Salted Caramel Pear Tart

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When your family owns a farm with tons of pear trees, you are always looking for new ways to use those pears during the fall.  While this season we lost about 75% of the pears due to a late freeze, in past years I would get multiple boxes of pears every time I saw my family in September and am always looking for good recipes.

Fall pears.  Perfect for pear tarts!

Last season, I decided to try out a dessert recipe.  After looking around Pinterest, I found this fun recipe for salted caramel pear tarts from Vikalinka.  And man, did they turn out yummy and look extremely gourmet and professional!

Delicious Salted Caramel Pear Tart Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Pears
  • 6 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 6 Teaspoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Flour

Salted caramel pear tart recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F to bake these salted caramel pear tarts.  Using defrosted puff pastry, begin rolling out one sheet to be approximately 1/4″ in thickness on a sheet of wax paper or another non-stick surface.  Use flour to keep from sticking to the rolling pin.

Homemade salted caramel pear tarts

Cut the puff pastry into 6 even squares.  The recipe I followed called for 8 squares, but based on the larger size of my pears I only made 6.  Next cut an “L”  shape into 2 opposite corners about 1/2″ from the edge, but don’t cut all the way to keep it attached. Grab each of the loose cut corners of the pastry, crossing them over each other and lay flat on the opposite side.  Hopefully the picture below helps explain better.  The process is really easy, just hard to explain in writing.

How to make salted caramel pear tarts

Repeat with the remaining pastry squares and brush with egg an place in the refrigerator to chill until baking time.

Making salted caramel pear tarts

Prepare the pears next.  Peal each pear, cut in half and remove center of seeds.  Slice each half as seen below.

Making pear tarts

Place a sliced pear half into the middle of each pull pastry square.  Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and heavy whipping cream.  Finish off with a pinch of course sea salt on each salted caramel pear tart.

Yummy Pear Tart Recipe

Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and pears and delightfully softened. The magic of the oven turns the sugar and cream into a decadent carmel…AMAZING!

Homemade pear tart recipe

Enjoy your salted caramel pear tarts and you don’e even have to admit how simple they really were to make.

Delicious Pear Tart Recipe

Eat them quickly, as they start to get soggy over time and are best fresh out of the oven.  Made in fun pear recipes lately?  I am still in a fall mood and love dreaming of a brisk fall afternoon with the house filled with the sweet smell of salted caramel tarts in the oven.

Delicious Salted Caramel Pear Tart Recipe - simple and fantasic


Cookie Dough Truffles

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Looking for a simple but fun dessert idea?  You should try making Bakerella’s Cookie Dough Truffles.  I made these cute little cookie dough truffles for a 4th of July party last year and they were a hit!  I mean, who does not love cookie dough dipped in a chocolate coating?!?  YUM!

Cookie dough truffles cake pops

Let’s get this party started, all you need is:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
chocolate candy coating
Large toothpicks or other type of stick

Grab a bowl and and electric mixer. Whip the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, or about 3 minutes. Next, mix in the milk and vanilla.  Add flour and salt and mix on low until combined and then fold in chocolate chips.

Cookie dough truffles recipe

Chill dough for about 30 minutes to make more firm.  Roll the dough into bite size balls.

Cookie dough truffles

Pop in the sticks and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.  Be careful not to freeze for too long or the balls will be too cold and will crack the coating.

Cookie dough truffle cake pops

Melt your chocolate coating and dip each ball to throughly coat.  If out in the sun, the balls will start to melt and get really messy.  Chill until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Cookie dough truffles cake pops


Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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To continue on with the theme this week of my favorite cookie recipes, I just had to share this peanut butter cup cookies recipe from Real Simple.  It is definitely one of my favorites.  I mean biting into a warm cookie with gooey peanut butter cups throughout, so amazing!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12-ounce package small peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. This helps make the cookies easy to remove.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set bowl with dry ingredients aside. In a second bowl, cream the butter and sugars with an electric mixer. Add your egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture, combining until just incorporated. Gently fold in the peanut butter cup pieces.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Drop tablespoon size mounds of dough approximately 2 inches apart onto the baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Recipe

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool on a wire baking rack.  These cookies are so good!!  Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe


Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

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When I think about making cookies, one of my favorite from my childhood are Snikerdoodles!  I am not sure where this recipe came from as it is one my mom taught me and I have been making for years now.  These are a great choice to bring to the holidays for children or picky eaters.  Everyone loves a good sugar cookie right?  Plus you can easily make them festive with sprinkles.

The BEST Snickerdoodle recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • cinnamon & sugar

Snickerdoodle recipe

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer.

Baking snickerdoodle cookies

How to make snickerdoodles

The BEST Snickerdoodle cookie recipe

Add your egg and beat until combined.

Snickerdoodle cookies- yum!

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Snickerdoodle cookies

Add sifted dry ingredients to the butter, sugar & egg mixture.  Mix together until fully incorporated.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Snickerdoodle cookie dough

After chilling the dough, roll it out into walnut sized balls.  Roll each dough ball through a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.  If you want to add sprinkles to the cookies, make sure to add them to this cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Sprinkles will not stick well after the cookies are cooked, so adding them before hand it key.

