Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cream Cheese Puffs

Every weekend I try to make a special dessert, either an old favorite or a new experiment. This weekend I experimented with Cream Cheese Puffs. They were so simple to make, and they also serve as a great incentive for your daughter to eat her dinner! Especially when you put the platter on the table in front of her. The food on her plate will disappear like magic!

NOTE: This hasn't been tested on sons, but I bet it would work! :)

Cream Cheese Puffs
  • 1 can of buttermilk biscuits (10-12 in a roll)
  • 8oz of cream cheese (1 block)
  • 1/2 stick of butter (melted)
  • 3 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Apply non-stick spray to cupcake pan. Combine melted butter and extract in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll out each biscuit until it's a flat circle. Cut cream cheese into small cubes (1 for each biscuit). Dip cream cheese cube into the butter mixture, and then coat it with cinnamon/sugar. Place cube in center of biscuit and fold the sides up to enclose the cream cheese cube. Brush outside of biscuit with butter mixture and cover with additional sugar/cinnamon. Once prepared place the puff inside of the cupcake pan. Repeat until all biscuits are ready.

Place cupcake pan in the oven for 15 minutes, or until light brown. Serve with a side of fruit.

This recipe could be tweaked so many different ways. Here are a few other ideas:
  • Drizzle finished puffs with chocolate
  • Drizzle finished puffs with glaze
  • In addition to the cream cheese add a little pie filling inside. Be careful so it doesn't overflow
  • Only put pie filling inside and leave the cream cheese as a spread on the side
  • Hide the pan and tell the family they turned out terrible. After they go to bed eat them all. :)

Happy Baking,

Friday, March 9, 2012

One for my family...

My in laws are taking a road trip this weekend to go and visit family. Most of the time I only get to "see" them through Facebook. Often times they comment on my baking posts with responses like:

"Are you sending any of those our way?"

"Those look good, any for us?"

Since I haven't tried shipping, and virtual cupcakes just aren't as good, I am at a loss. So when my mother in law asked me about my cinnamon roll cupcakes I told her I would make them for her to take. Even better, I told her that I just flipped it to a cake last weekend and I was happy to make another one. So family, bring your forks because this one has your names written all over it!

I hope it travels well on its 6+ hour journey. My mother in law and I worked out a box, tape, and newspaper contraption that should get it there in one piece. If not, someone call dibs on licking the platter ASAP!
Happy Baking,