Chocolate Powder Puff Cookies

I feel like the only thing I’ve done during break is bake… but I’m not complaining! With that being said, I have some new recipes to share with you guys.

I found this recipe on Pinterest (per usual) & it is super easy to make. I always pin these super fancy recipes, but when it comes down to it, I would rather just make cookies out of a box & not have to spend a ton on ingredients I’ll use maybe once. So for those of you who also have more motivation when you’re on the couch & not in the kitchen, this recipe is for you. It looks good & tastes good, but doesn’t require much.

Ingredients:  one sheet pie crust that makes a 9-inch pie, thawed

about 15 chocolate kisses

about 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, for dredging

Prep time: 45 minutes

Serves: 15

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. I always forget to do this & then my recipe is done, but I have to wait around for the oven, so I would suggest doing this first thing. Then spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

On a floured surface, place the pie crust & roll it out. Using a pizza cutter, cut it into about 16 slices. (little triangles) Place a chocolate kiss in the center of each section. Then fold the pie crust over the kiss to cover it fully. Place all kisses on baking sheet & bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the crust is set. The bottoms may be a little brown, but that’s okay. Let them cool and then roll them in confectioners sugar. Eat right away or save for later!!

Grad Party Cupcakes

It is officially graduation season! I love this time of year because everyone is so nervous & excited about the future. But the best part of it all (along with getting a degree!) is the parties. My brother graduates this month so I’ve been busy planning a party for family & friends.

My signature party dish is cupcakes, so of course I had to go with a graduation theme. These are super easy to make & look almost too good to eat!

To make this adorable yet edible dessert, start with your favorite cake mix & make cupcakes. Choose either vanilla or chocolate frosting & then you can add sprinkles that represent school colors. To make the graduation caps, I followed a stencil outline & then cut them out & colored them in. It is time consuming, but they turned out great! Once the caps are cut & colored, use Scotch tape to adhere a toothpick to the back of the hat. Stick it in the decorated cupcake & you’re set!

If you don’t have a grad hat stencil, you can make a different version here.

Balsamic Strawberries & Cream Croissantwiches

This sweet recipe is perfect for brunch or an after dinner treat. I found this recipe while scrolling through Pinterest & decided to give it a try. It was super easy to make & turned out just like the picture I pinned, so that’s a good sign.

Ingredients: 6 croissants

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 tbsp sugar (or more if you like really sweet stuff)

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

chocolate syrup or hot fudge

1 tsp butter

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Start by toasting your croissants. While they’re toasting, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the strawberries, vinegar, & sugar & stir for approximately 5 minutes or until the strawberries look dark red. Remove the strawberry mixture from the heat & let cool. Spread cream cheese on one side of the toasted croissant & then add the cooled strawberries & sauce. Add the other side of the croissant on top & drizzle your choice of chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to eat or chow down immediately!

P.S. I didn’t have balsamic vinegar so I used a substitute of 1/2 tsp of honey & 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar & it was fine. Also, if you want to serve a larger crowd, slice the croissant in half & serve 10-12.