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Now you're cooking with comics. The decorated cookie: Christmas! a cookie pop Christmas tree forest for Celebrations. Cupcake Christmas Tree. My brother threw a holiday potluck for a bunch of friends and on the invite he presumptuously assigned me to dessert, pending I could attend of course.

Cupcake Christmas Tree

He assumed correctly on what I would be bringing, but now that I have claimed myself a “baker” on this lil blog of mine, I have a lot to live up to! I’ve done my fair share of cookie baking this holiday season, so I wanted to try something a little different. I stumbled across this awesome cupcake tree and the next minute was calling art stores nearby to see if they had Styrofoam cones in stock.

I do love living in this city, but spur of the moment craft projects are not exactly SF friendly. Michael’s is the epitome of inconveniently located to my home or office. Cupcake Christmas Tree 1 box of cake mix made into mini cupcakes Peppermint extract (optional) Buttercream frosting Cake decorating tools (thanks Colette! Green Food Coloring Toothpicks. A tiny gingerbread house that perches on the edge of your mug.

A quick update!

a tiny gingerbread house that perches on the edge of your mug

This winter I’ve collaborated with Brit+Co on a DIY kit for my tiny gingerbread houses that includes 3d printed cookie cutters! It’s available now, go have a look. These won’t be available after Christmas of 2014 so grab them now if you’re interested. I made tiny gingerbread houses that are meant to be perched on the edge of a mug of hot chocolate. I had been thinking about those sugar cubes that hook on the rim of a teacup earlier this month, and I was also thinking about 3-D cookies and how they fit together and figured it would be pretty neat to make cookies that hang on the edge of a mug. Inside Out Chocolate Caramel Apples make great teacher's gifts. You've eaten apples, right?

Inside Out Chocolate Caramel Apples make great teacher's gifts.

You've probably even eaten an apple covered in rich and creamy caramel. If you are lucky, you've enjoyed a chocolate covered caramel apple. But, I am positive you've never had an inside out chocolate caramel apple, but you really should try one! The idea for this recipe came to me in stages. Last week as I was making the little modeling chocolate apple that I used to decorate one of my chocolate chalkboards, I made a full size apple thinking it would also make a great teacher's gift. . Chocolate Truffles Recipe : Alton Brown.

Directions Place the 10 ounces of chocolate and butter in a medium size glass mixing bowl.

Chocolate Truffles Recipe : Alton Brown

Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and repeat this process 1 more time. Set aside. Heat the heavy cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Using a melon baller, scoop chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place the cocoa powder, nuts, and/or toasted coconut each in its own pie pan and set aside. In the meantime, place the 8 ounces of chocolate into a medium mixing bowl which is sitting on top of a heating pad lined bowl, with the heating pad set to medium. Red Velvet Whoopie pies. While we are leading up to Valentine's Day I thought I might treat you all with this Red Velvet Whoopie pie recipe from Annie's Eats!

Red Velvet Whoopie pies

Go get the recipe here. Valentine's Day is one of my most favorite day's of the year. Bring on the flowers, chocolates, romantic movies & of course dinning out/in. Jar of Happiness for my Birthday. Tuesday is my thirty-something birthday and I wanted to make something fun for myself.

Jar of Happiness for my Birthday

A little happiness in a jar for my happy day please! These are great because I know that in no way during the week could I make a cake for myself. I can just put the lid on these beauties and store in the fridge until my day. (okay so we all ate one tonight but there is still 4 left...) I have seen these fun little cupcakes baked right in the jar over at Babble and had to give it a try myself. Delicious and QUICK Holiday Treat….Yum!

Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe : Ina Garten. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.To make the crust, combine the graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter until moistened.

Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe : Ina Garten

Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. With your hands, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.To make the filling, cream the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, 2 at a time, mixing well. Make-a-Cake Series: Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce. Thanksgiving is coming.

Make-a-Cake Series: Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce

Do you feel it? I have the perfect holiday dessert for your guests. It’s also perfect to bring with you and impress your mother-in-law! Ha ha Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce Looks really good right? My grandmother made this every Thanksgiving while growing up. Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert Recipe.