Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Love chocolate? Me too! Love peanut butter? Me too! Love them together? Oh yes!!! This weekend I whipped up double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcakes and I couldn’t put them down!

Double Chocoalte Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s better, this double chocolate peanut butter filling cupcake recipe is semi-homemade. Yep. I started with a box! {grin}

Here are the packaged items you’ll need:

  • Your own chocolate cupcake recipe, or a box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Cake Mix with additives
  • Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Icing

And for the from scratch peanut butter filling (yields enough for 24 cupcakes), you’ll need:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

And the easy how to steps:

  1. Prep cake batter, set aside
  2. Mix all ingredients for peanut butter filling until smooth
  3. Layer cake batter, peanut butter filling, cake batter, peanut butter filling, and end with cake batter in cupcake baking cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 – 16 minutes based on your oven and elevation.
  5. Allow to cool, ice with fudge icing, serve.

I promise, your guests, your family, your co-workers, they will all be in cupcake heaven!

Double Chocoalte Peanut Butter Filling Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Come back tomorrow and I’ll share with you how to make these super simple glitter heart cupcake toppers just in time for Valentines! 

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

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Ice Cream Football Sandwiches {Super Bowl Party Food}

With three boys in the house (yes, I’m counting my husband), you bet football and the Super Bowl are big around here! So let’s talk Super Bowl parties and my simple and fun football ice cream sandwich idea!

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Super Easy Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Making football fare for any game or tailgate is fun, but the Super Bowl… well… it’s the Super Bowl! I’m a fan of all the savory sandwich recipes and dips, but I have to have a bit of sweet too. And what’s best about my little football ice cream sandwiches, they’re super easy to make and store until your guests arrive!

Super Bowl Football Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Sharpie (coupon details for Target below!)
  • Rubbermaid storage containers (coupon details for Target below!)
  • White cake icing
  • Resealable bag
  • Icing tip #4 and connector
  • Knife
  • Optional: Chocolate sprinkles

Simple steps:

  1. Using a Sharpie, draw football plays, referee stripes or team colors on wooden spoons
  2. Unwrap your ice creams and lay them on a sheet of wax paper or in Rubbermaid container
  3. Pierce one end of the ice cream with a knife so that your wooden spoons can be inserted easily later
  4. Cut the edge of resealable bag, insert your icing connector and tip, spoon in icing and pipe football design
  5. Place in Rubbermaid container and freeze until guests arrive.
  6. Insert wooden spoons, sprinkle container with chocolate sprinkles (to finish the look) and serve.

Tip: If you serve them at halftime and they’re hard frozen, they should last the full 30 minutes!

Super Bowl Party Ice Cream Sandwiches | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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10 Sliders and Mini Burgers {Super Bowl Recipes}

I’ve rounded up some of the most amazing sliders and mini burgers for our Super Bowl party this year. Don’t all 10 of these recipes look amazing?!

10 Slider and Mini Burgers, perfect for Super Bowl

With mini foods you can serve and taste multiple flavors all in one evening. LOVE!

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

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Last Minute Thanksgiving: Darling Turkey Cookies in 10 minutes

Need darling Thanksgiving turkey cookies in 10 minutes or less? I’ve got you covered!

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These turkey cookies are the brainchild of my friend Hilary, and it’s brilliant for the time-starved hostess. Hillary brought these lovely little treats to my son’s class Thanksgiving feast last week.

You know those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the fun images on them?! Yep. These are one in the same with a few little additions. The best part, they’re as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Bake your cookies (they’re already pre-cut right out of the package) and allow them to cool
  2. Taking two cookies and some chocolate frosting, make sandwich cookies (with turkeys facing out moms)
  3. Roll the edges in autumn mix sprinkles

Waalaa! Super easy and super clever right!

Hop over to my latest post on Parade magazine for more fun and creative Thanksgiving turkey treat ideas!  Or, are you Pinterested {wink} in more Thanksgiving food and craft ideas? Thanksgiving Food & Crafts, Thanksgiving Kid Table and Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls {White Chocolate Recipe}

I love OREOS! My kids love OREOS! And now, we’re all loving this classic cookie as a OREO cookie ball!

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Have you tried them? They are so super simple to make and can be modified in so many ways. OREO asked that I give them a try and wow! So yummy!

And since I’m craving all things peppermint these days, I made Christmas OREO Peppermint Cookie Balls! You know, out of the red cream filled holiday OREOs. {grin}

To make your own OREO cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. soft peppermint (I prefer the old-fashioned soft kind!)

Easy steps:

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a resealable plastic bag or bowl with a ladel
  2. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls, makes about 48
  4. Freeze 10 minutes
  5. Crush peppermint
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between
  7. Insert lollipop sticks and dip
  8. Sprinkle with soft peppermint and allow to cool/dry. (TIP: I use a shallow bowl, grid cookie rack and wax paper to stand the pops up in to that all sides are pretty!)

Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want more cookie ball recipes?! Hop over for tons of yummy and clever ideas! Or, maybe a few more peppermint ideas? I have a “Peppermint Please” Pinterest board you’ll love!

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

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double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies & peppermint mocha coffee

I’m a coffee lover. Can’t get my day started without it. And this time of year that means Coffee-mate’s Holiday flavored creamer. {swoon}

Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite creamer flavor right now is the Peppermint Mocha. It’s just the right splash of peppermint to make you think you stirred it with one of those soft peppermint sticks your grandma always kept in the candy jar. {mmmmm!}

Did you know Coffee-mate has more than 25 flavor options? So if peppermint isn’t your thing, no worries. They have something yummy for everyone!

And who can have such a decadent coffee without a sweet treat?! Okay, I admit it. I can. Every single morning. It’s like I told my kiddos “no sweets until after lunch” and I then I sneak up each morning and start my day with Peppermint Mocha. If they only knew! {smirk}

I digress, let’s get to my Peppermint Mocha coffee’s sweet complement: double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies. They are amazing if I do say so myself. Oh, and if you want to make the dairy-free recipe version (like I do for my youngest with food allergies), I’ve included how to modify the recipe too!

Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Let’s bake a batch! For Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies:

  • Pkg Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted (alternative for dairy-free: substitute Smart-Balance in blue container)
  •  3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternative for dairy-free: Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cake mix, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in your mixer. Blend.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon onto parchment paper and add marshmallows, pressing down a bit
  5. Bake for 7 minutes (chewy) or 11 minutes (crispy)
  6. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container

Peppermint Mocha Coffee | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ll meet you at the coffee pot! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


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ghostly rice krispies treats for my Halloween party

Rice Krispies Treats are a favorite in my house so they tend to grace every holiday party with this past Friday’s Halloween party being no exception. Let’s get crafty and make some Ghostly Rice Krispies Treats pops!

Ghost Rice Krispies Treat Pops for Halloween | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make Rice Krispies Treats Ghosts (yield six), you’ll need:

  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 cup white icing
  • 1/4 chocolate icing
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • egg shaped cookie cutter (inch deep)
  • wax paper
  • 2 plastic icing bottles
  • toothpicks

Easy steps:

  1. Butter the cookie cutter and your hands and then mold each ghost while the treats are still warm.
  2. Insert the popsicle sticks into the bottom (small part of the egg) of each crispy. (Tip: Doing it later might cause your icing to crack.)
  3. Add white icing into a plastic icing bottle and pipe the outline of the shape.
  4. Heat the remaining icing for 8 seconds and slowly fill the krispie, pulling any icing to the sides with a toothpick.
  5. Allow the icing to set for at least five minutes.
  6. Add chocolate icing to second icing bottle and pipe faces.
  7. Allow to set for a few hours if you decide to package in cello bags.

Happy Halloween everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gone batty Halloween cake & Halloween blog hop

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’m so excited to share with you my first Halloween cake of the season (I have several more planned!). I dubbed this one “gone batty!” {grin}

And guess what else! I’m hosting a Halloween blog hop with some of my creative and crafty friends! From Halloween party treats to Halloween favors to Halloween home décor, we’ve got you covered! Scroll down to see all of the creative and creepy ideas!

But first, let’s talk cake! A crafty bat cake to be exact!

If you’re a baker, like me, whip out a two layer flat iced cake and pop it in the fridge. If you’re not, no worries! Head down to your favorite bakery (or even your favorite grocery) and pick up a simple no decoration cake. Even for those of us that love to bake, in a time crunch, heading to the local bakery is the best corner to cut!

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have the cake squared away, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Lollipop sticks (cut in half or use short ones)
  • Co’ordinations Black Glitter Cardstock (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Bat template (half of a bat, intended to be cut out of folded sheet)
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Black sixlet candies to finish the cake edges (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

Easy steps for decorating your “gone batty” cake:

  • Fold cardstock in half (don’t crease too much or it will tear)
  • Place template (half of bat) on fold line and cut. This will give you a symmetrical bat and you’ll already have that nice fold that makes them look like they’re flying
  • Hot glue bats to the tips of your lollipop sticks
  • Insert into your cake at varying heights so that they appear to be flying in an upward motion
  • Optional: Attach additional bats to your cake backdrop for extra effect!

Gone Batty Cake and Cupcake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now please HOP over and visit my friends! 

scared batty Halloween cake + creative blogger Halloween hop

 

From left to right in the collage you’ll find:

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

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monster cupcakes in a minute

Chocolate monster cupcakes in a minute! | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

Monster Cupcakes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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