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Butterfinger Cheesecake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Attention all chocolate and peanut butter lovers…I’ve got the recipe of your dreams right here!!! Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are calling your name (and mine too). Chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that I just can’t resist and these soft, chewy, sinfully delicious cookies are no exception. Don’t walk, but RUN to the candy aisle right now. You’ll need an entire bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups for this recipe plus chocolate and peanut butter chips too. These cookies are so rich and super good! Even the cookie base itself is loaded with chocolate and peanut butter flavor. Seriously we couldn’t pack in any more!! You’ll be happy to know this recipe makes a huge batch because these cookies are definitely worth sharing.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking cocoa, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and of course peanut butter cups.

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I hope you’ve got a gallon of milk on hand cause the second these babies come out of the oven you’re gonna wanna be ready! Add the softened butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar to a large bowl. Cream it all together with a hand mixer. This recipe is great for stand mixers too since the dough is a little on the heavy side. Next beat in the egg yolks (just the yolks, not the whites), milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar are creamed together with a hand mixer in a large bowl. #peanutbuttercupcookies #chocolatepeanutbuttercupcookies #cookies #christmascookies #christmascookierecipes #chocolatecookies #peanutbuttercookies

Add the flour, cocoa and baking soda to a separate bowl and mix it all up with a whisk. For this recipe it’s best to mix the dry ingredients separately and then add them to the wet ingredients in small increments.Flour, cocoa and baking soda are whisked together in a smaller bowl. #peanutbuttercupcookies #peanutbuttercuprecipes #chocolatepeanutbuttercupcookies #chocolatepeanutbuttercookies #peanutbutterrecipes #peanutbuttercookies

Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamy peanut butter mixture a little at a time. Blend with the hand mixer between each addition until all of the dry ingredients are absorbed to form a thick chocolatey dough. If you add the flour mixture all at once the dough will be super hard to mix so little by little is best. It’s totally worth the extra time and helps to evenly distribute all the ingredients. The flour mixture is added to the creamed mixture and then blended with a hand mixer. #chocolatecookies #christmascookieideas #uniquechristmascookierecipes #chocolatecookies #peanutbuttercuprecipes #candycookies

Now it’s time for the fun stuff. Bust out that classic wooden spoon that’s been hiding in a drawer and mix in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped peanut butter cups by hand. Yep! The old fashioned way. You’re gonna need a little elbow grease for this one so roll up those sleeves and get to work.

Chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped peanut butter cups and added to the bowl and stirred in by hand. #peanutbuttercupscookies #chocolatepeanutbuttercupcookies #chocolatepeanutbuttercookies #bestcookierecipes #bestchristmascookierecipes #chewycookies #softcookierecipe

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart. Press down slightly with the palm of your hand to flatten just a little bit.

I ALWAYS recommend parchment paper for baking. It’s the best way to elevate your cookie baking game! If you’re not familiar with it, parchment paper is a non-stick baking paper. It reduces browning and when you’re done using it you can just toss it in the trash. I love it! You can find it at any grocery store or even order it on Amazon.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet ready to go in the oven. #chocolatepeanutbuttercupcookies #peanutbuttercupcookies #cookierecipes #bestcookierecipes #peanutbuttercookies #chocolatepeanutbuttercookies#chocolatecookies

Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Bake until just set. You’ll want to be careful not to over bake.

For perfect cookies every time I always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking. Use the top and middle racks in the oven, never the bottom. And then about halfway through baking time swap positions. So the cookies that were baking on the top rack get bumped down to the middle rack and the cookies that were baking on the middle rack get moved up to the top. I also rotate the baking sheets so that the cookies that were in the front of the oven are now in the back and vice versa. This helps all the cookies to bake evenly and will yield the very best results. Every. Time.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies fresh out of the oven. #chocolatepeanutbuttercupcookies #peanutbuttercupcookies #cookierecipes #christmascookies #bestchristmascookies #christmascookierecipes #peanutbuttercuprecipes

Leave Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Then remove from the pan with a spatula and finish cooling on a wire rack (or even the counter top). They’re soft and breakable fresh out of the oven so this makes them a little bit easier to handle.

Finally grab a big ole glass of milk and try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting! It’s near impossible to eat just one. If you liked this recipe, try our Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies or Chewy M&M Cookies next!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

October 29, 2020
: 4 dozen cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 9 oz of peanut butter cups, chopped
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the softened butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar to a large bowl. Cream together with a hand mixer. Next beat in the egg yolks (just the yolks, not the whites), milk and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Step 2 Add the flour, cocoa and baking soda to a separate bowl and mix with a whisk. Gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture a little at a time. Blend with the hand mixer between each addition. Mix in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped peanut butter cups by hand.
  • Step 3 Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough. Roll it into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart. Press down with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.
  • Step 4 Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until just set. Do not over bake.
  • Step 5 Leave cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Then remove from the pan with a spatula and finish cooling on a wire rack (or even the counter top). Enjoy!

