With Memorial Day coming up next week, it’s time to think about stars and stripes!!! Memorial Day cookie cake is a quick and easy dessert to take to your Memorial Day picnic or family BBQ. This treat is soft, chewy and smells amazing. It will be loved by all. Continue reading
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- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 can-8 oz crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , at room temperature
- 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 4 1/2 cups sifted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Grease a standard bundt pan.
- Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed together.
- Beat in bananas and pineapple. Fold in pecans.
- Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
- Carefully pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 70 minutes.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack
- Let cool completely.
To make the frosting: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the sugar, then the vanilla, to make a smooth frosting.
This recipe is so easy and you only need a few ingredients.
- Chex Mix Cereal (any variety)
- White chocolate chips – 1 package
- Powdered Sugar – about 1 cup
- Mini Pretzels Twists
- M&Ms – Valentine colors
- (2) Gallon-sized Plastic Bags
- Parchment paper
- Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Set it aside. Next, you’ll divide your Chex Mix between two plastic bags and set aside.
- Now, melt your white chocolate in the microwave for about 20 seconds, mix and heat again until melted.
- Pour the candy in the plastic bags and toss/shake around to coat all the cereal.
- Add your powdered sugar and toss that to cover the candy coated cereal pieces.
- Now, add in your pretzels and mix.
- Finally, place it on your cookie sheet and sprinkle your red, pink & white M&Ms.
Happy Valentines’ Day!
This recipe is simply the easiest and best quiche ever! It can be an easy vegetarian recipe too, just add your favorite veggies (minus the bacon)!!
- 12 slices of bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
- 1 Cup Swiss cheese, shredded (about 4 ounces)
- 1/3 Cup onion, diced
- 2 Cups milk
- 1 Cup Bisquick
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
- Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate.
- Sprinkle the crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and diced onion evenly over the bottom of the pie plate.
- Beat the eggs with the salt and pepper and then stir in the milk.
- Add in the Bisquick and beat until smooth – it must be smooth to work.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the ingredients in the pie plate.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the quiche comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
My grandmother’s recipe for Italian Soft Biscuits always reminds me of the holiday season. They are the perfect treat for those who want to make something simple, but still get in the holiday spirit! Jazz them up with red, green, or blue sprinkles and you’ll have the perfect dessert for any holiday party. Enjoy!
Ingredients for biscuits:
- ¼ lb. of butter
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 6 eggs
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of anise
- 3 cups of flour
Ingredients for icing:
- 1 ¼ cups of powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Instructions for biscuits:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time into the batter. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and anise. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add this to the batter. Grease and flour three cookie sheets – the batter will create about 9 rows of dough. Put three rows onto each cookie sheet. Put in the oven for 15-20 mins. Allow the biscuits to cool.
Instructions for icing:
Combine powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and lemon juice into a bowl, and mix with spatula until icing consistency is similar to milk. Once the biscuits are cool, drizzle icing over top of the rows and then cut the rows to the size you would like. Throw some colorful sprinkles on the top to complete the dessert!
This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving classic! Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used. Bruce’s Brand of canned yams is easy to find this time of year at your local grocery store. It is a crowd pleaser and easy to make.
- 1 (29 ounce) can sweet potatoes or yams
- 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place sweet potatoes/yams in a medium baking dish. Place butter pieces evenly over the top of sweet potatoes/yams. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Layer with miniature marshmallows.
- Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes and marshmallows have melted.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving from my table to yours!
This recipe is also great for last-minute dinner emergencies. If you need a side dish for a potluck or party, this would be a perfect go-to.
- 1 small (1-2 lb) butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and sliced into “fries”
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne powder
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Place the fries into a bowl with the olive oil. Toss until all the fries are coated. Season with remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
- Pour onto baking tray and evenly spread out so no pieces overlap. Place into oven and bake for 20 minutes. Flip, and continue baking for another 10-20 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached.
I hope everyone is starting to enjoy the beginning of fall weather! It is starting to get cool, but not cold. The sunsets are just gorgeous and the leaves are beginning to change pretty colors. What more can you ask for…OK donuts/cake…my thoughts exactly.
One thing I can’t get enough of during the fall is apples. The fresh juicy apples are just waiting to be baked in some delicious way.
Try this recipe and see what you think. I love to bake this time of year.
It warms my soul and my tummy.
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease bundt pan with baking spray.
In medium saucepan, bring chopped apple and cider to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until most of the cider has been absorbed and apples are easily smashed with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat, cool 5 minutes, and then pulse in food processor until pureed. Stir in milk into apple puree; set aside.
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon; set aside.
In large bowl, beat unsalted butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add oil and beat until incorporated, about 1 minute.
Decrease mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with apple mixture, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Increase speed to medium and beat mixture just until combined. Add vanilla and beat once more, just to combine.
Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake until cake tester inserted in cake comes out clean, rotating cake halfway through baking, 35 to 45 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool upside down on top of a serving dish for about 10 minutes before removing from bundt pan.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating: Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in small bowl. Sprinkle warm cake with cinnamon sugar, using fingers to rub it onto sides.
Cool cake completely, about 1 hour.
Update: Originally this post stated to let the cake cool upside down for 30 minutes, instead of cooling upside down for 10 minutes.
As summer is coming to an end, I thought I would share a family recipe for Tri-Color Pasta Salad. You can eat this dish as a meal or a side dish. It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and is always a hit. You can add extra vegetables, cheese, or even pepperoni to make it your own.
This could be the perfect pasta salad for your Labor Day!
- 12 oz box tricolor pasta
- ½ cup black olives, sliced
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ½ cup red pepper, diced
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
- ¾ cup cucumber, diced
- 1 cup reduced-fat Italian dressing
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package.
- Drain pasta and let cool.
- In a large bowl mix pasta, red pepper, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and black olives.
- Add 1 cup of Italian dressing to pasta and gently mix all ingredients together.
- Chill pasta before serving.