Recipes

16
Dec
2014

Grinch Christmas Cookies

12/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Grinch Sugar Cookies

I absolutely love the Grinch– the movies and the book are always a part of our holiday. We usually wind up watching the cartoon at least once and then the Jim Carrey movie a few times a year.

I saw the idea of green cookies with little red hearts as Grinch cookies and absolutely fell in love with the idea. So fun and so cute not to mention simple and pretty darn delicious!

I decided to make my own version of these cute cookies and hopefully you like them as well for your next Grinch movie or story night.

Grinch Cookies for Christmas

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04
Dec
2014

White Hot Chocolate Recipe

12/04/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Hot Chocolate Recipe - so delicious and comforting!

I have a really yummy alternative to hot chocolate for you to try. This is a sweet treat for sure and it is so perfect with little sprinkles of Peppermint or add a candy cane into the cup as a stir stick and it is really delicious.

It has been raining a lot lately and I wanted something warm and comforting to bring as a teat for my girls when I pick them up from school. We love hot chocolate but inevitably, hot chocolate is dripped or spilled on our clothes and can create a mess. (Even with a sippy cup- I swear I don’t know how they do it!)

So I decided to try a white chocolate as something different and if that spills- well not as big of a stain on the shirt :)

So this is really simple to make and SO good! I love this super, super hot to sip on cold nights. Just comforting and sweet and creamy and perfect.  I was a little nervous to try this recipe because I have had white chocolate mochas at Starbucks in the past and did not care for them.  I think what I like about this recipe is that you get the pure flavor of white chocolate and a creaminess from the milk.  So while it is sweet you don’t get that artificial flavor that comes with using syrups and such.

To make this is extremely easy and again you can absolutely adapt this to your own personal taste.

If you are having a Frozen party- or even just a Frozen movie night- this would be a perfect treat as the white chocolate is so pretty!   Top with whipped cream and some blue sprinkles and this would look amazing!

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24
Nov
2014

Candy Cane Rice Krispies Treats

11/24/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Candy cane Rice Krispies Treats

Here is a really fun recipe for the holidays and so simple to make! A quick little variation on a standard Rice Krispies treat by just adding in Peppermint and a hint of white chocolate.

These are so delicious and a perfect accompaniment to hot chocolate. The candy cane pieces make these really festive and you could cut these into shapes- like stars or candy canes and they would be perfect to make for class parties.

I actually added candy canes to my food processor and pulsed for a few seconds- you want it chunky and not sure fine. You can do that or place an unwrapped candy cane in a Ziploc and hit it a few times with a rolling pin or you can purchase candy cane pieces in a bag at stores like Michael’s in the baking section.

Candy cane Rice krispies recipe

If you decide to use real candy canes, I found they got hard and stuck together after awhile so it is best to chop the candy canes right before you use them.

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17
Nov
2014

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

11/17/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate Recipe

 

I have a delicious recipe for easy Crock Pot hot chocolate. This is a great recipe to save for entertaining this holiday season or to start before dinner and the family can enjoy really delicious hot chocolate as dessert.  Perfect for movie night!

I have tried crock pot hot chocolate recipes in the past and have always been disappointed. I made it once for family movie night at home and the recipe was terrible. It was not creamy and chocolately and just not soul warming like you want from hot chocolate.

The next recipe I tried had been called “Best Ever Crock Pot Hot Chocolate” and had been raved about by the person that published the recipe. I made it for a little party we had last year for 6 year olds. Blech! It wound up being crazy sweet and sticky and just not good at all. When 6 year olds find something too sweet you know you are in trouble.

Well this year I decided to give it one last shot as we were hosting the little Girl Scout troop over to assemble Operation Christmas Child boxes. I wanted to do a hot chocolate bar and decided to give one last recipe a shot.

I am so glad I did! This hot chocolate was so easy and fast to pop in the slow cooker and then it turned out to be absolutely delicious. Rich, creamy, not too sweet and the girls literally drank every last drop. I will absolutely make this again and again and wanted to share the recipe with you to enjoy as well.

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14
Nov
2014

White Chocolate & Peppermint Oreos

11/14/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate and Peppermint Oreos

Oh goodness these cookies are so good. If you are looking for a festive, no bake option for the holidays- well I have a really yummy recipe for you.

I absolutely love chocolate covered Oreos- they are so simple and you can adapt them to whatever flavors you like. They just take a few minutes to make and the kids can easily help to make these.

I decided to do a Candy Cane version of chocolate covered Oreos which is really fun for the holidays.

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06
Nov
2014

Warm Vanilla Milk {Healthy Alternative to Hot Chocolate}

11/06/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Vanilla Cinnamon Milk



I posted this recipe a long time ago in a cold version for lunch boxes and wanted to revisit it in a warm version that is so perfect for fall and winter.

This recipe is crazy fast and crazy simple and a healthy alternative to hot chocolate.  We absolutely love vanilla milk in this house- I like to give it to the girls as an afternoon treat or during movie night.  It is slightly sweet but doesn’t have the sugar that you find in hot chocolate.

Plus it takes seconds to prepare- I hope you give it a shot!

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29
Oct
2014

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

10/29/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

reese's peanut butter cup cookies

Earlier this year our family took a little trip to Monterey, CA. It is a beautiful place to visit and we spent an afternoon at the Aquarium and then treated ourselves to the Nestle Tollhouse Cookie store right across the street. (Skip freshly baked cookies? No way!)

We shared a sampling of cookies and by far the one we were practically arm wrestling over was the Reese’s peanut butter cup cookie. I actually bought a few extra to bring home for our pet-sitter and low and behold there were only crumbs left by the time we got home.

This is a really simple cookie to make and I made a mental note to be sure and post it before Christmas for those that like to exchange Christmas cookies.

These are an absolutely delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate gooey-ness and they are bite sized.

These are incredibly easy to make– I prefer homemade peanut butter cookie dough but in a pinch you can always grab premade dough from the grocery store.

You can also make the peanut butter dough well in advance and freeze it if you want to have an easy dessert in the freezer or you want to get a jump on the holidays.   You can absolutely modify this recipe to include flavors you love.  If you want to use chocolate chips instead of the Reese’s cups, that would be delicious.  You could also pipe in Nutella and that should be wonderful too.

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18
Oct
2014

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe

10/18/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe


Oh I have something delicious for you to try.  I love, love fall and all the flavors that go with it.  Pumpkin is one of my most favorite things though and this recipe is full of pumpkin-y goodness and so simple to make!  It is a lovely gift idea and compliments so many different things- french bread, cakes, waffles/pancakes, oatmeal or even just spread on a cracker. My girls love this in lunchboxes- either spread on a sandwich or I put a small container of pumpkin butter and a few slices of french bread to dip. Just delicious!

I have tried numerous ways to make pumpkin butter- typically it is spices, pumpkin puree, water or apple juice and either white or brown sugar.

I tend to prefer the flavors of apple cider and brown sugar so I have tried many times making pumpkin butter with those ingredients but I come back to plain old white sugar and water with a hint of citrus over and over again.

So here is the recipe I tend to like the best- you can adjust this a little to suit your tastes.  Add slightly more sugar for a sweeter pumpkin butter- I try to use the least amount of sugar that I can (even though this recipe still calls for quite a bit) so I got it down to 1 cup but you can add as much as 1 1/2 cups to suit your taste.

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