Tag: baking

A whoopie pie recipe to die for, or a way to have them delivered if you’re not up to the task.

First it was cupcakes, then Rice Krispies treats and donuts, too. Next up on my approved-dessert-trends roster: whoopie pies. Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to get in on this trend and Batter & Cream, an online specialty whoopie pie bakery, makes it easy with this whoopie pie recipe that Cool Mom Picks has got exclusively for you. And this is no ordinary whoopie pie recipe my friends–this is their Chocolate Stout Ganache Whoopie Pie with Peanuts, which sounds perfect for Father’s Day, don’t you think? Or you know, any day.   Chocolate Stout Whoopie Pie with Peanuts (printed with permission) Makes 12-14...

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These 3D cookie cutters are anything but cookie cutter.

Cookie cutters have come a long way since I was a kid and we could choose between Jelly Jar and Lopsided Heart. Thanks to 3D printers, we can now have our cookies cut like charcuterie diagrams, our favorite literary characters, three-dimensional gems, or, well, basically anything your lopsided heart can hope for. Printmeneer is shop printing out 3D cookie cutters in the Netherlands. It  grew from the shop owner’s frustration at not being able to find a miter cookie cutter for Dutch cookies to celebrate Sinterklaas at Christmas. Now thanks to the wonders of 3D printing technology and a little creativity, you can...

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Let her eat cake! 5 easy Mother’s Day cake recipes that make a perfect last minute surprise.

We’ve talked Mother’s Day brunch, Mother’s Day dinner, and every Mother’s Day recipe idea in between. And you know what every one of these meal ideas comes down to? Dessert. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what Mama wants: A sweet treat to end her meal, no matter what time of day. Well, at least, that’s what this mama wants. And this mama is really excited about these 5 Mother’s Day cake recipes. Easy, delicious, and sweet. I can’t imagine what mom wouldn’t agree, even if you’re the one baking. I’ve been dreaming about this Butterscotch Peanut Butter...

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No need for a hunt, we’ve got your last minute Easter recipes right here.

We’ve been looking forward to Easter for a while now, excitedly collecting Easter recipes. Most are decadent sweets—from Easter cakes (lots of cakes) to cake pops—but we’ve thrown in a few healthy Easter snacks, too. Because children can not live on chocolate alone. At least, that’s what we’re told. And then there’s brunch. Ahhhh brunch. Which brings us to this collection of last minute Easter recipes all in one place.   Last year we rounded up six fabulous Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. If you’re in charge of Easter eats this year, make sure...

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6 cool cakes for Easter that are actually easier than they look. No pastry degree required.

Most cakes for Easter are elaborately decorated beyond the point that I’m interested in or, um, able to take on. Tired of gawking at fabulous no-can-do cakes (you know what I’m talking about), I decided to find six easy but cool cakes for Easter with recipes that anyone can make. Even me and I’m no uber-bakerBonus: While these cakes make great Easter desserts, most are just plain pretty for any occasion, like a spring party or a fabulous baby shower. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way you can make a cake as pretty as the Pastel Swirl Cake (above) on...

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6 remarkable Easter cake pops almost too cute to eat. Almost.

If you want to add a deliciously homemade touch to your kid’s Easter basket or if you feel like surprising your Easter guests or hosts with a fun Easter dessert, these recipes for Easter cake pops are for you. Tasty and irresistibly cute, these cake pops are almost too fantastic to eat. Almost, but not quite. If you’ve never made cake pops before, start with our cake pop 101 tutorial. Written for cake pop beginners, we break the steps down in plain language. No baker-ese or expectations that you’ll know what “candy melts” are. (And if you don’t know...

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Embossed custom rolling pins: Mad tools for mad baking skills.

