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Brandy Glazed Carrots

Brandy Glazed Carrots

Elevate any dinner by adding Brandy Glazed Carrots to the menu. You’ll be amazed at the way brandy can transform the same old carrot dish into something quite special. Fresh baby carrots are cooked until tender, simmered in a mixture of honey and butter with a splash of brandy and sprinkled with a bit of parsley to finish. The light sauce that coats the carrots is incredibly easy to make and comes together in a matter of minutes. Quickly cook this one up any night of the week alongside pork, chicken, or steak or serve as an elegant accompaniment to any holiday dinner. This super versatile side dish taste just as great as it looks!

Here’s all you’ll need: baby carrots, butter, honey, brandy, parsley, salt and pepper. Brandy Glazed Carrots ingredients list #carrots #babycarrots #glazeforcarrots #glazedcarrots #brandyglazedcarrots

Another great thing about Brandy Glazed Carrots is that this recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that are easy to find! The hardest part is deciding which brandy to choose. It’s always a good idea to cook with something that you would normally drink. We chose Christian Brothers, a smooth brandy with hints of vanilla and maple for this recipe.

Fill a large, deep skillet with a 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil add the carrots. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-9 minutes or until the carrots are crisp-tender. If you like your carrots on the softer side or have a lot of large carrots in the mix, cook for the full 9 minutes. If you tend to like crunchier carrots keep it in the 5-6 minute range. Drain the carrots and set aside.

Of course you can use whole carrots or even carrot coins in place of the baby carrots. I recommend peeling the carrots and cutting them into chunks if you opt for whole.

Baby carrots in a large skillet covered completely with water. #babycarrots #easterrecipes #eastersidedish #brandyrecipes #glazedcarrots #glazedbabycarrots

Next using the same skillet, cook honey and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir occasionally to help it along and also to mix it together. The honey adds an extra bit of sweetness to the glaze and even makes it a little indulgent in my book.Honey and butter are added to the same skillet and melted together over medium heat. #carrots #glazedcarrots #brancyglazedcarrots #easterdinner #eastersidedish #christmasdinner #christmassidedish #weeknightdinner

Remove the skillet from the heat and then slowly stir in the brandy. Bring the mixture back to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced to about 1/3 of a cup. Lightly stir while the mixture boils to keep the butter and honey from caramelizing too quickly. Boiling the mixture down not only helps to thicken the glaze but also boils out some of the brandy so it’s not too overpowering. Brandy is added to the skillet and boiled until reduced to 1/3 of a cup. #dinnersidedish #easydinnerrecipes #vegetablesidedish #sidedishrecipes #babycarrots #glazedbabycarrots

Add the carrots back to the skillet along with the fresh parsley, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to coat the carrots completely in the glaze. Continue to cook until the carrots are heated through. The carrots are added back to the skillet along with parsley, salt and pepper. #glazedcarrots #brandyrecipes #whiskyglazedcarrots #holidayrecipes #holidaysidedish #holidayvegetables

Bon appetit! Brandy Glazed Carrots will be the hit of your dinner table. Aren’t they just beautiful? Pair these up with our Pressure Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs for a fancy meal or go with our Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade if you’re feeling a little more casual!

Brandy Glazed Carrots by Happylifeblogspot.com #carrots #sidedish #easterrecipes #eastersidedish #brandyglazedcarrots #glazedcarrots #easysidedish #easyholidayrecipes

Brandy Glazed Carrots

April 3, 2021
: 8 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds fresh baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Fill a large, deep skillet with a 1/2 inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the carrots. Cover with a lid and cook for 5-9 minutes or until the carrots are crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Step 2 In the same skillet, cook honey and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir occasionally.
  • Step 3 Remove the skillet from the heat and then slowly stir in the brandy. Bring the mixture back to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced to about 1/3 of a cup. Lightly stir to keep the mixture from caramelizing (browning) too quickly.
  • Step 4 Add the carrots back to the skillet along with the fresh parsley, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to coat the carrots completely in the glaze. Continue to cook until the carrots are heated through. Enjoy!

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Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole is my go to recipe when I need breakfast on the table in a jiffy! This delicious egg and sausage bake will make the whole crowd happy. And it’s so easy to pull off that it’ll make you happy too. The […]

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies are my favorite way to spread Christmas cheer! This nostalgic butter cookie has a rich almond flavor and is a Christmas staple in our house. It takes a little time and practice to get that perfect red and white swirl but I promise this eye catching cookie is worth the effort. Everyone loves making these and once you nail the technique there’s really nothing to it. This festive little cookie looks so cute hanging from a coffee mug, adds a whole lot of pretty to a cookie plate, and will steal the show at a cookie exchange or Christmas party. Bring a smile to someone’s face this holiday season with Candy Cane Cookies!

