I made the best dessert ever with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups

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Pepperidge Farm gave me the opportunity to try out their delicious & flaky frozen puff pastry. Although I was paid to try it, I’m in love and would make this again and again!

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This weekend, I think I just made a prize-winning dessert with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups. I made these on a whim with an idea that I just thought up out of the blue when I was enjoying a girls night out earlier this month. Why not use these puff pastry cups with…. nutella mousse? I have to pat myself on the back this time – sometimes I have the best ideas ever!

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry can be used for just about anything sweet or savory. At our little evening soiree, we enjoyed all sorts of puff pastry yummies – like baked brie & crackers, pesto & mozzarella poppers (my favorite!) and pastry cups will with mushrooms and cheese.

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Then I got my idea to use a light & airy chocolate filling for the cup after having this… It’s a puff pastry cup filled with a rolo, and topped with caramel sauce sitting on a bed of vanilla ice cream. Heaven on a spoon!!

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Most of all, I’m loving the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry because its so  versatile. You can use all sorts of different ways – check out the Pepperidge Farm website for recipe ideas – it kinda blew my mind with all the different recipes! There’s even a puff pastry 101 section that helps you learn how to handle & bake your puff pastry for those that have never used it before.

So of course, I had to try my idea after enjoying the rolos in the pastry cups. I thought something lighter would work well and make it similar to a cream puff. I came up with Nutella Mousse Pastry Cups – here’s what I did:

First I baked the cups according to the package directions, and brushed them with egg wash. They come in sheets and you must break them into individuals and arrange them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Egg wash = 1 beaten egg+ 1 tbspn of water

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I baked them till they were nice and brown and let them cool before filling them with the Nutella Mousse. It’s super simple to make, and I did it while my cups were baking.

You will need:

1 cup of nutella

2 cups of heavy cream

Whip the cream until you have soft peaks. In a separate bowl, measure out 1 cup of nutella and add about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream and whisk those together. Fold in the rest of the cream until the nutella is all incorporated and is light and fluffy.

Flaky Nutella Pastry Cups with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry - #puffpasty #adDing! The cups were finally ready. I pulled them out of the oven and I pushed down the centers to create a hole for filling. I used the back of a spoon because they were too hot to touch.

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Once they were all cooled off, it was time to fill them with the mousse. I didn’t have a pastry bag on hand, so I had to get creative with what I had. I did have a large metal tip, so I clipped a corner on a large plastic freezer bag and slipped the tip in there. It would be difficult to fill these cups without something like this, so I thought it would be an important step.

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See all those flaky layers? Words just don’t describe – Mmmm! You can find the Pepperidge Farm Baking Cups in the freezer section at your local grocery store. What will you create when you entertain your guests this holiday season?

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

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Asian Restaurant-Inspired family get togethers withTai Pei

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Always a crowd pleasing favorite are the Asian Inspired party food. I love them because you don’t need utensils to eat them, and you can east them standing up with a small plate and napkin – perfect for gatherings when there’s lots of people and limited seating.

I decided to get some frozen Tai Pei egg rolls and spring rolls from the freezer section at Walmart for my upcoming gathering. I love ‘em because not only are they as good as anything that’s considered authentic Asian food, they are extremely budget-friendly! At no more than 5$ per box, I was able to stock up and have a good hearty supply for the party.

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As you can see, there’s a lot of other options besides egg rolls and spring rolls, but I stuck with the spring rolls because they’re so easy to eat. I chose not to make the included sauce (even though it’s awesome!) instead, I went with my authentic home made peanut sauce. This sauce goes really well over pork won tons too!

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I started out with:

  • 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 tbspn sesame Oil
  • 4 tbspn soy sauce
  • 6 tbspn Water
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and heat to a boil while stirring constantly. Keep stirring until it’s completely smooth! Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for garnish and serve in a bowl next to the egg rolls.

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I made some some other Restaurant-Inspired dishes as well to pair up my egg rolls with. Fried rice with vegetable chicken stir-fry.

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Making White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M’s from Target

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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad Holiday baking is the highlight of the Christmas season for me. It really gives me a good excuse to start making all those recipes that I put off for so long! Often times, I don’t even keep these for me – I like to package them up and give as gifts to family and friends. Because of that, I try to make things that are both pretty and package well. I’ve done enough cookies this past week, so I decided to go with something that screams Christmas – White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge. I got this brilliant idea when I was at Target and found the M&M’s on an end cap, along with the holiday Glad containers to store them in.

White chocolate peppermint M&M are exclusively available at Target, so be sure to look for them there!White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad It’s really simple to make – All you need is:

  • 3 cups of white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbspn of butter
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package of white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp of peppermint extract
  • 1 bag of white chocolate peppermint M&M’s

It’s best to start by putting the entire bag of M&M’s in a large freezer bag – make sure all the air is out. With a meat tenderizer, crush them up! Or, you can also do this step in a food processor if you wish. White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad Combine the white chocolate chips, butter and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan and melt it on medium-low heat. Once it’s all smooth and fully melted, add in the white chocolate pudding mix and marshmallow creme. Finish with a tsp of peppermint extract, and immediately pour into a parchment paper lined pan. I used my 8×8 brownie pan, and it worked perfectly! White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad While the white chocolate is still warm in the pan, cover the entire surface with the crushed M&M’s. Chill in the fridge overnight, or pop it in the freezer. Cut it into squares and store it in the cute holiday GLAD containers! White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad

The glad packaging even offered an easy to make recipe that’s great fun to do with the kids. With some chocolate cake mix and some M&M holiday baking minis I create these yummy little bits. The bonus? They fit perfectly in the Glad container!

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge with Holiday M&M's from Target - #HolidayBaking #ad So what have you been baking this holiday season?? I’d love to hear about it!

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