Baby Shower: The "Luckey" Twins



I have two baby cousins on the way! 
As a gift to my aunt on the day of her baby shower, I set up a dessert table with mini baby rattle pies, banana cupcakes, peanut butter s'more cookies, and chocolate haystacks (all perfectly fit for a western cowboy/cowgirl theme).
1. Mini pies on a stick 


These were extremely cute and fit the theme quite well after being tied with blue and pink ribbon and placed into little stacks of hay. I didn't even notice how much it resembled a rattle until after I finished them. 
Method: 
1. Roll chilled pie dough 1/4" thick
2. Use a small round 2" cutter to divide the dough into circles. Place half of the circles on a parchment lined sheet pan. Refrigerate the remaining circles.  
3. Press lollipop sticks lightly into the circles.
4. Spoon 1 tsp.  of your favorite fruit pie filling on the center of the circle. Refrigerate until dough becomes firm. 
5. Cover the pie with another circle and press the edges down lightly with your finger. Use a lollipop stick to make indents and seal in the filling. Lightly egg wash the tops
6. Bake pies at 350 degrees until golden, about 10-15 minutes. 

2. Banana Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
Banana Cupcakes
Recipe from: foodnetwork
Yield: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder 
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz. unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream 
1 tbsp. vanilla 
4 large eggs
4 large ripe bananas, peeling and mashed

Method: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cupcake pan with liners. 
2. Combine and sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
4. Add the sour cream and vanilla to the creamed mixture. Combine on medium speed. Then, beat in eggs one at a time on medium speed.
5. Add the sifted, dry ingredients slowly on low speed. Do not over mix! Remove the bowl form the mixer when flour is almost fully incorporated and fold in mashed bananas until combined. 
6. Fill lined cupcake pans 3/4 full. 
7. Bake 18-20 minutes. Remove after 20 minutes no matter what, the cupcakes will finish baking while they cool. 

Maple Frosting:

2 cups butter, unsalted
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/8 tsp salt 
1/4 cup maple syrup 
2 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tbsp. milk or heavy cream 

Method
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter. 
2. Slowly add sifted powdered sugar on low speed. Add salt. 
3. Mix in maple syrup, vanilla, and milk or heavy cream. 
4. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes. 

*store cupcakes covered in fridge for up to one week*





For the garnish, I used coating chocolate to pipe little horseshoes onto parchment paper. When doing so, I advise using a pen to make a template on the back side of the paper. Then, I just stored the horseshoes in the fridge until I was ready to transfer them to the top of the cupcake. 


3. Peanut Butter S'more Cookies
Peanut Butter S'more Cookies
Recipe from: sallysbakingaddiction 
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar, granulated
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
12 large marshmallows (not "jumbo"), cut in half
8 oz. melting/coating chocolate

1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.
2. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, then the vanilla (in that order).
3. Mix in combined dry ingredients on low speed (baking soda, flour, salt). Do not overmix.
4. Cover and refrigerate dough for a minimum of 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Roll cookie dough into 1.5 tbsp. balls. and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
7. Bake cookies for no more than 7 minutes. Remove baking sheets from the oven and lightly press the halved large marshmallow into the center of the cookie. Place cookies back into the oven and finish baking for 2 more minutes. (Don't go past two or the marshmallow could ooze everywhere and brown)
8. Remove cookies from oven. Use your palm to tap the marshmallows to make them flatten, if needed. Let cool.
9. Melt down coating chocolate according to package directions. Use a teaspoon to spoon chocolate on the center of each cookie and spread it a little. Sprinkle on desired topping.
*store in a covered container at room temp or in the freezer (for longer shelf life)*


4. Haystacks
There are many ways to make haystacks. When I searched for a recipe, I couldn't really find somthing I was looking for that used chinese fried chow mein noodles, chocolate, peanut butter, (and i had some coconut on hand too). So I just sorta eyeballed it.
Haystacks
yield: 24

Ingredients
4 cups chow mein noodles 
8 oz. chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, plus extra for topping. 

Method
1. Melt chocolate carefully over double boiler or at 50% in the microwave stirring every 10 seconds.
2. Mix all of the ingredients together using a rubber spatula until all of the noodles are coated. Add more noodles if you think there is extra chocolate in the bowl that could coat more. 
3. Drop small handfuls on a parchment lined sheet pan and sprinkle coconut over the top (mostly for color contrast)
4.  Place haystacks in the fridge for 1 hour to set. 
*store covered in fridge to prevent chocolate from melting*


5. Colored Sugar

It's a boy!
It's a girl!
I used colored sugar to decorate both the cupcakes and cookies kind of as a sprinkle replacement, since I couldn't find much in the way of pastel pink and blue sprinkles for a decent price. 

How to color sugar:
1. place sugar of your choice (I used granulated, but large sugar crystals would look great too) in a plastic ziplock bag. 
2. Use a very small amount of gel (not liquid!) food coloring dotted on the sugar in the bag. 
3. Zip the bag and rub in from the outside of the plastic, shaking it around a bit. The color will concentrate into spots on the sugar (right, bottom picture), but just keep mixing until those spots disappear. 
4. And walla! Pretty sugar!

The Dessert Table

I'm very thankful and lucky that I had a table, props, and stands ready for me when I arrived with all the desserts thanks to the soon-to-be-grandmother.






Gifts

Need a neat, creative gift for a baby shower? I bought 2 onesies for the boy, 2 gowns for the girl, 2 pairs of socks, and a cupcake box. Then, I folded the clothes to resemble cupcakes according to these instructions and tucked them into the cupcake box! They were so adorable, no one even really wanted to unfold them.

The most precious gift: The father's (my uncle) baby clothing and shoes from when he was little, along with a picture of him wearing the clothing items. 



Mother & daughter, feeling the babies kick.


I can't wait to meet my new baby cousins. 


3 comments

  1. What a beautiful, country spread! The desserts were all delicious and couldn't have been more appropriate! You're our "go to" gal for party desserts and professionalism!
    Grandma Kathleen

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    1. Aw, so sweet of you to say. Thank you!

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  2. This was my baby shower... I couldn't be more blessed to not only be pregnant with twins, but to have such a talented and sweet niece! The desserts were all AMAZING! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the time and energy you spent doing this! I can't wait til I can send people into your own shop and for you to meet your 2 new baby cousins!! XOXO Alison

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