Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween week!!!

It is finally here! The week I look forward to all year round! Halloween is this weekend and I have a whole lot of baking to do before the week is complete!

Speaking of Halloween treats, check out this sweet article about me on All Things Cupcake!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Disney Halloween Cupcakes!

Some might remember that I blogged about my 2009 Halloween experience at Walt Disney World. I was pretty happy to see so many varieties of Halloween cupcakes to choose from. The photograph below was taken at the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom. Remember my review of the black sugar frosting dying my teeth for the remainder of the morning? Embarrassing, but tasty!

As many of you know already, I am a pretty big Disney fan. I vacation there atleast 1-2 times a year. It's my favorite place since I was a child. I stay pretty well informed on what is going on, so I was very excited to hear that Disney has another line of Halloween cupcakes for this years, "Not So Scary" event! Ghost cupcakes are just 1 of the adorable cupcakes to choose from! If you happen to visit, please send me a review! I would love to hear all about it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cake Pops Book Tour!

I'm like a kid in a candy shop! I'm so excited I can barely contain myself! I can't wait! Bakerella is making her way to NJt! Join me on November 13th at her Cake Pop Book Tour signing at The Mall at Short Hills!

All photos from Bakerella

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dessert First With Anne Thornton

The geniuses at Food Network will be airing a new show called Dessert First With Anne Thornton. This new show will premier on Sunday, 10/24! First episode will be entitled, "Scary Sweet"! You know me, I love anything Halloween related! So, I was very excited to be asked back to do a conference call interview with the new host!

Here is a little press release about the show:

Sundays at 12pm ET/PT on Food Network (premieres 10/24)In her “In the Kitchen” Food Network cooking series, Dessert First with Anne Thornton, expert pastry chef Anne Thornton shares indulgent recipes for tantalizing and tasty sweet treats. From fresh pie crust and creamy ice cream cake to flaky pastries and make-ahead tarts, Anne demystifies and simplifies the sweet world of pastry and dessert. While sprucing up old-fashioned favorites like apple turnovers and pecan pie, Anne teaches viewers the keys to no-fear baking proving any home cook can create show-stopping desserts. Whether she’s planning a dinner party for friends or whipping up a quick weeknight meal, Anne always thinks about Dessert First.

Now, you can imagine how excited I was when I saw these Red Velvet Brain Cupcakes! Make sure you tune in to see how Anne whips up these adorable and creepy treats!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fantastic Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies!

During the month of October I love adding Reese's Pieces to just about any recipe. To me, they scream Halloween! One of my all time favorite recipes to do that with is my peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is the fool proof, always delicious cookie recipe I turn to!

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chunky or smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of Reese's Pieces (optional)
  1. Cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light. Add the egg and mix until fluffy. Add vanilla.
  2. Blend the flour, baking powder, soda and salt together well. Add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop cookie dough onto lightly greased baking sheets. (I normally use a floured tablespoon)
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375°.
  5. My extra tip is leave your cookies on the baking sheets for an additional 2 minutes after taking out of oven. They settle nicely.