Posted by: Catherine | April 8, 2009

Emma’s Tiny Treats

 

The big boy is from Krispy Kreme. The mini is Emma's version.

The big boy is from Krispy Kreme. The mini is Emma's version.

 

 

The box of donuts is really a pill box....Emma's holding her favorite, a cheerio dipped in chocolate, then sprinkles. The others are cheerio dipped in confectioners' sugar and cheerios rolled in cinnamon sugar.

The box of donuts is really a pill box....Emma's holding her favorite, a cheerio dipped in chocolate, then sprinkles. The others are cheerios dipped in confectioners' sugar and cheerios rolled in cinnamon sugar.

 

 

A selection of Emma's mini cakes.

A selection of Emma's mini cakes.

 

 

The mini cakes are really oreos with a layer of frosting between them, then more frosting on tops and sides...plus decorations.

The mini cakes are really oreos with a layer of frosting between them, then more frosting on tops and sides...plus decorations.

 

 

The cakes should "rest" before anyone tries cutting a slice so the oreos have a chance to soften and become, yes, cakelike. Emma used a small pastry tip to make florettes and tubes of colored gels for the lettering.

The cakes should "rest" before anyone tries cutting a slice so the oreos have a chance to soften and become, yes, cake-like. Emma used a small pastry tip to make florettes and tubes of colored gels for the lettering.

 

 

You can see by comparing Emma's hand to these peanut butter thumbprint cookies just how teeny they are.

You can see by comparing Emma's hand to these peanut butter thumbprint cookies just how teeny they are.

 

 

Emma used store-bought peanut-butter cookie dough and regular-size chocolate chips.

Emma used store-bought peanut-butter cookie dough and regular-size chocolate chips instead of the standard Hershey's Kiss..

 

 

This mini cone is really a Bugle and a "scoop" of seasoned cream cheese (you can use a melon ball-er, or just roll in the palm of your hands). Kids like sugared cream cheese and fruit-flavored (think strawberry) cream cheese. Bigger kids enjoy salt-and-white-pepper (vanilla) and smoked-salmon (strawberry) flavors.

This mini cone is really a Bugle and a "scoop" of seasoned cream cheese (you can use a melon ball-er, or just roll in the palm of your hands). Kids like sugared cream cheese and fruit-flavored (think strawberry) cream cheese. Bigger kids enjoy salt-and-white-pepper (vanilla) and smoked-salmon (strawberry) flavors.

 

 

Pizza anyone?

Pizza anyone?

 

 

Yup, those are Slim Jim's Emma sliced to make her pepperoni.

Yup, those are Slim Jim's Emma sliced to make her pepperoni.

 

 

Mmmm.

Mmmm.

 

 

Last but not least: Emma's watermelon--she cuts a lime in half lengthwise, scoops out the pulp, fills with strawberry jello, tosses in a few mini-chips for seeds...and refrigerates until set.

Last but not least: Emma's watermelon--she cuts a lime in half lengthwise, scoops out the pulp, fills with strawberry jello, tosses in a few mini-chips for seeds...and refrigerates until set.

 

 

Pretty cute, no? What's your fave?

Pretty cute, no? What's your fave?

 

 

51dvpemxpcl_sl160_pisitb-sticker-arrow-dptopright12-18_sh30_ou01_aa115_One day, Emma came home from a playdate with her friend Annie with a rectangular take-out soy-sauce dish filled with the mini donuts. I was in love…what a great cooking project! Then, she told me the idea came from an American Girl book, Tiny Treats. We got one immediately, and Emma started making one or two every weekend–get this…instead of TV time!!! That’s just about the best recommendation I can give! I couldn’t even tell you which is my favorite—I think they’re all so adorable. Which is yours?

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  1. These are just ADORABLE, and so creative too!

  2. How adorable these are – perfect for an elves’ tea party. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I’m full of admiration for the piping on the Oreo gateaux.Oh, and the fabulous ‘watermelons’ are so clever. See, I told you it was hard to pick a favourite…

  3. Wow! they all look lovely! I like the mini cakes & the mini watermelon parts the most!! hahaha!!

  4. I love the little donuts and cakes. My little girl would love this book! Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are so cute! I love the watermelon and little cakes. Emma is great with her pastry tips I’m impressed!

