Teddy Bear Race Car Snacks

Teddy Bear Racecars



I have the easiest children’s treat idea for you today and I can pretty much guarantee this will be a hit with the kids!

I made these little teddy bear racecars probably 3 years ago for a preschool snack and my kids loved them. When I asked my little girl what she wanted to take to school for her 6th birthday class celebration, she actually remembered them and asked to have them again :)

No problem sweet girl!  Teddy bear race cars coming right up.

I am not sure what genius came up with the original idea to make these darling little treats- I saw them years ago on an Australian blog called Kidspot. 

These are incredibly simple to make but they are just a little time consuming.  I’d say it took me about an hour to make 25 cars but turn on your favorite TV show and start the assembly line and I bet they are done before you know it.

ingredients

Here is what you need:

  • Fun Size Candy Bars (I used Snickers but Milky Way works if you have peanut allergy issues)
  • M&Ms
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Chocolate Chips  (I used milk chocolate)

And to get started unwrap all your fun size candy bars and depending on the time of year you might pop them in the freezer.  I live in CA and it was a little warm when I made these so if they are soft or slightly melted at all put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes and they will be much easier to work with.

Color sort your M&Ms if you like- I think it looks nicer with the wheels all the same color.  I had my girls color sort the candy and they got to keep any misshapen M&Ms 😉

Next melt some chocolate chips in a small bowl- you don’t need a lot about 1/4 cup is probably plenty.  Melt in a glass bowl in 40 second intervals, stirring in between until completely smooth and melted.

Add the melted chocolate chips into a Ziploc snack or sandwich bag, seal and snip off one small corner to create a piping bag.

Pick up the Snickers candy bar and dab a small amount of melted chocolate on four corners and then gently stick the M&Ms on top to create wheels. Continue working until all the wheels are on the candy bars.

(I did an assembly line with all the wheels first, then the steering wheel and lastly the Teddy car driver but you can do the entire car at once if you prefer. I actually did these in 15 minute increments over the course of a few days so you can absolutely make these ahead as long as you don’t have issues with melting chocolate. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer if that is an issue.) 

Next cut an M&M in half to create the steering wheel. I found the M&Ms a little hard to cleanly cut so a paring knife is perfect to use (not a serrated knife as the candy will crumble apart.)

Place a small line of chocolate on the bottom cut portion of the M&M and gently place on the candy bar. Once all the steering wheels are attached, lay your Teddy Grahams on a cutting board and carefully chop off the legs.

I used Mini Teddy Grahams for my treats but regular size Teddy Grahams should be fine as well. Place a small line of chocolate on the bottom cut portion of the cookie and then I put a larger dollop on the back of the bear to give it more adhesion when you stick it to the candy bar. The most important thing is to do a thin line at the bottom so it doesn’t look messy on the front of the treat.

race car teddy bears - so cute and so fun!

And now set aside and allow the chocolate to set for just a few minutes.  These should be ready to go!

I thought I might have some touch up work with tires falling off and such but I transferred these from the cutting board to a Tupperware container the morning of the party and had no issues at all.

bear cars

And if you like these treats, here are a few other fun ideas:

rainbow fruit cups

Rainbow Fruit Cups

Crock Pot Applesauce recipe

Homemade Applesauce

Monster Treats

Monster Treats  

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Bites

Strawberry Cheesecake cookies

I have a super simple and pretty dessert idea for you today.  This is a perfect one for summer as it is totally no bake and the gorgeous red strawberries look so festive for Mother’s Day brunch or for Memorial Day and 4th of July parties.

