Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

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I absolutely love Italian food! I also love hosting dinner parties and an Italian dish is always one of my go-to recipes when planning for a larger crowd. However, Italian meals don’t always fit into my healthy eating plan, so I’m always looking for a healthier, but still delicious recipe! I love swapping recipes with my friends! We decided to do a recipe swap for one of our Saturday brunch sessions. One friend shared this delicious skinny chicken parm recipe that she found on Pinterest from Two Purple Figs and I have been hooked ever since! It is so easy to make and it definitely cuts down on the calories!

This recipe teaches you how to make homemade marinara sauce and the chicken cooks perfectly! This is another recipe I LOVE to cook in my Copper Chef! I promise this will become a family favorite and will be an instant go-to for dinner! Here is what you need to get started!

Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. pesto sauce
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti

Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Let’s Get Cooking!

Homemade Marinara Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil. I’ll be honest, I have made this recipe plenty of times with dried basil and it was delicious! 

Skinny Chicken Parm

Skinny Chicken Parm Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9×13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  8. Spread the pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  9. Spread the marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!

Do you have a favorite go-to dinner recipe? I’m always looking for new recipes to add to our menu!

Skinny Chicken Parm
Serves 4
This skinny take on Chicken Parmesean is easy to make and will definitely be a family fave!
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Ingredients
  1. Skinny Chicken Parm Ingredients
  2. • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  3. • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  4. • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. • 4 tsp. basil pesto
  6. • ½ cup grated paremesan cheese
  7. • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  8. • ½ tsp. salt
  9. • ¼ tsp. pepper
  10. • 1 batch of homemade marinara sauce
  11. • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
  12. Homemade Marinara Sauce Ingredients
  13. • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  14. • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  15. • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  16. • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (dried basil will also work)
  17. • 1 32 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  18. • ¾ tsp. salt (or to taste)
  19. • ½ tsp. pepper (or to taste)
  20. • 2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Homemade Marinara Sauce
  2. 1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. 2. Sauté the garlic and the scallions for 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt and add half of the oregano. Sauté until fragrant.
  4. 3. Add half of the basil to the garlic mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  5. 4. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and remaining oregano.
  6. 5. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  7. 6. Cover the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and remaining fresh basil.
  9. Skinny Chicken Parm
  10. 1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  11. 2. Pour half of the marinara sauce in 9x13 baking dish. If you are using a Copper Chef, skip this step!
  12. 3. Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  13. 4. Heat your pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  14. 5. Sear the chicken for 3 minutes on each side.
  15. 6. Lower the heat to medium low and cook the chicken for another 2-3 minutes.
  16. 7. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour in half of the homemade marinara sauce. Place the chicken on top of the marinara sauce. If you are not using a Copper Chef pan, add the chicken to the baking dish you set aside earlier with the marinara sauce.
  17. 8. Spread 1 tsp. of the basil pesto on top of each piece of chicken.
  18. 9. Place 2 Tbsp. of marinara sauce on top of each piece of chicken, making sure the sauce covers the entire piece of chicken.
  19. 10. Sprinkle the cheese on top of each piece of chicken.
  20. 11. Place the Copper Chef or baking dish in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  21. 12. Cook the spaghetti while the chicken is baking.
  22. 13. Plate as photographed and enjoy with a delicious salad and bread!
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
Adapted from Two Purple Figs
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Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Beef Wellington Appetizer

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I have a very special love for Beef Wellington. The first time I ever tasted Beef Wellington was as an appetizer at my cousin’s beautiful wedding! They passed around bite-sized Beef Wellington appetizers and I was instantly hooked! Then, the chef for our wedding made us a special Beef Wellington with wedding rings and heart designs baked into the pastry dough! How cute is that?

Beef Wellington Wedding Menu

I have recently been planning out our Super Bowl party menu and I want to serve something a little different than normal. I had several steaks in the freezer and leftover pastry puff dough from the holidays. I decided to make a bite-size Beef Wellington appetizer recipe and I am so happy I did! It was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Here is what you will need!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Ingredients:

  • 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  • Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  • 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  • 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Parlsey 
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 400° F.

Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.

Beef Wellington Bite-Size Recipe

Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside. I used my Copper Chef to sear the steak. The Copper Chef is non-stick and has a sear button that sears each piece of steak beautifully! If you don’t own a Copper Chef, I would highly recommend you look into purchasing one.

Beef Wellington Bite-Sized Recipe

For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.

*Note: I chose not to include the mushroom mixture for the photos I am sharing. The crowd I was cooking for that evening did not care for mushrooms, so I removed them for that particular party.

Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard. I would recommend a generous coating of mustard because it really adds so much flavor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe for Beef Wellington

If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top. I found that having three pieces of meat across the pastry dough and four pieces down created the perfect pastry to meat ratio.

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Bites

Beef Wellington Pastry Puff

Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.

Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe

Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.

Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.

Bite-Sized Beef Wellington

Enjoy!

Bite-Size Beef Wellington Appetizer Recipe
A delicious bite-size beef wellington appetizer recipe that is perfect for any gathering!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 12 oz. Steaks (I used 2 Ribeyes)
  2. Pastry Puff Sheet (I used Pillsbury)
  3. 8 oz. of cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped (Optional)
  4. 1 Large Shallot, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  5. Dijon Mustard
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 tbsp. Onion Power
  9. 1 tsp. Paprika
  10. 1 tsp. Salt
  11. 1 tsp. Pepper
  12. 1 tsp. Parlsey
  13. 1 tsp. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut each steak into cubes and season with the garlic powder, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Sear the steak cubes for 1-2 minutes, turning each piece to make sure all sides are seared. Set aside.
  4. For the mushroom mixture, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to brown. Add the shallots and cook until the shallots are soft and the mixture is golden brown. Remove mixture from the heat and set aside.
  5. Add flour to a clean surface and lay out your pastry puff sheets.
  6. Cover the pastry puff with the Dijon mustard.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If including the mushroom mixture, place a small dollop on the pastry dough and add the cubes of meat on top.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into squares around each piece of meat.
  10. Pull opposite sides of the dough over the top of the meat diagonally and pinch together. Repeat with the other sides to make sure the pastry is completely sealed.
  11. Brush the beaten egg over each bite-size Beef Wellington.
  12. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry dough is golden brown.
  13. Place the bite-size Beef Wellington pieces on a serving tray and garnish with parsley. Serve with a bowl of Dijon mustard.
  14. Enjoy!
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Taco Croissant Party Ring Recipe

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Happy Taco Tuesday! I am always looking for a reason to make tacos! They are so delicious and they really are so easy to make! However, they aren’t always the easiest to eat. I really end up eating a taco salad before it is all said and done!

Super Bowl Sunday will be here before we know it and I am in the process of finalizing my menu for our Super Bowl party! I of course want to incorporate tacos into my menu, but they aren’t the easiest things to eat while yelling at the TV or standing around chatting with friends. I’ve been trying a lot of different Super Bowl recipes that are oh so tasty and crowd friendly for the big game and I think I have finally found my taco recipe! 

Super Bowl Taco Ring Recipe

Pillsbury gave me this idea from one of their brilliant croissant commercials and I instantly fell in love! The recipe is simple, easy to eat, and absolutely delicious! Here is what you will need:

Taco Croissant Party Ring Ingredients:

  • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco seasoning
  • 8 oz. Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 375 °F.

In a skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.

Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.

Taco Recipe

Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will help you transfer the taco ring to a serving tray when you are ready to serve!

Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit. This is totally okay!

Taco Croissant Recipe

Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.

Taco Ring Recipe

Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!

Delicious Taco Ring Recipe

Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!

Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.

 

Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!

