Last Minute Halloween Treats - Owl Cupcakes and Oreo Brownies

Halloween is just around the corner so I am re-posting two of my favorite last minute Halloween treats.

I love the creativity Alan Richardson and Karen Tack presented in their book Hello, Cupcake.  These owl cupcakes are extremely easy to make and they are fun for Halloween.

The brownies are delicious!  The Halloween Oreos add bright colors to the brownies.  I was a bit disappointed this year, however, to see that the Halloween Oreos do not have fun pictures printed on the cookies like past years.  Hopefully they will bring back the pictures again next year!  For a change, these brownies can also be made with mint Oreos.

Halloween Oreo Brownies

1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 cup butter
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour (+2 Tablespoons)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
20 Halloween Oreo Cookies

Add butter, cocoa and 1 cup chocolate chips to a saucepan.  Melt over low heat.

In a large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, sugar, 1/2…

Mini Waffle Cookies

The heat of summer is here and it's one of those kinds of evenings when there is no way I am going to turn on a hot oven to bake cookies!  Luckily I have a recipe that does not require an oven.

Taking cookie dough and baking it on a waffle iron is such a great idea for delicious summer treats!

These mini waffle cookies are cute, crispy and perfect with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or a drizzle of Nutella.

Mini Waffle Cookies

1 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Carefully stir in the flour mixture.

Lightly grease a waffle iron with vegetable oil.

When the waffle iron is hot, drop small spoonfuls of cookie dough (about 1 inch balls) onto the iron. Space the balls about 2 inches apart.  Close the lid and cook until golden brown.

NOTE:  If …

Mini Ice-Cream Domes with Cherries

I love cherries during the summer and I thought it would be fun to make a cherry dessert. Unfortunately, the fresh cherries at the store did not look like they were at their best for the season.

I decided to use frozen cherries, along with a jar of Morello Cherries from Trader Joe's. I also used some of my favorite vanilla ice-cream.

These mini domes of ice-cream were molded in small metal bowls. This dessert could be made in a larger bowl and then sliced when ready to serve, but I think the individual servings are more interesting.

This dessert is extremely easy to make. It just requires planning a day ahead to allow time for the domes to freeze.

The flavors are intense, especially as the ice-cream melts and the sauce pools at the base of the dessert.

This is such a refreshing dessert on a hot summer day!

Mini Ice-Cream Domes with Cherries
Frozen or fresh cherries (I used dark, sweet, organic frozen cherries from Costco)
Trader Joe's Dark Morello Cherries (1 jar)
*Vanilla Ic…

Brownie Sundae

This recipe is made with what I like to call brownie pancakes - not the kind that you would put maple syrup on and eat for breakfast.  These pancakes taste like brownies.

I call them pancakes only because I cook them in a pan.  I decided to cook them this way because it was too hot in the house to even think of turning on the oven!

The dessert can be stacked as high as you desire (or at least as high as you can go before it topples over!)  In any case, it is absolutely delicious.

It is mouth-watering to watch the chocolate sauce dripping down over the soft vanilla ice-cream as it is served, but even more amazing than that is when you get to take a spoon and dig into this delicious chocolate dessert!

Brownie Sundae
Vanilla Ice Cream (or try chocolate, mint or strawberry)
Brownie Pancakes (plan on about 4 cakes per serving)
*Chocolate Sauce (or ice-cream topping purchased at the store)

Brownie Pancakes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon baking p…

French Toast for Dinner

There is something extremely comforting about breakfast food and I love to eat it just about any time of the day!

Recently I was shopping at Trader Joe's and I saw a loaf of cinnamon swirl bread. I thought it would make delicious French Toast.

It is especially good with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

French Toast
(makes about 10 thick slices)

1 Loaf of Trader Joe's Cinnamon Swirl Bread
(or a loaf of brioche)
6 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 oranges

In a large glass pie dish beat the eggs. Add the vanilla and the zest from one orange. Cut the orange in half and add the juice from 1/2 of the orange. Continue to stir the ingredients together in the pie dish.

Oil a griddle and heat to medium.

Dip one slice of the bread into the egg mixture. Allow the bread slice to soak for about 15 seconds and then turn it over. Carefully place the coated bread onto the heated griddle.

Continue to coat the rest of the bread slices and place them on the griddle.

Cook each slice for a…