So, a couple weeks ago I saw these fun, delicious looking Snickerdoodle Poppers on Facebook. Kevin saw me looking at them and said they looked like something he would like. But there was a problem—they were on Facebook and not being posted correctly. You see, people keep tagging and sharing photos and recipes they like from sources that are NOT the ones who created the recipes. As a food blogger, this is very annoying. I know that all food bloggers feel this way. It is just like stealing! It is wrong. There are MANY Facebook pages out there that just go around putting photos and recipes on THEIR page and getting people to “like” them and share them. You see, what that does is gives them the credit and leaves it so the persons who actually created the recipe and took the photos don’t get any credit for them. Neither do they get people coming to blogs, which more often than not are the sources for the recipes and photos. People either don’t care or just don’t have a clue that that is stopping bloggers from making money. MANY food bloggers do this for a living. It is their income.
PLEASE, please stop liking and sharing recipes that don’t have links to where the recipes come from! When I saw the Snickerdoodle Poppers and the horrible Facebook page that was stealing it and getting people to like it on their page, I did a quick Google search of the photo and right away found the real source for the recipe and photo. I actually commented to a few of my friends who I saw “liking” this recipe that they were doing it wrong and not giving credit to the correct source. Really, photos should not have the actual recipe ON Facebook. They should just have the link to where you can go find the photo, which are often food blogs. Help out food bloggers and stop “liking” and sharing anything with whole recipes posted on Facebook. I don’t know of ANY food bloggers who actually put recipes on their Facebook pages. So if you see recipes, they are pretty much being stolen and used improperly.
If you do see a recipe on Facebook that you like and want to save, do a quick, easy search for it and you’ll find it—most likely every time! Please stop giving the wrong people credit and income that don’t deserve it. It has become quite the epidemic on Facebook lately. And if you couldn’t tell, I think it’s really annoying. I haven’t even found something from my own blog stolen yet, but I consider every food blogger out there, whether I know them or not, my friends and colleagues. We look out for each other. I know you’d do the same for your family, friends and colleagues.
You see how I’ve left the link for you for her recipe? Yeah, that’s how it should be done. Now, if I would have changed some things in the recipe, I would reprint it with my changes, but still let you know where I got the inspiration for the recipe, giving her proper credit and making sure my readers know that. Oh, whoops, got back on my little rant there. Sorry. All this stealing that has been going on—really irks me. It doesn’t just happen on Facebook. It has been running rampant on Pinterest and Instagram AND on blogs. Too many don’t give credit to their sources. And many actually steal photos and just copy and paste entire recipes word for word and even worse—entire posts. Little ol’ me has even had all my posts stolen and copied and pasted right on to another blog. (Got that all taken care of.) Just give a little credit where credit is due!
I didn’t change her recipe. And it is awesome. She uses Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits for her poppers. They make terrific donut holes! After turning the biscuits in to rounds like donut holes, they are fried.
Fried food doesn’t happen very often at our house, but the boys love donuts and the like.
The only thing I did do different with the recipe is the cream filling. Amy just uses some vanilla pudding. I kicked it up a bit, because when Kevin saw these, he mentioned that he would like them better if that was just whipped cream or something. (He doesn’t care for pudding, especially vanilla.)
I remembered a vanilla cream pudding mixture I made for some Boston Cream Whoopie Pies a while back and decided to make that for these poppers. It’s a little like making a custard and a little like a vanilla flavored whipped cream. And it’s SO good. I actually only injected about 8 of the poppers with the cream and left the majority of them as-is. I knew the boys would like them better that way. Though I will admit, I loved the one I ate with the cream inside! I got the recipe and idea for this vanilla cream from Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. The recipe is on the link to her blog.
You just mix a package of vanilla pudding mix in with one cup of milk and a cup of whipped cream. It whips into a nice, thick custardy-cream. Since I didn’t use very much in the poppers, I have most of it left and will be putting it to use soon!
These were gone in a flash at our house. Scott, my 14 year old, definitely ate MORE than his fair share of them and said he would have eaten them all if he didn’t have to share.
Thanks, Amy and Kristan! I hope the Facebook (and other sources of online media) stealing is a passing fad and goes away quickly! If everyone did their part…….