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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowSo I was sitting on my living room floor eating pudding and feeling bad for myself.  I had four bowls of pudding and no one to share with.  So I did what any regular almost-30-year-old would do and texted my former roommates lamenting my loneliness.  And I had no reason to feel lonely; I was finishing up tasks before Jackie picked up me up for drinks and dinner.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowBut yet I still felt lonely; there is no way I could eat all the pudding myself.  Yes, the pudding was tasty, but one can only have so much pudding before one’s tummy would hurt.  Thanks Stacey!  That is strangest thing about living alone; there is no one to share anything with; literally or figuratively.  It’s strange to have to take the effort to invite people into your life.  I’m used to just writing, “eat me,” on a note and all my treats would be eaten up!

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowLiving alone isn’t all lonely; right now I have a sink full of dishes and it doesn’t matter!  My mess is in no one’s way except my own; a freeing thought.  I like being able to sit on the floor and eat pudding without anyone walking in on me.  I also feel more independent and adult-like.  I’ve had roommates since I was 18, college is over, it’s time for the next phase of my life.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowI made this ice cream because I had egg yolks left over from the frosting of these cupcakes.  I wanted to make a classic ice cream flavor; but better and richer than the store-bough variety.  Luckily I was not stuck eating all the ice cream alone, I took some over to Jackie and Justin’s for dessert after a delicious dinner.  It’s great to share with friends.

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowCustard-based ice creams are simply the best!  They are creamy and sweet, without being overly so.  A bit of alcohol keeps the ice cream from freezing too hard.  Cookies and cream is delightful flavor.  I love all the pieces of Oreo throughout.  This is a flavor of ice cream you should definitely add to your freezer!

cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellowTwo Years Ago – Chocolate Cake with Salted Chocolate Buttercream – Wilton Class

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Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
Adapted from Table for Two
Yield – 1 quart

1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon whipped vanilla vodka
20 Oreo cookies, crushed

  1. In a medium saucepan add the half & half and sugar.  Split open the vanilla bean and add the seeds and bean pod to the saucepan.  Stir and heat and until warm.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks until pale yellow in a medium bowl.  Once the half and half is warm, whisk a little at a time into the egg yolks to temper them.  Now pour everything back into the saucepan.
  3. Add a pinch of salt; whisk and heat until the mixture thickens.  Strain with a fine sieve into a clean bowl and stir in the heavy cream and vodka.
  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.  Also, place the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer.
  5. Add the ice cream to the ice maker and churn.  Crush the Oreos.  When the ice cream is almost done, add the Oreos.
  6. Freeze to harden completely.cookies and cream ice cream | pale yellow
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Slutty Cheesecake Bars

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Right now I’m going to write about something you don’t want to hear about – vacation hangovers.  It’s a true, sad, scary period of time post-vacation when you’re a little bit depressed the vacation is over and real life seems totally overwhelming.  I want a rum punch in my hand, sand in my toes, and the ocean in my ears.  Yes, I’m a brat.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}I always have such bad vacation hangovers.  It’s like I can’t handle sustained fun.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  I’m sitting on the floor hiding in my room reading the 300+ blog articles I missed in the internet-free paradise known as the Dominican Republic.  So many posts in Feedly…

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Apparently everyone went crazy for blueberries in my six days without the internet.  I think I just saved 12 blueberry posts to comment on and pin later.  Also, does anyone subscribe to Thought Catalog?  I love the idea of the site and appreciate the many words of wisdom and hilarity, but sometimes it’s just. too. much.  Again, I’m a brat.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Let’s talk about happier things, like happy vacations and happy birthdays.  I made myself two birthday treats this year; one to post on the blog and one for my actual birthday celebration with my family.  I grew up with a pretty tight knit family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.  We celebrated every birthday and holiday together; there was basically a family get t0gether once a month.  I have been fortunate to have such an awesome and blessed life!

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Anyway, since I live in NYC and my whole family lives in Michigan, I miss almost all of the family parties, even my own.  This year, because of my cousin’s wedding, I was in Michigan to celebrate with her and to celebrate my own birthday!  I wanted to make myself something relatively simple and definitely make-ahead.  Slutty cheesecake bars are perfect in every way.  I also wanted to make these because a different cousin made slutty brownies for his wife on mother’s day; deliciously hilarious!

