After begging for an American Girl doll the past three years, my daughter’s greatest desire was granted her last birthday with the gift of a green-eyed, curly blonde haired mini-me. She promptly named her doll “Maddie” and they’ve been inseparable ever since. The gratification of at last owning an American Girl doll all of her own could only be topped by celebrating her birthday this year with a themed American Girl tea party extravaganza. She wanted all her friends to come over and play dolls with her, while enjoying a delightful (and very grown up) tea. So here’s my great big American Girl Tea Party Birthday post, complete with free printable invitations, menus, name tags and all the food and craft ideas you could hope for!
More red, white and blue happiness for your Fourth of July celebrations!
Fall is here. Fi-na-lly. Seriously, this has been the longest summer I can ever remember in Seattle. So hot. Yes. I’m a heat complainer. Don’t worry, it’s actually a fairly normal condition in the Pacific Northwest. People don’t stay living round these parts for sunshine and sandy beaches. I love making pumpkin spiced deliciousness during the autumn months, but I’ll be honest, this recipe caught my eye over at Cooking Classy because of the chocolate. I don’t often see recipes pairing chocolate-y goodness with pumpkin, and I was interested to discover how they would complement each other. *Spoiler Alert – chocolate surrounded by a lightly spiced pumpkin cookie is an absolute winner!
I got the idea for these adorable cookies from my friend Rachel. She’s always doing fun things with her girls and is just generally an awesome resource for delightful kiddo entertainment. I gave my kids a simple demo and then let them do the rest. They LOVED making (and eating!) these cookies! Easy, delicious and super cute!
First you’ll need a box of Nilla Wafers, a package of dipped Oreos and two tubes of frosting (one red, one green). You could also use Peppermint Patties, Grasshopper Cookies or (during Girl Scout season) Thin Mints. I really liked the taste of the dipped Oreos though. Besides, not everyone likes mint…but who doesn’t LOVE Oreos?
I gave each kid a frosting tube and put small star tips on the ends. One did three red ketchup swooshes, the other got to do the lettuce green swipes in between the red ones. You can also do yellow for mustard, and/or top with tinted coconut for lettuce instead of the green frosting – but each kid having a tube and assembly line simplicity worked really well for my two munchkins.
Stick the Oreo together between two Nilla wafers with a little dab of frosting on the bottom.
Adorable hamburger cookies for your next BBQ. The entire plate was devoured. My kids were so proud of their creations!
20 vanilla wafer cookies
10 dipped Oreo cookies
1 (4.25 ounce) Betty Crocker red decorator frosting
1 (4.25 ounce) Betty Crocker green decorator frosting
For each burger you will need two vanilla wafers as the buns. Place a small dot of frosting on the bottom bun and then place your Oreo cookie on top to look like a hamburger patty.
Make three dots of red frosting on top of the cookie to look like the tomato or ketchup, then three dots of the green frosting to look like lettuce. Finish by placing second vanilla wafer on top as the top burger bun.
Do any of you use Safeway’s “Just-for-U” program/app? I always forget about it until I’m mostly done with my shopping. Then I’m standing in the aisle, trying to get service on my phone so I can check if anything I’m already purchasing has a coupon. Occasionally, instead of a coupon, I find a freebie. “Mini-birthday party…aisle 5.” I know the purpose of these giveaways is to get you hooked on some new product, but I don’t care. Free stuff is free stuff. I’ve had a bag of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix hanging out in my pantry thanks to Just-for-U and figured I’d bake up some delightful mouthfuls of deliciousness with it. These fruity lemon cheesecake cookie cups are sweet and creamy with a little cookie crunch. Yum. Yum.
I just have to warn you that I’m extremely angry right now. I came home from a lovely Memorial weekend of camping in the great outdoors to find that someone has stolen content, copy and photos from Bakerlady and passed it off as his own. So here’s my great big “you thieving rat” post.
“Boy Meets Bowl” and “Cocinando con Alena” (both appearing to be run by the same person) have stolen the following recipes, original content and photos from Bakerlady. They’ve been pinned over 50,000 times from “his” blogs. I’ve reported the infringing posts — but until they are taken down I’m going to get on my soapbox (tiny as it may be) and let everyone know that these links are stolen. I’ve included my original links and photos below. If you or a friend has pinned, shared or reblogged any of these photos from the offending sites, please re-post with the correct content/links back to Bakerlady. What these blogs have done is theft. Pure and simple.
Yes. All of these were taken without permission. Passed off as original photos, content and recipes by “Boy Meets Bowl” and “Cocinando con Alena”. Seriously. Who does that? Currently I feel like I’ve been defrauded, robbed and impersonated all at the same time. Asking my readers to spread these original links is the only course of action I have while I wait for my legal people to get the infringing content down.
Thank you from the bottom of my royally pissed off heart.