  6. I think that’s the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

    I love the little cheerio donuts, that is too cute!!

    I didn’t know American Girl had that book. My daughter is 7 and she would love to do that, in fact my sons would like to do that too!!

    Thanks for sharing such cute creations!

  7. I’m not going to let my Emma see that! She’s a big American Girl fan too, btw. For Christmas she wants the Chrissa doll.

  8. Good grace, these are so cute… and I love them all.
    Cheers,
    elra

  9. These are adorable and every child’s dream to have a beautiful tin to carry them in. I want one.

  10. This is sooo adorable. I’m sure she was super happy. My son will love this too. Hmmm, shall we give it a try as well???

  11. How utterly charming! I think Emma must have lots of patience to put together these cute little gems. For me, the oreo creations take the cake. Lovely post.

  12. This is BY FAR the MOST adortable and precous post I have seen in a while. These are so cute.. How creative and talented!!

  13. omg, can you adopt me? these look like such fun, and so super adorable! I’d eat a whole handful at once, and lol at being able to say, “I just ate 50 donuts.” haha!

  14. Nice take on mini desserts. So cute.

  15. These ideas are so clever and would make perfect snacks/appetizers for when you have a house full of kids over a holiday. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oh my goodness! Those are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I love teeny tiny things and these are no exception.

    LOVE them (especially the donuts in the pill box)!

  17. My daughter has this book and we have not tried one thing out of it yet. I’m going to show her this post…she’s going to LOVE it! She also has her own kid’s cooking blog. She’ll probably want to make them and post them.

    http://www.sydneyscafe.blogspot.com

  18. Genius. Really … who THINKS like this??!! My fav are the mini cakes, followed by the mini donuts, and then the jello-filled lime. Adorable.

  19. oh these are so incredibly cute and creative!!

  20. How absolutely adorable! Cocoa nibs would also be perfect as the little watermelon seeds.

  21. Thats cute. Really like the minature water melon and looks like some good party nibbles.

  22. Very cute!! I LOVE the little donuts!! How neat!!!

  23. Heads up, even better than sliced slim jims, you can find mini pepperoni slices now that are cute- hormel makes these packages with little snack bags of mini pepperoni slices, so cute and probably tastes better than slim jim!

  24. Also, an idea for seeds for the watermelon, you can sometimes find chocolate covered sunflower seeds or even use black sesame seeds, they’d look awesome!

    • Both are brilliant ideas–thank you!

  25. Oh my, these little treats are absolutely adorable!

  26. These are just the cutest little treats ever! I especially love the tiny little pizza!

  27. OMG you have totally turned me into a squealing little girl for at least 5 minutes. These are absolutely adorable! The pizza and mini cakes are my fav!

  28. Love these sooo cute

  29. I am so going to make these!

  30. Do you think you could show the recipe for the nilla wafers cookies with the frosting on top?

    • Not sure what you mean as we did not use any vanilla wafer cookies.

  31. So adorable!

  32. These are absolutely adorable! I found you via Pinterest and Emma’s mini donuts which someone pinned as donuts for Santa’s elves. I have to say I will definitely be making some with my kiddies for Christmas Eve. :) Thanks for sharing!

  33. […] We feed Santa. We feed the reindeer. Now you don’t have to skip the elves! Make your own tiny, edible, treats. […]

  34. So, so cute!! Love it! Debating on using it for an elf activity or saving it for April Fool’s day! Thanks for sharing it!

  35. This is absolutely adorable!!! My daughter is going to LOVE doing this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  36. I am smitten! What darling tiny treats! Way to go, Emma! I think my favorites are the donuts and the cookies:) Time to pin, and check out that book!

  37. How fun!!! Love miniature anything!

  38. I love these and want to make them. I was just wondering how you get the powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar to stick to the donuts. Any tips?

