One of my favorite parts of baking is sharing the treats I make with family and friends. And a bit of pretty packaging is the perfect way to elevate a simple treat into a sweet gift.
Bakers twine is one of my ”go to” items to add the finishing touch to little gifts. If you been reading here on Glorious Treats long at all, I’m sure you’ve noticed my love for bakers twine!
I used some orange and black twine on my recent Halloween Marshmallow Pops (pictured above) and it was easy to find several other posts (pictured above) where I added some bakers twine to dress up my project… Pumpkin Spice Cutout Cookies, Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes in a Jar, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar, Apple Pie in a Jar.
Today I have a great giveaway sponsored by Bakers Stock for 5 spools of bakers twine in YOUR choice of colors!! And it’s double the fun because there will be TWO winners!
Bakers Stock has long been my favorite place to buy cupcake liners (especially the brown ones I use the most!), but they have a great selection of other baking and party supplies too… including bakers twine!
Just look at all of these amazing color choices…
Ready to win?
Simply use the Rafflecopter form below (there is a simple, one time sign in if you’ve never used Rafflecopter before).
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Details – Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 17th (2013) 9pm Pacific. Giveaway sponsored by Bakers Stock. Winner will be chosen at random (by Rafflecopter).
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(Winners posted in the Rafflecopter form above)
Bakers Stock is offering a very generous discount code for 50% off your order of bakers twine!!
The discount code is TWINE50 and is valid thru November 1st, 2013
I love fancy desserts… but I also love treats that are quick and easy! These Halloween Marshmallow Pops are super simple, and yet still so cute!
I’ve made this kind of simple treat before for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, so there is nothing super impressive here… just a cute and simple idea perfect for a Halloween party, or little school treats.
These marshmallow pops are fun to make, and if you have kids around I’m sure they’d love to help!
How to make Halloween Marshmallow Pops ~
White chocolate, or white/almond candy bark
Paper straws (available from Sweets & Treats and Hobby Lobby), or pop sticks
1). Press a straw (or pop stick) into a marshmallow, and repeat for as many as you’d like to make. Set aside.
2). Melt the white chocolate in a glass measuring cup or a mug. Melt the chocolate using 50% heat, and check it ever 30 seconds or so.
3). Dip the marshmallows on a stick into the white chocolate (I usually just dip about 2/3 of the marshmallow). Allow some excess chocolate to drip off a bit.
4.) Immediately, sprinkle the chocolate covered marshmallow with sprinkles of your choice (this is best done over a large bowl with a paper towel at the bottom of the bowl to keep the sprinkles from bouncing around).
5). Place the finished marshmallows in a mug or short vase and move to the fridge or freezer for a few minutes, just long enough to let the chocolate set up.
6). Eat, or package as desired.
I made up a bunch of marshmallow pops for my youngest to share with her classmates, and they were very popular little treats! For these, I cut the straws in 1/2 to make cute, tiny little goodies (and save on straws!). I wrapped the marshmallows in little baggies (available at Michael’s or most craft stores) and tied them with bakers twine (from Bakers Stock).
Happy treat making!
Have you ever had a French Macaron? Macarons are one of those treats that are memorable enough that you would KNOW if you’ve had them or not! I enjoyed my first French Macarons a couple years ago, when a friend shared a batch she had made. That was all it took to be hooked! French Macarons have such a unique combination of textures (crisp, chewy and smooth) and come in such an endless array of flavors!
Not only are the flavor options endless with French Macarons, but so are the colors and shapes! Mindy Cone (of Creative Juice) has just published the most beautiful and inspiring book FULL of creative ideas for Macarons! Her book, Gourmet French Macarons is loaded with full page photos (taken by Mindy herself!) and all the instructions for creating the most adorable, beautiful and fun Macarons ever!
Aren’t they amazing?
These are just a few of the over 75 creative ideas packed into Gourmet French Macarons!
And you don’t have to worry about perfecting these fun shapes on your own… the book includes a CD with all the printable templates you’ll need!
Feeling inspired already? I know I am, after looking through this fun book!
Gourmet French Macarons is available now on Amazon, but one lucky Glorious Treats reader is going to win a copy!
