Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles

The classic Oreo truffle gets a holiday make over this time of year with Andes peppermint crunch baking chips.  Add these Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles to your holiday baking list and watch them disappear.

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 Do you decorate your house for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving?

We are firm believers in waiting until after Thanksgiving to bring out the red and green decorations or to turn on the holiday music.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes

These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

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I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.

With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake.  Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake.  Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze.  I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients.  My list might end up being pretty long.  Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now… [Read more...]

Gingerbread Oreo Truffle Bark

Gingerbread Oreo Truffle Bark

 Have you seen the new Gingerbread Oreos yet?  I have to admit that I am not a huge gingerbread fan, but I really like these.  No scratch that…I love these.

Of course they are Oreos and I have yet to find an Oreo that I didn’t like.  As soon as I saw the first package of these posted on Instagram, I headed to our Walmart.  I checked the seasonal aisle, I checked the cookie aisle, and I checked the displays in the middle of the aisles.  Nothing!  I was starting to lose heart that our Walmart had decided to not carry them.  As I headed to the checkout lane, there right in front of my eyes was an Oreo display!  And one whole side was the Gingerbread ones…it was meant to be:-)  In fact, I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing.   [Read more...]

Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecakes

Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecake

Hey, there cheesecake fans.  Yeah, I’m talking to you:-)  These chocolate cherry cheesecakes are going to blow your cheesecake lovin minds.    You totally need to try these cherry filled cheesecake minis sometime this holiday season.  I love how plain and chocolatey they look, but then one bite and you realize it is so much more!!!   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blasted Oreo Popcorn Munch

Happy Halloween!  The one day a year we let our kids take candy from strangers…in fact, we even let them knock on the strangers doors begging for the candy.  Does anyone else find the irony in this holiday?  That being said…my kids are going out with us right behind them, watching every move everyone makes.  This year we attempted to create their costumes using only what we had on hand.  For some reason they are obsessed with the show “My Babysitter is a Vampire”, so vampires all around.  I’m just glad my son gave up the werewolf costume…I couldn’t find anything here in the house to recreate that.  Vampires are so much easier to come up with.

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Creepy Crawly Brownie Pizzas

I have one last minute Halloween treat to share with you guys.  Actually I thought about holding off and saving it for next year since I am getting this up so close to the actual holiday.  But you and I both know that I will totally forget about this come next year.  And since these were so very good, I figured you wouldn’t mind another creepy treat before we dive into holiday goodies.

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Coffee Cheesecake Oreo Brownies

I am declaring today a party day!!  Any excuse to eat some more chocolate right?  This past weekend and the last few days have been just a little stressful for me!  Nothing super important, just computer things that make my eyes glaze over.  All this coding and blog moving and learning has taken a toll on my brain!!!  I am now officially all moved over to WordPress…what do you think of the new site?  Mad props to my blog designer for totally making my blog say, Hello, I’m Jocelyn:-)  I absolutely love it!!!  She is incredible, and I can’t sing her praises enough.  Do you need design work done?  Totally contact her!

I am slowly working my way around WordPress…I have figured out enough stuff to get a post up obviously.  Do not ask me anything else though, because I am so lost at the moment:-)  I am told after a few weeks, I’ll be a pro!  Somehow I am doubting that, since I’m quite the computer challenged person!  But I’m up for learning it.  Thank goodness for Dorothy holding my hand and walking me through stuff step by step as I wrote this post.

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Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

I did it!

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I broke out the pumpkin.

Yes, I know it is still August and it has been in the 90′s again this week.

Does that mean I am rushing Fall to get here?
Kind of…you see Fall is my absolute favorite season of all.
The cooler weather, the smells, the bonfires, the jeans, the hoodies,
the leaves…should I keep going???

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Plus, once the kids go back to school,
it signals the end of summer in my brain.
They are in school, so no more summer sun and fun.
Might as well bring on the best season of all.

I know that there are some who hate to see summer go…
don’t get me wrong.  I love summer too!
But I happen to LOVE Fall quite a bit more:-)

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When we were on vacation a few weeks ago, we had donuts for breakfast.
Dunkin Donuts to be exact.
Oh, how I love their chocolate cream filled powdered donut!
It has been my favorite for many, many years.

Did you know they now have an Oreo donut with cream filling?
Let’s just say it gave the chocolate cream filled one a run for its money.

Yes, I ate two cream filled donuts for breakfast in one day morning…fine about 5 minutes.
I’m thinking the beach running that I did while I was there was a very good thing.

So, as soon as we got home I bought some Oreos and was all set to make a home version…
but then I saw the can of pumpkin in the cupboard just staring at me all sad like,
and the wheels just started spinning!!!

These Pumpkin Oreo Donuts are one of my favorites…right now anyway:-)
Pumpkin goodness mixed with Oreo goodness…match made in heaven!!!!

