The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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HALLOWEEN Treats {& Video Tutorial}

Last Friday was one of my favorite holidays- It was HALLOWEEN! I have always loved Halloween since I was a toddler. I love the costumes and the candy, but most of all the Halloween baking!

There are so many things that I would’ve made this year, but I settled on a couple of very simple and tasty treats that were really fun to make.

The first treat I made were these very cute mini candy corn themed cupcakes. These were SO easy to make. I basically took some vanilla cake batter and dyed half of the batter orange and the other half yellow with food coloring. Then I put a scoop of yellow cake batter in the cupcake liner and then on top, a scoop of orange cake batter. I let the cupcakes bake like usual and then piped on some white vanilla buttercream on top to complete the candy corn effect.

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Rice Krispy Treat Easter Eggs

This week for Easter, I made rice krispy treats. I couldn’t bake anything since I didn’t had an oven at that time (no oven situation explained in last post), so I made rice krispy treats in the shape of Easter eggs! But, this time I made these with a little help from my little brother and his friend.

I also decided to shoot a little tutorial on how to make these delicious treats as well! For a written recipe on how to make rice krispy treats, look below or in the recipes page.

These easy treats were decorated with melted chocolate and sprinkles!

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Rice Krispy Treats

Ingredients:

½ stick of unsalted butter

4 cups of mini marshmallows

5-7 cups of rice krispy cereal

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2.Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

3.Remove pan from heat and stir in rice krispies, adding a little at a time.

4.Spray a glass pan with baking spray or grease with butter.

5.Press rice krispy mixture into pan making sure your hands are greased as well.

6. Let treats cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.

 


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Christmas Treats

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas everyone!

There are many desserts people make for the holidays (which makes it hard to choose from), so this year, I went with a few of the classics. I made decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread men, and peppermint rice krispy treats. I had a lot of fun making these festive treats especially because my little brother was helping me make and decorate the cookies.

The first dessert I made were sugar cookies that I decorated with an easy cookie glaze. These cookies are probably the easiest that I ever made. They only take a few ingredients and are also egg-less, so vegetarians can also enjoy them. For the cookie recipe look below the pictures. For the cookie glaze, just click on this link: Cookie Icing

The next thing I baked were gingerbread men. Out of all of the years of my baking (I have been baking since I was 6 years old), I  have never made gingerbread men! So this year, I added it to my holiday baking list. I got the recipe from a video on YouTube: Gingerbread Men Cookies. These Cookies were really good and crispy, but a little hard to work with because the dough was really sticky. To decorate them, I used the same cookie icing and red hots (spicy cinnamon candy decorations).

The last thing I made were peppermint rice krispy treats. They were easy to make and did not take a lot of time. All I did to make the peppermint flavor was putting  just a 1/2 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract. Then, to make them more festive, I dyed the melted marshmallow green and using my Christmas tree cookie cutter, I cut out little green Christmas trees. My brother thought they were not complete and sprinkled them with red, green, and white sprinkles.

On Christmas eve, my mom and I decorated several platters with the cookies and treats I made and gave to our neighbors , friends, and family!

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Sugar Cookies

Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks of organic unsalted butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 cups of organic all purpose flour

½ tsp. of baking powder

1 ½ tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1.Preheat your oven to 355 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat

2.With an electric mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy in a large sized bowl.

3.In another medium sized bowl sift the flour and baking powder.

4.Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, beating well after each addition.

5.Finally add the vanilla extract and beat until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

6.Divide dough into 2 portions and cover with plastic wrap. Then, refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

7.Take one portion of dough and roll it out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using desired cookie cutters.

8.Place cut outs on lined baking sheet and bake in pre-heated oven for 6-8 min. until lightly golden brown on edges.

9.Let cookies cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes and decorate if you want.

*Most of the ingredients I use are organic and it makes a difference in taste for the cake, but you may use non-organic ingredients if you prefer