Homemade Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been on hiatus for a little bit, but I have returned ūüôā I haven’t had any cakes to make and I’m thinking our weather has had a lot to do with that. Its been non stop snow. Every single day!!! That’s Chicago for you. Then, the 2 cakes I did have to make… I couldn’t get my camera to work! It kept saying my memory card was locked. I was so confused. Then today I look at the memory card itself and see this tiny lock and unlock switch! Problem solved!

Due to my camera functioning again, I was like “COOKIES”. My Mom and I were watching the show Kelsey’s Essentials on the Cooking Channel and she made these amazing Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! SO EASY TO MAKE TOO! It’s seriously stupid easy!

*This is Kelseys recipe and I take zero credit for any of this besides the Ghirardelli Chocolate part ;)*

This is her recipe copy and pasted!

Ingrediants

  • 1 cup¬†granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure¬† vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups¬†flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup¬†milk chocolate chips. I didn’t have these on hand, but what I did have is an entire bag of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate squares! I crushed them up and used those instead!

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Preheat oven to 350!

Use Bananas that have brown spots on them, they are the most ripe and will taste best in these cookies!

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In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Mix in the bananas and egg and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the vanilla.

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In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Mix until thoroughly combined.

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Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. It will be a wet cookie dough (for some reason mine was a little thicker then what the recipe describes. It just resulted in a fatter cookie!)

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I had to unwrap about 15 squares. It was easiest to crush them in the little packaging with my fingers then open it and dump them into a measuring cup. I used the entire bag of squares!

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I used about 1 1/2 cups of crushed chocolate! The more the better if you ask me. So finally, stir in the chocolate chips.

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I used my cookie scooper to place them on the ungreased baking sheet (what’s nice about the recipe having shortening is that we don’t have to grease a cookie sheet!) Each cookie sheet should have 2 cookies! Pop

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Bake just until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn and swap the cookie sheets on each rack for even cooking. Cool on a wire rack.

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YUMMMMMMM!

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These were AMAZING right out of the oven! The banana taste is subtle yet totally there. It reminded me of banana bread with chocolate chips in it! So good and simple!

xoxoxox

Dani

 

Pittsburgh Penguins Cake

Pittsburgh Penguins Cake!

I made this on Saturday, it’s a 10″ chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I made the penguin earlier in the week and let me just say… it was more difficult then I expected! But that was really the only thing that had to be made for the cake.

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I will admit this.. although mayeb I shouldn’t… but I originally cut out the words “Happy Birthday Nick!”. Then right before I put the letters on the cake I was like “Let me just double check that!” and turns out it was Mike not Nick! Thank GOD I¬† double checked! That would’ve been terrible!

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I used my awesome pearl mold for this cake too! I seriously love that thing! This cake was obviously for a guy and the black pearls looked manly still ūüôā It just makes the cake look so much more professional I feel like!

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Short post! But that was my only weekend cake to do! And now I surprisingly have none booked! Which is kind of nice.. I like to take a break every now and then!

Happy Holidays everyone!

xoxo

-Dani

Mason Jar Hot Chocolates mmmm

Yesterday my girlfriends and I had a couples Christmas party… 5 couples total! We did a grab bag which is always fun and the gifts were all so perfect. The gift I decided (I’d include Mike but I’d be lying if I said he had any part in the gift besides agreeing that it was cute lol) to give was a little in home movie date night! $10 red box giftcard, 4 old school Coca-Cola bottles, 2 boxes of movie candy, all inside of a bucket of popcorn!

I really wanted to make something small for the girls. I’m always thinking about things to make that I can blog about! After scrolling through Pinterest I decided I’d make them: Mason Jar Hot Chocolates!

My blog should really be called “Everything I Make is Inspired From Pinterest” because that’s seriously my entire life. I can scroll and pin ALL DAY LONG!

I didn’t follow any exact tutorial for this… I just kind of picked from a bunch of them and made mine!

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I cut out these circles on my eCraft Machine to make the tops cute

AGAIN… I HATE THE COLOR GREEN. There was no way I was including green in this so red black and white was what I went with.

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All my supplies!

