Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Mimosa Cupcakes

New Year's Mimosa Cupcakes
(slightly adapted from the Betty Crocker Big Book of Cupcakes)
1 box of Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
3/4 cup of champagne or ginger ale (I used ginger ale)
1/2 cup orange juice (I used fresh squeezed orange juice)
1 tsp grated orange peel
3 egg whites
1/3 cup oil

Mix together all ingredients in mixer on low for 30 seconds, scrapping sides when needed. Turn mixer to medium and mix an additional 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 18 minutes. Cool completely.
Look at these gorgeous oranges I used in both the cupcake and the frosting straight from my Mom's backyard!
New Year's Mimosa Frosting
6 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened (I used margarine)
1 teaspoon grated orange peel (I used 2 teaspoons)
3 tablespoons champagne or ginger ale (I used ginger ale)
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice (I used fresh squeezed)
In mixer on low mix together all ingredients until creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
I piped the frosting with a Wilton 1M  tip and sprinkled with additional grated orange peel and Wilton Edible Star Glitter on top.
Using a snipped off zipper bag filled with orange candy melts, I piped 2012 onto wax paper. I also underlined the date and made a little stem to insert it into the cupcake. Let set up in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes and then insert into cupcake.
I have never tried a Mimosa, so not sure what these should taste like, having nothing to compare it to. The cake has a mild orange flavor, the frosting has a stronger flavor. Together the combo reminds us of orange sherbet or orange creamsicle and taste perfect! We all really liked it!
Happy New Years Eve!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Snowflake Cookies

More snowflakes!
 Lots and lots of snowflakes!
These were made with a different cookie cutter than my previous snowflake cookies. These snowflakes are a little larger made with the Wilton Comfort Grip Snowflake Cutter. These also share the same colors as my Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies.
Recipes used for these cookies:

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sugar and Spice Cookies

I have been so busy with decorating cookies for everyone, that I really haven't even had a chance to eat any! In the midst of all my baking, I needed a quick cookie that I could enjoy now! I still had some molasses left from my Gingerbread Men and Christmas Tree Cookies and decided to try a deicious looking recipe from my good buddy Adrianne over at Happy Hour Projects!
Sugar and Spice Cookies from Happy Hour Projects
Above are Adriannes Sugar and Spice Cookies. Delicious looking aren't they? They have molasses, cinnamon, and clove in them. The outside is slightly crisp and the inside is chewy! It was a recipe passed down by her Gram! I love recipes like this that just give you that warm and cozy feeling! For the recipe visit Happy Hour Projects!
Adrianne decked hers out with red sugar for Christmas! I am not making these for Christmas and didn't want them to look the same, so I first used clear sparkling sugar, then a mix of clear and blue (top photo), and the last set solid blue!
These cookies are just gorgeous in any color! I did make mine pretty large. Adriannes recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen. I rolled them pretty large, about golf ball size and made 26. They did have to bake slightly longer, at about 10 minutes.
Adrianne failed to note one thing in her recipe, it was a very important thing, that really shouldn't be omitted. The addictive quality of these cookies. Oh my YUM! I couldn't stop eating these. The texture, the flavor, all absolutely perfect! My whole family is addicted! These are super delicious!
Hope on over to Happy Hour Projects and grab the recipe! I promise you they are awesome!
Thanks Adrianne! You really knocked this one out of the park!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party #4

Hi and welcome to my "sweet" party! I am so happy you have stopped by and thank you all who have come back to party another week!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We had lots of great sweets linked up last week for Christmas and beat the previous weeks count! Thank you all so much! Can you believe we will be counting down to the New Year soon? Where did the year go? I know you are busy getting ready for the next big event, so let me get to it!
Here are the FEATURES from Week #3!
The #1 most viewed sweet-

The #2 most viewed Sweet-

This weeks Favorites:
Creative and adorable!

I made these this week, super quick, easy, yummy! Look for my version of these yummy cookies tomorrow right here at Mrs. Fox's Sweets!
Congratulations to all of you! Here is your Button!

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Now moving on to this weeks party:
Link up your sweets, whatever dessert YOU have made this week!
Nothing new? Link that up too! Dig thought your archives and find a sweet treat that you want to share! I just ask that you keep it all kid friendly! I reserve the right to delete any post that I find inappropriate!
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Ready to join in? Here are a few quick things to do:
1. Please Follow Mrs. Fox's Sweets publicly via GFC, I am your hostess after all!
2. Share my button or a link to this party on your blog somewhere to spread the word! It is okay if it is on your button or linky collection page. You can find the Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party Button on the "Grab a Button" page and also in the right sidebar!
3. Link to your sweet posts only, not directly to your blog.
4. Mix and mingle, Visit at least one of the other guests at my sweet party and give them a sweet comment! Visit your favorites!
Each week I will feature the most viewed sweet and my favorite sweet! These sweets will be featured at the next weeks party! By joining this party, you give Mrs. Fox's Sweet's permission to use your sweet photo in a featured post. Featured sweets may also be shared at Mrs. Fox's Sweets on Facebook, Stumbled, and/or Pinned!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Snowman Gingerbread Cookies

Here are more Gingerbread Cookies that I made with the Bakerella Gingerbread Cookie Recipe!
I had saved 6 of these little snowmen candies just for these cookies!
Simple, cute, most of all YUMMY!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Flashback to New Years 2011!

