Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mini Treats And Handheld Sweets Cookbook #Giveaway!

Ahhh, I love baking! Coming up with a new treat for the family to enjoy, and adding a new recipe to my list of family-favorites. Recently, I had the opportunity to add several recipes to that collection, and I'm sure will be adding in more as I try more recipes from the newest addition to my cookbook shelf-Mini Treats and Handheld Sweets, by Abby Dodge. Just as the title indicates, this book is full of recipes for desserts that don't require utensils!

When I received my copy of Mini Treats and Handheld Sweets, I browsed through and decided to flip over the corner of a page/recipe I wanted to try. Unfortunately, I think I ended up with well over half the pages turned down! Literally, trying to decide on just a couple recipes to make for this review, was very difficult! I decided to make the Peanut Butter Cone Cakes with Chocolate Frosting first, but turned them into cupcakes, since we didn't have any ice cream cones on hand. The directions were very easy to follow, and I would feel comfortable (and confident) letting the 12 and 15 year old make a recipe from this book. Every step is laid out clearly, and provides precise instructions. 

Dry ingredients

In the oven! 

The finished product! Yummy!
The cupcakes turned out perfect, and absolutely delicious! I was amazed at how quickly they disappeared from the kitchen...all the kids were wild about them!

The next recipe I tried was the Carrot Cake Cupcakes. This was actually my first time making carrot cake, because only 3 of us eat carrot cake. However, it looked so good, and I really wanted some, so I went ahead and made them-besides, if less people eat it, that's more for me! :) These were awesome. Amazing. Delicious. Any good adjectives you can think of, that's what these carrot cake cupcakes are. Add some cream cheese frosting (recipe included) and you have the ultimate dessert!

I also took a hint from Dino's (if you ever go to Branson, you absolutely have to visit his 24 Karrot Kake cafe at branson Landing) and added some whipped topping-this took the dessert from perfect to...well, I guess whatever is beyond perfect!

One of my readers will receive a copy of 
Mini Treats and Handheld Sweets!

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