Sugar Swings! Serve Some: September 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sugar Wafer Monster Halloween Treats

It's monster season people! Halloween always brings out all the monster'd up food and treats.  I love it!  This year I made some easy sugar wafer monsters.  Sugar wafers - you see them in almost every convenience store for like a buck a pack.

Dress them up and make them into cute little Halloween monsters.  

Normally you can get them in the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors (my favorite is strawberry - plus it's pink!) but Voortman also makes lemon and cookies 'n creme and a bunch more.  

To make the monsters, just use whatever edible accessories you have around.  I used royal icing eyes, mini m and m's, candy corn, and Sunny Seeds.

The awesome peeps over at the Sunflower Food Company make chocolate covered sunflower seeds (aka Sunny Seeds) and they sent me a bunch to try out.  So many colors and variations.  I LOL'd when I saw the Lobster Poop!  They also makes a bunch of other fun products too like Snack Mixes, Chocolate Rocks, Popcorn Cobs, and Mini Gum Squares

Just attach them (and the other candy) with some melted chocolate or candy wafers.  Add more to decorate any old way you can imagine.  So easy and fun.

My kiddos actually really liked this treat (they are my worse critic these days!).  I think I may bring them in for their school Halloween party too.

If you have a second check out the fun products over at The Sunflower Food Company.  I use their Sunny Seeds all the time! Here are some other treats I've used them in: 

And can you believe it's the end of September? What fun things are you planning for this fall season? Get ready for pumpkin and apple picking pics galore!  Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Colorful Chocolate Chip Cookies for Halloween

Can you believe it's almost the end of September already?? Since all the Halloween stuff is in stores, I think it's officially ok to start Halloween treats.  So I made some chocolate chip cookies, well because almost everyone loves CCCs, but Halloweened them up.  No pumpkin spice or other seasonal flavors added, they are just plained old chocolate chip cookies with some fun color added.

To make these really fast, I just bought some store bought pre-mixed chocolate chip cookie dough.  Divide the dough into equal sections and tint with your favorite Halloween colors.  Knead until the color is uniform.

Then add a little of each color to form your cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Add a few more chocolate chips on top.   You can never have too many chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until just starting to brown on the edges.  

See, fun Hallowen Chocolate Chip cookies.

My kiddos asked for these again, so I think they were a hit!  What are you baking up this Halloween season? 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Colorful Cupcake Pops Made from Madeleine Cookies

Is the cupcake craze over yet? I'm starting to get a little worried with cupcake companies going out of business and all.  Whatever, I still love them but sometimes you need to mix things up a bit.  

This time I mashed up two of my favs.  Cupcakes and Madeleine cookies.  You guys know I've made madeleines a million times.  Ok maybe not a million - but close!  Here's a few of my favs:

And this time Cupcake Pop Madeleines!

See more on how to make them here at SheKnows.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Minecraft Creeper Cake and Character Peeps Pops

Is Minecraft still a favorite game of your older kiddos?? It still seems the soup de jour for my 10 year old.  Last year I did a Minecraft Cake and Rice Krispie Treats and Minecraft was requested again this year as a birthday cake.   And because I can't resist a good mash-up, I threw in some Minecraft characters in Marshmallow Peeps form!

For the Peeps pops, coat bunny Peeps in some white chocolate or vanilla candy melt.  Once hardened add the color with some food gels in various colors.  I add a little gel to an art tray (only used for food).  To make "paint" add about 1/2 teaspoons of flavoring extract.  I used lemon extract.  

Then just paint on the colors to make the characters.  Minecraft characters are easy because they look pixelated so you don't even need to be an artist, just color in blocks!

Once you have the base colors on, you can add any accents (like eyes) with candy melt.

The Creeper cake is really easy.  Just bake up a square cake in your favorite flavor.  Add a crumb coat and using a ruler make even squares across the cake.  I used a knife to draw on squares (well as even as I could get them.)

Tint icing in varying shades of green, and just fill in the squares.  You can google a Creeper face to see where to add the colors.  Use black icing to do the features of the face (eyes and mouth, well I think they are eyes and a mouth!).  It really was very quick to put this together.  Buy black icing though, it's so hard to tint icing a deep black!

And there you go, a pretty simple Creeper cake and some Peeps Pops for your biggest Minecraft gamer.

What games are your kiddos into? We're always trying to find neat ones that also teach a little.  Minecraft is pretty cool as they do create some really interesting structures in the world.  A little bit like a 3D lego creation, but all pixelated.

Here is last year's Minecraft Cake.  Which is your fav?

I'm adding these to my Peeps Treats collection.  I've done a ton of these in the past and they are always lots of fun!