Vanilla Vanilla Snack Cake

  Sunday snack cakes are the best. Knowing there’s a 13 X 9-inch covered dish filled with cake sitting on the kitchen counter makes me happy. And this one in particular made me very happy today. It’s all vanilla. And no fuss… except maybe for the buttercream swirlies I decided to add at the last […]

 Vanilla Vanilla Snack Cake

Sunday snack cakes are the best. Knowing there’s a 13 X 9-inch covered dish filled with cake sitting on the kitchen counter makes me happy. And this one in particular made me very happy today.

It’s all vanilla. And no fuss… except maybe for the buttercream swirlies I decided to add at the last minute. 

Frosted Vanilla Snack Cake

But only because today’s a meaningful day to me. Today marks the 30th year since my first kidney transplant and even though that kidney did not last as long as I had tried and hoped it would, it’s still special and important to me to this day. It helped me live nearly 20 more years of life and when I started getting sick again, it allowed me the time to receive a second transplant from my mom which is still doing good thankfully after 11 years. So today, we’re going to enjoy the heck out of this cake. And I hope you get the chance to try it and enjoy it as well.

That being said, I’m going to keep this post short so I can get back to snacking.

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Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

I love a good chocolate chip cookie. You can stuff them with semi sweet, milk or dark chocolate morsels or peanut butter, m&m’s or nutella. I like them just about any way I can get them. For these big chippers, I took  chocolate chip cookies and stepped them up a notch, stuffed with a chocolate […]

Milk Chocolate Truffle Cookies

I love a good chocolate chip cookie. You can stuff them with semi sweet, milk or dark chocolate morsels or peanut butter, m&m’s or nutella. I like them just about any way I can get them. For these big chippers, I took  chocolate chip cookies and stepped them up a notch, stuffed with a chocolate truffle inside them.

Milk Chocolate Truffle Cookie ingredients

Let’s get to it. Here we have your basic cookie ingredients – plus some Lindt truffles for the win.

Milk Chocolate Chips

Now, I usually go semisweet or dark chocolate, but these big boys are all milk chocolate to pair with the truffles.

Milk Chocolate Lindt Truffles

Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles by Lindt that is. And the stars of this cookie recipe.

Cookie Dough Scoops

After whipping up the dough, divide into a dozen scoops for jumbo cookies.

Shaping Cookie Dough

Then stuff those truffles inside. You can either shape the dough around the truffle or you can use a scoop to help shape them and keep some of the cookie dough off your fingers.

Cookie Dough Balls

Once the truffles are hidden inside, press more milk chocolate morsels on the top of the cookie dough balls before baking.

Trimming Cookies

These bake up pretty big and if they spread more than your liking, just use a large cutter/circle (about 4-5 inches) to help shape the cookies right when you take them out of the oven and while they are still hot. Coerce the cutter over the cookie and give it a little swirl. When the cookie cools, it will settle into a nice round shape.

Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

Nice and round. : )

Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

Enjoy these while they are warm for a smooth and creamy, melty, milk chocolate middle. 

Yummmmmmmmmm!

Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies
Yield: 12-14 jumbo cookies

Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups milk chocolate morsels, divided
  • 12-14 milk chocolate Lindor truffles

Instructions

  1. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and both sugars.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time until combined. Add vanilla.
  4. Slowly add in flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Mix in 1-1/2 cups of the milk chocolate morsels until combined, reserving the rest.
  6. Chill dough for 15-20 minutes. Scoop into 12-14 large mounds of dough using a 2-1/2 inch cookie scoop. Break dough apart and place a truffle in the middle of each dough ball. Reshape and seal.
  7. Place remaining morsels in a small bowl and press top and sides of cookie dough balls into the morsels. Place cookie dough balls in the fridge for another 15-20 minutes to chill.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line large 16 X 20 cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Bake in batches - only 4-5 cookies on a baking sheet for 15-18 minutes. More cookies than that and they may start to merge together. Cool cookies.

Notes

Let these large cookies cool completely before lifting or they may separate. Bake cookies on a large rimless cookie sheet and you can slide the parchment onto the counter to let the cookies cool.

Milk Chocolate Chip Truffle Cookies

Hope you enjoy!