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Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
I have never tasted a better chocolate chip cookie than this recipe produces. They are chewy, soft, packed with rich flavor and bursting with chocolatey goodness. The recipe comes from America’s Test Kitchen and utilizes melted butter and a unique shaping technique to produce craggy stay-soft oversized cookies. You will love them. Because the cookies cool on the still hot baking sheets, they will look a wee bit underdone when it’s time to remove them from the oven. Cook them just until the edges are golden. They’ll continue cooking on the residual heat of the pans and be perfect once cooled.
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
12 tbsp/1½ sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 325°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and sugars together with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, 1 or 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beater as needed.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the chips until incorporated.
Roll a scant 1/4 of dough into a ball & follow the illustrations below to pull the ball in half and smush back together. (click on the photo to view larger)
Lay dough jagged side up on the prepared baking sheets, spaced about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies, rotating sheets top to bottom and back to front halfway thru baking, until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 20 minutes.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
I went in for one thing. One. Thing. Some plastic baggies for my kid’s Valentine’s for school. That’s all I needed. But, alas…Michael’s is evil. So terribly, wonderfully EVIL. Out I came with a bag loaded down with rafia ribbon, chocolate melts and candy molds. I’m weak-minded. It’s true. I’m a marketing and merchandising gold mine. I see things that look fun and suddenly think I’m crafty & I buy them. I suppose I should consider myself (and my bank account) lucky that I didn’t find some uber involved super-craft project to throw myself into. One time, I went into Michael’s with my cousin and came out with about $150 worth of blank canvases, paints, brushes and what-not. I was absolutely sure I’d be the next Picasso with all that crap. I remembered very quickly that I haven’t an artistic bone in my body once I started trying to actually use it. This time wasn’t that bad I guess.
It’s Girl Scouts cookie contest time!! I’m cooking with cookies! I feel I have crossed a MAJOR milestone in my life. I had a box of Girl Scouts Samoas in my cupboard for a week and managed not to consume the entire thing. In my opinion, Samoas are the perfect food. Shortbready cookie, caramel, coconut and chocolate. Oh glory.
I know I’m not alone. Samoas make up about 20% of the total cookie sales by those sweet little sugar hocking scouts. These babies are second only to Thin Mints, which I contemplated using for this contest, but knew I could only stretch my willpower so far. My task for this contest was to create something incredible using Girl Scout cookies. And The Girl Scouts of Western Washington GAVE me 5 boxes to play with. My life is so grand! My very first thought was that Samoas could only be made more perfect by one thing. Marshmallow. With that plan in mind, this is what I came up with. Samoas S’more Rolls.
These three ingredient rolls are absolute heaven and the most time-consuming part is waiting for the oil to heat up.
It’s a simple chop, fill, roll and fry. But the result is just amazing.
I consumed the first two rolls fresh out of the fryer, burning my fingers getting the molten chocolate and caramel into my mouth. Where, I also toasted my tongue just a little. The smell was overpowering – I could not resist long enough to allow them to cool. The filling was divine. Melty mallow goodness wrapping around sweet caramel and rich chocolate with a hint of buttery coconut. All of that gorgeous deliciousness wrapped in a crispy roll. Oh gracious these are good.
I cooked up a few more batches, fed some to my kids and then ran the rest over to my neighbors because once there was caramel and chocolate dipping sauce on the plate, these were not long for the world at my house. Little envelopes of perfection. Mmmmmm.
Girl Scout Cookies go on sale to the public March 1-17! There is an awesome cookie locator, as well as an app, that tells you exactly where girls are selling cookies in your neighborhood! Head over to the Girl Scouts of WW facebook page and give them some love! As soon as cookies go on sale, get yourself a box of Samoas and whip up some of these rolls. Your taste buds will sing thanks to me but the rest of you may hate me for giving you the idea!
You can vote for the finalists from February 19 – March 1 by clicking HERE. I hope you’ll see these Samoas S’more Rolls on the list!
Samoas S’more Rolls
a Bakerlady original
1 box Girl Scouts Samoas Cookies (you may have a couple left for eating)
12 egg roll wrappers
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
In a deep pot, heat oil to 380 degrees F. (I used my frydaddy)
Cut Samoas into 1/4-inch chunks. Take an egg roll wrapper, and brush edges with a little water, and lay on a work surface, water side up, with a point facing you, not a straight edge. Place about 1 chopped cookie 1 or 2 inches from the edge, and top with 4 mini marshmallows.
Fold the corner closest you up and just over the filling, press lightly, then fold in the sides, making a little pull or tuck to keep the roll right. Then roll away from you and press to seal tightly. (Take care not to tear the egg roll wrapper. This can cause roll to leak while cooking. If tear occurs, pinch dough together until it reseals or discard wrap and use a new one.) Repeat until all egg rolls are formed.
Fry egg rolls 2 at a time, turning almost immediately, cooking on all sides to just golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. (Make sure not to overcook filling. If you see marshmallows start to ooze out before both sides are golden, filling will be overcooked and egg roll will appear hollow inside) Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat until all cooked. Make sure to check your oil temperature between additions.