Mississippi Mud Brownies

I recently needed a little chocolate pick me up.  And I was craving brownies.  Who doesn’t crave a brownie every now again? But I wanted something a little more fancy than a regular brownie.  So I decided to make some Mississippi Mud Brownies.

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All you need is your favorite brownie recipe and some Oreo Cookies to crush.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Oreo Cookie Crust (crush about 30-40 Oreos after removing frosting center)

1/8 cup melted butter

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
  2. Pull out 1/8 cup of crushed Oreos and set aside.  Spread the rest of the Oreo Cookie crust into the bottom of the pan with the melted butter and press firmly. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes on 350 degrees.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually stir into the egg mixture until well blended.  Fold in the marshmallows.  Set aside.
  4. Remove from oven and layer on the brownie mix.  Sprinkle the rest of the crushed Oreos on the top of the brownie mix in clumps.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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Enjoy with a friend and a your favorite glass of ice cold milk!

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Valentine Treats – Cookie Pops

Valentine Cookie Pops on a stick? Yep! You know how much I like them. Here is a new Valentine treat version.  But this time it is not an Oreo.  These are sugar cookies…

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These are pretty easy to make and would be a fun little treat to leave someone special this Valentine’s Day.

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We made them with our favorite soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe.  Then we cut the cookies into some fun Valentine’s Day cookie cutters…hearts, lips, and some X’s and O’s.

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Then bake your cookies according to your recipe directions.  And let them cool completely.

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Then we melted some white chocolate.  If you don’t have chocolate you can also use Almond Bark or Candi Quik.  I poured a small amount onto one cookie that I turned onto it’s back.  Place your sucker stick onto the melted chocolate and then add a little bit more chocolate on top of the stick.  Then place another cookie on top.

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Then to speed up the process, I popped them into the freezer for a couple of minutes.  Then you can dip them into your melted chocolate.  Instead of dipping I actually spoon the chocolate onto them as I turn the cookies at different angles to make sure that the entire cookie is covered on the front and back.

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Add some sprinkles or some other fun edible embellishments.  I did take a small heart cookie cutter and poured some melted Wilton’s Candy Melts into it to make some hearts to place onto the cookie pops too like the ones shown in the pictures below.

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I also used some fun striped straws instead of sucker sticks to make them a little bit more festive. 

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Package them up and give them away!

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peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Do you love peanut butter and chocolate…together? I do! They are one of my favorite combinations.  If you love Peanut Butter and Chocolate you will love this Peanut Butter Cookie with Chocolate Chips.  So, I thought it was time to share with you my favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. These are some of the best (in my opinion) that you can make at home, and I have tried a few different recipes.

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I really hate to do this to you this early in the New Year…what with all your New Years Resolutions and such…but it had to be done.  This recipe is from none other than my favorite Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.  There are a couple of small changes that I make to the recipe which I think makes them extra special!  My changes have been marked in red.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*recipe from BHG with some modifications.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar or 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon milk (add this at the very end just to make dough smooth and creamy)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup semi-chocolate chips (depending on your preferred chocolate needs)

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Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Add milk (from 1/2 Tablespoon to 1 Tablespoon just enough to make the dough moist and creamy. Add chocolate chips and mix till just incorporated.  If necessary, cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drop cookies by scooping them out of the bowl with a spoon dropping them in small balls onto your greased cookie sheets (instead of rolling them into balls and sugar and then pressing with a fork). Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Makes about 36 cookies.

*Click for 2 Printable Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
4 x 6 Recipe Cards

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These cookies come out so soft and have a really great flavor and texture.  Just enough peanut butter to chocolate ratio.  I prefer to bake with smooth peanut butter, but if you prefer the chunkified peanut butter knock your self out.  Either way I think you are really going to like these.

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Let me know if you try them.  I would love to hear what you think about these.  These are one of my go to recipes because I know they are always going to be a winner.  Here are a couple of my favorite Peanut Butter and Chocolate Recipes…Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake…AND Peanut Butter Cup Cookies…but beware…these may cause unwanted addictions.



