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Cheesecake Obsession?!

OK, recently I found a wonderful picture of banana cream cheesecake on Pinterest. Supposedly, it tastes almost exactly like the banana cream cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. Reading the ingredients, I almost couldn’t help licking my lips. What I also couldn’t help was thinking “I could make that!” Well, I followed through and bought all of the ingredients and the springform pan-don’t forget that! It turned out even better than I had thought! I only wish that I could have pureed the banana to make the batter more smooth. But, I almost liked the little chunks of banana I would get in each bite. It really depends on which consistency you prefer. My family quickly gobbled it up, and I don’t blame them! After making this cheesecake I searched Pinterest for any more fantastic cheesecake recipes. I’m thinking that I may have begun a new obsession…

Here is the recipe: http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/2523904-The-Cheesecake-Factory-Banana-Cream-Cheesecake

Here are a couple pics of my cheesecake:

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Not too shabby for my first cheesecake! And it definitely wasn’t as hard as I thought! A little time consuming, but it definitely worth it! I am currently trying to pick one of the many great recipes I have found on Pinterest. Any suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!
~Craft-d-Girl

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello everyone! I haven’t blogged in over a month!! Sorry about that! I have been quite busy the past few weeks and couldn’t fit blogging into my schedule! Hopefully this post will make up for that empty space.

I saw this fantastically easy recipe on the side of a Duncan Hines  “Dark Chocolate Fudge” cake mix box. Okay, well it may seem obviously good, but I am always unsure about using new recipes. And, I don’t know about you, but I hardly ever use the recipes that come with pre-packaged food. In this case, however, I saw the picture and how easy the recipe was that I just thought “Why not?”  I wasn’t exactly sold on cake mix cookies yet, so I thought that these were worth a try. These cookies are definitely the best cake mix cookies I have made so far, and my family loves them! They hardly lasted four days in my house!

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 The recipe is so easy, and it would be very difficult to mess up! I have made this recipe two times and they have turned out great both times. So here is the recipe:

“Chunky Chocolate Cookies” (as on the Duncan Hines cake box):

Ingredients:

1 package Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

2 large eggs

1/2 cup(1 stick) butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts [optional]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Place cake mix, eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in large bowl. Stir with spoon until thoroughly blended [I used an automatic mixer]. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.Drop by level measuring tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes for chewy cookies, or 14 for crisp cookies.

I did not use the pecans, and they still turned out terrific.

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And, for some strange reason I cannot get a larger picture for the cookies! I hope you can see them well enough in the picture on the right! So sorry!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! And remember, don’t judge a recipe by its box! hehe 🙂

❤ ,

Craft-d-Girl

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S’mores and Birthday Cake Cookies!

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in such a long time! I have been a bit busy the past few weeks. Well, this week I got to experiment with some new cookie recipes. And, of course, I came across these recipes on Pinterest. I found two recipes that I found were especially appealing: s’mores and birthday cake pudding cookies. When I clicked for the recipes, I actually found out that they are from the same website called Chef -in-Training.com . Check out her website for great recipes! Click the pictures below to see her recipes (which I used) for that type of cookie.

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I love how soft these cookies are! One thing that I don’t like is a hard cookie, but these cookies definitely make me happy! 🙂 Oooh, I’m making myself hungry just talking about them! I have to say, though, I am normally a chocolate person, but I am very impressed with the birthday cake cookies!

Well, I hope that you try these awesome recipes!!

~Craft-d-Girl

Cake Pops!

Well, as you may know, I have attempted to create cake pops this past summer(You can check out that post here), but they didn’t exactly turn out the way I wanted them to. I promised myself that I would not give up, and that I would try again.

This time I made cake pops using a  Babycakes cake pop maker. (Click the picture to go to the Babycakes website.) I actually felt that using the cake pop maker was cheating at first, but when I baked about 24 perfectly round cake pops in 15-20 minutes I was glad I used the cake pop maker. It is very easy to use! After making a batch for my family, I felt comfortable enough  to make some for my friend’s birthday.

The cake pop maker came with an instruction booklet that also had a bunch of recipes for cake and icing. I used the simple vanilla cake recipe, and used candy melts from A.C. Moore as the coating.

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Vanilla Cake Pop Recipe 

Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients:

• 1½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup butter, softened
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• ½ cup milk
• Glaze or coating of choice
 
Directions:
1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in
eggs and vanilla.
3. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending
with the flour mixture.
4. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 1 tablespoon of batter.
5. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cake pop comes out clean.
6. Allow to cool and glaze or coat, as desired.
Thanks to http://www.thereviewstew.com for the recipe.
I also used candy melts to decorate the cake pops. I chose orange because it is more of a fall color. Of course, your options for decorating cake pops are endless! I have seen snowmen, Minnie Mouse, and present-shaped cake pops. Here are a few great websites for cute and easy cake pops:

Making cake pops is SO easy with the cake pop maker! If you try them out for yourself (or if you have any questions) please leave a comment!

Have a nice weekend!

-Craft-d-Girl

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