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Slutty cheesecake bars wonderful on so many levels.  Number one – I totally cheated and used pre-packaged cookie dough, yep, it happened.  Two, layer some Oreos on the pre-made dough and then pour on some cheesecake mixture.  Sprinkle with some crushed cookies, bake, and you’re done, easy peasy.  Three, slutty cheesecakes bars simply taste good!  Sweet, rich and delightful little bites in your mouth.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}One Year Ago – Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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Slutty Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from Baker’s Royale
Yield – 16 pieces (8 x 8” pan) or more if your mom makes you cut them small so everyone has a bite!

8-10 ounces chocolate chip cookie dough
16 + 5 oreos
12 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (1 1/2 boxes), room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 handfuls chopped whoppers, about 3 ounces

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line a 8 x 8” pan with foil.  Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Use about half the cookie dough (I could only find it in 16 ounces packages and used a little over half) and spread an even layer at the bottom of the pan.
  3. Press down and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookie begins to set.
  4. Place 16 oreos on top of the baked cookie.
  5. In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla with a hand mixer until smooth.  Spread evenly over the oreos.
  6. Chop the 5 remaining oreos and whoppers; spread over the cheesecake.
  7. Bake for about 40 minutes until the top browns.
  8. Let cool completely and then refrigerate.  Once cold, cut into squares and serve.

slutty cheesecake bars |pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie base, oreos, cheesecake, and whoppers on top}Look at the layers!

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Mudslide Pudding Shots

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}My vanilla pudding shots have been a huge hit on Pinterest, people love their boozy snacks with sprinkles!  Not only are pudding shots cute to pin, they are fun to eat and people instantly gravitate towards them.  A couple of years ago I made pudding shots a bunch of times after sampling them at a bachelorette party and love to bring them back out when appropriate.

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Whenever you’re having a pudding shot, you’re having a good day.  I made these for the best day of the year – the last day of school.  We had a floor luncheon on the third floor and this is what I brought.  Please don’t be confused this lunch with the previous floor luncheon – that was on the second floor, this one was on the third floor!  Plus the room that hosted is one of the few with air conditioning, score!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}In case a mini pudding cup filled with booze isn’t enough excitement for you, we’re going to eat these shots with a cookie, yes a cookie!  There are few things in this world more delightful than an edable spoon.  Pro tip – ration your cookie spoon carefully so you have enough cookie to eat all the pudding.  Eat your spoon too quickly you’ll be forced to perform strange tongue tricks or use your fingers.  Careful now, the sharp plastic can cut your finger if you’re not gentle with your pudding eating.  Right Dean?

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}Anyway, these pudding shots will not disappoint anyone in the crowd.  They are boozy, chocolaty, and crunchy; there is nothing else you need in life.  The vodka and kahlua are definitely present in these little bites.  If you want to be the hit of the next summer BBQ, make some pudding shots!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}One Year Ago – Bacon Cupcakes, take 3

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Mudslide Pudding Shots
Adapted from Vanilla Pudding Shots
Yield – 36

3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding
3/4 cup cold, whole milk
1/2 cup whipped vodka {you could use plain, vanilla, or whatever you have on hand}
1/3 cup kahlua
8 ounces cool whip, thawed
oreo crumbs for garnish
wafer cookies for spoons

  1. Set up the little cups in a baking pan for ease of movement.
  2. Whisk together the pudding and the milk until smooth.  Whisk in the vodka and kahlua.
  3. Fold in the cool whip until no white streaks remain.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a gallon-size bag and snip a small hole in one corner.  Squeeze a little pudding into each cup, about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Sprinkle with oreo crumbs if desired.
  6. Place the lids on each cup and place in the fridge or freezer to firm up.
  7. Serve with a cookie for a spoon!

mudslide pudding shots | pale yellow {chocolate pudding with kahula and vodka served with a cookie spoon}

