March 28, 2018

Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 Easy Spring and Easter cupcake designs

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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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December 10, 2016

Cream cheese spritz cookie recipe

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Pulled from the archives, I originally shared this cookie recipe in 2012. Hope you enjoy!

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

These Cream Cheese Spritz cookies are so delicious and as far as Christmas treats go – they are really frugal!

Cream cheese is on sale for $0.99 or less this time of year and you only need 1/3 of a block for one batch, the dough makes a lot of cookies and they don’t require a lot of extras – just some sprinkles and they look beautiful, thanks to the shapes you can make with the cookie press.


This recipe does use a Cookie Press. I have a Pampered Chef cookie press but you can also buy a variety of cookie presses Amazon here. This one seems to have the BEST reviews – Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press with Decorating Tips and Storage Box on sale for around $20 right now. I like that it also has six decorating tips!


1 cup of butter (softened at room temperature)

3 oz of cream cheese (also softened)

1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt



1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.) Using mixer blend together butter and cream cheese until creamy

3.) Add sugar and mix well until light and fluffy

4.) Mix in eggs yolks, vanilla and almond extract

5.) Slowly add your flour and salt, mix well

6.) If you want to add food coloring, you can take a small part of the dough or all the dough and add food coloring for desired color.

7.) Shape dough into a small log and add it to your cookie press.

8.) Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet (sometimes if you freeze your cookie sheets first the cookies will stick better)

9.) I recommend adding sprinkles before you bake – otherwise you’ll need to frost them to get the sprinkles to stick.

10.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they start turning a light brown around the edges.

11.) Let cool and eat!

Here are some photos from when we made them!

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December 21, 2012

Round-up of my favorite recipes! Appetizers, meals, slow cooker, desserts

Do you have a holiday party to go to or are guests coming over? Here are my favorite recipes for you . . .

Here are my absolutely favorite party-friendly recipes:

Making the big meal? Here are some recipes to check out:

Favorite slow cooker recipes:

Baking and desserts

What’s on your menu this holiday?

November 3, 2012

Make it and Bake it Holiday series – send in your recipes, crafts, homemade gifts! You could win a $10 Amazon gift card

From now through December 25 I’ll be doing a Make it & Bake it series here on Queen Bee. This idea isn’t unique to the blog world – but my series is going to be unique because it will be put together with your help! Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe? What about a favorite craft? What about a homemade gift idea? Send it in and if it’s featured as part of this series you’ll earn a $10 Amazon gift card!

I’m looking for BAKING recipes and HOLIDAY CRAFTS or HOMEMADE GIFT ideas. 

It’s the same concept as my Crock-tober series and my Holiday Recipe series from last year. I just love getting your input and hearing from you each personally about the things you’re making in your world.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Any baking recipe, holiday craft or homemade gift will do. Crafts or gifts should not require any specialized skills (like crocheting or knitting). Basic sewing is probably okay.
  • Include a credit or source. It doesn’t have to be an original – if you got your recipe or craft from a book or website – no worries, just include a source. If you got it from Aunt Ruth or it’s your own brainchild – even better, just include that too.
  • Share your pics. Share photos if you have them, but not required. This might be especially helpful with crafts. It doesn’t have to be your own image, just a reference for me to get the concept. I will take my own photos when I try them out for the blog.
  • You can submit as many as you’d like. I’m sure you have more than one favorite and I’d love it if you shared two or three recipes!
  • I won’t be able to feature everything on the blog. I’m no Martha Stewart. I probably won’t have time to highlight all the submitted recipes, crafts and gifts. I probably won’t even be able to reply to all your email submittals. I will randomly pick recipes, crafts and homemade gifts, to feature on the blog based on the time I have, the supplies used and what sounds like fun at the time. :) I will personally make those recipes or crafts, take photos and share with my readers in a highlighted post. I will give $10 Amazon credits ONLY to the recipes and crafts I feature on the blog in individual posts. 
  • Series goes through December 25! Are you excited? I am.

Submit your recipes, crafts and homemade gifts via email to with subject line: Make it & Bake it.

I look forward to seeing (and trying) your favorite baking recipes, crafts and homemade gifts!

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