DIY Apple Rose Pastries


Yields 12 pastries

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 3 Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 package Puff Pastry, thawed
  • Lemon
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Equipment
  • Medium bowl of water
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Bench flour
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Dry brush
  • Cupcake tray
  • Pan spray
  • Strainer

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Combine butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon into the water. Cut apples in half lengthwise and remove the core. Slice each half into thin slivers and then soak them in the lemon water.
  4. Microwave the soaking apples ntil soft, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the apples and then pat them dry.
  5. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry to abot 12 by 12 inches. Cut out six 2-inch by 12-inch strips and then brush off excess flour.
  6. Spread a thin layer of honey butter onto one side of each pastry strip. Arrange the apples lengthwise slightly overlapping as you go, skin towards the top.
  7. Fold the pastry up over the apple slices. Start at one end and roll the pastry into a swirl.
  8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  9. Place each pastry into a greased cupcake tray and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown
  10. TaDa! A dozen dainty Apple Rose Pastries to break the spell of sweet cravings!

Kronk’s Spinach Puffs


Yields 36 puffs

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Frozen puff pastry
  • Egg wash
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment
  • Rubber spatula
  • Sauté pan
  • Square cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium high. Add diced onions and sweat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and spinach and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Place spinach into a medium bowl and then stir in the cheeses, yolk and salt.
  5. Cut a puff pastry into squares about 3-4 inches and place 1 tablespoon filling along the center in a line from top to bottom.
  6. Brush egg wash along the edges and then seal the two sides together to create a “cone” shape.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  8. TaDa! Kronk’s Spinach Puffs are a cheesy, flaky delight fit for an emporer!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


Yields 2 dozen cookies

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces chocolate mints
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Hand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Parchment lined baking sheet
  • Ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Roughly chop chocolate mints.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until smooth.
  5. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing and scraping between each one.
  6. Pour in peppermint extract, vanilla, and food coloring and then mix until evenly colored.
  7. Mix in dry ingredients and then fold in chopped mints.
  8. Scoop dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.

Heart Cinnamon Rolls


Yields 5 rolls

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls
  • White glaze icing
  • Heart sprinkles
Equipment
  • 8 inch round cake pan
  • 8 inch round parchments
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #6 tip
  • Baking spray
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Parchment paper

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Remove cinnamon rolls from canister. Unravel each roll and shape strips into hearts. Arrange in a greased and lined cake pan. The tips of the heart should point towards the center.
  3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a cutting board to cut out individual cinnamon rolls.
  4. Scoop glaze icing into piping bag and drizzle on top of cinnamon hearts. While the icing is still wet, place sprinkles on top.
  5. TaDa! Here are some sweet hearts for your sweetheart!