Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor #shop

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavorBlueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

When my children were very little, I used to create fun, fast desserts that only took a few minutes to make. Why? Because their patience levels were almost non-existent. Well that, and they went to bed a lot earlier back then so they didn’t have time to wait for some long dessert to finish cooking. That’s why we make these little Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits. They are absolutely easy enough to throw together in just a few minutes. Each bite is like a flavor explosion on your tongue and Philadelphia Cream Cheese has now made it even easier for me to make them with their new flavored cream cheese spreads.

With the new flavored cream cheese spreads, it makes throwing together a meal or a dessert, faster than ever. We love to use the savory flavors to make Creamy Chicken or sauces. Spreading it on crackers, toast, even vegetables. Absolutely outstanding. Then there’s the sweet flavors, and they go well with nearly any dessert or as a dip for fruit or cookies.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits

But let’s get back to these little Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits. It’s been a long time since I made them. My daughter and I went to Walmart to get the ingredients to make them again, and we stumbled on the area with all the new Flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese speads.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

We have 5 Walmarts within a few mile radius all around us, and this one is one of my favorites. I love it because it’s big and open and you can find things easily, not to mention they always get the new stuff first. The cream cheese area actually sits smack dab in the center of the store in a chill case. No aisle, just the ease of walking by or walking up to it and grabbing one, which is exactly what my daughter did.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

When she spotted the Flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Blueberry, she got pretty excited. Brie is a food blogger as well, and she knew that having the mixture already made for us, would make life much simpler (did I mention it already has REAL blueberries in it?). Brie knew that this product would increase the likelihood that we would make these parfaits more often! Suddenly our shopping list shrunk in half and we picked up a few tubs of the different flavors instead.

Once we got home, our parfaits came together in only minutes. They devoured them, and all agreed that using the flavored spread was much better than using the regular and mixing the mixture up ourselves. The fact that we were able to eat them immediately, rather than letting the flavors meld together, is only one of the many reasons I love these new flavored spreads!

If you haven’t made these before, the recipe is simple, has limited ingredients and is so full of blueberry flavor.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

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These Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits come together super fast with the help of flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Graham Crackers, crushed (4 squares or 2 rectangles)
  • 1 8oz. tub of Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
  • ¼ c. of fresh blueberries (plus more to top with if you’d like)
  • ½ c. of Blueberry Pie Filling or Blueberry Compote
  • Homemade Whipped Cream (you can use store bought if you’d prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree the blueberries for about 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese and blend well.
  2. You will need 4 mini shot glasses or something similar to serve them in.
  3. Layer the graham crackers in first in the bottom of the glasses, distribute them evenly between the four glasses.
  4. Top that with 2-3 Tablespoons of the Blueberry Cream Cheese mixture in each glass.
  5. Add 2 Tablespoons of the blueberry pie filling or compote as the next layer.
  6. Again, top that with 2-3 Tablespoons of the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mixture.
  7. Top the whole thing off with whipped cream, more crushed graham crackers or fresh blueberries.
  8. Serve. These can also be refrigerated for an hour before eating if you’d like.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

 Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

 Are you ready to #SpreadTheFlavor with #CollectiveBias? There are lots of great recipes floating through the blogosphere today using these wonderful spreads. You have got to try these delicious Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads for yourself. They are available in: Blueberry, Chive Onion, Garden Vegetable, Jalapeno, or Strawberry all with more fruit and vegetables. They compliment any recipe calling for cream cheese so beautifully. Making the flavor so much more intense, which of course translates to a perfect full flavor recipe!

 

Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes #EatMoreBites #shop

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Being a food blogger keeps me on my toes with all the latest and greatest food trends. I’m always looking for something new to make and new ingredients to play with. These Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes are born from my new love affair with Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites. Well, that and the fact that my teenage daughter and I were craving chocolate badly that day.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites are delicious all on their own, but melted into the center of these little chocolate gems, puts them up there in the top of my favorite candy. And this recipe is super easy, which makes the whole thing a win-win.

The day we planned to make these little morsels, my daughter and I headed to Walmart to buy some ingredients. We took a little walk down the candy aisle and spotted the Milky Way Simply Caramel bites almost immediately. We knew they must go in the centers!

