The real life size version of your favorite Hostess Sno-Ball cakes. This tastes just like the original but is so much more fun!
I shouldn’t love these so much, but Hostess cupcakes are/were/still-somewhat-are regarded as an integral part of my childhood. It’s sick, it’s terrible. I know. I’m over it. I just love them. Or is that loved? Semantics.
There was a systematic method to the madness of eating a SnoBall.
Step 1 :: Peeling off the coconutty marshmallow top.
Step 2 :: Eat the creme filled chocolate cake first.
Step 3 :: Devour the the coconut crusted mallow top last.
I was clearly a disturbed child.
The depths of my snacking depravity can be pin pointed in the chocolate and faux-conut flavors of this darn snack cake – it was always my dad’s and my favorite. He was just lucky enough to be visiting yesterday when I made this, so I made sure to send him home with a slice. I’m hoping it reminds him of those fun good ol’ days just like it did for me.
Instead of the rando colors, in ominous shades of green, blue or pink I wanted classic white. It’s winter, it’s almost Christmas and there are some things – even Sno-balls – that are sacrosaint and should look like, ya know, a snow ball. Even if its a snow ball with a chocolatey creme filled center.
For the cake, I morphed my all time favorite chocolate cupcake recipe from Manic Mother. I used this cupcake recipe in my Triple Irish Cupcakes a couple of years ago and this time I figured it had to be included in this bohemoth beauty. Kind of like Hostess cupcakes, every one secretly loves a boxed mix cake. This chocolate cake tastes identical, no foolin’, to a boxed cake – without the chemical after taste and heebie jeebies.
For the inside of the cake I went right to my trusted Cook’s Country magazine where they featured their recreation of this cake. I borrowed their filling and frosting recipe and put Manic Mother’s chocolate cupcake recipe to the test in real cake form. It was a cinch.
I’m in full on cake love here folks. Knock, knock – your childhood food sin is calling!!
We’re here!! We’ve reached the end! How is it possible? There is so much Christmas cheer going around, I don’t want to stop! But to cap off this 12 Days of Christmas, I wanted to save this giveaway for last.
The best part of this giveaway is that it does everything. No joke. It’s a machine’s machine, like a Man’s Man of blenders. Where is a Tim Taylor grunt when I need it?!
The Blentec Designer Series has immense power all encased in a super sleek and gorgeous design. And I want you to have one for the holidays!!
When this baby arrived on my door step, I tore it open like a kid at Christmas and sat down to flip through cookbook that it came with – this thing makes DOUGH!! A blender that makes pizza dough? I’m sold. Then there is the flour. This Blendtec Designer Series blender can make flour out of whole wheat berries. How cool is that? Making things from scratch is a big passion of mine, so knowing that I have the tools to do the job right makes me giddy!
The sleek design and display has illuminated buttons that easily show you all of the functions that this blender can do. From smoothies, to soups this blender has all the functionality you need in the kitchen at the tips of your fingers.On the interface and control pad, you can use your finger to slide to the right speed for the job, perfectly timing your blender to exactly what you need it to do. Amazing.
To learn more about the Designer Series and to watch a video about the blender visit Blendtec. And if you want to see some more of the recipes that you can create with your new Blentec – check out their entire Recipe Collection Here!
And of course – we’re including not just the Designer Series Blendtec Blender, but the Wildside Blender jar, too! This little jar packs a punch and is a smoothing making machine. I’m going to use it today to make some Almond Butter. Just another thing for me to eat with a spoon! #noshame.
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These cranberry white chocolate pistachio cookies are a perfect red,white and green trimmed cookie, perfect for the holidays, or anytime! Sweet, salty and chocolatey, oh my.
*Raise your hand if you’re sick of cookie season!* Good, I don’t see any hands raised. Whew. I was worried there for a hot second. We’re rolling in a steady stream of baked awesomeness this season and I for one am not done yet. I waited all year for this, and like a bad rap song, we’re gonna make it rain cookies, y’all!
Wow, sorry a lot happened there. The coffee obviously hasn’t kicked in yet. Or it’s in over drive and I’m just saying thing… lucky you, dear reader.
I love Washington State. We have it all. I know, every state is awesome in their own right – but between our salty western Washington air, the gentle swish and wave of Puget Sound and our rolling wheat fields of the Palouse – where my heart and home really is – I am enamored with our state. I’ve lived all over, seen the apple orchards of central Washington, the rolling wheat of eastern Washington, and the cranberry boggs of our coast line. It’s part of who I am and part of my daily routine.
And at this time of the year – cookies are a part of my daily routine. The guys at work absolutely love me right now – they’ve got a stead stream of baked goods constantly rotating through the office and job trailer. And that’s fine by me, because if they are kept at the apartment with Ben and I, there is no amount of gym time that will compensate.
