I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest ever baker – but I can make things look cute. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I created these lovable snowmen cupcakes (which were actually delicious). Being a slightly handicapped baker, I teamed up with Ina Garten, whose Barefoot Contessa mixes are fabulous. Seriously – you can’t go wrong with them. I used the mix for coconut cupcakes, since I used shavings to emulate snow, but you can whip up any sort of batter you’d like.
For the snowmen, you’ll need:
Orange Slice Candies
Chocolate Candies (optional)
Toothpick (or a wooden kabob stick – I was desperate)
A Witness to Observe Your Greatness (hence boyfriend’s cat)
Hey, the holidays can be hectic. No matter how great you are at planning meals, organizing, and cooking, Thanksgiving may not always run smoothly. There are variables: unexpected guests, things taking longer to make than stated in the cookbook, and the lack of key ingredients you forgot to buy. (We’ve all been there.) That’s why we’re head over heels for these mini cheesecakes that are inspired by this recipe. It’s super easy, unbelievably delicious, and makes 24 adorable desserts in a grand total of 40 minutes.
Sure, veganism has become very popular recently, but it doesn’t at all resemble those fad diets that are adiosed after a week. Veganism has actually been around since (are you sitting down?) 500 BCE, traced back to a Greek philosopher, Pythagoras. Back in the day, Pythagoras was kind of a lone wolf, but today, vegans account for .5% of the American population. Okay, that may seem like a staggeringly small number, but it actually equates to well over a million people. So it’s come a long way.
No matter how old it is, it doesn’t make the diet any easier to follow. There are animal products in SO many things – especially desserts. But that doesn’t mean that a vegan diet can’t include them (desserts, that is). A cheesecake that doesn’t actually use cheese? Yep, we did it. In celebration of the recent holiday, we’ve created a recipe that allows America’s favorite dessert to be enjoyed, even by vegans.
Here’s what you need:
2 eight-ounce containers of vegan cream cheese
2/3 cup of sugar
4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup of water
1 tablespoons of extra firm tofu (drained)
6 graham crackers
4 tablespoons of vegan margarine or butter
Simple enough, right?
In the off-chance that you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty into cheesecakes. We love coming up with new ways to make them work for every holiday. That’s why we’re crazy about this magical recipe. Using basic ingredients and techniques, you can easily whip up a dessert that’s perfect for a tasty Halloween treat. Quick, easy, and totally festive, this delicious recipe is going to be a hit with all your ghouls and witches. (And if everyone likes it, you can use it again at Thanksgiving. Score!)
Alright cooks, here’s what you need:
For the outside:
1 ¼ cups graham-cracker crumbs (you can buy them pre-crushed, or if you’re doing it yourself, it’s about 10 crackers)
¼ cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter