Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas

Hey all! I've been back and forth to Indiana for the past 2 weeks and have one more week left to go until I'm home for a while, thank goodness. Nothing against Indiana, it's a pretty cool state and all, especially since it's close to Chicago..except that its -15 degrees here and hotel life really limits my recipe development. Not good for either of us!

So anyway, Super Bowl in right around the corner. Pretty cool that it's being held in NJ and that the teams are staying in Hoboken, my second home. Last night my sister sent me the picture below of the giant sign they put out on pier A, which I imagine all visiting tourists will stop and take pictures of at some point.

Unfortunately, all my plans to have a sick party with awesome football food and sweet treats is no longer possible due to the fact that I'll be on a plane back to this lovely state. Bummer.

On that note, I might as well set you guys up to have an awesome party..after-all, we shouldn't all have to suffer during one of the best excuses to throw a party.  So in the past I've made plenty of delicious football snacks and I have links to some of the best blogs to share with you! The pictures however are mine, to prove these recipes can be made by people other than the bloggers :)

Soft Baked Pretzels from Two Peas and Their Pod 
*These were an absolute hit, a double batch was gone in no time!
 Buffalo Chicken Bites from Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Okay now as for the good stuff: DESSERT! Last year I made chocolate covered pretzels and these adorable football chocolate covered strawberries that seemed to be a huge hit at the party and social media.  So why not give you guys a quick and easy how-to tutorial.
Football Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Giant Red Strawberries
Dark Chocolate
White Chocolate
Piping Bag (or ziplock)
Cute Mini Cupcake Liners

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Melt chocolates in microwave proof bowls. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the berry most of the way in, leaving only a little space by the top.

Place the strawberry on the parchment paper and repeat with all berries.  Place the tray into the fridge for 10-15 minutes until chocolate hardens.  

Cut the tip off the piping bag,creating a tiny hole (or corner off the ziplock) and fill it with the melted white chocolate.  Draw football lines on the berry and place back on the tray, and into the fridge for 10-15 more minutes until hardened.  Place on a tray in cute liners, or just EAT!

And visit some earlier posts for other easy, delicious ideas, like these:

Now go get ready for your awesome party!! If you weren't planning to have one before I bet you want to now :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Crunchy Coconut Butterscotch Cookies

Happy and healthy new year everyone! My new year has been off to a great start, and I hope the same for you.  One of my latest resolutions is to blog more often, even weekly if possible.  With the new job and holidays and event orders, it was a crazy end to 2013 and I apologize for my slacking. I have a few orders to start off the new year, but im hoping weekends can be designated for a little recipe development.  This past weekend I actually had a bridal shower order , and made these adorable rosette cupcakes and some red velvet cake pops.  If you know me, you know pink isn't usually on my list of favorite colors, but I fell in LOVE with these <3
On another note, I saw The Wolf of Wall Street last weekend and it was freakin awesome! Maybe I can be like him when I grow up, except with cupcakes and cookies? I will start accepting applications for my entourage now.

Okay now onto more important business, a new recipe! So I kept wanting to do something with butterscotch lately, and I’m not sure why.  I remember my sister and cousins also commenting on a love for butterscotch in the past, and it lead me to think maybe the candy bowl at Nan’s house growing up had something to do with it.  But the crazy thing is, when a butterscotch chip accidentally jumped into my mouth while making these, it was surprisingly too sweet for me.  I think since I've gone Paleo my taste buds have changed, and suddenly normal sweet things have become unbearable, and things like frozen strawberries are now considered a sweet treat. What is my body doing to me?! It's a crying shame!

But anyway, I didn't make these cookies for me, I made them  for YOU. And if course I added some coconut because, well, my brain revolves mainly around coconut or cinnamon. End of story.  So these are a sweet and crunchy treat, for all you folks I constantly argue the soft vs. crunchy debate with! Enjoy J

Crunchy Coconut Butterscotch Cookies
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a large mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combine.
Add in flour, baking soda and baking powder and beat until just combine. Don’t over mix! Fold in butterscotch chips and coconut flakes.
Measure out by tablespoon onto the lined baking sheet.  Baking 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.  *Note- about half way through I sprinkled extra shredded coconut on top for added touch!
Remove from tray and allow to cool on cooling rack for 5-10 minutes. THEN EAT!