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Apple Cider Pork Chops

Apple Cider Pork Chops

Are you ready for a quick and easy recipe to get dinner on the table in a flash? Well say hello to Apple Cider Pork Chops! Soooo….a few things you’ll absolutely LOVE about this one, it’s on the table in 25 minutes flat, only uses […]

Easy Artichoke Bread

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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

When Fall rolls around everyone has their favorite local spot to buy Apple Cider Donuts, but my new favorite this year might just be homemade. Nothing beats the taste of a hot, fresh Apple Cider Donut right out of the frying pan. There’s something about the classic fall flavor of apple cider transformed into donut form that just can’t be resisted. One bite into this cinnamon-sugary crusted pastry is all you’ll need to be hooked too. The inside is cake-like, tender and moist and bursting with the perfect combination of warm fall spices. Add this recipe to your Fall baking bucket list and whip up a dozen today, and tomorrow, and maybe even the next day too!

Here’s all you’ll need: apple cider, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, ground cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice, eggs, butter, white sugar, and oil (for frying).

Apple Cider Donuts list of ingredients #applecider #appleciderrecipes #fallrecipes #halloweenrecipes #halloweenfood #fallrecipes #fallfood #breakfast

Soooo….when I was rounding up all the ingredients for this recipe it seemed like a lot but it’s really not that bad. It’s mostly common baking ingredients that you already have on hand and a few specialty spices that you might need to grab. Don’t be intimidated because Apple Cider Donuts are totally worth it!!

Add 2 cups of your favorite apple cider to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over high heat for 10-15 minutes or until the apple cider is reduced by half. You should have one cup remaining. Set aside to cool. Boiling the apple cider down makes it super concentrated which will make the donuts more flavorful. Cherry Bank Farms is our family favorite variety.

Apple cider is poured into a small saucepan then boiled down to reduce by half. #appleciderdonuts #donuts #doughnutrecipe #fallbaking #fallbucketlist #appleciderrecipes

Next in a large bowl combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice. Whisk them all up to combine.

All-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice are whisked together in a large bowl. #appleciderdonuts #appleciderdoughnuts #doughnutrecipe #frieddoughnuts #frieddonuts

Add the eggs to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a whisk. Mix in the melted butter and cooled apple cider. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just moistened to form a sticky dough. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to shape (about 1 hour). You’ll notice this dough has no yeast which means no additional rising time. It also means donuts in your belly a whole lot quicker!! Eggs, melted butter and cooled apple cider are whisked together in a medium sized bowl. The wet ingredients are added to the dry ingredients to make a sticky dough. #donuts #homemadedonuts #homemadedouhgnuts #appleciderdoughnuts #appleciderrecipes

Divide the dough in half. It’s easier to work with smaller portions for this step. On a lightly floured surface, pat each dough down to a smooth, 1/2-inch thick sheet. No need for a rolling pin here! Patting the dough down with your hands will work out just fine. Cut out six donuts from each portion of dough using a 3-inch donut cutter. You’ll likely need to reshape the dough to maintain the 1/2-inch thickness for all donuts. Repeat the process until you have a dozen Apple Cider Donuts ready to fry!

If you don’t have a donut cutter handy you can make donut holes instead. To create these bitesize morsels, break off 1-1/2-inch pieces of dough and roll into a tight ball.

The dough is shaped to a 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. A donut cutter is used to cut 3-inch donuts. #appleciderdonuts #appleciderdoughnuts #donutrecipes #fallbakingideas #appleciderrecipes #applerecipes #appledonuts

Add approximately 2 inches of oil to an electric skillet or a deep frying pan. If you have a deep fryer with clean oil you can use that too. Heat the oil to 325 degrees. Canola and Vegetable oils are both great for frying. I also recommend using a thermometer if you have one handy or try the wooden spoon test. Stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles form around it and start to float up then the oil is ready for frying. If the oil is bubbling hard, like say a roaring boil, then the oil is too hot and will need to be cooled.

Fry donuts in batches for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the donuts over and fry for an additional 2-3 minutes. For donut holes, fry for 1 minute per side or until cooked through. You might need to do a taste test!

Apple Cider Donuts frying in 2 inches of oil in a deep frying pan. #appleciderrecipes #appleciderdonuts #donuts #doughnuts #fallrecipes #halloweenrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes

Place to donuts on paper towels to remove any excess grease. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup white sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Press warm donuts into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Be sure to cover every last inch cause it’s just so delish!

Apple Cider Donuts are rolled in cinnamon and sugar to coat. #christmasbreakfastrecipes #fallrecipes #fallbaking #appleciderdonuts #appleciderdoughnuts #frieddonuts

Apple Cider Donuts are best served warm in my opinion. What do you think? One thing’s for sure this sweet treat is definitely worth the splurge!

