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Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites

Cheese bacon squares;  Pecans make these cheese bacon squares bites extra special!

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com Those of you who follow this blog regularly, probably enjoy the occasional recipe from my sister.  This is one I really need to try for myself, it sounds really fantastic!

I’m turning it over to Em now.

 

**spills water all over the place trying to refill the ice cube tray and walk it to the freezer**

I’m in my 30’s.  How have I not mastered this skill yet?  Every time I try to refill the ice cube tray, spectacle ensues and it serves as a systematic reminder of why I hate summer.

I’m SO glad that summer is winding down, which I attribute in part to my remarkable husband.  How remarkable is he?  He doesn’t follow any sports.  He’s THAT remarkable.  So, I can await fall with a sincere excitement, knowing that my weekends won’t be spent listening to a referee’s whistle on the TV every 10 seconds or watching him dork out in front of an Excel spreadsheet for hours, agonizing over his fantasy football team.

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

 

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  All my favorite squashes come into season, I can start eating soup again without be terrorized for it, and I really love my fall/winter wardrobe.  It’s these warmer pieces in my closet that allow me to fully realize and express my passive-aggressive nature through an assortment of pockets, gloves, hats, scarves and other accessories that I can utilize to demonstrate how actively I’m ignoring the person in front of me.

As an added bonus, most people tend to be in better moods in the summertime, so when winter rolls around I can be sure I’m getting the biggest offense possible out of every insult I bring to the table.

Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com Bacon Cheese Pecan Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Perhaps the best thing about the fall though is the food.  Everything is laden with pumpkin, apple, and caramel and you can practically taste the nutmeg in the air.  Comfort foods abound and my remarkable husband and I can snuggle up under a blanket with a glass of bourbon to eat what I’m calling A.C.A.B. Pecan Bites, named after a culinary code that he and I seem to agree on:

when all else fails, *A*dd *C*heese *A*nd *B*acon.  And I did!

I made my bites with Gorgonzola cheese but I would suspect that they’d be amazing with bleu cheese or even just cheddar….oooh…or white cheddar.  Or gouda.

 Want more?  Try these savory treats!

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Cheddar Bacon Pecan Bites
 
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A savory cookie, with bacon, cheese, and pecans.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • salted butter, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spread the nuts on baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5-6 minutes. Let cool and chop coarsely.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon until crispy, about 5 minutes; do not scorch. Drain the drippings into a heatproof measuring cup, and reserve the bacon separately, let cool.
  3. Add butter (as needed) to the cooled bacon drippings to make ½ Cup total.
  4. With an electric mixer, cream the cheese, thyme, and pepper together in a mixing bowl. Add the butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour a little at a time and mix well. Add the bacon and nuts and mix until just evenly combined. Refrigerate the dough for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 for at least 20 minutes before baking. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or leave them ungreased.
  6. Scoop up the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls and shape into 1-inch diameter balls. Place, spaced 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and flatten the balls with a fork (dip fork in flour as needed), making a criss cross pattern. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until lightly golden at the edges. Cool on the pan.
Notes
This recipe calls for gorgonzola cheese, but would probably be just as good with another kind of cheese, such as cheddar or bleu cheese.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark

A fun take on cookies!  Chocolate chip recipes are great, but this cookie bark is really fun!

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!What was I thinking?  That summer would be less busy than the school year?!

Yeah, I honestly thought that with less homework and less school activities, the summer would be this lovely quiet thing, full of time with friends, and activities around town, and backyard s’mores.  I even made a mental list of fun free activities we could do together.

The reality is something different.  My kids have filled their days with new extracurriculars, and jobs, and obscene amounts of sleep, and I find myself spending my days fighting with them to do their chores pick up their own stuff.  And all of this is nothing compared to the chauffering.

The Fruitarian is taking summer drivers ed, which means every day for 4 weeks he spends at least 2 hours at the school.  Before his bicycle was working, I was getting up early to drive him there by 7, then pick him up at 9, take him back for a range drive at 11, pick him up at 1, then he has swimming at 4, pick him up at 5:30, karate at 6:30, then I stomp and scream and jump up and down, and demand someone else bring him home at 9.

