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Over 30 Incredible Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes!

Incredible Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes!  From Wife Saver to Coffee Cake, all of your favorites are here!

Incredible Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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The only thing better than getting up to an amazing meal is when that meal is already prepped for you and ready to go into the oven or onto your plate!!

This collection of mouth watering Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes is perfect for holidays and lazy sunday brunches…  but it’s also fabulous to prepare ahead if you’ve got guests over!  And of course, breakfast isn’t just for breakfast… it can be for dinner too!

Whether you prefer sweet or savory, there is definitely something here for everyone!


Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Mexican Breakfast Casserole from Karen’s Kitchen Stories


Cranberry Orange Breakfast Buns

Cranberry Orange Breakfast Buns from Sheri Silver


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Caramel Apple French Toast Bake from 365 Days of Baking & More


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Breakfast Sandwich Casserole from Sweet Bella Roos


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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Spend With Pennies


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Make-Ahead Chocolate Coffee Cake  from Reluctant Enteratiner


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Crock Pot Tater Tot Egg Bake from Julie’s Eats & Treats


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Peaches & Cream Overnight French Toast from The Cookie Rookie


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The Best Wifesaver Overnight Casserole from Spend With Pennies


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Overnight Sticky Bun French Toast from I Heart Eating


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Make Ahead Breakfast Enchiladas from Very Culinary


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Banana Chocolate Chip Fluffernutter French Toast Casserole from Melanie Makes


Apple Pie-Breakfast

Apple Pie Breakfast from Cooking With Jax


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Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole from Spend With Pennies


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Sausage & Mushroom Overnight Breakfast Strata from Wine and Glue


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Baked Egg Nog French Toast from Two Peas & Their Pod


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Blueberry French Toast Bake from Dinners, Dishes & Desserts


Brunch Casserole

Brunch Casserole from Poet in the Pantry


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Overnight French Toast with Applesauce Syrup from Cooking on the Front Burner


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Overnight Maple Walnut French Toast from Spend With Pennies


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Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake from Valerie’s Kitchen


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Butcher Muesli – The Original Overnight Oats from American Heritage Cooking


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Sausage & Egg Strata from It’s Yummi


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Make Ahead Stuffed Cranberry French Toast from Self Proclaimed Foodie


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Peach Almond French Toast Bake from Food Faith Fitness


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Farmers’ Market Overnight Breakfast Egg Casserole from Two Healthy Kitchens


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Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding from An Edible Mosaic


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Overnight Wifesaver (Peach) from Simply Stacie


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 Mexican Sausage & Cornbread Strata from Snappy Gourmet


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Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Oats from This Mom Can Cook


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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole from Stockpiling Moms


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Paleo Breakfast Casserole with Broccoli Rabe, Chicken Sausage & Shallots from Everyday Maven

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Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies

Amazingly soft and chewy ginger cookies with a deliciously rich homemade caramel center!

Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies

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My husband has always loved soft chewy ginger cookies!  They were his favorite until I came up with these bad boys!  Amazingly soft and chewy ginger cookies with a deliciously rich homemade caramel center!  You will be never go back to plain ginger cookies again!

I love them warm so the caramel is soft and melty but my husband prefers them cooled.  If you love them warm you can enjoy them freshly baked or just pop them into the microwave for a few seconds!

Warning:  The caramel is EXTREMELY HOT when it comes out of the microwave.

When making these, you first start with a caramel made in the microwave.  It makes the most incredible caramel!  I then pour it into a small glass dish to cool, any ol’ dish works just fine!  Once cooled, it will be slightly chewy and you will be able to break off pieces and roll them into balls about 1/2 tablespoon in size.  When wrapping the cookie dough around the caramel, be sure the caramel is completely covered.

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Best Ginger Cookies ever!  Amazingly soft and chewy ginger cookies with a deliciously rich homemade caramel center!