New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

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I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

Santa Pops

Have you been waiting for the Christmas version?  I hope so…cause I am sharing my latest Oreo Pop with you today…the Santa Pops!

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1.  Insert your popsicle stick or sucker stick into your Double Stuft Oreo Cookies.

2.  Line a pan with parchment or wax paper.

3.  Melt your Red Wilton’s Candy Melts in 20 second intervals in the microwave.

4.  “Dip” your Oreo’s into the melted candy.  In the past I have been saying to *DIP* your Oreos and several of you were having difficulty with them staying on the stick during the dipping process.  I realized that I was actually pouring the chocolate over the over with a spoon while holding the Oreo over the cup of melted chocolate.  Just turn the Oreo around as needed so that the chocolate is completely covering your entire Oreo and the stick.  Hopefully this will help some of you who were having difficulty.  Sorry for the confusion.

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5.  Place the candy covered Oreo onto the wax paper.

6.  Take a piece of black licorice {I used Twizzlers} and place it near the bottom of the Oreo.  The hardened chocolate will hold them it in place permanently.

7.  Take three white round sprinkles down the Oreo for the buttons of Santa’s shirt.

8.  Squeeze some white frosting along the bottom of Santa’s shirt.

8.  Quickly pop the tray of Oreos into the freezer just to set the chocolate.

9.  When the chocolate has hardened (should only need a few minutes) remove the tray from the freezer and add the belt buckle.  (A strip of yellow Laffy Taffy shaped into a buckle).

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This makes for a pretty fun party treat or as a gift for a classmate.  The possibilities are endless for these Oreo Pops.  I am a woman obsessed.  But…I must admit…I am a bit sick of them.  I don’t eat them anymore.  I just make them for the fun of it and then I give them away!  What do you think?

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Need some other Oreo Pop ideas?

Check out some of these past Idea Room ideas…

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Minnie and Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

Frankenstein Oreo Pops

Eyeball Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Pops

Snowman Oreo Puddles

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Easter Bunny and Duck Oreo Pops

Graduation Oreo Pops

Apple Oreo Pops

Reindeer Pops

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Turkey Oreos

Bat Oreo Pops

Pumpkin Oreo Pops

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treats—Oreo Pops

Were you wondering why I hadn’t posted any Turkey Oreo Pops yet?  Ha!  Well, you’re in luck today!  Here is my latest version of my Oreo pop collection.  This version makes for some perfect Thanksgiving Turkey Treats to add to your feast.

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This time I switched it up ever so slightly…instead of using the Double Stuft Oreos, I used some Oreo Cakesters.  For those of you who have emailed me and are having trouble getting the sticks in between the two cookie layers without them breaking, this might be a great solution for you.  These have more frosting and are soft so the breaking risk is minimal.

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Here is how I made the Oreo Turkey Pops:

1.  Insert your popsicle stick or sucker stick into your Oreo Cakesters.

2.  Line a pan with parchment or wax paper.

3.  Melt your favorite chocolate in 20 second intervals in the microwave.

4.  “Dip” your Oreo’s into the melted chocolate.  In the past I have been saying to *DIP* your Oreos and several of you were having difficulty with them staying on the stick during the dipping process.  I realized that I was actually pouring the chocolate over the over with a spoon while holding the Oreo over the cup of melted chocolate.  Just turn the Oreo around as needed so that the chocolate is completely covering your entire Oreo and the stick.  Hopefully this will help some of you who were having difficulty.  Sorry for the confusion.

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5.  Place the Chocolate Covered Oreo onto the wax paper.

6.  Take 7 pieces of candy corn and stick it into the side of the Cakester.  The hardened chocolate will hold them in place permanently.

7.  Take a whopper and place it near the top middle of the Oreo.

8.  Quickly pop the tray of Oreos into the freezer just to set the chocolate.

9.  When the chocolate has hardened (should only need a few minutes) remove the tray from the freezer and put a dab of melted chocolate onto some Wilton Icing Eyes and set them onto the whopper heads.

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Aren’t they so cute?  You could even add some red fruit roll-ups or licorice to make him a wattle (that red thing that hangs from a turkey’s neck)!

