Cake Monday

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Cake Monday


As another school year comes to an end, so does #cakemonday. Yesterday was our last one of the year.

Flip Flop Cake

Summer break is upon us …….time to break out the flip flops…….Flip Flop Cake!

I wanted to make a special cake for our last #cakemonday. Once again my friend Pinterest came to the rescue. Well ,Pinterest and Betty Crocker! Click here for the Betty Crocker recipe and video on how to make these cute flip flops.

I used my Best Ever White Cake recipe. The Betty Crocker version uses a cake mix, but any cake will do.

Flip Flop

 

I was able to find a template for the flip flops searching on Pinterest……..there were a ton of them different sizes, so pick whatever one suits you.

The decorations were pretty basic and Tim had the awesome idea to use licorice for the straps…..great idea honey!!!! The “sand” was a combo of brown sugar and turbinado. I bought some sunny….non edible flowers and sea shells.

Cake Monday

Flip Flops on the beach……they were a huge success for our last #cakemonday of this year………

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies


Spider Cookies

Trick or treat….trick or treat …….give me something good to eat!!!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies from A Spicy Perspective are just the treat……so you don’t get a trick!

My house was always the house with the “cool” treats and decorations. My nephew Brad and I would pick just the right thing or things and then make what ever we had chosen. Our yard was always decorated to the hilt. My treats were not always candy, but it was always something memorable.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would have been a huge hit, not only with my nephew……for the helping and the handing out part…..that was his job. He would go out trick or treating for a while and then come back to hand out the treats.
But, things change and kids grow up, Brad is now a college student……. Dean’s List( just to brag a bit)……..and I live in the country…………..but,I still miss the little boy who was so excited about stuff like this……..

These cookies are all over Facebook and Pinterest. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to try them. They are super cute and not difficult to make. But, the best part is they are delicious. I am not usually a fan of the peanut butter cookie……..I don’t know if it’s the truffle that makes it for me or what but Tim and I are both crazy about these cookies.

I was worried that I would have a hard time finding the eyes but alms anywhere that has baking supplies sells them. I found them at a craft store, Walmart, and at my local grocery store. As a little boy Brad would have been all about those eyes……..

PB Spider Cookie

If the truffles are out of your price range, maybe large malted milk balls would do the trick, or your could make the cookies smaller and use regular size malted milk balls. For my money though, the truffles are just the ticket.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies would make great edible table decorations for a Halloween party for kids or adults.    

So try the Spiders……..Happy Halloween!!!!

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Collage

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24 round chocolate truffles (I used Lindt Truffles.)
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 48 candy eyes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the softened butter and peanut butter in the mixer and beat until fluffy. Then add both sugar and beat again until fluffy. Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Turn the mixer on low to slowly incorporate the flour mixture.
  4. Roll the cookie dough into 24 - 1½ tablespoon balls and spread 12 out on each cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Quickly use a pestle to press a cavity in the middle of each cookie. Then place back in the oven and bake another 6-10 minutes, until golden.
  5. Meanwhile, unwrap all the chocolate truffles. Once the cookies are out of the oven, cool until almost at room temperature (but not very warm) and place a truffle in the cavity of each cookie. If the cookies are too warm, the truffle will melt. If the cookies are cool, the truffle won't stick.
  6. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate in a zip bag. Close the bag and snip off a small portion of one corner to create a hole. Pipe 8 legs on each cookie, starting from the truffle body down.
  7. Then use the remaining melted chocolate to glue 2 eyes onto each truffle spider. Cool until the chocolate is firm and serve.

 

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