful tradition of making Christmas cookies with my own children. They really enjoy helping me in the kitchen and they love baking cookies. Kids love helping make Wreath Cookies, the green color, getting messy hands, and eating them! Wreath Cookies are festive, fun, and tasty! My four year old even likes the cinnamon candy! My parents are here visiting and it was especially nice to do the baking with everyone together!
- 1 stick butter
- 1 10 oz bag miniature marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon green food coloring
- 6 cups Cornflakes
- Cinnamon Drops
- Pour 6 cups of Cornflakes into a large bowl and set aside
- Melt a stick of butter in a sauce pan, on low heat
- When completely melted, add a bag of mini marshmallows
- Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted
- Add a teaspoon of green food coloring
- Stir until the mixture is completely green
- Pour the green mixture on the cornflakes
- Mix until the cornflakes are completely coated and green
- Put Crisco on your fingers
- Place a small handful of the cornflake mixture on parchment paper and form a wreath
- Place three cinnamon drops on the wreath
- Repeat with the remaining mixture (Every once in awhile, put more Crisco on your fingers)
- Let the wreaths sit for a little until they set
For day 2 of our 12 Days of Sweets we were part of the Christmas Cookie Swap organized by Julie at White Lights on Wednesday! This time instead of shipping off our cookies we mailed our recipes to our matches to bake. I love this idea! It’s fun to bake cookies and find new recipes, right?! I was so lucky to be partnered up with Cristina from Just My Crazy Kitchen! She has a great blog. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out hop over and say hi. So, I received this recipe from Cristina for Chocolate Snowballs. They are a family favorite for her. Here’s what she says about this recipe:
Chocolate Snowballs! Don’t they just sound so festive? My aunt gave us this recipe. On Christmas Eve, we all get together and everyone brings their Christmas cookies. Then, we share everyone’s cookies. It’s like a really massive cookie swap. My mom is one of eight children, so if everyone brings cookies, we can have up to about 40 dozen cookies. These are one of my favorites. I don’t like nuts, so I usually add more chocolate. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
I love family Christmas traditions. That’s why I love Christmas so much. There are so many different family traditions happening and every year there is a new one born! These cookies are delicious and so easy to make. I thought I had let them cool enough before putting on the powdered sugar but I don’t think I did so you may want to have more patience than I do and let them cool all the way before you roll in the sugar or maybe just do two coats. I really recommend joining in the fun next year, you don’t even have to have a blog to get in on the fun. This year you can see some of the recipes that were shared below. Check them out!
- 2 cups sifted flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Sift flour and salt.
- Blend butter, sugar, and vanilla.
- Beat eggs into creamed mixture.
- Blend dry ingredients, nuts and chocolate chips into mixture.
- Shape into 1 inch balls.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet
- Bake 15-20 minutes
- Cool and roll in powdered sugar