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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.

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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.

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Banana Cookies

This recipe tastes and make the house smell just like Banana Bread…but in cookie form!  The cookies are moist and cake-like with the perfect amount of sweetness drizzled over the top.  The best way to store them, especially during the summer is to layer them separately to prevent them from sticking together.  Sweet Stackers convert your containers to multi-level using stackable trays and risers.  They insert perfectly into major brand air-tight food storage containers to make the perfect cookie container.  This whole batch of cookies were layered neatly in one 3″ deep container.

Sweet Stackers Cookie Storage

This recipe came from a blog called Pots Pans & Parkers.  The banana cookies turned out delicious and of course everyone in the house wanted one immediately when they came out of the oven based on the aroma.  I had to shoo them out of the kitchen in order to make the frosting!

Banana Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas (3 if they are small)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add egg, vanilla and bananas.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together.  Gradually add the flour mixture.

Place a scoop of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 9 minutes or until the bottom are golden brown.

Banana Cookie Sheet

Banana Cookie Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter (one stick)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Scald the milk in a pot. Add the butter, brown sugar and vanilla.  Bring to a boil on a medium heat.  Gradually add the powdered sugar into the pot, constantly stirring to avoid sugary clumps.  (note: you can add more or less powdered sugar depending how thick or thin you want the frosting)

Frosted Banana Cookies

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Fairy House Birthday Cake

The spring fairies must be visiting my garden!  The flowers are blooming and my daughter has been busy building fairy houses in our yard.  She just turned 7 and to celebrate, I wanted to make a fairy house cake for her party.

A few years ago, I bought a beautiful story book called Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane.  It was about a little girl who went into the forest on an east coast island to build fairy houses made only out of natural things.  My daughter enjoys the idea so, that we still go on walks to collect sticks, bark, rocks and even seashells on vacation.  You may not collect anything living.  She then builds these cute little homes for the fairies, tucked into hidden places in our gardens.  I thought it would be very fitting if she had a fairy house cake for her birthday!

Chocolate Fairy House Cake

The idea was to make the cake look like a tree stump fairy house.  It had 4 layers of chocolate cake, two 9″ layers of dark chocolate boxed cake mix and two 9″ layers of german chocolate cake mix.  The layers were alternated light and dark to add interest when you cut into it.

The chocolate ganache frosting was very simple to make.  I was inspired by a recipe from Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman).

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 24 ounces bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Heat the heavy cream until very hot (not boiling) and add the chocolate chips.  Stir over heat until completely melted.  The mixture will turn smooth deep chocolate color.  Remove from heat and pour into an electric mixer bowl.  Refrigerate until completely cooled, but do not let harden.  After 2 hours, the bottom of the bowl was just slightly warm to the touch.  I added the vanilla and started to beat the chocolate using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Tree Stump Fairy House Birthday Cake Detail

The chocolate ganache frosting filled between each 9″ chocolate cake layer and the sides of the cake.  I covered the sides of the cake and then stroked from the bottom up to create the look of bark.  The door and windows were a graham cracker, cut with a knife to shape.  They were trimmed with a tube of orange decorative cake icing.  The vines were piped using a tube of green decorative cake icing.  The edible sugar flowers were packaged by Wilton.

Butterscotch Pudding Chocolate Ganache Fairy House Cake

To vary the color of the top of the cake, I made a box of butterscotch pudding and spread this over the top of the cake to look like the inner part of a tree.  The fairy figurine that adorned the top of the cake was purchased at a local craft store.  A piece of wax paper was placed down underneath to separate her from the cake.  The fairy figure will make a neat keepsake on my daughter’s bedroom shelf after her party.  The springy butterfly party plates napkins matched perfectly!

Happy Birthday!  Stop growing so fast!!

 

Look wHoo’s 2! – the cake

The owl theme turned out to be quite fun and my little girl is still enjoying her decorations.  A few days ago I posted the owl cookies that were made for the birthday party.  This post contains how to make this owl cake and some decoration ideas for my daughter’s birthday party.

