Strawberry Cream Puffs

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These cute, delicious little Strawberry Cream Puffs are a perfect Valentine’s treat or anytime treat!

The recipe starts with Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Cups… quickly becoming one of my “go to” easy recipe options!  These little pastry cups can be filled with savory foods (as I did recently with these Buffalo Chicken Pastry Bites), or sweet fillings.

The filling is simply my Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse, and it’s just the perfect combo of sweet, rich and fluffy.

These Strawberry Cream Puffs are such pretty little treats and would be great little bite sized desserts for parties.

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Strawberry Cream Puffs

Delicious Strawberry Cream Cheese filling pairs with puff pastry cups for a simple, elegant dessert.

Yield: 24 mini desserts

Ingredients:

1 box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups (24 cups)

powdered sugar (for sprinkling on baked pastry)

1/2 cup strawberry puree (made from about 1 cup fresh or frozen whole strawberries)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 (8oz) block cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4-5 fresh strawberries, for garnish

Directions:

Bake Pastry-
Bake pastry cups according to directions on box (check after 15 minutes of baking).
Once baked, cool pastries and use a small knife to remove the centers of the cups.
If desired, sprinkle pastry cup with powdered sugar.

Make strawberry puree-
In a food processor, or blender, chop/blend fresh or frozen (and slightly thawed) strawberries. Process until the berries are chopped, juicy, and no piece is larger than a pea.

Make whipped cream-
In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), whip heavy cream until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar, and continue to whip until thick and holds stiff peaks. Move whipped cream to a separate bowl (if using bowl of electric mixer).

Make cheesecake mixture-
In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar, and continue to beat. Add vanilla, then add strawberry puree, a little at a time. Continue mixing, and beat until fully incorporated.

Fold cheesecake mixture into the whipped cream, and stir gently until fully combined. Taste to check for sweetness. If needed, add an additional tablespoon or so of powdered sugar, and fold in gently.

Assembly-
Add prepared filling to a large ziplock bag, and cut off about 1/2 inch from one corner. Use this to squeeze the filling into the baked pastry cups.
Top with a few pieces of finely chopped strawberry.
Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge up to 1 hour.

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The filling may be made up to 1 full day ahead of time kept (covered) in the fridge until ready to use.

Using the full recipe listed above you will be able to fill 24 mini pastry cups and you may have some filling left over. Feel free to make just half of the filling recipe if you're baking less than the full package of pastry cups.

 

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Once baked, sprinkle the puff pastry cups with powdered sugar, then fill with strawberry cream cheese filling (using recipe above).  Garnish with some additional diced strawberries.

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I created this recipe as part of my ongoing work for Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry as a member of their “Puff is Spark” panel.

Last month I shared these Buffalo Chicken Pastry Bites and asked you to share your ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Over the next couple months I’ll be bringing you delicious and creative recipes using Puff Pastry and choosing my “top pick” from your suggestions from the previous month.

In the spring, I will chose my favorite from the highlighted “top picks” and that reader will win a grand prize trip to travel to the Pepperidge Farm Headquarters!

My top pick from last month’s suggestions is from Bethany G who said… “My favorite (and my kiddos fav) is puff pastry with custard and fresh berries! My girls especially love it topped with a bit of fresh whipped cream. It’s a simple, light dessert.”

So here’s your opportunity to chime in and share your original ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog post.

Cute, Creative & Delicious Valentine’s Treats

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Valentine’s Day/week/month is one of my favorite times of year to make pretty sweets!  Whether it’s a cute treat for kids, or something extra delicious for a party… over the years I’ve shared quite a few Valentine’s Treats!

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Valentine’s sweets… from super simple marshmallow pops to elaborate and delicious cakes & cupcakes!

This collection of Cute, Creative and Delicious Valentine’s Treats is sure to spark an idea or two for a sweet way to celebrate the ones you love!

For the recipes and instructions for each photo, click on the image itself or the title below each image to see the full blog post.

