Desserts


sm cheesecake header Mini Cheesecakes…these mini cheesecakes are divine.  I cannot wait to share this recipe with you today.  My mom made these for me as a kid and I love to make them for my family now.

The sour cream topping takes the cake!  These are a perfect treat to take to a family dinner party.   You can double the recipe for more!  You will want to make more!  You can also get creative with the toppings for the mini cheesecakes.  We love fresh raspberries and strawberries in the summer…and canned cherries in the winter.  We’ve even tried drizzling chocolate and caramel over the mini cheesecakes.
sm cheesecake 2 To make the mini cheesecakes, you will need: (Makes 1 Dozen)

Mini Cheesecakes:

2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese

3 eggs (separate the yolks and set aside, you will need both)

3/4 cup sugar

1 T. flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1 box regular Nilla Wafers

Foil Cupcake Liners

Sour Cream Topping:

3/4 cup sour cream

2 T. sugar

1 T. grated rind of a lemon or 1 T. real lemon juice (optional…but it’s good!)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Topping:

Berries, Canned berries, Chocolate or Caramel…You Choose!

sm cheesecake 6 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place foil liners in the muffin tin.  Add a Nilla Wafer to the bottom of each liner.

In a small bowl, beat 3 egg whites until stiff.  In a Large bowl, beat together: cream cheese, sugar, 3 egg yolks, and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Mix in flour and baking powder.  Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture.

In another bowl, mix together sour cream sugar, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla.  Set aside.

Fill each liner 3/4  full with cream cheese mixture.  Bake for 18-20 min (check after 12 min with toothpick).  Remove from oven, and add a spoonful of the sour cream mixture onto the top of each cheesecake.  Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes.  Allow the cheesecakes to cool.  Add on your fruit, chocolate or caramel toppings.

Mini Cheesecakes

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Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • To make the mini cheesecakes, you will need: (Makes 1 Dozen)
  • Mini Cheesecakes:
  • 2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
  • 3 eggs (separate the yolks and set aside, you will need both)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 T. flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 box regular Nilla Wafers
  • Foil Cupcake Liners
  • Sour Cream Topping:
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 T. grated rind of a lemon or 1 T. real lemon juice (optional...but it's good!)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Topping:
  • Berries, Canned berries, Chocolate or Caramel...You Choose!
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place foil liners in the muffin tin. Add a Nilla Wafer to the bottom of each liner.
  3. In a small bowl, beat 3 egg whites until stiff. In a Large bowl, beat together: cream cheese, sugar, 3 egg yolks, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix in flour and baking powder. Fold egg whites into cream cheese mixture.
  4. In another bowl, mix together sour cream sugar, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla. Set aside.
  5. Fill each liner ¾ full with cream cheese mixture. Bake for 18-20 min (check after 12 min with toothpick). Remove from oven, and add a spoonful of the sour cream mixture onto the top of each cheesecake. Return to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes. Allow the cheesecakes to cool. Add on your fruit, chocolate or caramel toppings.
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The Softest Sugar Cookies The Softest Sugar Cookie!

I am excited to share our favorite recipe for SOFT sugar cookies!  I am a huge sugar cookie fan…but only if they are soft. I can’t stand hard cookies…it’s just not right!

This recipe is so easy and your friends and family will love them.  Just add your favorite buttercream frosting.  Any frosting will work.  We’ve made these with strawberry frosting, chocolate frosting, etc.
sm sugar cookies 3 Ingredients for the Softest Sugar Cookies:

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. sour cream (don’t skip this part!)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla (or a little more:)

1/2 tsp almond extract (only if you want, adds a little something extra:)

3 cups flour for drop cookies,  3 1/4- 3 1/2  (for roll out cookies) flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda sm sugar cookies 1 To make the Softest Sugar Cookies:

Cream together sugar, egg, softened butter, vanilla, and sour cream.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Slowly add this to your sour cream mixture.  Mix well.  For best results, refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  You can either roll out the dough and use your favorite cookie cutters, or you can drop and flatten balls evenly on your cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 6-7 minutes.  Don’t over bake.
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Top with your favorite frosting recipe!  So yummy!

The Softest Sugar Cookies

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Serves: 2 dozen

The Softest Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. sour cream (don't skip this part!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (or a little more:)
  • ½ tsp almond extract (only if you want, adds a little something extra:)
  • 3 cups flour for drop cookies, 3¼- 3½ (for roll out cookies) flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Cream together sugar, egg, softened butter, vanilla, and sour cream. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Slowly add this to your sour cream mixture. Mix well. For best results, refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You can either roll out the dough and use your favorite cookie cutters, or you can drop and flatten balls evenly on your cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Don't over bake.
 