Owl Shaped Birthday Cake

Preparation for decorating the cake, can be done days in advance.  This is the part when you need to get creative with embellishment for the cake.  To make the eyes and beak for the owl, I used Wilton’s Candy Melts.  Melt a handful of white chocolate wafers.  Then place a large spoonful of white chocolate on wax paper.   Spread into a circle that is approximately 2 inches in diameter, then offset and place one round chocolate-colored wafer for the dark part of the eye.  Make second eye mimicking the first.  For the beak, I melted a small handful of yellow Candy Melts, then spooned into a triangular shape about the same size as the eye.

Owl Eyes - made from melted chocolate wafers

To make the cut-out shape of the owl cake, I baked two 9 inch rounds using a Devil’s Food cake box mix.  I gently sliced each round cake into half to make two layers with filling in between.  Overlap the two bottom layers and cut a semi-circle out of the body layer, so that the head is nested into the body.  Cut the shape for the head and ears out of top cake round.  Spread filling.  Then place the top layers on, trimming to the shape of the bottom layer.

Pineapple Filling

1 can (16 oz.) crushed pineapple

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Drain pineapple reserving the juice.  Add water to the pineapple juice to make 1 1/4 cups.  In a saucepan, combine the pineapple liquid, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.  Stir until the liquid boils and thickens.  Cool completely, then mix in the crushed pineapple.  Refrigerate.

Owl Cake - using two 9" rounds

For the chocolate frosting, I followed a recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa).  It was delicious, but next time I would cut back slightly on the ground coffee.  It does enhance the chocolate flavor, but for a kid’s palate it could be reduced a bit.

After frosting the cake, I placed the eyes and beak in place.  Then used blanched almond slices as the ruffled chest feathers, starting from the top to bottom and leaving room at the bottom to write a birthday message.

Chocolate Owl Cake

Was actually super easy and turned out darling!  I refrigerated the cake overnight and my daughter was hanging on the fridge in the morning because she knew the owl was in there.

I found a few cute things in the dollar bins at Target for Valentine’s day that matched the owl theme.  This little felt purse was perfect to hold the balloon weight.  I stuck a few festive metallic picks into the weight to fill in this arrangement.

Owl Balloon Decoration

I Love to Reuse!  Why keep buying birthday banners to match a theme when you can simply reuse a basic banner every year?

I have been reusing the same two Happy Birthday banners since my kids were born.  These banners actually say Happy 1st Birthday and each one comes in a different set of colors for girl and boy.  Every year I change the “1st” circle piece to their current theme.  For this party, I created this cute little owl out of card stock to match our color scheme and used a few heart shaped stickers to make the ruffled feathers.

Happy Birthday banner

Happy 2nd Birthday kiddo!!

Baptism Cake

My goddaughter was Baptised this past weekend and I had the honor of making her a cake to celebrate the special occasion!

Christening Cake

Here’s a neat idea for a cake decoration:  Purchase a pretty pictured greeting card that would look nice as a cake decoration.  I traced an oval-shaped around the cross and cut it out.  Then applied a piece of wax paper on the back with tape to protect the paper from moisture of the frosting.  This decoration could then be used as a keepsake or would be beautiful to use in a scrapbook.

I made a round double layered cake in a 9 inch pan and frosted it with whip cream frosting.  Then place the paper cut-out and outline it with candy decorations, pulling the colors out from the picture.

Whip Cream Frosting

yields: frosting for a 9″ double layered cake

1 pint heavy whipping cream

4 TB confectioners sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Place metal mixing bowl and beaters in freezer (I leave mine in overnight).  Whip cream on high speed until stiff peaks are starting to form.  Add sugar and vanilla, continue until the whip cream is stiff.  (do not over beat)

Congrats to my goddaughter and her beautiful family!!