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Molten Lava Cakes

 

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Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes

 

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Sparkling Party Punch

 

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Pink Ombre Swirl Cake

 

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Valentine’s Snack Mix

 

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Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies

 

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Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

 

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Heart Cookies in a Jar

 

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Valentine’s Heart Decorated Cookies

 

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

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Valentine’s Cookie Boxes

 

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Heart Cut-Out Cupcakes

 

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Easy Valentine’s Marshmallow Pops

 

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Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies

 

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Black Forest Cheesecake

 

Happy baking & treat making!

Buffalo Chicken Pastry Bites

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As much as we love sweets in our house, when it comes to the Super Bowl there is one food that is always on the menu… Buffalo Chicken!  I love the flavors of Buffalo Chicken and wanted to play around a bit this year and make something perfect for the Super Bowl, but also a great appetizer for any time of year!  These Buffalo Chicken Pastry Bites combine all the yummy flavors of Buffalo Chicken in an easy to make, easy to eat appetizer!

This recipe starts with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups, available in the freezer section.  These little guys are perfect to keep on hand for quick appetizers!

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Buffalo Chicken Pastry Bites

All the flavors of Buffalo Chicken in an easy to eat appetizer.

Yield: 24 appetizers

Ingredients:

1 package - Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups

2 large (boneless, skinless) Chicken breasts

Franks Red Hot (or similar hot sauce)

2 Tablespoons butter

Blue Cheese Crumbles

Celery

Directions:

1.) Bake the Pastry Cups according to the package directions. Once baked and cooled, remove the center cutout (press down on the center with the back of a wooden spoon, then use a small knife to lift out the cutout)

2.) Cut the chicken breast into large strips, then cook in a skillet. Sprinkle with salt & pepper while cooking.

3.) In a medium bowl add 2/3 cup Franks Red Hot and 2 tablespoons butter. Microwave until warm (cover with a paper towel before heating).

4.) Cut up the cooked chicken into small pieces (about the size of a pea). Toss the chicken in the bowl of hot sauce, and stir to fully coat.

5.) Dice a stalk of celery.

6.) Assemble the appetizers by adding a few pieces of the (coated) chicken into the pastry cups (press it in a bit). Top with a few crumbles of blue cheese and a few small pieces of celery.

7.) Serve immediately.

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You can make as many or few pastry bites as desired. The ingredients listed with make a full box, 24 pastry cups.
Feel free to prepare all of the ingredients ahead of time (up to a day), then warm the chicken and assemble just before serving.

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Gather your ingredients (as listed in the recipe above).  Then, fill the little cups, serve and enjoy!

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I created this recipe as part of my ongoing work for Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry as a member of their “Puff is Spark” panel.

Last month I shared these Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Twists and asked you to share your ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Over the next couple months I’ll be bringing you delicious and creative recipes using Puff Pastry and choosing my “top pick” from your suggestions from the previous month.

In the spring, I will chose my favorite from the highlighted “top picks” and that reader will win a grand prize trip to travel to the Pepperidge Farm Headquarters!

My top pick from last months suggestions is from Julie, who said… “I would want to do some kind nutella & cream cheese pinwheel — a quick & easy dessert – easy to make and eat!”  Yum, sounds delicious!

So here’s your opportunity to chime in and share your original ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog post.

Heart Cookies in a Jar

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As much as I appreciate (and sometimes like to make) really elaborate cookies, I’ve recently found myself longing to simplify.  These Heart Cookies in a Jar are super simple, and yet the sweet pastel color palette and cute packaging transforms them into something very special.  I know I would be overjoyed to get a sweet little jar of cookies like this!

You could alter this idea in lots of ways…  add some details to the mini cookies, change the color scheme, add some little candies in with the cookies, the options are endless!