Items you’ll need:

* Corn Syrup (Karo) * Parchment Paper * Ground Ginger * Mixer *

Caramel Filled Ginger Cookies

Rating 

Serves: 27 Cookies

Ingredients
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Caramel
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup (Karo Syrup)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons half & half
Cookie Dough
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
Instructions
Note: Use caution, the caramel is VERY hot!
Caramel
  1. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and ¼ cup half and half in a large microwavable bowl (I used a 4 cup glass bowl). Cook 6 minutes stirring every 90 seconds. Let cool about 3-4 minutes and add in the remaining 2 tablespoons half & half (be careful it doesn't bubble up). Stir until smooth and pour into a small greased dish to cool completely.
Cookie Dough
  1. Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda & salt in a small bowl. Mix with a whisk and set aside.
  2. With mixer on medium, cream shortening, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in molasses and egg.
  3. With mixer on low, add in flour mixture until completely combined.
Assembly
  1. Combine ⅓ cup each white and brown sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Pull off about ½ tablespoon of caramel from your cooled caramel and form into a small ball. Wrap 2 tablespoons of cookie dough around the caramel and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the sugar mixture.
  3. Place about 1½" apart on a parchment lined pan and bake 9 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
  4. Cool 5 minutes on the pan before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Cranberry Millionaire Salad

Cranberry Millionaire Salad

Cranberry Millionaire Salad!  If you love Ambrosia salad, you're going to go crazy for this dish!  Perfect served along side turkey dinner!

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If you love ambrosia salad (and really, what’s not to love???) then this recipe will be at the top of your list!

I make a homemade cranberry sauce to go in this recipe because I find it has much better flavor and it’s a bit less sweet (which I prefer).  If you’re in a rush you can certainly use a canned cranberry sauce (be sure to use whole berry sauce and not the canned jelly type).   Kids love this and really, every turkey dinner needs at least one sweet salad on the side!

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Cranberry Millionaire Salad

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Ingredients
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  • 3 cups Fresh Cranberries
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 cups sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 cups pineapple tidbits, well drained
  • 1½ cups cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes. Cool completely (sauce will thicken upon cooling).
  2. Add 1½ cups cooled cranberry mixture from step 1 with remaining ingredients and stir well. Let sit 4 hours or overnight.

 

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Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins

Our favorite muffins!  These moist banana nut muffins are topped with a deliciously sweet & crunchy pecan streusel!

Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins

 The BEST Banana Nut Muffins

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If you’ve got overripe bananas on the counter, these banana nut muffins are the perfect way to enjoy them!

This recipe is easy to make and my family loves it!  I recently whipped these up for breakfast at a slumber party and needless to say the girls gobbled them up!  Unlike a typical banana nut  muffin, these are topped with an amazing sweet pecan crunch.  If you don’t have pecans on hand, we’ve made these with other nuts (like walnuts) before and had great results!

If you haven’t made a lot of muffin or quick breads, just remember not to over mix your batter (over mixing will cause a chewy tough muffin)!

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Our favorite muffins!  These moist banana nut muffins are topped with a deliciously sweet & crunchy pecan streusel!

Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins

Rating 

Serves: 12 muffins

Ingredients
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Muffins
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup melted butter
Crunch Topping
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and butter. Add in flour mixture and stir just until combined. (Do not overmix) Divide batter evenly over 12 muffin cups.
  4. In a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar and butter until mixed. Stir in oats and pecans. Divide topping over muffins.
  5. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

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Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy Chicken Fajitas

Easy Chicken Fajitas!  These make for a great weeknight meal because they are so quick and easy...  and the kids love to pile them high with their favorite toppings!

Easy Chicken Fajitas

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We love fajitas in our house!  Not only are they delicious, they are healthy too!

These Easy Chicken Fajitas are the perfect weeknight meal because they’re on the table in about 20 minutes start to finish!  I used a combination of red and yellow peppers and also added in a sliced poblano pepper as well as it was what I had on hand!  These are quite forgiving so you can add in whatever you like!

We top ours with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream…  but you can get creative with the toppings making it a fun family meal!  Olives, shredded veggies such as carrots or cabbage, guacamole or avocados, they all making amazing toppings!

Easy Chicken Fajitas

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Ingredients
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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lime
  • 3 bell peppers, red, yellow, green or orange
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut onion into slivers and place in a bowl of cold water to soak.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, juice of ½ lime, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, pepper, cumin and salt. Cut chicken into strips and toss with the spice mixture.
  3. Preheat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high. Add ½ of the chicken and cook until just cooked, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Set chicken aside and add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Drain onions well and cook 2 minutes. Add in sliced peppers and cook an additional 2 minutes or just until hot. Add chicken back to the pan and stir to combine.
  5. Squeeze additional lime overtop and serve over tortillas.

