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Birthday Cake Popcorn. So here's what happened.

Birthday Cake Popcorn.

Friday afternoon I was trying to recreate one of those fancy Disneyland cookies I'd told you about earlier in the week. And it started out beautiful and promising: chocolate chip cookie dough, white chocolate candy melts, gorgeous swirls of raspberry preserves, and chunks of rich dark chocolate... the sort of cookie dough that spoons were made for, if you know what I mean. Dreamy. Indulgent. Except it spread into one giant mess of gooey, melted, pink-streaked chocolate. It happened. I’m rich, I’m rich! Thousand Dollar Bars. Have you ever baked something that made you do the Daffy Duck?

I’m rich, I’m rich! Thousand Dollar Bars

You know, the cartoon scene where Daffy runs about yelling, “I’m rich, I’m rich, whoop, whoop, yippee, I’m rich!” He’s bouncing around on his head, feet, hands, and rump in a spastic outpouring of sheer joy. Yep, the Daffy Duck. Not everything we bake here in the kitchen gets us to do the Daffy Duck. Sometimes we do the swoon, the table grip (hold me Ralphie, I’ve died and gone to heaven). On a bad day, we do the wine taster (small taste and a spit) or the Emily Post (napkin over mouth, remove offending food, weak smile).

But on a really really good day, we do the Happy Dance (personal taste rules here;mine includes foot stomping and mmm mmm noises); and the Daffy Duck. These Thousand Dollar Bars did just that for us here at KAF. These bars definitely remind people of Twix® bars, both in shape and taste, but OH, so much better when top-end caramel and chocolate is used. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Colorful Spiral Cookies. Just try to be in a bad mood around one of these.

Colorful Spiral Cookies

Impossible! I was naturally drawn to these because of the bright, eye-catching swirl, not to mention the jumbo sprinkles-encrusted edges! If anything, these should be the SB mascot, because they are everything I love. Bright, happy, buttery and delicious. Also versatile! Another thing I love about these is that they are SLICE and BAKE. I won't go much into preparation here, because that's all in the recipe, but here are some pictures to give you an idea of the process. I wanted to make my dough even on all sides, so I trimmed some away to make an even roll. I used Wilton's rose gel food coloring. You'll then encrust the dough with jumbo (or other) sprinkles. Speaking of ham... Some of you may wonder why there are so many pictures of my dog, Biscuit, included in my posts. I'll say "! " ...and all my disciplinary plans fly out the window. EDIT: Laurie at Dalla Mia Cucina made them - check out her pretty version.

Milk and Cookies Cocktails. You know when you hear a song on the radio, or in a movie, and you can't get it out of your head for days?

Milk and Cookies Cocktails

You find yourself singing the theme song to iCarly as you wash the dishes, or better yet, all you can hear in your head is (as your talking to a client at work!) Is "shake ya a**, watch yourself" after watching About a Boy for the sixteeth time. That's how I felt about these sprinkle-rimmed glasses of milk I spotted over on Oh Sweet Babies. I couldn't get the image out of my head, and for days all I could think was what a fun idea for a party, don't you agree? In my mind these would be absolutely perfect for a tween birthday party. Little kids would love them too, but I might consider forgoing the glass and using plastic or disposable sippers for them if you're serving them at a party.

Milk and Cookies Cocktails Using two plates, place a few tablespoons of agave nectar or honey on one and coloured sprinkles on the other. Deep Fried Strawberries. I know what you may be thinking.

Deep Fried Strawberries

It’s a little out of the ordinary BUT if you give this a try, I think you just might be pleasantly surprised. Strawberries are everywhere right now and I’m always looking for ways to use them. We’ve already shared a trio of beverage ideas using strawberries: STRAWBERRY MARGARITA GRANITA , STRAWBERRY AGUA FRESCA , and a NUTELLA STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE. When my friend mentioned to me that she had DEEP FRIED STRAWBERRIES for dessert while dining out the other night I knew immediately I HAD to make them and I’m so happy I did. I went with a more savory batter to compliment the sweet, sweet strawberries and was super pleased with the results.

We dipped ours in NUTELLA and the kids enjoyed theirs with a small bit of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup. I also left the stems on making it easier to hold onto while battering. What to do: 1. Cake Batter Chocolate Bark. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to share a recipe with you.

Cake Batter Chocolate Bark

Or to lick a bowl. The secret ingredient here? You may think I’m crazy… but it’s a spoonful of actual cake mix. All you must do is whisk it well into the melted white chocolate. Best decision ever. The truth is, I’ve never been much of a “bark” person. After laying on the couch slurping butter-soaked shrimp scampi, plowing through a bag of m&m’s and watching 7 hours of Lifetime television, I had my answer: cake batter. Make Your Own Candy Bars - Project. Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread.