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Butterfinger Cheesecake

Butterfinger Cheesecake

Whether you’re looking to use up that leftover Halloween candy that’s hanging around or brainstorming an epic Thanksgiving spread that will knock everyone’s socks off, Butterfinger Cheesecake fits the bill perfectly. Cheesecake is such an amazing dessert on its own but when you toss in crispy, […]

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 […]

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.

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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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Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they […]

S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

I’m pretty sure S’mores are the official dessert of Summer. Well if you like S’mores then you’re gonna flip out over S’mores bars!! These deliciously decadent bars taste just like S’mores but without all the mess. Heck, you can even skip the bon fire which […]

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad is the summer side dish your whole family will agree on! Loaded up with all of your favorite pizza toppings, this hearty salad tastes just like your favorite pizza. We’re always in need of new summer side dishes that pair well with the grill and Pizza Pasta Salad fits the bill perfectly. Keep it traditional like we did, or make it your own by adding your favorite pizza toppings. Try adding black olives, fresh peppers, mushrooms, or even a little fresh basil from the garden. Yum!!! You’ll be the hit of your next party with Pizza Pasta Salad on the menu.

Here’s all you’ll need: bowtie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese cubes, mozzarella cheese cubes, sliced pepperoni, canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

Pizza Pasta Salad ingredients list.

Did I mention this recipe comes together quickly and can be prepared ahead of time? Bonus! If you can boil water, cook pasta, and slice veggies and cheese, then you got this! Start by prepping the tomatoes, green onions, and cheese. Cut the tomatoes in half, slice the green onions and cube the cheeses.

Sliced green onions on a cutting board.

Next cook the pasta according to package directions. We used bowties because I love their fun shape but of course you any similar sized pasta. Rotini (spiral pasta), Rigatoni, Rotelle (wagon wheels) or even Cavatappi would work great! Drain, rinse, and cool the pasta, then add it to a large mixing bowl. We’ll be adding A LOT of toppings so the bigger the bowl the better!!

Coked bowtie pasta in a large metal bowl.

Here come those toppings!! Add the pepperoni slices, green onions, tomatoes, cheeses and any extra pizza toppings of your choosing to the bowl. Yum, yum, yum!! I’m ready to dive right in.

Pepperoni slices, green onions, tomatoes, and sliced cheese in a bowl, layered on top of the bowtie pasta.

Now let’s make that dressing! I love using a homemade dressing rather than bottled. This one’s a cinch to make and jam packed with amazing flavor. Combine the canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix it all up and you’ve got yourself an easy peasy delicious dressing.

Homemade dressing in a small bowl ready to be poured onto the pasta salad.

Pour the dressing over pasta salad to cover and toss to coat. Make sure to get the toppings distributed nice and evenly. I want a little bit of everything on my plate! Cover and refrigerate for an hour or until ready to serve.

Pizza Pasta Salad like almost any pasta salad really soaks up that dressing. If you plan on making ahead of time, I’d add the dressing the morning of or a few hours before you’re ready to serve.

Isn’t she gorgeous??? Pizza Pasta Salad tastes as good as it looks! I bet you’ll be going for seconds. Looking for more summer sides? Try our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad or Foil Packet Italian Veggies next!

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Pizza Pasta Salad

May 31, 2019
: 16
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 box bowtie macaroni
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and cool the pasta, then add it to a large mixing bowl.
  • Step 2 Add the pepperoni slices, green onions, tomatoes, cheeses and any extra pizza toppings of your choosing to the bowl.
  • Step 3 Combine the canola oil, Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Step 4 Pour the dressing over pasta salad to cover and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or until ready to serve. Enjoy!
  • Step 5 **Pizza Pasta Salad like almost any pasta salad really soaks up that dressing. If you plan on making ahead of time, I’d add the dressing the morning of or a few hours before you’re ready to serve.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on […]

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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One Pan Skillet Lasagna

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

Summer’s heating up this week in Buffalo but our One Pan Skillet Lasagna is here to save the day! No need to crank up the oven for this one pan wonder. It’s made completely on the stovetop to help you beat the heat. This quick […]