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Recipe: Disney’s Twinkie Tiramisu

Lots of TwinkiesEditor’s Note: This blog post is featured on the Disney Blog Carnival No. 42. Check out more posts about all things Disney.

It has been quite a while since I cracked open my copy of “Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs.” My last adventure was this key lime pie. But, let me rewind a bit. The whole story began one morning a few weeks ago when I heard on the news that Hostess, maker of the famed Twinkie, was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

I got to thinking…I have never had a Twinkie in my 31 years. How is that possible, let alone for a so-called food blogger? Of course, I’ve had Ding Dongs and Ho-Hos, but somehow that yellow cake filled with cream had eluded me. How, with a mascot like Twinkie the Kid, could this atrocity be possible? I accessed my brain full of memories as a child, what was in my lunchbox in grade school? Fig Newtons, Oreos, the occasional Nutter Butter or the curly-cued Hostess Cupcake. But, no Twinkie. My dear hubby Brett, in disbelief, quickly went to the store and bought a 10-pack of the treats for me to try once I got home from work that evening.

My First TwinkieWith a smile on my face (and a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” playing in the background), I scarfed down my first Twinkie with the giddiness of a toddler. Creamy frosting all over my face and hands, and a cheek-to-cheek grin.

And with that Twinkie, now deep inside my happy belly, I recalled a recipe in my Disney cookbook for Twinkie Tiramisu, a dish that’s served at the Pop Century Resort’s food court. As Hostess is fighting for its future, I trekked to the store to bulk up on more boxes of the lunchbox staple (it was buy 1 get 1 free!) and make this twist on the classic Italian dessert.

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Cuisine - Desserts, Shopping

New Triple Double Oreos

Kraft Foods recently launched the Triple Double Oreo in the U.S. Market. This behemoth weighs in at 100-calories with 1.5 grams of saturated fat – PER cookie. (The original sandwich cookie comes in at about 50 calories.)New Triple Double OreoThe U.S. version of the cookie is based on a 2010 cookie that launched in Argentina called the “x3,” or “Por Tres.” The three chocolate cookies surround “double-stuf’ layers of the standard vanilla cream and chocolate cream.

New TV ads starring Venus Williams, Shaquille O’Neal, Apolo Anton Ohno and Eli Manning will start just in time for these little (big) sandwich cookie treats to land in your kids’ lunchbox.

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Cupcake Camp Boston 2011

I attended Cupcake Camp Boston 2011 last night at the Armory in Somerville with my friend Stacey (of the new blog Boston Sweetie). It was a meeting of the cupcake extraordinaires from all around Boston. Amateur and professional bakers came together for this fabulous event. Here are some of the highlights:

Flower cupcake bouquetThis was one of my favorite presentations – a bouquet of cupcakes. I wish I thought of this for my wedding. I would’ve been nibbling in between vows.

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Cookie-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite cookie is the Oreo. Love. Them. Well, I’ve never really met any cookie that I haven’t liked.

However, I do have a soft spot in my heart (and my tummy) for a warm and chewy homemade chocolate chip cookie. You know it’s a great cookie even before you’ve placed them in the oven when you’re devouring the dough from the spoon, and slapping your husband (lovingly, of course!) for wanting the last schnibble-schnabble of doughy, chocolatey goodness. Then, once it bakes, your house is filled with this glorious aroma of family. Chocolate chip cookies smell like family.

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