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If you’re looking for some great sides to serve along with this dish, be sure to check out Restaurant Style Mexican Rice from Damn Delicious, it looks wonderful and would be the perfect side for these Easy Chicken Fajitas!  If you’re really feeling adventurous, Amber at Dessert Now Dinner Later has a wonderful recipe for Homemade Flour Tortillas (I can’t wait to give them a try)!

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75+ Amazing No Bake Holiday Treats!

75+ No Bake Holiday Treats

75+ Amazing No Bake Holiday Treats!

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There are so many amazing Christmas treats out there …  it’s seriously hard to pick just a handful to make!  I love to bake with my girls but I also love to make a few no bake treats too!  I’ve collected up a some of the easiest and most delicious no-bake recipes from my favorite bloggers out there and added them all to one post!

Tons of amazing and super adorable ideas for the holidays (and beyond!) with no oven required!

If you’re a chocolate lover, you might like to start over on the No Bake Chocolate Treats page…  yes, there’s another page of Chocolate No Bake goodness too!

I do have to say, the first one, White Chocolate Covered Cranberries from High Heels and Grills is one of my favorites this year!  Not only is it stunningly gorgeous, but think about that sweet creamy coating with the surprising pop of the tart cranberry center!  Love it… it’s on my list of recipes to make this year!

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 White Chocolate Covered Cranberries from High Heels and Grills


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Snowman Oreo Pops by Spend With Pennies


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 Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge from Chocolate, Chocolate and More


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 Candy Cane Pretzel Bark from Inside Bru Crew Life


Hot Chocolate Truffles

Hot Chocolate Truffles from Your Cup of Cake


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Santa Fruit Pops from Fork & Beans


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Turtle Pretzel Bites from Yummy Healthy Easy


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Snowman Oreo Cookie Balls from Cupcake Diaries


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Reindeer Oreo Cookie Balls from Like Mother Like Daughter


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Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars from Spend With Pennies


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Strawberry Whipped Cream Santas from Jeanette’s Healthy Living


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Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow from Your Cup of Cake


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Bourbon Balls from The Domestic Front


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Nutter Butter Snowmen from Spend With Pennies


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Christmas White Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods from The Kitchen is my Playground


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Peppermint Fudge from Around my Family Table


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No Bake Pumpkin Walnut Balls from Tasting Page


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White Chocolate Protein Thumbprints from Fit Foodie Finds


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Candied Grapefruit Peel from Farm Fresh Feasts


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Cookie Dough Bark from Wine and Glue


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No Bake Biscoff Balls from The Bitter Side of Sweet


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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge from Our Thrifty Ideas


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No Bake Eggnog Cookies from Rhubarb and Honey


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Pomegranate Almond Bark from Running to the Kitchen


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Chocolate Covered Rice Krispy Treats from High Heels and Grills


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Milk Chocolate & Mint Swirled Fudge from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


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Skinny Eggnog Fudge from Amy’s Healthy Baking 


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No Bake Snowballs for Santa & Rudolph from Super Healthy Kids 


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Cookies & Cream Fudge from High Heels and Grills


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Pretzel Snowmen from Fork and Beans


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Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from This Gal Cooks


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No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake from Beyond Frosting


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Mint Julep Fudge from Lemons for Lulu


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Skinny Boozy Truffles from The Housewife in Training Files


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Peppermint Patty Bark from Lemons for Lulu


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S’mores Toffee Bark from Inside Bru Crew Life


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No Bake Peanut Butter Lasagna from Snappy Gourmet


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Blonde Rocky Road from Taste and Tell


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White Chocolate Coconut Truffles from Dinners Dishes & Desserts


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


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Peanut Butter Golden Grahams Popcorn Bark from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


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Eggnog Truffles from Taste and Tell


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Easy Oreo Fudge from Taste and Tell


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites from Ari’s Menu


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Cookie Butter Puppy Chow from Ari’s Menu


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Easy Candied Pecans from Two Healthy Kitchens


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Easy Layered Chocolate Almond Biscoff Fudge with Cinnamon Chips from Life Made Sweeter


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Hot Chocolate Cereal Treats from Amy’s Healthy Kitchen 


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English Walnut Toffee from The View from Great Island


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Chocolate Truffles with Coconut & Almond from Food Faith Fitness


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No Bake Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Bars from Two Healthy Kitchens

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No Bake Chocolate Desserts & Treats

No need to turn the oven on to create a drool-worthy treat!  I’ve rounded up some of the very best No Bake Chocolate treats from some of the greatest bloggers out there!    If you’re a choco-holic like me…  this list was made for you!

