Category Archives: Party Foods

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Today, I baked these Breakfast Burrito Cups because I like the idea to keep them in the fridge or freezer and pop them in the microwave for a quick, healthy, hot breakfast.  Sweet Stackers layer foods using a stackable food storage system in a variety of containers.  This prevents foods from sticking together or getting soggy.

Breakfast Burrito Cups

Happy New Year!  Personally, I have never been into making resolutions.  This year is different and I am setting a goal that is taking one more step to eating better for the whole family.  Drumroll please…..I am not buying cereal!

Overall, I believe that we do well eating well rounded meals.  But breakfast is the one area where I think we can do better!  The mornings are hectic.  First, I am NOT a morning person.  My kids know that Mom needs to have a few sips of coffee before we can start discussing any aspect of the morning routine.  Three young kids bring the typical morning rush trying to get them out of the door on time.  Cereal is the perfect quick breakfast.  But even the cereal that we have considered to be the “less-sugar” cereals are still packed with sugar and limited nutrition.  I myself quit eating cereal for about 2 years because I realized I was starving by 9 or 10 A.M.  Unfortunately, my kids LOVE cereal and will even eat it as an afternoon snack since they can make it themselves.  So if I don’t have cereal in the house, no one will eat it.

I have been doing some research as how to make quick heathy breakfasts!  This is one of the make ahead recipes to keep in the freezer.  A variety of fillings can be used, so get creative!

Breakfast Burrito Cups

yields 12 individual cups

3 – 10 inch flour tortilla

variety of diced veggies/cooked meat [green pepper, mushrooms & ham]

5 eggs

2 TB milk

shredded Cheddar cheese – optional

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 12 count muffin tin with oil.

Cut the tortilla into quarters.  Press gently into the muffin tin to form cups.  Sprinkle the diced veggies and meat into the cups.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.  Poor even amounts of egg mixture into each cup.  Sprinkle a pinch of shredded cheese on top of each cup.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes until the egg is cooked through and lightly browned.

 

 

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Spring Daisy Spritz Cookies

Bring on Spring!  We are finally getting a break from this crazy harsh winter.  It was so nice to bake with bright sunshine and some fresh air filling the house.  My daughter is having a Daisy Girl Scout Investiture Ceremony tonight and I wanted to make a special little treat for our troop.  These Daisy Spritz Cookies will be perfect to celebrate!

Spritz Spring Daisy Cookie storage

Spritz Cookie Recipe

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift the flour and baking powder.  On high speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract.  Lower the mixer speed and add the flour mixture slowly until combined.  Fill the cookie press (I love my Wilton Cookie Press!) with dough and place the desire disk in.  Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Back for 10-12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.  Place on a cooling rack.  Makes 7-8 dozen cookies.

Girl Scout Daisy Cookies

Once cooled, I decorated the daisy center with the Girl Scout Daisy blue center.  Just like the first patch they earn when they can recite the Girl Scout Promise.  The centers were iced with a dollop of glaze (1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon corn syrup and 1 tablespoon of milk) and dyed with two drops of blue food coloring.  Blue crystal sugars were sprinkled on top.

Sweet Stackers Decorated Daisy Cookies

Sweet Stackers are pictured in an air-tight Rubbermaid Take Alongs container.  Create 3 layers of cookies in this container.

Sweet Stackers elevate your baked goods on stackable trays in your container.  Decorate your cookies right on the trays, place the risers carefully in between and stack the trays without messing the decorations right in your container.  Dry the icing with the lid off, then store  with an air-tight lid to keep them fresh.  They are ready to transport to your event! 

Sweet Stackers are reusable, economical, versatile and fit a variety of containers that you probably already own – visit www.sweetstackers.com for more information.

Valentine’s Homemade Brownie Truffles

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of the most special gifts you can give is homemade!  These brownie truffles are extremely easy and super fun to decorate.  Create a beautiful variety, uniquely decorated with just a handful of supplies.

Valentine Chocolate Edible Gifts

Recipe:

The easy part is using a box of brownie mix baked following the instructions on the box.  The brownies filled a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.  Once removed from the oven, slightly cool, then crumble into a bowl to cool completely.  Create uniform 1 inch balls (easiest using a cookie scoop) and place in an air-tight container until ready to decorate.

Dip each brownie ball into melting chocolates:

There are a few different ways to melt chocolate, but I prefer the double boiler method.  Boil 1 inch of water in a large sauce pan, placing a larger heat proof bowl on top of the saucepan.  This technique prevents the chocolate from scorching.  Once the water is simmering, place the chocolates in the bowl on top and stir until melted.  Note to add 1 teaspoon of Crisco to create a smooth finish.  Roll each brownie ball in the chocolate removing with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or foil.  A few truffles were decorated with sprinkles or sanding sugars immediately.

