Cookie Recipes and Block Party

Fall is coming and that means that baking season is coming soon too!  Who else is excited for the cooler temperatures and all the warm and gooey foods that come with it?!? I sure am!  So I rounded up some super yummy cookie recipes for all of us to enjoy this fall :). 
 

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Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands and Fantastic Beasts Party

I’m a firm believer that at any wizarding party you need edible wands. Today I’m sharing how to make delicious and easy Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands.

easiest caramel chocolate pretzel wands recipe harry potter

I’m all about a good Harry Potter party so when the Fantastic Beasts movie came out of course we had to celebrate! We were all kind of busy so we kept it low keep and doable which was perfect and still super fun.

fantastic beasts and where to find them party ideas

These pretzel wands were the perfect easy on-theme addition to our spread.

hands down the best recipe for easy caramel chocolate pretzelsHow to Make Caramel Pretzel Wands

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut caramel into thin strips.
  2. Wrap around pretzel rods.
  3. Melt chocolate chips with a small amount of crisco (about 1 cup chocolate to 1/2 tsp crisco) in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir and then re-zap in 10 second increments.
  4. Dip caramel wrapped pretzels in chocolate. Lay on wax paper to cool.

fun fantastic beasts and where to find them food ideas

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I hope you did something fun for Harry’s birthday. But I’m not quite done celebrating.
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So how about some more amazing Harry Potter recipes and crafts?

No-Bake-Butterbeer-Cheesecake-recipe

I am a cheesecake fiend but how absolutely delicious does no-bake butterbeer cheesecake sound? I can’t wait to try this easy treat from A Night Owl Blog holy moly it looks tasty!

DIY harry-potter-backpack-tag-with-cricut

I’m totally smitten with this Hogwarts Crest Backpack Tag that My Crafitily Ever After made with her Cricut! I’m pretty sure I have everything on hand and you bet I’ll be making up a bunch of these babies!

DIY harry potter shirts sisters, what!

You know I love a good Harry Potter shirt (or 10) and I am in love with these darling Harry Potter shirts that Sisters, What! whipped up for the kiddos. Grab the cut files in her post and learn how to make your own!

Harry-Potter-It-is-our-choices

There’s so much to love about Harry Potter but the quotes have to be one of my favorite aspects. Liz over at Simple Simon and Co and 5 different printable Harry Potter Quotes and I can’t even decide which is my favorite. Head over to see the others!

Funny couple costume. Snitch and Quidditch player from Harry Potter - Rae Gun Ramblings

And just in case you missed it, I finally shared my DIY Golden Snitch Costume Tutorial! I was a snitch when I was pregnant with Teddy and I finally typed up the instructions. And I sewed another one live today on Facebook and it took less than an hour. So awesome right!? I can’t wait to take pictures of Teddy in his own Snitch costume!

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Ice Cream Recipes, Craft Ideas and Block Party

One of the best things about Summer is Ice Cream. Here are tons of delicious ice cream recipes and crafts!

best ice cream recipes and crafts

Whether you want popsicles or scoops of ice cream here are a ton of scrumptious recipes and creative ideas to keep you cool!

Strawberry Mango Sorbet | Cake Batter Ice Cream | Ice Cream Cookie Sundae | Almost Ice Cream

Rainbow Ice Cream Cake | Raspberry Coconut Pops | Ice Cream Cake | Cocopine Popsicles

Honeyed Peanut Ice Cream | Peanut Butter Yogurt Popsicles | Birthday Cake Ice Cream | Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt

Ice Cream Cone Cards | S’mores Push Pops | Summer Phone Wallpapers | Pistachio Ice Cream

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pool crafts, reading lists, diys

The Ultimate Pool Bag | Summer Reading List | Wet Bags

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Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping it Simple CraftsPieces By Polly | Housewife Eclectic

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I love a good Christmas cookie exchange but this time of year is so busy that I’m thankful for recipes like this Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies recipe.

Hands down our favorite cookies. Easy cake mix peanut butter cookie recipe so so good.

This recipe is crazy easy and the cookies are super yummy. These are perfect for those December weeks when you want fresh baked cookies but have one billion activities and responsibilities to take care of.