Most of these delicious recipes are pretty quick and easy to make and will satisfy that sweet tooth!  Even better, whipping up a batch of any of these treats would be a welcome gift for neighbors or friends!

The hard part is deciding which recipe to start with, I’ve narrowed it down to 10! ;)

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Oreo Cookie Balls from I Heart Eating


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Brownie Brittle Toffee from Chocolate, Chocolate and More


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Mint-Chocolate Cookie Bark from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen


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Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn from Cupcakes and Kale Chips


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Tart from Hugs & Cookies XOXO


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Easy Mocha Fudge with Cocoa Nibs from And Edible Mosaic


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Easy No bake Peanut Butter Lasagna from Spend With Pennies


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Chocolate Cheesecake Cherries from Spend With Pennies


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Skinny Mocha Fudge from Amy’s Healthy Baking


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Sweet & Salty Candy Clusters from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen


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Wicked Fudge Sauce (in 5 minutes) from Spend With Pennies


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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies from Two Peas and their Pod


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S’mores Bark from Wine and Glue


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Lazy No Bake Thin Mint Cookies from The View from Great Island



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No Bake Chocolate Cookies from Spend With Pennies


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Five Minute Fudge from Self Proclaimed Foodie



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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Growing Up Gabel


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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from Tasting Page


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Fudgy Cathedral Cookies from Girlichef


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Homemade Baci Perugina – Italian Nutella Hazelnut Chocolates  from Texanerin



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Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries from Spend With Pennies


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Dulce de Leche Chocolate Pretzel Treats from Simply Southern Baking


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No Bake Brownie Bites from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


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White Chocolate Oreo Truffles from Like Mother Like Daughter


 

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 Healthy Chocolate Truffle with Coconut & Almond from Food Faith Fitness


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Oreo Mocha Parfaits from CentsLess Deals


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Snickers Dip from CentsLess Deals

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The secret to making perfect mashed potatoes

How to Make Mashed Potatoes!

How to make mashed potatoes deliciously creamy and perfect every time!

How to Make Mashed Potatoes deliciously perfect every time!

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Mashed potatoes are a staple at every turkey dinner…  and the ultimate comfort food!  They pair perfectly with steak, chicken and taste delicious topped with gravy or corn!  It’s really hard to not LOVE mashed potatoes.  But…  are yours perfect?

Here are a few secrets to ensure you not only know how to make mashed potatoes but to make sure your spuds are mouth-wateringly perfect and creamy delicious every single time!

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1.  Potatoes:  You can’t make perfect mashed potatoes without perfect potatoes.  Red potatoes are not the best choice unless you want to make Smashed Potatoes… which are great with steaks!  To get a perfectly creamy texture, the best choices are Russet or Yukon Gold (yellow) potatoes due to the high starch content.

2. Give this a try!  Don’t peel before boiling, leave those skins on a peel them once they’ve been cooked!  Leaving the skins on = less water absorbed!  This makes for both better flavor and texture!

3.  Add in 1/2 a lemon to your cooking water!  This little simple trick will stop the potatoes from breaking up resulting in creamy perfection!

4.  Preheat your additions… pop your milk, butter or cream into the microwave for a bit before adding it to your spuds.

5.  You can use a typical masher to mash your potatoes but to get the best and fluffiest lump free potatoes, use a ricer…  you won’t believe how amazingly creamy your potatoes are!

Now that you know how to make mashed potatoes that are completely  irresistible, you’ll want to be sure to make extras for these amazing recipes:

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating 

Ingredients
  • 5 pounds potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • ½ lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 4 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Dice potatoes into large even chunks.
  2. Boil potatoes, salt, lemon and whole garlic cloves over medium-high 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain very well in a strainer and let sit for a minute or 2.
  3. While draining, place half & half in the pan and warm over medium heat. Using a ricer, rice the potatoes and add to the pan. Stir and serve.
OR
  1. Add potatoes to the half & half and mash using a potato masher.