With bright eyes, a sweet pink nose and mischievous whiskers, these Bunny Face Strawberries are the cutest no bake Easter treat ever!

Bunny Face Strawberries! Dip bright ripe strawberries in white chocolate and create sweet faces with sprinkles! This is the cutest Easter dessert!

Hi everyone! If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, I’m Keri from Shaken Together!

So, now that the introductions are out of the way – is anyone else sort of stunned that it is already March? And Easter is right around the corner? Well, if your life has been on fast forward like mine, then you will love this super easy Easter treat!

I mean … look at those sweet little faces?! Chocolate covered strawberries have never been cuter!

Bunny Face Strawberries

Bunny Face Strawberries are the cutest no bake Easter treat ever!

With a few supplies from your kitchen, you can make a whole herd of these Bunny Face Strawberries in no time! And just in case you are wondering, Google confirmed that a group of rabbits is called a herd 🙂

Anyway, here is what you need:

  • Ripe strawberries
  • Vanilla Candiquik or white candy melts
  • Flat candy sprinkles – blue and black for eyes
  • Chocolate jimmies – these are the whiskers
  • Mini pink Sixlets – or any other small pink candy for a nose
  • A large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Food tweezers (optional but a set makes placing the sprinkles easier)

I like to set up a dipping station right on my baking sheet so everything is close at hand. It also helps keep drips on the parchment paper and makes clean up a breeze!

Set up a dipping station to make dipping strawberries (and clean up) easy while making Bunny Face Strawberries!

Once you have your dipping station ready and you have melted your Candiquik or candy melts according to package directions, get ready to dip!
Step by step instructions for making Bunny Face Strawberries from Shaken Together at The Crafting Chicks!

  1. Dip the strawberry in the melted Candiquik, allow some of the excess to drip off and move it to your parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Allow the Candiquik to set just a bit and add the pink candy nose. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds so it doesn’t slip down the strawberry.
  3. Add two flat sprinkles for eyes. I used both black and blue sprinkles.
  4. Use the tweezers to place three chocolate jimmies on either side of the nose to create whiskers.
  5. Allow the Bunny Face Strawberries to set. You can speed this up by popping them in the fridge.

These are best served within a day and can be stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve these sweet little berry bunnies. If you ask me, these Bunny Face Strawberries are almost too cute to eat.

Almost 😉

Bunny Face Strawberries are an easy no bake Easter treat that are almost too cute to eat ... almost!

How about a few more sweet treats for Easter?! Snack mix, cupcakes and cookies cups! 

Easter Bunny Snack Mix from Shaken Together

Easter Bunny Snack Mix

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cookies Cups from Shaken Together

Carrot Cake Cookie Cups


Bunny Face Cookies - A fun Easter acitivty!  My kids will love these! My kids and I made these bunny face cookies…we love them!  They slightly look like rats…or cats, but we still love them.  You just need a few ingredients to make these Bunny Face Cookies.  Serve them at an Easter/Spring party or deliver them to some friends or neighbors.  We got a kick out of how they turned out…from their whiskers, to their ears.  And don’t forget the silly edible eyeballs. bunny cookies What you need to make the Bunny Face Cookies:

-Cookies (any kind with frosting) We made our soft homemade sugar cookies that we love (I can’t wait to share that recipe soon!)

-Frosting

-Mini Jelly Beans for the Nose and Cheeks

-Easter Candy Corn (I love the pastel colors)

-Candy Eyeballs

-Licorice (we found these little licorice strips called “Rips” in the candy section) for the whiskers.  Or you could use coconut.

-White sprinkles for two teeth

easter candy bunny face cookies After frosting your cookies, and before the frosting harden, let your little ones add the bunny face parts.  The candy corn for the ears.  The candy eyes just under the ears.  A small colored jelly bean for the nose and two white mini jelly beans.  and then top off with 3 whiskers on each side. bunny cookies Serve on a pretty plate.  We sprinkled jellybeans all around our bunny face cookies to add color. bunny face cookies


bunny treat mix 1 Sharing a fun little treat mix for spring.  Bunny Treat Mix.  This is a fun treat to take to those Easter or Spring gatherings.  We also love making treats for neighbors or friends and this Bunny Treat Mix makes the perfect one!  Plus, Easter candy is just so pretty.  I love the colors of the white snacks mixed with the colorful candy.  Perfect to display in pretty clear jars around springtime. bunny treat mix 2 What you will need to make this Bunny Treat Mix:

