Sweet on Trader Joe's Sunday: Hot Cocoa Frosted Toaster Pastries

Trader Joe's Hot Cocoa Frosted Toaster Pastries review

I posted a pic on Instagram of these in my cart at Trader Joe's last week and got several "you have to do a review of those" comments, so here we are. Happy to be of service!

Today we review Trader Joe's Organic Hot Cocoa Frosted Toaster Pastries. Basically, Trader Joe's version of the chocolate PopTart. Just like with the traditional PopTarts, they come in a box of 6, with 2 pastries in each sleeve. A box costs $2.99.

Trader Joe's Hot Cocoa Frosted Toaster Pastries review

I love two kinds of PopTarts: Frosted Strawberry and Chocolate. These are the only kinds that should be allowed. If you're a Brown Sugar Cinnamon fan, I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. THIS IS WHERE I DRAW MY LINE POLITICALLY.

A Cake for November: Spiced Poppy Seed Cake

Spiced Poppy Seed Cake with Almond Buttercream
Why is this the perfect cake for November? This cake is beautifully spiced, a little more substantial than a fluffy spring-time cake...if you're craving a fall cake that doesn't involve pumpkin, this is it.

My Pinterest cake board is filled with spectacular looking cakes.  I have immense respect for Amanda, and Rosie, and Heather, and Gail, and Melissa because they make them.   
My cakes, though, are not pretty.  I've decided to make peace with that fact. 

After coming to terms with this truth, I can just enjoy cakes that taste AMAZING. (That's really what counts, right?) This cake is one I'd been dreaming about as soon as I bought the book Cake Ladies. (Found on Amazon and B&N.}

Spiced Poppy Seed Cake with Almond Buttercream
It's a poppy seed cake made with warm spices, honey, and a little whole wheat flour.  The frosting is a rich, fluffy, American buttercream flavored with almond & vanilla.  {Are you swooning, yet?}

Change Your Altitude Mountain Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

Change Your Altitude, Verso l'alto Mountain decorated Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

Well, that post title was a mouthful. Actually, that is the edited down version, believe it or not.

Change Your Altitude Mountain Cookies

Anyhoo...
A. I wanted to show you this cookie set, and
B. tell you how I made a mountain range cookie from a Christmas tree cookie cutter.

The cookies were made for a college student (NOT JACK, although, I did send him just a few...why do I feel like I need to justify sending my child care packages???) who attended Frassati Catholic High School with Jack and is now off at college in the mountains of Colorado. He's an adventure-loving kid and a hiker...so I thought these cookies were perfect.

Verso l'alto Mountain Cookies Inspired by Pier Giorgio Frassati

I've made Pier Giorgio Frassati cookies before, you can see them and read more about Frassati in this post. Pier Giorgio was a mountain climber and is known for the saying, "Verso l'alto," or "to the heights."

Abracadabra Coconut Chocolate Mousse

Abracadabra Coconut Chocolate Mousse ♥ bakeat350.net

Let me give you an idea of how excited I am to share this recipe with you. I made this TODAY. Literally, I ate this for dessert after lunch and sat down to post it immediately. YOU NEED IT.

Abracadabra Coconut Chocolate Mousse ...an almost dairy-free, luscious, fluffy, airy, rich chocolate mousse made with a surprising ingredient!

This chocolate mousse is luscious, airy, chocolatey, fluffy...absolutely dreamy. It's one of the best chocolate mousses I've ever eaten. By the way, it does not taste like coconut - just rich chocolate!

Why "Abracadabra?" Welllllllll, because aquafaba just doesn't have the same ring to it. If you've never heard of aquafaba, I hesitate to tell you what it is for fear of scaring you off, but I will. Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas. I. KNOW. 

Abracadabra Coconut Chocolate Mousse, made with aquafaba and coconut cream! #dairyfree
aquafaba...what is it?

The magical, abracadabra part of this is that the aquafaba combined with a bit of coconut cream makes this mousse practically dairy-free! (The chocolate has a bit of milk in it.) Really though, chocolate mousse without cream? My tummy is in heaven right about now.

Homemade Butterfingers

Homemade Butterfingers ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

You will NOT believe how easy these are to make! I kid you not. Do they taste like the real thing? YES! Mr. E said he liked them more than actual Butterfingers!

Homemade Butterfingers ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Not only are you making a traditional Halloween candy, mini Butterfingers, but you're using a Halloween candy to do so...candy corn! Psst...Thursday will be an excellent time to stock up on half-price candy corn.

how to make Homemade Butterfingers ♥

There are many melted candy corn-peanut butter versions of homemade Butterfingers on the internets. What they lack, though, is the crunch. This recipe has a couple of ingredients that add in that crunch.

dipping homemade butterfingers in chocolate

Oh, and the process of making them is actually easy and fun! Hello, chocolate dip. Can everything be dipped in chocolate, please? Is that too much to ask?

Homemade Butterfingers ♥ bakeat350.net for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

I'm sharing the recipe over on The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends today. Put those candy corns to good use!