Milky Way Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

As a teenager, my mini-me has a love affair with all things chocolate and she was super excited to get her hands on these yummy little treats. And as you can see she had no problem posing with them, in all her teenage glory. You know, the hat was a must, I tried to get her to take it off, but she insisted. We couldn’t stop laughing and this was one of the few shots I got where she looks almost serious but then as soon as the camera went off, she burst into fits of giggles again. People must’ve thought we were crazy, but we didn’t care, we were having fun and that’s what mattered. And we got chocolate, and that actually matters darn close to as much.

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So, we continued shopping looking for a cute way to turn these into an Easter treat,  when we stumbled upon yet another display of these unwrapped bites in the store, and these were right in the main center aisle. Even better! Not that we needed more. We may or may not have grabbed one or two other bags of other flavors. Okay, Okay, we did.

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When we finally headed home with our candy, cake ingredients and decorations we were both pretty certain that we were going to be enjoying and devouring these Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes within the hour.

And we did!

But first we had to make them.

Brie mixed up the cake batter so we could get this party started. We used this Basic Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe, because it’s our favorite and is often the base of many of our chocolate cake recipes. However, you don’t have to use it, you can instead use another cake recipe, or a regular cake mix from the store and do it that way instead. It’s all up to you.

You just need to prepare the batter as directed on the box or in the recipe you are using.

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After that, spray your pans with cooking spray.  Fill each well with your prepared cake batter about 3/4 full.

You may not need to go as crazy as the teen did with the cooking spray but we were determined that they came out easily. haha

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Next is the fun part. Gently push one Milky Way Simply Caramel Unwrapped Bite into the center of each well filled with batter. It really doesn’t matter which way you stick them in there, right side up, upside down… it’s all the same.

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Pop them in the oven and bake as directed in the recipe you are using, or as the box of cake mix suggests.

For these, we baked them at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes. If you choose to use the toothpick method to test for doneness, try to keep the toothpick away from the caramel center and do an outer edge instead.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan after removing from oven and then turn them out on a cooling rack.

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You can see the melted caramel right in the center. This excited us to no end. Our mouths were watering immediately.

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Now it’s up to you what you choose to do with them. We drizzled the tops of these little bundts with this Chocolate Ganache Recipe.

With Easter right around the corner, we decided to top them with these adorable chicks in eggs and then sprinkle a little coconut on each one for a little additional color. Didn’t they turn out SO cute? You could totally top these with jelly beans, mini chocolate bunnies or even little marshmallow chicks.

These will definitely be on our table this Easter. Well, not this batch since they won’t last that long as everyone is gobbling them up, which brings me to some advice. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They are best warm, so remove one, place on a microwave safe plate, cover with a paper towel, and heat for 20-25 seconds. If you need more time, do it in increments of 10 seconds until desired temperature.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

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Are you dying to try these delicious little cakes or even trying one of the other recipes shared today by one of my #CollectiveBias friends?

Maybe you just want to grab your own bag and devour the chocolaty caramel goodness while watching your favorite TV show or running errands.

You can get$0.75 off coupon when you buy (2) 2.83 oz. bags or receive a $3.00 off coupon to use when you buy (2) 6 oz. bags or larger. This makes trying them or popping them into your own recipe totally worth it. Who doesn’t love to save money?

5.0 from 3 reviews

Milky Way Simply Caramel Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes #EatMoreBites #shop
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24 mini bundts
Ingredients
For the Cake Batter:
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1¾ c. cake flour
  • ¾ c. dark cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. milk
  • ½ c. applesauce
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. boiling water
For the Chocolate Ganache:
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
For Decorating:
  • shredded coconut, easter decorations or mini cake toppers
Instructions
For the Cake Batter:
  1. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, cake flour, dark cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the eggs, milk, applesauce and almond extract; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Next, stir in the boiling water and mix well.
  4. Fill the mini bundt cake pan with chocolate cake batter in each well about ¾ full.
  5. Add a Milk Way Simply Caramel Unwrapped Bite into the center of each filled well.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the side of the cake (avoid the caramel center, because that should be liquidy)
  7. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan after being removed from oven.
  8. While they are cooling, prepare the Chocolate Ganache. (directions below)
  9. Turn out the mini bundt cakes onto a cooling rack after 5 minutes.
For the Chocolate Ganache:
  1. In a heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate and butter.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream just to a boil.
  3. Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and butter. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Drizzle the Chocolate Ganache over the chocolate bundt cakes.
  5. Top with some shredded coconut and Easter decorations for a cute, Easter themed mini bundt cake.