-Easter Candy Corn

-Small or Large Jellybeans (we used the mini size)

-Mini Marshmallows

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

bunny snack mix 1 Mix the ingredients together.  The muddy buddies, the candy corn (bunny ears), the jelly beans (bunny noses), and the mini marshmallows (bunny tails), to make the yummy Bunny Treat Mix. bunny snack mix 2

Check out these other fun Easter treat ideas on The Crafting Chicks:

Some”bunny” loves you Easter Treat tag

Tie up a treat with this cute bunny tag.  Share with someone you love this spring! sm somebunny loves you header

Peeps Bunny Bouquet

This fun treat is also a pretty bouquet.  Make one for your favorite Peep Lover! peep bunny 1

Peep Houses

Easter Peep houses.  This is a fun spin off of the classic gingerbread house.  Let your little ones create a graham cracker bird house for their Peeps family.  sm peep house header

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Turn those cupcakes into mini Easter baskets….add a handle, a bow and some Easter eggs on top! sm easter basket cupcakes header


This classic carrot cake is perfectly moist and spongey and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting. A perfect dessert for spring!

Homemade Carrot Cake

Hi! I’m Alli from Cupcake Diaries and I’m thrilled to be one of the newest contributors at Crafting Chicks. I’ve been a long-time fan of this site so this is an extra cool opportunity for me! Today I’m sharing with you what could possibly be my kids’ new favorite dessert. They were in heaven when I made this cake! And they weren’t even weirded out when I told them how many carrots were in it. Win!

Homemade Carrot Cake

Most carrot cakes are done in layers, whether in two 9×9 pans or two 8×8 pans. I’ll be really honest when I say that I’m intimidated by layer cakes! I’ve only made one and it didn’t hold up after we cut into it. One day I’ll have the courage to try another one. This carrot cake worked really well in a 9×13 pan, but you can easily split the batter up into two separate pans if that’s your jam.

Homemade Carrot Cake

This cake is perfect for Easter or any springtime gathering. I guarantee I’ll be making it again soon! It’s so yummy.

Homemade Carrot Cake

Serves: 12-16 slices

This classic carrot cake is perfectly moist and spongey and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting. A perfect dessert for spring!
Ingredients
Carrot Cake
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 c. grated carrot
  • 1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9x13; set aside.
  2. Combine buttermilk, sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture. Fold in carrot, pineapple, and pecans.
  4. Pour cake batter into prepared 9x13 pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Prepare frosting by beating cream cheese and butter together in a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer; add vanilla. Add powdered sugar a half cup at a time. Spread frosting over cooled cake and top with extra pecans, if desired.
Homemade Carrot Cake

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we do!


White Chocolate Blossoms – these darling sweet treats are made with white chocolate candy melts and an M&M center.  Perfect for Easter, spring, birthdays, showers, and more.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Spring is in the air and today I am so excited to share these White Chocolate Blossoms with you.  They are made with just two ingredients and a super cute flower ice cube tray that I bought at IKEA for $0.99.  These blossoms are so easy to make and are just the most adorable sweet treat ever.  They are perfect for Easter and Spring!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

For these White Chocolate Blossoms, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • M&M Candy

Tools:

  • 1 Flower Ice Cube Tray
  • Lollipop Stick *optional

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Start by melting the white chocolate candy melts by following the instructions on the package.  I used the microwave method.  I placed the entire bag of melts into a 2 cup glass Prex measuring cup.  Microwave at 50% for 1 minute.  Stir the candy melts and place back in the microwave.  Heat at 50% for an additional 30 seconds or until the candy melts are completely melted and runny.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Once the white chocolate candy melts are completely melted, pour into the flower ice cube tray filling each mold to the top.  If you make a mess like I did, just wipe off any excess with a towel.  No big deal.  Place the ice cube tray in the freezer for 15 minutes.  You will have left over chocolate which is what you need for the next step.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

After the white chocolate blossoms have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove from the freezer and pop them out of the ice cube tray.  Use the extra melted white chocolate to “glue” one M&M to the center of each blossom.  I had lollipop sticks on hand that I used but you can just use a butter knife.  Just place a little of the melted white chocolate on the M&M side with the M on it and place in on the center of blossom.  Pop the blossoms into the refrigerated until firm.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

I seriously can not get over how cute these white chocolate blossoms are.  They would be perfect for a garden party, birthday party, wedding shower, baby shower or just a cute treat to make on the weekends.  I love how easy this recipe is.  You just need two ingredients and they take no time to make.  Plus, you can never go wrong with two kinds of chocolate!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Thank you for letting me share my White Chocolate Blossoms with you today!  I love when a recipe and craft come together like this one.  I hope you enjoy these sweet treats as much as my family and I did.  Happy Spring!