Speaking of all things apple…have you tried our Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce or Rustic Apple Tart yet?

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Apple Cider Donuts

October 8, 2020
: 1 dozen (12 donuts)
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • FOR CINNAMON SUGAR COATING:
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons cinnamon
Directions
  • Step 1 Add 2 cups of apple cider to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over high heat for 10-15 minutes or until the apple cider is reduced by half. You should have one cup remaining. Set aside to cool.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice. Whisk to combine.
  • Step 3 Add the eggs to a separate medium sized bowl. Lightly beat with a whisk. Mix in the melted butter and cooled apple cider. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just moistened to form a sticky dough. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to shape (about 1 hour).
  • Step 4 Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, pat each dough down to a smooth, 1/2-inch thick sheet. Cut out six donuts from each portion of dough using a 3-inch donut cutter. Repeat the process until you have a dozen. For donut holes, break off 1-1/2-inch pieces of dough and roll into a tight ball.
  • Step 5 Add approximately 2 inches of oil to an electric skillet or a deep frying pan. If you have a deep fryer with clean oil you can use that too. Heat the oil to 325 degrees. Fry donuts in batches for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the donuts over and fry for an additional 2-3 minutes. For donut holes, fry for 1 minute per side or until cooked through.
  • Step 6 Place to donuts on paper towels to remove any excess grease. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup white sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Press warm donuts into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Enjoy!

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Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is officially here and I’m ready for all the Fall things like apple picking!!! I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now but either our schedules or the weather hasn’t allowed for it. Growing up I always looked forward to our school […]

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even be served as a meatless main course. Low carb lovers will love this delicious side as a surprising change of pace from the ordinary. These zucchini boats are jam packed with chopped red onion, fresh basil, garlic, and mozzarella and of course everything is better when you toss it on the grill. I’m riding this grilling season out til the very end of summer!

Here’s all you’ll need: zucchini, olive oil, red onion, garlic, bread crumbs, shredded mozzarella, basil, salt and Parmesan cheese.

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Just a little bit of prep work and we’ll be ready to go! Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then scoop out the pup with a spoon. Chop up the pulp but don’t toss it. We’ll be using it to stuff our zucchini. Brush the insides of the zucchini with a 2 teaspoons of olive oil and set them aside.

Zucchini boats cut in half lengthwise and then brushed with olive oil. #zucchini #zucchinirecipes #grilledzucchini #stuffedzucchini #lowcarbdinner #healthydinnerrecipes

Chop up the red onion into small pieces. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil, the red onion and zucchini pulp to a skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute longer. Then mix in the bread crumbs and cook until golden brown (about another 2-3 minutes).

Remove the zucchini mixture from the heat. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, some minced basil, and salt for flavor. Looking to shake things up a bit? Try swapping cheddar, or your favorite cheese in place of the mozzarella. Or add your favorite herbs, like mint, or oregano in lieu of basil. Recipes should be suited to your tastes so feel free to play around with the flavors!

Mozzarella cheese, basil, and salt are added to the zucchini stuffing mixture. #zucchini #grilledzucchini #stuffedzucchini #stuffedgrilledzucchini #grilledstuffedzucchini #howtomakestuffedzucchini

Spoon the stuffing mixture into the zucchini shells. Give a little sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and we’re ready to grill!

Zucchini boats stuffed with zucchini mixture and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. #zucchini #howtocookzuchini #howtogrillzucchini #zucchinionthegrill #stuffedzucchini

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minute or until the zucchini are tender. Carefully remove to a serving platter. Annnnd……we’re done! Time to eat!!

You can’t have Grilled Stuffed Zucchini without the grill, or can you?!? Too cold to grill. Place the zucchini in a 13X9 baking dish. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Zucchini boats placed on a grill rack over medium heat. #zucchini #grilledzucchini #grilledvegetables #grilledsidedish #summersidedish #summercookout #grillideas #grillrecipes

And there you have it! Grilled Stuffed Zucchini is the side dish (or maybe even your whole dinner) that you can feel good about. And even better…..it tastes great too!! Make it a meal? Pairs well with our Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade or Spatchcocked Chicken!

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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

September 16, 2020
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then scoop out the pup with a spoon. Chop up the pulp and set aside. Brush the insides of the zucchini with a 2 teaspoons of olive oil and set aside.
  • Step 2 Chop up the red onion into small pieces. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil, the red onion and zucchini pulp to a skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute longer. Mix in the bread crumbs and cook until golden brown (about another 2-3 minutes).
  • Step 3 Remove the zucchini mixture from the heat. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, minced basil, and salt. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the zucchini shells. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minute or until the zucchini are tender. Carefully remove to a serving platter. Enjoy!!

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Peach Mango Caprese Salad

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