Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls

My mom first made Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls when I was about eight years old and they’ve graced all of our holiday parties ever since. I warn you… they are addicting.

Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls | recipe by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Make Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls for your family!

You’ll need: 

This is a no-bake recipe and here are the super simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo well in a saucepan and place over low heat until sugar melts into Karo and no longer grainy.
  2. Raise mixture to a rolling boil for one minute. (Be very careful not to burn the mixture. It will likely spindle when it’s ready.)
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add vanilla and peanut butter. Still into boiling mixture and quickly add Corn Flakes stirring constantly.
  4. Spoon into buttered pan for squares or allow to cool a few minutes, coat your hands in butter and roll.

NOTE: They will harden into a brittle like candy, but can easily be made soft again by heating for 5-7 seconds in the microwave.

Yields 20 medium balls.

I hope you’ll give them a try. For more cookie recipes, visit me at Snackpicks or follow me on Pinterest and browse my Foodie {Cookies} Board.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Almond Butter

Do you love no bake cookies? They are a family tradition for us, but since my youngest was born with food allergies we’ve not really been able to enjoy them. Then he outgrew his allergy to almonds. Not peanuts yet, but the almonds are now okay. Yay!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies with Almond Butter | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These are ooey-gooey and amazing. My oldest who has always enjoyed the original no bake recipe loves these! And for those of you who read me often, you know my son has dairy allergies too. Well this recipe is dairy-free as well. You can easily use “cow” butter and milk if you like, just substitute my soy milk and Smart Balance butter.

Make a batch for your family! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons Smart Balance (for dairy-free, make sure it’s the blue lid and says “vegan” on the side)
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla flavoring
  • 2 cups Quaker Quick Oats (not old fashioned!)

Yields: 14 cookies

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and cocoa until well blended and all lumps are removed.
  2. Fold in milk until dry ingredients are moist.
  3. Over low heat, allow butter to melt. Increase heat and bring to a rolling boil for one minute.
  4. Add almond butter and vanilla. Blend until smooth (move quickly so that mixture is still hot enough to cook oats).
  5. Fold in oatmeal and drop on wax paper or into greased square pan.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine do. My little one, with food allergies, was so excited to share this special treat with the family. It just makes my heart sing for him to feel included.

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Easy Easter Bunny Bottoms – A Cinnamon Roll Treat

My favorite fun food ideas are those that are spontaneous when I’m just trying to make my kiddos happy. {grin} My Easter Bunny Bottom Cinnamon Roll Treat couldn’t get any easier!

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Yep. You got it from the pictorial. The only difference in these and normal cinnamon rolls is cutting a mini marshmallow in half and adding it the center. Oh yeah… and the giggles you get when you ask your kids if they’d like another “Bunny Bottom.”

By the way, if you have a kiddo with dairy food allergies like I do, the Kroger brand is yummy and has no dairy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patty’s Day

My boys love cinnamon rolls and when we’re not running to a sports practice I often bake them on Saturdays. This Saturday we decided to have a little fun and shape our cinnamon rolls like shamrocks in early celebration for St. Patrick’s Day!

Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls for St. Patrick's Day Breakfast | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You guys know my youngest has severe food allergies so baking from scratch is a must some times. Not in this case though! These are Kroger brand cinnamon rolls and they have no dairy! Yay!

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We just pinched each roll into five pieces, four clovers and one stem. And while they were baking I added a touch of green food coloring to the cinnamon roll icing. Waalaa! Super fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day breakfast idea!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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fruit bars with real, honest ingredients

Pineapple Popsicles

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Outshine Fruit Bars, but all my opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way! #pmedia #SnackBrighter

Okay friends. You know my seven year old has severe food allergies.

It’s one of the things that drove me to learn to bake. You know, the kind of baking where you leave out or add ingredients until you perfect a recipe so that no one, family or guests, realize that something is missing. Yep. Pretty much everything I do is dairy free and no one is the wiser! I even make homemade dairy free ice cream sometimes and my hardest challenge, his older brother, loves it.

Popsicles

Well, with Edy’s Outstine Fruit Bars, there is no need to whip anything up. They’re simple. They’re real. They’re delicious. AND, they come in a multitude of flavors. These four (some seasonal) are my family’s favorites: Pineapple, Lemon, Peach and Strawberry.

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I loved them all, but my absolute hands down favorite is the lemon. Refreshing. Amazing. In LOVE!

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I know I feel good about feeding my kids Edy’s. They get a refreshing and delicious treat and I have piece of mind that they’re filled with honest, real ingredients.

Visit Edy’s Outshine Fruit Bars to learn more about America’s favorite fruit bar! And you can find them on facebook too for details on the latest flavors!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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best ever OREO ice cream recipe

Ice Cream Recipe

Ice cream recipes… vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry… have been on my mind for the past few weeks.

My youngest has severe food allergies and at the top of that list is dairy… which can make summer treats very hard. When all the other kiddos are running to the ice cream truck and picking anything they want off the menu, my little one has to ask to read the label before he can start munching. He handles it well… better than I would at his age… but it makes my heart hurt that he has to.

So I teamed up with Kohl’s to make a few dairy-free soy ice cream recipes. (Blueberry and lemon ice cream recipe is coming tomorrow!)

I have to say, I think I’ve nailed it. It tastes like the old-fashioned ice cream we used to make when I was a kid. Not only does my little one with food allergies love this OREO ice cream recipe (yep… OREOs have no dairy or egg or nut!), but so does my oldest and he can eat anything!

To make homemade soy OREO ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups soymilk (I used vanilla soymilk)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 crushed OREO cookies (I used chocolate filled OREOs. If you use regular, the ice cream will remain vanilla)
  • Nostalgia Ice Cream Maker (available at Kohl’s)

Ice Cream Recipe

Easy steps:

  1. Mix eggs yolks, sugar and corn starch.
  2. Heat soy milk (not boiling, but hot) in sauce pan and slowly pour into mixture while continuing to mix. (NOTE: Again, not boiling or you’ll cook the egg!)
  3. Add vanilla extract while continuing to mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and gently heat until it thickens.
  5. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  6. Crush 10 OREO cookies in a resealable bag, fold into cold mixture, add to ice cream maker and churn.

Yields about one quart.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monsters university rice krispie treats

Monsters University

Have you seen the new Disney Pixar movie Monsters University? We did on Tuesday and the my boys loved it!

If your kiddos are excited, or if you’re planning a Monsters University party, I have a treat for you! An easy Mike Wazowski Rice Krispies Treat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal (I add 4 and then a bit at a time so they keep a good consistency)
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • Butter (for dairy-free Rice Krispies use Smart Balance Light Butter)
  • Fondant, white (Wilton’s pre-made available JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Blue and Lime Green food coloring, gel is best
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Resealable bag
  • Cookie cutters: egg shape, 1.5″ round and .5″ round (or could use an icing tip bottom for tiny round)

Monsters University

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Body, part I - Make Rice Krispies Treats as you normally would using the recipe on the box, except, add lime green food coloring gel (I used three squirts, but to your liking) to the marshmallow and butter mixture, before adding the cereal. Finish the treats.
  2. Body, part II – Place a piece of wax paper on your counter, butter the egg shaped cookie cutter and mold the treats while still warm. The wax paper and butter will keep them from sticking to anything but themselves.
  3. Eye, white - Roll out the fondant and using the 1.5″ cookie cutter, cut out the white part of the eye
  4. Eye, blue – Place a small amount of fondant in a resealable bag with a squirt of blue gel food coloring. Massage the color into the fondant. Roll out on wax paper and using the .5″ cookie cutter (or icing tip bottom) cut out eye.
  5. Horns and mouth – roll white fondant between your hands (like you would play dough to make a snake!) and pinch off the length you need for both the mouth and horns. Round the edges.
  6. Assemble Mike – Attach the white eye, horns and mouth. Because the Rice Krispie is slightly sticky, the fondant will adhere to it  (we bagged ours in cellos and carried them to a party and nothing ever fell off!). For the blue eye, take a small amount of water, apply it to the back of the dot and attach it to the white.

Makes 6 treats.

If you want to bag them, use gusseted cellos as Mike can be a bit thick. {grin} These were a huge hit with my boys and their friends. I hope your kiddos love them too!

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easy brownie bite kisses recipe

Brownie Recipe

For our Mother’s Day brunch yesterday I made this simple brownie recipe. I call them Brownie Bite Kisses! Ya know, Mother’s Day and kisses! {grin}

They were so yummy and couldn’t have been easier to make with my favorite brownie mix from Duncan Hines, the chewy fudge mix!

Those of you who know about my kiddos know that my youngest has food allergies and sometimes it’s really challenging to make anything “quick.” Thanks to Duncan Hines there are several dairy-free, nut-free and egg-free cake and brownie recipes that I can grab off the shelf and then just add my favorite ingredients to.

Brownie Recipe

For this simple brownie recipe, you’ll need:

And for the easy steps:

  • Prepare the batter
  • Bake them in mini cupcake cups (fill 3/4 way)
  • Spoon Marshmallow Crème into a resealable bag, trim off a corner, pipe a small dollup of crème. My best advise, no larger than a dime. The crème will expand and will drip if you pipe too much
  • Allow the creme to expand and then top with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Tip for Food Allergy Sufferers ~ For my little guy I used his dairy-free chocolate drops (you can find them at Trader Joe’s or Divvies, both brands are fabulous!)

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