Would you like to win a copy of this beautiful book?
Simply leave a comment below sharing if you’ve ever had a French Macaron (and if so, what’s your favorite flavor)?
Details - One entry per person. Giveaway ends Wednesday, October 9th, 9pm Pacific. Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. Book for giveaway provided by Mindy Cone.
All images courtesy of Mindy Cone/ Creative Juice.
Keep up with Mindy and all of her pretty and creative projects on Creative Juice, Facebook and Twitter.
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Winning comment #18- Doreen
Fall is one of my favorite times of year to bake. There is just something extra special about filling the house with warm, rich fragrances when there is a chill in the air.
This Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake combines a moist and flavorful apple cake with a sweet cream cheese filling, and an incredible praline frosting. Although this recipe does require several steps, the end results are delicious, impressive and perfect for any fall celebration.
When I first came across this recipe (originally from Southern Living) I considered skipping the cream cheese filling in an effort to simplify the recipe. But I usually try to make a recipe as listed before making changes, so I figured I’d give it a try as is. The filling is delicious and adds a nice creamy texture to the overall recipe. I will say, the apple cake and praline frosting are both delicious, so if you don’t care for cream cheese, or want to speed things along I think you could omit the filling. If you are going to leave out the filling, be sure to reduce the overall baking time.
Another suggestion would be to bake the cake one day, then frost it the next day, to break up the work a bit.
This cake would be perfect for a fall brunch, and is a delicious treat with a glass of milk, or cup of coffee.
Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Rich, moist and full of flavor, this is the perfect bundt cake for a special occasion.
Cream Cheese Filling-
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Challenge butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup finely chopped pecans
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup oil (canola, olive or vegetable)
3/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples (I used Granny Smith)
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/4 cup Challenge butter
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans, for garnish
Grease and flour a (14 cup) bundt pan, and set aside.
Prepare cream cheese filling-
Beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add egg, flour and vanilla and beat until just combined. Set aside.
Prepare cake batter-
Preheat oven to 350*F and bake pecans for 5-7 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant.
Meanwhile, stir flour, both sugars, salt, baking soda and spices together in a large bowl.
Stir in eggs, then oil, apple sauce and vanilla.
Stir in apples and pecans.
Spoon two-thirds of the apple batter into the prepared pan, then spoon cream cheese filling over the apple mixture, leaving a 1 inch border around the edges of the pan.
Spoon remaining apple batter over the cream cheese filling.
Bake cake at 350*F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a long wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan, on a wire rack about 1 hour. Remove cake from pan, and cool completely (an additional hour).
When the cake has cooled, prepare praline frosting.
Combine brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute (set a timer).
Remove pan from heat and add vanilla extract, then powdered sugar. Whisk together until fully combined. If needed, pour frosting through a fine strainer to remove any powdered sugar lumps. Cool frosting slightly (about 5 minutes) until it has begun to thicken slightly, but is still easily pourable. Pour over cake, as desired. Garnish with pecans, if desired.
Happy fall baking!
It seemed only fitting to kick off the first day of fall with an easy pumpkin recipe! These Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars are super simple to mix up and are a perfect snack cake, or breakfast treat. These bars have a mild pumpkin flavor, a nice balance of spices, and lots of yummy white chocolate chips (my favorite part!). These bars have more of a cake texture than cookie, so if you want to call it Pumpkin Snack Cake, go for it!
Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars
These simple fall bars come together quickly and will disappear just as fast!
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup Challenge unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla exract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 package (12 oz.) white chocolate chips
Prepare a 9"x13" pan by lining it with parchment paper, or greasing it with bit of butter.
Preheat oven to 350*F.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices and set aside.
In another large bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugars. Add the egg, then vanilla and pumpkin and blend together well with the whisk (no need for an electric mixer).
Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, add the white chocolate chips and blend together with a spatula or wooden spoon just until fully incorporated.
Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly in the pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until it appears set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.
Cool fully, then cut into bars as desired.
Use 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the individual spices, if desired.
Feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of the white chocolate, if desired.
Ready to kick off your fall baking?
After you whip up these Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars, you can try a few more of my fall favorites…
Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Hole Muffins
Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake