Melt in Your Mouth Funfetti Easter Cookies

With Easter just a couple of days away, we wanted to share a delicious Easter cookie recipe with you.  Like we said, Easter is in just two days so this recipe is incredibly easy and the cookies are equally delicious.  There are only 5 ingredients and 8 steps (including devouring the finished product)!

Alright, raise your hand if you still can’t resist the idea of Funfetti, even as an adult?  I don’t know what it is about the name but it brings back such nostalgia that we knew we absolutely had to give these cookies a try.  Funfetti cookies?  Sold!  Not to mention the fact that the recipe also calls for sprinkles and M&M’s…this was a total no-brainer.  Honestly, do yourself a favor and give these a try.  They really do melt in your mouth!

Recipe Source: My Organized Chaos

 

Ingredients

1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix

1/3 Cup of Oil

2 Eggs

3-4 Tbsp Easter Sprinkles

1-1/3 cups Easter M&M’s

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  In large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, oil and eggs with large spoon.  Mix thoroughly by hand.

3.  Add sprinkles to the dough and mix them in gently.

4. Add M&M’s and mix them in gently.

5. Shape dough into 1″ balls and place 2″ apart on the baking tray lined with parchment paper

6. If you have leftover M&M’s, you can gently press a few into the top of each cookie to add more color.  (We opted to do this and it looked so cute!)

7. Bake cookies for 7 minutes and allow to cool

8.   Try not to eat them all before sharing with family and friends!

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Happy Easter weekend to all those who celebrate!!!

xoxo

Tiffany & Lindsey

Ryan’s “Party Animal” Themed 1st Birthday

Until just a month ago, Ryan still wasn’t able to sleep through the night.  He would be up twice a night and I was exhausted.  I would sit in the glider in his nursery and hold him until he was asleep again.  As this continued and as my frustration increased, I decided that I would focus on something positive in the dark during those long nights.  As I held my sleeping baby, I began to research party ideas for Ryan’s first birthday.  It provided me with a bit of “fun” in the middle of the night.  Naturally, Pinterest was the perfect place for my hunting.  I stumbled upon this link for This Heart of Mine’s post which contained a tutorial for making tiny hats for tiny toy animals.  I knew immediately that Party Animals would be the theme and that I was going to attempt to make my own little hats.

We had decided to have a small party at our home.  I was well aware that Ryan’s first birthday was more for David and I to celebrate the joy that Ryan had brought us throughout the past year and that Ryan would recall his birthday solely via photographs when he was older.  We also viewed it as the perfect opportunity to celebrate with the other people who have showered Ryan with love over the last year.

Once I had decided on the Party Animal theme, I got to work.  Initially, I began “pinning” ideas and then began shopping.  My first stop was Michael’s so that I could work on making the animal’s party hats over time.  I purchased a ton of plastic animals from as well as different colored papers with varying designs.  Of course, I needed adorable little pom pom balls to adorn the hats.  I figured that the animals would be worth every penny seeing as they would become his toys once the party was over.  They would be bonus birthday gifts!  Once the animals were rocking their little hats, I took stacked pieces of wood that I owned and covered them in moss.  Next, I placed the animals on top of the moss and those became the centerpieces for the party.

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Little by little, the ideas began flowing.  I have to admit that this ended up being a super fun theme to piece together.  I found a package from Simply Perfect NY on Etsy that would take care of the majority of the decorations.  She sent me the links for a ton of printables including a massive banner with four watercolor animals wearing party hats.  She was able to customize it so it wished Ryan a happy 1st birthday.  It was adorable.  It provided the perfect backdrop for the party.

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Next up, contacting the lovely ladies from Southern Sugar Bakery to ask if they could make cookies for the party.  They make spectacular cutout cookies with jus about any design but they also offer the most incredible chocolate chip and sea salt cookies.  OH MY GOSH.  Honestly, I downed three on the drive home after I picked them up.  As for the cutouts, we decided that they would make lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants, balloons and party hat cookies.  They turned out perfectly.

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Besides those items, there wasn’t a ton more that needed tending to with the exception of the cakes.  The Cupcake Shoppe was the obvious choice to provide the main cake as well as Ryan’s smash cake.  I knew that I wanted to place a few animals (wearing their party hats) on top of the cake along with a cake topper from So Simple So Sweet on Etsy so I asked them to make a simple yet beautiful textured cake.  As always, they hit the nail on the head!

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For favors, I simply placed a cookie in a little bag, tied a bow with twine and used my stamps to make the tags.  I used various animal stamps and then drew tiny little party hats on them.

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In order to provide some entreatment for the older kiddos who were coming, I put out any animal-themed board game that we owned.

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A big thank you to Target for having these fun party hats for the guests!

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Here is our little party animal (with his cousins) enjoying his birthday cake…

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Hope you all enjoy your day as much as this kid enjoyed his cake!

xoxo

Lindsey

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

The two of us love a fun baking project that we can do with the little ones in our families.  With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought we would try out this little treat with Lindsey’s nieces (ages 4 and 7).  The ingredient list was short and we thought, can you ever really go wrong with combining peanut butter and chocolate?   In the end, with a bit of guidance, the girls made these equally yummy and adorable spider cookies.

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What You’ll Need

– Peanut butter cookies (we opted for store bought mix because

we thought it would better serve the girls’ attention spans)

– Hershey’s Kisses or Lindt Truffles

– Chocolate Chips or Pre-packaged Decorating Icing

– Candy Eyes (We found ours at Michael’s)

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Instructions

1. Follow directions on package for preparing cookies

2. Wait just 2-3 minutes for cookies to cool after removing them from the oven

3. Place a Hershey Kiss UPSIDE DOWN in the center of each cookie and wait for them to soften.  (The original recipe we found recommended using truffles but we found them to melt way too much far too quickly.  The chocolate melted all over the cookie so we switched to Kisses.)

4. Once the Kiss has softened, you can add the edible google eyes to the top.

5. Wait until cookies have cooled completely and either use the pre-made decorating icing to draw spider legs or you can melt the baking chips and place them in a piping bag to decorate.

6.  You’re done!  Super easy, right?

Both girls loved this activity.  It took just the right amount of time for them to stay interested until all two dozen cookies were completed.  They had fun teasing each other about their respective decorating skills.   Okay, they REALLY loved teasing their aunt about her cookies that turned out like octopuses.  If you are looking for a Halloween activity to do with the little ones in your life, we recommend giving this one a try!

Happy Halloween Week!

xoxo

Tiffany & Lindsey