Wait until you see how simple these are to make and they will look absolutely gorgeous at your next party.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Bites
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Quick and easy strawberry cheesecake bites.
Ingredients
  • 2 packages cream cheese softened- 16 oz total
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff (7oz)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package Lorna Doone cookies - or similar shortbread cookies
  • 20 strawberries sliced vertically
Instructions
  1. Mix the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add the sugar in three parts- mixing well between each addition.
  3. Add the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto the top of your shortbread cookie.
  4. You can also dollop with a spoon or add the filling to a Ziploc bag and snip off the corner to pipe the filling.
  5. I prefer to pipe along the edges and then fill the inside of the cookie to keep it looking neat.
  6. Fan your berries on the top of the cookie and chill until read to serve!

Easy peasy right?

If you can’t find the Lorna Doone cookies, any shortbread cookie will work- I think a lemon cookie would be just delicious with this recipe as well.

and note this recipe makes a very generous amount of cheesecake filling.  You can easily cut the recipe in half and still have enough for a smaller amount of filling for each cookie.

 

fanned strawberries

If you decide to make this recipe, please come back and let me know what you think!

And here are a few other recipes to consider:

Lemon Strawberry Sorbet RecipeStrawberry Lemon Slushie– soo good!

Quick and easy Strawberry lemonade recipe- so refreshing!Strawberry Lemonade

Lemonade Cupcakes RecipeLemonade Cupcakes

 

S’Mores Rice Krispies Treats

Smores Rice Krispies Treats- ooey gooey, chocolatey goodness!

Summer is right around the corner and we love nothing more than S’Mores all summer long! Here is a really fun way to incorporate chocolatey, graham crackery goodness with gooey marshmallow Krispies.

Your kiddos are going to love these — perfect for parties or campouts. Even better, these are so simple and the kids can actually help to make them.

So to make these S’Mores Rice Krispies treats you just need a few things:

S'Mores Rice Krispies Treats
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Ooey, gooey S'Mores Rice Krispies treats!
Ingredients
  • Graham Crackers
  • 10 oz Mini Marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 8 tbsp melted Butter- divided
  • 2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Dark Chocolate Candy Bar (about 2 oz)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  3. Arrange whole graham crackers to cover bottom of pan.
  4. You want to crush up a few more graham crackers and sprinkle the crumbs over the seams from your whole graham crackers to create a layer completely covered in graham cracker.
  5. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over the graham cracker layer.
  6. Place in oven for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cover graham cracker base with 1½ cups of chocolate chips.
  8. Return to oven for 5 minutes so slightly melted.
  9. Remove and set aside.
  10. Add remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter to a pan over medium heat.
  11. Add 5 oz of marshmallows to pan and stir constantly until melted.
  12. Add cereal and continue stirring until well mixed.
  13. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 3 minutes.
  14. Gently place Krispie mixture over chocolate layer only pressing slightly when necessary. You might spray cooking spray onto a spatula to use to gently press the Krispie layer down.
  15. Cover Krispie layer with remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.
  16. Cover chips with a layer of mini marshmallows- the remaining 5oz of the bag.
  17. Place pan in broiler on low for a few moments to lightly brown marshmallows (watch closely so it doesn't burn!)
  18. Top with broken pieces of chocolate bar for garnish.
  19. Cut into squares to serve.

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This might sound like a lot of steps but really it is so easy- just add layer after layer and you will have the most delicious treat!

Smores Krispies Treats

And here is the final product– an ooey gooey chocolate, krispy, marshmallowy treat :)

Smores Krispy Treats- perfect for parties!

If you decide to make these please come back and let me know what you think!

Here are a few other fun summer recipes you might enjoy:

tPerfect Homemade Lemonade

Easy Blackberry jam RecipeBlackberry Jam- just minutes to make!

Easy Watermelon Lime Sorbet Recipe

Watermelon and Lime Sorbet

 

Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe

Homemade Cracker Jacks Recipe

Happy baseball season to you!

We are ready to cheer on the Mariners in our house this season and I thought it would be fun to post an easy recipe for delicious homemade Cracker Jacks!

These are just so darn good and you can mix up a batch to pop into little baggies for your own little baseball and softball stars or mix this up to watch during the game at home.

