TWD:French Snacklettes

French Snacklettes | Frankly Entertaining

This is this 5th Tuesday, so it’s considered a make up week. Since this is the first month of the new Dorie’s Cookies project, I’m not actually behind yet! For this week I made Dorie’s French Snacklettes. This was one of Dorie’s Cookies for Kindness recipes. I had thought about giving these cookies to the school nurse who helped assess my daughter’s early morning head wound yesterday (no stitches necessary!), or to the car repair place who only charged me $3 to change the battery in my key. Unfortunately there will be no gifting of cookies because when I left the cookies alone (rookie mistake), my three year old ate most of them!

French Snacklettes | Frankly Entertaining

I made these into little bite sized morsels, and they came together pretty easily. In the book, Dorie made the cookies into perfect little pyramids, but when I tried the pyramids they ended up looking like an inappropriate emoji! Instead, I decided make little cubes.

French Snacklettes | Frankly Entertaining

The cookies are rich (nothing unusual there), and they’re a little dry, so they needed a little hot chocolate to wash them down. I’ve woken up to single digit temperatures the past few days, so hot chocolate is a staple in my pantry. The ground almonds give the cookie an almost coconut texture. These are called French Snacklettes, but I never tried anything like these when I lived in France (to be fair, I was more of a pastry person!).

I made this as part of the Dorie Greenspan cooking club known as Tuesdays with Dorie. We’re baking out of the cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies. This group makes a recipe every week (I’m only going to be working with the cookie book, so I’m doing the first and third Tuesdays).

 

TWD: Peanut Butter Change Ups

Peanut Butter Change Ups|Frankly Entertaining

Two recipes in a row! I’m on a roll! This week is Dorie’s recipe for Peanut Butter Change-Ups. So, here’s a question, if I change up the change ups does that make them Change Up Squared?! Maybe I’m putting too much thought into a cookie!

I love peanut butter cookies, but I don’t make them very often because my oldest son is allergic to peanuts. It seems kind of unfair to parade warm cookies under my son’s nose when he can’t eat them. I had a few thank yous to give out, and cookies seemed like the right way to do that!

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The original recipe called for peanuts, and I didn’t have any on hand, but I did have sweetened coconut and chocolate chips. I also made these minis because, as usual, I like an excuse to eat two cookies instead of one!

I thought the flavor in these was great, and I really liked the chocolate chips even if they weren’t part of the original recipe! The cookies were a little cakey for me, but I’m wondering if that would change if I flattened them. All my non-allergic kids loved these though. I just have a preference for a chewy cookie!

Peanut Butter Change Ups|Frankly Entertaining

I made this as part of the Dorie Greenspan cooking club known as Tuesdays with Dorie. We’re baking out of the cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies. This group makes a recipe every week (I’m only going to be working with the cookie book, so I’m doing the first and third Tuesdays).

Peanut Butter Change Ups|Frankly Entertaining

 

TWD: Chocolate Crème Sandwiches

TWD Chocolate Cremes|Frankly Entertaining

Well looky there, Dorie Greenspan has a new book out. That means I can rejoin the Dorie Greenspan cooking club known as Tuesdays with Dorie. The new cookbook is Dorie’s Cookies. This group makes a recipe every week (I’m only going to be working with the cookie book, so I’m doing the first and third Tuesdays}.

The Tuesdays with Dorie group doesn’t post recipes. For the first couple of weeks they’re using recipes that have been published on the internet. You can find this week’s recipe here.

TWD Chocolate Cremes|Frankly Entertaining

This is basically a deluxe Oreo. If you make this recipe as it’s written it requires a lot of down time. The dough needs one hour in the freezer to chill, and then when you re-roll the scraps it’s supposed to go back in the freezer for another hour. I’m not going to lie to you, I feel no need for the full hour. I put the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes, and I felt good about the dough.

In the picture in the book the frosting filling is bright white. I don’t know how Dorie accomplished this with butter, maybe she used the Wilton icing whitener, but my frosting was a little more yellow. I decided to add a little mint flavor to spice things up a bit! The mint may have been a mistake! I also wish I had used a cookie cutter with a scalloped edge.

Chocolate Cremes|Frankly Entertaining

The flavor in these cookies is pretty intense. Since there are two cookies plus frosting these are pretty rich. I would make them a little smaller next time. My kids weren’t overly impressed with these ones, but I think it was mostly the mint and the extra dark Valrhona chocolate.