 

 

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Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

Bourbon Chicken in the Crock Pot

This delicious Bourbon Chicken recipe is one of our favorites! This is great to come home to on a chilly day and is perfect served over rice!

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken 

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I’ve read that Bourbon Chicken got it’s name because it was supposedly created by a Chinese cook who worked in a restaurant on Bourbon Street.  Regardless of the name or how it came to be, this dish is absolutely delicious!

Not only is this easy to put together but my whole family just loves Bourbon Chicken!  The best part is just a few minutes of prep and then you can leave it to simmer in the slow cooker all day!  Chicken thighs are best in this recipe as they don’t get dry like slow cooked chicken breasts sometimes do!  We serve this over rice to soak up all of that delicious sauce!

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This delicious Bourbon Chicken recipe is one of our favorites! It simmers all day in the crock pot with little fuss!  Perfect served over rice!

Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken

Serving size: 6 servings

Ingredients
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  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 clove garlic
Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ⅓ cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker, pour sauce over top. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3 hours.
  3. Remove chicken and chop into bite sized pieces. Strain liquid and place over medium high heat in a small pot. Combine 3 tablespoons water with 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Whisk into boiling sauce along with 1 clove minced garlic. Stir until thickened.
  4. Pour over chicken pieces in the slow cooker and stir. Serve over rice.

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Loaded Mashed Potato Egg Rolls

Loaded Mashed Potato Egg Rolls. Crispy egg rolls stuffed with creamy loaded mashed potatoes and gooey cheese!  This may be my favorite egg roll recipe yet!

Loaded Mashed Potato Egg Rolls 

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These are one of the most delicious things ever…  I probably could’ve eaten all of them myself!

You can use leftover mashed potatoes (is that even a thing??  leftover potatoes?), packaged potatoes or even just boil up a batch of potatoes and mash them!  I use cheddar because I love the flavor, any cheese will work of course, you could even use 1/2 a cheese string if it’s all you have on hand!

Be sure to try to seal the cheese in the potatoes and make sure the wrapper is completely sealed.  This will help avoid leaking and splattering.

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Loaded Mashed Potato Egg Rolls
Ingredients
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  • 2 cups prepared (or leftover) mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup bacon bits or crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 8 sticks of cheese, approx. 3" long by ¼" square
  • 8-10 Egg Roll Wrappers
Instructions
  1. Combine cooled mashed potatoes, bacon bits, green onions, egg, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Wrap about 3 tablespoons of the mashed potato mixture around each stick of cheese trying to ensure it is completely covered (this helps prevent leaks).
  3. Lay each egg roll wrapper out with a corner pointing towards you. Place your mashed potato and cheese filling in the center of each wrapper. Fold in the sides and roll the wrapper tightly. Use a dab of water to secure the tip of the wrapper. (If you don't know how to roll an egg roll it usually shows on the package).
  4. Note: It is important to make sure the sides of the wrapper are tucked in holding the ingredients in. If they leak, it can cause splattering.
  5. Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Fry each egg roll for about 4-5 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  6. Serve hot with sour cream for dipping.

 

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Cherry Cheesecake Egg Rolls!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup! This rich & creamy soup can be made on the stove top or in the slow cooker!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup 

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I love Cordon Bleu!  Chicken with ham and a creamy swiss filling.. usually breaded and topped with a sauce containing dijon!

This recipe captures all of those flavors in a rich and cheesy soup that warms you from the inside out.  The best part is that this dish can easily be made quickly on the stove top or it can simmer all day in the slow cooker while you’re at work!

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

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Ingredients
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  • 7 cups potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups ham, diced
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked & diced
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 5 cups Ready to Serve Chicken Broth (I use low sodium)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups swiss cheese, shredded
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
Stove Top
  1. Add diced potatoes, onion, carrot, chicken, ham, thyme, parsley, pepper, dijon & broth to a large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes/carrots and mash (try to avoid the ham/chicken if possible), then return the mashed mixture to the pot.
  4. Add milk and sour cream. Stir and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in shredded cheese until melted. Serve hot.
Slow cooker directions
  1. Add diced potatoes, onion, carrot, chicken, ham, thyme, parsley, pepper, dijon & broth to a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low 7 hours, or high 3 hours.
  3. Remove 2-3 cups of the potatoes/carrots (try to avoid ham/chicken) and mash, then return the mashed mixture to the crock pot.
  4. Add milk and sour cream. Stir and cook an additional 15 minutes. Stir in cheese and pepper to taste. Makes twelve 1-cup servings.
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Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops

Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops

Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops is one of my favorite winter meals! Just a few minutes or prep for a deliciously comforting dinner!