You only need a few ingredients to make homemade caramel corn and you are not going to believe how good this is.

Homemade Cracker Jacks Recipe
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Quick and easy homemade cracker jacks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter (half a stick)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses or dark corn syrup*
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ can sweetened condensed milk (about 7 oz)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup- 1 cup peanuts (according to preference)
Instructions
  1. To start you want to pop ½ cup of popcorn kernels.
  2. You can add the coconut oil to a dutch over over medium low heat.
  3. Once it melts, add ½ cup popcorn kernels and immediately place a lid on top of the pot.
  4. Allow popcorn to pop, shaking the pan occasionally - be very careful not to burn the popcorn. Remove from heat right when the kernels stop popping.
  5. Set popped popcorn in a very large bowl- you should have about 10 cups total.
  6. Try to remove any unpopped kernels from the bowl and discard.
  7. Add butter to a clean pot over medium heat and allow to melt.
  8. Add molasses and brown sugar to the pot- stir well and once it starts to boil, let it gently cook for about 4 minutes. Careful not to burn but don't stir as it cooks.
  9. Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanuts. Stir well and allow to cook another 2 minutes or so.
  10. Add condensed milk and salt and stir well.
  11. Pour the molasses mixture over the popcorn and stir very well to fully coat all the popcorn.
  12. Put parchment paper over a cookie sheet and spread the popcorn mixture in an even layer over the top.
  13. It will be gooey (and delicious!) so you can either let it harden slightly by sitting out or pop it in the oven under 350 degrees for about 5 minutes.
  14. Store in a sealed container for about 2 days.

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Homemade Cracker Jack Recipe

The recipe might seem complicated but really it is so fast and easy. I have never much cared for Cracker Jacks but this recipe is seriously addicting. Most of the items listed you probably have in your pantry with the exception of Molasses. I found it by the maple syrup for about the same price as corn syrup at my grocery store.

While you can use dark corn syrup for this recipe, I recommend molasses instead. You will have a deeper flavor and it is so much easier to work with. I have tried this recipe with corn syrup and the corn syrup tends to harden really quickly and I find it hard to spread on the popcorn.

The other note is that you really have to be on the ball to make sure nothing burns as you are making the caramel- so for this recipe it is important to have everything ready to go right at your fingertips.
(The first time I made this Cracker Jack recipe I totally burned the butter because I was fussing with getting the brown sugar out and had to toss it out and start again.)

So give this a whirl and see what you think! You will have about 10 cups total of popcorn so feel free to double this if needed. I found this recipe to be a generous amount for 4 people and enough for about 6 little snacks for kiddos.

This recipe was adapted from the amazing Martha Stewart.

If you like this recipe, you might also like:

How to Perfectly Cut a Watermelon- these little sticks are so easy to grab for parties!How to cut watermelon sticks

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Crock Pot Caramel Sauce (Just one ingredient and so easy to make!)  This is amazing on french bread, sliced apples, drizzled on ice cream or eat it straight from the jar!

And to use up the leftover condensed milk, here is an easy Crockpot Caramel sauce! Perfect for dipping apples or drizzled on ice cream.

White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Pancakes

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Pancakes

I have the most delicious recipe for you to try for White Chocolate Chip & Macadamia Nut pancakes.

Our family went to Maui in winter and had these amazing pancakes.  They were delicious and we actually waited for 60 minutes to get a table at one of the more popular restaurants.

We only had time to get these yummy things once and when we returned home I set to work trying various recipes to see if I might be able to recreate them.

I finally figured out a perfect recipe for these delicious pancakes and I actually think this version is better than what we had in Maui.  The pancakes at the restaurant had whipped cream and coconut syrup and even my kids found them a bit too sweet. So this recipe calls for pure maple syrup instead which is absolutely perfect with these pancakes.

