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Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread

Easy Artichoke Bread makes a great snack for game day, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…or really any day for that matter. This crusty French bread is rich, creamy, and super cheesy or in other words everything you would want an indulgent snack to be! It can be […]

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread

Broccoli Cheese Spread is such a simple recipe but it’s so amazingly good. You absolutely need this quick and easy appetizer recipe in your arsenal. I mean could there be a more classic combination than broccoli and cheese? I don’t think so! Just try it […]

Chicken Wing Dip

Chicken Wing Dip

Alright let’s just cut to the chase here! This next recipe is called Chicken Wing Dip NOT “Buffalo” Chicken Wing Dip. You don’t call them “Buffalo” wings if you actually live in Buffalo. The Buffalo part is just assumed cause everyone knows that when it comes to wings, we do it best! Chicken Wing Dip is a game day staple in these parts and after one little taste you’ll see why. Nothing goes better with football than the amazing flavor of pizza and wings. Now if you wanna do it right you’ve gotta know a few things, first Frank’s RedHot sauce is a must!!! True chicken wing lovers will swear by this fact. And second, for Heaven’s sake do not omit the blue cheese! A true wing dip has blue cheese…it’s a Buffalo thing. And if you really wanna do this deliciously cheesy, oh so delish dip the justice it deserves, serve it with celery and carrots along with your favorite dippers.

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, cooked chicken, Buffalo wing sauce (or hot sauce), blue cheese salad dressing, and colby jack cheese.

Chicken Wing Dip ingredients list

Let’s get started cause I know you can’t wait to dive in to some Chicken Wing Dip. Frank’s RedHot sauce is the way to go. This wing sauce is the real deal or you can keep it old school with the classic Frank’s RedHot hot sauce. Of course you can swap out for your favorite wing sauce or hot sauce but just know that in Buffalo we’re using Frank’s. (and this is definitely not an ad)

A bottle Frank's RedHot wing sauce

Soften the cream cheese Soften cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Next add the wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Mix well with a hand mixer or by hand. It’s ok if the cream cheese is a little lumpy and not completely smooth. It’ll all melt down in the oven while it bakes. Ok so I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if you absolutely are not into blue cheese, yes you can swap out for Ranch. (But I might get hate mail over that one!)

Cream cheese, blue cheese and hot sauce mixed together in a bowl.

Next chop up or shred the cooked chicken. The absolute quickest and easiest way to do this is to grab one of those pre-cooked rotisserie chickens. Slice a little bit off and BAM! You’re done. Of course you can cook your own chicken breasts or use canned chicken as well.

Rotisserie chicken chopped into bitesize pieces on a cutting board.

Add the cooked chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the bowl and mix it all up. All that creamy, cheesy goodness is going to melt down and hold this thing together.

Cooked chicken and colby jack cheese are added to the bowl.

Place in a 1-quart baking dish and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until that top layer of cheese is nice and melty! I placed this guy on a baking sheet just in case it bubbled over.

Chicken Wing Dip placed in a 1-quart shallow baking dish and topped with cheese.

Remove from the oven and serve warm. Tastes just like a chicken wing dipped in blue cheese. Mmmm-mmm good!! Ain’t no thang like a chicken wing!! You know what pairs perfectly with Chicken Wing Dip??? Our Cheesy Pizza Dip, of course!!

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Chicken Wing Dip

September 17, 2019
: makes about 2 cups
: easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (Frank's RedHot sauce)
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • carrots, celery, pretzels or tortilla chips for dipping
Directions
  • Step 1 Soften cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Add the wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Mix well.
  • Step 2 Add 1-1/2 cups cooked chicken and 1 cup of cheese to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Step 3 Place in a 1-quart baking dish and top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese s melted.
  • Step 4 Remove from the oven and serve warm with celery, carrots, and your favorite dippers. Enjoy!

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Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Raise your hand if you could use a little more fruit in your life. Well our Tropical Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips is here to help you with that. Fruit Salsa makes the perfect appetizer or snack for summer because it’s so light and refreshing. […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, […]

Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini pizzas are fun to eat, extremely dippable, and 100% kid approved. And did you notice there’s only 5 ingredients? I mean c’mon!! Perfect for game day, after school snacking and just about everything in between. You’ll be making this one again and again!

Here’s all you’ll need: pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, an egg, and crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels ingredients list

Let’s get rolling! First we need to dice up that pepperoni into itty bitty pieces. Short on time? Try pepperoni minis instead! As if this recipe couldn’t get an easier.

Diced pepperoni on a cutting board.

In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. Only the yolk. Make sure to save the egg white! We’ll be using it a little later.

Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and an egg yolk mixed together in a small bowl.

Next pop the top on that crescent dough and try not to jump! I know, I know. It’s near impossible. Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece.

Crescent dough unrolled on the countertop. Seams are pinched together to form one large rectangular sheet of dough.

Then spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges. Because what’s a pizza without loads of pepperoni and cheese??? I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. Switching up the cheese and fillings can give it a fun twist. Diced ham and cheddar would be a perfect pair! The possibilities are really endless!! Mmm mmm.

