Love and Confections

December 3, 2018

Christmas Rosette Sugar Cookies #ChristmasCookiesWeek

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Soft and buttery sugar cookies receive a classy twist with buttercream frosting rosettes and a fun Christmas sprinkle mix for the holiday season!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the recipes. All opinions are my own.


#ChristmasCookiesWeek Prizes and Giveaway

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This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookiesWeek. The generous sponsors, YumGoggle, Sprinkle Pop, Silpat and Adams Extracts have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. All opinions are my own.  

 Thank you to Ellen at Family Around the Table and Christie at A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookiesWeek.  

Prize Package #1:


From Adams Extracts comes a selection of baking delights including their prize-winning pound cake mix, pure vanilla extract, pure peppermint extract, double strength pure vanilla extract, pound cake flavor extract and vanilla cinnamon sugar.   Adams traces its beginnings back to Battle Creek, Michigan, when John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract, Adamur, in 1888. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, TX. At the time, most vanilla was sold to pharmacies and was often labeled “Do not bake or freeze.” John A. Adams, whose imagination was stirred by his wife’s yearning for a flavoring that wouldn’t bake or freeze out, announced that he could produce a better vanilla than the one his wife was currently using. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams discovered the formula he wanted.  

Prize Package #2:


YumGoggle is giving away a variety of holiday and Christmas cookie cutters. The winner of this prize package will receive a sleigh, large ornament and two cookie cutter sets. The first is a mug/ sweater set called Ugly Sweater Specialty Cookie Cutter Set and the second is a Santa/ reindeer set called North Pole Specialty Cookie Cutter Set. Each set includes 2 cookie cutters, 2 templates, 2 instruction cars and 4 bonus templates.   The YumGoggle gallery features food photography from contributors around the world. If you’re looking for a recipe, chances are you’ll find it on YumGoggle. The photos not only whet your appetite but you can easily find the recipes by clicking the photo.  

Prize Package #3:


The winner of this Sprinkle Pop prize package will get their choice of 3 sprinkle varieties, at $35.00 value. Winner will be contacted by or need to contact Sprinkle Pop for fulfillment.   Sprinkle Pop offers trendy sprinkle mixes that you won’t find anywhere else. Fun fact: Over 50% of their sprinkle mixes are dyed in house, making each experience one of a kind. Sprinkle Pop also creates one of a kind confetti shapes that are unique to their mixes. Make every occasion a festive one with these fun sprinkle creations.  

Prize Package #4:


One winner will receive an 11 5/8 inch x 16 1/2 inch Silpat® baking mat which is perfect for all of your cookie baking throughout the year. Reduces the need for parchment and is reusable.   The original silicone baking mat made from a dedicated silicone with reinforced fiberglass mesh. Nothing sticks to Silpat® which means you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your baking creations. Silpat® replaces the need for butter, grease, oils, and sprays.
  • Multi-purpose non-stick silicone baking and pastry mat.
  • No cooking sprays, oils or parchment paper needed.
  • Not to be used as a cutting surface.
  • Can be used in the oven, microwave and freezer.



Disclaimer: Thank you #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsors: Adams Extract, Sprinkle Pop, YumGoggle and Silpat for providing the prizes free of charge. The #ChristmasCookiesWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Four (4) winners will be selected at random from entries received. The prize packages will be fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #ChristmasCookiesWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible to enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookiesWeek posts or entry.

December 1, 2018

Chocolate Pumpkin Drip Cake

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Chocolate pumpkin cake is layered with spiced pumpkin frosting and topped with a chocolate ganache drip for a cake that is great for both holiday celebrations and weeknight desserts.

This post is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate pumpkin layer cake with spiced pumpkin frosting and chocolate ganache drip

November 19, 2018

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin and Chocolate Frosting

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For a delicious twist on traditional pumpkin desserts, try my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cupcakes with both Pumpkin and Chocolate Frostings. Double the frosting means double the flavor!

This recipe is sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers. All opinions are my own.

November 11, 2018

Molasses Apple Pie Parfaits

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This Molasses Apple Pie Parfait is a delicious and unique twist on the classic apple pie. Molasses cookies, cinnamon-spiced Crème Chantilly and caramelized apples are layered in jars for an easy make-ahead Fall dessert. Top with salted caramel sauce for a decadent treat!

This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals. All opinions are my own.


November 3, 2018

Pumpkin Spice Bagel Chips

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For those times you want something sweet, crunchy, and pumpkin spiced. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Bagel Chips are a delicious Fall treat. Great for an afternoon snack or accompanying your morning pumpkin spice latte.

This recipe is sponsored by Dixie Crystals. All opinions are my own.

October 23, 2018

Easy Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Enjoy all the flavors of your favorite coffee shop drink in the comfort of your own home with this Easy Copycat Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Real pumpkin and warm spices combine to create an espresso drink that any barista would be proud of.

This post is made in partnership with Dixie Crystals. All opinions are my own.

Easy Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte made with real pumpkin