White Chocolate Pancakes

Fluffy and light with a hint of sweetness from the white chocolate and a little saltiness and crunch from the nuts.  Well these are amazing and I really hope you decide to make them for your kids or maybe as a special brunch treat.

Here is the recipe:

White Chocolate & Macademia Nut Pancakes
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White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Pancakes- absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbl sugar
  • 1½ tea baking powder
  • ½ tea baking soda
  • ¼ tea salt
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (well shaken)
  • 3 tbl melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tea vanilla
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup roasted macadamia nuts- chopped
  • maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and butter.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and stir well.
  4. Add macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.
  5. Cook on a skillet until golden brown, flip the pancakes and repeat.
  6. Top with butter and maple syrup.

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And that is it!  I bought a can of roasted macadamia nuts in a 4.5oz can and that was enough for just shy of (2) batches of these pancakes.

If you decide to give these a shot, please come back and let me know what you think!

White Chocolate Pancakes recipe

Buttermilk pancake recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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Tomatillo Ranch Salad Dressing (2 Minute Blender Recipe)

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing- just 2 minutes in the blender and you have a delicious homemade dressing for salads or dipping!


I have a super fast and easy variation on a standard Ranch dressing for you today. This is really delicious on burrito bowls, taco salads or use it as a dip for fresh veggies and chips.

This takes literally minutes to whip up in the blender and it will last a few weeks in the fridge.

tomatillo ranch recipe

Here is the basic recipe. You can add a little jalapeno if you prefer for a bit of a kick or if you want a slightly more zesty flavor add just a bit of lime juice.

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Tomatillo Ranch Salad Dressing (2 Minute Blender Recipe)
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Quick and easy blender Tomatillo Ranch Dressing.
Ingredients
  • 4 small tomatillos
  • handful of cilantro
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2T dry ranch dressing mixture (the packet is pictured but I actually buy small amounts of this from the bulk section of my grocery store)
  • --optional ½ cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt for a thicker consistency.
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill well before serving.

Last year I gave our teachers a Tomatillo plant as part of Teacher Appreciation week. I attached a gift card from Whole Foods and put a tag on the plant with a recipe for tomatillo salad dressing on the back side. The Whole Foods gift cards are really cute because they say lunch money on them which I thought was cute for a teacher.

I posted a quick shot of the gifts on Instagram last year– here is what they looked like:

tomatillo gift

Anyway, give this a shot and come back and let me know what you think!

Here are a few more dips to try:

Cilantro Lime Guacamole RecipeCilantro Lime Guacamole

Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe5 Minute Blender Salsa

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken TacosCrock Pot Chicken Tacos

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}

Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe

Oh boy I have a delicious Key Lime pie recipe for you. The beauty of this pie is that it is so easy to make and so perfect for Spring and Summer weather.

You can make a standard pie with this recipe or you can do individual little pies- I have done it both ways to great results.

I love this recipe because it does not call for eggs if you are a bit squeamish about uncooked eggs in recipes.  I try to avoid them if I can.

The key to this recipe is using actual Key Lime juice. I don’t find a standard lime to have the same vibrant flavor and I always find myself disappointed with the pie.  You can for sure use standard limes but just note you won’t get the super bright and tangy freshness of key lime.

key lime juice

If you don’t want to juice about a zillion little key limes, not to worry. My Safeway store carries Nellie and Joe Key Lime juice in the juice aisle and that worked beautifully in this recipe.  The last time I made this pie I couldn’t find Key Limes anywhere and when I finally spotted them at Sprouts they were so tiny- like walnuts.  I probably would have needed 30 limes to get enough freshly squeezed juice.

You can use a premade graham cracker crust for this recipe but really homemade is so fast to make and has so much more flavor. I like to add in a little coconut and it gives just a subtle hint of flavor but it is so good!