Pepperoni and cheese spread over top of the crescent roll dough.

Time to get rollin’! Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. This is how we get that amazing spiral. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Place the roll on a cutting board and cut into 12 equal sized slices. I start by cutting the roll in half. Then cut both of those halves in half. Then cut each one of those pieces into thirds. This helps to keep all my slices nice and uniform.

Dough rolled up jelly-roll style to form a log. The log is then cut into 12 equal pieces.

Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is so clutch here!! You know I love it but in this case it’s seriously a MUST! The melty cheesy goodness on the inside will easily stick to the pan and no one wants that. Oh and remember that egg white we set aside earlier? Well now’s the time to use it. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.

Pizza Pinwheel dough slices place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce or Ranch if you’re crazy like that and watch them disappear. No seriously, you better grab one for yourself!

Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet hot out of the oven.

Look at that spiral though! That bubbly, delicious cheese gets me ever time. It’s always a good time for Pizza Pinwheels!! And if you haven’t discovered our Cheesy Pizza Dip yet, you’re gonna wanna put that one on the list, like, ASAP.

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Pizza Pinwheels

January 28, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the diced pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, oregano, and the egg yolk. (Set the egg white aside for later)
  • Step 2 Unroll the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams closed to form one big piece. Spread the cheese and pepperoni mixture over top to within 1/4″ of the edges.
  • Step 3 Starting with the shortest side, roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Pinch the seam closed to seal. Cut the roll into 12 equal sized slices.
  • Step 4 Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly beat the egg white and then brush it over the tops of the pizza pinwheels.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is pretty much at the top of everyone’s favorite soup list! This popular soup is made with basic ingredients but is just SO tasty. Today I’m sharing with you my go to Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe. It really hits the spot on […]

Ham and Cheese Bites

Ham and Cheese Bites

Our Ham and Cheese Bites make the cutest lil appetizer ever! This tasty bitesize snack works great for Easter brunch and doubles as a wonderful appetizer for Easter dinner too. They’re also perfect for after school snacking. Little fingers won’t be able to resist this […]

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

Soooo….you know I love me a good no bake last minute recipe! With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I wanted to bring you this super easy, super delicious party snack. Just because a recipe comes together quickly doesn’t mean it can’t be a show stopper! Our Chocolate Chip Cheesecake ball is a fun spin on the traditional cheese ball and is sure to be the game day MVP. You can even make it ahead of time or even the day before, refrigerate, and pull it out in time for kickoff. More sweet than savory, it’s dessert like flavor is a hit with kids and adults alike. Equal parts cheesecake and chocolate chip cookie dough, this yummy snack will have your party goers huddled around the food table! Ready, set, hike!!!

Here’s all you’ll need: cream cheese, butter, vanilla, confectioners sugar, brown sugar, mini chocolate chips, pecans, and graham crackers for dipping.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball ingredients list

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla until smooth. I totally cheated and nuked the cream cheese for 30 seconds in the microwave, then added the butter and ran it for another 15 seconds. Instantly softened cream cheese and butter for the win!

cream cheese and butter in a bowl being mixed with a hand mixer.

Next add the brown sugar and confectioners sugar and mix until well blended. The mixture should be nice and creamy and tastes just like cheesecake at this point! YUM!!!!

Brown sugar mixed into the bowl.

Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Mix until evenly distributed. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for two hours or until firm enough to shape. This recipe is literally just a bunch of refrigeration time with about 5 minutes of actual work. I won’t tell if you don’t! Super simple recipes are my favorite!!

Mini chocolate chips being stirred into the bowl.

Place the mixture on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Cover completely with the plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Place the ball into a bowl and refrigerate for one hour. The bowl helps to keep its round shape. And don’t forget, you can make this the morning of, or the day before and just keep it refrigerated until ready to serve. That is….if you can keep your hands out of it until then!

Cheesecake mixture rolled into a ball and covered with plastic wrap.

Unwrap the cheesecake ball and roll the ball into the chopped pecans before serving. Nom nom nom nom!! You’re gonna wanna double dip! You’ve been warned!

Cheesecake ball rolled in a bowl of chopped pecans.

Serve Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball with graham crackers, animal crackers, Nella wafers, pretzels, anything that you would love to cover with chocolate chips and cheesecake! I pick all of the above!!! I’m about to run a BLITZ and charge the dessert table!! If you’re loving this recipe, you’ve gotta try our Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies too!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball

January 31, 2018
: 16
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Graham crackers
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Step 2 Add the brown sugar and confectioners sugar and mix until well blended.
  • Step 3 Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for two hours or until firm enough to shape.
  • Step 4 Place the mixture on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Cover completely with the plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Step 5 Unwrap and roll the ball into the chopped pecans before serving. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels or your favorite dippers. Enjoy!!

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Cheesy Pizza Dip

Cheesy Pizza Dip

It’s no secret that I love ALL things pizza!! I’ll take it in any way, shape or form….JUST GIMME ALL THE PIZZA!!!! No really. All that gooey, cheesy goodness gives me heart eyes. And our Cheesy Pizza Dip is no exception! It’s the perfect party […]