Le Creuset & Casabella Giveaway

What a fun giveaway I have for you today!  I’ve teamed up with Le Creuset and Casabella as well as a great group of blogging friends to share an amazing giveaway!  I wish I could enter  =)

I imagine you already know that Le Creuset sells simply the BEST cookware!  I know I’m going to sound like a totally baking/cooking nerd here… but I’ve dreamed of owning a Le Creuset French Oven for YEARS!  This year that dream came true, and I know that my beautiful French oven will be a piece of cookware that I will be able to enjoy for decades!

One of the least fun parts of baking up a storm is the mess it can create!  Somehow cleaning is much more enjoyable when you have some new, pretty cleaning tools!  Casabella has an extensive collection of quality cleaning tools, as well as fun kitchen gadgets!

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive this entire gorgeous collection…

 

Le Creuset & Casabella Cookware Giveaway

This amazing prize pack includes…

Le Creuset Stainless Steel and Cast Iron Cookware Set (RV $810)

Casabella Cleaning Set (RV $200)

The cleaning set includes…

Are you ready to enter?  Enter using the form below.

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Le Creuset & Casabella Giveaway

 

Take some time to visit each of the participating blogs, I know you will find lots of beautiful and delicious inspiration!

The Little Kitchen

Rasa Malaysia

Fifteen Spatulas

Dear Crissy

skinnytaste

My Baking Addiction

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

 

Disclosure - This giveaway is being sponsored by Le Creuset and Casabella. It is not affiliated with Pinterest or Instagram.
Giveaway Detils – Open to USA residents, 18 years of age and older.  Giveaway ends on September 10th, at 11:59 p.m EDT.  Winner will be emailed on or about September 11th, and will have 48 hours to claim the prize.  If prize is not claimed, an alternate winner will be selected.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

This Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe will remind you how good a classic cookie can be!!

Sometimes nothing beats a classic!  These Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies will remind you how good a simple cookie can be!

Peanut butter cookies have never been my favorite cookie… given the choice, I’d usually go for a Chocolate Crinkle, Snickerdoodle, or Chocolate Chip Cookie.  But I recently had one of the best peanut butter cookies I’d ever had, and it make me reconsider them!  =)

Most of the peanut butter cookies I’ve had in the past have been on the dry and crunchy side of the cookie spectrum…. but I recently enjoyed one (or two!) that was chewy and delicious!  The difference in texture was all I needed to fall in love with Peanut Butter Cookies!

I went right to work mixing up a batch of Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and I’m very happy with the results!  Now, if crispy cookies are your thing, feel free to bake these an extra minute or two.

Following the recipe as is will produce a cookie that has a slightly crisp edge and a rich, chewy and moist (but not doughy) center.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - One bite and you'll remember why this is such a beloved classic!

I know I may have broken some kind of culinary law by not marking these cookies with the traditional criss-cross fork pattern… but I wanted to show off those beautiful creases that give you a peek of the chewiness inside!  Of course feel free to add the criss-cross pattern if you like!  =)

Let’s bake!

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Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

One bite of these chewy peanut butter cookies and you'll remember why this is such a classic, beloved cookie!

Yield: 24 large cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural)
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

additional sugar for rolling

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together, then set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend softened butter, peanut butter and honey. Add brown sugar and (white) sugar and continue to blend. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and beat all ingredients until well incorporated.

While mixing, slowly add the bowl of flour.

Blend just until all the flour is incorporated.

If the dough is very soft, chill dough (in the fridge) about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350*F and line baking sheets with a Silpat liner (this is what I used) or parchment paper.

Using a 2 tablespoon sized scoop, scoop dough, then roll in your hands slightly to form a ball. Drop balls of dough into a small bowl of sugar, and roll to coat. Place balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, then flatten to about 1/2" tall using the bottom of a glass.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven as soon as the tops are cracked, but the cookies appear slightly underdone. The cookies will continue to bake on the baking sheet as they cool. Cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet, then carefully move to a cooling rack.

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

Notes-
I used natural peanut butter than contains only peanuts and a small amount of salt. If using peanut butter with added sugar you may wish to reduce the sugar a bit. If you use natural peanut butter with no added salt, I would suggest you up the salt in the recipe to 1 teaspoon.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies - Classic and delicious!!