Smothered Crock Pot Pork Chops

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This is one of my favorite winter meals!  Just a few minutes or prep for a deliciously comforting dinner!

The pork chops always come out tender and the sauce is delicious over rice or mashed potatoes!  I add mushrooms because I love them but the great thing about this recipe is that it’s very versatile.  You can skip the mushrooms or add your favorite veggies in to make this your own!

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Crockpot Pork Chops

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  • 4 boneless loin pork chops
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup beef broth (I prefer low sodium)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oil over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Brown pork on each side (about 3 minutes each side). Remove pork, add broth and soup to pan and whisk to release any brown bits in the pan.
  2. Lay onion & mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with pork and pour the soup mixture overtop.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or until pork is tender. Serve over rice.

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Turkey Stuffing Recipe

Make Ahead Turkey Stuffing Recipe

 

This turkey stuffing recipe is not only delicious, it can easily be made a day ahead!

This turkey stuffing recipe is not only delicious, it can easily be made a day ahead!

Make Ahead Turkey Stuffing Recipe 

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Stuffing is my favorite part of any turkey dinner…  I’d gladly skip potatoes or rolls for stuffing any day of the week!

My sister-in-law passed along this wonderful make ahead turkey stuffing recipe and it’s since become my favorite!  Not only is it completely delicious, you can make it ahead of time and I love being able to prep ahead!  The more I can do the day before, the less I have to do on turkey day!

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Make Ahead Turkey Stuffing Recipe

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Ingredients
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  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 14 oz creamed corn
  • ½ cup turkey broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 6 cups coarse bread crumbs (like crunchy dry bread, not the fine crumbs)
  • 3 eggs, fork beaten
  • ½ cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in a pan over medium low heat and cook onion & celery until softened.
  3. Stir in corn, broth, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and parsley flakes and heat to boiling.
  4. Pour hot corn mixture over top of bread crumbs and toss until combined. Stir in eggs.
  5. Using a large scoop or your hands, shape into balls and place on a pan in a single layer. Pour ½ cup melted butter over stuffing. Cover and bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. To make ahead, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before baking, bake as directed.
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Chili Mac Skillet

Chili Mac Skillet

Not only is it deliciously comforting, this Chili Mac skillet recipe is done in about 20 minutes start to finish! Perfect for those busy weeknights!

Chili Mac Skillet

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If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea that your whole family is going to love… this is it!

Not only is it deliciously comforting, this Chili Mac skillet recipe is done in about 20 minutes start to finish!  Perfect for those busy weeknights betweens school and swimming lessons.  While this is cooking I usually prep a quick salad and slice some bread for a complete meal!

In this recipe the onion is shredded using a cheese grater, this gives you maximum flavor in every bite (plus the kiddos don’t even know they’re in there!).   I have made this with ground turkey as well, the results were just as great!

Not only is it deliciously comforting, this Chili Mac skillet recipe is done in about 20 minutes start to finish! Perfect for those busy weeknights!

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Chili Mac Skillet

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Ingredients
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  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ¾ lb dry macaroni noodles
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes (I prefer low sodium)
  • 3 cups beef broth (I use low sodium)
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon each dried parsley, basil and oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¾ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Grate the onion with a cheese grater. Add onion, beef and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Cook until no pink remains while breaking up the meat into small pieces. Drain any fat.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes, macaroni noodles, broth, sugar, bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Stirring occasionally, let cook 11-13 minutes or until macaroni is cooked through.
  3. Stir in cheese. Serve hot.
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Gooey Red Velvet Pudding Cake

This Gooey Red Velvet Pudding Cake is deliciously decadent and irresistible! This moist cake creates its own sauce to spoon overtop!

