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Chocolate Chip Cookie and Buttercream Push Pops

1 Apr

Chocolate Chip Cookie Push Pops https://gustoandgrace.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/chocolate-chip-cookie-and-buttercream-push-pops

I saw a few push pop cake pops pop up on party blogs last year and was certain they’d be the next cupcake. Boy, was I wrong. Regardless, I’ve been wanting to make a creative batch of the nostalgic treat since I saw them. With my cookie-loving husband in mind, I opted to bake mini chocolate chip cookies, sandwich them with buttercream, and top them with sprinkles. Chocolate Chip Cookie Push Pops

I found my push-pop containers on clearance at Target, but I have also seen them at Michaels, and on Amazon and Etsy.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

23 Aug

Meet Nola, our dog of 13 days. She’s a scaredy-dog, but a really, really sweet one, full of quirks. We rescued her from the Austin Humane Society. Nola is 5 years old, and she’s the perfect dog for us. Anthony and I were not wanting to potty train a puppy nor were we wanting a thousand hole-y objects to show for our attempt at training one not to chew.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Nola knows exactly zero tricks. She is afraid to pass through doorways. She still eats less, and less regularly than any dog I’ve met. It took her a couple of days to realize treats are yummy. Nola doesn’t know how to play with dog toys. When we first got Nola, the only word she knew was “no.” She didn’t even seem to know she had a name (we tried calling her by her former name, Gypsy). Our dog goes in her kennel on her own, a lot. And Nola loves walks.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Getting a dog was always in the plan for Anthony and I, but I thought it’d be a year or more before we got a pet other than Shapiro, the fish that used to be my office-mate. Then, on a whim, in a weekend, we visited the Austin Animal Shelter, Pets Alive, and the Austin Humane Society. If you’re going to get a dog, please, please rescue one.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

Here is the recipe for some treats I made for the newest member of our family. After reviewing about a dozen recipes online, I mixed and matched formulas to concoct this one using ingredients I had at home. I’m telling you, if Nola ate them, any dog will love them.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*


  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat recommended)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp parsley (this helps freshen dog breath)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder and parsley. Add in the peanut butter, egg, and water. Mix well. Add more water if the dough is too dry, and flour if the dough is too sticky. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it to 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin. Use the cookie cutter of your choice. I used approximately 3 inch fire hydrants and dog bones, but I think cats or squirrels would be funny. Place the shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Knick knack paddy whack, give a dog a bone!

A Scoop of My Favorite Ice Creameries and a Chocolate Hazelnut Recipe

13 Jun

I would eat ice cream in the snow. That is how much I love the milky, melty dessert.  I don’t discriminate between gelato, custard, or frozen yogurt either.

Walking through Anthropologie last week, I found these ceramic ice cream cones. I had to pick up a couple since I have been drooling over the Virginia Sin version, which cost three times as much, since I saw them. Then of course, I had to break out my ice cream maker and create something that would give my new dishes a purpose.

Gusto and Grace: Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Since I have not made much ice cream, I searched for recipes from the best ice cream makers I know: Jeni’s and lick. My favorite local place for lunch, Royal Blue, introduced me to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in the form of a macaron ice cream sandwich. I was bewitched.  Anthony and I went to lick by accident when exploring Austin. If you find yourself in the Capital of Texas, GO! They had me swooning at salted caramel and melting over their Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey variety.

I could not find anywhere lick had given away their secrets, but I did find a recipe for Jeni’s Ice Cream Base. I used that, and flavored it chocolate hazelnut.

Gusto and Grace Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream
(makes about 1 quart)

2 cups milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (I used pralinutta since my crazy husband doesn’t like nutella)

In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set aside. In a saucepan (3-qts was plenty big), whisk together the remaining milk, 1 1/4 cups cream, sugar, corn syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in milk-cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Place cream cheese in a bowl and pour in 1/4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk in the remaining milk mixture. In a small bowl (in the microwave) or in a small saucepan (on the stove), melt the chocolate hazelnut spread and mix with the remaining cream. Mix the milk base and the chocolate sauce together. Pour the mixture into a large plastic bag; seal, and submerge in a bowl of ice water until chilled. (You can also refrigerate it in the container of your choice, however using a bag in and ice bath is the fastest cooling method). Once cool, pour into an ice cream maker and mix per the manufacturer’s instructions. I had it in my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment for about 20 minutes. Transfer the soft ice cream to a storage container and freeze until set. I let mine firm up overnight. Scoop. Lick. Repeat.

Maybe once I perfect Jeni’s base, I’ll swap the cream cheese for some goat cheese. And maybe Anthony and I can take a short roadtrip to Blue Bell. #icecreamdreams

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