MARS Messy Cookie Cups

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We just finished a brutal week of band camp with my daughter as she is now officially on the color guard. You know those girls that dance with flags at half time while the band plays. We all know half time is just as important as is the football. Right? These pretty ladies get out there in costume with decorate faces and dazzle us with movements and flags that would be completely impossible for any person off the streets to accomplish. 

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That being said I like to make treats for her that are football themed. I think it’s super fun and cannot wait to share these MARS Messy Cookie Cups at a tailgating event this Fall. Simple to make and completely adorable! I picked up some sugar cookie dough because I am lazy and didn’t want to make it but you are so welcome to make your own.

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I stopped off at Sam’s Club to get the 105-count variety bag of MARS® candy bars(minis) so I could make plenty of these when I need them quick. I just pop the bag of chocolates in the freezer. I also picked up a 48 count of SNICKERS®. These I will simply keep on hand for the trunk or treat tailgating night. 

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These cookie cups are just made in cupcakes liners that you fill with cookie dough and MARS chocolates. Simply press cold sugar cookie dough into a cupcake liner.Place the candy on top and bake. Here I am going to show you how I make my MARS Messy Cookie Cups filled with MARS candy and topped off with an adorable tooth pick football flag. #Chocolate4TheWin

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Please stop by the comments below and let me know what tailgating desserts you like to bring with you to the game? Or maybe you have a appetizer dessert you make at home. I’d love to hear about them.

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MARS Messy Cookie Cups
Serves 10
Sugar cookie cup filled with MARS candy then baked and topped off with a football flag.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of sugar cookie dough
  2. 30 MARS minis
  3. cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pull the sugar cookie dough from the freezer and place about 1/2 an inch of cookie dough into the liner. Place two to three pieces of MARS minis on top.
  3. Place on baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Using a toothpick swirl the chocolate with the cookie dough. Bake another 5 minutes until cookie is lightly golden brown.
  4. Let cool and serve.
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Dirt Dessert

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With back to school around the corner and my daughter already in color guard camp we are always looking for an easy dessert snack. Dirt Dessert is something my aunt used to make when I was little. It’s simple but super delicious.

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My son and I slipped off to Walmart today to pick up some groceries. We grabbed some Jello chocolate instant pudding and some Cool Whip along with a few other goodies. Shopping with him is so funny. He just insists on moving as a fast as possible through the store. 

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On the pudding aisle he finally found real goodies so he settled down and gave me a few extra minutes to look. He also mentioned milk is more expensive than gas. I think it’s pretty cool to see him grow and realize the prices of food and gas. Tells me he is knowledgeable. Here is a $1 off coupon for you! 

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Afterwards, I visited with my daughter to pick up some glassware to photograph this in on her dinner break. I enjoy when she helps me pick out a new piece for my dishes. She is excited to come home and eat this tonight. I cannot wait to see her face when she sees it. These are some of her favorite quick and easy snack items.

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Simply layer this into any of your favorite glassware or small dessert cups and serve up cold. It’s easy and anyone will laugh at the name.

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It’s was our on going joke that the cookies taste like dirt so out of this Dirt Dessert was born. Usually when we say this everyone flips out but when they see and try it they devour it! You can always dress it up to for the holidays. For more desserts & snacks follow along with #AddCoolWhip.

Dirt Dessert
Serves 3
Dirt dessert is cool whip, chocolate jello pudding, and crushed chocolate cookies layered with each other for dirty dessert!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tub of Cool Whip
  2. 1 package of Jello chocolate pudding
  3. 1 package chocolate cookies; crushed
  4. 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Mix pudding as directed on package and refrigerate for about 5 minutes. Layer chocolate pudding in first. Add Cool Whip next and top with crushed chocolate cookies. Repeat this process until you have fill the glassware you are using. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream

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When I was young one of my most favorite treats was Hostess cherry pies. Anything Hostess was good but it wasn’t uncommon to see everyone with a Twinkie in their lunch box. It reminds of a time in my childhood in which I lived with my Grandma and Grandpa.

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My Grandmother passed away last year. She used to enjoy the Hostess cupcakes. She always kept a box in her room. She used to always sneak my children one or two. I guess the tradition only carried on.