I started with a 1/2 cup of white chocolate melting wafers to decorate a quarter of brownie balls.  Then added milk chocolate wafers to the same bowl and mixed with the remaining white chocolate. 

Decoration ideas:

Any leftover chocolate?  Don’t toss it…pipe mini chocolate hearts onto wax paper and let them cool completely.  They will easily peel off to use as decorations.

The undecorated chocolate covered balls were enhanced with glaze.  Starting with plain white glaze – 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon of corn syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of milk.  Mix until a thick, smooth consistency.  Pipe a few, drizzle a few, add a drop of red food coloring to create pink…have fun!

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SweetStackers homemade Valentine truffles

Once the decorations have set, the truffles should be place in an air-tight container.  Each truffle could be placed in mini cupcake liner to separate.  Give a beautiful gift showing off your little works of art using a pretty container!  This red tin with a clear see-thru lid is perfect!

Sweet Stackers Edible Gift Valentines

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Sweet Stackers Valentine Chocolate Gift

Candlelight Christmas Cookie Table

Merry Christmas from our cookie table to yours!!

Memories are made in the kitchen.  This year’s Christmas preparation has been fun – sharing recipes and coming together with family and friends to create special times and celebrate traditions.  Christmas Eve ended with a candlelit cookie table and the kids even picked out a few special cookies to leave out for Santa.  Hope you enjoyed some of this year’s cookie recipes:

Merry Christmas Sweet Stackers

2014’s assortment of cookies & recipes

Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

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Czech Crescent Cookies

Traditional Crescent Cookies

Christmas Spiral Cookies

Sweet Stackers Christmas Spiral Cookie Recipe

Ina Garten’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie Assortment Cookie Risers

Kolacky

Cookie Stackable Food Storage

Chocolate Logs

Sweet Stackers Christmas Dessert Dividers

Decorated Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are THE Classic Christmas Cookie!  The aroma fills the house to create the mood of the holidays.  Simple decorations turn these delicious cookies into something festive and beautiful!  Plus, let the kids get excited and decorate the classic shaped Gingerbread Men.

Sweet Stackers decorated cookie storage

Gingerbread Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 ¼ cup molasses
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cream the butter and sugar together at high mixer speed.  Gradually add the molasses, eggs and vanilla.  Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together.  Measure 5 cups even cups of flour.  Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the flour mixture.  Divide the dough into three portions, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.

Roll cold dough to about 1/4 inch thick, cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet (preferably lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper).  Bake 6 – 8 minutes.  Larger cookies may take longer.  Cool on a rack and decorate.

The glaze used to decorate (1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon light corn syrup, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract).

Sweet Stackers decorated gingerbread cookies.

Store your decorated cookies in an air-tight container.  Sweet Stackers layer your beautiful decorated cookies to keep them looking beautiful!  The trays and risers are reusable and insert into a variety of containers you may already own.  Decorate your cookies right on the trays and lower them into your container – a great way to save space on your crowded kitchen countertops!  Plus, it makes it easy to transport “hard to transport” cookies, like jam filled or decorated cookies, to a holiday party and keeps them looking great!

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Rubbermaid’s 1 gallon Take Alongs container is pictured with Sweet Stackers 7.75 x 11 inch tray set.  Get three layers of decorated cookies in this container!

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Czech Crescent Cookies

My Czech grandma made these Crescent Cookies for Christmas every year. Many other neighboring countries seem to use a similar recipe. Today, I have seen them rolled into balls and named “snowballs” or “pecan snowball” cookies. Either way, these are a very traditional Christmas cookie.  Besides tasting absolutely delicious – they are so easy and require only 5 ingredients!

Traditional Crescent Cookies

Czech Crescent Cookies

1 cup butter

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup pecans – finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Reduce mixer speed and gradually add flour and pecans.

Shape into 1 1/4 inch balls (using a cookie scoop helps keep them uniform!).  Then shape into crescents and roll in a small bowl of confectioners’ sugar.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes until the bottoms turn golden brown.  Once cooled, roll again in confectioners’ sugar.

 

Pecan Snowball Cookies

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Cookie Assortment Cookie Risers

Christmas Spiral Cookies

Christmas Spiral Cookies are so fun and festive for the holiday season!  These homemade slice and bake cookies will certainly stand out in an assortment of Christmas cookies.  A perfect cookie to take to a cookie swap party and impress the guests!

Sweet Stackers Christmas Spiral Cookie Recipe

Spiral Christmas Cookies

yields approximately 30 cookies

  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red gel food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups sanding sugar

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and confectioners’ sugar together.  Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl.  Add the vanilla.

Split the dough into two equal halves.  Remove half of the dough.  In the other half, gradually add the red food coloring and mix until you reach the desired color.