Now it’s time to grab a glass of milk and enjoy an old-fashioned treat!

What are your favorite cookies?  Are peanut butter cookies on the list?

Give this recipe a try, and you might just have to add them to your list!  =)

Rocky Road Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies - chewy, chocolaty and delicious!!

In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what the question is…. the answer is chocolate!

If you love chocolate like I do, I think you’re going to really love these Rocky Road Cookies!  This recipe starts with a rich and chewy chocolate cookie, then tops it with marshmallows, walnuts and a chocolate glaze… they are oh so good!!

These Rocky Road Cookies are just a little variation of the delicious (and popular!) Hot Cocoa Cookies I shared last December.  I loved the Hot Cocoa Cookies so much (I think I made them at least 5 times last December!) and I’ve been wanting to play with the recipe and make a version perfect for any time of year!

I’m so happy with the results, and I think you will be too!

Let’s bake!

Rocky Road Cookies | GloriousTreats.com

Bake the cookies as directed (using the recipe below).  Once the cookies have baked, top with 3-4 mini marshmallow (press them into the cookies slightly) and return to the oven for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Rocky Road Cookies | GloriousTreats.com

Once baked and slightly cooled, top marshmallows with a drizzle of chocolate glaze.  Add walnuts, then add a second layer of glaze (as shown below).

Rocky Road Cookies | GloriousTreats.com

 

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Rocky Road Cookies

A rich and chewy chocolate cookie is topped with marshmallows, walnuts and a chocolate glaze.

Yield: 40-50 small cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies-
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

(apx.) 1 cup chopped walnuts
(apx.) 2 cups mini marshmallows

For the icing -
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Toast the walnuts
Preheat oven to 325*F. Chop nuts, then spread onto a baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes until hot and fragrant. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Make the cookies-
1.) In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.

2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

3.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.

4.) Add the cooled chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.

5.) While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.

6.) Preheat oven to 325*F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon (or a tablespoon sized cookie scoop) to scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly.
Bake cookies about 10 minutes.

7.) When the cookies have baked, remove from oven and press 3-4 mini marshmallows into each cookie (as pictured above).
Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.

8.) Prepare cookie icing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Drizzle a bit of icing over the marshmallows, then place a few chopped walnuts on top. Do only 5-6 cookies at a time so the icing does not set up before adding the nuts.

9.) Once each cookie has marshmallows, icing and nuts, drizzle a second layer of icing over the nuts.

10.) Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe source - Cookie base adapted from Rachael Ray, final cookies by Glorious Treats

 

Rocky Road Cookies - chewy, chocolaty and delicious!!

Now who wants a cookie?  =)

Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Poundcake Muffins - GloriousTreats.com

Delightfully cute, sweet and flavorful… these Mini Lemon Pound Cake Muffins are a perfect treat with tea, or as a snack anytime!

So… it’s entirely possibly I’m an old lady. Let’s examine the evidence… I like to craft, I recently drove 10 hours to go to a quilt show, and I love tea parties!

Then of course there’s my love for baking… but I don’t think that’s news to you!

To be fair, I have mentioned my love for tea parties before.

There is just something so special about planning a luxurious amount of time to sit and enjoy tea and beautiful food

I’m always looking for recipes that would be nice with a tea party menu and these Lemon Pound Cake Muffins are just perfect!   Of course, these cute little muffins would be great for a (wedding or baby) shower menu, a nice brunch, or a little treat anytime!

Mini Lemon Poundcake Muffins - A perfect little treat!  via GloriousTreats.com

I was inspired to create a recipe perfect for a tea party when I was recently was introduced to Tate+Lyle® Fair Trade Certified Sugars.

Tate+Lyle® is a trusted British brand, now available in the U.S., that has graced Britain’s finest tables for over 130 years!

Tate+Lyle® Sugars are Fair Trade Certified, so your purchase means fair prices and opportunities for small scale sugar cane farmers to invest in their communities for a sustainable future.  Learn more about how Fairtrade makes a difference here.

Let’s bake!

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Lemon Pound Cake Muffins

These sweet little lemon muffins are moist and flavorful. Delicious with or without poppy seeds.

