Gingerbread Cake Bites

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Sometimes you find the niftiest things in the most unexpected places.  I made these merry mini men from a cake pop kit I found at the CVS while I was picking up a prescription.

GingerbreadCakePopKit

The kit was remarkably comprehensive with gingerbread cake mix, vanilla frosting mix, cinnamon melting wafers, confetti sprinkles, a gingerbread man cutter, cake pop sticks and a piping bag for the frosting.  The only ingredients I needed to add were butter, an egg, some powdered sugar and water.

CuttingOutTheGingerbreadMen

First, I mixed the cake ingredients.  While it was baking, I whipped up the frosting.  After the cake had cooled, I crumbled the cake and mixed in half the frosting until the dough could be shaped into balls.  Then, I rolled it out between two sheets of freezer paper and chilled it.  (Parchment can also be used.)  After chilling to firm up the dough, I used the cutter to form tiny gingerbread men before popping them in the freezer again for 20 minutes.

GingerbreadMenReadyForChilling

The directions advise rolling the cake mixture to 3/4 of an inch thick.  I didn’t do that, so my men were too thin to hold a cake pop stick.  No worries; I decided to make cake bites, instead of pops.

DippedGingergreadMen

Once the cinnamon wafers were melted, I slid each little guy onto a fork and dipped ’em one at a time into the coating, tapping off the excess.  I piped frosting on to hold the confetti buttons and then tucked the whole batch back into the freezer for a final chilling.

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The kit certainly made this an easy treat to make for the party I brought them to.  The directions were spot on, and the flavor was great.  They’d be simple enough to make on your own, though.  All you’d need is your favorite gingerbread cake recipe, your favorite frosting recipe, a small gingerbread cookie cutter, some cinnamon or chocolate melts and candy accents for decorating.

“Santa’s Suicide” Bars

The holidays can be exhausting with all that decorating, caroling and cooking.  Keep your energy up with a big batch of these easy-to-make bars!

Spritz a 9×13 pan with non-stick buttery spray. Press your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough into the bottom.
Layer Oreos, or another creme-filled cookie, over the dough.
Whip up a batch of your favorite brownie recipe and pour on top of the Oreos and cookie dough.  (I like to use Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix when I’m in a hurry.)
Bake according to brownie recipe instructions.
Let cool completely and cut into squares.
Feel free to change this up with a sugar cookie bottom, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups for the middle layer, and blondie batter on top. The possibilities are endless.
Happy Holidays!