Tag: Christmas recipes

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. […]

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 […]

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas cookies?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well I’m here to tell you that you do! Grrrrllll……..I got you! They very well could be the easiest cookies you will ever make! I’ve been adding them to Christmas cookie trays for years now and everyone has been none the wiser of my cookie shortcut. You see, the cookie dough is actually…..wait for it….CAKE MIX! Of course you’ll need to add a couple more ingredients, but the basic dough is just cake mix, eggs, and oil. You can play with the flavors and pick your own add ins. I’ve used chocolate cake mix with Christmas colored M&Ms here to make them festive, but adding Reese’s Pieces instead is one of my all time favorite combinations. What are you waiting for??? Let’s get baking!

Here’s all you’ll need: cake mix, oil, eggs, Christmas M&Ms.

Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Yep! Everything in one bowl. I told ya this would be easy!!

Mix with a hand mixer on a low to medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes).

Stir in the M&Ms or the add in of your choice! I recently hosted a slumber party with my niece and nephew and we paired white cake mix with chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and they turned out fab! They love baking with Aunt Lisa!

Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve done these two ways and both have worked wonderful. Traditionally I would portion out spoonful sizes and roll them by hand into balls. This dough is very sticky. The key to working with it is a light touch. Pretend they are very delicate as you roll them. BUT…..I’ve recently used my cookie scoop to drop them by the spoonful and it’s an excellent alternative to getting your hands dirty! You can place additional M&Ms on top to make them extra pretty.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes on the middle and top racks of your oven. Don’t forget to rotate your cookie sheets about halfway through baking so you get that nice and even bake. Remove from the pan and allow cookies to cool. I bet Santa would love a batch of these paired with a nice, big glass of cold milk!

Cake Mix Cookies

December 6, 2017
: 24 cookies
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup M&Ms
Directions
  • Step 1 Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms.
  • Step 2 Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls if desired.
  • Step 3 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool. Enjoy!

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Cheesy Sausage Balls

Cheesy Sausage Balls

Is it just me or does it feel like once December 1st hits on the calendar, time actually speeds up??? I swear I blink and suddenly it’s Christmas Eve! Maybe it’s the millions of things I have to do from now until then. Or maybe […]

White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps

White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps

There’s nothing like a gingersnap to kick off the holiday season! They make the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table or a Christmas cookie tray. I love to gift them all by themselves or in a cozy holiday basket. Best served with a nice cup […]

Pie Crust Just Like Grandma Used To Make

Pie Crust Just Like Grandma Used To Make

Sooooooooo……I have a confession to make! I’ve never actually made pie crust from scratch….until NOW! This was my first one EVER! I’ve always used store bought pie crusts. Every. Single. Time. REALLY!!! Sometimes I would dress them up with an egg wash or coarse sugar to make them look fancy, but they were just impostors all this time. Sometimes people really did believe that my pie crusts were homemade! (I never confessed unless they asked…I plead the fifth!) But now that I know just how easy it is to make your own pie crust, I don’t think that I’ll ever use store bought again. I mean seriously the recipe is only 4 ingredients and one of those ingredients is WATER! Not only that but it literally takes 5 minutes to whip this up and then you toss it in the fridge to chill. Some people Netflix and Chill, now I Piecrust and Chill. You really can’t mess this one up. Why was I under the illusion that pie crusts were such a hassle all this time??? No really! Where did I come up with these lies?!? This recipe is the quickest, simplest, most delicious way to step up your baking game! You NEED this one in your recipe collection.

Combine salt and flour in a large bowl. Simple.


Add shortening. Easy enough.


Cut in shortening with a fork or knife til it resembles coarse crumbs. You got this!


Stir in water until the mixture forms a ball. This is where I got a little hands on and just start squishing it all together. I don’t mind getting my hands a little dirty! You can do this!


And all of a sudden, just like magic, it looks like a pie crust!


Divide dough in half and shape into 2 balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Piecrust and Chill.


Roll out dough on a floured surface. Look how perfect! Just call me Betty Crocker.


Use as directed in your pie recipe. Trim crust as needed. Look at you! Making pie crusts all by yourself! Grandma would be proud!!

We used this recipe to make a homemade fresh cherry pie with cherries that we picked ourselves from Becker Farms. You can read all about our trip to the farm here

Pie Crust Just Like Grandma Used To Make

July 25, 2017
: recipe for double pie crust
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine salt and flour in a large bowl.
  • Step 2 Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Step 3 Add water and mix until well combined. Dough will form into a ball.
  • Step 4 Divide in half and shape into two balls. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • Step 5 Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Use as directed in pie recipe.

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