Rollout each half of the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or parchment paper into a rectangular shape and 1/8 inch thick.  While in the paper, place the rolled out dough onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and place the sheet of red dough on top of the plain dough.  Trim the edges to evenly create a rectangular shape.  Once the dough warms slightly, it can be rolled without cracking.  Roll into a log, pressing out the air in between the layers.

Roll the log in a pan of green sanding sugar.

Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Heat the oven to 325°.  Slice the log with a sharp knife about 1/4″ thick and place on a baking sheet for 14 – 16 minutes until the cookie is lightly browned.

PartyKitchen Christmas Spiral Cookies

Store in an air-tight container and they will be fresh until Christmas!

Sweet Stackers Holiday Spiral Cookies

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Sweet Stackers Stackable Cookie Trays

Cookie Assortment Cookie Risers

Pumpkin Pie Filled Kolacky

This traditional Czech/Polish pastry has acquired an American twist!  Kolacky (or Kolaches) are cookies traditionally filled with a variety of fruit, poppy-seed or cheese fillings.  My family serves them at most holiday dinners and they are the perfect bite-sized treat after any feast.  This time, I made them with a homemade pumpkin pie filling.

The baking season has really kicked in this week since I was invited to attend the Chicago Food Swap this weekend.  The Chicago Food Swap is an organization that meets monthly to swap homemade and homegrown food in the Chicago area.  No money changes hands and it is free to participate, plus it is a great way to form friendships and trade inspiration.  I am baking a few varieties of goodies in preparation for this event.  My baked goods will be stored and transported using Sweet Stackers.  Special for the November swap, I will get to showcase my Stackable Food Storage System and even raffle Sweet Stackers as a door prize.

These homemade Pumpkin Pie Kolacky are on my swap list and I will probably be making more for Thanksgiving dinner.

Pumpkin Kolacky

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Pumpkin Pie Kolacky Filling

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 tablespoon egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon milk

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Place a teaspoon dollop of filling on kolacky dough.  Bake in 400° oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cookie storage container

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Cookie Stackable Food Storage

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

October is National Cookie Month!  Aside from baking this delicious recipe, we are also celebrating with a Sweet Stackers Facebook GIVEAWAY!  This is the perfect chance to try out a NEW way store and transport layers of baked goods in one container.  Sweet Stackers are designed to fit major brand containers and are versatile, reusable and economical!  Imagine storing your Christmas cookies and holiday desserts neatly.

Check out our video of storing these frosted Pumpkin Cookies using Sweet Stackers…

So visit the Sweet Stackers Facebook page to enter in this easy contest!  A winner will be picked on 10/16/2014.  Now back from the commercial break and onto this perfectly delicious cookie recipe to celebrate the fall season!  Who wouldn’t like the combination of spicy pumpkin and the lightly sweet cream cheese frosting?  It will be hard to only eat one!

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Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together at a high speed.  Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin.  Turn the speed of mixing down and gradually add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder.  Stir in the pecans.

Using a cookie scoop, drop a tablespoonful of dough 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

(note: after 10 minutes, I removed from the oven and gently pressed the cookies flat with a flat spatula, otherwise the cookies are puffed like a pillow.  Bake for an additional 2 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.)  Let cool completely.

For the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese.  Reduce speed to low and gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.

Frost the cookies and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Sweet Stackers Layer Cookies

Sweet Stackers are a great way to store your baked goods in the refrigerator or freezer to prevent them from sticking together!

Apple Harvest Bars

Do you love the chill in the air, the change of color?  All reminders that it is apple harvest time!  This recipe will remind you of apple pie, but in dessert bar form.  Layers of a buttery crust, spiced apples and a lightly sweet topping.  Let the aroma fill your kitchen!

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Apple Harvest Bars

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced apples (about 2-3 large apples)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan.

In a food processor, add flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt, pulsate once to combine.  Add butter and pulse a few times until the mixture turns to dry crumbs.  Press the crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

In a medium bowl, toss the sliced apples in lemon juice.  Arrange the apples slices in rows on top of the crust.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Sprinkle over the layer of apples.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the coconut, egg, condensed milk, vanilla and pecans in a medium bowl.  Remove the pan from the oven and spoon the coconut mixture evenly over the layer of apples.  Bake for an additional 20 minutes until the coconut is golden brown.

Slightly cool in pan and cut into bars while still warm.

Apple Harvest Bars Sweet Stackers

The aroma of apple pie fills the house!

Apple Harvest Bars Dessert Container

Tip:  Cut dessert bars ahead of time to make an easy-to-serve dessert. Sweet Stackers layer your baked goods in one container so they are ready to serve or transport to a party!  Visit sweetstackers.com to learn how you can convert your containers to multi-level.