That said these would be super yummy any time of year. I made a batched today at the same time that I made dinner. They are as fast and easy as making a box of brownies but definitely with a little special touch

Perfect cookie for peanut butter chocolate lovers. This cake mix cookie recipe is so easy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Devil Food Cake Mix (I used this one)
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 C Butterscotch Chips
  • 40 (ish) Peanut Butter Cups

Directions

  1. Mix together everything except the butterscotch chips and mints.
  2. Once combined stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop onto a cookie sheet in 1 inch scoops. Keep it small these spread a lot!
  4. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately top each with an unwrapped peanut butter cup.
  6. The heat from the cookie should melt the chocolate and when it does take a knife and smoosh it down to make the marbled look. If your cups don’t get spreadable you can pop the cookie sheet back in the oven for a minute.

Everyone loves this easy cake mix cookie recipe. Peanut butter chocolate fans will love this quick dessert.

What are your favorite cookies?

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My new favorite party recipe. This spinach artichoke dip recipe is SO good and easy. Perfect appetizer or snack.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

this is how I always do chocolate covered strawberries!

How to make the best chocolate covered strawberries.

15+ Peppermint Recipes and Block Party

‘Tis the season for peppermint recipes!

Over 15 delicious peppermint recipes. Perfect for Christmas desserts and gifts

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake | Stress-Free Cake Decorating with kids | Santa Cookies | Best Brownies (with Peppermint option)

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | Peppermint Oreo Truffles | Mocha Mint Truffles | No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

Candy Cane White Chocolate Popcorn | Peppermint Chocolate Pudding | Peppermint Popcorn Balls | Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Peppermint Candy Bites | Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate | Peppermint Kiss Cookies | Simple Peppermint Bark

I’ve been whipping up peppermint treats and from looking at the pasts Block Parties I see I’m not the only one. Here are a bunch of delicious peppermint recipes. And remember that in addition to your new projects and posts on any topic we’d love you to link up any of your older Peppermint recipes too.

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time!

Great christmas books, crafts and recipes

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Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Little Partners Learning Tower Review

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I would eat these Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies every day if you’d let me.

New favorite freezer cookie recipe. These chocolate chip oatmeal cranberry cookies recipe is delicious for snack dessert and even breakfast

In fact I’d like to make a case that theses totally count as a well rounded breakfast if you throw in a nice glass of milk! Teddy totally agrees. If you come to my house you’ll probably be feed a vast array of imaginary and play food from my little chef. He seriously cooks ALL.THE.TIME.

Little Partners learning tower review

It was so fun having him “help” me make the cookies from his Little Partners Learning Tower. And by help obviously I mean mix up my ingredients and eat chocolate chips like they were going out of style. But really this guy loves to cook I have started letting him crack eggs by himself and he does great.

delicious breakfast cookies. Oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookie recipe

I do use fresh cranberries and I think they and I think they add a little something special to the recipe. In fact I usually buy a couple extra bags during the winter to throw in the freezer so I can whip up some of these yummy cookies when they are out of season. I wouldn’t substitute dried cranberries.

delicious cranberry oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 C Earth Balance (you can substitute butter I prefer the texture with the earth balance)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 C Slow Cook Oats
  • 1 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
  • 2 C Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Love these. Cranberry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Great recipe

What to Do

  1. Add earth balance, sugar, brown sugar,  eggs, vanilla and cinnamon to the mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen aide). Mix until creamed.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. mix until incorporated.
  3. Stir in oats chocolate chips and cranberries until evenly distributed.
  4. Bake at 350 F about 10-14 minutes. When they are done parts will look a little toasted and parts will still look wet. Remove and allow to cool on the cookie sheet they will continue to cook there so don’t overcook them or else they’ll be really hard.

Makes about 4 dozen small cookies and the dough freezes great. I like to scoop the dough out and freezes it in individual balls to bake up later.

I always keep a bag of these in the freezer. Great homemade Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe

For those of you curious about the Original Learning Tower, it’s pretty amazing. Teddy calls it his castle and he LOVES playing in it. I mean it’s perfect for having him cook with me since it makes him the perfect height for the counter but he seriously loves climbing in it and playing with it aside from that.

Great toddler kitchen helper.