Favorite Chocolate Snack Cake

I have a new favorite chocolate cake. Like it is really good and the frosting … Oh my. I took one bite and immediately knew I was in trouble. In a good way, that is. This cake recipe found an instant place on my forever baking list. And I hope you will love it as […]

Happy Snack Cake

I have a new favorite chocolate cake. Like it is really good and the frosting … Oh my. I took one bite and immediately knew I was in trouble. In a good way, that is. This cake recipe found an instant place on my forever baking list. And I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Soft Sugar Cookie Bears

  It’s been too long since I last made these sugar cookies. They are so soft and sink your teeth worthy. I’ve made them several times now and love to decorate them for different occasions so obviously I had to dress them up a little for Valentine’s Day since it’s right around the corner. You […]

 Sugar Cookie Bears

It’s been too long since I last made these sugar cookies. They are so soft and sink your teeth worthy. I’ve made them several times now and love to decorate them for different occasions so obviously I had to dress them up a little for Valentine’s Day since it’s right around the corner. You can decorate them two ways: with quick and easy big buttercream hearts or with candy and sprinkles to make adorable teddy bears.

Shaping Sugar Cookie Dough

I started making this recipe from my blogging friend Maria’s Two Peas and Their Pod’s Cookbook and immediately fell in love and added it to my forever baking list. If you want to see some other fun designs based off this recipe, check out these cuties:

Darling Duckling Sugar Cookies

Frosted Frostys Soft Sugar Cookies

Little Deer Sugar Cookies

Werewolf Sugar Cookies

 

This time I tinted the sugar cookie dough with pink icing color to make them a little more festive. When ready to bake, scoop the dough, roll into balls and then gently each press with a clean, flat surface coated in granulated sugar.

Soft Pink Sugar Cookies

They only need to bake for 8 minutes, so even if you don’t decorate or add buttercream, you can enjoy these cookies in no time. Easy to prepare and too easy to eat.

Sugar Cookie Bears

But let’s get into how to decorate these cute teddy bears. Start out by making buttercream frosting and tinting it brown, or make chocolate buttercream frosting depending on your preferred flavor combination.

Decorating Sugar Cookie Bears

Scoop buttercream using a 1.5 inch scoop and place on top of cookie. Then press into a bowl of decorative white sanding sugar to shape into a smooth mound. Reshape if necessary – the sanding sugar creates a barrier to aid in shaping and helps keep your fingers from getting buttercream all over them.

Place two brown M&M’s in position for ears.

Use a toothpick to remove some of the buttercream where the nose goes and then pipe on a cute little snout. Then sprinkle sanding sugar right on top this time.

If you try to pipe the buttercream directly over the sanding sugar, it won’t really stick. That’s why it’s helpful to remove the buttercream where you want to pipe – so that it attaches.

Now press a tiny heart sprinkle in position for the nose and jumbo heart sprinkles in position for cheeks. You can totally use other shapes, I just had these hearts handy for Valentine’s Day. 

Finish off the face with two black sugar pearls in position for eyes and use a toothpick to gently draw lines through the buttercream to emulate stuffed animal seams.

Sugar Cookie Bears

Thank you for coming to my teddy talk. : )

For a much faster decorating approach, just pipe hearts on the cookies using an Ateco 864 decorating tip. Pipe a dollop with pressure, gently releasing the buttercream to a point and then do the same motion creating a v-shape and slightly overlapping the bottom of the first piped section.

That’s it. 

Buttercream Hearts

Pretty in pink … and red!

Sugar Cookie Bears
Yield: 24-28 cookies

Soft Sugar Cookie Bears

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

SUGAR COOKIES

  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus another 1/4 cup to use for flattening cookies
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pink icing color
  • nonstick cooking spray

FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Brown icing color
  • White sanding sugar
  • Black sugar pearls
  • Brown M&M's
  • Jumbo red heart sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Make the Cookies:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, oil, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, and the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add the egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low. Add pink icing color, continuing to mix until just combined.
  4. Scoop the dough using a 1-1/2 inch scoop and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart for evenly sized cookies. Roll the dough into balls. Not all the cookies will fit on the sheet for one batch.
  5. Pour the reserved 1/4 cup of granulated sugar into a small bowl or dish. Spray the bottom of a drinking glass with nonstick cooking spray. Press the bottom of the glass into the sugar to evenly coat. Press the sugared glass bottom on top of each cookie dough ball and press down gently. Repeat for each cookie and reapply cooking spray as needed.
  6. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes. Don't overbake. Let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. (Note: I slide the parchment paper and cookies off my flat cookie sheet and onto the counter to cool just a couple of minutes after they come out of the oven.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Make the Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until combined. Add the vanilla extract and one teaspoon of milk at a time for desired consistency.
  9. To Decorate Bears: Tint buttercream brown. Scoop the buttercream using a 1-1/2 inch scoop and place on top of a cookie. Gently press the cookie and frosting into a small dish filled with white sanding sugar. Very gently rock and rotate to coat the surface. Use the palm of your hand to reshape into a nice mound.