Gooey Red Velvet Pudding Cake 

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If you’ve never had pudding cake before, you’ve been missing out!  A pudding cake is not a cake that is made with pudding, it’s so much better!  Once baked, a pudding cake creates a wonderfully delicious sauce on the bottom.  As the cake is served, the sauce is spooned overtop resulting in a ridiculously rich and deliciously moist cake!

I make Chocolate Pudding cake all the time and I’ve even made an awesome Banana Pudding cake… but this decadent treat is my favorite yet!

Red Velvet is typically a cake that is neither chocolate or vanilla, it’s somewhere in between.  It’s usually made with buttermilk and red food dye (in the past it was often colored with beet juice!), the acidity of the buttermilk is said to bring out the reddish color of the cocoa powder.  Either way, this is a delicious combination of pudding cake and red velvet!  It is moist and so richly delicious!

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Gooey Red Velvet Pudding Cake

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Ingredients
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  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅔ cup butter milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • red food coloring (regular or gel to desired color) (I used about ½ teaspoon gel coloring)
Topping
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups hot water
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a 2 qt casserole dish, combine flour, white sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Combine milk, oil, vanilla & food coloring. Stir into flour mixture until well mixed. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Sprinkle over cake batter. DO NOT STIR. Combine hot water and remaining food coloring over top.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top looks cooked. Serve warm (with ice cream if desired).
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Pecan Pie Cookies! These have a deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry! Easy to make, easier to eat!

Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies!  These have a deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry!  Easy to make, easier to eat!

 Pecan Pie Cookies!  These have a deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry!  Easy to make, easier to eat!

Pecan Pie Cookies

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Pecan pie is always a favorite around here!  I mean, what is not to love, that deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry!

These are surprisingly quick and easy to prepare!  I used Pillsbury refrigerated crust in this recipe however, you can use whatever crust is your favorite!  When making the filling, be sure to stir constantly over low heat… or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs. ;)  Low and slow is definitely the way to go on this recipe!

The pie filling will most likely very slightly overflow when baking, I very highly recommend baking these on parchment paper as the sugar caramelizes.  If you don’t use parchment, they will most likely will stick to your baking pan!

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Pecan Pie Cookies

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Serves: 10-12 cookies

Ingredients
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  • 1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased, I used Pillsbury)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional
  • ¼ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chip for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large non-stick pan, combine butter, pecans, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and eggs. Cook on the stove top over medium-low heat just until thickened. (You don't want it dry, just slightly thickened, about the consistency of pudding). Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Unroll dough and using a 3" cookie cutter, cut out circles. Gently fold about ⅛-1/4" up on the edges.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pecan mixture into each circle.
  5. Place on a parchment lined pan (it's important to line it) and bake 8 minutes or until filling is just set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  6. Place chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag (use brand name, the store brands tend to leak). Microwave about 15 seconds or until mostly melted. Snip off a tiny corner of the baggie and drizzle chocolate over the cookies. Cool until set.

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Free Printable.  How much food to prepare for Thanksgiving!

FREE Printable: Turkey Dinner Servings Guide

Free Turkey Dinner Printable guide

 

FREE Printable:  Turkey Dinner Servings Guide

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I love preparing turkey dinner… and I usually get to do it for a crowd!  This is the time to be with family and the time to have everyone you care about around, the more the merrier!

The problem is knowing exactly how much food to make!  Here a a guide so you can ensure you have just the right amount of food for your guests! I also have created a Free Printable Thanksgiving Dinner Planner here!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix!

 

A delicious Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix.  Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips!

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

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Ranch dressing is something we go through a lot of in our house!  My kids love it on veggies and for dipping everything (including pizza crusts, weird right?).  We’ve gone through many packages of ranch mix which I don’t mind but I really don’t like all of the salt in in..  yes, it’s packed with MSG.  No thanks!

Since I always make my own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with a version of homemade ranch dressing mix!  I took the exact same ingredients found in my usual recipe and just mixed them with buttermilk powder.  After a few tries I was able to get the exact balance I was looking for!  The best part of this recipe is that it’s very versatile…  love dill?  add some extra! Hate salt?  Skip it completely! It’s super easy to make this recipe to your own tastes!