Needless to say, we have done zero of our fun free activities.  But, as I’d rather have busy kids than idle kids, I’m trying not to complain.

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!

My summer baking plans have been thwarted, too.  My romantic ideas about fancy cookies and fresh fruit ice creams and homemade popsicles are going nowhere fast.  (Although, thankfully, summer has only begun, so I can still hold out hope.)

I like the idea of this cookie bark for two reasons.  First, since there’s no eggs and no leavening agent, they are flat and crispy, making them easy to transport to whatever crazy activity might come up.  I can even stash them in the back of the pantry to make them last more than one afternoon.  And, I can put them in a baggie and throw them in the car, and it doesn’t matter if they break into pieces because they are supposed to do that!  

The second reason is that these can be made into a second recipe.  It’s like a two-fer… make it once, eat it twice!  And when summer schedules get this crazy, everyone needs a two-fer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie bark from JensFavoriteCookies - great to mix into snacks or ice cream, also fun plain!

If I’m really lucky, maybe I’ll even be able to turn this into three recipes.  Imagine the glorious time saving possibilities!!

As soon as the other recipe(s) are made, I’ll link to them here —>  COMING SOON  <—  but in the meantime, know that cookie bark is an awesome snack to eat all by its fabulous self.

 

Want more?  Check out these chocolate chip recipes!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark
 
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Crunchy bark that is similar to a chocolate chip cookie.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. And water and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and flour and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Press dough into a jelly roll pan or other baking sheet. (Mine used about ¾ of the jelly roll pan.)
  4. Bake at 350F for 35-30 minutes, until top is brown throughout.
  5. Let cool completely, then use a large knife to cut into triangles.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This cookie dough dip recipe is easy to make!  Cream cheese makes the best cookie dough dip recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookiesI’ve gotten sort of obsessed with chocolate chips over the years.  I mean really, adding chocolate chips to almost any cookie makes it better.  Admit it.

We put chocolate chips in muffins, and waffles, and ice cream, and brownies, and just about anything else we can.

Also, chocolate chip cookie dough is one of the best things ever.  Who needs the cookies?  We’ll just eat the dip.

Wait, what am I saying?  I need the cookies too.

At any rate, it’s why the idea of this cookie dough dip really appeals to me.  It’s all about the chocolate chips.  The dip, and whatever you dip in it, is just a delivery system for the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip from JensFavoriteCookies

I recently hosted a little family get-together, and this dip sat out on the tables.  For about 5 minutes, until it disappeared.  Half the family didn’t even know it was there.

Remind me to make a double batch next time.

It’s awesome with vanilla wafers, or graham crackers, or animal crackers.

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The key to a good dip, besides chocolate chips of course, is cream cheese.  Nice, soft, sweet, creamy cream cheese.  The food of the Gods.  Mix that with brown sugar, or dry jello, or just about anything else, and you have one fantastic dip.

If you decide to mix in some extra chocolate chips, no one will blame you.

 

Want more?  Check out these fantastic dips!

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Recipe from: Laura’s Sweet Spot

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
 
A sweet cream cheese chocolate chip dip, that is reminiscent of cookie dough.
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Recipe type: Dip
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, beating until smooth.
  2. Serve at room temperature with cookies or crackers. Store leftover dip in refrigerator.

 

Caramel Corn Snack Mix

The best caramel corn recipe can be used on more than just popcorn!  And pecans and cereal for a fun snack mix!

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

I burned myself making this popcorn for you.

Oh, how I sacrifice for my craft!

Let’s just say, when this candy comes off the stove it is very very hot.  Be forewarned. Was it worth it?  Yes.  Yes, it was.  Because caramel corn is good, but caramel corn plus chex and pecans is great.  Fantastic.  Amazing, even.

And speaking of sacrifice… do you know how hard it is to make this gorgeous, crunchy caramel and then NOT eat it immediately?  I promised my family I would bring snacks to the family get together this month, so into a lidded container this whole batch went.

*sniff*  *wipes tear*

Caramel Corn Snack Mix from JensFavoriteCookies.com - this mix includes cereal and pecans for a delicious snack!

Here’s a little insight into my life as a dessert blogger.  When my kids come home from school/work/friends/misc. activities, they say something like, “Mmm, it smells like…” insert something here like “peanut butter” or “caramel” or “cookies.”  This is immediately followed by, “Can I have some?”

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Eggnog Dip

Recipes that use eggnog;  This easy dip recipes uses eggs and nutmeg for an authentic eggnog flavor.

I was compensated by Safest Choice Eggs to create this eggnog recipe, but, as always, all opinions are my own.

Eggnog Dip from Jen's Favorite CookiesFunny thing about eggnog, people seem to love it or hate it, there are not many in between.

Growing up, my family would occasionally make a no-cook blender eggnog, which I always loved.   Now that I am an adult, there is something about watching raw eggs go in the blender and then get poured into my glass which is, shall we say, a little off-putting.

Raw eggs… Salmonella… ewww.

Recently, I discovered a solution to my problem.  One gorgeous product that ends the need for being squeamish at the idea of drinking raw eggs.  It’s the eggnog lovers dream come true.

The miracle product is… Davidson’s Safest Choice All-Natural Pasteurized Eggs.

That’s right, pasteurized eggs.  They have a water bath process which eliminates the salmonella and makes them totally safe to eat raw or undercooked.

Eggnog Dip from Jen's Favorite Cookies

As I am committed to only baking with items I can find in the grocery store, I feel the need to share this one piece of information.  Safest Choice Eggs can be found in regular grocery stores, but they are not yet in all parts of the country.  To find out whether you can get these eggs in your neck of the woods, go to their website and type in your zip code. Continue reading “Eggnog Dip” »

Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies

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dk-choc-muddy-buddy-5True story:  A ton of my friends tell me Halloween is their favorite holiday.  But me?  Not so much.

In fact, I kind of hate Halloween.  I hate spending money on candy and coming up with costumes for my kids, and dealing with candy wrappers all over the house.

I do like passing out candy, though.  And I like the decorations.  But that’s about it.

It seems like Halloween is always hectic.  Is that just me?  Between the school parties for the kids, and trying to get everyone into their costumes, and get some actual dinner in them, and the trick-or-treating, and visiting the grandparents, and passing out candy… there is just a lot to do.  It’s always a busy night.

I mean, let’s face it, sometimes a girl needs a break.

Let me be more specific:  Sometimes, on Halloween, a mom needs 10 minutes to herself, so she doesn’t lose her cool.  We all know what that looks like, and it ain’t pretty.  It might be the scariest part of Halloween, actually.

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Cheddar Bacon Scones

Savory scones recipe easy; This easy recipe for savory scones includes bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions, for a classic flavor combination.  Try this savory scones recipe easy.

savory scones recipe easyMy husband has been building a deck for his mother.

Initially, I would have said WE are building a deck for her, but frankly, as year three of the deck project comes to a close, I’ve basically removed myself from the project.

So now, HE is building it.

Except, sometimes I tag along to help with the problem solving.  Like, when things aren’t square or the boards are warped so badly it takes three men and a gorilla to get them into place.

I like to think of myself as the “big guns,” or more accurately, the foreman.  The brains, if you will.

It’s not really true, but that’s the story I like to tell.  It’s all about the way you frame it.

Sometimes I put my huge deck-building-problem-solving brains to work on other problems, like how can I turn my favorite scone recipe of all time into a savory scone?

Cheddar Bacon Scones from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Turns out it couldn’t really be easier.  I started with my favorite recipe for buttermilk scones.  You might remember it (my family certainly does!) from a few months ago when I used it to make these SO delicious Coconut White Chocolate Scones.

So, you start with that recipe, and just add some shredded cheddar and bacon bits, and you’re golden. Continue reading “Cheddar Bacon Scones” »

Pizza Bites

This homemade pizza recipe comes in little bite-size pieces; A pizza recipe for bread filled with pepperoni and cheese.  Homemade pizza recipe.

homemade-pizza-recipeI’ve been trying to reduce my intake of carbs.  No white bread, I said.  No cheese, I said.

Aaaaand then I went and made this.

My BFF saw my picture on Instagram and asked me why I was making bread.  As if I had an answer.  “Torture!” she said.  “No doubt,” said I.

I’m kind of a sucker for cheesy bread, especially when it involves garlic.  Garlic might be my kryptonite.  Who can resist something like that?  When the cheese is all stringy and you can pull it for miles before it breaks?  It’s completely irresistible.  Admit it.

The other inexplicable thing about my making these pizza bites was my timing.  Normally we’re an eat-dinner-late kind of family, but Robb came home early, and needed to leave again, and I figured we had better get while the gettin’ was good.  So the pizza bites came out of the oven about the same time the veggies went onto the stove.  The kids thought the pizza bites were dinner.

They wish!

pizza-bites

I’ll tell you the truth… I’m not a big fan of making bread.  All the kneading and waiting for it to rise and hoping your yeast is still good is just too much for me. Continue reading “Pizza Bites” »

Independence Day Treats

4th of July recipes for you; This collection of dessert recipes is perfect for the 4th of July or any summer get together! Try these 4th of July recipes for yourself!

4th of July desertsI love a good holiday.  I love the comradery, the break from the daily grind, and most of all, the food.

Oh, the food!  Holiday food is the best, isn’t it?

Our family will be celebrating with camping, swimming, fireworks, and naturally, snacks.  Popcorn and cookies during fireworks, chips and candy with lunch, fruity beverages to quell the blazing heat.

I thought I would share some of my favorite Independence Day appropriate treats.  These will be either American themed, no-bake {because it’s hot!}, non-melting {because it’s hot!} or generally summery.  Hopefully there will be something here for everyone.

If not, consider finding more ideas by checking out what my friends have done.

Let’s dive in.

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This Berry Trifle uses white cake, blueberries, and strawberry pudding, very Red, White & Blue
Nothing says summer like lemon, and these Lemon Sugar Cookies have a light flavor and won’t melt.
Need to feed a crowd fast?  Try the No-Bake, 5-ingredient, Peanut Butter No Bake Bars.

Kettle Corn is a perfect treat for snacking on during fireworks!
Root Beer is uniquely American, so these Root Beer Cookies are sure to please.
Use your fresh fruit to make this beautiful Fruit Pizza on a sugar cookie crust.

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These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are the quintessential American cookie.
Grapefruit Soda is so refreshing on a warm summer day!
Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins are just classic, the sort of thing to remind you of home.

Whatever your plans this 4th of July, I hope you have fun and have amazing summer foods!

Cheesy Mustard Dip

Mustard Dip with cheddar cheese; Great snack idea! Pretzels and mustard cheese dip.  This recipe for mustard dip is slightly spicy, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese melted in.

cheesy-mustard-dipI remember this one time, my parents took a trip to Europe, and they brought me a jar of English mustard as a souvenir.

Oh, how well they know me.

The stuff was spicy, really spicy, the kind of spicy that clears out your sinuses and makes your eyes tear up.  It’s one of my favorite gifts ever, and, strange as it sounds, I will always remember that jar of mustard.

In the interest of full disclosure, I think I should tell you that the American yellow mustard is a thing which will never touch my lips.  What is in that stuff?  I’m pretty sure that particular shade of yellow is found nowhere in nature.  But brown mustard, spicy mustard, honey mustard, these are the things which I adore.

Especially with pretzels.  Yum.

By the way, this recipe is not going to bring a tear to the eye or clear your sinuses.  It is a touch spicy, but nothing like that English souvenir mustard from years ago.

mustard dip

I’m just going to address this now, because I know you’re going to ask.

Yes, I did put root beer in my mustard dip.  I know it sounds a little weird, but I liked the idea of something sweet with a little bite to it in the mustard dip, and I think it worked nicely.  If you are not into root beer, you could actual beer, something dark like a stout, or you could just skip it and use water.

Your choice.

pretzels and mustard

I love this dip served warm, all the melted cheese and spices make it so comforting and delicious.  I figured I needed a pretzel rod with it, something that could hold up to the strength of the mustard dip.

It makes a pretty small batch.  Small enough for me to eat almost the entire thing by myself.  Feel free to double if you’re serving more than 3 or 4 people.

I think I’ll just keep my batch to myself.

