Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me I’m not the only one thinking I can belt out a perfect rendition of Be Our Guest in my excitement to see the all new Disney Beauty and the Beast coming out later this month? With all of the excitement I wanted to take a moment here to share with you 20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes that will have you totally in the spirit of the new film!
I always have these ambitious ideas for the weekends. I’ll wake up early, clean house before everyone wakes up, make a grand breakfast and follow all of that up with some fun family time. The reality is though I wake up thanks to my internal alarm clock and I may or may not clean house a bit. Breakfast falls short and is usually just a quick trip to the donut shop for some sugar laden treats and usually after that I decide after spending all week with the kids that I need at least one afternoon for a break and stretch out errands to an ungodly amount of time. Don’t judge me! You know you have roamed the grocery or discount store for hours just to enjoy the alone time. This past Sunday though I did wake up early, clean some house, make a yummy breakfast and spend the afternoon with the family. My yummy breakfast ended up being much easier than I thought with this super simple apple cinnamon roll cake.
While I do love elaborate baking I’m just like anyone else and I sometimes like to take shortcuts to create recipes. This Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake was so easy to make! All I needed was one tube of cinnamon rolls with icing and a can of apple pie filling.
This is one of those awesome things to make that tastes great and is ready to pop in the oven in just minutes.
Once it’s out of the oven and cools for a minute or two you can ice it and enjoy it warm. I bet this would even make a great dessert if you topped it with some ice cream.
This is the perfect breakfast for someone with a sweet tooth! It’s like cinnamon rolls meets apple pie meets a cake. Just what you need for those times you want something sweet but can’t decide between a few different things.
Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9" X 9" pan with baking spray.
Open the tube of cinnamon roll dough. Set the icing aside. Cut the cinnamon rolls into quarters and place in a mixing bowl. Open the apple pie filling and pour into the mixing bowl. Stir together and then spread evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for a minute or two.
While the cake is cooling pour the icing into a plastic baggie and seal it. Cut a small piece off of one of the bottom corners. Squeeze the icing bag to drizzle the icing over the still warm cake.
Cut, serve and enjoy!
By Jennifer Wieland
My Sweet Sanity http://mysweetsanity.com/
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The 4th of July is one week away and I know that this upcoming weekend will be filled to the brim with cookouts, parties, festivals and just a whole lot of fun and merriment! Whether you are heading out to someplace else or having friends and family over to celebrate this great nation you’ll want to serve up some delicious sweet treats. Today, I am sharing with you what I think are 10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats from the blog!
These cupcakes will bring out the kid in anyone! The bright sprinkles make the cake colorful and look like a colorful explosion. The flour frosting is different and perfect for people who aren’t fans of regular buttercream but don’t want to worry about a whipped cream frosting in the summer heat. The secret ingredient filling in the cupcakes really makes them POP!
Think Rice Krispie Treats made out of Oreos instead of cereal and you have these delicious bars! They are so simple to make and can be jazzed up with red, white and blue candies and sprinkles for the perfect Americana vibe!
This is perfect for a last-minute, throw together dessert. You can make it with cherry, blueberry, strawberry or the always American classic apple pie filling. It comes together in minutes and paired with cool creamy ice cream it’s a delicious, classic dessert.
This no bake pie is packed with delicious strawberry flavor and since it’s a crème pie it is much lighter in taste than a traditional fruit pie. Added bonus, this can easily be made ahead so dessert is one less thing you have to worry about on the day of your cookout or party.
There’s a reason the line “Let them eat cake” is so famous! It’s because cake is something that people around the world can agree is a delicious treat that comes in an enormous variety of flavor combinations! Wayfair asked some us Wayfair Homemakers to take on cake in the first ever #WayfairCakeOff and the only requirement for us was that we had to use fruit in it. With all of the warm weather fruit selections are at their peak right now in the grocery stores so this was definitely a fun and easy recipe to work on. For my cake I decided to create a Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting topped Lemon Ricotta Cake .
I love to pair citrus and berries. They always compliment each other beautifully and always make me think of warm, sunny days.
If you have never had a ricotta cake you are missing out! The sweetened ricotta sinks to almost the bottom of the cake and creates a pretty white stripe throughout the bottom. It also makes the cake unbelievably moist and delicious!
With the flavors of this cake making me think of sunshine, summer days and picnics in Tuscan countryside, I decided to keep the decorating to a sweet and simple for a more rustic look and only frosted the tops of each layer.
Even though the cake may have been decorated simply there was definitely nothing simple about how delicious this cake is! This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Topped Lemon Ricotta Cake will wow whoever you serve it this summer with its summer fruit flavors. While the stripe of sweetened ricotta cheese will leave the cake moist and with a uniquely, delicious flavor!
Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Chicago springs can go from frigid temps and snow to sunny and summery with in a day or two. It’s something you never really get used to no matter how long you live here. That’s what makes these Meyer Lemon Cupcakes such a perfect spring treat! If it’s a nice sunny and warm or hot day you want a treat that reminds you of why the hot approaching months are so great! If it’s cold and snowy you want a treat that is bright and refreshing in flavor to make you realize the grey and cold will soon be a thing of the past.
This past weekend we went to my parent’s house to celebrate my dad’s 64th birthday. It just so happened to be one of the bright, warm and sunny spring days that make spring awesome. I decided that I wanted to do a citrus cupcake for him. I had both lemons and Meyer lemons on hand. I opted for the Meyer lemons though because I love the unique flavor they have.
If you’ve never had a Meyer lemon then you should try to find some. They are shaped like a lemon but the peel can be yellow or orange. Meyer lemons you see are unique combination of lemon and orange. It helps cut the sourness of a regular lemon down and adds a bit of sweetness.
Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the cake. Mix on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for two minutes.
Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake liners.
Bake for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for five minutes and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the frosting
In the bowl a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and Meyer lemon zest together.
In small batches stir in the confectioner's sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition.
Add the Meyer lemon juice and stir to combine.
Add 2 tbsp. of heavy whipping cream and beat on low to combine. Once combined increase the speed to high and beat for five minutes. If the frosting is to thick add another tbsp. heavy whipping cream. Beat on high for another five minutes or until light and fluffy.
Does anyone else or their kids have an addiction to those cake-like sugar cookies that are frosted with seasonally colored buttercream and topped with sprinkles? Yeah, my 11-year-old is obsessed with them and while they are delicious did you know that it’s ridiculously easy to make them yourself? Even better though is that they are even tastier than the store-bought ones! Score big points in your house with these Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies!
The cakey cookie dough comes together easily and bakes up to pale perfection in just minutes.
No chemical, preservative filled cookies and frosting in these soft frosted sugar cookies. Basic buttercream can be flavored how you want to amp up the flavor of the finished cookies. Tint the frosting with a seasonal color of your choice or leave the frosting in its dye free, natural state. Add the sprinkles of your choosing to really make these yummy bites of happiness into some kid-friendly eye candy.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla on medium-high speed for a minute or two. Add in the soured milk mixture and beat on medium until well combined. This will take a few minutes and may still be a little lumpy. In another bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients in three batches and scrape down the bowl as needed. Mix until just combined.
Scoop dough onto lined baking pans and using the bottom of a cup dipped in flour press the dough down until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will not even have started browning, don’t worry though they are ready to come out. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost when completely cooled.
For the Frosting
Cream the butter and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the powdered sugar in three batches and be sure to thoroughly scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl between each addition. Once combined add 1 tbsp. of the cream and mix. Add the second one if necessary. Add any food coloring at this point. Beat the finished frosting on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Use to frost cookies or cakes.
These cookies are perfect for parties and holidays!
I am a Hamilton Beach ambassador and I received these products for review but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Last month Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked me if I wanted to give their new stand and hand mixers a try. Since I am a self-proclaimed kitchen gadget junkie I of course jumped at the chance to try these new products! Some girls like shoes, I like kitchen toys.
The Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Hand Mixer with Pulse and Snap-On Case is probably the coolest hand mixer I have ever owned, and believe me I have owned quite a few in my lifetime!
In addition to the 6 speeds, pulse feature and snap-on case this hand mixer comes with a milkshake mixer! That’s right, you read that correctly! A milkshake mixer attachment! Now there’s no need to pull out the whole blender or buy a special kitchen gadget. You can just pop the attachment on the hand mixer and blend in the glass.
The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer has also been an absolute delight to work with! I love the sleek look and black and silver coloring of this machine. It comes with a paddle, whisk and dough hook attachment. Even better? It comes with a spatter shield included! There’s no extra purchase for the spatter shield like you see with most brands.
The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer also features a button for the head to tilt and lock as well as a dial for the speeds. It’s speed is solid and it can power through a thick dough and it does it for a fraction of the cost of some other brands. Take a look below at the muscle this mixer offers.
For more information on these mixers and all of the other great products Hamilton Beach has to offer then head on over to the Hamilton Beach website. For great recipes, ideas, videos and to learn about new products be sure to follow Hamilton Beach on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.
Skip sipping the bubbly on your next romantic evening and reach for a sweet treat instead. These champagne cupcakes are a sweet treat that are a perfect dessert for any romantic evening, wedding shower or Valentine’s Day. The cupcakes look like an unassuming vanilla cupcake in bright white until you bite into them and taste the flavor of the champagne.
Two simple ingredients is all that is needed to make the cake portion of these cupcakes. It really does not get any easier than this. Seriously, I know I’m not the only one who likes to impress folks with food all while knowing that what they are oohing and aahing over was so easy to make.
