Easy, Last Minute Memorial Day Desserts

May 29th, 2017

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Happy Memorial Day! I have some Easy, Last Minute Memorial Day Desserts for you.

I know I’ve been a bit absent for the last few weeks but we have big news. We moved out of our apartment that we had been in for years into a much bigger space. I’m so excited to be able to decorate the girls’ room from scratch and actually our whole apartment. And the girls are over the moon at all the space and the facilities here, like the pool! The possibilities are endless with decor and needless to say, you will be getting more posts on decor like this and this in the near future.

 

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And because we have been so consumed with our new home, I am of course, not so prepared for Memorial Day, (which is a big deal as you know, if you are in the States. If you are not in the US, it is a day to remember all of the military who lost their lives fighting for their country.) I’m writing this post while relaxing on the edge of our new pool!

So, I found these easy, last minute Memorial Day desserts. If you don’t have the ingredients, a quick trip to the shop will make it all happen. I hope you have a lovely day. Much love, Jeanne xoxo

 

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Breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party

May 12th, 2017

 

Just found an amazing site that shares your parties and have been feasting my eyes on all sorts of lovely themed parties like this breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party. The backdrop is amazing the way is been painted to look like a forest and really pulls this all together. And the details with the butterflies, branches, toadstools and details are charming. The detailed cupcakes that have a forest scene all of their own are works of art.

Take a look at Catch My Party to see so many other lovely themes. There are free printables, recipes, day’s. You can also add your wonderful party and well, join in the party! Definitely a great resource when you are pondering what to do for you little darling’s big day!

 

 

 

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Melted Snowman Christmas Cookies

December 22nd, 2016

 

So, what do you think of our Melted Snowman Christmas Cookies!? We decided to go for something different and humorous this year. Only thing is that some people are saying these look macabre! I guess it does remind us a little of the Wizard of Oz and the “I’m melting. I’m melting”, scene of the Wicked Witch of the West.

These are simple sugar cookies, with a marshmallow and some art and well, I think they are quite dramatic for cookies.

If you want to try these out too, the recipe is below.

 

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3⁄4cups flour

Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter cream mixture until incorporated.
  4. Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  5. Cutout 2-1/2″ hearts and bake at 400 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.
  6. Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

Icing

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

December 15th, 2016

Photo Credit: www.somethingswanky.com

We have started the search for the Christmas Cookie selection we will be baking this year and these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies jumped out at me. We’ve never made anything quite like these for Christmas so will be giving it a bash! In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like these. We do like Red Velvet in this family, maybe more for the color than the flavor, so why not!

The recipe is below and comes from this fabulous cookbook called The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook by Deborah Harroun and is full of many creative Red Velvet recipes if that is your thing. You can nab it right here on Amazon!

 

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg yolk*

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp red food coloring

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar or sanding sugar*

FOR THE FILLING:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg yolk*

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla
DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour, food coloring, and cocoa powder until soft dough forms.

Scoop out the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll them in the sugar* before placing on the prepared baking sheet (about 2 inches apart). Use the back of a round teaspoon to make a small indentation in the cookie dough.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling: using an electric mixer or small food processor, beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth.

After the first 10 minutes of baking, use the back of a round teaspoon to deepen the indentation in the cookies. Spoon a teaspoon of the filling into each indentation. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until filling is set.

Let cool completely before serving. Store covered and chilled.

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Salted Caramel Brownies

August 22nd, 2016

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If you’ve been on Bellissima Kids for a while, you have probably picked up that I have quite a sweet tooth! Because most of the recipes on here are for desserts. And even though the girls and I cook many different things, we all love making desserts more than anything else. And this dessert is one that is probably almost too sweet for even myself… but I think I could venture to eat maybe one of these…okay two!

So, for all fellow sweet tooth owners, and (chocoholics), here you are. Salted Caramel Brownies. Here is the recipe  which is of course, not very difficult at all. Comment below if you actually make these and let us know how they came out.

 

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Embroidery Icing Cookies by Mezesmanna

April 14th, 2016

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Hungarian chef Judit Czinkne Poor, also known as ‘Mezesmanna’, creates cookies with elaborate floral and lace patterns in icing and they are incredible.

Despite the tiny canvases, she manages to illustrate teeny tiny flowers and other delights. She then finishes her baked goods by framing them with frilly laces. The result is a treat that’s would hard to eat as you would be destroying a masterpiece.

You can see more of Mezesmanna’s cookie art over on Instagram.

And if you look on her Facebook page, you will see a wonderful video where she decorates the cookies right in front of you!
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Hot Chocolate Cookies

December 17th, 2015

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I always think I’ve seen the ultimate cookie but these Hot Chocolate Cookies might just take the cake! I’m known for loving chocolate and everything to do with chocolate and hot chocolate of course, so I can’t think of a better cookie. You even get the marshmallow on top.

If you are wanting to make these, you can find the whole recipe right here at Averie Cooks!

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Our First Tarte Tatin Ever!

November 2nd, 2015


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We made our very first Tarte Tatin EVER with our fresh picked apples from our trip to Maskers Orchard! And I’m going to share out Tarte Tatin recipe with you. When I lived in France, Tarte Tatin was one of my very favorite desserts. And well, ours tasted pretty much the same even though it was perfectly neat. I don’t know why I never made one of these before. I guess I always opted for American Apple Pie. This was somehow easier because of no upper crust, so, we’ll be making another one very soon.

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Vegan and Gluten Free Snickers Bars

October 20th, 2015

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I’m in a very sweet tooth mood today so am completed tempted by these Vegan and Gluten Free Snickers Bars. And guess what? They have only 5 ingredients if you count the caramel sauce as one ingredient! In any case, they are completely no-bake which is always much easier as far as I’m concerned.
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