Occasionally Crafty

March 6, 2015

Tinker Bell's Pixie Dust Cookies:

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My daughter loves Tinker Bell.  She was enchanted from the very first Tinker Bell movie.  She was Tinkerbell for Halloween at age 4- and we even had a Neverland birthday party when she turned six!

Even though she's almost ten, this girl still wanted me to buy the latest movie Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast,  and we can't wait to watch it for family movie night!

I picked it up during my weekly grocery shopping run to Walmart.  I love that they have their latest movies right at the front of the store in an easy-to-spot display.  I grabbed the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo and headed home to surprise my daughter.

What better way to celebrate the release of this DVD than with a delicious treat in hand?  My daughter and I made these Pixie Dust Cookies together, and we want to share the recipe with you!

These cookies are the perfect sweet sugar cookie.  They are quick to make, and your kids can even help!  The best part- each fairy can have her very own cookie!

We bought colored sugars to match Tinker Bell and her friends.   

We of course have green for Tinker Bell,

Blue for Periwinkle (or Silvermist),

and so on!  (Just in case you need a cheat sheet, Fawn is Orange, Rosetta is Pink, Irridessa is Yellow, and Vidia is Purple).  

The dough is a simple drop sugar cookie.  Once you've got the dough made, roll it into a ball and then roll the ball into the colored sprinkles of your choice.

I finished off with a little bit of "pixie dust" (edible golden stars) to make them truly magical.

Bake for 10-12 minutes and you've got a delicious batch of Pixie Dust sugar cookies!

Pixie Dust Sugar Cookies
Click here for a printable recipe

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Colored sugar sprinkles
Edible gold glitter stars

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.  Roll rounded spoonfuls into balls, or use a cookie scoop.
3.  Roll each ball in the colored sugar of your choice and place on a greased or lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.  Top each ball with a pinch of glitter stars.
4.  Bake 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven.  Cookies should appear puffy when first removed.  They will settle as they cool.  Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to a cool on wire racks.  

Do you have a Tinker Bell fan in your house?  Have you seen the movie yet?
Let me know what you think in the comments!

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March 2, 2015

Mega M&M Cookie Bars!

You guys, I have a new obsession. Have you tried the MEGA M&M's? They are the best candy ever! Well, M&M's were already my favorite, so when they made them bigger, my life got even better.
Since they came out I've been thinking of a way to bake with them. Suddenly it dawned on me that a recipe my friend gave me in college would be just perfect with Mega M&M's thrown in there! (Thanks Ashley!)
Without further ado, I present to you, the Mega M&M cookie bars!

Don't they look amazing?

These bars are half brownie, half cookie, and 100% delicious!

 Click here for a printable version of the recipe, or just copy this down!

Mega M&M Cookie Bars!

¾ Cup Butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ C flour, divided
2 ½ tsp salt
1/3 C cocoa powder
1 TBSP butter, melted

1.    Cream softened butter and sugars until fluffy.
2.    Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture.
3.    Add 2 ¼ cups of flour, and salt to sugar mixture, mix well.
4.    In a separate bowl, mix cocoa powder, melted butter and remaining ¼ cup of flour.
5.    Divide batter in half and add the cocoa mixture to one half.
6.    Mix in M&Ms, or desired toppings.
7.    Spread the chocolate batter in a greased 9x13 pan.
8.    Add the cookie dough batter on top and spread as evenly as possible.

9.    Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Now go and make them, you won't regret it!
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February 26, 2015

Making My Own: Round-up!

For some of our readers that have been with us for awhile, you'll remember that I did a series of things that I made myself, like laundry soap, jiffy corn mix, and so forth. These all helped save money and keep us healthier!

I thought today I'd update you with the ones that I still frequently use and couldn't live without! Click on the titles for the full original posts!
1. Granola

I've tried a few granola recipes and this is still my favorite. Great by itself, great in yogurt, just great!
2. Lipton Onion Packets

I bet you already have most of this on hand when you think you need to run to the store!
3. Cream of Mushroom/Chicken Soup

I really hate canned soup, blech. This takes a little more time/preparation but it's so good!
4. Bisquick

Easy to make, easy to use!

5. Taco Seasoning

Look at these ingredients. Do you already have all these in your cupboard? Then you've already got taco seasoning ready to go!

6. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Jiffy may be cheap, but this is still cheaper!
7. Maple Syrup

Just a few ingredients make this household staple!

8. Laundry Detergent

Been using this for well over a year. Lots of money saved here!!

9. Pizza Crust

I've got some dough getting ready for pizza tonight! We make this almost every week!

10. Kettle Corn

Can't forget a little something sweet. This recipe is super simple and SOOO good!

I hope you find something new to try!

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