 

Skinny Baked Beignets #SundaySupper

Baked Beignets

It’s a Mardi Gras #SundaySupper! (Fat Sunday, if you will)

I’m not from Louisana, but I have a strong connection to it. Many people don’t know that my ex husband (my children’s father) is from Louisana. I met him when I was 19. So before him, I really didn’t know much about Louisiana, Creole and Cajun Culture or Mardi Gras  in general, including why it was celebrated or about any of the customary foods, etc.. It wasn’t long after we met that I got my first visit to New Orleans and my first taste of real Louisiana cuisine, which interestingly enough my ex husband doesn’t like most of,  and I have been hooked ever since.

I enjoy visiting Louisiana occasionally and dining on true Creole food, because up here in Missouri, even the Cajun restaurants don’t really understand real Cajun or Creole food. Not that there’s too many of them, because there really isn’t. Which has left me to create the foods I love in my own kitchen when I am having a craving for them.

This is true with my love affair with beignets, which I have been enjoying since childhood. There is nothing like a traditional Beignets from the heart of Louisiana, but I don’t get down there often and the bakeries up here have no idea what they are doing. I had my first beignet when I was very young, and used to think it funny that it was the Louisiana State Donut, since to me it didn’t seem like a donut.

However, my skinny version here is baked and not fried. You still get the same pillowy doughy square perfection coated in powdered sugar but without the extra fat and grease. You can’t beat that.

Baked Beignets

5.0 from 3 reviews

Skinny Baked Beignets
 
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Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (to proof the yeast)
  • ¾ cup milk or buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼-1/2 cup of powdered sugar for sifting over the warm beignets.
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk or buttermilk in a small pan over medium heat. Once small bubbles begin to forms around the sides of the pan, stir in the ¼ cup of sugar, the butter, and the salt. Do not allow the mixture to boil ever. Stir continuously until butter is melted. Remove from the heat and set aside to allow to cool. (I usually put it in the fridge for awhile to let it cool quicker)
  2. When the milk mixture is just about cool enough, begin the next step.
  3. In a large bowl combine yeast, warm water and the sugar; let mixture stand for 10 minutes until “proofed”… it will be foamy.
  4. Once the yeast has proofed, add the milk mixture, the egg and 2 cups of the flour.
  5. I use my stand mixture and allow it to run for about 2 minutes. The dough will be sticky. Now add the last cup of flour and use the bread attachment to knead for about 5-6 minutes or until your dough is soft and smooth.
  6. Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Punch the center of the dough down and turn it out onto a floured work surface.
  8. Roll the dough out to about a ¼ in thickness. I use a rectangle or square cookie cutter to cut out the dough, but you can use a knife, pizza cutter or whatever you have. Place your cut out pieces on large pan, cover them and allow to rise in a warm spot for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  9. At this point, preheat your oven to 400 F.
  10. Spray a baking pan with cooking spray. Place the pieces of dough 2″ apart on the pan.
  11. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and sift the powdered sugar over them generously while still warm.
  13. Enjoy piping hot and fresh for best taste. Serve with chocolate sauce for dipping.

Baked Beignets

Skinny Baked Beignets

Baked Beignets

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Mini Spice Bundt Cakes

Mini Spice Bundt Cakes

It’s time once again for Secret Recipe Club reveal and boy it’s been awhile! We took a bit of time off for the holiday’s and I’ve missed it.

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My blog for SRC this month was Searching For Dessert. I loved her blog and there were so many delicious goodies to pick from and I love that! We want to still try her Baked Grapefruit & Olive Oil DoughnutsPeanut Butter & Banana Breakfast CookiesRoasted Strawberry & Pineapple Shortcakes  and her Sweet Tea Pie with Lemon Whipped Cream. Amazing treats!

We settled on her cute little Mini Spice Cakes, because I had just got some new pans and was dying to use them for something.

We loved these little cakes. First, just the right amount of spice and just the faintest hint of apple which makes them even better. There are AMAZING warm! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and you have the perfect breakfast right there. I may or may not have had 1, 2, 3 for breakfast.

A perfect recipe, we will definitely be making again!

There was a wonderful story that went along with them though. I have a very old sifter. And I decided to sift some powdered sugar on for the photos (and because who doesn’t love some powdered sugar?) Well, in the middle of the photo shoot… the sifter broke and powdered sugar went everywhere. I posted the photo on instagram and it made me laugh out loud and how many people actually thought I had done it on purpose and loved it. Nope that was not on purpose. That’s a lot of sugar! haha

Mini Spice Bundt Cakes

5.0 from 1 reviews

Mini Spice Bundt Cakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 packet apple cider drink mix
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 6 mini bundt pan cups, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the brown sugar, butter, and egg until smooth. In a medium bowl mix together the dry ingredients from flour-salt until blended.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring well. Slowly add the milk, stirring slowly to blend (so it won’t splash). Add the remaining flour mixture and stir until it is completely blended.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter into the pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Gingerbread Chocolate Mocha Latte #KraftHolidaySavings

Gingerbread Chocolate Mocha Latte

‘Tis the season to be jolly. It’s the time of year for baking cookies, beautiful decorations, twinkling lights and melodic Christmas music blaring from every station possible. It’s a busy time of year too, the holiday hustle and bustle is exhausting and I feel like some days I am running on empty. I don’t know about you, but I could use a time out with a cup of coffee, a quick weeknight meal idea and just some extra hours in the day to get everything done.

Kraft knows you’re busy too.  With great Kraft products you can make quick and easy meals during the holidays that taste great but take little time to put together. In addition they have even graciously provided you with up to $20 in coupons when you purchase their products at Target. Get your coupons here.

To slow myself down during this busy time, I love to take a break and enjoy a nice cup of hot coffee. Flavored coffee is my favorite. The idea for this drink, started with a chocolate covered gingerbread man, that strangely tasted of coffee. Maybe that’s because I dipped him in my cup of coffee and then I got to thinking about how wonderful the rich flavor of chocolate and the spicy flavor of gingerbread would coexist harmoniously in a hot cup (or iced if you prefer) of coffee.

I decided to start with a bag of Gevalia Chocolate Mocha, because on it’s own, I love it’s smooth and rich flavor.

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Then I took a syrup from another drink we make and created this wonderfully festive, totally holiday beverage that reminds me of all the things I love about Christmas and erases the rush and stress. It affords me time to slow down and just be. I love that.

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Serves: 4-6
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  • 6 cups freshly brewed Gevalia Chocolate Mocha coffee
  • ¼ cup of molasses
  • 1 Tablespoons of Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 1½ cups whipped cream, optional for topping
  • Cinnamon, for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the molasses, splenda brown sugar, ginger, cloves and cinnamon until well blended.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. To put it all together, 1 cup of Gevalia Chocolate Mocha freshly brewed coffee to 3-4 Tablespoon of mixture. Stir until dissolved.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of fat free half and half.
  5. Garnish with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon.

 

Gingerbread Chocolate Mocha Latte Gingerbread Chocolate Mocha Latte

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

Saucy Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

Saucy Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders

Welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats Link Up!

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Wait, what? It’s Day 11 and that means, tomorrow is the last day of our 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats.  I’m going to be so sad when it’s all over but I have collected a nice group of recipes to make and try and share down below in the linky. I do hope you will link up your favorite Holiday Treats, Crafts, Decorations or DIY Holiday projects to the party. There are really no rules, would just be nice if you stopped by and visited the other hosts too.

They have awesome treats in store for you as well!

Saucy Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders

These little slider gems are a huge hit with friends and family this time of year and they are SUPER easy to make. You can (and should ha!) make several pans because they go fast in a crowd and people will come back for them again and again.

Saucy Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders

5.0 from 2 reviews

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Serves: 24 sliders
Ingredients
For the sandwiches:
  • 24 Hawaiian rolls
  • 24 slices of Roast Beef
  • 24 slices Swiss cheese
For the sauce:
  • 4 teaspoons of dijon mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon of poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Cut he Hawaiian rolls in half.
  3. Fold a slice of roast beef in half to fit on each Hawaiian roll, and the top with a slice of Swiss.
  4. Return the top bun to the sandwich.
  5. Repeat with all the remaining sliders.
  6. Place the sandwiches in a baking pan, 12 in each.
  7. Combine the mustard, butter, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Drizzle the sauce over the tops of the slider buns. Sprinkle generously with poppy seeds.
  9. Cover your pan loosely with tin foil and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove the tin foil about 8+ minutes in.
  10. Serve hot!
Saucy Roast Beef and Swiss Sliders

Don’t forget to link up your own fun Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats. Anything goes… share holiday decorations, projects, crafts, DIY and of course, recipes. Link up below and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous holiday recipe. Also please don’t forget to go check out Pam and Micha too!

Gingerbread Milkshakes #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

Gingerbread Milkshakes

Welcome to Day 10 of the 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats Link Up!