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Oreo Popcorn

Oreo Popcorn recipe;  This white chocolate popcorn has chunks of Oreo cookies in it.  Simple and delicious popcorn recipe.

popcorn-recipeEven with the 100-ish cookie recipes on this site, good old-fashioned packaged Oreos are still Robb’s favorite.

He has rules for his Oreos, too.  No double stuffed, no flavored, and certainly no Golden Oreos.  The only acceptable variety is the plain, regular, original kind.

I don’t really blame him, Oreos are fantastic, although we differ on the details.  I think the different flavors are all wonderful, (variety is the spice of life, and all that) although I kind of agree about the Golden Oreos.  I can’t bring myself to spend money on them.

No matter.  I can compromise with the best of them.  I bought a package of plain original Oreos, and used half the package on this yummy Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn, and left the other half of the package for Robb to eat plain.

It’s a win-win.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

The Hippie Chick absolutely adores white chocolate, especially when it’s mixed with Oreos.  She actually prefers white chocolate to regular chocolate, leading me to believe she was switched at birth.

Although, to be fair, I had a hard time keeping my hands out of this popcorn, too.  I really have a weakness for white chocolate popcorn.

You know what else?  Those pretzels covered in white chocolate.  Lawd have mercy, that stuff is like crack.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let me dive in here with some details.  First, for a recipe like this, I really prefer the almond bark or candy melts.  They melt nicely, and set up well with a few minutes in the fridge.  White chocolate chips get all wonky and gross when you melt them, so please don’t use that.  Regular old white chocolate like this stuff is fine, too, although in my experience the candy coating sets up a little better.

And about the popcorn… I used an air popper {I’m sort of racist against microwave popcorn.} but use whatever method you prefer.  You’ll probably be happiest with the plain white unflavored variety, but if you happen to have only buttered microwave popcorn in your pantry, don’t let that stop you.  I used 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels, and I’m guessing here, but I think that’s pretty close to two regular microwave bags.

I used about a sleeve and a half of the regular Oreos, but next time I’m totally trying this with Mint Oreos.

Robb can just suffer.

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn

A popcorn recipe with fruity marshmallows.  This popcorn and marshmallow recipe is very easy and fast to make, and a delicious change from regular popcorn.

marshmallow recipeI spotted lemon flavored marshmallows at the grocery store around Easter, and I’ve had them rolling around in my head ever since then.  I finally came up with a great idea (namely, this popcorn) and when I went back to the store to get them, they were conspicuously missing.

Dang those seasonal ingredients!

Note to self: Using self-control to not purchase items I may never use is overrated.

I settled for fruit flavored marshmallows.  You know the kind I mean?  They come in lots of cute pastel colors.  Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever purchased them before.  Maybe I’m boring, but I always get the plain variety.  Perhaps it’s because we don’t really eat marshmallows plain much around here.  I never gave my kids baggies of marshmallows to keep them happy in the car.  I always opted for goldfish crackers or Cheerios.  Marshmallows are for baking with.

Before you go telling me how similar this is to Rice Krispie Treats, let me just say that popcorn is WAY better than krispie treats.  WAY better.  In fact, I believe I talked all about my feelings towards krispie treats, in this post about krispie treats.

popcorn recipe

Just so I’m clear and up front, let me say that I have seen this recipe (or very similar variations) in about 352,000 different places on the internet.  So, while I certainly cannot claim this recipe as my own creation, I really cannot give attribution to any place in particular either.

Most of the recipes used plain marshmallows and brown sugar, for a caramel-ish flavor.  I used fruity marshmallows and regular sugar for a little lighter and brighter flavor.

I know, I know… you’re all jumping in line to celebrate my mediocrity originality.

popcorn recipe

Let’s be honest.  You don’t always need something new and original and full of never-been-done-before brilliance, do you?  Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Sometimes?  More like, frequently.  Usually.  Often.  Almost always.

I really can’t wait until next Easter, to try this with the lemon marshmallows!