    • All we did was put them in a baggie and toss with the sugar. Somehow it stuck. You could always use a tweezer to get them out and package them so your fingers don’t take the sugar with them.

  39. Made the doughnuts tonight. What a fantastically cute idea. Found you via Pinterest.

  40. […] causing.  He made miniature cakes and they are adorable!!  A friend passed the idea along from http://unconfidentialcook.com/2009/04/08/emmas-tiny-treats.  I really hope that he makes us a dozen doughnuts […]

  41. Oh, my goodness, these are so cute. I have seen tiny food as jewellery, but this just takes it one step further. Tiny food you can eat!!!! Amazing!

  42. Charming and delicious! Who could ask for more!

  43. I found the “elf donuts” on pinterest. Too cute! My kids and I had fun making a few of them tonight, but will definitely be making more to give to their little friends and cousins to leave for Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve. I am packaging them in dozens in tiny Origami boxes lined with waxed paper, and I’m writing “Kris P. Kringles” on the top of the box along with teeny little holly artwork. I love the little cakes, watermelons, and pizzas, too. Thanks for sharing your ideas and photos!

    • Thanks so much for your nice comment! I know the elves will have a good snack–to say nothing of a pretty one!–at your house….

    • How do you make origami boxes for the donuts?

      • I don’t know how to make origami boxes. Try a pillbox, or a small soy sauce container….

  44. This is the cutest idea I’ve seen in a long time! Emma is a true genius. Can’t wait to share the ideas with my nieces.

  45. Oh my gosh everything is so tiny and adorable! LOVE!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

  46. Im gonna have to start a kids group here or something! My girls are all grown and grand babies live to far away! I do have some neighbor hood girls though that would love this! Hmmmmm, makes me wish I had little ones at home still! SOrry, empty nest syndrome!

    • I understand….It makes me sad that Emma may have outgrown this!

  47. A friend of my daughter said she was doing the cheerio donuts and my daughter wanted to, too. Having no idea what she was talking about, I did a search online and found this. So cute! We are going to do the donuts and the cakes.

    • I am so happy! Have fun!

  48. Bre, these “elf” creations are absolutely the sweetest thing! I love them all:)
    Have a wonderful holiday!!

  49. All of these mini’s are just so darn cute
    Love them Bugle cones
    ColleenB.

  50. Emma, I just adore your tiny donuts and cakes! You are incredibly creative. <3

  51. We have used both, and both do hold the sugar and cinnamon. Thanks for asking!

  52. […] ♥ […]

  53. These are the cutest ever!

  54. Doing the oreo cakes tomorrow and wondering how long I should let them ‘rest’ before they become cakey enough to enjoy! Thanks for the great ideas! Can’t wait!

    • Hi Jamy. I hope I’m not too late in responding. It all depends on the humidity in your house–ours is very humid, so I do something else while I wait at least an hour or more. Let me know how it goes….

  55. […] Make tiny treats for your dolls that you can actually eat – Emma’s Tiny Treats […]

  56. I made the mini donuts with my friends, and we loved them sooooooo much! I absolutely love American Girl stuff. I hope sometime I could make the other stuff, especially the mini cakes! Great birthday party treats!

  57. Me again! Did you use anything else insead of cinnamon or sugar? I tried Nestle Powder, and it didn”t work. Anything else you could maybe use? The more the better! I get on here frequently, so if you have an answer, you don’t have to email me, just post as soon as you can! Thanks! :)

    • Hi Tyler, so glad you enjoyed these. I tossed some Cheerios with powdered/confectioner’s sugar in a sandwich bag, others with cinnamon sugar. I also melted chocolate chips and dipped the tops in, adding sprinkles to some. Hope that helps! Catherine

  58. Hey, it’s me again! Do you think maybe you could use fruit loops too? I’m just curious, because it could add a bit of fruityness!

    • Great idea! Let me know if the powdered sugar is too sweet though….

  59. I made the mini cakes, and they were just delishious! I used oreos with chocolate in the middle. My friend wants to make them for her dad because he’s graduating. I can’t wait to see them!