This project starts with these sweet and simple little heart cookies…

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Aren’t they cute?  I had a few left over and made a sweet little rainbow of them.  I shared the idea on my Instagram account (be sure to follow me to keep up with little behind the scenes ideas).

Ready to make Heart Cookies in a Jar?

You’ll need…

A batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe. I used a 1.5 inch heart cookie cutter for these cookies.

Royal Icing in your choice of colors.  Thin the icing to a medium consistency, about the consistency of shampoo or corn syrup… it should be thick enough to not run off the edge of the cookie as you outline, but thin enough to settle into place when you fill in/flood the center of the cookie.  I outlined and flooded the cookies with the same icing, using a #2 tip.  Outline the cookies (one at a time), them immediately fill in, to create a seamless look (as shown).

Lace fabric (less than 1/4 yard)

Jars (I used 8oz/half pint, standard mouth canning jars, found at Wal-Mart, Orchard Hardware Supply, or your local grocery store).

Kraft colored paper (available in the scrapbook section of most any craft store)

Jute/twine/ribbon (your choice)

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Step 1- (After baking and decorating your cookies)  Cut out a circle of lace, about 5 1/2 inches diameter.  I used a small plate to trace the circle (using a marker), then cut just inside the marked line.

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Step 2 – This is optional, but adds to the finished, shabby-chic look.  Cut out a circle of brown/kraft colored paper and attach it to the top of the jar lid.  I used a 2 1/2 inch circle punch and then just used a piece of tape rolled around itself (to create a double sided tape) to attach the paper to the lid.

Feel free to use a different color of paper, or skip this step altogether.

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Step 3 – Gather your supplies- a circle of lace, a jar with lid (topped with paper), jar ring, cookies, jute/twine and tags (if desired).  Fill the jar with the mini cookies (the icing should be allowed to dry overnight before adding the cookies to the jars).  I used 1.5 inch cookies and was able to fit 8-9 cookies in each jar.  Once the jar is filled with cookies, place the flat lid, then hold the lace over the lid and add the jar ring.  Embellish with jute or ribbon of your choice and add a tag (if desired).

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These sweet little jars of cookies make perfect little gifts!  Although I made these with Valentine’s Day in mind, I think they would be perfectly cute for most any occasion!

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Happy baking and crafting!

Looking for more sweet and crafty Valentine’s Day ideas?

You can check out all of my Valentine’s Ideas (here).

Carmel-by-the-Sea {Sweet Travels}

Hofsas House Hotel - Carmel, California

My family and I recently enjoyed a little getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.  Carmel-by-the-Sea (also simply called Carmel) is a beautiful little town on the central coast of California, near Monterey.  Although we live in California and I’ve visited Monterey a few times, I’d never been to Carmel.  We were invited by the Hofsas House Hotel to come enjoy this quaint town and it was such a relaxing getaway!

Working from home (as I do) has many advantages, but it also makes it very difficult to ever truly get away from work.  Sometimes it’s good for me to really get out of the house for a few days!  And there is just something extra special about being near the ocean… it has such a way setting things back into perspective.

While in Carmel, we stayed at the Hofsas House Hotel, a family owned inn with a European flair.  My girls were pretty thrilled to discover we had a two bedroom, two bath suite with a balcony and fireplace!  It was so nice to have some separate spaces for everyone… and especially great that I could sleep in and the rest of the family could watch TV in the other room!

Wine and Cheese - Carmel, California

We kicked off the weekend in style by enjoying the wine, cheese and crackers that were waiting for us in the room.

The girls had a great time exploring the suite…

Hofsas House Hotel - Carmel, California

The ocean view from our balcony was a special surprise!

View of Pacific Ocean - Carmel, California

The view was beautiful during the day, but extra spectacular at sunset!