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Hostess to us is a family thing. You don’t buy anything other kind but Hostess. When the box of Twinkies came in for this campaign my teenagers raided them like they haven’t ate in a week. I had to snag the box and hide them to make this Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream.

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It’s a recipe I had fun making for the new #TwinkieCookbook coming out soon! You can submit your own recipes just like me. Visit http://hostesscakes.com/to submit your own recipe. 

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My daughter and I talked for days on what to make for this recipe. We know bananas and strawberries go wonderful with Twinkies but it’s something most would think of. We wanted to really show a bit of heritage in our dish. We are a HUGE berry family.  It’s impossible for us to resist a good berry. The other thing we love it ice cream. I really wanted to try my hand at this no churn, no ice cream machine ice cream. 

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As you can see this is the Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream. With any luck I will get a chance to be in the cookbook!

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Twinkie Forest Berry Ice Cream
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of blueberries
  2. 1 cup of raspberries
  3. 1 cup of blackberries
  4. 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  5. 1 -14oz can sweeten condensed milk
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 3 Twinkies; sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Layer in raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries into a baking dish. Sugar the tops of the berries. Bake for 8 minutes. Smash with fork. Set aside.
  2. Add heavy whipping cream to your mixer bowl. With the whisk attachment mix on low for 6 minutes. Slowly bring the speed up every 3 minutes. Once you reach the top speed the heavy whipping cream will start to resemble whipped topping. You should have soft peaks. Fold in the sweeten condensed milk. Set aside. Slice Twinkies.
  3. Line a loaf pan or trifle bowl with parchment paper. Add one layer of cream mixture, one sliced Twinkie, and 1/3 of the berries. Repeat the process twice more to create three layers. Place in freezer for 4 hours until ice cream is solid and ready for serving.
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Zours® Movie Night Cake

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Movie nights definitely are a part of our summer vacation. Even full seasons on seasons of TV show watching. That’s where the snacks come in. You must have some delectable snacks for hours of laying around while enjoying the escape from the real world. Do you have a TV series or movie your into right now?

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A few days ago my daughter, her friend and I took a trip to visit a great demo at Walmart with Zours® and kettle corn. Right then we went and grabbed up two boxes for movie night. Those boxes were devoured before we even arrive at home. A couple of days later I picked up another box to secretly make this cake for a super sour surprise. 

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This Zours® Movie Night Cake is outstanding and easy to make. It’s easy to make a day before and top with movie snacks like sour Zours®. Do you have a #Zoursface? If so, tweet it and tag me in it @MooshuJenne. I would love to see your #zoursface!

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Some times we have fun and smash the cake and add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect end to a wonderful day of movies. Popcorn snacks, Zours cake, and pizza littered our movie day up with tons of fun. We ended up watching Haven. Here is a picture of my very wild haired son getting ready to devour some cake after he told me ten times he wanted none. Psst… proof!

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That’s one big piece of cake there buddy! Oh, I should mention the daughter actually mixed up the cake. We did bake it together then I iced it. Pretty simple. Very fun! How about the recipe? Here you go!

Zours® Movie Night Cake
Serves 6
Orange and blue cake topped with vanilla icing and Zours® sour candies.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package orange cake mix
  2. 1 package blue cake mix
  3. 1 box Zours® Mike & Ike candies
  4. 2 sticks of butter; softened
  5. 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Bake cakes per package directions and let cook.
  2. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, put softened butter (room temperature butter) and beat on high for about 1 minute. Add in 2 1/2 cups of sugar a little a time as the mix is on a 2. Bring the mixer up to 6 and beat until well incorporated. Fill icing into a pastry bag or decorate as desired.
  3. Top cake with Zours® Mike & Ike candies. Serve with ice cream!
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Sour Straw Popsicles

If there is one thing in our home that everyone will devour it has to be sour straws. It’s like this radar detector that goes off and they all come to the vicinity that I have them in.  I can buy a bucket of them but with in a week they are absolutely gone. Oh and if I got at least one I am lucky. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

Two evenings ago my other half, V, picked some sour straws up for this recipe Sour Straw Popsicles. I honest thought there is no way they are going to last the night. Funny enough I was the one that devoured the most of them and yes some were actually left over. We managed to hide them for the teens and eat some ourselves while watching The Haunting.  The other half and I like spooky shows. I am not quite sure if it is because he is interested in them or likes to make fun of the people. His answer is when it’s really scary just drink beer and ignore it. Psst… He’s Czech. Not all of us think drinking beer will get rid of the ghosts. 

