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Archive for December, 2010

LET’ S CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! It’s the magical night all children dream about; the one night parents allow them to stay up until midnight to ring-in the New Year. Let the kids toast in this New Year with our festive Confetti Ice Cream Pops!

Confetti Ice Cream Pops

Makes 8

Ingredients

8 pieces, 1 1/2-inch soft-centered candy bars, like Milky Way or Snickers

1 pint vanilla ice cream or white chocolate ice cream, slightly softened

3/4 cups assorted-color candy confetti or confetti Nerds

Let’s Make the Pops!

  1. Insert a wooden Popsicle stick into one end of each candy bar and set aside.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of ice cream in the bottom of a 3-ounce paper cup or use something  like one of these cool pop -makers. http://www.kidscookingshop.com/ice-cream-pop-mold.
  3.  Place candy in center of the cup, surround with 3 tablespoons ice cream, and smooth over the top.
  4. Transfer cup to a baking sheet, repeat with remaining cups, and freeze until solid. Pour confetti or sprinkles into a shallow bowl and set aside. Peel the cup from each ice cream pop and roll in the decorations to cover completely. May be stored covered in freezer up to 3 days.

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Kids recipe-Popcorn Cupcakes-Let it Snow!

LET’S MAKE SOME SNOWY POPCORN CUPCAKES!

Kids are off for the winter break and there is plenty of snow in many parts of the counrty this holiday season. And even if you’re not in a place where it snows, you can let it snow inside your kitchen with these sweet and salty cupcakes that I have named Snowy Popcorn Cupcakes from my 4th children’s cookbook, the Fairies Cookbook. http://www.kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-fairies-cookbook

It’s a recipe that’s fun to make and beautiful to serve. Have fun with your kids this holiday season and enjoy making, baking and decorating my Snowy Popcorn Cupcakes!

 

 

SNOWY POPCORN CUPCAKES

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box white cake mix

Milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond extract

4 cups popped corn

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 can Vanilla Frosting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. Make cake mix according to package directions substituting milk for water in the amount stated on the cake mix directions. Add vanilla and almond extracts to the batter and stir to blend.

2. Fill muffin cup with paper liners and spray generously with non- stick spray.

3. Divide batter evenly between 24 muffin cups using an ice cream scoop to keep the amount of batter equal between cups.

4. Bake and cool according to package directions.

5. Fill a large bowl with popcorn.

6. Frost each cupcake generously with frosting then dip each frosted cupcake into popcorn adding 6-8 white chocolate chips to fill-in where popcorn did not stick.

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Kids Holiday Recipe of the day- Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

School’s out for the holidays so celebrate the extra time together  and bake-up a batch of HOT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES! 

This week @ Kids Cook! here in Austin we will be making these fun and festive Hot Chocolate Cupcakes all week at our walk-in Food Treat Activity Center.

Most bakers don’t realize that almost evey coffee cup or mug can be baked in the oven. Pick and choose from what’s in your kitchen cabinet. It’s fun to let every child choose their very own cup to bake the cupcakes…just make sure the cups are all about the same size so the bake time is the same. At home, you can bake- up ahead of time and them  keep covered in the frig for a day or two. When ready to frost and decorate, just bring out the cupcakes for 15 minutes to room temp and let the kids have fun!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

Your favorite chocolate or German Chocolate cake mix

1 jar marshmallow crème

Assorted hard candies

Coat the insides of oven safe cups with cooking spray. Fill the cups halfway with chocolate cake batter. We used a mix for German chocolate cake, which is a lighter color than regular chocolate cake and looks more like hot cocoa.

  1. Follow the cupcake making and baking instructions on the cake mix package. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Allow the cakes to cool for about 15 minutes.
  2. Top each cup with a generous dollop of marshmallow crème and candies. One cake mix makes enough batter for 18 cups but if you want fewer than that, bake the remaining batter in a small cake pan.

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Whoop there it is!  The HOTTEST Christmas gift we have seen this year – The Gumball-filled Hula Hoop! If you live in or near Austin, stop by Kids Cook! and grab this “Santa” gift for the kids in your family—fun for grown-ups too! www.kidscookaustin.com  

Set- up “Candyland” in your own home over the holidays and create a cupcake bar with assorted colors of cupcakes & frostings ( use food colors to dye vanilla cupcakes & frostings a rainbow of colors)  and have the kids frost and decorate cupcakes using small gumballs. 

For more fun and kid-friendly cupcake recipes check out the Pink Princess Cupcakes Cookbook with 30 recipes and full page  photography of every cupcake in the cookbook . http://www.kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-pink-princess-cupcakes-cookbook 

Tis the season to be jolly – Merry Merry to one and all!

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Jumping for Gingerbread Cookies!

It’s the holiday season and nothing tastes more like Christmas than making a fresh, spicy scented  batch of gingerbread cookies! The dough may be made up days ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. It can be ready any time the kids are ready to bake and decorate. There are many different ways to use this recipe. Of course gingerbread men ( and ladies) are the classic, but this dough also works great for gingerbread house construction. Make smaller gingerbread men to adorn and embellish your favorite cupcakes to create the perfect holiday treat for kids’ parties and neighborhood gatherings. For more recipes and decorating tips and to see a beautiful image of our holiday gingerbread cupcakes go to our online shop at www.kidscookingshop.com .

If you are in Austin, check-out  our retail store – Kids Cook! on Far West Blvd. 512-346-3333  www.kidscookaustin.com and register for some of our creative holiday classes and workshops. You can also drop by anytime we are open ( M-S 10-5) and let your child create a Food Treat  at our exclusive Food Treat Activity Center…You never need to register…just walk-in anytime and enjoy a mini cooking lesson!

Gingerbread Cookie Cut-Outs

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

3/4 cup molasses

3 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Powdered sugar for rolling out dough

Assorted candies and decorating sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.

Stir in dry ingredients and mix completely. Cover bowl and put in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or until needed and up to 1 week.

Take out small portions, about 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup, of the cookie dough, and roll out 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. Use powdered sugar instead of flour to roll out cookie dough. It won’t toughen cookies as flour does if too much is used.

Decorate cookies using candy and sprinkles.

Bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on size of cookie.

Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then carefully remove. Cool another 10 minutes before using icing.

 You’ll jump for joy with every bite!

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