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I’m a huge chocolate fan. I love everything chocolate. So when Gartner Studios offered to send me this Chocolate Snowballs Premium Cookie Mix to try, I won’t lie, I was a little too excited. I love trying new things, and it doesn’t hurt when those new things are also chocolate!
I’ve reviewed Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios in the past and enjoyed the mix, so I looked forward to receiving this one as well.
For those of you who may not know, Duff Goldman is considered the “bad-boy-of-baking” and is known for his Ace of Cakes baking show on Food Network. He created this line of baking products so people could produce their own baking masterpieces at home. I like his products because they are always so eye catching.
The Chocolate Snowball cookies are pretty good too. Described by the company as the “perfect snow-day treat,” they combine a good combination of powdered sugar and chocolate flavor. I almost wished they were a little more chocolaty, but they still tasted great.
The cookie mix comes with chocolate cake mix and a packet of powdered sugar. All you need to add is 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 eggs. They include plenty of powdered sugar too. I still had half a packet left after I covered all the cookie balls. You could add more powered sugar to each cookie, but I didn’t want the sugar to overpower the chocolate. The box also says that it makes 3 dozen cookies, but I only got about 22 out of it. I guess my cookie balls were a little too big, but if you made them much smaller, these cookies would be pretty tiny in the end. Most of my cookies were about 2.5 inches in diameter.
When combining the ingredients, it seemed too dry at first, but after it got too thick for my stand mixer to do any good, I mashed the dough up with my hands for a bit and that allowed the butter to warm up and infuse the dough with buttery goodness. The cookie balls rolled out pretty easily and didn’t fall apart like I thought they were going to when it looked too dry at first. The dough has a little bit of a grainy texture which could turn some people off, but wasn’t too problematic. In the end, it all worked out though!
They were chewy and chocolaty and powdery! I would try these again for sure.
If you liked this product, stick around! I’ll be reviewing and giving away the Holly Jolly Cake Mix and Holiday Frosting by Duff Goldman soon!
If you would like to try these cookies, the mix can be found at Walmart and Target or online at www.gartnerstudios.com.
One lucky reader will win their own package of Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Chocolate Snowballs Cookie Mix!
Open to U.S. residents 18 and older. Giveaway ends 12/17/14 at 11:59 pm EST.
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I love Christmastime and always like to celebrate it with my readers by putting together a little Christmas prize package to thank you for following me for the last few years.
I try to find some of the cutest baking supplies that pop up in stores at this time of year and supplement them with a few other fun things!
Here’s what you could win in this year’s giveaway:
- Wilton Icing Decorations in the shapes of Santa, his elves, and his reindeer.
- Christmas paper straws
- Betty Crocker Shortbread mix (I used this mix to make the Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies earlier this year)
- Santa cupcake liners
- Mini Christmas cookie cutters
- Holiday sprinkles
- Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie bag
- Cupcake Stickers
- A charm bracelet with sweet charms
- A cupcake ornament
- Cake Batter flavored Chapstick
- Holiday socks
- Christmas colored Sixlets candies
- Candy Cane flavored Pop Rocks
- Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix
- And an extra special last minute addition: Nordicware holiday cake pop baking pan!
I found the baking pan during after-Christmas sales last year to save for this year’s giveaway and totally forgot about it when I was taking the initial photos for the giveaway. Luckily for you, I remembered the pan at the last minute!
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The tea party was a success! Putting on a party mostly by yourself is a tad daunting, but I’m really pleased with how everything turned out. Of course I was getting things ready all the way up to when people started to arrive, so I didn’t get all the photographs of the decor I wanted, but these pictures will give you an idea of what it looked like.
I made most of the decor myself. I explained how to make some of the decor here and here. For this lovely background, I found instructions at KoJo Designs for the paper flowers and at Shiny Happy Sprinkles for the paper fringed backdrop. It’s a really great idea for an inexpensive background that looks pretty and covers a good sized area. Something like this would be perfect for a photo booth background too!
