Belle Oreo Cookies and Weekend Update

So what comes first – the chicken or the egg? The recipe or the weekend update?

Today, we have some of this:


And some of this!

Family Activities

Maybe you’re here for both? I’m TOTALLY here for both. I try, probably too hard, to appeal to everyone and to make everyone like me. I realize how unrealistic that is, but it’s super funny that someone too sensitive for criticism has become a mother, a photographer, and a blogger. The joke’s on me! The funny thing also, is that I just came here to share a recipe, but then decided I’d come here to share a weekend update (after my third fantastic, Monday-morning-missing-it weekend in a row), and I just started talking. Some things will never change. Some things shall never change. And Happy Monday morning to you.

Scarlet took this, right before the Dalek in the background came for me.

Let’s talk weekend, ok? Yes! On Friday night, I took Scarlet to see Beauty and the Beast with her best friend’s family. It was so crowded that we sat in the third row, and I could swear I was going to get motion sick from all the sweeping and swirling views, but I was fine! To be fair, I don’t get motion sick – or never have, unless it’s the wrong car at the wrong time in the wrong mood, OR, if it’s simulation stuff. Orlando is full of that stuff on rides. It makes my ears and head feel kinda funny.

The movie, though? I gasped and loved my way through it. It’s magic and insight. I recommend it!

We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

On Friday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day the way we do in the US! Which means I have no idea if it bears even a slight resemblance to how it’s done in Ireland. Cassidy and I turned the toilet water green and hid chocolate coins, chocolate shamrocks, and green M&Ms in fun places throughout the house. By now the kids have discovered all of them – in their shoes, in coat pockets, on sinks, in the cups in the cupboard, under chairs, in their backpacks, and even in Des’ underwear!

family activities

On Saturday morning, we went to a sugar shack just in the next town. For those of you not in New England or Canada – or wherever else they pop up – a sugar shack is where sap is boiled down to maple syrup. In March, during sugaring season, some sugar shacks open up as breakfast restaurants just for 4-6 weeks or so. It’s all about the syrup, but there’s more on the menu than just pancakes. I’m pretty sure I’m taking them to a buffet-style sugar shack next weekend. Won’t you join us?

sugar shack

Des wants you to know he got new light-up shoes over the weekend:

light up shoes

On Saturday afternoon, I took both kids to Scarlet’s best friend’s bowling birthday party and was able to sneak out and meet Cassidy for errands. Scarlet can finally bowl without the ball slide. AND she got a strike! She had a sleepover on Saturday night and when I came back from dropping her off, I found out that Athena had cut her leg on a fence. She was so sad and when she cried out in pain, it made Des cry. Cassidy and I made the fast decision to call the vet’s answering service and then take her to a 24/7 vet hospital. They sedated and stitched her, and she was back home by 10pm. I was so sad I couldn’t eat.

She’s feeling better now and her bandage is off.

Sunday was the big day. We got an all-day sitter, who even took the kids to Friendly’s! Cassidy and I went on a day date to Boston to attend a reception featuring the works of illustrator Ed Sorel. They are being featured at the Boston University Archival Center. Jules Feiffer gave a beautiful speech, without using notes. If you don’t know these names, Google them! Chances are that you have seen their beautiful works. Ed Sorel is Cassidy’s mom’s cousin. Seeing family warmed the heart.

Ed Sorel, Jules Feiffer

Since we had an all-day sitter, we dressed up and left early. We shopped and had lunch at Beat Brasserie – easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. And the service was fantastic too.

And that brings me to my next point:


We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

This is a recipe, a craft and a family activity all in one. You really can’t beat that! As usual, it looks harder than it is, and if you want your kids to help, they’ll have a ball eating all the icing. Ok, maybe just my kids. I provided a list of Amazon resources below – they are not affiliate links. They are just there to help! Let me know how yours turn out! Take pictures!

Eat icing too! Everyone wins.

Belle OREO Cookies

Belle OREO Cookies


  1. Cookie mold (found on Amazon by Cybrtrayd)
  2. 12 regular Oreo cookies
  3. 12 oz. Wilton yellow candy melts
  4. 12 Wilton sugared red roses
  5. Wilton white icing gel
  6. White sugar pearls


  • 1. Warm the yellow candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat
  • 2. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth
  • 3. Transfer to a small microwave-safe bowl for easier handling
  • 4. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted yellow candy into each of the molds (12 total)
  • 5. Place an Oreo cookie on top of the melted yellow chocolate
  • 6. Spoon additional melted chocolate on top of each Oreo, up to the fill line
  • 7. Chill for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to completely harden
  • 8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper
  • 9. Gently pop the Oreos out of their molds and place on the lined cookie sheet
  • 10. With the white icing gel tube, pipe the icing in a scalloped pattern around the diameter of each Oreo
  • 11. Place a sugared pearl where each scalloped line meets
  • 12. Apply icing to the middle of each Oreo and place a sugared rose on top
  • 13. ENJOY!
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We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY
Amazon Resources:

Cybrtrayd AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold with Exclusive Cybrtrayd Copyrighted Chocolate Molding Instructions

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton 710-1491 8-Pack Rose Icing Decorations, Medium, Red

Wilton White Gel Tube

Wilton Sugar Pearls, White, 5 Oz




We're celebrating the release of #BeautyandTheBeast and will be for ages to come. These Belle Oreo cookies are a hit #craft and #recipe for the #family #DIY

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  1. Emma saw Beauty and the Beast for her friend’s birthday party. Kevin dropped her but the rest of us actually still need to see it. But she came home loving it and couldn’t stop taking about so cant wait now. And your themed cookies are awesome 😉

  2. I need both Tamara! Your weekend update and this recipe 🙂 Scarlet is a great photographer just like her Mom. I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast. My girlfriends went to see it last night, but I was stuck in the house working, agh. I’ve never heard of a Sugar Shack; it sounds a little too good to be true. Super cool shoes Des! I hope Athena heals up fast; she looks so sad. Ohhhh an all-day date night! You and Cassidy deserve it. These Belle Oreos are adorable and easy to make. Great post Tamara 🙂

    1. Well, thank you! Sometimes I have a blogging identity crisis because I’m so all over the place! This was fun, though!
      A Sugar Shack is as magical as it sounds. We wound up going to four within the season. Now I miss sugar season but warmth is even better!
      Athena is feeling good!