    Place brown M&M's in position for ears. Pipe a buttercream nose and sprinkle with more sanding sugar to coat. (You'll need to remove any sanding sugar where you will be piping to allow the buttercream to stick.) Place a miniature heart sprinkle on top of the nose, two jumbo red heart sprinkles in position for cheeks, and black sugar pearls for eyes. Press firm, but gentle so they are secure. Decorate one cookie at a time to make sure the sprinkles attach. Use a toothpick to draw lines on the face to mimic stuffed animal seams.
  10. To decorate hearts: Reserve some of the buttercream to tint red. Use an Ateco #864 tip to pipe a short line on the cookie with more pressure at the beginning and tapering pressure as you pull away to create a pointed end. Then pipe another section to create a V shape that slightly overlaps the first section.
  11. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from the Two Peas and Their Pod Cookbook by Maria Lichty.

Sugar Cookie Bears

Hugs and hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Snow Cute Snack Cakes

It’s a winter wonderland in a sweet snackable size. These small red velvet cakes are perfect for gifting or sharing. The recipe makes four. That’s enough for you to enjoy and to make a few others smile, too. Divide the cake batter evenly among four disposable 23 oz. foil snack cake pans and bake. Let […]

Snow Cute Snack Cakes

It’s a winter wonderland in a sweet snackable size. These small red velvet cakes are perfect for gifting or sharing. The recipe makes four. That’s enough for you to enjoy and to make a few others smile, too.

Red Velvet Cake Batter

Divide the cake batter evenly among four disposable 23 oz. foil snack cake pans and bake.

Let cool completely and then you can get to decorating.

Decorating Snowmen Snack Cakes

Tint half of the frosting a light blue and the remaining frosting leave white. Start out by frosting about 2/3 of each cake with light blue frosting. Fill in the remaining area with white/vanilla frosting and sprinkle white sanding sugar on top to give the ground a snowy effect.

To help guide where to place your snowman, you can use two circle cutters about 2.25 inches and 1.5 inches in diameter to make impressions in the frosting. Then just pipe inside the lines. 

Decorating Snowmen Snack Cakes

Start by piping the larger circle for the snowman body and sprinkle more white sanding sugar on top. I held the cutter in position over the frosting and sprinkled through the opening of the cutter to help keep it from going everywhere. Then repeat with the smaller cutter for the snowman’s head.

To make the faces, you can use orange coated sunflower seeds for carrot noses, brown or black jimmies for the mouths, brown rainbow chip sprinkles or black sugar pearls for eyes and buttons. Then press in some m&m’s candies for colorful earmuffs. 

Use the remaining frosting to tint green and then fill in the sides of the snack cake with some sweet little trees, too. Pipe them using a a Wilton #18 decorating tip.

IMPORTANT: as you are frosting and decorating, place the lid on periodically to make sure your frosting doesn’t get too high. If it does, the lid will flatten your design. You can also slice and remove any excess dome from the cake before decorating if you are worried about it.

Snowman Snack Cake

Snow cute! To fill in the rest of your frosted canvas, pipe two curved lines using the green frosting and place pastel coated sunflower seeds in position for colorful lights. 

You can also sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top if the trees for an extra little snowy effect. Wait just before gifting to sprinkle because the sugar will eventually absorb into the frosting and disappear.

But, you can also get your hands on some non-melting sugar that won’t disappear. Yay!

Snow Cute Snack Cakes
Yield: four individual snack cakes

Snow Cute Snack Cakes

Ingredients

RED VELVET CAKE

  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 1.5 oz. red food coloring

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar

DECORATIONS

  • blue gel icing color
  • green gel icing color
  • white sanding sugar
  • red M&M's
  • pastel coated sunflower seeds
  • orange sunflower seeds
  • brown or black jimmies
  • black sugar pearls
  • brown rainbow chip sprinkles

