Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles

Strawberry Oreo Truffle ScarletIt’s safe to say that, by now, almost everyone has tasted (and fallen in love with) the Oreo Cookie Truffle.  It’s also safe to say that Oreo Cookie Truffles might just be the ultimate no bake dessert.  Seriously, those tasty little bites of heaven couldn’t be simpler to make. With only a handful of ingredients and minimal effort, you are rewarded with darling confections that will tempt even the staunchest dessert adversary.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle IngredientsAdding to this list of accolades, we must point out that the Cookie Truffle is also endlessly adaptable.  Just think of all of the special edition sandwich cookies that call to you from super market shelves every season, and you’ll see what we mean.  Cinnamon Roll Cookie Truffles? Yes, please!  Red Velvet Cookie Truffles?  Did you even need to ask?  But we are getting ahead of ourselves here (read: look out for more of our Cookie Truffle recipes!).

Strawberry Oreo Truffles Plates x2With today being National Strawberry Day, we’ve decided to make a special edition of our own: Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles.  These charming truffles capture the flavors of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and golden cookie crumbs to create a two-bite, shortcake-turned-truffle that will leave you asking for at least one more.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle DoughSo how did we manage to get all of those authentic shortcake flavors into our truffles?  Well, we simply stuffed our truffles with diced fresh strawberries and whipped cream. The truffle’s base of crushed cookies and cream cheese is exceptionally easy to work with and lent itself to molding into a slight bowl shape.

Strawberry Oreo Truffles BerriesFrom there, we spooned teensy bits of whipped cream and finely chopped berries into the center and then covered with another flattened round of dough to form a sandwich of sorts. At that point, we gently squeezed the sides together and rolled into a ball shape.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle ScarletOf course, a truffle isn’t really a truffle until it is enrobed in rich chocolate.  We kept things light, and dipped our cookie balls in melted white chocolate, which complimented the strawberry shortcake flavor we were aiming for.  A colorful mix of pink and red sanding sugars gilded the lily and provided a satisfying crunch to these otherwise creamy confections. 

Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles
Yields 10
Crushed vanilla sandwich cookies and cream cheese united with fresh strawberries, dipped in white chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 20 vanilla sandwich cookies
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese
  3. 3 strawberries, finely diced
  4. ¼ cup fresh whipped cream
  5. 8 oz. white chocolate, melted
  6. Red sanding sugar or sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, crush cookies with their filling. Add cream cheese and pulse until a dough forms. Alternately, crush cookies in a plastic zip-top bag by rolling with a rolling pin. Mix in cream cheese.
  2. Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes, until firm.
  3. Line 2 large baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
  4. Using a small spoon, scoop out about ½ tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then flatten. With your thumbs, create a small indent in half of the flattened rounds and carefully spoon a tiny dollop of whipped cream onto each.
  5. Add about 3 or 4 cubes of the diced strawberry then cover with the other, un-topped dough rounds.
  6. Pinch the sides of the dough together then carefully shape into a ball. Place truffle balls on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and chill in the freezer for a few minutes until firm.
  7. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler, following package directions. Using the coldest truffle ball first, dip each into the melted chocolate using a fork. Roll around in the chocolate and then scoop up with fork, tapping to allow excess to drip through the fork prongs.
  8. Place white chocolate dipped truffle on the second waxed paper lined cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with colored sanding sugar or sprinkles.
  9. Refrigerate truffles for about 10 minutes until firm. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 5 days.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Banana Bread Day

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There’s just something about the deliciously sweet smell of fresh baked banana bread wafting from the kitchen that puts a smile on our faces. Maybe it’s because we know we’ll be sinking our teeth into a slice soon, or maybe it’s just the memories of baking bread from our childhoods that gets us grinning. Whichever it is, there’s only one thing better than the smell: the taste!

ingredients

We’ve whipped together this recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, and to celebrate National Banana Bread Day, a holiday that we firmly believe should be observed by everybody.

Pan

The recipe itself is pretty straightforward, just make sure you have some ripe bananas on hand and an empty stomach and you’re good to go!

Mix

There’s always been controversy over what to put in your banana bread to give it that extra punch. Maybe you add nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit, or maybe you’re a banana bread purist and add nothing at all. For our recipe, however, we chose to mix in walnuts and chocolate chips. The walnuts, because they give the moist bread a subtle crunch, and the chocolate chips because in our opinion, everything is better with chocolate chips!