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Tracy of Shutterbean has a little phrase she often throws around on her blog – “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” and that is exactly how I feel about ice cream.  I literally ate all the rocky road ice cream single handedly and as soon as it was finished I whipped up a batch of this ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Even though I’ve had an ice cream maker for over a year, this is my first attempt at vanilla ice cream.  I’m kind of vanilla in many areas of my life but NOT when it comes to ice cream.  For example, my wardrobe is quite vanilla.  I favor solids and simple prints, cotton dresses and flip-flops.  Accessories are somehow really difficult for me.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Yet when it comes to ice cream and baked goods I’m all about accessories.  Plain vanilla ice cream – BORING!!  Luckily I had a quart of man whore bar trimmings in the freezer begging to be put into something wonderful.  You know when you’re trimming bars for a pretty presentation and you’re usually tempted to eat all the edges?  Well gather some self-control and freeze those bad boys for later use.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Trimmed edges make the BEST mix-ins for ice cream.  You’re eating a smooth, creamy, decadent ice cream and then BOOM, a delicious bite of an amazing baked good.  Waste not, want not – word.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}Anyway, vanilla ice cream maybe a little boring, but throw in a little something special inside and you have yourself a marvelous, cold treat for the hottest days of summer.  You won’t regret your decision to mix all your leftover treats in your ice cream, trust me!

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}One Year Ago – Watermelon Martinis

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Yield – 1 1/2 quarts

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whipped vodka
1 quart man whore bars, cut into small chunks

  1. Place the bowl of the ice cream maker in the freezer the night before.
  2. Heat the milk, 1 cup heavy cream, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan until simmering.  Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds.  Add the seeds and the bean pod to the simmering cream.
  3. Simmer for one minute and then cover with a lid.  Remove from the heat and let steep for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream and place the mixture back on the heat.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks.  Add the heated cream mixture to the eggs little by little to temper the eggs.  Once the eggs are warm, add them to the mixture on the stove.
  6. Heat and whisk until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  7. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve.
  8. Stir in the vanilla and the vodka.  Cool the ice cream base completely.  I usually cool in the fridge overnight.
  9. Churn the ice cream according the directions on your ice cream maker.  Once churned pour into a freezer safe bowl and then mix in the chopped man whore bars.
  10. Freeze until firm.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Mix-ins | Pale Yellow {Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Man Whore Bars mixed in!}

 

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Man Whore Bars

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Teddy is my co-teacher and we share the best class ever.  And by best I mean the class that makes me want to pull all my hair out and lock myself in a padded room.  But somehow we’ve gotten through the year, only a few more days until the kiddos graduate, at least most of the kiddos.  Yesterday I bribed to kids to participate with cookies, store bought cookies, true story.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Teddy’s actual birthday was in February and made him terrible vegan cupcakes, the ones people spit out.  I knew he was due for a redo, but it took me a while to figure out what to make to compensate for something so horrific.  Man whore bars – perfect!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}I doubt Teddy is a man whore, but any male teacher gets to play the roll as we work in a female dominated profession.  Lunch most days consists of several ladies and one or two token men; they love it!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}Man whore bars are a take on the slutty brownie.  Women need not be continually shamed for their practices while men get off without a second thought for their behavior.  What women do or do not do is no one’s business; slut shaming should stop especially when men can be sluts too.  All seriousness aside, here is the answer to a slutty brownie – a man whore bar with more layers of naughtiness.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}We start with a chocolate chip cookie dough bottom.  I chose store bought dough, which is a rare occurrence in my life, shocking I know, but I felt it justifiable.  Next is Oreos.  Oreos are round and leave gaps.  By cutting them in half and carefully arranging them, there is better coverage.  When Oreos are baked in bars or cupcakes they become softer and better.  Covering the Oreos in brownie batter ensured the Oreos would be perfectly soft and baked into the brownies.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}If you stopped here, you would have a perfectly lovely slutty brownie, but we’re not stopping, we’re taking things farther, too far even.  Chocolate and peanut butter?  YES!  Some gooey rice crispy treats to hold in the peanut butter cups?  Absolutely.  All that is needed is a little ganache to hold it all together.  Done.  Open your mouth and take a big bite.  It’s OK to be a whore, sometimes you need all the desserts at once!