I finally understand the benefit of those embossed, custom rolling pins. I love to bake for my family, especially a yummy batch of homemade cookies, but it all turns tragic when I try to decorate them. As in, my kids aren’t quite sure if they’re supposed to be Easter eggs or basketballs. Well, I don’t have to be awesome at it to love baking, so I’m itching to get my hands on one of the amazing custom rolling pins from Valek’s Rolling Pins on Etsy. These wooden rolling pins remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen, but they are embossed...

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Unique cookie cutters alert: Gingerbread action men!

I went nuts over the Ninjabread men cookie cutters when we featured them awhile back because heaven knows we love unique cookie cutters. So it’s no surprise that I’ll soon be adding these gingerbread action man cookie cutters to my collection as well, especially since they’re customizable. Yes, really. I’m preparing for my kids to flip when they see these cool cookie cutters that can actually be changed up into three different poses by moving their arms and legs around. I can imagine the fun they’ll have creating whatever sort of action figure they’re in the mood to eat–rock...

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Web Coolness: Saving money on baby gear, RIE parenting (huh?), and the end of celebrity baby photos

It’s Friday which means we feature our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.   Check out these outrageous dream home add-ons like this indoor kids’ treehouse. Whoa. Britax has pledged not to use unauthorized photos of celebrity children. Will other brands follow suit? Words of wisdom about tech from Humans of New York. Remember that sometimes actual people make the products we love.   Must-read for home-cooks: A fascinating theory on cooking by ratio, not recipe.  Celeb parenting trend watch: RIE parenting. What do you think? [via design mom] Tip: How to save money on expensive...

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8 easy donut recipes so absurdly delectable, you’ll be baking every week. (Time to make the you-know-what.)

I tend to avoid the easy donut recipes I come across, because it’s no secret to my friends that I’m a donut fiend. I’m afraid if I start baking, I’ll end up on an all-donut diet! But then I discovered baked donuts. Normally a stickler for the yeasted variety, I tried home-baked reluctantly, and they are so easy, I am now dangerously in love. When you take a look at these 8 ridiculously delicious, easy donut recipes, you may be hooked, too. Sorry I’m not sorry. First, you’ll need to invest in a donut pan . Don’t worry: this isn’t a...

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One Bowl Baking Cookbook: Homemade baked goods from scratch, only easy as using a box.

Valentine’s Day may be behind us, but I have a sweet treat for you, cool moms. My new favorite cookbook, One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts, is a revelation too good not to share. It wasn’t written for moms or with families in mind, but the ease with which this book makes it possible to whip up anything from brownies to birthday cake makes it an essential book for every family kitchen. I mean, Banana Bourbon Cake with Whipped Cream (above) in one bowl. C’mon people! (Don’t worry: the recipe’s below.) One Bowl Baking was...

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10 indulgent Nutella recipes for World Nutella Day: Time to look for the comfy pants

Any day could be Nutella Day in my home, but since today has been decreed World Nutella Day, we have an excuse to serve up some yummy Nutella recipes, and celebrate its hazlenutty, chocolatey goodness even more. We’ve mined our site for some of our favorite recipes over the years that let you enjoy this creamy spread, and even a recipe to make your own homemade version if you find yourself without a jar on hand.   Nutella-stuffed French Toast Nutella for breakfast would get my kids out of bed pretty quickly, especially if it was found in this...

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A Valentine’s cupcake frosting recipe, hold the artificial colors

With a heightened awareness of kids’ increasing sensitivity to artificial food colors, more parents are turning to natural alternatives for those Valentine’s cupcakes and bake sale treats. And no, that doesn’t mean you have to puree and strain down your own beets either. A while back, we discovered the wonderful natural food colors, sprinkles and other decoratifs from India Tree, and wow, how they’ve grown since then. They even have a nice recipe section right on their own site, with proportions especially measured for their own products. Check out their creamed frosting recipe right in time for pink Valentine’s...