It’s a fine balance – OD on cookies and still get up and do a make-my-legs-feel-like-jelly barre workout after work. Life’s hard. But it sure is made better by cookies!
Here are a few Egg-cellent facts about eggs to get you through this holiday baking season ::
:: Egg yolks can increase richness, tenderness, flavor, and color in homemade cookies, and they can also extend shelf life by delaying the staling process. The egg white provides strength and stability, and it adds moisture.
:: Eggs are a holiday staple: In fact, more eggs are consumed during the winter holiday season than any other time of the year, including Easter.
:: One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, high-quality protein, unsaturated fats and antioxidants, all for 70 calories.
:: Where do the eggs you’re baking with this holiday season come from? Well, there’s a good chance they could be from Ohio egg farms! Ohio is the second-largest egg producing state in the nation.
Join the rest of our Egg-static troupe of Egg lovers with their favorite cookies representing their state! These girls know how to Represent!
Soft and fluffy chocolate gingerbread cookies taste just like Christmas. Covered in Swedish pearl sugar these look like they’re covered in snow and perfect for holiday gift giving!
Someone call a doctor, I’m about to OD on gingerbread. In a good way. But it has never before been such a single focus of my holiday baking until this year.
I remember sitting at my grandparent’s house, at their dated, but cozy, breakfast bar, always talking to my grandma as she was in the kitchen, needing to duck slightly to see her under the cabinet that separated the counter and the kitchen to see her and sipping my hot cocoa from the same sail boat mug I used every other time I ever visited her house, eating gingersnaps right out of the bag.
The same spot, the same cookie, the same mug, the same smell and the same laugh she always laughed – and the same love.
Ginger cookies = grandma. It is fact. And tradition.
To help you make new memories this holiday season, and bake a new tradition King Arthur Flour and I have teamed up to do something really special.
Together we will be giving away a Country Cleaver exclusive Baking Gift set made special for one lucky reader to win. This baking set contains my favorite King Arthur Flour products, including
-Vietnamese Cinnamon, 3oz
-Fiori di Sicilia, 1oz
-Vanilla extract (16oz)
-Bensdorp Dutch-process cocoa, 16oz
-Swedish Pearl Sugar, 12oz
-Guittard semisweet wafers, 16oz
-Holiday bag (set of 13)-pattern of your choosing
-Holiday ribbon (red or cream – your choice)
-1 King Arthur Flour box (which gifts will be packed in)
I tried to find a way to rhyme with “bubbly” for like 10 minutes here…I never claimed to be Doctoress Suess, so forgive the unrhyming rhyme. My high school english teacher should have prepared me better, because I’m sure this is a legit poem somewhere in the literature-sphere.
So uhhh, SURPRISE!!
You know of my expoentienally increasing baby fever, so this gave me great reason to explode my hormones all over the place in someone’s direction, because I’m pretty sure my husband can’t take any more of my fever being directed anywhere in his general vicinity.
Being nearly 9 months sober, I wanted to gather you a non-cocktail cocktail to celebrate with. But being the Girl Scout that I am, it can be made in boozy or non-boozy form for someone in your adorably round and “OMG Can I touch The Belly!!” condition, or it can be made ultra sloshy for you as soon as those two adorable squish faced, perfectly quirky (if they take after their dear sainted mother) and blonde bebes make their debut.
Drink up soon lovely, after 9 months of double bun baking you have EARNED IT!!
Thank you so much for being my friend, my daily source of inspiration and hilarity, and for the impending onslaught of 237 daily IG updates of those two that I now I will keep me plastered to my IG on a daily basis. Because my baby-fever is not out of control or anything right now…
I’ve used them so many times, they’re always in my dishwasher ready for the next use. One of my favorites uses these cocoettes is for entertaining when I want to make individual portions when I have friends come over for dinner.
I even used them as dip dishes! Who wouldn’t want to dip their chips out of these cocoettes? My 5-minute Whipped Caramel Apple Dip looked awful purdy, if I do say so myself!
To win your own set of four of these white cocoettes for the holidays enter below!
Big Kitchen has a huge range of kitchen products from fantastic brands including LeCreuset. It’s hard to pick a favorite. But no matter what you need (or want! – it is the holidays after all!) you will find it here. There is incredible cutlery, stuff to outfit your home bar, and seasonal decorations for people like me who are decorationally challenged.
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Is your list of cookies set for this holiday season?
My list of what to make keeps changing and I can’t seem to nail it down!! I’ve already loaded up on Eggnog Snickerdoodles. Then there were the Gingerbread Chocolate Cookies, that you will see soon – sorry to be a cookie tease, and then there is the Brown Butter Bundt cakes. Make it stop! No, don’t. I love this. Christmas makes me smile and makes my jeans tight.
January 1st in our house will mean a sweet and sugar embargo – so I’m going to make the most out of it and you should too. With all the baking you’re bound to be doing you have to have the right tools handy to get the job done right!