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}One Year Ago – Strawberry Sparkler

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Man Whore Bars
Adapted from Baker’s Royale via Endless Simmer
Brownie portion from MMMMMM Brownies
Yield – 36 pieces (9 x 11 pan)

16 ounces chocolate chip cookie dough (you could make your own, but this is a 6 layer bar, buy if necessary, no guilt here!)
1 package Oreos
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon espresso powder
12 ounces (1 bag) semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
12 ounce bag Reese’s mini peanut butter cups
10 ounces mini marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups rice crispy cereal
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line a 9 x 13” pan with parchment paper and leave extra hanging over the sides.
  2. Press the cookie dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  3. Cut half the Oreos in half and line the outside of the pan with cut sides touching the pan.  Use the whole Oreos in the middle.  Set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan melt the bag of chocolate chips with 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon espresso powder.  Stir and heat until melted.
  5. Let cool slightly and then stir in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Stir in the flour, soda, and salt until just combined.
  7. Pour over the Oreos and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the brownies are set.
  9. While the brownies are baking, unwrap and chop up the Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  10. Also make the rice crispy treats by melting the marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter in a large pot.  Stir in the cereal to coat
  11. Spread the Reese’s as evenly as possible over the hot brownies.  Things will get melty, but that’s fantastic!
  12. Press the rice crispy treats as gently as possible over the melting peanut butter cups.  The whole bar will feel soft, but keeping pressing and spreading as evenly as possible.
  13. Let the bars cool for about 20 minutes.
  14. To make the ganache, heat the cream until scalding and then pour over the 8 ounces of chocolate.  Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes and then stir to melt.  Stir in the 2 tablespoons of butter and salt.
  15. Spread over the top of the rice crispy treats.
  16. All the bars to cool and harden overnight in the fridge.
  17. Trim the rounded edges of the bars and then cut into pieces.  These are tall, dense, and rich pieces, so smaller pieces are better.  Let people eat two small pieces rather than not finishing a piece that is too large.
  18. Store in the fridge.

man whore bars | pale yellow {chocolate chip cookie, oreo, brownie, peanut butter cups, rice krispy treats, & ganache}

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Candy Cane Cheesecakes

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

One last holiday recipe, it’s January 11th and I’m finally done posting all my Christmas cookie and holiday treat recipes.  I would say it’s time for some healthy, whole foods, because it is time, buuuuuut that’s not happening at my house.  There is still plenty of dangerous baking going on around here; January has a quite a few birthdays that simply require cupcakes.

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My New Year’s Resolution is simple – each month I will pick one area of my life and focus on improving that area for the month.  This month it is working out.  My goal, not resolution, is to run or workout at least three times a week with another walk or two thrown in.  Right after a good sweat I feel fantastic, but trying to motivate myself is another story…

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

If you have been following the blog since the summer, you hopefully haven’t noticed the sad excuse for a Recipe Index.  It was not well organized or maintained.  This past week I’ve been working to update things, SO GO THERE NOW!!!!  It’s not fancy, but it has a picture each recipe I’ve posted with a link.  It’s a Pinterest board of me.

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

These cupcakes were made for the dessert tray at my family Christmas party.  My dad’s side of the family always meets up on a non-holiday day to celebrate Christmas and it’s kind of awesome – family, food, and drinks without the obligations of the actual holiday.  Also on the tray were naughty bars and gingerbread cupcakes, please notice this week’s blogging theme.

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

The candy cane cheesecakes are not in-your-face minty.  They have the sweetness and peppermint-ness of candy canes, not mint leaves.  The crust is perfectly crunchy and provides contrast to the silky cheesecake on top.  A little swirl of rich, creamy, decadent chocolate ganache never hurt anyone and it pulls the mini cheesecakes all together.  Keeping the cheesecakes in individual cupcake wrappers make these desserts super easy to serve for a party!

Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

One Year Ago: Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Candy Cane Cheesecakes
Adapted from Annie’s Eats
Yield – 24 cupcake size cheesecakes

2 cups (2/3 of a package) Oreo cookie crumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
pinch of salt
5 crushed candy canes
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
3 broken candy canes for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Place cupcake liners into 24 cupcake tins.
  2. Crush the oreos into small grounds.  Mix with 4 tablespoons of unsalted, melted butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of the oreo mixture into each cupcake liner.  Press down firmly to make a solid bottom.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the cheesecake mixture.  Beat together the cream cheese and sour cream until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the egg, sugar, salt, and peppermint extract.  Make sure the mixture is well mixed.  Fold in the crushed candy canes.
  7. Reduce the oven to 300 F and scoop 2 tablespoons on the mixture on top of each oreo bottom.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are set.
  9. Let cool completely in the fridge.
  10. To make the ganache garnish – Bring the heavy cream to a simmer and pour over the bittersweet chocolate.
  11. Allow the chocolate to sit and then whisk until melted.  Whisk in the butter.
  12. Let cool completely whisking every few minutes.
  13. Pipe onto the chilled cheesecakes and place a piece of candy cane on top.Candy Cane Cheesecakes // Pale Yellow

