Bring on the Sparkle!!

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Sparkle 2Sugar Cookies hold a special place in my heart.  My MeeMaw would make them for me using her special recipe and they were AMAZING!!  I loved them so much and would anxiously await them each and every time I would see her.  As special as her recipe is, I have been on the hunt for a sugar cookie that is a little softer, more chewy but not the kind that you frost just that perfect little sugar cookie…and I think I have found one. 

I love these cookies because even though they are small they are so full of flavor that it’s petite size will not bother you at all.  You can roll them in sugar to make them sparkle or you can leave them alone and let them be simple and pretty.  You could also use just a little white sugar on top to add a little sparkle here and there. 

A funny story, we had some friends and family over and these little sparkly treats were the dessert.  We had 6 people and by the time everyone had left I only had 2 cookies remaining out of  28 (I had given my neighbors a few earlier in the day)….so needless to say everyone loved them and I was asked to make them for Easter lunch as well.

These easy to make sugar cookies have fast become a family favorite and trust me they will make an appearance at many family gatherings to come.

 

Sparkly Sugar Cookies
Serves 36
A delicious and very fun sugar cookie recipe
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 cup colored sugars, for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy
  4. Mix in vanilla until just combined
  5. Add in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until well combined
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls
  7. Roll balls in the colored sugar of your choice and place on cookie sheet
  8. Using the bottom of a glass slightly flatten each cookie
  9. Bake for 7 minutes and then remove from oven
  10. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes and then remove to wire cooling rack
  11. ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each cookie is 3 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 99 Calories from Fat 47 Total Fat 5.2g Saturated Fat 3.2g Cholesterol 14mg Sodium 53mg Potassium 19mg Total Carbohydrates 12.9g Sugars 7.5g Protein 0.8g
  2. Vitamin A 3% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 1% - Iron 2%
  3. Nutrition Grade F
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Bring some Sparkle to your table!!

cupcake-crop Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

Nesting is so FUN…

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Choc nestsEaster is such a great time of year, not only for all the decadent treats that come with this Great Holiday but also because of the real reason we celebrate Easter.  As a Christian we celebrate Easter because Jesus died on the cross for each of us and then rose from the grave 3 days later becoming our forever Living Lord and Savior.  In my family we always celebrate Easter with church and then a big lunch full of family favorites including ham and all the trimmings and then finishing with some fun, easy and delicious desserts. 

This year these no-bake nests will be a fun addition and also a great opportunity for the kids to be able to create their own little dessert.  We will have large and small nests ready to go and then an assortment of candies including peeps, candy eggs, jelly beans and other chocolate candies for the kids to choose from.  It will for sure be a fun dessert for all involved.

No-Bake Chocolate Nests
Serves 48
A fun no bake Easter treat perfect - plus the kids will love it!!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz chow mein noodles
  2. 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Optional Toppings
  1. Peeps
  2. Jelly Beans
  3. Whopper Eggs
  4. Chocolate Eggs
Instructions
  1. To make mini nests use a mini muffin pan, to make larger nests (big enough for a Peep) use a large muffin tin - spray pan with nonstick spray
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate , stirring every 20 seconds until smooth
  3. In a medium bowl combine noodles and melted chocolate
  4. Fill muffin tins with noodles and form into nest shape - I lightly sprayed my hands to help shape the nests without the noodles sticking to my hands
  5. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight, and then fill with any of the optional toppings listed above
  6. You could also use a piping bag with green frosting to make "sprigs" of grass in the top of each nest
Nutritional Info (48 small nests)
  1. Each mini nest (without toppings) is 2 WW+ points
  2. Calories 75 Calories from Fat 37 Total Fat 4.1g Saturated Fat 1.3g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 36mg Potassium 9mg Total Carbohydrates 8.8g Dietary Fiber 0.8g Sugars 4.3g Protein 1.1g
  3. Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 0% - Iron 6%
  4. Nutrition Grade C
Nutritional Info (24 large nests)
  1. Each large nest (without toppings) is 4 WW+ points
  2. Calories 150 Calories from Fat 73 Total Fat 8.1g Saturated Fat 2.5g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 72mg Potassium 17mg Total Carbohydrates 17.6g Dietary Fiber 1.5g Sugars 8.5g Protein 2.1g
  3. Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 0% - Iron 11%
  4. Nutrition Grade C
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As Easter comes my prayer that you will take some time to remember the real reason we celebrate this season, and enjoy it with family and friends.

cupcake-crop Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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Bring the Keys home…

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Key lime cupsI love mini desserts!!  You can eat one and not feel totally guilty, and then you can have another too…plus you can have a variety of little desserts which is perfect for a party, a family dinner or just a sweets lover in general.  These little Key Lime Cups are perfect because they are tart, sweet and perfect for Easter. 

Another great thing about these little cups is that they are EASY to make…which I love!!  If Key Lime is not your thing you could fill these little cups with chocolate or vanilla pudding, coconut custard, fruit or even whipped cream.  They really are a perfect little bite to finish off a meal or for a little snack.

Key Lime Cups
Serves 24
A delicious mini dessert that makes key lime pie easy and fun!!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 package (24) Ready To Bake Sugar Cookies (I used Pillsbury)
  2. 3 large egg yolks
  3. 4 oz (about 1/2 cup) key lime juice (Use fresh if possible)
  4. 14 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 tbsp. brown sugar
Optional Garnishes
  1. Whipped Cream
  2. Lime zest
For the Cookie Cups
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray
  3. Roll each cookie into a ball and place into the muffin tins
  4. Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven
  5. Use a spoon to make a well in the middle of the cookie to make the shape of a cup
  6. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes until cookies are golden brown on the edges
  7. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes in the muffin tin and then carefully remove each cookie cup and continue to cool on the rack until completely cool
Key Lime Filling
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together egg yolks, key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla & brown sugar until smooth
  2. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat cook egg mixture for 10-12 minutes, whisking often, to cook through
  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely
To Make Key Lime Cups
  1. Using a small spoon, or a piping bag, fill each cookie cup with the key lime curd
  2. Top with a small dollop of whipped cream and lime zest
  3. ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each cup is 6 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 232 Calories from Fat 90 Total Fat 10.0g Saturated Fat 3.1g Trans Fat 2.5g Cholesterol 35mg Sodium 122mg Potassium 69mg Total Carbohydrates 31.6g Sugars 22.1g Protein 3.7g
  2. Vitamin A 2% - Vitamin C 3% - Calcium 5% - Iron 3%
  3. Nutrition Grade F
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Get your mini dessert on with these little cups!!

cupcake-crop Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