St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes Top of the Mornin’ To Ya!  Sharing some cute St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with you!

I think St. Patrick’s day is so much fun!  We have a few traditions of a green lunch or dinner, maybe a little treasure hunt, and wearing our green!  Last year we made these cute cupcakes for our St. Patrick’s day dinner. sm st patricks cupcakes 4 I found these green striped cupcake liners and shamrock toothpicks at Michaels Craft Store.  I found the chocolate gold coins at Harmon’s. sm key lime cupcakes 1 I used my Key Lime Cupcake Recipe for our St. Patrick’s Cupcakes.  They are so easy to make and yummy! sm key lime cupcakes 3 After the cupcakes cool, add your frosting, green sprinkles, shamrock or gold coin.   sm st patricks cupcakes 2 A fun trick…to keep the cupcake liners nice and bright, try baking your cupcakes in plain white liners.   When your cupcakes have cooled, you can add them to your festive cupcake liner. sm st patricks cupcakes 3 What are some of your favorite treats to make for St. Patrick’s Day?  My kids love these green St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.    sm st patricks cupcakes 1

We are looking forward to March and Springtime.

Check out some of our other pretty cupcakes and treats for Spring time!

EASTER BASKET CUPCAKES

Try making these Adorable Easter Basket cupcakes.  I love how they look like mini baskets…with a bow on top.  Of course don’t forget to add the coconut grass and mini Cadburry eggs! sm easter basket cupcakes header

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BUTTERFLY CUPCAKES

These butterfly cupcakes are so sweet!  All you ned are some pretzels and Sixlets to make the cutest butterfly cupcake around!  Perfect way to celebrate spring. Butterfly-Cupcakes-1

Chocolate Candy Easter Baskets

These mini chocolate candy baskets are so sweet and yummy!  Perfect treat for those easter get togethers.  There is just something so cute about these bitesized baskets. homemade Easter chocolate baskets

 


Oscar Winning Cupcakes Sharing fancy schmancy Oscar Winning Cupcake toppers today!  These would make a cute table decoration for your Oscar Night Party spread.  We loved this challenge with Michaels Craft Store.  Excited to share all of the details today.
sm oscar cupcakes 10 Supplies for the Oscar Winning Cupcake Toppers:

-Gold Cupcake Liners

-Gold Sprinkles (loved the Wilton round gold sprinkle balls)

-Fancy Hat/Mustache/Bowtie stickers found in the sticker aisle

-Gold sequins to use as confetti

-Black cocktail straws

-Mini chalkboard rectangle stickers

-Fine tip white bistro marker
sm oscar cupcakes 9 sm oscar cupcakes 11 Bake any cupcakes you would like!  Bake in the gold cupcake liners.  We chose vanilla with vanilla frosting.  Quickly after frosting, add the Wilton gold ball sprinkles. sm oscar cupcakes 8 Cut about 1 inch off each black cocktail straw.  Attach the hat, tie, mustache, and glasses stickers to the top of each straw.  Try different combos!  I love those polka dot neck ties!
sm oscar cupcakes 4 Now, using your fine tipped bistro chalk marker, make a mini clapperboard.  Add diagonal stripes to the top and write “best film, best actor etc.”  Now attach these to the top of the black cocktail straws. (I added a blank one to the back to cover the sticky part).  Now you have a fun mix of Oscar cupcake toppers. sm oscar cupcakes 5 Loving the clapperboard toppers.  You can even let guests or family members make their own.  They could even add their favorite movie title or actor to the top. sm oscar cupcakes 1 The top hats and glasses are just too cute!  Look at those bow ties and mustaches! sm oscar cupcakes 3 Loving the patterned neck ties!  These would also be adorable for Father’s Day! sm oscar cupcakes 7 sm oscar cupcakes 12 Put them all together and you have a very cute “Award Winning” cupcake spread!  Clever cupcake toppers make any party or get together even better. sm oscar cupcakes 6

Check out these other fun ways to add GOLD to your Oscar night!  Or just for any fancy schmancy party!

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