Here is the recipe we love:

Frozen Key Lime Pie {Perfect Spring and Summer Dessert}
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Quick and refreshing frozen key lime pie.
Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup Key Lime Juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • For the crust:
  • 9 Graham Crackers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. To start the crust add 9 graham crackers into a food processor and grind into crumbs.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons of butter to a bowl and microwave until melted.
  3. Add the graham crackers, brown sugar and coconut and stir well.
  4. Press crumbs into a pie plate firmly.
  5. Bake for about 6-7 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
  6. Remove from oven as it is slightly golden brown and let cool completely.
  7. For the filling:
  8. Mix key lime, condensed milk and cream in a bowl.
  9. Pour into the cooled crust and either place in the fridge overnight for a pie or place in the freezer for frozen pie.
  10. Top with fresh whipped cream or serve plain.

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Here are a few tips for this recipe-  make sure you measure the butter carefully.  I have found when I use more than 6 tablespoons of butter I get a soggy crust the next day on the pie.  When I use 6 tablespoons exactly the crust holds up beautifully for leftovers.

The brown sugar and coconut are completely optional- I like the extra flavor it adds to the crust.  I used unsweetened coconut.  If you have sweetened coconut you might cut back a little on the brown sugar.

key lime pie crust

And to make individual pies, I used a popover pan that I have.  It is slightly larger than a muffin pan.  I lined the pan with cupcake liners and pressed the graham cracker mixture into the liners.  I baked and let cool and then topped with the key lime mixture.  Once the mixture was frozen, I popped them out of the pan and removed the cupcake liner.  Serve immediately from the freezer as the pie will start to melt.   You should be able to get about 9 of these larger size individual pies.  If you use a standard muffin tin you should get at least 12.

To make the whipped cream- I use the super simple recipe here.  You can dollop it on top or put it in a pastry bag with tip to get pretty swirls on top.

And that is it!  Really this is so simple to make and so perfect for warmer weather.  The only trick to this recipe is the patience to let it freeze overnight or chill enough in the fridge :)

Frozen Key Lime Pie Recipe- so easy and so refreshing!

And here are a few other recipes to consider:

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tPerfect Fresh Squeezed Lemonade  

Whoppers Cupcakes {Perfect for Easter!}

Whoppers Cupcakes

 

Here is a fun recipe for Easter or for parties this year.

My littlest daughter absolutely loves Whoppers candy – it is always her first choice when we hit the candy aisle.

I thought it would be fun to do a Whoppers cupcake for my sweet girl- which she absolutely loved.

You can use any variety of Whoppers but I chose these pretty Easter Robin Egg Whoppers.    So fun when you are looking for an alternative to coconut cakes and lemon tarts on Easter.

Here is the recipe:

Whoppers Cupcakes {Perfect for Easter!}
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Whoppers cupcake recipe- so festive for Easter!
Ingredients
  • Cupcake Batter:
  • 1½ Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Malted Milk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • Frosting:
  • 2¾ Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Whipping Cream (or Milk)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 10-20 Easter Egg Whoppers Candy
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners
  2. or grease well.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, malted milk powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder together. Set aside.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the milk, oil, vanilla
  5. extract and egg until smooth.
  6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until
  7. smooth.
  8. Fill the muffin tins to the halfway mark.
  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes (depends on your oven) until a toothpick
  10. comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  11. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  12. For the frosting:
  13. In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa.
  14. Set aside.
  15. In a large bowl or mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  16. Slowly add in the sugar mixture.
  17. Once combined, add in the whipping cream followed by the vanilla.
  18. Combine until light and fluffy.
  19. Once the cupcakes are cooled, top them with crushed Easter Egg Whoppers Candy.

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And I hope you like this recipe!  Come back and let me know what you think if you decide to try it.

Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

Homemade Lemon Curd RecipeHomemade Lemon Curd (in the microwave!)

Amazing Buttercream Frosting Recipe - just 4 ingredients and you have a creamy and delicious go to frosting.

The best Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting (this would be delish with Strawberry Whoppers candy!)