The spoons and the chocolate morsels are for mixing spoons! Which I just love the idea of! So when you make this, you use the chocolate mixing spoon to mix everything up and the chocolate melts into the Hot Chocolate and makes it even more chocolaty!! Amazing!

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate chocolate!

I picked out 4 bottles of original Baileys because lets be honest it’s delicious.

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Get some plastic spoons…

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Melt some semi-sweet chocolate morsels…

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Put it on the spoon, and if you want to make it even cuter then drizzle some colored chocolate on top! I used Wiltons Red Candy Melts! Since I always have it on hand.

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Then individually wrap all of them in cake pop wrappers!

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I used 2 packets of Swiss Miss per Mason jar! Each packet requires 3/4 cup water or milk added but really who only wants 3/4 cup of hot chocolate?! Not me!

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Add marshmallows then tightly close the Mason Jar… don’t want them getting hard!

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Then I taped the Baileys and the mixing spoons to the sides of the mason jar because I was doing this solo and didn’t have anyone to help me hold them and tie at the same time. You probably don’t need to tape them if you have someone helping you!

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I wrote little instructions on the top, it reads:

Pour contents into large mug, Add 1 1/2 cups of hot water or milk, Use spoon with chocolate to stir, Add Baileys and enjoy!

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And here they are all complete!

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Happy Holidays!!!

xoxox

-Dani

S’mores Dip!

YES. SMORES DIP. You read that correctly. I love s’mores. For our girl’s grab bag I made this dip and it was a hit. Then, I brought the little bit of leftovers home and I reheated it in the microwave and it was a hit with myself all over again. So delicious, I have no regrets.

 THIS: http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/517468033/smore-crack-dip/  is the exact recipe I followed!

Lets begin:

  • Box of Graham crackers
  • Bag of mini marshmallows
  • Bag of semi sweet chocolate
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • Shallow oven safe dish

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Put 1 cup of the marshmallows, the whole bag of chocolate, and 3 tablespoons of milk into a medium sauce pan over low and melt. Stir the entire time. Once all the marshmallows are melted down youre good! Grab an over safe shallow dish and spread this melted mixture of chocolatey goodness on the bottom of the dish.

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MMMMM!

Now, cover it in marshmallows and pop it in the oven, really at any temperature, until the marshmallows are as brown as want them to be!

If your chocolate you poured in is still hot then but the broiler on to speed it up! I made the chocolate mixture, and poured it into the dish prior to going by my girlfriends house so when I reheated it, I just put the oven on bake so it heated up the chocolate again to!

S'mores Dip!

S’mores Dip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went with this much¬†toastiness ūüôā

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Break up some graham crackers for the ultimate dipping experience.

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OH YES!!!! How amazing does that look?! It tastes just as amazing and JUST like s’mores!

This dip is so easy and it was a fun dessert to make and eat as well. The kids liked it too! Especially the marshmallow part. It’s very rich but so amazingggggg! Go make some now for the holidays!!

xoxoxo- Dani

Da Bears!

On Tuesday I came home from work at 5pm and frantically began working on this Bears cake. I had to have it done by 8pm. I got home and began working almost immediately!

Since I was in such a panic I hardly took any pictures, and the ones I did take are not the best. I finished the cake, and it got picked up like 10 minutes later. This cake was for a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner… for the groom!! How cute! What a great wife to be!

But anyway, here are some pictures!!

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It’s a 10″, 8″, and 6″ carved football cake! Yellow on bottom, chocolate on top, and marble for the football.

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I airbrushed the cake green and it worked out perfectly! I might start doing that more often!

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I’m wondering if my lens needs to be cleaned, I feel like the pictures a little blurry?

Hope you guys like the cake ūüėČ

xoxo-
Dani

It’s a FIESTA! Part 2: The Cake!

FIESTA PART 2!!!!

This half is on the Pi√Īata themed cake! Like I said in the previous post Katie wanted a cake shaped into the #2 and decorated like a Pi√Īata!

I baked 2 12×18 cakes, each came out¬†to about 2 inches in height, so the cake itself was about 4 1/2¬†inches¬†high! Which is a nice size! Then I filled it with¬†frosting and thought about how I would carve it into a #2¬†while keeping as much cake as possible. I¬†didn’t get a picture of¬†this step but I wish¬†I did….