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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn
 
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A marshmallow coated popcorn treat.
Recipe type: snack
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. fruit-flavored mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 10-12 cups plain poppped pocorn *(see notes)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium high heat. Add marshmallows and sugar, and heat and stir until completed melted.
  2. Using a large bowl, pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, and stir well until evenly coated.
  3. Let sit 10-15 minutes before eating.
Notes
I use an air popper to pop 1 cup kernels, which gives 10-12 cups popcorn, depending on the brand. You can also use microwave popcorn, as long as it is unflavored.

 

Key Lime Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip made with key lime yogurt and lime juice; recipe for Cream Cheese Dip with lime juice for fruit and crackers.

key lime dip thumbI know I should feel flattered when my family says, “Wow, this is good!” with surprise in their voices, after trying my latest dessert/snack concoction.

But I don’t.  I feel kind of offended that they would be surprised.

Like, by now you still don’t expect it to be amazing?  I know I’m pretty much just making this stuff up, but still.

This was one of those days.  I whipped up this Key Lime Dip pretty quickly, having never made anything like it before, and I dipped some vanilla wafers in it, and gently forced everyone in the house to try it.

They were pleasantly surprised.  Jerks.

The Fruitarian was, as expected, happiest of all.  There was fresh fruit and sweet fruity dip in the house, and he was allowed to eat it all.  It was like heaven for that kid.

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He then came up with these brilliant ideas:  “We should grow strawberries.  We should have fruit trees, like apples, and peaches, and cherries.  Can we have a banana tree?”

It’s not exactly banana weather here in Utah, but we did end up having quite a discussion about having a vegetable garden this year.  I think the Fruitarian will be the official family gardener this year.

Wish us all luck with that.

key lime dip diptych

This dip came together so fast and easy, even I couldn’t believe it.  It is really delicious, and would be perfect for just about any kind of fruit, cookies, graham crackers, etc.  It did turn out a little thin, but I thought if I added powdered sugar it would be too sweet, so if you don’t mind your dip a little drippy, the flavor is best this way.

Also, it makes a pretty big batch, so don’t be afraid to halve this one.  Or just keep leftovers in the fridge.

Of course, if you have a lot of fruit and fruit dip around, I could just lend you the Fruitarian for a day or so.  That skinny kid will take care of it for you!

 

 

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Spicy Sweet Pecans

Spicy nuts with sugar; This recipe for sweet and spicy pecans is a simple and tasty holiday snack.

sweet pecansThese nuts are a metaphor for my life.

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I have kind of a strong personality.  I prefer to see myself as sweet, gentle, kind, and thoughtful.  In recent years, I have realized that some people disagree.

For example, here are some things I have {mistakenly} been called:
Opinionated.
Assertive.
Pushy.
The meanest woman in the church congregation.
Controlling.

Well, that last one might be true.

Even my parents have said that, as a baby, I would scream inconsolably for hours every night, and that I would utterly refuse to sleep if there was anything at all going on in the house.
candied nuts

I like to think that it’s my fiery personality that explains my love of spicy foods.  I actually really really enjoy when the food is so spicy, it burns your lips and the inside of your mouth and throat.  Mmmmm… It’s one of my favorite things.

On the other hand, I’m also known to have something of a sweet tooth.  I mix the Kool-Aid kind of heavy on the sugar, and I like to frost the brownies.  And, well let’s face it, I have a dessert blog.  All this is because I am so sweet and friendly and thoughtful.  I’ve also been called “kind” on occasion.

Look, I’m working on the sweet side of my personality.  I’ve become a hopeless optimist, I work hard not to speak ill of others {it’s a work in progress!}, and love finding ways to be a better friend.  I deserve a little sugar on my nuts.

spicy nuts

And thus, when I was deciding exactly how to make these magical metaphorical pecans, there was really only one choice.

Spicy AND Sweet.

And toasted, of course, because toasted nuts are obviously the very high-end best.

These pecans turned out basically just like me… sugar and spice and everything nice.  I can almost guarantee that the strong-personality types out there will love these.  And the gentle personality types?  Well, they’ll love these too.

Because I said so.

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

peanut butter pretzelMy teenagers are into having “late nights” with their friends.  Which means their friends hang out until very late, but they don’t actually stay until morning.

Which is really fine with me.  Except for the part where p.m. turns into a.m. and I have to start physically forcing people out the door.

