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4th of July Firecracker Cookies for Kids

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Hi everyone! I’m Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend. I’m guest-posting today just in time for my second favorite holiday, the 4th of July!

For as long as I can remember, July 4th has been a special holiday for me. I love the patriotic attitude, the fireworks, and of course, the food! Since 2009, I’ve spent every 4th of July on the Florida Panhandle with my husband’s family. Over the years, the family has grown, and there are a lot more kids than there once were. Because of that, I’ve started to look for things that can both entertain the kiddos while pleasing their palates. After all, I’m not a regular aunt, I’m a COOL aunt!

While at Target recently, I stumbled upon the cutest 4th of July decor in their dollar spot. Namely, these adorable metallic paper straws. I knew I wanted to incorporate them into our beach trip in some way. Taking a tip from Annette, I started thinking about how these straws could be used differently than just with cocktails (although nothing wrong with that!).

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Then, BOOM! I had an idea: 4th of July firecracker cookies. What’s more fun than food on a stick?! These stuffed cookies dipped in white chocolate serve a few fun purposes:

  1. Kids can get involved by decorating them with sprinkles.
  2. They make a darling centerpiece – just fill a festive vessel with dry rice!
  3. They’re fun to eat!

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Let me know if you give these a try, or save them for your food arsenal later this year. Simply swapping out icing and sprinkle colors means these can be used for just about any holiday!

4th of July Firecracker Cookies

You will need:

– Double stuffed sandwich cookies
– White melting chocolate
– Sprinkles/candies for decorating
– Paper Straws

To prepare:

Begin by cutting your paper straws down. I snipped off about 3 inches. Set aside.

Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Set aside.

If you want to have multiple shades of icing, divide your chocolate into two (or more) microwave safe bowls, and melt it according to package directions. I melted mine in 30 second increments until smooth.

Add food coloring and mix well.

Dip your sandwich cookies into the icing, using a spoon to cover at least half of the cookie. Gently lay the cookie down on the cookie sheet and decorate!

Once your cookies are decorated, place the cookie sheet into your freezer for 15-20 minutes until icing is firm.

Remove from freezer.

Gently squeeze the top of your straw to make it flat at one tip. Insert this flat part slightly into the cookie (about 1/4 – 1/2 inch). Repeat with remaining cookies.

Place your firecracker cookies in a rice filled vessel until it’s time to chow down and enjoy!

I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

xo, Nicole

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Devilish Dessert: Devil’s Food Cupcakes

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It’s officially October, and everyone has Halloween on the brain. I happen to love Halloween and the combination of orange and black.

Even though Halloween is quickly approaching and there is a temptation to snap up everything spooky, try celebrating a little more subtly, and in a cheeky way starting with my Devil’s Food Cupcakes. Let’s face it: they are yummy any time of year, but why not use Halloween as an excuse right?

Devil’s Food Cake is a great alternative to a basic chocolate cake and happens to be richer. These devil’s food cupcakes are a winning recipe. Kids will love these even more if you spookify them just a little with some cute toppers gummy worms and candy skulls. Use Halloween-inspired cupcake wrappers or place them on a black cake stand lined with parchment for a dose of moodiness without going overboard.

If you’re ready to make it full blown Halloween Blow Out, check out what Design Sponge with them.

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Find this recipe and other fabulous party ideas in my cookbook, Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY.

Devils Food Cup Cakes
Makes 36 cupcakes

You will need: 

For the cupcakes:
– ½ cup water
– 1 cup high quality cocoa powder
– 3 sticks butter softened (1 ½ cups)
– 2 cups sugar
– 4 eggs beaten
– 1 tablespoon vanilla
– ¼ cup canola oil
– 1 cup sour cream
– 3 cups all purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

For the Chocolate Frosting:
– 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 7 tablespoons high quality cocoa
– 1 stick of butter softened
– 6 tablespoons evaporated milk

Cake Preparation:

In the microwave, place water, then place cocoa powder in hot water, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle blade place butter and sugar combine until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, add vanilla and oil and sour cream add cocoa mixture, beat on medium speed until combined.

In a bowl mix flour and baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture on slow speed until combined, and add chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin tins, lined with cupcake liners fill liner until ¾ full. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until a pick is inserted and comes out clean. Cool and then frost.

Frosting Preparation:

Sift sugar and cocoa together in a bowl set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter, add sugar cocoa mixture slowly to the butter alternately with the evaporated milk, until fluffy.

xx, Annette

Photos via Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn & Design Sponge

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Crushing on Hanna Anderson’s Home Line

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When my kids were little, Hanna Anderson was my go to for kids clothes. They’re Swedish designed, and you know how I feel about Swedish design! I loved it back then because it was known for comfortable, adorable, and durable clothes; Hanna was my fave. My kids always looked bright, happy, and well-dressed. It’s still my go to for baby gifts; everyone loves Hanna.

Well last year, Hanna Anderson launched a home line {read about it here}.  It’s so smart, something just a little different, and I assume it will be as quality oriented as their clothing line. I am so excited to share this with you today. Head over to Hanna for some Swedish style and some great additions to your cozy home.

Here’s what Hanna has to say about her new baby::

Welcome to Hanna Home, our place for super cozy softness that’s crafted to last, beginning with bedding that lets kids be kids. Our mix-it-up colors come in sheets, reversible quilts, and awesome details that finish the room…so every way your littles make the bed (or don¹t make the bed) is the right way. Sweet dreams.

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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