Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you some of my very favorite St. Patrick’s Day treats that I’ve made throughout the years.

Have a wonderful weekend and a happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!!

~Enjoy~
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Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

Irish Cream Cupcakes

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups Irish Cream
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons milk
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour cupcake tins or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In another medium bowl or measuring cup, combine Irish Cream, water and milk; mix well.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. Alternately add the flour mixture and Irish Cream mixture to the butter mixture. Beat for approximately 2 minutes.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Frost cooled cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting; if desired. (recipe below)

Makes approximately 30 cupcakes.



Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Irish Cream
3-4 drops green food coloring
decorative sprinkles

Directions:
Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar; mix until completely combined. Add Irish Cream and food coloring; beat until well combined. If necessary, add more Irish Cream to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken frosting to desired texture.

Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with decorative sprinkles.



Pistachio Cake

Pistachio Cake

6 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
8 tablespoons water
1 (18-1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
2 (1 ounce) packages Fat-Free Sugar-Free Jell-O Instant Pistachio Pudding & Pie Filling Mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil

Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.

Combine Ener-G Egg Replacer and the 8 tablespoons of water in a small glass or bowl. Mix well.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mixes, water, oil, and the egg mixture.
Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Yields 12 servings.



Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish Cream

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, or 14 ounces of homemade sweetened condensed milk (recipe below)
1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high power for about 20-30 seconds.
Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.

Makes approximately 25.4 fluid ounces.



Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 cup cold water
1 1⁄3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
In a medium bowl, stir milk into cold water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir in sugar & vanilla extract. Refrigerate and cool before using.

Yields approximately 1 and 1/3 cups.



Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk, and mix until just blended.

Drop batter by tablespoonfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 6-7 minutes, until cakes spring back when touched. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Transfer cakes to wire racks to cool completely.

Match cakes in pairs so tops and bottoms are similar in shape. Spread bottoms with Mint Cream Filling, recipe below, and cover with top.

Makes 18 whoopie pies.



Mint Cream Filling

6 tablespoons butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon mint extract
4-5 drops green food coloring
3-4 tablespoons milk

In a medium bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, mint extract, food coloring, and milk. Mix until smooth. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.



Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Irish Cream
2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and Irish Cream; mix until combined.

Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 1 1/2 inches apart. Flatten with the bottom of a glass coated with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

As I suspected would happen, a change in the weather has occurred, bringing grey skies, cooler temperatures, and a little bit of rain. Although it’s not exactly ideal weather conditions for the upcoming long holiday weekend, it has given me the opportunity to spend a little more time indoors and catch up on some household chores – and do some baking.

Today I decided to make these wonderful Root Beer Float Cupcakes to enjoy with our 4th of July holiday meal. I also felt it was my duty to “sample” one, just to make sure they turned out alright. FYI – they are delicious!! Of course, what’s not to like about a cupcake that includes root beer soda in the cake batter and ice cream in the frosting. :)

The float frosting is so sweet and creamy, and the cupcakes are incredibly moist. The root beer soda adds a subtle root beer flavor, but if you want a stronger flavor, you can add a teaspoon or more of root beer extract to the batter.

As long as I have one of these tasty treats close at hand, I don’t think the gloomy weather that’s expected to hang around this holiday weekend will bother me too much.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July everyone!!

~Enjoy~
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Root Beer Float Cupcakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup root beer soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12 cupcake tins or line with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add both sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.

Beat the egg in a small bowl, then whisk it into the cooled root beer mixture. Fold the root beer mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. (The batter will be slightly lumpy – this is normal)

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost cooled cupcakes with Float Frosting; if desired. (recipe below)

Makes 12 Cupcakes.



Float Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the ice cream and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. If necessary, add more ice cream to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken frosting to desired texture.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

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Easter Is Coming – Are You Ready?

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Easter is this Sunday!! Are you ready? If not, I hope I can help by sharing this easy and yummy Overnight French Toast breakfast/brunch recipe, and a fun and festive Easter Basket Cupcake dessert idea – to help you plan your Easter menu and celebrate the holiday.

~Enjoy~
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For Easter Breakfast/Brunch:

Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
10 slices of thick-cut french bread
8 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pecans, measured then chopped
maple syrup and/or powdered sugar for topping (optional)

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar. Pour on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.

Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish, overlapping if necessary.

Combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a bowl and pour evenly over bread slices.

Sprinkle chopped pecans over bread slices.

