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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 […]

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 […]

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Calling all cinnamon roll lovers!!! Have I got a cookie for you?!? Clear your schedule  because you need to put “Bake Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies” at the top of your to do list. From the very first batch all I could think was WOW…these cookies really are something special. These super adorable bitesize cookies look and taste just like a homemade cinnamon roll, but in a mini size. The recipe is so much fun to make and even more fun to eat…obviously!! Seriously I dare you to try to eat just one. Absolutely impossible! These little guys are meant to be eaten like 5 at a time…minimum. Let’s get this show on the road. The faster we make them, the faster we can taste them.

Here’s all you’ll need: brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, cream cheese, white sugar, egg, vanilla, orange zest, all-purpose flour, baking powder, dry active yeast, salt, confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

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Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well blended. Set this mixture aside. We’ll be using it a little later to create that delicious cinnamon swirl!

Cinnamon and brown sugar mixed together in a small mixing bowl. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Next add the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. I usually soften my butter in the microwave cause I’m a little bit of a cheater like that. 15-20 seconds should do the job! Just keep in mind, we’re going for soft not melted.

Then beat in the egg and orange zest. The orange zest gives this recipe just the slightest hint of orange and in my opinion is the perfect touch. Orange zest is the colorful peel of the orange and adds a bright citrus note to recipes. To create orange zest, run the skin of an orange against a grater.

Butter, cream cheese and sugar are creamed together in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Add in the baking powder, yeast, and salt and mix to combine. Now add the flour to the creamed mixture. Mix it in about a half a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. The end result should be a soft cookie dough.

baking powder, yeast, salt, and flour are added to the creamed mixture to form a soft cookie dough. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Next divide the dough into 2 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into an 8X10-inch rectangle (see below). Sprinkle each rectangle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover. Don’t worry too much about those brown sugar lumps. They’ll melt right into the cookies while they’re baking.

The cookie dough is rolled into an 8X10-inch rectangle and covered with the cinnamon sugar mixture. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Starting with one of the long sides, roll up tightly jelly-roll style. Pinch the edges slightly to seal. Then cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. And yes, you can absolutely leave this cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight. So if a cookie baking marathon is in your future feel free to prep this one the day before.

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When you’re ready to bake, remove the cookie dough logs from the refrigerator. Cut the dough crossways into 3/4″ slices. Place the cookie dough slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Parchment paper = no mess no stress which I love! It also prevents sticking and reduces browning both resulting in better cookies. Now’s also the perfect time to reshape those cookies into better shaped circles if you need to.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. Now I already know what you’re thinking…how can I tell if the bottoms are lightly browned? Well you’re going to have to sacrifice a cookie or two and carefully check until you hone in the perfect baking time for your oven. 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.

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies slices on a parchment lined baking sheet ready to go into the oven. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

While the Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies are baking we can whip up that tasty glazed topping. Mmmmm-mmm! In a small bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract whisked together in a small bowl. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Remove the cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let the cookies stand and allow the glaze to set if you plan on stacking or saving some for later. Otherwise dive right in!!!

Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet covered in glaze. #cinnamonrollcookies #cookies #christmascookies #cinnamonrolls #cinnamonbuncookies #cinnamondesserts

Now isn’t that just the cutest cookie that you’ve ever laid eyes on?!? It surely won’t stop me from devouring it! And since you’re baking up a storm you might as well try our Cappuccino Cookies or Toffee Cookies too.

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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies

December 5, 2019
: 36 cookies
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2-1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the brown sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl. Mix the ingredients together until well blended. Set aside.
  • Step 2 Add the softened butter, cream cheese and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and orange zest.
  • Step 3 Add in the baking powder, yeast, and salt and mix to combine. Mix in the flour about a half a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added to form a soft cookie dough.
  • Step 4 Divide the dough into 2 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into an 8X10-inch rectangle. Sprinkle each rectangle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture to cover.
  • Step 5 Starting with one of the long sides, roll up tightly jelly-roll style. Pinch the edges slightly to seal. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Step 6 Remove the cookie dough logs from the refrigerator. Cut the dough crossways into 3/4″ slices. Place the cookie dough slices onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are light brown. Remove the cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE:
  • Step 8 In a small bowl whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let the cookies stand and allow the glaze to set. Enjoy!

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Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

Looking for the perfect last minute side to bring to your holiday gathering? Well Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans are here to help! Dress up green beans with a delicious maple glaze that’s simple, sweet, and savory. A little splash of Jack Daniels Tennessee […]

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

Call it stuffing or call it dressing, it really doesn’t matter as long as you call it delicious!!! Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Our take on this Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing is a classic, no frills, anything but basic holiday stuffing recipe. […]

Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini bread is great and all but aren’t Zucchini Cupcakes even cuter?!? I mean it just doesn’t get any better than these adorable hand held little bundles of joy. In fact, I’m already planning on growing zucchini in my garden next year just for this recipe! Well that, and Pizza Zucchini Casserole! The spice flavor of these super moist cupcakes is absolute perfection. And that caramel frosting!! OMG!! Grrrlll….don’t even get me started….To. Die. For! You won’t even believe these out of this world cupcakes contain vegetables. Even my green veggie hating nephew gobbled one down! Seriously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. This will surely be your new favorite way to eat your zucchini. Promise!

Here’s all you’ll need: eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, almond extract, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, zucchini, brown sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar.

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Let’s get started! First in a large bowl, mix together the eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, and almond extract. Beat iiiiiittt!! Just Beat iiittttttt!!!

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Next in a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. That means our flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cloves. Whisk to combine.

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Then gradually add the dry mix to the egg ingredients a cup at a time. Blend it all up until it’s fully combined. Now here’s the part where we sneak in the veggies. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of shredded zucchini. Make sure you mix it up good and hide it in that batter. Especially if you have any picky nephew taste testers! Hee heeee!!

