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Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

Summer nights are made for quick and easy dinner recipes. Citrus Steak Salad is the most perfect all in one dinner salad to get the job done. Crunchy greens, tender steak, juicy strawberries, mandarin oranges and a citrusy, made from scratch vinaigrette make for a meal […]

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and […]

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out of the oven. But when you sandwich them together with a goey toasted marshmallow then you’ve really got the s’mores of your dreams. The first bite is the best part! Hints of cinnamon, graham cracker crumbs, and lots of chocolate chips make this easy to assemble sandwich cookie an instant hit. I  know campfire marshmallows are a highly debated topic, but whether you’re team burnt, brown, or undercooked, we can all agree these cookies the best!!! S’mores lovers be warned cause it’s about to get dangerous. I’m warning you right now…be prepared for these to disappear quickly!!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, white sugar, brown sugar, egg, milk, vanilla extract, flour, graham crackers, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, chocolate chips and marshmallows.

S'mores Sandwich Cookies ingredients list #s'mores #smores #cookies #sandwichcookies #rainydayfun

So without further ado….here is the next recipe you’ll be making on repeat! In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. A hand mixer on medium speed will get the job done for ya. And it helps immensely if the butter is softened ahead of time (even if that means you gotta nuke it in the microwave for a hot second).

Butter, white sugar and brown sugar are creamed together in a large bowl. #sandwichcookies #smoressandwichcookies #s'moressandwichcookies #bestcookierecipes #christmascookies #campingrecipes

Next beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well. Imitation vanilla is perfectly fine for this recipe. I find that the chocolate chips, graham crackers and marshmallows bring plenty of sweetness to the table.

Egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mixed into the bowl. #sanwichcookies #smoresrecipes #smores #cookies #bestcookierecipes #fourthofjulydessert

Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to distribute throughout the cookie dough. Then, at a low speed, blend in the flour a half a cup at a time. Continue to mix until the flour is well combined.

Baking soda, salt, cinnamon and flour are added to form a sticky cookie dough. #cookiedough #cookierecipes #smoressandwichcookies #smorescookies #s'morecookies

Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips. To make graham cracker crumbs I quickly pulsed the graham cracker pieces in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor handy you can add the graham crackers to a plastic ziploc bag and break apart by hand or use a heavy rolling pin to crush into pieces. Chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs are added to the cookie dough. #smorescookies #smoresrecipes #sandwichcookies #rainydayactivities #christmascookies

Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball. The dough will be sticky so you’ll want to act fast and use a light touch. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart. You’ll want to give these cookies some space because they definitely spread A LOT while baking.

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. No mess! It’s probably my favorite baking tool and a really easy way to elevate your cookie making. Cookie dough balls on a parchment lined backing sheet. #smorescookies #campingrecipes #campingideas #campingbirthdayparty #bestcookierecipes

Bake S’mores Sandwich Cookies in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. 9 minutes was just perfect in my oven. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes or until easy to remove with a spatula. Remove the cookies to a wire rack or countertop to finish cooling. S'mores cookies on a baking sheet hot out of the oven. #smorescookies #s'morescookes #smores #s'mores #sandwichcookies #summerrecipes

Place cookies bottom side up back on the baking sheet. Top each cookie bottom with a large marshmallow. Broil on low for 1-5 minutes or until desired toasty-ness. Keep a close watch during this step as marshmallows can burn quickly. You’ll know they’re done when the tops are toasted and the marshmallows begin to puff. Cookie bottoms placed on a backing sheet and topped with a marshmallow. #smores #smorescookies #smoressanwichcookies #sanwichcookies #cookierecipes #bestcookierecipes

Remove from the oven and immediately top with another cookie. Enjoy the ooey, gooey, goodness of s’mores without the campfire. Simply irresistible!!! If you love our S’mores Sandwich Cookies then you’ve gotta try our S’mores Bar too. Just Mmmmmmm!

S'mores Sandwich Cookies by Happylifeblogspot.com #smores #s'mores #sandwichcookies #cookierecipes #christmascookies #rainydayideas

S'mores Sandwich Cookies

July 12, 2020
: about 30 sandwich cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 30 large marshmallows
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Step 2 Mix in the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to distribute throughout the cookie dough. At a low speed, blend in the flour a half a cup at a time. Continue to mix until the flour is well combined. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips.
  • Step 3 Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spread about 2 inches apart.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Step 5 Place cookies bottom side up back on the baking sheet. Top each cookie bottom with a large marshmallow. Broil on low for 1-5 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the tops are toasted and the marshmallows begin to puff.
  • Step 6 Remove from the oven and immediately top with another cookie. Enjoy!

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Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Rise and shine! Our mouth-watering Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet is a great way to start the day. I’m talking a good old fashioned down home country breakfast with a whole lotta substance. Right from the start I knew this hearty skillet would quickly become a […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Happy First Day of Summer!!! What better way to celebrate than with a fun new recipe? No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is amazing for so many reasons. It starts off with a simple 3-ingredient base, takes super minimal prep work, and is ready after just a few hours of freezing. And since it’s no churn that means there’s no need for an ice cream maker. That’s right! You already have everything you need right in your very own kitchen. Sweet blackberry swirls, luscious cream cheese, and crunchy graham cracker pieces transform this easy recipe into an indulgent treat. No more chasing down the ice cream truck this summer, the ice cream man will be stopping by your house for dessert.