Besides that, it’s really very entertaining.  I mean, just tonight I walked in to the kitchen to find five teenage boys momentarily distracted from their card game by Taylor Swift.  Yes, they were literally singing, at the top of their lungs, the song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

I’m not joking.

I wish I had video of it.  I didn’t think about that until after the moment had passed.  Then I kicked myself and tried to convince them to start it over {to no avail}.

After that, they googled some youtube videos of the Gangnam Style dance.  I was hoping a good video opportunity would present itself there, but it just never materialized.  Oh well.

PB pretzel recipe

These nights made me wonder whatever happened to the old me?  I mean, the young me?  The me that used to stay up until 2 am every night and dance and sing a lot.  Nowadays, I’m all old and boring, and I’m asleep before 11 and I’m up at the crack of dawn.

The old gang tries to remember our youth by spending New Years Eve together every year.  The problem is, we don’t go out drinking and partying, we stay in and play board games with our kids, and watch the ball drop, and drink sparkling cider.  Then we drag our sorry selves home at 12:15.

This does not make me feel young.  Not at all.

pretzel peanut butter snack recipepeanut butter pretzel snack

On the bright side, the snacks will be infinitesimally better than they used to be.  Because old me just opened a bag of chips, but new me will take time to make these pretzel bites.

And by “time,” I mean like 15 minutes.  Seriously, it’s barely worth noting, it’s that fast.  And it’s SO worth it, because, honestly? These are going to be gone within 3 minutes.

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Potato Chips and Caramelized Onion Dip

caramelized onion dip and potato chipsI never met a potato chip I didn’t love.

Except those vinegar chips.  Seriously?  Whose idea was that?

I blame my mother.  I have memories of her eating big, crinkle cut potato chips with onion dip.  Her version of onion dip was 1 packet of dry onion soup mix and 1 container of sour cream.  Mmmm.  I love this snack.

My daughter recently told me she didn’t really like potato chips that much.  Which made me wonder whether she had been switched at birth.  Because who doesn’t love potato chips?  It’s un-American.  Forget that, it’s un-Human.  No person that sprang from my womb could possibly dislike potato chips.

Or onion dip.

chips and dip

Robb dared me to make Pringles at home.  He says they are not made from real potatoes, and his proof is that no one could possibly make that at home.

Well, he has a point.  I couldn’t begin to think how to re-create Pringles at home.  What I made turned out more like Lay’s.

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Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries

garlic cheese friesI’m like Luke Skywalker, in that people have been enticing me toward the dark side for years.  The dark side being the iPhone.  Except, unlike Luke, the encouragement actually worked on me.

Does that make me Darth Vadar?

I was using an HTC Thunderbolt, which, don’t get me wrong, I loved, but it was having issues that were getting worse and worse all the time.  I dragged my sick little phone into the cell phone store, and the cell phone doctor told me my phone’s disease was permanent and untreatable.  But, hooray!  I have an upgrade available.  I can just find a new phone to love.

There were only TWO “free” upgrade smart phones available, and the iPhone was one of them.  And “free” is in quotes because apparently “free” means $30 plus more for whatever accessories you want.

Apparently all the cell phone companies are doing it.

Like lemmings.

home fries with parmesan

But I digress.  I’m now using my iPhone to connect to all my favorite social media outlets.  And despite the extensive list of reasons my brother gave me to love Android more than iPhone, I find I just really love my iPhone.

Which actually encouraged me to indulge in some other things I love, including but not restricted to: chocolate shakes, an afternoon in bed, a re-read of some of my favorite self-help books, Tim Minchin videos, my favorite slippers, and…

potatoes.

Lovely, buttery, crusted with cheese, golden, garlic potatoes.

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Glazed Muffin Bites

cake pop muffinsI’ve really hesitated to jump on to the cake pops bandwagon.  Mostly because I didn’t own a cake pop maker.

Some friends made cake pops once, where they scooped out pieces of a baked cake, and smushed and rolled them into balls with their hands.  This idea is not one I find appealing.

Plus, I think cake pops are a super cute party treat for little kids, but I don’t have any little kids.  My kids are all big and obnoxious mature.