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Place paper cupcake liners into a muffin pan. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full with batter. Boop. Boop. Booop! BOOP!! It helps if you make the noise. No really it does! Wipe away any excess spillage so it doesn’t stick to the muffin pan. You guys really didn’t think I was this neat did you?!?! Pffffftttttt!!!

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Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I always check it at 20. You can always bake it for a longer amount of time, but you can’t reverse over baked cupcakes. Ya feel me? Cool in the muffin pan for eh…..about 10 minutes.

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While the cupcakes are baking (or cooling) we can whip up some of that delish frosting I was telling you about earlier. You know the one where you’re gonna wanna lick the spoon! In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat to melt the butter. Bring it to a boil and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.

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Next remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool to a lukewarm, room temperature-ish type of thing. I’d even encourage you to toss it in the fridge to speed up the process!

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Gradually mix in the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. My whisk attachment got rid of all the bumps. Ain’t nobody got time to sift confectioners sugar. At least not this girl! Slather up those cooled cupcakes with a big ole heap of frosting. I mean these cupcakes are totally fine naked but how could you not dress them up with a nice coat of melt in your mouth, already making me drool, caramel frosting???

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And….prepare to be dazzled by that first bite!! I mean that is…if you haven’t licked your fingers already. Zucchini has never tasted so sinfully good!!

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Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

September 18, 2018
: 18 cupcakes
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, beat the eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, and almond extract.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cloves). Whisk to combine.
  • Step 3 Gradually add the dry mix to the egg ingredients a cup at a time. Blend until fully combined. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of shredded zucchini and mix well.
  • Step 4 Place paper cupcake liners into a muffin pan. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes.
  • Step 5 Meanwhile, In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat to melt the butter. Bring to a boil and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Step 6 Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool to a lukewarm temperature. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. Frost cooled cupcakes. Enjoy!

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Everything Dinner Rolls

Everything Dinner Rolls

Our Everything Dinner Rolls go with well…..EVERYTHING!!! Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, yet fancy enough to serve at a holiday meal, like say…Easter for instance. I find myself constantly coming back to this recipe, especially at the holidays. It’s great in a pinch because […]

Easy Eggnog Fudge

Easy Eggnog Fudge

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…..my hubby is an eggnog freak!!! No he doesn’t do weird things with eggnog……but he IS pretty eggnog obsessed!! He absolutely loves it and cannot get enough. Unfortunately for him, it’s only available for a short […]

Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites

Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites

It happens to us EVERY holiday! We’re busy people. We usually have to be somewhere, or have people coming over, or have to cook. I wake up and start working in the kitchen and I get so busy that I forget to make us breakfast. Coffee doesn’t count as breakfast….did you know that btw?!? So we go about our day, running on caffeine, like it’s no big deal and then by dinner time we. are. actually. starving!!! Who can relate? But I’ve been trying to get better at that. On Christmas morning especially, everyone is excited about presents and not so much about breakfast. These Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites are sure to change that! They are very portable, extremely poppable, and just enough to get you through your hectic day! You can even eat them WHILE you’re opening presents!! Your kids will love that!!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, white vinegar, vanilla extract, an egg, butter, cream cheese, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, and pre cooked bacon (click the link for our No Mess Bacon Tutorial).

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, ½ tsp salt, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and vinegar together. Let stand for one minute. I know the vinegar sounds odd, but basically you are creating DIY buttermilk. Which leads me to my next point….you can sub in buttermilk if you like! Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and melted butter.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl.

Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon into each cup by the tablespoonful. Try not to be as messy as I was. I swear I really WAS trying to be neat! Wipe away any excess drips with a paper towel and pretend they didn’t happen. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Next let’s make our frosting while the muffins are baking. These pancake bites are perfectly delicious all on their own, but let’s face it….MAPLE. BACON!!! Enough said! Add the cream cheese, maple syrup, and confectioners sugar to a small bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. (This was my hand mixers last run right here. RIP! We had a good run!)

Look at those cute lil treats!!! Are they pancakes? Are they muffins? Maybe a little of both! Loosen the edges with a butter knife and remove from the baking pan. 

After trying out our No Mess Bacon tutorial, because why would you make bacon any other way?, crumble into small pieces. Think bacon sprinkles!!!

Once pancake bites are cool enough to handle, dip in the maple glaze and then top with bacon “sprinkles”. The glaze is a bit sticky so you’ll want to lick your fingers, errr…., I mean, wash your hands when you’re done!

Serve warm ad enjoy! I love these hot out of the oven, but I’ve also had them cold and they are still fabulous. I’ve made them ahead of time and reheated and yep! Still good. I’ve microwaved them for a few seconds and they were still delish. Pop them back in the oven and yes still yummy too! Just be sure to refrigerate any leftovers….that is, if you have any!

Maple Glazed Mini Pancake Bites

December 15, 2017
: 24 mini pancakes
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/4 stick butter, melted
  • FOR THE ICING:
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/8 cup real maple syrup
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and finely chopped
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook and crumble bacon. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, ½ tsp salt, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.
  • Step 3 In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and vinegar together. Let stand for one minute. Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and melted butter.
  • Step 4 Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  • Step 5 Grease a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon into each cup by the tablespoonful. Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Step 6 Add the cream cheese, maple syrup, and confectioners sugar to a small bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Step 7 Once pancake bites are cool enough to handle, dip in the maple glaze and then top with bacon. Serve warm ad enjoy! Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Chocolate Overload Cake

Chocolate Overload Cake

So let me talk about this cake for a minute! I baked this up for the blog and dropped a few slices off with family and friends. My brother, Danny and sister in law, Sarah, were two of the lucky recipients. After I dropped off […]