Valentine and Housewarming Cake Pops!

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Valentines Day and Housewarming Cake Pops

I was asked to make some cake pops by an acquaintance, and I happily said yes! She was looking for me to make her ones for Valentine’s Day and for some to give as a housewarming gift. We both looked online to see what might be best and she chose owl and cupcake Valentine cake pops and a mix of houses and purple ball cake pops for the housewarming gift. I set to work and this is what I came up with! These were so fun to make, I really just want to make more cake pops!! Unfortunately, I did not take pictures through my cake pop making process, but I’ll include a list of items needed for each type. I made a mix of vanilla cake pops and cookies and cream cake pops, using a box mix and store bought icing to mix it with. If you’d like to see how I make the cake for the cake pops, take a look here! For all of the cake pops I used my Oxo small cookie scoop to make sure they all used about the same amount of the cake/icing mixture. You will also need the sticks, bags, and ribbon to package all of the pops.

Owl Cake Pops
Owls

For the owls you will need:
*Red, white, and pink candy melts
*Chocolate chips to make the ears
*White sprinkles and a food writer to make the eyes (or the eye sprinkles that they sell)
*Orange sprinkles for the nose
*Pink and white hearts for the wings
*Star sprinkles for the feet
*Flower sprinkles for the bow

Cupcake Cake Pops
Cupcakes

For the cupcakes you will need:
*Red, white, and pink candy melts
*Valentine colored sprinkles
*Small hearts and round red balls to put on top

Housewarming Cake Pops
Houses

For the houses you will need:
*White and black candy melts
*Food writer for the windows, door, and grass (I like the Americolor writers)
*Flower sprinkles

Purple Cake Pops
Purple ball

For the cake pops you will need:
*Purple candy melts
*White sprinkles

I now have cake pop fever and am pinning tons of cake pop creations that I want to try!

Happy cake pop making!
Heather

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

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As I mentioned in a previous post, my little girl was born back in October. I’ve been breastfeeding her and since I just recently went back to work, I was concerned I would lose my milk supply since I’d be pumping during the day. I have looked for different ways to keep a good supply and have tried More Milk Plus pills and eating lactogenic foods, such as oatmeal and nuts. Some days I would notice an increase in supply, while others it didn’t seem to change, but that could have been due to my stress level. Anyway, since I love to bake, I figured I’d try out these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies found at Food.com. The main ingredients that are supposed to help boost supply are the oats, flax seed meal, and brewers yeast, all of which I ordered (in large containers) off Amazon.

To make the cookies, you will need…
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats
1 cup chocolate chips
2-4 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (I used 4 tbsp)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix the flax seed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

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3. Beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar well.

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4. Add eggs and mix well.
5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast (add more brewers yeast if you’d like a bigger increase in supply), baking soda, and salt.

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7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.

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8. Stir in oats and chips.

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9. Scoop onto baking sheet.

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10. Bake for 12 minutes.
11. Let set for a couple minutes then remove from tray.

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Overall, I find these cookies to be pretty tasty! The recipe makes a TON of cookies (I think using my cookie scoop, it makes about 6 dozen), so I usually freeze half the batch. I’ve found that I like the ones that I’ve frozen better, because, for whatever reason, they stay soft longer after being defrosted. The ones right out of the oven get a little hard after a few days. I’m not sure how much these cookies are helping with my supply, but I figure they can’t be hurting it, and I’m always up for a cookie or two!

Baking love,
Heather

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate with words

I was invited to a cookie exchange with some friends and I, of course, had to find a new, exciting cookie recipe to try! Since I LOVE peppermint hot chocolate, I decided upon Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies that I found at Mom Endeavor’s website.

To make the cookies you will need…
2 sticks but­ter at room temperature (or if you forget to leave it out, like me, pop it in the microwave for 25-30 seconds to soften it)
1 C sugar
2/3 C brown sugar
2 1/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa pow­der or hot choco­late mix (I used dark chocolate cocoa)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp bak­ing soda
1 C pep­per­mint crunch bak­ing chips (I couldn’t find these so I used cut up Andes Mints. Not quite peppermint, but it still gave a great minty flavor!)
1/2 C semi-sweet or dark choco­late chips (I used semi-sweet because it’s what I had, but I think they would have been even better with dark chocolate!)
approx. 2 C mini marshmallows

Directions:
1. Pre­heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda until combined.

3. In a large mixer bowl, mix together the butter & sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and then mix until everything is combined.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and mix until just combined.

5. Stir in ­mint & chocolate chips.

6. Form dough balls (I used my cookie scoop that I LOVE!) and place about 2″ apart onto parch­ment lined bak­ing sheets.

7. Bake for 10–12 min­utes. *At about the 8 minute mark, pull out the cook­ies and top with mini marshmal­lows (I did 4 per cookie). I lightly pushed them into the cookie before returning the cookies to the oven for the last few minutes. The marsh­mal­lows should get nice & puffy, but not too gooey. I watched for them to have a bit of a golden color on top, then pulled them out.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate on Pan

At first, I wasn’t so sure about the cookies and thought they were just ok. Then, the more that I ate them, the more I liked them! The combination of the mint with the chocolate, then a bit of the marshmallow gooey-ness on top was a winner!!

Baking love,
Heather

S’mores Cookies

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Of all the Christmas cookies I made this year, these cookies were, by far, my favorite. Not really sure why- they really aren’t super different than a chocolate chip cookie, but something about the graham cracker on the bottom makes them a step or two above your average chocolate chip cookie.

I found the recipe for these cookies at Couponing and Cooking.

To make these cookies you will need:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
12 full Graham crackers broken in half

Directions:
1.) Cream together butter and brown sugar.

2.) Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3.) Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

4.) On a lined baking sheet, place halves of graham crackers about an inch apart.

5.) Place a ball/scoop of dough in the center of each graham cracker.

6.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and wait for the magic to happen! I took the advice from Couponing and Cooking and I didn’t bake them any longer than 10 minutes- they were perfect!

I found that even after a week, these cookies were still delicious. It might sound weird, but they were almost even better after a few days because the Graham Crackers softened and it was just the right texture and taste with the chocolate, marshmallow, cookie goodness!

Smores on Pan

Baking love,
Heather