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It’s Day 10 and we are in the final week of our 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats.  I have just loved all of the delicious treats that have been passed around in the link up and that continue to get added every day, and my co-hosts have been whipping up great recipes and this has been so much fun so far. I do hope you will link up your favorite Holiday Treats, Crafts, Decorations or DIY Holiday projects to the party. There are really no rules, would just be nice if you stopped by and visited the other hosts too.

They have awesome treats in store for you as well!

Gingerbread Milkshakes

It might be cold out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little ice cream and a fun holiday treat. I cannot even tell you how delicious these wonderful Gingerbread Milkshakes are. Full of deep rich flavor and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, you’ll be glad you tried them.

Gingerbread Milkshakes

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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ounces skim milk
  • 14 ounces low fat french vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Cinnamon for Garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan (to prevent bubbling over), mix the water, sugar, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon together.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour the gingerbread syrup into a jar with a lid the extra can be stored in.
  4. In a blender, blend the ice cream and milk, with about 1-2 Tablespoons of the gingerbread syrup. If desired, add more, blend well.
  5. Blend 1½ ounces of the gingerbread syrup, the milk and ice cream.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Gingerbread Milkshakes

Don’t forget to link up your own fun Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats. Anything goes… share holiday decorations, projects, crafts, DIY and of course, recipes. Link up below and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous holiday recipe. Also please don’t forget to go check out Pam and Micha too!

Easy Peppermint S’mores Cookies #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

Easy Peppermint Smores Cookies

Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats Link Up!

Christmas Graphic Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

It’s Day 9 and the final week of our 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats.  I have just loved all of the delicious treats that have been passed around in the link up and that continue to get added every day, and my co-hosts have been whipping up great recipes and this has been so much fun so far. I do hope you will link up your favorite Holiday Treats, Crafts, Decorations or DIY Holiday projects to the party. There are really no rules, would just be nice if you stopped by and visited the other hosts too.

They have awesome treats in store for you as well!

Easy Peppermint S’mores Cookies

Today’s delicious recipe was created for my S’mores loving teenagers. They are extremely simple and just a fun, quick treat that tastes good.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Easy Peppermint S’mores Cookies #SweetEatsHolidayTreats
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 12 Graham Cracker Squares
  • 1 Bag of Stacker Marshmallows
  • 1 10oz bag of Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips
Instructions
  1. In a double boiler, slowly melt the Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips.
  2. Stack a marshmallow on top of the graham cracker square.
  3. Using mini tongs, dredge the graham cracker and marshmallow through the melted chocolate, coating all sides.
  4. Place on each finished s’more on a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Allow chocolate to dry (about a half hour).
  6. Enjoy!
Easy Peppermint S'mores Cookies

 

Don’t forget to link up your own fun Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats. Anything goes… share holiday decorations, projects, crafts, DIY and of course, recipes. Link up below and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous holiday recipe. Also please don’t forget to go check out Pam and Micha too!

Easy Jolly Rancher Christmas Lollipops #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

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Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats Link Up!

Christmas Graphic Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

It’s Day 7 and we’re into the second week of 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats.  Today I am bringing you a throwback recipe that gets rave reviews. I am loving all of the delicious treats that have been shared, and my co-hosts have been whipping up great recipes and this has been so much fun so far. I do hope you will link up your favorite Holiday Treats, Crafts, Decorations or DIY Holiday projects to the party. There are really no rules, would just be nice if you stopped by and visited the other hosts too.

They have awesome treats in store for you as well!

Yes, I was bad today. Today’s post is another recycled post. From December 20, 2008. Found here. I took the regular copy and made notes in red. Life has apparently not changed that much from back then.

In another life (long before I became a food blogger) I was a preschool teacher. Probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, especially when people learn I have 5 kids. Yes, I do love kids. I miss teaching so much. I think about it a lot.

My children on the other hand, love to raid my preschool activities stash which I still have plenty of even after all of these years. Which is kinda comical to see really. 5 kids, now age 14, 14, 12, 10 and 9, 19, 19, 17, 15 and 14 sitting at the kitchen table or in the living room on the floor doing crafts that a 3 or 4 year old would find fun. The thing is, they still enjoy them tremendously. Our house is full of crazy stuff like this. And now we have my 2 year old nephew Alex who is having so much fun getting use out of my old preschool stuff.