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I managed to slip the sour straws away from him and put them aside for these popsicles. A few months ago I picked up a Zoku classic popsicle mold. After trying a ton of other molds I love how easy they come out of the Zoku molds. I hear there is some others out there that work just as well and have cute designs. If you know of some put it in the comments below because I would love to check them out.

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Moving on to the popsicles I finally had the chance to use the mold and make some popsicles. These sour straw popsicles are so sour that it will make your entire face pucker and that’s a good thing!

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Gosh! Look at it just run down her hand. Sticky! These were so much fun but I would use the sour straws over the sour straw bites next time.  The sour bites became a bit mushy but super hyped up the flavor of the popsicles. 

Sour Straw Popsicles

They are super sour and melt fast!

Sour Straw Popsicles
Serves 6
Kool aid popsicle with sour straw bites frozen within them.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 tablespoons of Kool Aid
  2. 18 to 22 pieces of Sour Straws cut up or Sour Straw Bites
  3. Water
  4. Popsicle mold
Instructions
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of Kool Aid with water. Fill mold with 3 pieces of candy and top with Kool Aid. This is the break down for each mold. If you want them to be more sour then add more Kool Aid and more bites. Freeze for about two hours or until frozen solid.
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TWIX Bites Ice Cream Parfaits

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While I am not the biggest ice cream eater once in awhile I like to have my TWIX fix and what better to pair it with in this heat! TWIX Bites are perfect in TWIX Bites Ice Cream parfaits. Simply layer them in a cute containers and top with more TWIX Bites and put them in the freeze. These will be adorable for our Memorial Day BBQ. What do you have planned for dessert?

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I visited Walmart while shopping for groceries and got a glimpse of the in store demo. I like to see what they make and get to try the items before I buy. That’s where my inspiration for these TWIX Bites Ice Cream parfaits came from.  I thought how adorable this would be and I know my teenagers and most definitely the other half would like them. I can’t seem to keep them out of them.

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 Just pick up the bites on the candy aisle and don’t forget to use this coupon below!

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Receive $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags OR $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags.

You can use any ice cream flavor that you would like. My family likes buttered pecan ice cream. Matched with caramel and crunch of the TWIX it’s just a merried match!  I could also see this going well with a simple vanilla. What would you make your parfait with?

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Now are you ready for the recipe? Do you promise to share this on Pinterest first? Haha! Just kidding! But if you would like to you may use the share buttons below or you can follow along on all social media via #EatMoreBites.

TWIX Bites Ice Cream Parfaits
Serves 2
Buttered pecan ice cream layered with TWIX Bites and topped with TWIX bites. Frozen to perfection.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup ice cream; buttered pecan or your choice
  2. 16 pieces TWIX Bites
Instructions
  1. In any container of your choice, add in some ice cream and then add in four bites. Add more ice cream and top with four more bites broken up for a delicious topped look.
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Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait

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Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES are just too perfect for the various parfaits I like to make. I have to say that topping a parfait off with these bad boys just screams out to me as “Please, Eat Me!”. I saved these little parfait cups from a local restaurant because they were just too cute and well I knew I had this post coming up. I decided that this Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait would be perfect in them. They are just too darn cute and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or Easter. All you have to do is add a sticker and wham you have something spectacular and seasonal!

Milky Way Simply Caramel Parfait - Mooshu JenneOH! I also have a coupons for you to save some funds on purchasing these super duper yummy Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES and 3 Musketeers BITES. I picked them up at Walmart for cheap!

Receive $0.75 off when you buy (2) 2.83 oz. bags or $3.00 off when you buy (2) 6 oz. bags or larger

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I just love that while I am trying to make these delicious parfaits with Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES that the other half and my daughter are trying to eat them all. He always tells me I need to make more posts like this. Really? Haha! My general response to that is if I can keep you from eating them all in the process we’d be all good! 

To top off how cute these bad boys are I have a free printable for you with Easter themed stickers that you can print and stick all over whatever container, jar, or small cup you use to serve these in. Top download it just click here Easter Printable. Just print and punch out with a larger sized hole punch. You can find them at any craft store.

