Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Today we finally (FINALLY) got a real, honest-to-goodness snow day, and the kids have been in and out all morning playing.   I wanted to make a special treat to surprise them after lunch, and that box of carrot cake in the pantry was calling my name… where there’s a cake mix, there’s a batch of blondies not far away!
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Here’s an uncommonly easy recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies that will take you 10 minutes of prep time and half an hour in the oven.  So you’ve got about 40 minutes until you can stuff these in your face with a glass of milk.
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You’ll need a boxed carrot cake mix, any kind should do, and a couple eggs and butter.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll on basic blondies.
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Now, I added in a White Chocolate Chips to balance out the word carrot – but my scant 1/2 cup wasn’t really enough.  Go with a full cup if you know what’s good for you.   Not done tampering, I also added a couple tablespoons of applesauce to my recipe to see if they would turn out a bit more moist – but I found that it didn’t affect the finished product in a noticeable way.  Still – if you have applesauce to hand, might as well go ahead and toss in a little.  That way you can say that this counts as eating your vegetables AND fruits. ;)
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Put the eggs, melted butter, applesauce and cake mix in a bowl and  blend it all together with a hand mixer until it’s a thick pasty consistency.  Then hand-stir in the white chocolate chips.
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Here’s what it looks like after you squish it down in the pan and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon….

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And here’s what it looks like 25 – 30 minutes later….

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And here’s what it looks like once you drizzle some white chocolate over the top….

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And here’s what it looks like when you sit down with a glass of milk and call all the kids in for a yummy treat, just because you are the best mom ever.

These went over so well, I’m thinking I’ll make them for Easter as well, except I’ll probably put cute little icing carrots on top.  :)  Let us know how they turn out for you!

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons of Melted Butter (that's just a spoonful more than 1/2 stick)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons of Applesauce
  • Extra white chocolate chips for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Spray a 9 x 13" glass baking dish or cake pan with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, melted butter and applesauce on medium until fully incorporated.  
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips and spread into greased pan.  
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  6. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate and a 1/4 tsp of shortening in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir until smooth.  
  7. Drizzle across the blondies and let cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes.
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Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls!

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HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!

Jamie here!  I’ve posted my favorite King Cake Recipe once before – but THIS TIME I actually remembered to take pictures ;)

This King Cake recipe is different than the traditional version in that you don’t make a yeasty bread from scratch – but instead use of a can of crescent rolls for the crust.

With a delicious cream cheese, cinnamon, brown sugar and nut filling – it resembles a decadent coffee cake and would be wonderful with a strong cup of coffee!  And don’t forget to hide the baby inside….

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice! [Read more...]

Frozen Cupcakes

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These Frozen cupcakes are so cute and versatile. In fact, they are perfect for any Christmas, Winter Wonderland, or Frozen party. Complete with step by step instructions below, and a downloadable snowflake template (here), just about anyone can whip these up. I especially love the white sugar crystals against the blue frosting.

If you are planning a Frozen party, make sure to check out our homemade Frozen play dough post here.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.
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Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.

 

Ingredients

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones

Directions:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

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3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

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4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

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5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

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6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!

 

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

Easy Minecraft Cake & Creeper Cupcakes

(Seriously – the easiest ever)

Hi guys,  Jamie here!  It’s Birthday Eve for my nearly 10 year old, and I’m getting ready to bake my second Minecraft cake in as many years.   I’m scrolling through images online of Marzipan Steves and meticulously placed fondant pixels – and feeling a little worried this time around.  See, last year I was able to get away with the easiest, most cheater cake in the history of cheater cakes.  This year – I’ll have to do something different, new and not  completely dependent on Hershey bars….

But if you’re looking for an incredibly easy Minecraft Cake, I hope this helps you!

{Please excuse the terrible pictures – I would tell you the long sad tale of how I lost two years of photos except for what’s on my Instagram account – but that is a story no one wants to hear (not even me).}

To make a Minecraft cake that looks like a Creeper – just bake a rectangular cake according to the directions.  Then dye a can of icing green and spread it across the cake.  And lastly, use a few Hershey Bars to create the Creeper’s face.

There’s not really an exact science to this – but I will say it helped to plan my chocolate face out on paper before I started breaking it into sections.  Those Creeper jowels can be a little tricky ;)

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For the Creeper Cupcakes, we thought we were fancy for a quick minute and bought a box of black fondant.  FAIL.

It was difficult to work with, sticky, tasted terrible – and didn’t look half as good as a perfectly delicious Hershey bar would’ve.  So my advice – stick with Hershey – he won’t do you wrong.

The good news is, that both of these are easy enough for your child to help you decorate.  My son was thrilled to be able to decorate the cupcakes for his class all by himself – I’m sure he was proud to tell them all that he’d made the faces :)

 

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Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Jamie here!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow – and if you’re looking around for a couple new recipes to set your table apart, this one is a keeper!

Here’s a great cream cheese pumpkin dip recipe that tastes a lot like pumpkin pie – but BETTER – and in a dip form.  It’s a great appetizer to serve around the holidays, or any time when it’s grey and cold out.

 

Directions:

  1. Beat softened cream cheese (or whisk, if it’s reeeally soft) until smooth
  2. Add in the pumpkin, spices and sugar and mix together well
  3. Spread in a medium sized baking or pie dish
  4. Spread mini marshmallows over the top and finish with chopped pecans
  5. Pop it into a preheated oven for a little over 10 minutes minutes, or until marshmallows are golden.  You might want to movie it to the bottom rack halfway through so no nuts are burnt in the process ;)

This goes great with apple slices, cinnamon pita chips, or anything your heart desires.  Graham crackers or vanilla wafers make a nice option for the kiddos.

 

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Pro tip: trying to hand whisk a cold block of cream cheese will accomplish nothing but stuffing all the cream cheese into your whisk.   Believe me, I already tried it out for you, so you don’t have to ;)
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This recipe is easy and will warm you right up on a cold day – definitely one to keep in the holiday entertaining arsenal!  Also – if you don’t have a little stoneware baking dish – they are just perfect for this dip.  It looks so much nicer than serving it in a glass pyrex pan.  Here’s a very similar one you might want to consider!

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Can of Pumpkin
  • 4 oz block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 Cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup packed Brown Sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese (or whisk, if it's soft enough) until smooth
  2. Add in the pumpkin, spices and sugar and mix together well
  3. Spread in a small baking or pie dish
  4. Spread mini marshmallows over the top and finish with chopped pecans
  5. Bake in a 350 oven for 12 - 15 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden
  6. Serve with apples, cinnamon pita chips, graham crackers, etc...
  7. This recipe is easy and will warm you right up on a cold day - definitely
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