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The best cookbooks for families (that you’ll actually cook from!): Editors’ Best of 2013

By now, you’ve probably come across several Best Cookbooks of 2013 lists, each filled with drool-worthy tomes that would make great coffee table staples. But if you want to gift your favorite family cook — including yourself — a cookbook that’s actually useful in a busy home kitchen, check out my favorite family cookbooks of 2013 as part of our Editors’ Picks of 2013 series. Filled with mouthwatering photos and doable dishes, these books not only make pretty gifts, but they also make practical ones. Which is pretty much what every parent needs.   Keepers (above) is among my favorite cookbooks...

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10 of the best Christmas cookies from around the world

Modern city gal though I think myself, I have a total weakness for traditional Christmas cookie swaps. There’s something so cool about seeing the Christmas cookies from around the world that come from sometimes generations-old recipes from a melting pot of friends. Should you need a new idea beyond gingerbread men and sugar cookies this year–not that we can ever get enough of those–take some inspiration from these 10 amazing Christmas cookies from a variety of global traditions. Related: 5 deliciously easy cookie swap recipes, no hard work required.   DUTCH SPECULAAS SPICE COOKIES The Dutch spice trade is...

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Move over, Gingerbread Man: 7 delectable twists on that holiday fave

If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited all year for a taste — or two or three — of gingerbread. Warm and spicy, the combination of molasses and holiday spice makes any sweet even sweeter. These seven gingerbread recipes, from cookies to waffles to whoopie pies, are proof. What better way to start a gingerbread round than with a classic gingerbread cake. But you know me: We can’t go classic without a little twist. This Gingerbread Cake with Butter Rum Toffee Sauce (above) from Boulder Locavore fits the bill perfectly. A traditional cake served with an untraditional, but oh-so-right sauce....

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Marry Mr. Darcy? Nah, eat him instead.

Oddly enough, I’m not talking about literary Halloween zombies; I’m talking about cookies. Specifically, those made with this adorable set of Jane Austen cookie cutters. Because honestly, I’ve always wanted to take a bite out of Darcy.  We have yet another reason to celebrate 3-D printers, thanks to these cool cookie cutters printed to order from Netherlands Etsy shop Printmeneer, featuring silhouettes of Mr. Darcy and Jane Austen herself.  Use them to cut cookie dough, fondant, clay, or soft cheese. How cute would these be, iced? Or hanging as ornaments from the tree? After all, it is a truth universally...

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The only thing better than a cupcake? A cupcake tucked into this gift box.

It’s still a little toasty outside for me to consider baking, but I’m busy lining up recipes for when the temperature takes a dive. And because I usually bake more than my family can eat, I’m also collecting creative ideas for sharing my wares with friends and neighbors. One of the top finds on my list: The printable retro oven cupcake boxes from Claudine Hellmuth’s Etsy shop. Just download the PDF files, gather the materials on her list, print and assemble. Plus, there’s a link to a super detailed how-to video. You can even omit the cupcake tray and...

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The best ice cream sandwich recipes. As if there could be a bad one.

Soon I’ll be carrying on here about school lunch gear, packed lunch recipes, and the best after school snacks. So this week, I want to take in summer. I want to take it in the biggest, baddest way that I can imagine. This week, I want to forget the school lunch sandwich and celebrate the ice cream sandwich with 5 of the most amazing ice cream sandwich recipes. Take that, fall. I chose recipes that call for you to make either the cookie or the ice cream, but not both. Not that I’m opposed to making both from scratch,...

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5 no-bake summer desserts for when it’s already hotter than an oven

The heat of summer is on, so I’m turning the heat of my oven off. I’m bidding a temporary farewell to cookies, cakes and brownies until the weather cools down, but fear not, there’s plenty of dessert to be had with these 5 no-bake, all-time-great sweets. Icebox cakes, puddings, cheesecake, oh my! It’s going to be a cool, delectable summer. –Stacie   This Strawberry Milk Cheesecake (above) from SprinkleBakes is proof that bakeless doesn’t mean slacker. How gorgeous is this? It’s a little bit involved, I’ll admit, but it’s also the perfect no-bake solution if you’ve got a summer birthday party...

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