Next up are peanut butter change ups, and I’m pretty excited about this one.

TWD: Chocolate Cremes|Frankly Entertaining

DIY Halloween Votives

 

Jack O'Lantern Votives|Frankly Entertaining

 

I had so many Halloween ideas this year, I thought for sure I’d get all kinds of posts up, but Halloween is a week away, and here we are. I have a couple of other festive things up my sleeve, but we’ll see if they make it on here! Halloween isn’t just about the pumpkin recipes, it’s also about the pumpkin themed tea light holders!

Jack O' Lantern Votives|Frankly Entertaining

 

For these Jack O’ Lantern inspired Halloween votives I really just wanted to try my hand at using Glass Etching Cream. I had never used it before, and it seemed like there was a lot that you could do with it. I also thought it would be a great use for the Silhouette Cameo and vinyl.

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We cut out a bunch of jack – o – lantern shapes (right now these, and all Halloween files are on sale on the Silhouette store), and just mixed and matched on glass votive holders. A couple of friends came over and we just played around with everything.

Halloween Votives|Frankly Entertaining

The big thing I learned about working with the Glass etching cream is that you have to shake it really well, and put it on really thick.

Halloween Votives | Frankly Entertaining

 

Because the glass votives are so small, we were able to cut more than enough out of one small sheet of vinyl to do seven votives. This is a quick and easy  Halloween craft. I don’t know if I’d make it with kids because the etching cream is pretty potent, but kids can definitely help place the vinyl and design the jack o’ lanterns. To make it more kid friendly, you can also use the battery operated tea lights instead of candles. This project is also extremely cost effective because I had everything on hand. Even if you had to go buy everything, it would still be under $10 (except the Silhouette!).

Jack O'Lantern Votives

Fluffernutter Cheesecake

Fluffernutter Cheesecake | Frankly Entertaining

I promised you guys a recipe that would take you back to your childhood, and this is it, but a little bit grown up! I don’t think I’m the only one who used to love fluffernutter sandwiches when I was a kid. (If you never got to experience the joys of fluffernutter, it’s a peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwich) What’s not to love about a peanut butter cheesecake topped with a whole lot of peanut butter cream! Make sure you keep a glass of milk close by!

Make sure you add the marshmallow cream right before you serve the cake. The cream spreads quickly, and marshmallow will be everywhere if you let the cake sit. I’m not saying this happened to me, but maybe it happened to … a .. friend … of … a … friend?!

Fluffernutter Cheesecake | Frankly Entertaining

I served his at a fun cheesecake tasting party that I had with some friends, because sometimes the ladies need to get together and enjoy cake! If you need a girls’ night, I highly recommend one where everyone brings a dessert to share!

The chocolate part of this is in the crust, but you could definitely add a chocolate drizzle over the top if you want to amp it up a bit. Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong with a chocolate and peanut butter combo!

This recipe is part of #choctoberfest. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an amazing prize pack.

 

Fluffernutter Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. crushed Oreos
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • 3 x  80z. packages Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 c. Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 jar marshmallow cream

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter and press into a springform pan and bake at 350º for 10 minutes.
  2. Cream together cream cheese and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Stir in peanut butter.
  6. Bake at 425º for ten minutes and then lower the temperature to 250º for 45 minutes.
  7. Put it in the fridge overnight. Top with marshmallow cream right before serving.

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Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

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Thanks to Imperial Sugar for helping with today’s recipe.

Today I’m posting my first recipe for #Choctoberfest. I definitely think #Choctoberfest is a celebration that I can get behind. What’s not to love about dozens of bloggers getting together to celebrate their love of chocolate! I have a couple of recipes to share. Today’s is a recipe that I really thought about because I want it to be delicious (obviously) and I wanted it to look good. So, if I’m being completely honest with you, this recipe probably doesn’t need the white chocolate drizzle, but I thought it added a nice contrast! My kids ate all the drizzle ones and I ate more than my fair share of the plain ones!

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints|Frankly Entertaining

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and cherry, and so this cookie seemed like a natural extension of everything that I hold near and dear.

I used a store brand cherry jam and it’s just the right balance with the chocolate. My husband’s comment was, “they’re sweet,” and I think that’s perfect when Imperial Sugar sent me 40lbs of sugar (my UPS guy must love me!)! I used a baby spoon to get the perfect amount of jam onto the cookies before baking. If you have little helpers, creating the thumbprints is a perfect job for little hands and thumbs! I also used a mini cookie scoop, and this recipe made 5 dozen of the mini cookies.