When you mix the two ingredients together it reminds me of a science fair experiment with how it looks foamy.
The buttercream frosting for these cupcakes is also infused with champagne so the flavor carries throughout the entire dessert.
I just love how these cupcakes are such a bright white! It’s such a perfect treat for winter and the white and silver sugar I used to decorate them with just accentuates that.
Preheat the oven to 350° and line cupcake pans with liners.
In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix and the champagne/sparkling wine. Mix on low for thirty seconds and then on medium for two minutes. Fill cupcake pan with the batter and bake for 18-23 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the frosting
Cream the butter until light and fluffy. In small batches and on low stir in the confectioner's sugar. Stir in the champagne/sparkling wine. On low, stir in one tbsp. of the cream. Add more of the cream if the frosting is to thick. Mix on high for 5-10 minutes or until fluffy and creamy.
Sometimes I feel like everyone I know expects to walk into my house and find trays and platters filled with a bounteous amount of sweets. Judging from this site and it’s plethora of recipes I’m sure the average reader would too. I hate to break it to the world but that’s just not how it is at all! Do I bake? Yes! Do I probably bake more than your average mom? Yes. Do I have crazy busy days where I need a sugar fix fast but have no desire to bake something elaborate from scratch? Absolutely! Do I sometimes not care about creating the next great recipe and just want to spend time with my kids in the kitchen doing something we all love doing? Without a doubt! I find my greatest memories that I’ve created with my kids around food is when they are the chefs and I’m just the assistant. Thank goodness it’s so easy to bake cookies while making memories with Betty Crocker.
When my kids ask if they can bake something I don’t want them to watch me bake. I don’t want them to just add in one item each. My three youngest have been in a huge kick to learn to cook and bake this last year. They crave a more hands on experience. I can easily give them that with Betty Crocker.
This week while I was picking up some stuff at Walmart for the holidays I remembered that the kids had been asking to bake something new. I stopped at the baking aisle and picked up pouches of Betty Crocker® Sugar and Peanut Butter cookie mixes. It was time to get our bake on with Betty!
Without the need for an electric mixer the kids were able to easily stir in and mix the required ingredients I had measured out for them.
My job was to scoop the dough so they could roll it into balls and to man the oven to ensure perfectly cooked cookies.
They have never helped me make Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Cookies or Peanut Butter Blossoms before. My son loved dipping a fork in the sugar and making the well-loved criss-cross pattern onto the peanut butter cookies. Pressing the chocolates into the Peanut Butter Blossoms was also a huge hit.
The biggest hit of all though was getting to eat the cookies together when they were done and seeing their faces light up when they realized how good their cookies tasted!
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I love baking up treats with and for my kids during the holidays. I love seeing their faces when they try a new treat and waiting for their reactions. My favorite is always when they take one bite, chew quietly with no expression and then snatch a few more treats and run off exclaiming that they love them. In my mind nothing screams kid friendly more than a dessert decked out with colorful M&M’S®. They just add a level of fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart can relate to. My M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars are a perfect example.
The M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis are what I prefer to use during the holiday season. The colors are perfect and the smaller M&M’S® means you get more M&M’S® in each bite! That is definitely a huge plus.
Target always has a great holiday baking section and I can always head there and find just what I need to create my holiday sweet treat masterpieces. For my M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars I was able to stock up on M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Original and even festively decorated Glad® products to keep my treats at the peak of freshness longer.
The Glad® products also make perfect containers to gift everyone you know with your holiday creations in style!
There are several reasons why I just adore my M&M’S® Frosted Cookie Bars. First of all, they are of course delicious beyond belief. Second, I love taking cookie dough and baking it in a pan like you would brownies. One of the things that annoys be about cooking baking is the repetitiveness of it. Put a pan or two of cookies in the oven, cook it 8-15 minutes and then do the same thing over and over again until you are done cooking all of the dough. It makes it hard to get other things done during the busy holiday times. One pan in and done is the way to go!
Adding the frosting always adds a level of childish fun to cookies. Topping them with M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis is just the finishing touch that puts this dessert over the top.
3 packets Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Original Flavor (I pureed the oatmeal in my food processor.)
3 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
11 oz. pkg. M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis
1 can of vanilla frosting
1 c. M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis
Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9" x 13" pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla on medium- high, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the oatmeal, flour, salt and baking powder just until combined. Stir in the M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis.
Spread into the prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
Spread frosting over the cooled cookie bars and then top with M&M'S® Holiday Baking Minis.
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My Glad® plastic ware in the fun holiday designs makes for pretty packaging and placing a layer of wax paper between the layers helps keep the bars fresher and keeps the frosting from ending up on both the tops and the bottoms of the bars.
For more fabulous recipes and packing ideas featuring M&M’S® Holiday Baking Minis, Quaker and Glad® be sure to head over HERE!