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Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos (12 Days of Giveaways)


Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Oreos

Today is the last day of the 12 Days of Giveaways :(  I hope that you all enjoyed the fun prizes.  There are still a couple days to enter some of them.  Go check out my Cashew Chicken (Calphalon $300 Cookware Set),  Gingerbread Men Cookies (Cake Boss $260 Baking Set), Peanut Butter Cup Fudge ($250 Freund Containers and cookbook), Triple Chocolate Muffins (2 year Cooking Light Subscription) and my Homemade Caramels (Swissmar Roasting pan).  Those are some seriously great prizes up for grabs, I really hope one of you wins!  Today OXO has a whole bunch of goodies for you to win.  My kitchen is stocked with OXO gadgets, so I am really excited about this one!

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Peppermint Sandwich Cookies


Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Today I am sharing my Homemade Oreo Sandwich Cookies with a creamy peppermint filling over at In Katrina’s Kitchen as part of her annual I’ll Bring The Cookies event!

A new cookie recipe every day in December- a virtual blogger cookie swap!

 

Who doesn’t love peppermint this time of year?  It is super easy to make your own homemade sandwich cookies, and then you can put whatever filling you want in them.  Trust me, I walk you thru the process – it is easy!

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

OXO has generously provided a great giveaway for the event, I hope you will enter.

 

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek #CakeBossBaking


Gingerbread Men Cookies

Welcome to Day #6 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Today is the last day of Christmas Week :(  I hope you enjoyed the full week of Christmas treats as well as great giveaways.  To end the week I am going out with a bang!  I made gingerbread men cookies.  This is the first time I have ever made gingerbread men.  They weren’t something that my mom ever made as a kid, so I never tried to make them before.  This year though, my 8 year old put in a request.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

My husband said his mom made gingerbread men cookies a few times when he was younger, so I asked her for her recipe.  She got the recipe from a free cookbook the electric company gave out in 1958.  So you could say the recipe has been around a few years.  I did up the spices a little bit, to give it that full on gingerbread flavor.  Aside from that, I kept it the same.  These gingerbread men are easy to make thick and chewy or thin and crispy.  I like cookies thick and chewy, so I rolled the dough out rather thick, and baked for 10 minutes.  If you want the crispier you can roll thinner or bake for a little longer.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

I almost have a panic attack when I walk into Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Craft Store.  I am not crafty, and very easily over whelmed with stuff like that.  So decorating these cookies made me nervous!  I had visions of cute little bows and different colors.  The bows came out a big mess, and then I couldn’t figure out how to add color and have it still look good.  In the end, I think they turned out rather cute.  Santa will definitely enjoy a couple of these left out for him on Christmas Eve.

 

Gingerbread Men Cookies
 
Serves: 3 dozen
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Spicy gingerbread cookies. Perfectly festive for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 3 to 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 Tbls cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In the bowl for an electric mixer pour water over the softened butter. Add brown sugar and molasses, mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together 3 cups flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Add to molasses mixture, blend well. Add more flour if the dough is really stick.
  3. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface about ⅛ to ¼ inch thick. Cut into "men".
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. If you want crispy cookies, you can bake a little longer. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.
  7. Frost if desired.

 

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Cake Boss Baking is offering one #ChristmasWeek reader the opportunity to win a prize package full of baking tools and essentials {ARV: $260}, including:

To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

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Peanut Butter Cup Fudge (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek


Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Time for another installment of Christmas Week!  Have you checked out the rest of the week, and all the great giveaways going on?  Don’t miss my Frosted Sugar Cookies (Magimix giveaway), Pomegranate Margaritas (Le Creuset giveaway), and Homemade Caramels (Swissmar Giveaway).  Stay tuned for tomorrow; more cookies and a giveaway worth over $250!  But in the mean time, I have chocolate and peanut butter.  Quite possibly the worlds best flavor combination.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

My all time favorite fudge is something we have been making since I was a kid.  But I am always up to try something new.  So this year, I decided to go the peanut butter route.  I saw this recipe over at Crazy for Crust months ago, and knew I just had to make it.  It is super easy, no thermometer, or boiling sugar….just melt and go.  Plus add in peanut butter cups, because life is just better with them.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Seriously, this peanut butter cup fudge could not get any easier.  I think it took about 10 minutes, and it was cooling and just waiting for me to slice into it.  That has to be the hardest part; waiting for it to harden.   When Dorothy made the fudge she topped with with peanuts.  Great idea, but I am not a fan of nuts with my desserts.  I know that is strange, but I just don’t like it.  So I decided why not just add more peanut butter cups.  You can decide which way you like better :)  As for the giveaway, I am jealous!!  The new Pioneer Woman cookbook is on my Christmas list this year.  And I used Freund products when I made my spice rack this year.  I have other projects on my to do list that they would be perfect for (organizing my pantry).