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours. (preferably overnight)

In the morning, take the baking dish out of the refrigerator and let sit on the counter for at least 10 minutes – while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. If the top starts browning too quickly, place a piece of aluminum foil loosely over the top of the pan for the last 10 minutes or so. You want it to cook long enough to make sure the bottom part is cooked, but don’t dry it out completely.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Serve with maple syrup and/or powdered sugar, if desired.


For Dessert:

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup milk
18 flat-bottomed ice cream cones

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stand 18 ice cream cones up in a 13 x 9 inch pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in lemon juice. Alternately beat in the milk and flour mixture until well combined.

Spoon the batter into the ice cream cones. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Remove to a wire rack to cool. When cupcakes have cooled, cut off the cylindrical lower half of the ice cream cone.

Frost with Buttercream Frosting and decorate with Coconut Easter Grass and Jelly Beans.

Makes 18 cupcakes



Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
3-4 drops green food coloring

Directions:
Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar; mix until completely combined. Add milk and beat until well combined. If necessary, add more milk to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken frosting to desired texture.

Coconut Easter Grass

2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
Green food coloring

Directions:
Place coconut in a zip-top plastic bag. Add 4 to 5 drops of food coloring. Seal bag shut. Shake and massage the bag to coat all the pieces of coconut with coloring. Add additional food coloring if the color is not dark enough.

Coconut Easter Grass

Coconut Easter Grass

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Is anyone as surprised as I am that Easter is this weekend? I didn’t realize the holiday was right around the corner, until I looked at the calendar earlier this week and, there it was.

I’m so glad I had the good fortune to look at the calendar, because I really wanted to make these cute little Easter Basket Cupcakes for Easter this year, and if I hadn’t seen that the holiday was fast approaching, it would have come and gone and I would have missed my chance.

I had so much fun making these cupcakes – from hunting in the grocery store for tiny jelly beans to place on top, to coloring the coconut to look like grass. I even found some cute colored ice cream cones at the grocery store, which I think make the perfect base for these cupcakes.

The next time I make these though, I’ll try to figure out a way to make an edible handle for the baskets. Any ideas?

Have a very happy Easter Sunday everyone!!

~Enjoy~




Easter Basket Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 large eggs
1 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stand 18 ice cream cones up in a 13 x 9 inch pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in lemon juice. Alternately beat in the milk and flour mixture until well combined.

Spoon the batter into the ice cream cones. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Remove to a wire rack to cool. When cupcakes have cooled, cut off the cylindrical lower half of the ice cream cone.

Frost with Buttercream Frosting and decorate with Coconut Easter Grass and Jelly Beans.

Makes 18 cupcakes



Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
3-4 drops green food coloring

Directions:
Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar; mix until completely combined. Add milk and beat until well combined. If necessary, add more milk to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken frosting to desired texture.

Coconut Easter Grass

2 cups sweetened, shredded coconut
Green food coloring

Directions:
Place coconut in a zip-top plastic bag. Add 4 to 5 drops of food coloring. Seal bag shut. Shake and massage the bag to coat all the pieces of coconut with coloring. Add additional food coloring if the color is not dark enough.

Coconut Easter Grass

Coconut Easter Grass

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

Irish Cream Cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

I mentioned in my last blog post that I would be baking a couple of treats this week using the Homemade Irish Cream that I made, and these cupcakes just happen to be one of those treats that I mentioned.

Don’t they look cute all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day? I used the Homemade Irish Cream liqueur in the cupcake batter and in the buttercream frosting, and they turned out wonderfully tasty.

What better way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day than with a cupcake in one hand, and a glass of Irish Cream in the other. Yum!

~Enjoy~




Irish Cream Cupcakes

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups Irish Cream
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons milk
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour cupcake tins or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In another medium bowl or measuring cup, combine Irish Cream, water and milk; mix well.

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. Alternately add the flour mixture and Irish Cream mixture to the butter mixture. Beat for approximately 2 minutes.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins, filling cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Frost cooled cupcakes with Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting; if desired. (recipe below)

Makes approximately 30 cupcakes.



Irish Cream Buttercream Frosting

1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Irish Cream
3-4 drops green food coloring
decorative sprinkles

Directions:
Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar; mix until completely combined. Add Irish Cream and food coloring; beat until well combined. If necessary, add more Irish Cream to thin or more powdered sugar to thicken frosting to desired texture.

Frost cooled cupcakes and sprinkle with decorative sprinkles.

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