Here’s all you’ll need: blackberries, sugar, cream cheese, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and graham crackers.

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ingredients list #blackberryicecream #icecream #cheesecakeicecream #blackberrycheesecake #nochurnicecream #howtomakeicecream #homemadeicecream #blackberryrecipes

Add the blackberries and sugar to a blender or food processor and process until the fruit is pureed. This recipe is super versatile. You can easily swap out the blackberries for your favorite fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or even peaches would make excellent additions to name a few.
Blackberries and sugar are added to a food processor. #blackberrycheesecake #blackberryrecipes #DIYicecream #blackberrycheesecakeicecreamrecipe #icecreamrecipes

Next strain the fruit puree over a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. If you don’t have a mesh sieve handy, cheesecloth makes a great strainer too. You can find it in most grocery stores. Set the blackberry puree aside for a little later.

Blackberry puree pressed through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. #blackberryrecipes #freshblackerryrecipes #icecream #icecreamrecipes #homemadeicecream #nochurnicecream

Add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl or stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer a hand mixer will work just the same. So no worries! It took me quite a few years until I made the splurge on a KitchenAid. If you do have a stand mixer, I recommend using the whisk attachment in this recipe.

Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth. Pour in the heavy cream and whip at a medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Soft peaks will barely hold their shape and flop over immediately when the beaters are lifted. Reduce the speed to a lower setting (or turn the mixer off completely) and pour in the sweetened condensed milk. Sweetened condensed milk will keep Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream smooth, airy and really creamy.

Cream cheese, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk are added to a stand mixer. #blackberrycheesecakeicecream #nochurnicecreamrecipe #icecreamrecipes #blackberryrecipes #homemadeicecream

Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until you’re on the highest setting and whip until the mixture is thick and holds stiff peaks. Stiff peaks will stand straight up when the beaters are lifted. They can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to form. See how thick and creamy…Mmmmm!!!…This is gonna be good!

Gently fold in the crushed graham cracker cookies by hand. To make crushed graham crackers simply break them apart by hand or use a rolling pin or heavy kitchen object to smash into pieces. I’d steer clear of the food processor as it will pulverize the graham crackers a bit too much in this case.

Graham cracker pieces folded into the ice cream base. #nochurnicecream #icecreamrecipeswithoutanicecreammaker #icecreamfromscractch #howtomakeicecream #easyicecreamrecipe

Add a third of the ice cream mixture to an 8″ X 5″ loaf pan or a shallow container. Drop several spoonfuls of blackberry puree randomly over the top of the ice cream mixture. Drag a butter knife through to create distinct swirls of blackberry throughout the ice cream. Add another layer of ice cream and repeat twice. Our goal is to get the blackberries swirled somewhat evenly throughout the batch.

Cover Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer and allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. This will make it easier to scoop! Store leftover ice cream in the freezer for up to 3 months We recommend covering tightly with plastic wrap to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Blackberry puree is swirled through the ice cream with a butter knife. #blackberryicecream #icecream #icecreamrecipes #blackberryrecipes #howtomakeicecream #nochurnicecream

Did I mention this recipe is really easy to double? Life is short. Eat more ice cream! Who wants the first scoop? If you’re an ice cream addict (like me) then you’ve gotta try our Rhubarb Ice Cream and No Bake Black Forest Ice Cream Pie too!No Churn Blackberry Ice Cream by Happylifeblogspot.com #blackberryicecream #icecream #cheesecakeicecream #blackberrycheesecake #nochurnicecream #howtomakeicecream #homemadeicecream #blackberryrecipes

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

June 19, 2020
: makes 2 pints
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the blackberries and sugar to a blender or food processor and process until the fruit is pureed. Strain the fruit puree over a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. Set aside.
  • Step 2 Add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth.
  • Step 3 Pour in the heavy cream and whip at a medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  • Step 4 Reduce the speed to a lower setting (or turn the mixer off completely) and pour in the sweetened condensed milk. Gradually increase the speed of the mixer until you’re on the highest setting and whip until the mixture is thick and holds stiff peaks.
  • Step 5 Gently fold in the crushed graham cracker cookies by hand. Add a third of the ice cream mixture to an 8″ X 5″ loaf pan or a shallow container. Drop several spoonfuls of blackberry puree randomly over the top of the ice cream mixture. Drag a butter knife through to create distinct swirls of blackberry throughout the ice cream. Repeat twice.
  • Step 6 Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer and allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade […]

Everything Braided Bread

Everything Braided Bread

The name says it all folks! Everything Braided Bread is…..you guessed it….EVERYTHING!!! Talk about homemade bread goals. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at bread making, this recipe is the place to start. This impressive loaf is crusty on the outside, soft on the inside and packs a wallop of flavor just like the popular bagel. It makes for great toast and holds up well in soup. What more could you ask for in a bread? And then there’s that braid. So fancy yet simple to pull off all at the same time. The recipe makes a BIG loaf so make room in the bread basket.

Here’s all you’ll need: yeast, water, milk, butter, sugar, an egg, salt, flour, kosher salt, mixed onion, caraway seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds (or Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning).

Everything Braided Bread ingredients list #bread #homemadebread #braidedbread #everythingbread #howtobraidbread

Grab a large bowl and dissolve the yeast in warm water. It’s always a good idea to proof your yeast to make sure it’s still active. Sprinkle the yeast across the top of the surface of the warm water and wait 5-10 minutes until the yeast is nice and bubbly. If your yeast isn’t bubbling after 10 minutes, it may be old. Now don’t you worry, you can still use old yeast in recipes, but it will take longer to rise. Be sure to store yeast in a cool, dry place and be mindful of expiration dates.

Yeast proofing in a large stainless steel bowl. #everythingbread #everythingbreadbraid #howtobraidbread #everythingbreadloaf #everythingbraidbread

Add in the milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt and 2 cups flour. Blend with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2-1/2 cups of flour by hand to form a firm dough.

Milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt and 2 cups flour are blended into the yeast mixture with a hand mixer. #everythingbread #everythingbraidbread #braidbread #homemadebread #breadrecipes

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes). Press down and outwards with the heels of your hands until the dough is springy. Fold the dough in half, press down with the heels of your hands to press it flat. You’ll know you’re done kneading when the dough is smooth and shiny and holds its shape. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Of course you can use a bread maker to mix the dough if you like. We won’t count it as cheating!

Everything Braided Bread dough in a stainless steel bowl. #everythingbread #homemadebread #braidedbread #howtomakebread #easybreadrecipes

Punch down the dough and divide it into thirds. Shape each portion into a 20 inch long rope. When I’m in a pinch and need to measure something in the kitchen I try to use common kitchen tools as a guide. For example my large baking sheet is 17.25″ X 11.5″ so I know that I need the ropes to be a little bit longer than the length of the baking sheet.Everything Bread dough shaped into three 20-inch ropes. #everythingbread #easybreadrecipes #homemadebread #breadfromscratch #braidedbread

Line the largest baking sheet that you have with parchment paper. In this case I used my 17.25″ X 11.5″ mentioned above. Parchment paper is like gold to me in the kitchen! It’s a nonstick baking paper that yields fantastic results. If you know, you know. Place the ropes on the baking sheet and braid. What would Everything Braided Bread be without the braid…..still delicious!!! Pinch the ends to seal and then tuck them under the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until the bread has doubled in size. Braided bread dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. #everythingbread #braidbread #breadbraid #prettybreadrecipes #fancybreadrecipes #everythingseasoningrecipes

Next we’re going to make an egg wash. Combine the egg white (that we saved from earlier) with 2 teaspoons of water. Whisk lightly. Brush the egg wash over the dough. Sprinkle with 5 teaspoons of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning or make your own. To make your own Everything seasoning, combine 1 teaspoon of each; kosher salt, minced onion, sesame, caraway, and poppy seeds. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 22-28 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Everything Braided Bread brushed with an egg wash on a parchment lined baking sheet. #everythingbread #braidedbread #howtobraidbread #howtomakebread #homemadebreadrecipe

This loaf bakes up REALLY big! Like barely fits on my biggest baking sheet big. But can you really ever have enough bread?!? Or you can always bake into two smaller loaves, one for you and one for a friend. Everything Braided Bread is so easy, beautiful, and tasty! You really can’t go wrong. So yummy!!! Have you tried our Skillet Potato Rolls or Milk and Honey Bread yet?Everything Braided Bread by Happylifeblogspot.com #everythingbread #braidbread #braidedbread #easybreadrecipes #howtomakebread #everythingseasoning #everythingbraidbread #homemadebread

Everything Braided Bread

June 3, 2020
: 1 LARGE loaf
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (2-1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon each sesame, caraway and poppy seeds
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Sprinkle the yeast across the top of the surface of the warm water and wait 5-10 minutes until the yeast is nice and bubbly.
  • Step 2 Add in the milk, butter, sugar, egg yolk, 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt and 2 cups flour. Blend with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2-1/2 cups of flour by hand to form a firm dough.
  • Step 3 Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 6-8 minutes). Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Step 4 Punch down the dough and divide it into thirds. Shape each portion into a 20 inch long rope. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the ropes on the baking sheet and braid. Pinch the ends to seal and then tuck them under the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until the bread has doubled in size.
  • Step 5 Combine the egg white (that we saved from earlier) with 2 teaspoons of water. Whisk lightly. Brush the egg wash over the dough.
  • Step 6 Sprinkle with 5 teaspoons of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning or make your own. To make your own Everything seasoning, combine 1 teaspoon of each
  • Step 7 kosher salt, minced onion, sesame, caraway, and poppy seeds.
  • Step 8 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 22-28 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

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Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]


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Pizza Pinwheels

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Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

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Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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