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Want more Pumpkin-y goodness?
Try one of these recipes:
Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 26 mini donuts

Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

Pumpkin Donuts with Oreo crumbs and white chocolate topping

Ingredients

For the Donuts
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. applesauce
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1/3 c. vanilla yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. flour
1/4 c. chocolate cookie crumbs
For the Topping
4 oz. white chocolate candy coating (CandiQuik)
1 tsp. shortening
1/2 c. chocolate cookie crumbs

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce, pumpkin, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until creamy. In a bowl, sift together the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, flour, and cookie crumbs. Stir into the creamed mixture gently.
  2. Place the donut batter in a ziplock bag and cut the tip off. Spray the mini donut pan with non stick spray and fill each cavity at least 3/4 full. Bake at 325* for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the white chocolate coating with the shortening for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat again for 20 seconds and stir. Dip the tops of the donuts into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Makes 26 mini donuts.

Notes

Only dip a few donuts at a time before sprinkling. The chocolate will set up and the crumbs won’t stick if you wait too long.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/08/pumpkin-oreo-donuts/
 

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

These Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes are full of chocolate cookie chunks and mocha flavor.  They are a perfectly decadent cupcake worth biting into.

So the other day my daughter and I went out to get groceries.
And she asked the question she always asks when we go out…
“Can we get coffee?”
Since I had it in my head to drag her to at least 3 stores that I was sure of,
I figured I better sweeten the deal for her.

“Sure.  Why not, I replied.”
We got to the coffee shop, parked, and went in.

I had an ulterior motive for going into the store instead of the drive thru…
these cupcakes have been swirling around in my head since the last time we stopped at Starbucks.
So…I knew I had to “pick up” a few extra green straws.
Oh, all right.
I was going to steal a bunch when we left.  You got me:-)

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My daughter ordered the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino,
while I went with my all time favorite, the Mocha Coconut. (so happy it is here again)
Then on to JoAnn Fabrics to get lost in fun things.
We picked out paper for birthday invitations, looked at fabric, checked out the clearance,
and found a jumbo muffin pan that I had been looking for.
It was a successful trip with no complaining that I had been there too long.
Thank you coffee!

We headed to the checkout with our “treasures” and a gift card.
The girl at the counter was more than happy to help us and
asked what kind of muffins I was going to be making.
Being the spur of the moment baker and blogger that I am,
I replied that I wasn’t sure yet…
and that I was a baking blogger and bought pans “just because” all the time.

cupcake collage

She was so sweet and even asked the name of my blog.
Now usually I am shy and don’t mention too much to real life people about my blog.
They don’t usually understand what I am talking about and
why I would bake treats for people I don’t know or can’t see.
Food bloggers, you understand right?

Fortunately, she seemed to be into blogs and
we talked about muffins and cupcakes for a few minutes.
The whole time I was smiling really big because I was brave and shared
my blogging passion with a real life, oxygen breathing
human that I could have reached out and touched.

cupcake collage2

My daughter and I got back in the van and headed to the next store.
I was kind of on a high from sharing, and so I was recapping the convo with my girl…
who really could have cared less that her shy mom gave out her blog name.
She just looked at me and laughed and said,
“Dude, you have stuff in your teeth.”

Are you kidding me?
Darn you delicious mocha coconut!!!
You took me down with your delicious floating coconut flakes!

Yup, yours truly had chocolatey coconut flakes in between my pearly whites.
No wonder the girl was so sweet and kind.
She was probably thinking what kind of moron baker walks around
showing off food in her teeth?

I wanted to die!
So much for that sharing high…
where is that shovel to bury myself with?

Now I am just hoping she forgets the blog name,
since I didn’t have any business cards with me to hand out. (thank goodness for procrastination this time)

My theory…she isn’t going to remember me anyway.
But just in case, I will avoid JoAnn’s for about a month!
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Baking always helps relieve whatever kind of funk I am in.
And baking with kids is a really good way to forget embarrassing moments…
instead you begin to worry about egg shells floating around in the cake batter:-)
And did they just lick their fingers and then break more cookie chunks?

Since apparently coconut isn’t my friend right now,
I decided to make the cookie drink into a fun cupcake.

Chocolate and coffee…yes, please.
They were so yummy and made me kind of forget my crash and burn experience.

Thank goodness my husband took most of the cupcakes to work with him.
And then kids finished off all the pretty ones in the fridge.

cupcake

Oh lookee what I just found in the fridge…a few extra cupcakes hiding in a box.
It was stressful remembering the traumatic coconut experience…
don’t judge me for eating cupcakes at midnight:-)

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes get a fun twist from coffee and chocolate cookies.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 chocolate cake mix (18 oz.)
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled
4 eggs
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 oz. box)
2 cups chocolate cookie chunks
1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs, reserved for topping
For the Mocha Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coffee extract
4 Tablespoons mocha coffee creamer
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, coffee, eggs, yogurt, and melted butter. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and beat on medium for 2 minutes. The batter will be very thick. Stir in the cookie chunks by hand.
  2. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full. Bake at 350* for about 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, salt, extract and coffee creamer. Slowly add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Beat on medium speed for another minute or until creamy. Top cupcakes with Mocha Butter Cream. Sprinkle with extra cookie crumbs. Makes 30 cupcakes.