Finish

You can use any Loaf Pan in your cupboard, but of course, we are partial to our Fiesta Loaf Pan. We chose Sunflower for this recipe, and in our opinion, the bright color makes our bread look even more delectable.slice

So dig in to this tasty treat, it is a holiday after all! Our only advice is to try not to eat it all in one sitting. You’re going to want to save some for later 😉

Banana Bread Day
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Ingredients
  1. • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  2. • 1 cup brown sugar
  3. • 2 eggs
  4. • 2 cups ripe, mashed banana (about 2-3/4 bananas)
  5. • ¼ cup milk
  6. • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. • ½ teaspoon salt
  9. • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus a sprinkle on top
  10. • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  11. Optional: ½ cup additions like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix butter, vanilla extract, milk and brown sugar together. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Combine wet mixture into flour mixture; stir lightly to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Let loaf cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Confetti Cake Cookies

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These clever cookies capture the flavor of birthday cake in a chewy cookie because, well, who doesn’t love a good cookie? The secret to this flavorful phenomenon lies in the mix.  We’ve incorporated equal parts of flour and cake mix to create a faux-cake cookie that will blow your mind.

fiesta confetti cake cookies

Chockfull of creamy white chocolate chips and colorful sprinkles, these buttery little cookies have the unmatched ability to coax out the inner kid in us all.  Try them out as a casual alternative to fussy birthday cakes or whip up a batch for the kiddo’s next sleepover.  These treats don’t require a special occasion to be enjoyed.

Confetti Cookie Dough

While you can certainly incorporate some semi-sweet chocolate chips into this cookie as well, we felt the white chocolate chips provided the truest birthday cake flavor.  Change up the sprinkle colors to coordinate with the season too!

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookie Dough Balls

In order for these cookies to reach their full potential, you absolutely should let the dough chill in your fridge for at least 2 hours.  At that point, take the dough out and roll it into balls.  You can return the dough balls to the fridge for a longer rest if you desire or start baking them off.  Another tip to help these cookies turn out nice and thick is to shape them to be taller rather than completely round.

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookies

Depending on how big you make your cookie dough rounds, you will end up with about 2 to 2.5 dozen of these tasty little treats, but be warned: they go fast!

Fiesta Confetti Cake Cookies Stack

 

Confetti Cake Cookies
Yields 24
A buttery drop cookie infused with birthday cake flavor.
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/4 cup boxed vanilla cake mix (just the dry mix)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  7. 1 egg, at room temperature
  8. 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles and mix on low until they are evenly disbursed.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days. If chilling longer than 2 hours, roll the cookie dough into balls at the 2-hour mark. Place the dough balls on a plate, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  4. Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Scoop rounded balls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet, using about 1.5 tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. The centers will still appear soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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A Guide to Registering for Fiesta Dinnerware

A Guide to Registering For Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s lives. But it’s also a time full of a lot of decisions! From wedding planning to registering, it can set your mind spinning with all of the choices. 

Even if you think you’ve narrowed down one aspect of your planning — for instance the casual dinnerware on your wedding registry — to colorful Fiesta Dinnerware, you then need to decide which colors to pick, how many place settings you’ll need, and which accessory pieces to request. Where do you begin? 

We’ve created a handy guide to make the process a little simpler for you or the betrothed couples you know. All of the dishes, bakeware, serving pieces, and more for a lifetime of love, entertaining and Fiesta together!  

To register for Fiesta Dinnerware, visit here: bit.ly/FiestaWeddingRegistry.

A guide to registering for Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is that one special day of the year to really show your S.O., friends, and family members just how much you love and appreciate them. While you may not get along on all other days, we have one important thing you can agree on today: chocolate covered strawberries are delicious.

And you love each other, and everything. But seriously, back to the chocolate.

Nothing really says I love you like chocolate so we whipped up a batch of heart shaped chocolate covered strawberries to really make their hearts sing. Want to go the extra mile? Deliver them to your loved ones in one of our Heart Bowls!

ingredients

To begin you will need your choice of chocolate (we chose dark chocolate chips), strawberries, toothpicks, a cutting board, parchment paper, and a knife for chopping.

half

Cut the tops off your strawberries, and then cut them in half.

bits

Here you might need to cut your strawberries a little more with your knife to really give them that heart shape.

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Next, put a toothpick through the two halves to keep together.

parchment

When all strawberries are heart shaped, dip them in your melted chocolate, then place on a sheet of parchment paper to dry. At this point, you can pull the toothpicks out of the strawberry halves, as the chocolate will bind them together.

Let your tasty treats dry for about an hour, and then they are ready to go!

Final

If you resist eating them all before delivering to your loved ones, then you have officially won Valentine’s Day. Now, go reward yourself with some chocolate 😉

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Shrimp & Grits Recipe

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.Mardi Gras is coming next Tuesday and to celebrate, we thought it only fitting to share a true southern classic recipe, Shrimp and Grits. We found a recipe posted by one of our favorite bloggers, David Leite, from the blog Leite’s Culinaria. One look at David’s many blog posts or Instagram page and you’ll see he’s an avid Fiesta collector, so we’re always happy to support one of our own! 

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.This recipe David adapted from the true southern belle herself, Paula Deen, so you know it’s full of cheese, butter and bacon, y’all. And that just means it’s absolutely delicious! There’s a slight tang of lemon balanced out with some garlic, parsley and green onion. Trust us, this is how you want to celebrate your Fat Tuesday. It is the ultimate decadence. 

We filled our little Fiesta Ramekins with individual servings. And there’s plenty for seconds, or thirds, in the 90oz Large Covered Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.So, run on over to Leite’s Culinaria and check out the recipe here. And if you make it yourself, let us know what you think! Also, be sure to share some recipes you like to make to celebrate Mardi Gras. We’d love to hear from you.

Shrimp and Grits Recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.

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