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What’s your favorite of the two? 3 Musketeers BITES or Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES? To follow along with the conversion use the hashtags #EatMoreBites #CollectiveBias. Now for the simple recipe for these Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Torte Parfait
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For Torte
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 stick and 1 tablespoon unsalted butter; diced
  4. 18 ounces semisweet chocolate; chopped finely
  5. 6 large eggs
For Pudding
  1. 1 box milk chocolate pudding or pre-made milk chocolate pudding cups.
For Parfait
  1. Above ingredients
  2. Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES
  3. 3 Musketeers BITES
  4. Chocolate syrup of choice
For Torte
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter spring form pan. Line bottom of the spring form pan with parchment paper; make sure to butter the parchment paper. Wrap three layers of foil around the outside of pan. Foil must come to the top of rim. Combine water and sugar in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar completely dissolves. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat. Slowly add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar mixture slowly into chocolate. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Place cake pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake cake until center no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from water bath; transfer to a rack. Cool completely.
For Pudding
  1. Mix according to directions or use pre-made pudding.
For Parfait
  1. Pour chocolate syrup in the bottom of the container. Add in some Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES and torte. Top with pudding. Repeat process. Once you are at the top of your container top with chocolate syrup and Milky Way Simply Caramel BITES. Put in refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving. This will allow the syrup to harden a little.
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Lucky Charms Blondies

With St.Patrick’s Day just almost a week away I wanted to bring you a simple cute dessert that you can make for the family.  It’s spring break here! That always means my daughter’s birthday is coming. Her birthday always lands during spring break. This time it’s on a Friday! We are doing a complete Frozen inspired theme even though she’s going to be 14. I kind of begged her to let me though she is having just as much fun with it as I am.  Anyway, during spring break I like to make goodies that are easy that they can munch on and get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday. These Lucky Charms Blondies are perfect for that. Not very many ingredients, easy to put together, and do not take long to bake. Plus they do turn out too cute!

Lucky Charms Blondies - Mooshu JenneThese Lucky Charms Blondies can be made with or without some Lucky Charms on top. That’s up to you if you want the crunch. You can also change it up with any kind of cereal you would like to add. If you want the bars to be thicker simply double the recipe. You can add food coloring to the cake mix to make them match any holiday too! I left them without food coloring here so you could see the colors. Next time I want to do these with fruity pebbles. My son, Chancelor, keeps saying he would like to have them with Oops All Berries from Cap’n Crunch.

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Here is a few more recipes from our Foodelicious St. Patrick’s Day Round Up. Hope you take some time to stop and check out these other recipes! You can follow along with hashtag #Foodelicious.

Pary Moppins – Cabbage

Memories by the Mile – Shamrock Shake 

Captivating Corner – Irish Soda Bread

Little Family Adventure – Shepherd’s Pie

Hearts and Home  - Drunken Pot Roast

Here is the recipe for the Lucky Charms Blondies!

Lucky Charms Blondies
Serves 9
Cake batter blondies with Lucky Charms.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box yellow cake mix
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 cup Lucky Charms; crushed
  6. 1/4 cup Lucky Charms; for sprinkling top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pan or casserole dish with oil. Size of baking dish will make the difference of the thickness of the bar. If you would like them thicker you may also double the recipe.
  2. In a large bowl add in yellow cake mix, milk, vegetable oil, crushed Lucky Charms and egg. Mix well together. Mixture will be thick.
  3. Layer into baking dish and press down with spatula or hands. Top with Lucky Charms. This is optional. Bake for 25 minutes until edges are light golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
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Blood Orange Panna Cotta

Did I ever tell you how much I love panna cotta? It is this simple little dessert that you can put together in a matter of minutes. Stuff it away into the freeze and it comes out just too pretty. You can dress it up with just about anything you can think up. It always looks so elegant. The taste is never overwhelming and super sugary. Pairing blood orange syrup with it has to put it at the top of my list as a dessert. Blood Orange Panna Cotta is the perfect dessert to serve up to the one you love. Give them something extra special. 

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The blood orange syrup that tops it is quite tart! Tarty desserts are my personal favorite. Not the largest fan of desserts that are loaded with sugar that you get those weird sugar sweats. What kind of desserts do you prefer? 

