Espresso Double Shot Cupcake

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Magnolia bakery is one of the most famous bakeries in New York City and draws crowds in from all over the world to taste their famous cupcakes. This recipe was shared with me, and I wanted to share with you. One of their more popular cupcakes. The Espresso Double Shot cupcake with vanilla and chocolate marble cake topped with espresso meringue buttercream made with Peet’s (coffee) best-selling Major Dickason’s blend.

Makes 24 cupcakes For devil’s food cupcake batter: 2 cups cake flour 1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder 1½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, room temperature 1½ cups brown sugar ½ cup sugar 3 eggs, large 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1½ cups buttermilk   For vanilla cupcake batter: 4 eggs, large 1 cup whole milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2½ cups cake flour 1½ cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature and cut into 1-inch cubes [Read more…]

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

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I love oatmeal cookies. I love cream filling of any sort, and I love Little Debbie Oatmeal cream pies. My mom was all about healthy snacks when I was growing up, and I think she justified the oatmeal as a healthy attribute to a daily snack.  I never got sick of them and I still could eat them all the time, until……..I found a homemade recipe.

Sometimes I don’t have the time to bake homemade cookies, so a trick for me is to buy some soft oatmeal cookies and make my own cream filling at home and assemble. The cream filling makes the sandwich and it is so easy.

Either way, these cookies (homemade or otherwise) are a delicious treat and perfect for packed lunches.

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Oreo Truffles – An Easy & Perfect Halloween Treat

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The grocery store near me is open until midnight.

Do you ever wonder who actually does their grocery shopping at midnight? Yeah… that would be me.

It’s not how I prefer to do it, and not something I do regularly, but honestly, some days are just too much. I literally got the the end of my day and realized that I had nothing to put in my kids sack lunches for the next day, and nothing available for breakfast or dinner either. Not grocery shopping was really just not an option.

I wanted to bake something yummy and fun, too, but what I ended up doing was grabbing a bag of Oreo cookies during my midnight trip to the store, and mixing them up into these quick and easy no-bake truffles.

They’re just as tasty as any other treat, but with only 3 ingredients and no baking, they’re way easier.

Plus they look really cute rolled in Halloween themed sprinkles.
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Let me walk you through how easy this is.

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Italian Tea Cookies


Sometimes family recipes are the best ones we have in our homes. Nothing beats recipes cards/books that are passed down for generations.
My grandma, who grew up in an Italian family and was one of sixteen children, has some recipes I grew up making. One of them is this Italian Tea Cookie recipe.

One day when we made these together, she pulled out a small piece of paper, and attempted to write the recipe out for me. She wrote the ingredients and on the back, I scribbled the process. 
Being one of 16 with limited means, she was not able to attend school often and didn’t attend past elementary school. This becomes evident when you read her writing.