Tag: baking

Three Mother’s Day brunch menus as fab as the moms we’re honoring

Just like snowflakes, no two moms are exactly alike. So it only follows that no two Mother’s Day brunch menus should be exactly alike either. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve composed three brunch menus that can be served as I’ve put them together–or mixed and matched to create a brunch as deliciously unique as your very own, like-no-other mama. Oh, and did we mention that these Mother’s Day brunch recipes work no matter who’s doing the cooking? We’ve even included recipes that the kids can make on their own. (You’re welcome!) Mother’s Day Brunch Idea For The Mother...

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6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes or less. (More time for egg hunting!)

I know that there’s more to Easter than bunnies and food, but in these days leading up to the holiday my mind is on, well, bunnies and food. Easter candy, Easter cakes, Easter brunch: it’s hard to focus with such tasty distractions! I, of course, plan on getting my Easter priorities straight by the time Sunday rolls around but, in the meantime, let’s get back to the food. Easter brunch to be exact. I’ve found six amazing Easter brunch recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prep. Cooking time is variable, of course, but by then you’ll be...

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8 spectacularly gorgeous Easter cakes you can bake at home (honest!)

After the excitement of hunting for eggs and the Easter bunny die down, it’s time for Easter dinner. And then, finally, my favorite part of the day: dessert. As in, Easter cakes. There’s just something so sweet about ending the holiday festivities with a pretty Easter cake, bright with springtime flavors (and maybe, if you’re lucky, studded with Easter treats). The only bad thing about Easter cakes–and there really is only one bad thing–is that they can be overly fussy and hard to make. But not these. We’ve found 8 beautifully simple Easter cake recipes that keep it easy...

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4 Lucky Charms recipes for a magically delicious St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been carrying a deep dark secret since childhood (and yes, Cool Moms, I’m revealing myself here and now): this organic mama has a weakness for sugary cereals. I cannot be left alone with a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I’m the one person on the planet who actually likes Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms make me weak in the knees.    As you can imagine, I rarely touch the stuff anymore, but you know what they say about moderation, right? Everything has a time and place, and I say that St. Patrick’s Day qualifies as both to justify...

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Who knew T-Rex was so tasty?

Back in the Crumbtaceous period, dinosaurs roamed the earth, devouring each other with glasses of milk and falling into the La Brea Chocolate Pits. Okay, kidding. But we are really excited about these 3-D dinosaur cookie cutters. Making creatures with 3-D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters is pretty simple and doesn’t require any of that fancy faux-science from Jurassic Park. Simply mix up your favorite cookie recipe (or buy it pre-made at the store, we won’t judge.) Use the 3-4 cookie cutters included to stamp out the appropriate number of torsos, legs, tails, and tiny T-Rex arms. Bake, then assemble the...

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Say it with heart: 3 last-minute Valentine’s Day sweets made with one Valentine’s Day cookie cutter

No need to fret if you haven’t made a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the kidlets yet. Thankfully for us last-minute types, simple surprises always do the trick. All you need to make one of these three sweet surprises is a basic recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have either? Hit the bakery and grab a knife. We can still make this work. See how easy this is going to be? Now Hug Me, you Cutie Pie! –Stacie, xox No sweet is as easy to whip up as Rice Krispie treats. And that’s a fact. Throw a heart-shaped...

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5 easy red velvet desserts for a red hot Valentine’s Day

Red may be the official hue of Valentine’s Day, but you don’t have to give red roses or wear a splash of red to get in the official Valentine’s Day spirit. You can also whip up something red. Red velvet, to be exact. Using a simple red velvet batter makes anything from pancakes to brownies festive. These five red-colored, cocoa-flavored sweets are proof. They’re also super easy to make and cupid approved. The color of love never looked–or tasted–so good. Be still my heart: Red Velvet Milkshakes! (above) These babies are so potent that Courtney at Pizzazzerie, the mad genius behind this...

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Making Valentine’s cupcakes a little sweeter

If you are one of those crazy cupcake baking parents (you know who you are. Own it! Wear it proudly!) then you probably have your secret sources for everything decorative. Here’s one more to add to your list. Dress My Cupcake has everything you need to making your cupcakes more impressive than everyone else’s cupcakes. Not that it’s a contest. But it totally is. You’ll find hearts, chevrons (but of course!), florals and even reusable glitter cupcake wrappers calling your name. There’s also a small section of cupcake accessories, including cake pop sticks, matching wooden cutlery and individual domes...

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5 beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes that you can make at home

It’s Girl Scout cookie time. Which means I’m in trouble. I love Girl Scout cookies. Every year I’m taken by surprise by a cute little girl with a dangerously powerful sell. Whether I resist or not, I always end up baking a batch of my own homemade Girl Scout cookies. (An especially good way to stave off the craving while I wait for the order, but still support our local troops.) Making Girl Scout cookies at home is easier than you think, and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kids. The only problem with baking Girl...

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7 make-ahead Christmas brunch recipes for a no-fuss, all-delicious morning

Now that I have kids, breakfast has become my favorite meal of Christmas day. I want it to feel special–a quiet, cozy time to wind down after a whirlwind of gift opening and before a whirlwind of family–but making a special Christmas breakfast can feel like a serious chore. Who wants to be in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents?Enter make-ahead Christmas day brunch recipes. These seven Christmas breakfast recipes can all be made, or at least prepped, ahead of time. Do the work the night before, pop a delicious breakfast in the oven, and spend the...