  60. Sorry i spelled delicious wrong. :)

  61. For the mini cakes, I went to the store and they have limited edition birthday cake golden fudge covered ones, and i used the as a fancy top on some of the cake. They were gorgeous!

    • Wish you could send a photo….

  62. Oh my goodness, this is probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!Totally in love.

  63. Have you tried poppy seeds for the “Watermelons”?

    • I have not…I think they’d be too small!

  64. OMG!!! They are all so cute, but the best is the elf donuts. I want to make them with my grand kids so they can leave out for Santa to take back to the North Pole for the elves. What a grand idea…

  65. There are so cute!

  66. Small treats, what great ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

  67. saw this on pintrest and my first thought was elf on a shelf, i think our elf will bring his little treats to share with the kids and make a mess of my kitchen while hes at it.

  68. where did you get cheerios that large? the ones we get are much smaller than what you have pictured.

    • They are just regular Cheerios, not a private label brand.

  69. Reblogged this on venetsky and commented:
    so fun to look at- must try SOON

  70. OMG…. These are ADORABLE!
    What fantastic ideas! :)

  71. What kind of “pill box” – give me a name brand – I can’t think of what kind of pill box looks like that — I’m just thinking pill bottles.

    • I’ve had mine for eons. Just type “pill boxes” into google and you will find something you like, I’m sure.

  72. I was convinced that Emma was your entirely too talented, sophisticated, and stylish friend… Until I got to the part about the playdate. This girl has mad skills!

  73. The cheerios are my fav but I also love the mini cakes!Great job Emma!

  74. Just found your mini donuts on pintrest. I loved them. This blog with all the minis is great. I love that they came from a book from American girl. I have an 11 yr. Old daughter, I should get this book.,:) nice job. Everything looks great!

  75. My daughter would LOVE to make this stuff. Going to order the book asap! Where would I find the little pill boxes for the donuts?

    • You can probably find online by googling “pill boxes.” What I used was a contact lens case, and took out the plastic holders. Or, sometimes Chinese restaurants have little “to go” containers that work. Have fun!

    • Yeah, or you could also use the little tin boxes of Altoids, that’d be neat too. :)

      • Great idea!!!

  76. Totally cute, going to have to try the elf donuts for our shelf elf this year. i bet the oreo cakes could be elf sized using the mini ones, so gonna try these!

  77. What a great idea! They look delicious with less guilt!

  78. I loved all of these ideas, but especially liked the memories it brought back for me. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen instead of watching TV. It’s been 3 1/2 years since your original post. I wonder if Emma’s still cooking and DIYing.

    • It’s more about helping with special dinners now…but it’s tough to get her off the screens!

  79. Love all of these, just a thought, for the mini watermelon, how about use chocolate sprinkles for the seeds insted of the chips, it would be a better shape, and smaller.

  80. this is brilliant!! Like…brilliant!! Love!

  81. This is brilliant! Brilliant! Did I say that already?? gosh. I did.

  82. I made the peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips for Christmas this year. My Nana has made the “regular size” ones forever and I thought it would be a cute thing to do. She loved them and they were a hit! BUT DANGEROUS! Bite size anything makes it very easy to eat more than you should! LOL!

  83. my fave is the little donuts. I made tham for my 8 year old sister and her friends! the practiccly DIED with delight!

  84. My fave is the ice cream. I also found mini hot chocolate colored mallows and put them on the ice cream. Yum!

  85. Gotta love the mini donuts.

  86. […] I took Cheerios and uses a toothpick to dip them into melted chocolate. Then covered with Christmas sprinkles and placed in an Altoids Tin. (Got this idea from here.) […]

  87. too cute! can’t wait to try donuts!

  88. So cute can’t wait to eat ;)

  89. Great ideas, so so cute, I do plan to try some . Thanks for sharing

  90. Awww! These are absolutely adorable! I might have to make these in my classroom with my students! Hehe! Thank you!!

  91. Fantastic ideas, Emma is very creative


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