All that changed when I found myself in possession of a brand new cake pop maker, courtesy of an awesome friend who has known me since the dawn of time.  I did a little research, and realized that these are really close in size to a mini-muffin… which means they’re not just for cake and you’re certainly not required to put them on a stick.

I decided to prove that by using a recipe for muffins to give this cake pop maker it’s maiden voyage.

mini muffin

I have made these muffins before, but had completely forgotten about them, until I went rummaging through my recipe file, looking for something else.  This one was right near the top, staring at me.  Begging me to pay attention to it.  Daring me to bring it to life.

If you are not in possession of a cake pop maker, don’t despair.  This recipe will work as mini-muffins, or as regular muffins for that matter.

They just won’t be as cute.

mini muffins

The real problem with cute foods is that the value of their cuteness completely disappears in the presence of teenage boys.  It’s really unfortunate.  On the other hand, the rate at which the boys devour these might just make up for it.  My poor hardworking husband spent his day doing manual labor, and didn’t even have any muffin bites to come home to.

Just because I’m your friend and stuff, I’ll make you a list of reasons to make these: Breakfast; After school snack; Late night movie party; Sack lunches; Finger food for guests; Just because you feel like it.

In other words, I’ve listed this as a breakfast food, because technically it’s a muffin, but you should find some other ways to use it.  This will not be a difficult task at all.  Just make sure you save a couple for yourself before you put a basket full of them in front of a gaggle of teenage boys.

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Glazed Muffin Bites
 
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A mini muffin cooked in a cake pop maker and glazed.
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 3-4 dozen
Ingredients
For Muffin:
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
For Glaze:
  • 3 T. butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 T. hot water
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, oil, sugar and brown sugar, and mix well. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Add flour alternately with milk, mixing until well combined.
  4. Heat cake pop maker, add spoonfuls of dough to each well. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions (about 4 minutes). Remove balls from cake pop maker, and continue with another round, until dough is all cooked.
  5. Prepare glaze by mixing all ingredients together until smooth. Dip cooked muffin bites into glaze and allow to cool. If desired, dip a second time.
Notes
If you do not have a cake pop maker, you can bake these as muffins. Cook regular muffins for 15-17 minutes at 400 degrees, or mini muffins 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Pumpkin Poppers from Clever Housewife

Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs from Smitten Kitchen

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Fruit Leather

Homemade Fruit Leather

My poor husband.  He is not a morning person AT ALL.  Neither am I, truth be told, but I can make myself get up and smile and get feeling pretty good by 7:00 am most days.

He can’t.  

Remember when you were a kid and your mom got you up in the morning and you didn’t want to get up?  Remember how bright the lights were, and how your eyes would close tight and refuse to open?  Robb never grew out of this.  

He’s a thirty-something man whose eyes are stuck shut.  Every. Morning.

Me: It’s time to get up.
Him: Just 5 more minutes.
Every. Morning.

Fruit Leather

Yesterday, he thought he would get a little comfort from our daughter, the Hippie Chick.  He really should have known better.  The women in our family (both sides, really) are known for their strong, independent spirit and their gift for attitude and sarcasm.

Robb: Tell me a story.
Hippie Chick: Once upon a time, there was a man.  He was supposed to go to work, but he laid in bed sleeping.  So he got fired.
Robb: Ack!  You’re wrecking it!!

Hopefully he will be awake and alert by lunchtime.

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Chocolate Yogurt Granola Bars

Chocolate Frosted GranolaUnder normal circumstances, I try to limit the amount of baking chips I purchase.  But, let’s be honest, you can’t expect a girl to just never buy chocolate chips, can you?

I found a clearance basket at my local grocery store that was full of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips.  I’m not sure whether they were being discontinued or what, but they were going for $1 a bag.

I bought 5 bags.  And regretted not buying more.

Having this much self control is exhausting.  I’m pretty sure I deserve an award {or at least a reward} for all the money I didn’t spend last week.  Check me out:  I went to Hobby Lobby and spent less than $20.  I went to World Market and spent less than $25.  AND I went to IKEA and spent less than $30.

If you don’t include lunch.  Which I don’t.  Because that was a separate self-control win altogether. {Chocolate cake, anyone?!}

Yogurt granola bar

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