Yield: 24 mini muffins, or 12 standard sized muffins

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream (any fat content)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)

Glaze-
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*F.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners, or spray lightly with cooking spray. I used a silicone mini muffin pan and did not need to use cooking spray or liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt, then set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add sugar, then continue to beat until light and fluffy (1-2 minutes).

Add eggs (one at a time), then sour cream, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon zest. Blend until well combined.

Slowly pour in the bowl of flour and blend just until fully incorporated.

Scoop batter (using a cookie scoop if available) into prepared pan.

Bake mini muffins 12-14 minutes. Bake full sized muffins 18-20 minutes.

Remove muffins from pan (after a few minutes) and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice to create a glaze, then dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze. Allow glaze to set (10 minutes or so).

Adjusted slightly from Taste of Home.

I used Tate+Lyle® sugar as listed, but feel free to use your choice of granulated sugar.

Lemon Poppyseed Mini Poundcake Muffins - GloriousTreats.com

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BlogHer is sponsoring a giveaway for a $100 Walmart gift card… perfect for stocking up on Tate+Lyle® sugars, and anything else you like!

 

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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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#SundaeFundae Smucker’s Toppings Giveaway (Closed)

Ice Cream Sundae Party - A simple party that everyone will love!

One of my favorite things about summer is… ice cream!!

Granted, I’m perfectly happy eating ice cream all year long, but it seems extra special in summer!

I know everyone in my house gets pretty excited if they see me setting out some fun ice cream toppings!

And Summer is the perfect time to host a simple ice cream party.  It’s really about the easiest party ever, and everyone loves it!  All you need is some ice cream, a fun assortment of toppings and let everyone make their own creation!  Make it a Sundae Fundae!  =)

Some of our favorite toppings are… fresh strawberries, sliced banana, gummy bears, mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and sprinkles!

Then of course you need some caramel, hot fudge, and magic shell!

Ice Cream Toppings - Host a fun ice cream sundae party!

Smucker’s recently launched a new line of quality toppings called Simple Delight.

These new Simple Delight toppings contain no added preservatives, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup, so you can feel good about your indulgence!  So far I’ve tried the Salted Caramel and the Hot Fudge and they are both utterly delicious!

Simple ideas to host an Ice Cream Sundae party

Here are my family’s delicious sundae creations…

Caramel Coma – Vanilla Ice Cream, chopped Twix candy and Smucker’s Salted Caramel Sauce.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry- Vanilla Ice Cream, fresh strawberries and Smucker’s Hot Fudge.

Child’s Delight- Vanilla Ice Cream, gummy bears, sprinkles and Smucker’s Rainbow Sherbet Magic Shell.

Smucker's Ice Cream Toppings Giveaway!

Would you like to have a #SundaeFundae and try all of Smucker’s new toppings?

Smucker’s is sponsoring an awesome giveaway to help you host the best ice cream party ever!

One winner will receive…

A $50.00 Visa Gift Card

Scallop Edge Hanging Chalkboard

West Elm Outdoor Metal Serving Tray

Branded Ice Cream Toppings Bowls + Scoops

All seven NEW Smucker’s toppings flavors including:

  • Smucker’s®  Simple Delight Salted Caramel Topping
  • Smucker’s® Simple Delight Chocolate Coconut Flavored Topping
  • Smucker’s® Simple Delight Dark Chocolate Topping
  • Smucker’s® Simple Delight Hot Fudge Topping
  • Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Chocolate Pretzel Flavored Topping
  • Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Rainbow Sherbet Flavored Topping
  • Smucker’s® Microwavable Hot Dark Chocolate Topping

 

To enter  (Giveaway Closed) to win this fun prize pack, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite ice cream topping(s).

For a second entry, follow @GloriousTreats on Twitter and tweet “I want to have a #SundaeFundae with @Smuckers and @GloriousTreats”   Leave a second comment below with the URL of your tweet.

Details – Giveaway open to U.S residents only.  Giveaway closes Wednesday, Aug 13th, 2014 at 9pm Pacific. Maximum two entries per person.  Winner will be chosen using random.org.  Giveaway sponsored by Smucker’s.  I have received products and/or payment to host the giveaway.  I only share products on this site that I use and love.

 

In addition, if you head over to the Smucker’s site you can enter their #SundaeFundae promotion for a chance to win $5,000 toward a summer vacation!

 

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Winner – Comment #40, Sue