  3. I just love your weekend recap, sounds like it was a great weekend for everyone, especially for Des with his new light up shoes. As for those cookies, Madison just said that she wants me to make them. I’ll see. 🙂

  4. WOW – you did have a very busy weekend. Your Belle Oreo Cookies are stunningly beautiful. I’m so glad that Athena is better. I cannot stand it when my furbabies are in pain.

  5. i’m so happy for you that you got to go on a day date! we need to do that more. we need to go on dates…period. toddlers kinda get in the way. i especially love what you did for st. patty’s day. i will have to do that next year—hide green m&ms everywhere.

    1. They sure do get in the way! And here we have 11 chickens, plus a dog and a cat, so getting away on a whim isn’t so easy anymore…

  6. So this post is full of awesomeness! The Irish things, the maple syrup things (you know I grew up in a maple syrup making family, right?), Dalek things, light up shoe things, AMAZING OREO things! I am overwhelmed by awesomeness and I like it!

  7. Wow!!!! Who knew Oreos could be turned into something so fancy!!! I love the look. They would be great for a tea party.

  8. I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast – I’m hoping Gwen will go with me when she’s home for spring break next week. And that restaurant in Boston…I’m intrigued! We are heading up there for a 3 day date in May, so if you have any other recommendations, let me know!

  9. These are SO fitting for the movie! I love how smooth and flawless they look – I always wondered how to achieve that look with an Oreo cookie. Now I know!

  10. That dress looks amazing on you. The whole outfit is perfect. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make these Belle Oreos on the weekend.

  11. Hi Tamara, I don’t know where to start! Those oreos look fab! And are so easy to make too. I honestly thought you had bought them like that! You and Cassidy look so happy and relaxed in the first photo, I’m guessing you are on your day date? I do hope that Des’s underwear was clean, not so nice if it wasn’t! And I hope that Athen is feeling less sorry for herself and is back charging around outside.


    1. Yes, we had a day date to Boston! It was awesome. haha, Des’ underwear was clean! He had laid out special green underwear to wear for St. Patrick’s Day so I put the chocolate in there while he was sleeping. And no pets disturbed it, luckily!


  12. Those cookies look amazing. You did such a wonderful job on those. I also love your outfit. Such a beautiful dress!

  13. You are seriously nailing it, keep teaching sister. I love it! That dress is beautiful. My weekend was rather dull, but luckily I could share in all your fun 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorite dresses. I got it for Valentine’s Day last year but never wore it on Valentine’s Day!

  14. What a fun weekend! I haven’t been to the sugar shack in a few years, I should squeeze in a day to go.

    1. I had only ever been to one – many years ago. And we have them right down the street from me! I’m so glad we hit a few this year.

  15. Again, my daughter would LOVE these! Heck, I love these. We’re going to see Beauty and the Beast on Saturday. Can’t wait. These are fabulous.

  16. my daughter would absolutely LOVE these Oreo Belle Cookies… they are so pretty looking and yummy too : ) thanks for the idea, it’ll give us something to do!

  17. Really really want to see this movie. I’d prob have motion sickness, too, but it’s worth it sometimes 🙂 also Jules Feiffer … that name is giving me some hardcore deja vu and I’m not sure why (though yes, of course, I googled and wikipedia’d him! Why do I think I know a cartoon satirist?!). Anyway, good stuff–sounds like you had a really great weekend and I love how festive you both are for the kiddos 🙂 I’m sure they had a blast at Friendly’s and glad you guys were able to enjoy a date day/night!


    1. The Phantom Tollbooth!!! So cool, right??

      And Google Ed Sorel because you’ll recognize him too! Also his sister-in-law was in Airplane! You can’t make this stuff up. Cassidy comes from good stock.

  18. I absolutely adore your creative recipe – and it is so Belle-like! I think you yourself look like Belle, too! This is a great post about what your family have been up to – I remember this time of the year with sugar-shacking and our special dinners in cabane a sucre in Montreal!

    1. Thank you so much! I always loved her. I dress up like Snow White for Halloween every now and then, but I want to try Belle next year!
      I love that there are sugar shacks in Canada. Of course there are! Maple syrup regions.

  19. I enjoyed the weekend update and the cookies…they went together very well 😉 The Sugar Shack sounds amazing!! Glad Athena is feeling better. Also…Des’ underwear. How clever!

    1. If you ever visit New England, you gotta do a sugar shack!!
      The underwear was hilarious. He put out his all green outfit for the holiday so his underwear was right there on the floor. I had to put surprises in it!

  20. Ah, you were in my hood! I’ve been to Beat Brasserie a couple times, although I think only for drinks. I really want to check it out for brunch. (By the way, my first apartment with Sam was right around the corner from there, across from the Curious George bookstore!) Sounds like you had a fun day date with Cassidy 🙂
    And those cookies, so cute!

    1. It was awesome! We’ll have to hang out next time. We had only 30 minutes to spare and went there to eat and it was SO GOOD. A Curious George bookstore?! I missed that!

  21. Those cookies are too cute. We just watched this with the kids and our daughter’s birthday is in two weeks, seems like a great time to break these out.

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