Saturday, December 31, 2011


I made these cupcakes for a very special two year old. Her birthday is today and I hope they are truly enjoyed. The theme of the party was monkeys so I decided to do a banana vanilla and then for those less adventurous I also did a plain vanilla.
They both have a butter cream that I created very stiff so they wouldn't fall during travel, and now that I have done the cream that stiff I don't think I will ever do it any other way! I garnished the banana vanilla with a dried banana chip and the vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.
Here is the vanilla
Here is the banana vanilla!

Yum and done!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oatmeal Date Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Well with a long name like that you get hungry just remembering it right? These cookies are a spin on the traditional oatmeal rasin cookie. I had a bunch of dates and figured I would give it a spin and the results are delicious!
• 2 cups flour (all-purpose will do fine)
• 2 cups quick cooking oats
• 1 cup dark brown sugar
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup veg shortening
• 1/4 cup water
• the equivalent of 3 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups dates (pitted and chopped)
• 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Mix all dry ingredients in a stand mixer or with a hand held until combined well. In a separate bowl mix the egg equivalent, vanilla, shortening, and water until combined well. Add to the dry ingredients about 1/4 cup at a time. Add the walnuts, dates and chocolate chips mix lightly. Spoon tablespoon fulls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 9 to 10 minutes or until golden brown!

Yum and done!