Today Back then, it was just plain cold (though it is today too!), and the kids were just plain bored. So we got out the books and folders I have stuffed with fun activities and we came across this one.

It called for any hard candy, but especially suggested Jolly Ranchers.

Since Christmas is fast approaching, we decided to do some fun Christmas colors and make lollipops to enjoy and to give away to family, friends and neighbors. Is it sad that we are actually considering doing this again this weekend just for fun. Great gift for teenagers and they all have friends they want to make them for.

Christmas Lollipops 1 Easy & Quick Lollipops for Christmas   Jolly Rancher

They really are very fun to make and extremely easy. Obviously a 3-4 year old can line up some candies on a cookie sheet. So can some pre-teens. haha

Christmas Lollipops 3 Easy & Quick Lollipops for Christmas   Jolly Rancher

Christmas Lollipops 4 Easy & Quick Lollipops for Christmas   Jolly Rancher

Christmas Lollipops 5 Easy & Quick Lollipops for Christmas   Jolly Rancher

To get the recipe, you can go here.

Don’t forget to link up your own fun Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats. Anything goes… share holiday decorations, projects, crafts, DIY and of course, recipes. Link up below and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous holiday recipe. Also please don’t forget to go check out Pam and Micha too!

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats Link Up!

Christmas Graphic Baked Cranberry Donuts #SweetEatsHolidayTreats

It’s Day 7 and we’re into the second week of 12 Days of Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats.  Today I am bringing you a throwback recipe that gets rave reviews. I am loving all of the delicious treats that have been shared, and my co-hosts have been whipping up great recipes and this has been so much fun so far. I do hope you will link up your favorite Holiday Treats, Crafts, Decorations or DIY Holiday projects to the party. There are really no rules, would just be nice if you stopped by and visited the other hosts too.

They have awesome treats in store for you as well!

 

 

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

I’ve been in and out of the kitchen lately baking and cooking my way through the holiday season. I love Thanksgiving and all the foods I make for my family during the Fall, but what I am always most excited about is heading into the kitchen for Christmas.

I love the holiday season and all of the sweets & treats that are common for this time of year. Especially Gingerbread anything (and peppermint, but this is about gingerbread). This fun popcorn snack is a favorite this time of year. We give it as gifts, we make it when we have visitors or company and we enjoy it ourselves several times during the season.

The gingerbread flavor is so delicious and it’s such a fun snack for kids (and adults, trust me).

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

Plus, it’s a pretty quick treat to make and is enjoyable still warm, though better cooled to room temperature. It stores well in an airtight container so don’t be afraid to double or even triple the recipe, because I promise it’s going to go fast.

When we give it out to our friends and relatives, we usually either fill a gift box with it and tie a ribbon or put it in a large mason jar and tie a ribbon and do some fabric or paper on the top. I love finding cute and unique ways to give it as a gift and it certainly makes a great gift in a jar.

And if you don’t want to give it away, that’s okay too because it’s just that good.

You’re welcome. No, really you are. You just have no clue until you put one bite into your mouth and enjoy the sweet, rich flavor of gingerbread.

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn
 
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Gingerbread caramel popcorn makes a great Christmas gift or snack just because!
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Serves: 16 Cups
Ingredients
  • 16 cups room temperature popcorn, popped (do not use microwaveable popcorn!)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temperature and cubed
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup of molasses
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Coat a large bowl with some cooking spray and fill with the popcorn. Set aside for a moment.
  2. Spray cooking spray into a small saucepan (pot) and add the brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and the salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the mixture is boiling, stop stirring and allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will turn all foamy.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  6. Quickly (and I mean quickly) pour the mixture over the bowl of popcorn and mix well with a spatula to coat the popcorn.
  7. Using two greased glass baking dishes (I find them easier to clean) distribute the popcorn evenly between the two pans. Bake them at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring once in the middle of the bake time.
  8. Remove the pans from the stove and allow the popcorn to cool in the pans.
  9. This can be stored in airtight containers for up to two weeks, but cool completely before putting it in the jars or containers. Enjoy!

 

 

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn Snack

 

If you like this recipe, you might also like:
Gingerbread Puppy Chow Snack Mix
Spiced Gingerbread Pancakes
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Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn

Don’t forget to link up your own fun Sweet Eats and Holiday Treats. Anything goes… share holiday decorations, projects, crafts, DIY and of course, recipes. Link up below and be sure to check back tomorrow for another fabulous holiday recipe. Also please don’t forget to go check out Pam and Micha too!