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These are a fun and festive treat to bring to your Thanksgiving Hostess or to share with the little kidlets as part of your Thanksgiving festivities.  Another fun twist for these would be to use them as a place setting at your table.  Simple hang the name tag on the stick and use a piece of fruit to stand them in place by each table setting.  Then your guests have a little treat to take home or eat for dessert.

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Hamburger Cupcakes

My son just recently celebrated his 11th birthday.  He wanted something fun and different than the traditional cupcake.  I had remembered seeing some Hamburger Cookies from Disney’s Family.com a while back as part of their April Fool’s Food Series and Bakerella made some fun hamburger cupcakes here.  Since my son is a huge hamburger fan, I thought it would be fun to make him some Hamburger Cupcakes too.  This is an idea that has been out there for a while, but was new and fun for us.

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They were really easy.  I simply made up some yellow cupcakes and baked them normally and then let them cool completely.  Then I whipped up a batch of our favorite brownies and poured them into a a greased muffin pan so that the cups were only 1/4 full.  These are going to be the hamburger patties so you don’t want them to be very thick.

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Cut the tops of the cupcakes off.  You will use the two pieces of the cupcake as the top and bottom hamburger buns.  You may want to cut the bottom of the cupcake down a bit if your cupcakes are too tall so that it looks more realistic.

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Then I took some coconut and placed it into a Ziploc baggie to make some lettuce.  I added a few drops of green food coloring and shook the coconut up so that it was evenly colored with the coloring.

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Then simply take some of your favorite frosting and dye some of it red and yellow to represent mustard and ketchup.  Add a few globs of each to the top and bottom buns.  Sprinkle with your lettuce over the top of the brownie.  This makes for a pretty quick and easy birthday dessert, and a happy birthday boy.  He LOVED them and said they tasted ALMOST as good as his favorite hamburger!

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Do you have a child who would love to have these as their birthday dessert?

Bat Oreo Pops

Hey guys!  I have been busy on a little remodel project and some bigger home décor items that I am just finishing up.  I can’t wait to share them with you.  But I have also whipped up a couple more fun Halloween Oreo Pops.  The first one that I would like to share are these Halloween Bat Oreo Pops.

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Here are the supplies you will need to make them.

Wilton Candy Melts (Midnight Black) or chocolate

Double Stuff Oreos (I need to buy some stock in that company)

Black Construction Paper

Popsicle Sticks

Red and White Sprinkles

White Heart Sprinkles

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Stick the popsicle sticks in between the two cookie layers of the Oreos and set them aside on some wax paper.  Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it is melted to a smooth and creamy consistency. Now “dip” the Oreos into the candy. Now I don’t actually dip them but rather take a spoon and smooth it onto the front of the Oreos.  Then smooth the candy melt around the sides and onto the back of the Oreo. Be sure to do around the stick very well as this will be sure to hold them together when they have hardened.

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Take some construction paper and cut out some bat wings. Stick one on each side of your bat. Take two red sprinkles and make some bat eyes. Then line up some white sprinkles for the mouth. To make the fangs I took some Heart shaped sprinkles I had left over from valentine’s day and cut them in half to make the fangs. You could also use a long cylindrical sprinkle for the fangs if you don’t have any hearts. Pop them into the freezer for 20 minutes and they should be ready to share.

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Pretty easy and makes for fun and unique Halloween party treats for the kids classroom or their friends!

Need some other ideas for Oreos on a stick?  Check out these past ideas…

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Minnie and Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops

 Frankenstein Oreo Pops

 Eyeball Oreo Pops

 Snowman Oreo Pops

 Snowman Oreo Puddles

  Easter Bunny and Duck Oreo Pops

Graduation Oreo Pops

Apple Oreo Pops

Reindeer Pops

Turkey Oreos

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

I have been sharing some of the details of my daughter’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party this week and am back to share how it all came together.  I have just a few more easy and fun Minnie Mouse Party Ideas to share with you today.  All of these things I was able to put together in just a couple of hours including the Minnie Mouse Cupcakes and the Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops that I shared earlier.

