How to Make Super Cute and Easy Elmo Cupcakes

When my friend Cali showed me the Elmo cupcakes she made for her niece’s first birthday, I just KNEW I had to post them for all to see!  Now I am HORRIBLE at cake decorating and I know I could make these!

All you need is:

  • Your favorite cake mix
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Oreo cookies
  • Red frosting
  • Reece Piece’s
elmo cupcakes

Aren’t they cute?  The amazing photo’s are taking by an awesome photographer, Jesse Green.

Here are the super easy steps on how to make these Elmo Cupcakes:

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the package directions.  Make sure to let them cool completely before frosting them (don’t be impatient like I usually am!).
  2. While they are cooling, you can prep the eyes and the mouth.  To make the mouth, simply break apart the Oreo’s and scrape off all the cream and discard (or eat).  Next break each side of the cookie in half.  You have to do this by hand…using a knife does not work well.  To prep the eyes, simply cut the marshmallows in half and using a dab of frosting, place a brown Reece Piece in the center of each marshmallow.
  3. Now that the cupcakes are cooled, frost with the red frosting.  Cali frosted them with the back of a spoon, making sure to leave little “peaks” to make it look hairy.
  4. After they have been frosted, place one half of the Oreo for the mouth.
  5. Take small frosting bag and pipe on the nose, placing an orange Reece Piece in the center.
  6. Lastly, put on the marshmallow eyes!

Yep…it’s that easy!  You can do something similar, but use blue frosting and make Cookie Monster or use green and make Oscar the Grouch.  The possibilities are endless!

Freezer Food Friday: Leah’s Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies!

Now let me tell you, the original shell of this recipe comes from the back of the oatmeal box, but I changed things up a bit because I don’t like cinnamon.  It makes me gag.  So one day I was looking in the cupboard to see what I could possibly add instead of cinnamon (cause you know, just plain omitting it was too easy) and I decided to try cocoa powder.  It was AMAZING!  These cookies are literally to die for!  My husband’s grammy is ALWAYS asking me when I’m going to make her some more (which I totally have to do…sheesh what a bad granddaughter in-law I am)!

 

Leah’s Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter or margarine softened**
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2tsp cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats, uncooked

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well
  4. Add all dry ingredients (except oats) and mix well.
  5. Add in the oats and mix until they are mixed through.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (usually do 9 minutes).  Let them cool on the pan for one minute before removing.

**sometimes I’ve used Crisco instead of butter or margarine.

You’re probably thinking “cookies…great…but how is this a Freezer Friday post?”  It’s simple!  Once the cookies cool completely, I immediately put them in a freezer zip lock back and I put them in the freezer.  Not only are they out of site (not necessarily out of mind) so they last in my house longer, but they taste amazing when you grab a frozen one out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Mmmm just like fresh out of the oven cookies!!

 

4th of July Cake

It didn’t seem right to post this on the other two posts about being sick…doesn’t seem to go together very well!

Anyhoo, this is the cake that I made for our 4th of July BBQ that we went to at a friend’s house:

cake

For the cake part, I bought a lemon flavored cake mix at Meijer and made the cake according the package directions using a 13 x 9 pan. Be sure to really grease the pan well. I like to use Wilton Cake Release.

Frosting

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 stick butter
2/3 cup milk
3 TBS flour

1. Beat the granulated sugar, shortening and butter together until creamy (takes a LONG time).
2. Warm the milk in the microwave to just more than room temperature. The warmer, the better…but not hot.
3. Add a little bit of flour to the mixture and beat. Then add some milk and beat. Alternate until the sugar is dissolved.

**I used a dairy free butter (not margarine) and vanilla flavored soy milk.

I made the cake the day before and frosted it the day of the party. One thing I would have done differently is to cut the strawberry halves in half again. They were too large and I was unable to make the cake an authentic flag with the appropriate amount of stripes.

Enjoy!

Oatmeal Cookies to Die For!

I found this recipe when my daughter first started having issues with dairy. I never imagined that it would be such a hit! And talk about a nice ego boost when you are specifically asked to bring this item to EVERY get together and they are the first thing to go!

1 cup margarine or butter, softened**
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats, uncooked

1. Preheat oven 350.
2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy
3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt; mix well
5. Stir in oats. Drop onto ungreased baking sheet
6. Bake 8-10 mins (I do 9 mins)

**I use crisco instead of butter or margarine.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Chex Mix

This is a HUGE hit with both kids and adults. When I was in college and some Professors had potlucks on the last day of class, I would bring a HUGE bowl of this and it was always gone right away. I usually left out the peanuts because I don’t like them (haha) and one of my classes we had a peanut allergy.

You could make this holiday specific too. Red and green M&M’s at Christmas, pastel M&M’s at Easter, etc.

White Chocolate Chex Mix

3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
3 cups Pretzels
2 cups Mixed nuts
12 oz M&M’s
1lb White Chocolate

Melt the chocolate. Mix with the rice Chex, corn Chex, Cheerios, pretzels, and mixed nuts. Continue to break up and mix until the white chocolate is completely dry. Add M&M’s. Store in an air tight container.