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Candy Cane Truffles

Candy Cane Truffles // Pale Yellow

These are an adaptation of the classic oreo truffle, but so much better because they are made with Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s!  I won’t go all crazy again and profess my life for candy cane Joe Joe’s, but you can read about my love here.

Candy Cane Truffles // Pale Yellow

I have made these truffles for the past three years, they are always a hit!  And so simple too.  The hardest part is dipping, I HATE dipping things in chocolate; it’s messy, everything falls into the chocolate, and my chocolate is always lumpy. But, and this is a big but, all the mess and frustration is totally worth it!

Candy Cane Truffles // Pale Yellow

The process of making candy cane truffles or Oreo truffles is so simple and requires 4 ingredients: oreos, cream cheese, chocolate, and shortening.  Crush the oreos, and then throw them in the mixer with the cream cheese.  Mix on low until well combined and then scoop, roll, and refrigerate.  To dip I set up a double boiler and keep the water simmering on low the entire time.  I add a few scoops of shortening to thin the chocolate, this makes the coating thinner and softer, so the drying time is longer.  I use 2 forks to dip and the chocolates.

Candy Cane Truffles // Pale Yellow

Let cool and then place in cute papers.  Done. Deliciousness.  Everyone will love you, trust me!  Go buy some candy cane Joe Joe’s before I buy them all.

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Candy Cane Truffles
Adapted from Oreo Truffles
Yield ~ 60

1 1/2 boxes Trader Joe’s Candy-Cane Joe-Joe’s
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (1/3 fat)
24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
shortening
red/green candy melts for drizzling

  1. Crush the Joe-Joe’s into a fine crumb using a food processor.
  2. Add the Joe-Joe’s to the bowl of your stand mixer and mix on low with the cream cheese until well combined.
  3. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to portion the dough.  Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water.  Add shortening to thin the chocolate to a proper consistency.
  5. Use forks to dip each truffle into the chocolate, let cool and harden on wax paper.
  6. Melt the colored candy melts and drizzle over the top, allow to cool.Candy Cane Truffles // Pale Yellow

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Candy Cane Chocolate Cupcakes

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

I’ve been wanting to make these cupcakes for a long, long time.  Ever since I saw them on Beantown Baker, I knew I would make them the following holiday season, clearly we are kindred spirits.  These my friends are no joke!  Rich, creamy, chocolately, and full of candy cane peppermint fun!

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

This is essentially a chocolate oreo cupcake with a doctored chocolate whipped vanilla frosting and candy cane Joe Joe’s instead of plain old oreos.  If you don’t live near a Traders Joe’s; one, I’m sorry because that is sad, and two, I’m sure you could use regular mint oreos.

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s are apparently so popular and in such high demand they sell out by mid-December.  This year I was not playing around, I went Thanksgiving weekend and bought 4 boxes.  So when the Brooklyn Trader Joe’s runs out of the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s you can blame me because I’m a hoarder.  I would apologize but I’m not sorry.  I’m willing to share a few goodies, but not a whole box.

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

These cupcakes were not made for a holiday party, but for my friend & colleague Theresa’s housewarming party!  She has moved into an awesome new apartment and was kind enough to host us all for a little get together.  Work has been extremely stressful the last few weeks for various reasons and we needed a reason to hang out, this was the perfect opportunity!  The cupcakes were well receive by all those who enjoy cupcakes.  I adore the softness of the frosting with the density of the Joe Joe.