Snickerdoodle cookie recipe

Place dough balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

Making snickerdoodles

Cool on wire rack.  Makes about 24 cookies.  These are still one of my favorite cookies and a big hit with kids! Enjoy :)

Making snickerdoodle cookies


White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Merry Christmas!!  I rarely make cookies, except for during the holiday season.  Then I tend to go a bit crazy trying out new recipes as well as a few tried and true.  One of my favorite recipes is the Ocean Spray recipe for oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chunks and cranberries.  They are so good, and really simple to make.

Oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chunk cookie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5-ounces Dried Cranberries
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips

Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookie ingredients

Preheat oven to 375ºF.  In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies
Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookies

Add eggs, mixing well to combine.

White chocolate cranberry cookies- YUM!

In another bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt.

Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookie -YUM!

Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each.

Oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies -YUM!

Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.

Cranberry oatmeal white chocolate cookie recipe

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

White chocolate cranberry cookies

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

White chocolate cranberry cookie recipe

Cool on wire rack. This recipes makes approximately 2.5 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chunk cookie recipe


Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

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As summertime is winding to an end, I just realized that I never shared the awesome cake pops that I made for Clem’s 6th birthday.  Mel planned the theme of ice cream social, so I knew immediately what I must do…make ice cream cone cake pops!

Summertime ice cream cone cake pops

How cute are these right? I decided to go with pink and white after searching around for inspiration on Pinterest. If you are looking for any baking ideas, check out my Cute Baking Ideas board. I love dreaming of fun and yummy treats to make!

Ice cream cone cake pops made by hand

First step for these little beauties was to gather my supplies.  Since Clem was planning to have about 15 kids plus a few possible siblings at her party, I planned to make 24 cake pops.  I decided to take on Funfetti again, even after my debacle when making the puppy cake pops last year, but opted for whipped vanilla frosting in hopes that the cake balls would hold up better.

How to make ice cream cone cake pops for a summer time party

I originally planned to buy mini ice cream cones like these on Amazon, but being the procrastinator I am, it was one week before the party and it would take about 10 days for those adorable little cones to ship.  So instead I ran by CVS on my way home one night and grabbed two boxes of the only ice cream cones they had.  Then I went to work making them mini!

Ice cream cone for cake pops

This step was easy as long as you take your time.  The best method it to slowly score around the rim of the cone with your knife increasing pressure to cut through.  If you push to hard on one side you can break the cone, so be careful.

Turning ice cream cones into ice cream cake pops

Once all the cone we cut to size, the next step was to make a hole through the bottom for the stick to poke through.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

This also required cutting out a little middle piece of the cone to clear the path.

How to make ice cream cones for cake pops

Once all of the cone were ready to go, it was time to focus on the cake ball formations.  If you have never made cake pops before, check out my post about making cake pops.  It goes into more details about type of cake, cake to frosting ratios, etc. For these cake pops I made the cake balls a bit more oval and flattened.  It helped to fill out the top of the ice cream cone better.

Ice Cream Cake Pops

Now it was time to assemble the pops.  Step one was to poke a hole into the bottom of the cake ball and insert the stick with a little of the melted candy coating to help it hold.

Amazing ice cream cake pops

Make sure it is firm and straight, then set aside for a moment.

Ice Cream Cake Pops-YUM!

Next I took the cone and dipped just the top of the rim into the candy melts.

Yummy ice cream cake pops

From here I threaded the cone onto the stick and pressed the ice cream cone onto the bottom of the cake ball.

Decorating Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

I then took a tiny bit of candy melt to seal the hole on the base of the cone to the stick for a little added to support.

Amazing ice cream cone cake pops

Repeat over and over again allowing the cones to dry upside down.

How to make ice cream cone cake pops

The result, an amazingly secure cake pop.  Once assembled these were the easiest cake pops to dip and decorate because they we adhered well to the stick in multiple places.

Easy to make ice cream cake pops

Now the fun of decorating!! Dip the cake ball into the candy melt to fully coat.

DIY Ice Cream Cake Pops

Swirl around and tap to get the melt to run down the side of the cone naturally.  You can use a spoon to help get it started if necessary.  The beauty of these pops it that they are meant to look messy like melting ice cream, so it hard to go wrong.  My favorite type of decorating :)

making cute ice cream cake pops

Allow the first coating to set a bit before adding the topping layer or the colors will start to blend.  The second layer is best added by simply dripping it on with a spoon and shaking around again to get a natural drip pattern.

Decorating Ice Cream Cake Pops

Now the final touches…M&Ms!

Decorating DIY Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

While the topping it still wet I added one red M&M as the cherry and random sprinkles.  I rigged a great drying rack for these pops out of a box I had laying around.

making ice cream cake pops

Last but not least I opted to individually wrap each pop in a plastic dessert bag and tie to make them more of a party favor than the main dessert, since we were hosting an ice cream bar at the party.

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops for a Summer Time Party

There you have it.  Super cute ice cream cone cake pops!

Summer time ice cream cone cake pops


Saint Patrick’s Day Cake Pops

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Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!  Last year I made yummy cake pops for my family, but never got around to sharing them.  So…here they are!

St. Patty's Day Cake Pops

These cake pops are chocolate inside and the candy coatings are chocolate, peanut butter, mint chocolate and vanilla.  If you are wonder how they are made, check out my post all about how to make cake pops easily.

St. Patty's Day Cake Pops-YUM!

I made sure to decorate all the mint chocolate coated cake pops alike to tell them apart from the chocolate coated ones.  It made most sense to give them a pretty green swirl.

Saint Patrick's Day Cake Pops

The mint chocolate ones tasted so good and reminded me of Thin Mint cookies! Continue reading »