I love that it’s designed totally with safety in mind. He can climb in and out all on his own and there is no way he’s going to tip it over. I don’t “let” him but he’s totally tried hanging on it in all kinds of ways before and it’s super sturdy actually it’s sturdy enough for me to stand in if I wanted to. I looked at this tower last year before Christmas because like I said Teddy has always loved cooking and now I really wish I had it back then when he was even littler instead of the step stool which I always had to have a hand on him while trying to juggle my kitchen tasks.

Great idea for getting kids involved in the kitchen while staying safe

This is designed for little ones as young as 18 months old and the four sides make it great for containing the their busy bodies while giving them easy access. It’s so nice to be able to actually cook when he’s up at the counter “helping” me or just wanting to see (he always wants to see what I’m doing). I don’t have to worry that he’s going to slip off a step because he’s not paying attention or tip it because he IS a wild one. Also it comes right flush with the counter so there’s none of that nerve wracking reaching or spilling between a gap that happened when we used a step stool.

We love this learning tower. So much better and safer than a step stool for little cooks and bakers.We love this learning tower. So much better and safer than a step stool for little cooks and bakers.

Sometimes I even have it in my work room and tell him if he wants to be in there with me he has to stay on his “castle”.

Little Partners Learning tower review

I do this especially when I have my heat press on, I’m trying to take pictures, or just want to sew without him trying to climb all over me. It works great because it’s so spacious (actually big enough for two kids to stand on together) that he can sit up there with toys or get up and down on his own.

This toddler step stool looks awesome Little Partners learning tower review.

If you have been wanting one of these for a little helper in your life you can get 10% off of orders at LittlePartners.com with the code RGR10. We also have the Tri-Side Learn and Play Art Center and it’s really fun too. I’ll have to share about that a different day!

15 Creative Pie Recipes and Block Party

It’s time to move on to the next holiday in the year, and here in the US that means Thanksgiving! You don’t have to be American to be thankful for pie though, am I right? There are so many variations of pie out there, that I thought I would round up 15 creative pie recipes that might be a little different than your traditional desserts you serve on Turkey Day!

15 creative pie recipes. Perfect for Thanksgiving dessert or Pi Day

Brownie cheesecake | Coconut Magic Cookie Pies

Pumpkin slab pie | Double chocolate pudding pie | Snickers Ice Cream Pie | Apple pie topper

Chocolate pecan tart | Brownie cheesecake two ways | Classic tomato pie | Reese pie

Pecan Butter Tarts | Pumpkin pie cupcakes | Thanksgiving leftover pocket pies | Mini flower-shaped pumpkin pie

Cheese and Crackers appetizer “pumpkin pie”

Tiffany at Making the World Cuter

Tiffany here from Making the World Cuter hosting this block party today! I am all sorts of ready for Thanksgiving. I love eating and being with friends and family. These fall nights make me feel like comfort food pretty much every night. If you are like me, then you will definitely want to check out this recipe for Chicken Pot Pie Dumplings to make sure you have all the ingredients on hand for dinner sometime this week…or maybe tonight? So YUMMY!

Chicken Pot Pie Dumpling Recipe by Making the World Cuter

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20+ Apple Crafts and Recipes and Block Party

Apple season is here. Celebrate with over 20 Awesome Apple Crafts and Recipes.

Lots of great apple recipes, crafts and kid activities

These fun apple creations will make your taste buds happy and feed you and your little ones’ crafty hearts

Mini Apple PiesApple Sauce Pouch Wrappers | Apple Stamped Tea Towel | Stuffed Apple Cinnamon Sticks | Apple Candy Pouches

Apple Kids Music Shaker Craft | Apple Coffee Cake |Back to School Pudding Packs|Felt Apple SlicesBaked Apple Recipe

Caramel Apple Eggrolls | Apple Embroidery HoopApple Cinnamon Raisins Bread PuddingCaramel Apple Fudge | Apple in Apple Pies

Caramel Apple MuffinsApple Basket Sugar Cookies | Cinnamon Apple Donut | Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Awesome recipes, books, and crafts

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Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

clorox disclosure.bmpNothing screams summer quite like ice cream and this homemade Peanut Butter Honey Chocolate Chip ice cream recipe is summer in a cone.