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Got these adorable heart bowls from World Market. I could spend way to much money in that store. Honestly, I think I probably already do. Do you have a special place you like to buy adorable dishes for special occasions? I wanted these hearts originally for chicken pot pie but my other half doesn’t like it. I will save it for special desserts though. It really puts the love in the dish when it’s served up in a heart. Pretty much perfect for Valentine’s Day. 

Blood Orange Panna Cotta
Serves 2
Vanilla panna cotta topped with blood orange syrup.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 20 min
For Blood Orange Syrup
  1. 4 blood oranges; juiced
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For Vanilla Panna Cotta
  1. 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 2 packages of gelatin
  5. 1 tablespoon water
For Vanilla Panna Cotta
  1. In a non stick pan, add heavy cream and sugar and bring to a low boil. In a small bowl add in gelatin, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon water. Once boiling lower heavy cream mixture and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes while mixture thickens. Add in gelatin mixture and whisk well. Let cool to room temperature before pouring into ramekins. Once the mixture is cooled add it to the ramekins and place in refrigerator overnight or for 8 hours.
For Blood Orange Syrup
  1. In a non stick pot, add in juice from blood oranges and sugar. Bring to a low boil and simmer until mixture thickens to desired syrup texture. Let cool before serving.
Notes
  1. I love to freeze my panna cotta. It really reminds me of a tasty ice cream with half the sugar.
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Please take a moment and check out these other fantastic Valentine’s recipes from these fabulous bloggers! You can also follow along with hashtag #foodelicious on Pinterest and Twitter.

Call Me PMC –  Red Velvet Cookie Dough Truffles 

The Baking Fairy – Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes for Two 

Homegrown & Healthy – Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hand Pies 

Pary Moppins – Valentine’s Kisses 

Savvy In The Kitchen – Nutella Cheesecake Bars 

A Conquered Mess – White Chocolate Raspberry Bark 

Little Family Adventure – Strawberry Soup 

Life a Little Brighter – Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart 

Bespangled Jewelry – Valentine’s Day Strawberry Brownie Hearts 

Tempting Thyme – Special K Bars

Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

Yesterday was the first day of winter break and I had to con my kids into making cookies with me. Nothing to extreme just one free present from under the tree. They always sucker me in somehow or is it the other way around ;) We made Lusikkaleivät  also known as Finnish Teaspoon Cookies with homemade cranberry jam in the center.  Super simple and just perfect to add into a tin for Christmas sharing.

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Went with a bit of dark photography since the weather is doom and gloom here. I love this weather though. The rain is nice I just hope the tornadoes stay away this holiday season for everyone. No one needs that. Just counting the days until Christmas Eve now. It’s tradition in Czech to open gifts on Christmas Eve so we do them then to honor my sweet V’s heritage. The rest is mine with a huge pot of spaghetti sauce from a recipe that was passed down in our family for generations; which we have on Christmas Day. Plus, I make as many Finnish cookies as possible in honor of my Nordic side. This Christmas Eve we will have family over briefly and then head to his parent’s house for a Czech feast! What are your plans this holiday season?

Lusikkaleivät Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

My contribution to the meal will be a New York style cheesecake with a cranberry syrup for topping. Cranberries just scream Christmas to me. The sweet tart is one of my favorites of the season. Yes, I am aware that many don’t like cranberries but I feel it may just be the fact that they tried cranberry juice, which can be bitter, and think they don’t like them. Wrong! Try the jam or something with cranberries with added sugar. Even better try it with duck or turkey if you are a meat person. Do you like cranberries? Why or why not? Comment below :)

Here is the recipe for the Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies. Hopefully soon I will have my 50MM lens and my photography might get even better! Those and pair of red leather Tieks.

Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Lusikkaleivät – Finnish Teaspoon Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter; 2 sticks
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Cranberry jam
Powdered confectioner's sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking pan with parchment paper.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Combine flour, baking soda, and sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix until mixture is well combined and becomes a dough.

To shape the cookies, press dough firmly into a teaspoon. Gently use your thumb to remove the dough; try to retain the shape. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just barely browned. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.

Spread cranberry jam on the flat side of each cookie. Add a second cookie to form a sandwich. Using a sifter, dust the cookies with confectioner's sugar.

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