Notes

If you like a generous amount of frosting on your cupcakes, double the frosting recipe.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/06/mocha-cookie-crumble-cupcakes/

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

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Summer vacation number one is done. (insert sad face here)
We just got in a few hours ago from the long 17 hour drive.
I would say I am tired from driving so much,
but honestly I didn’t drive at all.
Not that I can’t or wouldn’t…
my hubby likes to do all the driving when we go long distances.
(I really think he doesn’t like my driving:-)
 
Why is it when you are going TO vacation 
the long hours don’t bother you as much?
It sure seemed longer coming home.
I think it was:
A. There was no cruise boat waiting for me in my driveway
B. I didn’t have any snack mix left to munch on as we came home.
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The long drive there was very much worth it though.
We had such a great time on the cruise…
the kids loved it.
And spending time in the Bahamas wasn’t too shabby either:-)
We did some snorkeling, 
some sun bathing,
and a whole lot of nothing else.
 
It was totally laid back and totally relaxing.
I will have some pictures for you later in the week
after I get them loaded on the computer.
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Until then, how about some pictures of our travel trail mix???

A few days before vacation, we were at Walmart picking out some travel food.
I had a bag of the new M&M Trail Mix in my cart,
when I had a lightening bolt of inspiration.

Why not just buy all the ingredients and make a giant batch of the goodness?
Sure I was spending a little bit more that way,
but I had a much bigger bowl of goodness for the long drive in our van.

This is the perfect snack mix too 
because you can totally customize it with whatever you have in your cupboards
or with whatever you are craving at the moment.
Feel free to substitute something different to make it your own:-)

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 cups

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

Sweet and salty snacks combined to create one delicious trail mix.

Ingredients

2 cups pretzels
1 1/4 cups salted peanuts
2 cups mini Chips Ahoy Cookies (8 oz. bag)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup plain M&M’s
1 cup mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup mini Oreos (bite sized)
2 cups Reese's Puffs cereal

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a bowl and toss gently until all combined. Store in an air tight container.

Notes

Feel free to substitute with whatever you have in your cupboards.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/06/sweet-salty-trail-mix/

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Sometimes you just have to do something that is you…

because no one else is like you.
And that is a good thing.

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos

Want to know something?
I get grief for all the craziness that comes out of my kitchen.
People say things like “Oh that is just Jocelyn” while rolling their eyes
or the best one…
“Don’t you ever just make plain stuff?”
I like to make fun desserts!
Why? Because that is me.
Sure I can make a plain vanilla cupcake…but why?
Honestly it isn’t in me to be plain.
Every part of me screams be different and
don’t conform to the norm.
It’s why I like to wear funky shoes and carry fun purses.
Different, crazy, wonky…that’s me only in a very quiet form.
With my baking I am always thinking outside the box…
or inside the cupcake :-)
So even a request for plain vanilla gets to be dressed up.
Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos
Now let me preface this by saying,
the family that ordered all the cupcakes a few weeks ago
knows my dessert fetish.
They wanted a fun vanilla with no chocolate in sight.
If someone else wanted a very plain vanilla,
I would most definitely make them exactly what they wanted.
But lucky for me…I had cupcake permission to get jiggy.
So how does one go about making a plain vanilla…fun?
You head to the store and wander the cookie and candy aisles
until something jumps off the shelf and into your cart.
Sadly that really does happen to me :-)
As soon as I saw the golden Oreos I knew we had a winner.
A hidden cookie surprise for the bottom…
and vanilla cookies and cream frosting.
Plain with just a little bit of an edge.
The only thing that would have made this just a little bit better…
sprinkles. How on earth did I manage to forget the sprinkles?
If you try this, please remember to sprinkle more fun on top!!!
Or don’t if that is how your baking heart is leading you.

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes - vanilla cupcakes to to the next level with golden Oreos
I have finally learned after a few years of comments and looks
to just smile and be proud of my outside of the box creations.
Dr. Suess said it best…”There is no one alive that is you-er than you.”
Just have fun and be you!
Wear those zebra shoes with a hot pink scarf.
Bling out your neck with a few layered fun necklaces.
Bake up crazy and wild desserts.
Do it because you can!
Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes with a hidden golden Oreo surprise and golden Oreo butter cream on top

Ingredients

For the Cake
1 box white cake mix + ingredients on the back of the box
38 vanilla cookies, divided (Golden Oreos)
For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely crushed vanilla cookie crumbs

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, make up the boxed cake mix using the directions on the back. Place 30 whole vanilla cookies into the bottom of cupcake liners. Fill liners 3/4 full and bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and shortening. Add the cream, vanilla, and salt and beat again. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the finely chopped cookie crumbs and beat again. Frost the tops of the cupcakes. Break the remaining 8 cookies into quarters and place one on each cupcake. Makes 30 cupcakes.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/05/golden-oreo-vanilla-cupcakes/