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints|Frankly Entertaining

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, and be sure to check out today’s other #Choctober recipes at the end of the post.

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. Imperial Sugar + 1/4 c. for rolling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. cherry jam

Instructions:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add eggs and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients (except for the extra sugar for rolling), and add to the butter mixture.
  4. Use a mini scoop to create balls of dough.
  5. Roll dough balls in sugar and create an indentation with your thumb.
  6. Add 1/2 tsp of jam to each indentation.
  7. Bake at 375º for ten minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.

Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:

  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate’s: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean’s:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint
  • From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine’s Fair Trade Gift Set

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints|Frankly Entertaining

Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We’ll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 22, so enter by Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing:

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It’s #Choctoberfest + A Giveaway

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I am so excited to be participating in #Choctoberfest this year (who needs beer and sausage?!)! I have some fun recipes to post including an amazing cheesecake that will take you back to your elementary school days. I hope you check back for the recipes and check out what the other bloggers are making. don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page.

 

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.

Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:

  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate’s: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean’s:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint
  • From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine’s Fair Trade Gift Set

Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We’ll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 15, so enter by Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing:

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Here’s a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin’ MamasA Kitchen Hoor’s Adventuresaddicted 2 recipesAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAn Affair From The HeartBalancing MotherhoodBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenBy the PoundsCanning and Cooking at HomeCoconut & LimeCook with 5 KidsCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with CarleeCopyKat RecipesCricket’s ConfectionsCrumbs in my MustachioElisabeth JeanFairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFantastical Sharing of RecipesFeed Your Soul TooFeeding BigFrankly EntertainingFull Belly SistersGet the Good StuffGrumpy’s HoneybunchHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHostess At HeartInk and SugarJane’s Adventures in DinnerJoin Us, Pull Up a ChairKaren’s Kitchen AdventuresKate’s Recipe BoxKudos Kitchen by ReneeKylee CooksLetz EatLife CurrentsLife on Food Making MiraclesMonica’s TableMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMy Catholic KitchenMy Gluten Free MiamiOur Good LifePalatable PastimeRestless ChipotleSeduction in The KitchenSew You Think You Can CookSimple Food 365Southern With A TwistSumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasTampa Cake GirlTeaspoon of GoodnessThat RecipeThe Crumby CupcakeThe FlavouristaThe Food Hunter’s Guide To CuisineThe Freshman CookThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Spiffy CookieTramplingroseWildflour’s Cottage KitchenZesty South Indian Kitchen

I’m looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don’t forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win the amazing prize pack.

Easiest Apple Fritters Ever

Easy Apple Fritters|Frankly Entertaining

Well, it’s official: apple season has arrived! There’s a chill in the air, and the mood is just right for scarves, scented candles and warm apple fritters.

I’ve mentioned my first job at my family’s restaurant when I was in high school. Every night the chef came up with a cheesecake of the day, but my absolute favorite dessert there was the apple fritters. They were served warm (because no one wants to eat cold fritters!) with crème anglaise. The dessert was magical, and I ate it all year long, but it was perfect on cold days.

Simple Apple Fritters|Frankly Entertaining

The weather in Alaska is pretty much perfect right now. It’s cool and crisp and the sun is rising a little later, which means we get to see a gorgeous sunrise almost every day. Even when it’s raining it’s still amazing. These are the days that I need to remember when it’s cold and dark in January!

Kodiak Cakes is the secret ingredient in these fritters

This recipe is so simple that it makes a perfect after school snack, or delicious dessert for when you have company. It’s not make ahead, but it’s so simple and you can enlist helpers! My secret to uniform apple slices in the Apple Corer. I don’t use a corer/slicer combo, because I like making the donut shapes! The other secret is using pancake batter. Any mix will work, but I used Kodiak Cakes because it has extra protein, and when I’m deep frying I like to pretend that I’m being healthy! If you want to make crème anglaise I’m not going to stop you, but I served this with some salted caramel gelato (from Talenti, because I love using their containers). When the ice cream melts it’s like the crème anglaise.

A simple recipe for delicious apple fritters

My husband isn’t a big fan of deep frying, but there’s really no other way to get the crispy crust without frying. I use a huge pot and a couple of inches of oil, and we keep all the kids out of the kitchen. Safety first!

