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Snickerdoodle Cookie Cup Sundaes

We’ve had a crazy round of heatwaves in San Diego this month, so when it came time for my latest Baker’s Dozen recipe for Krusteaz, it felt like a good time to whip something up that was both sweet AND cool. So between that and my current affinity for mini desserts (they look cute + make it easy to justify eating more than one!), these yummy Mini Snickerdoodle Caramel Sundaes came to be… and then proceeded to disappear quickly after, if you know what I mean. ;)

You can find the full, print-friendly recipe over on the Krusteaz site, but I also wanted to share a visual tutorial for the cookie cups, because they’re surprisingly easy to make and just might be your new favorite thing! I mean, just think of all the fun things you can spoon into these tasty little gems!

Snickerdoodle Cookie Cups - Big and Small

I used a mini muffin tin for this recipe/tutorial, but tested out a regular size muffin tin too. (Simply double the amount of dough per cup for a regular muffin tin.)

You want your cookie cups to bake up evenly, which means being extra precise with the dough. I’m usually an eyeball-it sort of girl for regular cookies, but I actually used a measuring spoon for these… just make sure the scoop is level, then run your finger around the inside edge to quickly scoop it out.

DIY Cookie Cups - Rolling Dough

Next, roll the Tbsp of dough into a ball, then coat it with the cinnamon-sugar mix included in the cookie mix box:

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Balloon Dipped Glasses Tutorial

I’m excited to share one of my favorite new “party tricks” with you today!

This fun and quick little decor idea stemmed from a combo of my obsession with color blocked/paint-dipped things + my extreme impatience at waiting for paint to dry (or waiting for anything, for that matter… I’m definitely an “instant gratification” sort of person!).

Anyways, a few months ago I was working on this Geometric Drink Station and felt like the glass tumblers needed a big splash of color. We’ve color-blocked $1 glasses from Ikea before using spray paint (for this party), and – while they looked cool in the end – they were still a big pain to create between taping them off, painting, waiting for the paint to dry, doing a 2nd coat, fixing touch-ups, etc. And then of course there’s the fact that I essentially turned those tumblers into a “one time use” item. This new method provides a solution to ALL of those issues!

Balloon Dipped Glasses - Materials

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good vibes printable flag

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

This is the time of year when I find myself wanting to soak up every last drop of summer… Does anyone else think the season is flying by way too fast?! It feels like a good time to take a deep breath and just chill out for a bit before the fall/holiday madness begins. (And that includes pretending that I don’t really see those Halloween items being stocked on the store shelves already too!)

Two things that really scream “summer!” to me are ice cream and fresh fruit. So, I thought it would be fun to pair them together as the inspiration for this project – which is the last of 3 milkshake bars that I recently created for California Milk Advisory Board. The first 2 milkshake bars had plenty of the more traditional ice cream toppings like hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles, etc.. If you’re feeling in a chocolate-y (or boozy!) mood you can check those out here (Cocktail Milkshakes) and here (Nautical Shakes & Sundaes).

This “Fresh & Fruity” Milkshakes Bar still features delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk, but the ingredients have taken a healthy twist… focusing on fresh fruit and lower fat or all-natural additions like agave nectar, low-fat granola, crushed pistachios, and Chia seeds.

Let’s start with a closer look at the fruity milkshakes on the menu:

fruity milkshakes bar

The Watermelon Chill
Remember how I mentioned the need to chill out earlier? Well, here’s a great way to do it! (Preferably while lounging poolside on a sunny afternoon.)

This milkshake features: vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk, fresh watermelon, a splash of milk, and a bit of agave nectar. The amount of agave nectar necessary will vary based on the sweetness of your watermelon, so just add it to taste. The chia seeds can be mixed in or used as a garnish. I love how they give a little nod to the look of “watermelon seeds” when used as a garnish!

watermelon chill milkshake

The Tropical Dream
Pineapple, bananas, milk, cinnamon, AND vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk… what’s not to love?! I chose to go heavier on the pineapple than the bananas here myself (about a 2-1 ratio), and really loved the result, but you can adjust the flavor ratio to your liking. Garnish with extra cinnamon and pineapple for a pretty presentation.

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Printable Fruity Milkshakes Menu

Hello, friends! I designed these fruity ice cream inspired printables for a recent Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar project for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can put them to good use at a celebration of your own, too!

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize these printables over on the main post right here. Enjoy! :)

Printable Fruity Milkshakes Signs

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My personal approach to baking has always been simplicity + attention to presentation. I’m not a gourmet cook (at this point in life at least!) and have recently learned to stop apologizing for that… there are only so many things you can devote a big span of your attention to at once. ;) However, I […]



The Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table, designed by Marie of Sweets Indeed, from the latest Operation Shower Event (See the full event recap here!) is full of beautiful patterns and golden details that needed their own post to shine. The table has a smorgasbord of sweet options and the decorations will keep you lingering, especially the genius printables designed by Abigail […]



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