Instructions

  1. For the cakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then grease and flour four 23 oz. foil pans.
  2. Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  3. Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  5. Pour batter evenly into prepared foil cake pans (about 1-1/4 cups batter for each) and then drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow cakes to cool completely and then make the frosting.
  8. For the frosting: Sift confectioners' sugar and set aside. In a mixer, beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla. Then, add the confectioners' sugar in batches, scraping down the sides in between each addition.
  9. To decorate: Frost the top two-thirds of the cakes with light blue tinted frosting. Frost the bottom third with white frosting and sprinkle white sanding sugar on top to look like snow on the ground. Use a 2.25 inch cutter to make an impression for the snowman's body in the frosting and then a 1.5 inch cutter to make an impression for the snowman's head. Then pipe the body first and sprinkle white sanding sugar on top. Pipe the head overlapping the body a bit and sprinkle more white sanding sugar on the head, trying your best not to get it on the rest of the cake. To decorate the faces, place an orange coated sunflower seed in position for the nose, black sugar pearls for the eyes, brown or black jimmies for the smile, rainbow chip sprinkles for the buttons and M&M's for the earmuffs. You can also pipe trees on either side of the snowman with green tinted frosting. Use the same green to pipe two curved lines above the snowman and place pastel coated sunflower seeds in position for lights.

Notes

Use these individual foil containers to bake the cake in.

Keep checking as you are frosting and decorating and place the lid on periodically to make sure your frosting doesn't get too high. If it does, the lid will flatten your design. You can also slice and remove any excess dome from the cake before decorating if you are worried about it.

Snowman Snack Cakes

Snowman Snack Cakes

Enjoy alone or with family and friends!

Santa’s Bag Cake Pops

I’m so excited about these cake pops. Almost as excited as if Santa were delivering these sweet little bags himself. They are decorated with sprinkles and Teddy Grahams to look like the bags are stuffed full of toys on a teeny, tiny scale. Are you smiling right now? Because I am. Okay, let’s see how […]

Santa's Bag Cake Pops by Bakerella

I’m so excited about these cake pops. Almost as excited as if Santa were delivering these sweet little bags himself. They are decorated with sprinkles and Teddy Grahams to look like the bags are stuffed full of toys on a teeny, tiny scale.

Are you smiling right now? Because I am. Okay, let’s see how to make them.

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Cheery Christmas Tree Cake Pops

What’s on your Christmas treat list this year? Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, fudge maybe? Well, if you’re thinking about giving cake pops a go for the first time, you are in luck because I’m sharing these sweet tree treats from my book, Cake Pops Holidays.  It’s been a few years since this one came out, […]

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

What’s on your Christmas treat list this year? Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, fudge maybe? Well, if you’re thinking about giving cake pops a go for the first time, you are in luck because I’m sharing these sweet tree treats from my book, Cake Pops Holidays. 

Cake Pops Holidays by Bakerella

It’s been a few years since this one came out, but it’s a great go-to for the cutest holiday cake pops. The hardcover may be more difficult to come by these days, but the kindle version is still a great way to learn and get inspired.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to decorate these trees.

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Candy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crowd pleaser cookies. That’s what these are. Chocolate chippers with Reese’s miniatures and M&M’s candies mixed in the cookie dough. All of my faves in one yummy place. I think you’ll like them. Want to make some with me? Ok, let’s go! Reese’s peanut butter cups are my all-time favorite candy. Any size and any […]

Crowd pleaser cookies. That’s what these are. Chocolate chippers with Reese’s miniatures and M&M’s candies mixed in the cookie dough. All of my faves in one yummy place.

Candy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

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Yummy Mummy Snack Cakes

Halloween is almost here and I couldn’t resist making and decorating spooky cute snack cakes to get in the mood. I’ve been wanting to try one of my cake recipes to bake in these individual foil baking containers to see how many cakes it would yield. So I used my red velvet cake recipe (turned […]

Yummy Mummy Snack Cakes

Halloween is almost here and I couldn’t resist making and decorating spooky cute snack cakes to get in the mood. I’ve been wanting to try one of my cake recipes to bake in these individual foil baking containers to see how many cakes it would yield. So I used my red velvet cake recipe (turned green, of course) for the mummy faces and then decorated them as simply as I could for a pretty fun and easy individual treat. 

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14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats

Hey Boos! Halloween is on the horizon which means it’s the season for some spooktacular treats. And I have a bunch of fun ideas to help you trick yours out this year. From cakes and cupcakes to cookies and cake pops (of course). They’re spooky and they’re cute and they’re bound to make someone scream […]

14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats

Hey Boos! Halloween is on the horizon which means it’s the season for some spooktacular treats. And I have a bunch of fun ideas to help you trick yours out this year. From cakes and cupcakes to cookies and cake pops (of course). They’re spooky and they’re cute and they’re bound to make someone scream with excitement. 

Let’s take a look…

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