It's Flashback Monday?!
This is a once in awhile segment, usually on a Friday, that I created to show you some of my past adventures before I began blogging! Friday is already the day before New Year's Eve and I wanted to give you plenty of time to gather ingredients if you decide to make one of these!
Where oh where did 2011 go?
On New Year's Eve guests enjoyed Martini Cupcakes!
These cupcakes were inspired by the folks from "Hello, Cupcake!" and they were a total hit!
To make these:
I used plastic Martini cups from my local party store. I rubbed the rims of the cups with corn syrup and then dipped in colored sparkling sugar to match the color of the cupcake I intended to put in side. Next, I put colored Jelly Belly's in the stem of the cup. Then, I melted and colored some canned icing and swirled around the top of the cup, being careful not to let it drip into the stem. It only takes about 10 seconds in the microwave to melt the frosting up, so be careful! By the time I got the last cup swirled with icing, the first was about dry and I placed an unwrapped cupcake inside and poured additional melting icing over the top, garnishing with Jelly Belly's, gummy fruit wedges, and umbrellas! These were a little time consuming and a pair of extra hands is very helpful.  In the end when your guest arrive to see these, you will know that they are totally worth it!
With the extra cupcakes that I didn't use in making the Martini Cupcakes, I swirled with buttercream, black and gold sprinkles and topped with some plastic confetti from the party store! I didn't have a problem with people eating the plastic either, just like a cupcake pick, people know to remove it! These cupcakes were a great option, since the buttercream was a little less sweet than the canned icing.
This was my first New Year's Eve making cupcakes!
New Year's Eve doesn't last forever and soon comes New Years Day!
Welcome to 2011! This was my first attempt ever at royal icing. I had all of the snowflakes piped, waiting a day and they started to break when I removed them from the waxed paper, so I piped over them again and made the snowflakes very thick! At the time I totally loved these cupcakes! I look back at these now and wonder what was I thinking?

Anyway, that was what I made to welcome in 2011!
I can't wait to Welcome in 2012!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mrs. Fox's Sweets 2011 Christmas Recap

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Today is a day for family, fun, and festivities!
Maybe Santa brought you a new baking supplies? Of course it is never too late to bake up Christmas goodies, and many can be adapted to winter or other seasons!
Here is what I baked up this Christmas season!
The #1 Viewed Sweet I made was:
The many more sweet treats I made for the 2011 Christmas Season
(In no particular order)
I baked up a sweet treat for my furry heartbeat at my feet...
For the first time at Mrs. Fox's Sweets, I also baked up a craft!
Look for a recap of all of my Snowmen & Winter decorated sweets in a recap coming in January!
From the Mrs. Fox's Sweet's Family to yours
Have a very Merry Christmas
& Happy Holiday!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

These Cookies are for the Dogs!

Really...for the dogs!
My dog Rex, is very, very picky! He has high standards, what can I say? He won't eat store bought dog treats, we don't feed him table scraps, he just likes his high quality dry dog food!
I have baked for Rex in the past using dog treat recipes and he would eat one or two and then that would be that, all done. They weren't very tasty either, trust me! I do so much baking for humans, I had to give this another shot...and we are having doggy guests for Christmas too!
Rex is 7 years old and I want him to be with us a very long time! I try to keep him away from chocolate, raisins, anything bad for dogs, as well as human food. I recently found a recipe for dog treats with cheese, then heard a blurb on tv that it could cause some sort of organ failure. I can't remember where I heard it, but for now, I am steering clear from giving him cheese too.
I do give Rex a little peanut butter on bread once a month to get him to take his heartworm preventative, so I know he loves it and he does well with it. So here is what I came up with made especially for Rex for this Christmas!
Rex's Cookies
2-1/2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of 1% milk
1 (3.2 oz package) of GoGo SqueeZ Apple Peach (available at Target and most grocery stores, in the packaged fruit section. It is a 100% fruit, no refined sugar, no preservatives snack by Materne. If you can't find this, there are other similar products or unsweetened applesauce that would probably work.)

In medium bowl, microwave melt peanut butter for about 10 to 15 seconds. Mix in milk and continue mixing until combined. This doesn't look like it will come together at first, but it does. In stand mixer bowl with paddle attachment, add in flour and cinnamon, slowly pour in the peanut butter milk mixture and squeeze in the Apple Peach SqueeZ. Switch to dough hook and continue mixing until combined, scraping sides if needed. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut with mini cookie cutters. For a large dog you will probably want to use regular size cookie cutters. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet in preheated 400 degree for about 7 minutes for minis. Time may need to be adjusted for larger cookies.
This recipe made about 115 mini dog cookies.
I am not vet, so if you make these, give them to your dog at your own risk. However, these ingredients are in some dog foods, and Rex couldn't wait to get his paws on them! Here he is while I am taking pictures. "Ma...I am sitting pretty!"
These actual taste pretty good for a dog treat, yes I tried them. Don't laugh, it is human quality food in them and I wouldn't give him something that was horrible! It is a soft cookie and a very slight sweetness from the fruit. Of course it isn't as great as a human cookie, but Rex loves them!
Standing pretty now! He has eaten like 5 of these cookies already! (Usually he has clothes on, but he just got a bath yesterday and it is pretty warm outside today.)
I found these cute little Chinese Take out containers at Michael's and got the personalized bottle cap ornament from TLC Creations. I made 3 of these boxes for Rex, his aunt, and his great-uncle. They are all small like Rex. About 35 cookies in a zipper bag fit into each box.
I made 3 of these little goodie boxes! I knew the dogs probably can't read their own names, but maybe they will recognize their own picture? Anyway, at least I know Rex will eat them, now he just has to wait to get into his box until Christmas!

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