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10 easy, edible holiday gifts that kids can help make

Shipping time is running out and shopping time is ticking down, but there’s still plenty of time to whip up an edible gift handmade with love. These holiday treats are easy enough to make with the kids’ help–and so much easier than dragging them through crowded stores! And they’re totally delicious to boot. Like hot-fudge-rocky-road-sugary-maple-bacon delicious. No scary fruitcake here, promise. –Stacie If you and your kid feel like baking, take a break from cookies to give these pretty Peppermint Cream Squares (above) a try, thanks to our friends at The Kitchn. I can’t get over how festive they look. Edible...

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You don’t need a blue Easy-Bake Oven to get boys to bake

Although Easy-Bake ovens are now coming out with “boy-friendly” versions (what, girls don’t like blue?), there have always been lots of options for boys to cook–really cook–with the help of great products and cookbooks for kids. Handstand Kids is a longtime favorite company of ours. We love that they have an inclusive baking book that doesn’t have smiling girls holding pink cupcakes on the cover. In fact, any budding bakers in the family will want to get their fingers all over this book. The new Handstand Kids Baking Around the World cookbook is perfect for any kid at all...

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8 spectacular holiday cookie recipes to kick off the holiday baking season

If you ask me, the best part of the holiday season are the holiday cookie recipes. Holiday cookies are affordable and easy to make, they never fail to make everyone happy, and they always give us a good reason to get together with friends and family. (Hello, cookie swap!) Holiday cookies make both a great dessert and a fabulous gift. Enough said. As your faithful cookie elf, I’ve rounded up 8 amazing holiday cookie recipes so that you can start getting your holiday baking on. And, no, it’s not too early. Make, bake, eat, freeze, then make more. I’ve even...

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Alphabet awesome: cookie cutters as easy as A-B-C

My son has been obsessed with the alphabet since he was two years old–so much so, that he was the alphabet for Halloween two years in a row (ask me how I pulled off those costumes). And his nickname? Letter Boy. I kid you not.  So you can imagine how excited I was to find these alphabetastic cookie cutters. Because what’s better for an alphabet-obsessed kid than the ABCs masquerading as COOKIES? LETTERPressed cookie cutters, from the always fun company The Spoon Sisters, come with all 26 letters, an ampersand and exclamation point, packed into a reusable storage tray–all this for a friendly $21....

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10 delicious recipes that use leftover Halloween candy

It’s been quite a week, filled with a flurry of sweet Halloween activity and some not-so-sweet weather for some of you. Whether or not you braved Frankenstorm in your neck of the woods, I’m guessing that you’ll have leftover candy. Hopefully yours is from a big ol’ trick-or-treat haul. Even if it’s just candy you didn’t get to hand out, though, these recipes will come in handy. Check out these ten super delicious, highly decadent treats that make genius use of leftover Halloween candy. You know, when you get bored of stealing it straight out of the kiddo’s bag....

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Welcome to The Studio: a brilliant resource for budding artists, scientists, chefs and their parents

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Kiwi Crate here at CMP. We love the concept: a subscription service for kids that sends out monthly boxes filled with superfun, educational activities. But now, we can also benefit from the creative minds behind the wonderful Kiwi Crate kits without spending a dime.  The Studio is a brand new online directory that’s packed with more than 500 projects, recipes and activity ideas to keep your family’s creative juices flowing. I’m already obsessing over all the Halloween ideas. My kids would go batty (heh) for the 3D Yarn Spider Web.  But The Studio’s...

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5 geeky, spooky, and altogether kooky cookies for Halloween

Get out the flour and sugar. Crack the eggs (better use than egging the grouchy neighbors, trust us). Monster mash everything up. And then select the perfect creepy cookie cutters for a very happy Halloween snack. First we brought you NINJAbread Men. Now we’re digging these GingerDEAD Men! Just cut out the shape with one side and impress the bones with the other. Mmm…crunchy. Future mad scientists might enjoy the four fun shapes in the Labcutters Science Cookie Cutters. Some iced beakers and test tubes would be the perfect accompaniment for chemistry homework. Baking involves tons of science, you know. Don’t...

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7 sweet Halloween recipes: copycat candy bars

Looking for a sweet DIY Halloween project with a big payoff? These homemade candy bar recipes are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with the kiddos. You’ll still buy bags of snack-sized candies for the 31st (try one of these all natural candy bars). But these recipes are not for trick-or-treaters…they’re just too good to share! (Plus, it’s a little creepy to give out homemade food to kids you don’t know.) So definitely save these treats for you and your coven. I am a sucker for chocolate and coconut together, so these easy homemade Mounds bars (above) found on From Scratch...

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7 of the cutest (and creepiest) Halloween cookies haunting the Internet

I’m not much of a cookie aficionado, but Halloween brings out the baker in me. (It also brings out the witch in me, but that’s for another post.) In honor of my favorite cookie-making holiday, we’ve found the cutest, yummiest Halloween treats ever. So feast your zombie eyes on these. The kids are going to freak out! I’m telling you, Halloween cookies are easy, and there isn’t all that Christmas-y pressure. These days, finding Halloween-themed cookie cutters is a cinch (like the “gingerdead” men cookie cutters, heh). The color palette can be more limited to orange, black and green–and if your...

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Color your own cake-venture!

Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I’m not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here’s one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that her cake will be exactly what she wants. With a bouquet of food-safe edible ink markers, the Sweetapolita blog shows us how a white birthday cake became the perfect canvas for budding artists and we’re smitten! We’ve recommended this cookie and food marker combo before, but any set will do, like these gourmet food writing markers. You can order a cake covered with...

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