Instead of using a knife to outline the 2 shape on top of the cake I instead filled a pastry bag with frosting and outlined the shape with the frosting on top of the cake! it worked out perfectly! Then I carved it with a knife.

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I rolled out the rest of the left over fondant from the cake pops and began cutting it into strips then cutting the fringe.

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Once I started this process I realized how time-consuming this was going to be, so I called in my Sue Chef aka my Mother. She cut ALL of the fringe. I seriously think I would’ve killed myself had she not helped me, and having someone to talk through while making a cake always makes it more fun!

What was nice about this fringe fondant was that it really didn’t have to look perfect to be cute!

I wish I got more photos of the cake during this process but honestly there was no way I could stop because my mom and I were just on a roll. So here are some completed pictures of the cake!

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I really liked how it all came out! And the fringe turned out better than I expected

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If you ever want to have a fiesta themed party, a pinata themed cake is the way to go ūüėČ

xoxox -Dani

It’s a FIESTA!!! Part 1: CAKE POPS!

Over the weekend I had a request to make a Fiesta themed cake and cakepops for my friend Katie’s daughter Olivia who turned 2! Olivia is the cutest little girl who’s first birthday party I did the Minnie mouse cake, smash cake, and cake pops for! Check that blog post out here!¬†And please check Katie out over at http://ohheybabyblog.com/

Katie wanted a cake shaped into the number 2 and decorated like a pi√Īata! You know, like that pi√Īata fringe! She also wanted 40 cake pops… 20 drizzled and sprinkled and 20 with pi√Īata fringe as well! This post is going to be dedicated to the cake pops! I went picture crazy for this and there’s too many for one post.

First we shall begin with the pops!

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All of the cake pops were rolled, sticked, and dunked in white candy melts!

This process takes the longest, after they’re all dunked its just a matter of decorating!

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AND THIS RIGHT HERE is the reason I ALWAYS roll out at least 10 extra balls!

THE DREADED CAKE POP CRACK! I swear if I make 50 cake pops at least 8 crack, it is just so annoying. Luckily, if I am making drizzled cake pops, the drizzle usually covers the crack very well! But that doesn’t make me hate the cracking any less

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I individually wrap every cake pop so I always need cutsey ribbon to tie them with! The dollar store by my work sells ribbon for $1 a roll! Each roll has 6 yards of ribbon which is amazing! That is SO SO SO cheap! Ribbon from Michaels starts at $1.99 a roll! I got all 6 of these for like $6.50! So amazing, and I knew I would have ribbon left over so I had no problem buying this since I always need ribbon.

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I tied them with any color ribbon other the one that was used on the cake pop.

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For the cake pops with fringe, fondant had to be used. I colored fondant in all of the colors Katie said were in the Fiesta Banner she got: Red, yellow, pink, light green, light blue, and dark blue!

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Then I rolled out all of the fondant colors, cut them into strips, and use my tiny scissors to cut the fringe into them. This was tedious!

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Fiesta Cake pops! So fun and such a cute birthday theme!

Check back in tomorrow for the FIESTA PART TWO! Which will be the cake!

xoxoxo -Dani

Gone Fishin’…. again!!!!

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY!
Thank you to all of the Veteran’s, and the¬†active and fallen soldiers! It’s the land of the free because of the brave!

I have off work today so I thought I’d blog about the last cake I did ūüôā

Over the past week I was so confused as to how I had ZERO cakes to make! I was like “hmmm a cake free weekend…okay this is odd!” Then Val texted me and THANK GOD she did! Because I entirely forgot about the fishing cake for her sons 5th birthday! I legit have never forgotten a cake order! I’m still unsure how it slipped my mind! If I don’t automatically enter it into my iPhone calendar then I write it on my actual calendar at work… neither of which I did! I was so mortified!!! But luckily she contacted me on Wednesday which left me with ample time to get everything done ūüôā

Val needed a fishing themed cake like the last one I did, check it out HERE!¬†Her only request was that the fish and the #5 that were going on the cake be in orange! Simple enough!¬†Here is the fish I made for it…

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It’s a fishing cake so naturally we need a fish! The orange went with the rest of the theme she had going on!