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

Do yourself a favor, buy some Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s, it will greatly improve your life!!!

candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

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Chocolate Cupcakes
Yield – 21 cupcakes
Adapted from Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Inspired by Beantown Baker

28 Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa, I used Hershey’s Dark
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup hot water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Line the cupcake pan with liners and add 1 whole Joe-Joe to each liner.  Set aside.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, soda, powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix together on low with the paddle attachment.
  3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until just combined and then scrape down the sides.  Turn on the mixer and add the hot water slowly until well combined.
  5. Chop up the remaining 7 Joe Joe’s and fold them into the batter
  6. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the batter into the cupcake liners.  The batter will only fill about half way.  If you want a more generous cupcake, use 3 tablespoons of batter.
  7. Bake 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Whipped Frosting
1 1/2 cups whole milk
7 1/2 tablespoons flour
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
generous pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
12 Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s for garnish
Colored sprinkles

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and flour.  Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and thick resembling pancake batter.
  2. Remove from the heat and add in the chocolate chips.  Give them a few minutes to melt and then mix until well combined.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and salt and allow to cool completely.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – beat for 8 minutes
  5. Add in the cooled flour/milk/chocolate mixture and beat until the entire frosting is light and fluffy, about another 5-8 minutes.  This is a softer frosting, don’t be discouraged!
  6. Add the frosting into a piping bag and pipe a dollop on each cupcake.
  7. Cut 12 Joe Joes in half and garnish with 1/2 a Joe Joe.  Place sprinkles on top.candy cane chocolate cupcakes // pale yellow

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Cookie Crazy Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for myself for my birthday.  Please don’t feel sorry for me for having to make my own birthday treats!  Other people offered to make me something for my birthday, but being the control freak I am, I wanted to make my own cupcakes.

Most of the time, like 95% of the time, I am baking for other people whether it’s a birthday, order, or special occasion.  Rarely do I bake something that is just for me.  My birthday is a chance to do that!

I remember when I was about 10 and I wanted to bake my own birthday cake and my mom told me that you don’t bake your own birthday cake, but I said I wanted to anyway, so she let me me!  There was even a period of time where I opted for ice cream sundae bars instead of birthday cakes.  I guess I knew even then that I wasn’t a fan of boxed cake mixes!  Making my own birthday treat is awesome, it really allows me to do something I love for myself, which is what birthdays are all about!

In addition to baking delicious cupcakes for my birthday, going out to the Neely’s BBQ parlor, and singing along to a dueling piano bar in Rockaway, I bought myself a new camera!  A real, big girl DSLR camera!  I love the feeling of walking to a store and just knowing I’m going to spend a buttload of money.  It’s kind of empowering.  Hopefully the pictures on this site will be improving as I better learn how to use my new camera!  It’s a lot of fun!!

This cupcake is a doozey, it’s really good, but boy is it sweet!  I’m not one to say a dessert is too rich or too sweet, but this one comes really, really close.  Too make this perfect I think the frosting will need a rework, because it’s really too much sugar on an already sugary cupcake.  The perfect part of this cupcake is the giant wad of cookie dough in the middle, come on?!?!  Amazing!  And the Oreo is needed to give the cookie dough something to stand on.  The vanilla cake is wonderful on its own, but in this case it serves as a filler.  This is a cupcake made to impress!  Do it, impress your friends!!

Print the Recipe.

Cookie Crazy Cupcakes
adapted from Cookies & Cups
Yield – 30 cupcakes

Cookie Dough
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  1. Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  2. Turn the mixer to low and beat in the vanilla and milk until well combined.
  3. Add in the flour and salt and mix until just combined.  Then beat in the mini chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop the dough into 1 tablespoon portions and then roll into balls.
  5. Freeze for at least a hour or overnight.

Vanilla Cupcake
Adapted from My Vanilla Cupcakes
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
30 Oreos

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer add the sugar, flour, powder, soda, and salt, mix slowly with the paddle attachment.  Add the butter and beat for several minutes until the mixture becomes nice and crumbly.
  3. While the mixer is mixing, whisk together the yogurt, oil, eggs, and vanilla.  Pour this in the mixer and combine.  Scrape the mixing bowl as needed.
  4. Slowly add the milk in and turn on high for a few seconds.
  5. Add liners to the cupcake tins and place a whole Oreo in each liner.
  6. Scoop two tablespoons of batter on top of each Oreo.
  7. Place a dough ball in the middle of the batter, part of the dough will stick out.
  8. Bake 14-17 minutes until a toothpick in a center cupcake comes out clean.  Cool on cooling rack.