The only item that can sometimes be tricky to find is powdered buttermilk.  We have a bulk store that sells it but you can also sometimes find in with the powdered milk at the grocery store or on Amazon.

This recipe makes approx. 1/2 cup which is the equivalent of about 3-4 packets of purchased mix (depending on how much you use).  Once you start making homemade ranch dressing mix, you’ll never buy it again!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

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Serves: ½ cup mix

A delicious homemade ranch dressing mix. Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips!
Ingredients
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  • ½ cup buttermilk powder
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chives
Instructions
  1. In a small food processor (I use the magic bullet), blend together the buttermilk powder, ½ of the dill and ½ of the parsley.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients by hand. Place in an air tight container and store up to 6 months.
To Make Dressing
  1. Add 3 tablespoons ranch mix, ½ cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream and ¾ cup milk. Stir until well combined and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
To make dip
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons ranch mix, with ½ cup mayonnaise & ½ cup sour cream. Add up to ½ cup milk to reach desired consistency. Stir will and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
To replace 1 envelope of Ranch Dressing Mix Powder
  1. Use 2 tablespoons in place of 1 packet of ranch mix.

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One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni! This delicious cheesy dish is just as quick as the boxed kind but tastes so much better!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top). You’ll never buy the boxed kind again!

One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni!  So easy and delicious, you'll never buy boxed again!

Cheeseburger Macaroni!  Ready in just 20 minutes… and you’ll never buy boxed again!  It’s so easy and so yummy!

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Ok, if there is one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I could literally eat macaroni and cheese 3 times/day…  7 days a week.  Oh, every single day.. forever.

And..  I LOVE the boxed kind and I love Hamburger Helper.  All the macaroni, homemade, baked, boiled, slow cooked, boxed, frozen.. every single one of them I love.

Well, this is in my top two.  Yes, I just said that!  It’s in my TOP 2 (along with my Ultra Creamy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese)!!  That means wow, it’s super awesome!  To me, it’s a super close match to the boxed Hamburger Helper but you know each and every ingredient in this recipe!

The best part, it’s 20 minutes start to finish!  You can’t go wrong with that!  

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Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top). You’ll never buy the boxed kind again!

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Ingredients
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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, sugar and paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef & onion in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. Add milk, broth and macaroni to beef. Stir in cornstarch and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 9-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 cup chicken broth (or water)
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, sugar and paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

In a small bowl combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
Brown ground beef & onion in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add milk, broth and macaroni to beef. Stir in cornstarch and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 9-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked.
Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot.

AND…  this is the old photo of this recipe you may have seen floating around!  Photography is a constant learning curve but I’m loving it!  What a difference a year makes! :)

cheeseburger macaroni

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Deliciously adorable Meatball Mummies!  These are the cutest Halloween dinner!

Meatball Mummies


Deliciously adorable Meatball Mummies!  These are the cutest Halloween dinner!

Meatball Mummies

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Not just for Halloween, these are fun to eat any time of the year!  These little guys are not only adorable.. they’re super easy to make!  I used lean frozen meatballs but ANY type of meatball can be used for these!

  A strand of spaghetti inserted into the meatballs stabilizes them enough so you can wrap them and then is easily removed before baking!  I added my own little Edible Eyeballs to these to make them extra adorable!  To ‘stick’ the eyeballs, you can use a little dab of mayo or ketchup. Depending on the size, some were a little bit “wedged” between the wrappings.  You can also just dot the eyes with mayo & mustard/ketchup if you don’t want to make eyeballs!

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Meatball Mummies

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Serves: 6 Mummies

Ingredients
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  • 1 roll of prepared Pizza Dough (I used Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough)
  • 18 cooked meatballs (homemade or frozen & defrosted)
  • 6 strands raw spaghetti
  • 12 edible eyeballs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (optional)
  • Pasta Sauce for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut pizza dough into thin strips, approx. ¼" wide.
  3. Thread 3 meatballs onto a strand of spaghetti (this just holds them in place). Begin wrapping dough around the meatballs stretching and criss-crossing until the meatballs are completely covered. Be sure to leave a little space open for the eyes.
  4. Gently remove the spaghetti strand and place the meatball mummy on a parchment lined pan.
  5. Bake 19-23 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter and add in edible eyeballs.
  6. Serve with warm pasta sauce.
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