Apple fritters are the perfect fall recipe

Easy Apple Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples (I used granny smiths)
  • 2 c. pancake batter (I used Kodiak Cakes)
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Core and slice apples.
  2. Heat oil to 375º
  3. Dip apple slices in batter and fry for one minute on each side. Depending on the size of the pot, you should be able to do a few slices at a time. I get four slices out of each apple.
  4. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Coat the fritters in cinnamon sugar.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.

These amazing apple fritters only need three ingredients (and one of them is the apple!)

 

Easiest Apple Fritters Ever
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 4 apples (I used granny smiths)
  • 2 c. pancake batter (I used Kodiak Cakes)
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon Sugar
Instructions
  1. Core and slice apples.
  2. Heat oil to 375º
  3. Dip apple slices in batter and fry for one minute on each side. Depending on the size of the pot, you should be able to do a few slices at a time. I get four slices out of each apple.
  4. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Coat the fritters in cinnamon sugar.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.

Curry Tuna Salad

Tuna Curry Salad|Frankly Entertaining

School went back in for us this week, and while I’m excited to get my house back during the day, it also means that I’m packing lunches for five kids (six if you include the lunch for my toddler). We pretty much have an assembly line system going, and it works extremely well, but we’re always looking for ways to spice things up. My kids will start to revolt if they have the same thing too many days in a row!

You might think I’m a little crazy for making so many lunches every day, but the truth is, my kids need more food than the cafeteria offers to keep them full until they get home at 4:00pm. One of the biggest helps is that my kids are great at preparing lunches. We have a great system with all our supplies in the pantry, and the kids know that they get a treat, a fruit, and main and either some cheese or yogurt.

Five ingredients to a delicious lunch

Today’s recipe is for a tuna curry salad. You might think that your kids won’t eat this, but my experience has been that if I let my kids help me make a new lunch they’re more likely to enjoy it. The curry flavor here isn’t overpowering, and there are so many different types of curry that you can make things spicy if your kids love a little extra heat! I used yogurt instead of mayonnaise; it makes it both a little lighter and a little more authentic.  I also put in some diced green apple and raisins. If your kids enjoy curry for dinner this lunch will be very familiar to them. I served it with sliced naan, but if your local market doesn’t carry naan then you can always serve it with crackers (but, if I can get naan in Kenai, then I’m willing to bet that you can get it too!). I put the salad in a 4 oz. jam jar. This gets a great seal for both before and after lunch (please tell me my kids aren’t the only ones who put all their trash back in their lunch boxes?!).

Tuna Curry Salad

When you think of tuna, you might automatically imagine a soggy sandwich from your grade school years. This tuna curry salad is filled with a firm texture, light color and fresh taste – Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore is the perfect ingredient to deliciously enhance almost any recipe, adding a variety of nutrients – including lean protein, healthy fat and important vitamins and minerals.

Tuna Curry Salad|Frankly Entertaining

Curry Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and chill.
  2. Serve with Naan or crackers.

Tuna Curry Salad|Frankly Entertaining

 

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Strawberry Summer Caprese

Summer Strawberry Caprese|Frankly Entertaining

Edited*** This is a little embarrassing, because I thought I came up with this genius idea, but it turns out Christina wrote a very similar post for FFWD five years ago! You can read about it here. I am clearly getting so old that I can’t remember posts!

 

Summer is the time for light and easy meals. When the weather is warm you don’t want to feel weighted down with super heavy foods. This caprese salad makes a perfect light lunch, but you could also pair it with some grilled chicken for a complete dinner.

Strawberry Caprese |Frankly Entertaining

I’ve changed the recipe up from a traditional caprese by adding chopped strawberries and some strawberry balsamic vinegar. The berry flavor is a great addition to the cheese and tomato. The other thing I love with this is pre-sliced mozzarella. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for sliced mozzarella, but one less step is one less step! I also love that all the slices are uniform.

Strawberry Caprese | Frankly Entertaining

I didn’t put exact measurements in the recipe, because you really can’t mess this up. Add more if you’re feeding a crowd or just use a single tomato if you’re making a single serving. This is a little it of Summer in Italy, even if you’re living in Alaska!

Summer Strawberry Caprese

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes, sliced
  • Mozzarella, sliced
  • Strawberries, diced
  • Strawberry balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Lay out slices of tomatoes and mozzarella in an alternating pattern.
  2. Sprinkle with the strawberries and basil.
  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar.
  4. Top with salt and pepper.

 

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