OXO is known for their ingenuity in kitchen gadget design and functionality – so they are setting one of you up with an entire baking tool kit set. It’s got a whole lotta stuff packed in here so you won’t have to worry one second about not having the right tool of the job.
Included will be a silicone pastry brush, stainless steel measuring spoons and cups, a cupcake corer for filling your holiday cupcakes – cause who doesn’t want filled cupcakes!?!
There is an egg beater, two bent frosting spatulas to keep your mitts off your gorgeous frost job, two silicone cookie spatulas and even a brownie spatula for clean cut brownies so you can slice them still warm and out of the oven. Don’t lie, you do it too!
The holidays is the perfect time to go out with the old and in with the new and ingenious! OXO has set you up right so be sure to enter below! There is no shortage of gadgetry you could use, so be sure to take a peek for all of your kitchen tool and home organizational needs!
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I’m a notorious multi tasker and it’s a problem. I finish half a tweet before I get distracted by Instagram. I’ll be talking about Duchess Kate’s wearing a pony tail to a movie premiere and then end up playing tug-o-war with Huck. Someone restrain me. There are things that are meant to multi task and things that aren’t. I shouldn’t multi task. But Fagor should.
This Fagor 3-in-1 Electric cookie does the job of three small appliances in one! It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker and rice cooker! Fantastic, right?
Every year I get into a canning mood, but have always been forced to stop short on my canning aspirations because half of the stuff I want to can requires a pressure cooker. But in the winter I’m a sucker for my slow cooker and perfect pot roast. This is one appliance that is definitely fit for all year’s cooking.
And if you are like me and not familiar with pressure cooking, this Fagor comes with a recipe book full of recipes for every function. There is an Asian Pot Roast done in the pressure cookier – in 40 minutes no less – that I am dying to try!
This multi function machine has it all going on, including a browning function to sear your roasts to lock in the juices before cooking them. So really, it’s more of a 4 in 1 than just three. More is always better. Don’t you agree?
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Holiday shindigs are in full force party people!! But what do you bring to a friend’s house? More wine? There really is never too much of that, but let’s be honest, it can get a tad bit old to bring the same thing over and over again. Bring something different this year. Make something tasty AND special when you’re going from house to house like a partying Mrs. Clause. You just know Mrs. Clause is a party animal! And so should you be, too!
Here are my 15 Best Homemade Holiday Hostess Gifts for the season. And yes, they’re mostly edible – but that’s what the holidays are for!
And I say “mostly” edible, because one of them is for the Furry friend of the household!
There are so many simple joys in this world. A warm blanket fresh from the dryer. A fire in the fire place. Huck’s velveteen ears that I cant possibly resist. Cheese. Chocolate. Carbs. My husband with a lumberjack beard. Okay, sorry this list is going to get away from me…
Another simple joy I can’t resist is wrapping my hands around a swimming pool sized mug of hot cocoa in the middle of winter. It beckons me. Hot cocoa the siren song of winter drinks – it’s impossible to resist and you always want more!
During the holidays growing up my big thing was to give away hand made gifts to my friends in school. I didn’t have a lot of spending cash laying around, so I always made something from the heart instead. Now that I’m edging on my 10 year reunion – oh my gosh! – I was thinking, I haven’t made Christmas gifts in a really long time. It fizzled out after I graduated from high school and moved on to college. But this year, I’m taking it back! Homemade gifts are mine again. But the problem is no one has room for “stuff”. I know I don’t, so this is when I turn to edible gifts and simple joys – like homemade hot cocoa.
My end all be all favorite holiday cookie is the Seven Layer Magic Bar. Yes, it’s the same one you find on the back of the condensed milk can. So I combined the two! Look at me being like “Hey guys, I’m such a rebel!” Capresso and I teamed up to create the perfect recipe for their FrothTEC this holiday season. And let me tell you, this is one mini appliance you don’t even know you need until you have it. Seriously.
The Capresso FrothTEC, heats and froths you milk all in one little step. Want a vanilla steamer but don’t want to go to the coffee shop? Add your frothing disc to the pot, pour in your milk and vanilla syrup, select the temperature you want your steamer at and press the button. It froths to it’s hearts content and stops automatically when the milk reaches the right temperature and is perfectly pillowy.
It’s the milk frothing version of a lava lamp, people. I’m easily amused and just stared at it the whole time it was doing it’s thing. So mesmerizing.
And if you’re in a hot cocoa mood – who isn’t?! – select your frothing or steaming disc (if you want foam or not), add in your milk of choice, pour your hot cocoa mix right into the pot, hit Go and you’re off to the races. It’s like Magic!
Capresso wanted to spread some holiday cheer and wants to give one ready a FrothTEC of their very own. And I’m giving you all hot cocoa mix ready for holiday gifting and sipping. It’s truly a win-win!
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