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
 
Serves: 36
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Chocolate and peanut butter come together for a super easy fudge.
Ingredients
  • 16 peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter cup, crushed
Instructions
  1. Line a 9 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Lay unwrapped peanut butter cups across the bottom of the pan (rows of 4).
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt together chocolate chips and condensed milk. Once completely melted and smooth remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour over peanut butter cups.
  5. Sprinkle crushed cups over the chocolate, lightly pressing down.
  6. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  7. Store in an air tight container.
Notes
Recipe barely adapted from Crazy for Crust

 

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Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Freund Container & Supply. Freund Container & Supply has been helping build businesses since 1938 as the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers, and wholesale packaging supplies online. Freund offers over 5,000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping, and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs!

Today’s winner will receive one $250 Freund gift certificate, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

***This giveaway is for one $250 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. ***

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***Disclaimer: This gift certificate is being provided by Freund Container & Supply, while the cookbook has been provided by Juanita’s Cocina. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Homemade Caramels (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek


Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

I took yesterday off from Christmas Week, but it was still going on!  There is a great giveaway you should go enter….after you check out what is going on today!  What are some of your favorite treats to have around the holidays?  I am all for the little things, small pieces of candy or little cookies, so I can try a few different things.  Fudge and caramels are pretty much my 2 biggest downfalls.  I shared my all time favorite fudge recipe last year.  I also have a fun new fudge recipe coming tomorrow.  So today, I made caramels.

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

There really is nothing like homemade caramels.  I use the store bought ones all the time when baking, but if I am going to eat them by themselves, homemade is the way to go!  It is probably easier than you think too.  Candy can be kind of intimidating, but if you just relax and follow the directions you should be fine.  Having a good/accurate thermometer is important.  Mine is not very good at all, so I always have to calibrate it first.  That is much easier than it sounds, trust me!!  Thing boil at about 212 degrees F.  So, note on your thermometer what temp it actually starts to boil.  For me, that was about 205 degrees, 7 degrees different.  My recipe says to cook until 245 degrees, so I just subtract 7 degrees, and cook until 238.  There is a little math involved, but trust me, it is easier than you think it will be!

Homemade Caramels #ChristmasWeek

Homemade Caramels (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek
 
Serves: 64 caramels
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Classic homemade caramels
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
Instructions
  1. Grease or line an 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture reaches 245 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you don't have a thermometer; test in a cup of cold water. Drop a small amount into water, and shape into a ball. Once it holds is shape until pressed, it is done.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish, and allow to cool completely.
  4. Cut into 1 inch squares, and wrap individual in plastic wrap, foil, or wax paper.
Notes
Recipe from Betty Crocker The New Cookbook

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The Le Cordon Bleu ceramic ovenware from Swissmar are all freezer safe, oven safe, dishwasher and microwave safe. The French-inspired Charmant Collection 5 qt. Rectangular Roaster has scalloped edges and is beautiful enough to go straight from oven to table! To enter to win a Swissmar Roaster, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

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Frosted Sugar Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek


Frosted Sugar Cookies

Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Today is the start of Christmas Week 2.0.  You may remember last year we did a Christmas week, with a different theme each day.  Pie, Cake, Cookies, Gingerbread, and Peppermint.  This year things have grown a little.  Each day this week (Monday-Saturday) the Christmas Week 2.0 group will be posting new holiday recipes for you.  Every day there will also be a giveaway involved.  Seriously, there is some great stuff this week: Magimix, Le Creuset, Freund Container Supply, Cake Boss and more!  So be sure to check back each day.

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Cherry Nougat Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways)


Cherry Nougat Cookie

Cherry Nougat Cookie

Time for another giveaway today!  Have you entered to win my all time favorite spatula or a copy of The New Southwest?  After you enter today’s fun giveaway, make sure you go enter those two.  Tis’ the season for giving, next week is full of giveaways almost every day (plus lots of Christmas recipes).  Have you started your holiday baking yet?  Hopefully you have room for more treats, because I have lots of ideas for you over the next couple of weeks.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies


Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies

Holiday baking is in full swing.  Everything from cookies to candies are getting worked on in my house.  That also means it is time to start thinking about what to give teachers, friends, and neighbors for gifts.  I love giving something homemade.  To me, it says so much more than a gift card to a coffee place.  It shows you really care, and took the time out of your day to create something for them.  Plus giving something with chocolate and peanut butter, is a sure way to make someones day!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

It is December and it is full on baking season.  With Thanksgiving being so late this year, I feel like Christmas is right around the corner.  It is hard to fit all of the goodies I want to share with you in!  But there is always room for chocolate, and today is the December #chocolateparty!  This month the challenge was to make a chocolate cookie.  Anything chocolate would do.  Pretty easy, huh?  I mean, it is chocolate!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls


Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls labeled

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

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