Texas A&M Aggies Football Cookies

Texas A&M Aggies Football decorated cookies

We don't have a family connection to Texas A&M, but boy, do we ever have a list of friends a mile long who are Aggies. Several of Jack's friends headed to A&M this fall, so some cookies were in order. You know how I love a care package.

Texas A&M Aggies Football decorated cookies: step-by-step tutorial for making football player cookies #gigem

If you're not very familiar with Texas A&M, you should know this. Aggies are fiercely loyal...and they have so many long-standing traditions. Just watch (and listen) to the crowd at an Aggie football game. It's pretty impressive.

Texas A&M Aggies Football decorated cookies

In this post, I'll walk you through making the football player cookies, using Sweet Sugarbelle's cookie cutter and stencil. The football player shape and stencil come in the Sugarbelle Shape Shifter set. Later this week, I'll post the tutorial for making the football stands.

Obviously, you can use this tutorial to make football player cookies for ANY team, just swap the colors.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

spiced pumpkin cupcakes, topped with buttercream, crushed cookies, and the cutest marzipan pumpkins

Need cupcakes to bring to a fall party or a special celebration? I have them for you: Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes.

They are every bit as delicious as they are cute. Let me describe them: a fall-spiced, pumpkin cupcake that is topped with vanilla buttercream, crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, and the absolute cutest ever marzipan pumpkins.

spiced pumpkin cupcakes, topped with buttercream, crushed cookies, and the cutest marzipan pumpkins

*this post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar

Seriously, if you hear of a job opening for a marzipan pumpkin maker, please let me know. I could do this ALL DAY LONG. Making them is strangely therapeutic, almost massage-equivalent.

How to Make a Chocolate Nest

how to make a chocolate nest | bakeat350.net

Yes, it's October and not spring, so that does beg the question...
"Why would you WANT to make a chocolate nest?"

In my case, it was for an Empty Nest theme. Each year, the high school Jack graduated from holds a trivia night. Each table comes up with a theme, decorates a table, dresses in costume, and plans a meal for their group. The couples at our table are all now empty nesters.

Team Empty Nesters! I guess you can say that we had a good time...

This chocolate empty nest rested atop a three-layer cake. More on that cake in a future blog post. I don't have any photos of the cake as I assembled it at the event and was having too much fun to photograph it. You DO need to know about that cake, though. I think I'll make it when Jack is home for fall break.

Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday: Pumpkin Ginger Hold the Cone

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Ginger Hold the Cone (mini ice cream cones) review

We've reviewed traditional chocolate Hold the Cones; we've reviewed Pumpkin Ginger Ice Cream Mouthfuls. Both of them received the full 5 stars from both Jack and me. How could we possibly pass up the Pumpkin Ginger Hold the Cone mini ice cream cones? And will they live up to their predecessors, especially now with Mr. E taking over Jack's reviewing post?

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Ginger Hold the Cone (mini ice cream cones) review

Pumpkin Ginger Hold the Cones are mini ice cream cones...pumpkin ice cream, a ginger cone, and white confectionery coating dip. The cones are small, 3 per serving. A box of 8 cones costs $2.99.

Cookbook Crush: Bravetart + Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats

Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats with homemade marshmallow creme

Oh, those? They're Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats made without bagged marshmallows, but with homemade marshmallow creme. More on those in a minute.

Bravetart cookbook review and recipe

I love a good cookbook; I know you do, too. Stella Parks has been one of my favorites for years. She's an honest-to-goodness pastry chef, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and was named by Food & Wine Magazine as one of their "Best New Pastry Chefs." What I'm saying is, Stella knows her stuff.

With all of her impressive background, training, and work, you'd think her recipes would be out-of-reach for the home cook. Not so! Stella's blog, Bravetart, and her posts for Serious Eats are so down-to-earth and so approachable, that you'll be running for your kitchen to bake. Stella, along with my friend Lupita, gave me the confidence to try baking macarons.

Bravetart cookbook review