I invited my guests with these home made tea invites. The invite is about the size of a business card and I attached it to a bag of tea.
I asked my friends to dress up in their nicest clothes, and while everyone did, I put an accessories table together just in case someone didn’t have any fancy jewelry or hats to wear.
There was one table that had all the tea supplies ready and I decorated the fireplace and mantel with flowers, candles, and the fabric swag and tea party banner that I showed you how to make last week. I had various glassware for my guests to drink iced teas from, but my favorites were these milk bottles I decorated with ribbon and paper flowers.
The food table had all sorts of treats that fluctuated throughout the day. I provided tea sandwiches, cookies, biscuits and jam, petits fours, popcorn, fruit salad and candy. There was a ton to eat!
These chocolate-dipped shortbread tea bag cookies were a hit! You can find the recipe for them here. The petits fours were also popular, especially the chocolate ones since they were devoured before I was able to get a closeup photo of them. If you’d like to make the petits fours click here for the recipe.
Thanks for joining me for my tea party!
I’ve been planning a tea party for some time now and saw a picture of some tea bag cookies on a blog called Le Pétrin that I thought were cute, but it was in French, which I sadly cannot read. That’s when I decided to figure it out myself because I really wanted to include these at my party.
I found some shortbread mix in the baking aisle and decided that would be a great base for these cookies. I made a little tea pot tag in Photoshop and tied them onto the finished cookies with some thread. They were a total hit at my party!
- 1 package Betty Crocker Shortbread Cookie Mix or a recipe from scratch (and whatever ingredients are needed to makes these)
- 1 package of chocolate melting candy
- Make the cookie dough according to the instructions of your mix or recipe and roll it out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut cookies into tea bag shapes by making rectangles and cutting the corners off one short side.
- Poke a hole near the top of the cookie with a wooden skewer.
- Bake as directed on your cookie mix package or recipe.
- After they are done baking, let cool for a minute or two on the baking sheet, and then move them to a cooling rack.
- If the holes have closed up a little, re-poke the holes with the skewer while the cookies are still warm.
- Once the cookies are fully cooled, melt some chocolate in a mug in 15-30 second increments until its fully melted. If the chocolate is too thick, add a little cooking oil to thin it.
- Dip the cookies about a third of the way into the chocolate and place on a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
- Place in the fridge until the chocolate sets up.
- Create a tag on your computer or just cut up little blank squares and punch a small hole in it for string.
- Once the cookies are fully chilled, tie the string with the tag attached to the cookie.
Fourth of July is this week and if you’re in the United States, you probably have a party or BBQ to attend. Still not sure what you’re going to bring to your potluck? Check out these deliciously patriotic sweets I’ve selected from around the Internet.
These layered stars, made from white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and food coloring, give a bright pop to any party table.
If brownies are more your style, try these stacked red velvet brownie stars with cool whip and blue berries.
I love these because they remind me of the jello desserts of the 1960s.
These candy bars are a great surprise for your friends! From the outside they look normal, but one bite reveals the red, white, and blue stripes inside. I always love surprise inside treats.
If you have access to a freezer, these pudding pops are great for a hot summer day.
Made from a combination of yogurt, fruit, and honey, these delicious smoothies are a perfect cool down on 4th of July.
Here’s another version of the surprise inside treat. This cake is baked with several colored layers and combined to form a flag when cut into. Can you imagine what your friends will say when they see the inside?
To the unfamiliar, these look like your everyday sugar cookies with candy sugar and sprinkles on top. What they don’t know is these will pop and crackle in your mouth when you eat them! How you ask? The secret ingredient is Pop Rocks!
To keep with the firecracker theme, here are some cute cupcakes that look like little firecrackers exploding.
If you aren’t planning a red, white, and blue dish for your party but still want it to look festive, decorate it with flag picks! To make your own, download my free American flag pick printable by clicking on the picture below:
Have a fun and safe Independence Day!
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