    I LOVE this picture showing the little balls of cookie dough poking out above the cupcake!!

Cookie Butter Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Biscoff spread or other cookie butter
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
Extra Oreos and mini chocolate chips for garnish

  1. Beat the butter and Biscoff spread in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy and well combined.
  2. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, scrape the bowl as needed.  The mixture will get very thick.
  3. Beat in the milk until the frosting has the right spreading consistency.
  4. Pipe onto the cupcakes and then decorate as desired.

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50 Shades of Grey Cupcakes

Soooooooo, yeah, I’ve read the book, all three actually.  And I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty details, but it was an enjoyable weekend.

Pretty much everyone at work has read the books too, we talk about them at lunch, specifically, who should play the characters when it is made into a movie.  I vote for Ryan Gosling.  Yes, I work with a lot women, so it’s not surprising that we are all reading the books, but a lot of male co-workers are reading the books too.  I’ve mentioned before about how awesome my staff is, right?

The best part about the books is who introduced me to them.  There will be no names here, but she is a pretty awesome lady!  And I was SHOCKED to learn about this type of book from her.  She is one of the kindest, most genuine, and modest people I know in the best possible way.  She is conservative in her practices, yet so open and tolerant in the way she treats others.  I am honored to be her colleague and her friend!

So it’s her birthday this week!  And what better way to celebrate a birthday than with cupcakes?  I mean obliviously there are better ways, but this is a family friendly blog.  Red room anyone?

These bad boys are an adaptation of the slutty brownie, which makes perfect sense!  Chewy chocolate chip cookie on the bottom, Oreo in the middle, and a rich, dark brownie on top.  Everything you need in one delicious bite!  But cupcakes do need frosting, otherwise it is just a muffin, and no one wants a boring muffin on their birthday, not even a slutty one.  To turn these guys into cupcakes I made a whipped vanilla frosting and dyed it in an ombre fashion to have four shades of gray.  I did not anticipate how shiny and silky the frosting would look, I was pleasantly surprised, and it certainly reminded me of everyone’s favorite gray silk tie!

The flavor?  Safety word good!  So rich, so buttery, so delicious.  You know you want some.

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50 Shades of Grey Cupcakes
Adapted from Slutty Brownies originally from What’s Gaby Cooking
Yield – 16 cupcakes

5 tablespoons + 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup & 2 tablespoons + 3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 + 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 + 1 eggs
1/4 + 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 + 1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
16 Oreos

Making the brownie layer:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter on a saucepan over medium heat.  Once melted add in 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar and the cocoa.  Whisk until blended together and then remove from the heat.
  3. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 egg, again whisk to combine.  Add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup flour.  Mix until everything just comes together.  Set aside to cool.

Making the cookie layer:

  1. Beat together 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until pale yellow.
  2. Add in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla, beat to combine and then scrape down the bowl.
  3. Add in 1/2 teaspoon salt, the powder, soda, and 1 1/4 cups flour.  Mix on slow until all the flour is incorporated.  Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.

Assembly:

  1. Use silicone cupcake liners if you have them, lightly grease the inside.
  2. Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into each lined cupcake cup.  Press an Oreo on top.
  3. Scoop about 1 – 1 1/4 tablespoons of brownie batter on top of the Oreo.  Spread slightly with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the brownie is set.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. There will be leftover cookie dough, what you do with that cookie dough is nobody’s business…

50 (4) Shades of Grey Whipped Vanilla Frosting
Adapted from Can you Stay for Dinner
Yield – decorates 16-20 cupcakes generously

1 cup whole milk
5 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
black gel food coloring

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and flour.  Keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and thick resembling pancake batter.
  2. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and allow to cool completely.
  3. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – just keep beating until it is no longer grainy.
  4. Add in the cooled flour/milk mixture and beat until the entire frosting is light and fluffy.
  5. Add a small drop of black food coloring and mix well to combine.
  6. Scoop a bit into a piping bag and pipe onto 4 cupcakes.  Squeeze the rest of the frosting into the bowl.
  7. Add another small drop of black food coloring mix well to combine.  Repeat step 6.
  8. Repeat steps 5-7 two more times.  This will give you four shades of gray.

Laters, babe.

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