Sunset in Carmel, California

The first full day of our stay we drove to Monterey (about a 20 minute drive) and spent the day at the incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I had only been to the aquarium once before, and the rest of my family had never been, so it was a great family experience!  The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for it’s incredible exhibits that include sea otters, octopus, hundreds of gorgeous varieties of fish (including HUGE tuna!), and one of its most famous exhibits is a huge and beautiful room that showcases jellyfish (that may sound creepy, but it’s really incredibly beautiful!).  The aquarium has exhibits and areas of interest for people of all ages, but I think they do an especially good job of creating fun places for young children.

My one bit of personal advice if you’re planning a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to make dining reservations ahead of time at Cindy’s Waterfront (their in-house restaurant).  There are two dinning options at the aquarium, a large café (cafeteria style) and Cindy’s Waterfront.  The café has lots of options (an upgrade from most large “parks”), but can be a bit loud and crowded for my preference.  The restaurant (Cindy’s Waterfront) is very reasonably priced for the incredibly well made food, and for me it was the perfect break in the middle of a busy day.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, California

 

Jelly Fish Exibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium

The second day of our Carmel trip I tracked down the best bakeries in town (I’m sure you’re not surprised!).  I visited Pastries and Petals and Café Carmel, both walking distance from the Hofsas House Hotel.

Pastries and Petals Bakery - Camel, California

Patries and Petals (pictured above and below) is a small bakery and café a block or so off the “main drag”, but is beautiful and certainly worth a stop!  In addition to the beautiful selection of treats, I was especially taken by the gorgeous collection of cake stands and glass domes used to display many of the selections.  In addition to the bakery sweets (cupcakes, cookies and bars), they also have a small but delicious looking selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads, as well as a full espresso bar.

Pastries and Petals Bakery - Camel, California

Café Carmel (below) caught my eye with one of the most beautiful bakery window displays I’ve ever seen!  Doesn’t this look like the perfect fall dessert buffet?  Café Carmel also makes sandwiches and salads to order.  I’d suggest taking your order to go and heading down Ocean Street to spend the day on the beach!

Cafe Carmel Bakery Display - Camel, California

While in Carmel we enjoyed dinner at two of the local restaurants (both walking distance from the Hofsas House Hotel).

The first night we ate at Mundaka, a Spanish tapas restaurant.  Many of the menu items were new to me, and we ordered several different items to all share as a family.  Our favorites were the Mini Lamb Burgers,  Calabacin (Shredded zucchini, almonds and dry jack cheese) and the Crema Cantalana (butterscotch crème brulee).  The next night our youngest (Joy, 6) said “Can we eat dinner like we did last night?”  I asked her what meant and she said she liked sharing everything as a family and getting to try lots of things.  =)

The next night we headed to Flaherty Seafood Grill, a restaurant specializing in fresh, wild caught fish.  We were warmly greeted and enjoyed several delicious dishes until we were more than full!  I ordered an Artichoke and Salmon Pasta dish that I had to fight my girls for (we all loved it!).  Hubby tried the local specialty, Sand Dabs, as well as clam chowder (always one of his favorites!) and enjoyed them both.

Beach Sunset - Camel, California

A few more notes about Carmel-by-the-Sea…

Carmel is an extra dog friendly town, and the beach is “leash free”.  We saw a lot of happy dogs!

Carmel caterers to wine and art lovers, and has numerous wine tasting rooms and art galleries.

We enjoyed walking from the hotel to many of the shops and restaurants in town.  Carmel is designed to be a very “walkable” town, but may not be the best option for strollers or wheelchairs, as many of the sidewalks are quite uneven or narrow.

Carmel is a beautiful, quaint town that we found perfect for a relaxing, recharging weekend.  Simply follow Ocean Street to head to the beautiful, mile long, white sand beach.  We spent several hours just letting the girls play in the sand and water, and it was one of my favorite parts of the weekend!

Special thanks to the Hofsas House Hotel for hosting us, we can’t wait to visit again!

I’d love to hear from you… where are some of your favorite vacation spots?  Is there a hidden gem in your area?  Do you seek out the ocean, or is it the mountains or city you love?