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First off I was able to make this fun little birthday banner with my daughter’s name on it.  I have removed her name for privacy reasons.  I found a cute piece of scrapbook paper that had some fun letters on it.  So I simply cut out the letters of her name and then glued them onto a red and white polka dot square of paper or a black piece of paper and then had then alternating.  Then I cut out three Mickey Mouse heads, which I made by tracing one large circle and then two smaller circles of the same size for the ears.  Then simply placed a circle of the red and white polka dot paper on the inside.  The possibilities are endless.  And you can see that I simply took a piece of rope and clipped them onto the rope with some clothes pins.  Not the fanciest…but super easy and re-useable.

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Then for the party drinks we served up some good old Coca-Cola and for the non-soda drinkers some red Fruit Punch.  And do you remember the fun Mason Jar Drinks from my other daughter’s birthday party? I simply used the same jars and added new scrapbook paper to the lids to match this party theme.  But I also added another small detail…some Mickey Mouse ears.  I just added it to the very first one and let the birthday girl have that drink.  You could add it to all of them…but I was on some time constraints.

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I always like to add a pop of color by throwing some candy in a jar.  The kids usually LOVE this part and snack on it till we are ready to break out the dessert table.  We also had the Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops available for the guests to take home as a little party favor if they wanted to.

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And I have to share something personal if you don’t mind.  I was out of town for 5 days at The Creative Connection Event where I went as part of their Social Media Team, which basically meant I was there to tweet all of the fun things that we were learning.  And if you follow me on Twitter I am sure you were very well aware of that fact…maybe even stopped following me at some point Smile!  Anyways, since I was so busy with the preparations for that, I didn’t have much time to get things together for her birthday or her birthday presents.  In the Minnesota airport there was a vendor who sold pillow pets…which was exactly what my daughter had put on her birthday wish list (since her older sisters have them).  And they had the little pillow pets which was exactly what I had been hoping to get for her.  BINGO!  I love it when things like that happen.  Saved me some serious searching around at home especially since I had no time to do it.

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I think she likes it!  What do you think?

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Happy Birthday to my sweet baby…who isn’t really a baby anymore…but we will keep that our little secret!

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Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops

Guess what?  I have another version of my Oreo pops…Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  Are you getting tired of these yet?  A sickness I tell you.  But this time I had a good reason for making them…at least that is what I keep telling myself.  My daughter just had a birthday and she LOVES Minnie Mouse.  Ever since we had the good fortune of meeting Minnie Mouse at Disneyland last fall.  So for her birthday it was an obvious decision to have a Minnie Mouse birthday party.

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I made some of these fun Minnie Mouse Oreo Pops.  They were really easy once I figured out you had to “dip” them in two different stages.  Here are the supplies you will need to make them.

Wilton Candy Melts (Midnight Black) or chocolate

Double Stuff Oreos (I need to buy some stock in that company)

Bite Size Oreos

Popsicle Sticks

red ribbon

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Slide the popsicle sticks into your Double Stuff Oreos very gently by holding the cookie in one hand and sliding the stick with the other.  Then take one bite size Oreo cookie and separate it into two halves.  Scrape out the frosting with the edge of a knife.  Slide the smaller cookies into the top of the Oreo to make her ears.  Lay them out onto some wax paper.

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Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 20 second intervals until it is melted to a smooth and creamy consistency.  Now “dip” the Oreos into the candy.  Now I don’t actually dip them but rather take a spoon and smooth it onto the front of the Oreos.  You need to be very careful when doing this as the ears can come off very easily.  Just do the front and then set it onto the wax paper.  Do this for all of your Oreos and then pop them into the freezer.  After 20 minutes you can take them out and then cover the back side of the Oreos with the candy.  Make sure to cover the ears and the bottom of the stick well so that they do not fall apart.  Once they have been popped in the freezer again, they will be really sturdy and you should not have a problem with them falling apart…even if you accidently drop the tray onto the countertop!  Not that I may have done that…just saying!

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Then take some ribbon and tie it into a bow around the base of the Minnie Mouse head to add a pop of color and detail.  Serve them to your party guests or send them home with this fun and tasty party favor!  Who wouldn’t love a Minnie Mouse Oreo Pop?

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