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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 […]

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 Apple takes this easy recipe to the next level. These are not your Grandma’s green beans. I’m talking flavor-packed, jaw dropping, make you beg for seconds type of amazing! Loaded up with savory bacon, delicious onions, tart cranberries, sweet maple syrup and a wallop of whisky, seriously how could you go wrong? Your family will be talking about this show stopper all year long.

Here’s all you’ll need: green beans, onion, bacon, dried cranberries, maple syrup, salt and pepper, and Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple.

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First things first let’s trim and cut the green beans. To really save time you can buy cut beans at the grocery store. Frozen green beans will work in a pinch too!

Green beans being trimmed on a cutting board. #tennesseeapplerecipes #greenbeans #glazedgreenbeans #holidaysidedish #vegetablesidedish

Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans once the water begins to boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a low boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the water and set aside.

Green beans in a large pot of boiling water. #tennesseeapplerecipes #greenbeans #glazedgreenbeans #holidaysidedish #vegetablesidedish

Meanwhile roughly chop the bacon and add it to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Next add in the chopped onion. Continue to cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender. You’ll want to stir constantly towards the end so they don’t stick to the pan.

Chopped onion and bacon cooking in a large skillet. #tennesseeapplerecipes #greenbeans #glazedgreenbeans #holidaysidedish #vegetablesidedish

Turn the heat down to low, then mix in the cranberries. Stir in the maple syrup, Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, and season with salt and pepper. We first heard about Tennessee Apple when we toured the Jack Daniels Distillery back in September. I knew it would be an instant hit in our house but I didn’t realize just how much of a staple it would be until I added it to this recipe. Seriously so good!

Dried cranberries, maple syrup, whisky, onions, and bacon in a large skillet. #tennesseeapplerecipes #greenbeans #glazedgreenbeans #holidaysidedish #vegetablesidedish

Lastly add the green beans back to the skillet and toss to combine until the beans are heated through. We want everything green bean to be smothered and covered in that delicious whisky maple glaze!! Things that make you go Mmmmmmm…….

Green beans are added to the mix in a large skillet. #tennesseeapplerecipes #greenbeans #glazedgreenbeans #holidaysidedish #vegetablesidedish

Move over green bean casserole there’s a new star in town! I’m not asking you to make this Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans, I’m telling you that you absolutely HAVE to!!! Just trust me on this one. Looking for Thanksgiving sides that are both easy and delicious? Try our Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing or Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole too!

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Tennessee Apple Maple Glazed Green Beans

November 27, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups cut fresh green beans
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple
Directions
  • Step 1 Rinse and trim the green beans. Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the green beans once the water begins to boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a low boil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain the water and set aside.
  • Step 2 Chop the bacon and add it to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add in the chopped onion. Continue to cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp and the onion is tender.
  • Step 3 Turn the heat down to low, then mix in the cranberries. Stir in the maple syrup, Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to combine until the beans are heated through. Enjoy!

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Toffee Cookies

Toffee Cookies

One bite of our Toffee Cookies will leave you thinking OMG!! Where have you been all my life? Seriously I’ve been reflecting how truly delicious these little nuggets are and I’m feeling a little guilty for not sharing them sooner. Toffee Cookies are the absolute […]

Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Aunt Lisa’s Sweet Potato Casserole

A few Thanksgiving’s back, my nephew Nathan started to get brave. Our little picky eater who had been known to enjoy a peanut butter sandwich while everyone else shoveled back mounds of delicious food, decided that he wanted to see what all this Thanksgiving fuss […]

Maple Pecan Tarts

Maple Pecan Tarts

How do you make dessert even better? Make it into an adorable hand-held mini size! Maple Pecan Tarts are a darling little spinoff of your family’s favorite classic Pecan Pie. Pecan Pie is a holiday staple at our Thanksgiving table (along with squash and apple too!). So I knew my family would love this pint sized recipe that just tastes like the holidays. The melt in your mouth maple pecan filling is rich and dreamy and just oozing with nostalgia. Pair that with an easy to assemble, delectable tart crust, and Maple Pecan Tarts are sure to bring everyone home for the holidays. You’ll be making memories with every bite!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, cream cheese, flour, eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and pecan halves.

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First let’s make that absolutely wonderful tart crust. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of butter and cream cheese until nice and smooth. It’s easier to work with if they’re both softened a bit. Toss them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so if you need to. I’m just here to make your life easier! You’re welcome!

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Next gradually beat in the flour, half a cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Shape it into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or until firm. Trust me, it’s SO worth the wait!!

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Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it into 12 equal as can be portions. Shape each portion into a ball and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, to form a 5-inch circle. If you find the dough to be too firm, just warm it up with your hands a little bit. The heat from your hands will naturally make it more pliable.

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Transfer each portion to a 4-inch tart pan (with removable bottom). Press the dough into the tart pan and trim any excess dough that hangs over the edges. Place the tarts on a baking sheet (it makes them much easier to handle) and refrigerate for 20 minutes. You can line the baking sheets with parchment paper if you like for an even easier cleanup.

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Meanwhile let’s mix up that amazing Maple Pecan Tart filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract and a dash of salt. I grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, right on the border of Canada, so maple syrup is a must in the flavor department!

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Pour about 1/4 of a cup of filling into each tart shell. Be careful not to overfill or you’ll have maple pecan filling oozing over the sides.

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Finally arrange the pecans on top of the filling. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centers are just about set. This is one of the only times in your life when you can be happy about a little jiggle! Remove from the oven and transfer Maple Pecan Tarts to wire racks to cool.

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Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, you can have whatever you like! I’d love to hear some of your variations!! Make your Thanksgiving dessert table one to remember this year and try our Ginger Streusel Pumpkin Pie, Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake or Apple Hand Pies!

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Maple Pecan Tarts

November 14, 2018
: 12 tarts
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3 cups pecan halves
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the flour, half a cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Shape it into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or until firm.
  • Step 2 Remove the dough from the fridge and divide it into 12 equal as can be portions. Shape each portion into a ball and roll it out to form a 5-inch circle. Transfer each portion to a 4-inch tart pan (with removable bottom). Press the dough into the tart pan and trim any excess that hangs over the edges. Place the tarts on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Step 3 In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, maple syrup, 2/3 cup melted butter, vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Pour about 1/4 of a cup of filling into each tart shell. Be careful not to overfill.
  • Step 4 Arrange the pecans on top of the filling. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centers are just about set. Cool on a wire racks. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Ok so I know that every single store has flipped the switch from Halloween to Christmas, but you guys, I’m not done with pumpkin everything season yet! You can take away my pumpkin spice lattes but I’m still gonna celebrate. So this next recipe not […]

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 […]

Irish Cream Fudge

Irish Cream Fudge

Looking for a quick and easy St. Patty’s Day dessert? This Irish Cream Fudge recipe is sure to please! A smooth and creamy fudge, spiked with a little kick of cream liquor. Yum!!!!! This rich and decadent dessert is the perfect balance of coffee and Irish cream. A flavorful treat that is sure to wow you! One taste of this decadent fudge and you’ll see why the Irish (and the Canadians) are so lucky! We fell in love with the Canadian Cream at the Wayne Gretzky Winery & Distillery on our trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Right away I knew it would be amazing for this recipe. You can swap out for Bailey’s or your favorite Irish cream liquor. One bite and Irish Cream Fudge will become a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, evaporated milk, Irish cream liquor, instant coffee crystals, marshmallow fluff, white chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.

Irish Cream Fudge ingredients list

First combine the coffee crystals and cream liquor in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the coffee crystals dissolve when stirred. Set aside. I couldn’t resist trying a little taste at this point and I was blown away!! New rule: Only drink coffee with Canadian Cream.

Combine the coffee crystals and cream liquor in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the coffee crystals dissolve when stirred.  

Next in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter, evaporated milk, sugar and marshmallow fluff over medium heat. Heat until all of the ingredients are melted. The mixture should be smooth and creamy. Irish Cream Fudge is such a splurge but so worth it!!!

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter, evaporated milk, sugar and marshmallow fluff over medium heat.

Then stir in the cream liquor and coffee mixture. Mmmm!!! This is where all of our flavor comes into play!

After that bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Take my advice on that big pot recommendation! Or if you’re like me you can white knuckle it and nervously repeat “Please don’t boil over! Please don’t boil over!” while you stir. I like to live on the edge apparently. Spoiler alert! It didn’t boil over but I was definitely pushing the limits on this one!! Big pot! Trust me.

Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes stirring frequently.

Finally remove from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips. The mixture will be thick! Continue to stir until the white chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is silky smooth! A whisk helped to speed this process along.

Finally remove from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

Lastly pour the mixture into a foil lined 8X8 pan so it’s nice and smooth. Allow the fudge to cool completely to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour until it’s nice and firm. Once you’re sure that it’s completely solid all the way through, lift the foil out of the pan. Cut the fudge into 1 inch squares.

Pour the mixture into a foil lined 8X8 pan so it's nice and smooth. Allow the fudge to cool completely to room temperature.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. This Irish Cream Fudge is pretty magical. Just watch it disappear!!!

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Irish Cream Fudge

March 9, 2018
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 Irish cream liquor
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals
  • 7 oz marshmallow fluff
  • 1 pkg white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine the coffee crystals and cream liquor in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until the coffee crystals dissolve when stirred. Set aside.
  • Step 2 Next in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter, evaporated milk, sugar and marshmallow fluff over medium heat. Heat until all of the ingredients are melted.
  • Step 3 Then stir in the cream liquor and coffee mixture. Bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Step 4 Remove from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips. Stir until the white chocolate chips are completely melted.
  • Step 5 Pour the fudge mixture into the foil lined pan. Spread evenly until smooth.
  • Step 6 Allow the fudge to cool completely to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour until firm. Once it’s completely solid, lift out of container, and cut into 1 inch squares. Stir in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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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 […]