Hands down my favorite homemade ice cream recipe. Not too crazy as flavors go but still a little unusual so it's special. Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream great dessert.

I’ve been trying desperately to extend summer just a little longer. We had so much fun with the nieces home all summer and quite frankly I’m not ready for it to be over. All that to say is that I’ve been making up all kinds of silly reason to gather with the extended family just to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy these last few days of summer.

Delicious peanut butter honey ice cream recipe

This last time I made my favorite ice cream. It’s amazingly creamy and perfect for Peanut Butter Chocolate lovers but with more of a subtle flavor than some of the store bought varieties. As an extra little something special for the little guys I made a fun and easy toppings tray. Because an Ice Cream picnic complete with toppings bar is totally a reason to gather and celebrate am I right?

Fun idea to do a toppings bar in a cupcake tin for ice cream parties. And delicious honey peanut butter ice cream recipe

If you haven’t ever made real homemade ice cream before it’s totally easy but I’m not going to lie it’s kind of messy. You have to work fast and with all the ingredients it’s just impossible to keep your hands (or the machine and surfaces) spotless. I used to try and stay clean but now I make sure to have a tub of Clorox Wipes on the counter OPEN and I’m good to go.

Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Whole Milk
  • 1 and 1/3 TBS Cornstarch
  • 3 TBS Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 C Heavy Cream
  • 2/3 C Granulated Sugar
  • 2 TSP Corn Syrup
  • 3 TBS Honey
  • 3/4 C Chocolate

new family favorite honey peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream recipe SO yummy great dessert

Directions

  1. Mix 2 TBS milk with cornstarch and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, peanut butter, and salt.
  3. In a large pot (I used an 6 quart pot) boil the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup and honey. This will froth up A LOT so make sure to watch it and use a large pot. Once it boils let it continue to boil for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat to stir in the cornstarch mixture then return to heat and cook for 2-3 more minutes until it has thickened a little.
  5. Remove from heat and chill. You can do this by pouring it into a zipper bag and submerging into ice water. Or if you are like me and don’t have ice, you can cool it with an ice pack and then throw it into the freezer once it’s no longer hot. You don’t want it to lower the temp of your freezer though. I chilled mine in the freezer for 30 minutes but if you use the ice bath I would leave it for an hour and replace the ice or put the whole thing in the refrigerator. You can chill it longer if you need to. I have made the mixture one day and just let it cool on the counter and then kept it in the fridge until the next day.
  6. Right before you are ready to process your ice cream melt the chocolate in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on high until the it is 80% melted and then stir to finish melting the rest. Set aside so it cools but is still liquid.
  7. Snip off a corner of the plastic bag and process your ice cream according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. If you’re looking for an ice cream maker. I LOVE my kitchen aid attachment. My hands always get really sticky during this step regardless how careful I am. I make sure to have some Clorox Wipes close by opened and easy to pull out.
  8. Once your ice cream has reach the proper consistency pour in your chocolate. This part is REALLY messy. Just embrace it, lick your fingers, and keep the wipes accessible. Ideally you’d drizzle your chocolate in while it is churning but I find it easier to stop it and drizzle some. Start churning. Stop drizzle some more and repeat until it’s incorporated. The cold ice cream will freeze the melted chocolate into super yummy flakes.
  9. Scoop into a freezer friendly container and chill preferably overnight but at least 4 hours.

Put treats in a cupcake pan for an easy DIY ice cream toppings bar.

Invite some people you love over for a fun ice cream treat! For extra you can use a half sized cupcake pan filled up with some goodies (I did coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, gummy bears, chocolate sauce, butterscotch sauce, and toffee peanuts) to create a DIY toppings bar. The kids loved their summer evening, midweek ice cream picnic. I have to admit I liked it too!

This is SO GOOD. Honey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream recipe. The perfect interesting but subtle dessert.

And as a side note have you ever tried taking pictures of ice cream!? Umm yeah mess central and I was working fast.

Love homemade ice cream. This honey peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream recipe looks so good.

It was so easy to gather together while the kids were out of school and I got addicted I need more ideas to keep us all hanging out! What ideas do you have to gather now with friends and family!?

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