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I made some rocks in different fondant colors. I feel like it makes them look more real!

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These are cat tails and they are in every picture of fishing cakes, so of course I made them. I just take tooth picks and color them green with my edible marker, wet the tip, and pop a piece of brown fondant on top.

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Some leaves!

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Here is everything that went into and onto the cake!

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Once it is all covered in fondant and stacked, that is when the fun begins! I decided I wanted to cover it in white fondant and spray it blue with¬†a Wilton¬†color mist spray! I had one left over and I HATE dying fondant. This worked out wonderfully because it really looked like water! I would’ve¬†used my Duff Airbrush Machine but since I had this can leftover I figured I’d finish that off first!

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It just came out way cuter then plain blue fondant!

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It just gives it more of a water look to it!

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After it was covered in fondant and sprayed blue… I begin adding all of the premade fondant details!

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TA-DA!!!!!!!! I really loved how this cake turned out!

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It came out just like I¬†pictured¬†it in my head! I love this theme for a boy’s birthday party!

Hope everyone likes it! Let me know what you think!

-Dani-

How To: Halloween Chocolate Molds!

Today I made some chocolate candy molds for our Halloween Party. My awesome neighbor works for Wilton and always gives me bags full of free stuff! The other day she gave me a big rat candy mold! So ugly but so perfect for a Halloween party!

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What cute little rat ūüėČ

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To make a candy mold you need:

Your mold

Candy melts

Some piping bags

and Scissors

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Take your piping bag and roll it down

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Melt your chocolate and¬†take a tall glass and put the piping bag in it like so…

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And this makes it easier to fill the piping bag if you’re working alone…which I almost always am

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TTake the white melting chocolate and pipe in the eyes

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Once that hardens up, just fill the rest of the mold with the color of your choice

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And pop it in the freezer for about 30 minutes until you can easily pop it out.

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Here’s another mold I have… tombstones and skulls. I’m going to use these on cupcakes and I will also have a post on that! For these I stuck toothpicks in it while it was still hardening up. This will make it easier to stand up in the cupcakes I’m using these for.

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And there ya have it! Easy chocolate molds!

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These molds are really cheap at Michael’s and they come in all different designs for any holiday or theme!

Lucky Elephant Surprise Party!!

Happy Sunday!

I didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday because I live such a busy life! Just kidding! But yesterday was fun busy! I made this cake and cupcakes then went to a Northwestern Football game with my sister, her boyfriend Derek, and Mike. Derek went there for his Masters and was a Graduate Assistant working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the football team so he’s basically a mini celebrity there and got tickets from this man for his Stadium Club Seats! Amazing!

We had free food and beer all night and had amazing seats! It was so so so cool!

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Aren’t we just so cute ūüėČ

We had so much fun and Northwestern won woohoo!

Now back to the caking!

The cake to go with the elephant cupcakes was just going to be smooth frosted. I wanted to try out a new technique I saw on Pinterest a few times, it’s called scalloping. I thought I’d start simple and just do it around the boarder of the cake.

Here’s how it’s done:

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I used my Wilton number 10 tip

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and an offset spatula

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Start by making 3 (or 4 or 5) dots of frosting

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Then take your offset spatula (I just prefer the offset one personally) and drag the frosting

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This is what you’ll get after you drag the frosting. Repeat for the rest of the dots of frosting, and do it around the entire cake. The end “seam” can be covered with a decoration piece of just left as 3 plain dots without it looking weird

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I star tipped the top and bottom boarder of the cake, placed the 50 on top, and 6 elephants around the sides.

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Kept the cake simple and classy!

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Then I just frosted the cupcakes and popped on the toppers I made for them!

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24 cutesy cupcakes!

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I loved the elephants on the cupcakes the best ūüôā

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Jasmin sent me this picture of it all set up at the surprise party! She said Jorge’s mom was sooooo surprised and had no idea! She even cried! Awwww

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There’s the birthday girl! I almost don’t even believe she’s 50! She looks too goodSMS

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And of course a picture of my baby with her elephant toy that she loves so dearly