Here’s all you’ll need: shortening, butter, confectioners’ sugar, an egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, flour, salt, red food coloring, and sugar. Candy Cane Cookies list of ingredients #candycanecookies #christmascookies #howtomakecandycanecookies #bestchristmascookies #holidaybaking #holidayrecipes #christmasrecipes

Time to get baking! Add the shortening, butter and confectioners sugar to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Confectioners’ sugar keeps these cookies light and gives them that melt in your mouth feel.

Shortening, butter, and Confectioners' sugar are mixed together in a large bowl. #candycanecookies #cookierecipes #christmascookies #rolledcookies #holidaycookies

Next blend in the egg, salt, almond and vanilla extracts. Of course for those of you with nut allergies out there, skip the almond extract and replace it with equal amounts of vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour at a low speed until fully combined. An egg, salt, almond extract, vanilla extract and flour are added to the butter mixture with a hand mixer to form a dough. #candycanecookies #cookies #cookierecipes #bestcookierecipes #christmasrecipes #christmascookies #holidaycookies #holidayrecipes

Divide the dough in half. Add food coloring to one of the halves to tint the dough red. Wrap each portion of the cookie dough individually and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the dough is firm and easy to handle. All out of red food coloring? Green works well too and will keep it Christmas-y! Food coloring is added to half of the cookie dough to tint it red. #candycanecookies #christmascookieplate #christmascookieideas #christmascookierecipes #favoritechristmascookies #oldfashionedchristmascookies #nostalgicchristmascookies

Now for the fun part! Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Grab about 1-2 teaspoons of plain cookie dough and 1-2 teaspoons of red cookie dough. Shape each into a 4-5 inch rope. Place the two ropes side by side. Lightly press the ropes together and twist to form a swirl. Curve the top of the cookie downwards to form the candy cane shape. Repeat until all the cookie dough is used.

So a few things to keep in mind; if the dough is too hard you can warm it in your hands to soften. If the dough is too soft toss it back in the fridge to harden. A quick and soft hand works best. And most importantly don’t overthink it. Recruit some little helpers because it’s just like playing with play-doh. Have fun with it!

Red and white dough are rolled into thin ropes and twisted together to form a candy cane shape. #candycanecookies #christmascookies #cookerecipes #christmascookierecipes #holidaybaking #christmasbakinggifts #christmascookieplatter #christmascookieexchange

Place the Candy Cane Cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure to keep the cookies placed about 2 inches apart. Parchment paper is such a great tool for baking and helps to reduce browning. I highly recommend in all of my cookie baking posts. Always have always will.

And here’s my best cookie baking tips for that picture perfect cookie every time. Use the top and middle racks in the oven, never the bottom. Always rotate the baking sheets halfway through baking which means 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.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-9 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and while the cookies are still warm, immediately sprinkle them with sugar. Cool on wire racks. Candy Cane Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet ready for the oven. #candycanecookies #classiccookies #classicchristmascookies #vintagechristmascookies #nostalgicchristmascookies

Serve with coffee, hot cocoa and of course your favorite Christmas movie and enjoy!! Don’t forget to try some of our most popular cookie recipes like Cappuccino Swirl Cookies and Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies too. What are your favorite holiday cookies to bake? Candy Cane Cookies by Happylifeblogspot.com #candycane #candycanecookies #christmascookies #christmascookierecipes #cookieplaterecipes #howtomakecandycanecookies #buttercookies #holidayrecipes #holidaycookies #christmasrecipes #recipestomakewithkids #buttercookies #oldfashionedcookies

Candy Cane Cookies

December 8, 2020
: 3-4 dozen cookies (depending on size)
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup sugar or edible glitter
Directions
  • Step 1 Add shortening, butter and confectioners sugar to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Step 2 Blend in the egg, salt, almond and vanilla extracts. Gradually mix in the flour at a low speed until fully combined.
  • Step 3 Divide the dough in half. Add food coloring to one of the halves to tint the dough red. Wrap each portion of the cookie dough individually and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the dough is firm and easy to handle.
  • Step 4 Remove the cookie dough from the fridge. Grab about 1-2 teaspoons of plain cookie dough and 1-2 teaspoons of red cookie dough. Shape each into a 4-5 inch rope. Place the two ropes side by side. Lightly press the ropes together and twist to form a swirl. Curve the top of the cookie downwards to form the candy cane shape. Repeat until all the cookie dough is used.
  • Step 5 Place the Candy Cane Cookies approximately 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-9 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and while the cookies are still warm, immediately sprinkle them with sugar. Cool on wire racks. Enjoy!

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

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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.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies ingredients list #peanutbuttercupcookies #chocolatecookies #christmascookies #candycookies #peanutbuttercookies #cookierecipes

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!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Happylifeblogspot #cookierecipes #christmascookies #peanutbuttercupcookies #peanutbuttercookies #chocolatecookies #bestcookierecipes #cookies #cookierecipes #christmascookieplatter #halloweenrecipes #halloweencandyrecipes

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

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