Taco Croissant Party Ring
A delicious taco croissant ring that is perfect for Taco Tuesday or a tasty appetizer at your next party!
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Ingredients
  1. • 2 Packages of Croissant Dough (I used Pillsbury)
  2. • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  3. • 2 Tbsp. of Taco seasoning
  4. • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  5. • Lettuce
  6. • Tomatoes
  7. • Salsa
  8. • Sour Cream
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, cook the ground beef on medium-high heat until the meat has browned and there isn’t any pink. Add the taco seasoning and half a cup of water. Stir and let simmer until slightly thickened.
  2. Add the shredded cheese and the ground beef to a bowl and mix together.
  3. Cover a baking sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Unroll each croissant and place the short part of the triangle toward the center of the dish. Do this with each croissant to form a ring on the pan. The pieces will overlap a bit.
  5. Spoon the ground beef and cheese mixture towards the top of the ring on each piece of croissant dough.
  6. Fold each croissant over the ground beef mixture and toward the center of the ring. Some of my pieces of dough were longer than others, so I ended up trimming the ends on a few pieces. Tuck the ends of the dough under the ring. The filling will show some.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the full ring is golden brown. My oven tends to cook more quickly, so mine was ready after 20 minutes!
  8. Move the taco ring to your serving dish and add lettuce, tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa to the center of the ring! We also added a bowl of sour cream next to our serving dish for those who like sour cream with their tacos!
  9. Slice the taco ring into individual pieces! If you are hosting a party, this will make it easy for your guests to grab a slice! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: I found it was easiest to transfer the taco ring to my serving tray by picking up the aluminum foil and placing it on the serving tray. I then slid the aluminum foil out from under the taco ring.
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The BEST Chex Mix You Will Ever Eat

The Best Chex Mix

Who doesn’t love Chex Mix? Can we all admit that at one point in our lives, we have easily eaten close to an entire batch of Chex Mix in one sitting? I’m raising my hand. My mom has always made Chex Mix around the holidays and her recipe is hands down the BEST Chex Mix in the world! I promise I’m not biased. People tell her all the time. I understand if you are questioning this since I am her daughter, so I would recommend you just try it for yourself!

The Best Chex Mix

While my mom doesn’t have one specific special ingredient that puts this over the top, she keeps the recipe super simple and in this case, less is more! Instead of adding some of the traditional Chex Mix ingredients like pretzels and bagel chips, she sticks to the Chex cereal, peanuts, and seasoning. There is something about the simplicity of ingredients that just really makes everything blend beautifully! Here is what you will need! 

Chex Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  • 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  • 2 Cups of Peanuts
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce — and a little more 
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat the oven to 225°F.

Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.

Chex Mix Ingredients

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.

Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.

The Best Chex Mix Recipe

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan. I really love Worcestershire sauce, so I like to drizzle a little bit more on top of the mixture before I pop it into the over. My mom always does this and I think it really puts it over the top! 

Chex Mix Recipe

Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Some recipes call for the microwave, but baking it really helps seal the flavors into each piece of cereal and it is so crispy and delicious!  

Chex Mix

Let cool and add to a decorative baking tin!

Chex Mix Homemad Gift

This is perfect for holiday parties or to give as a homemade gift. We also love to have it for our holiday snack corner! If you are looking for something sweet to make with this savory snack mix, check out my Christmas Crunch candy recipe! I hope you enjoy!

The Best Chex Mix Recipe
My mom makes the most delicious and simple Chex Mix recipe! I look forward to this tasty snack every holiday. Enjoy!
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Chex Cereal
  2. 3 Cups of Corn Chex Cereal
  3. 3 Cups of Rice Chex Cereal
  4. 2 Cups of Peanuts
  5. 1 Stick of Butter
  6. 5 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  8. 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
  9. 2 Tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 225°F.
  2. Add the cereal and peanuts to a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and add the Worcestershire sauce, Lawry’s, seasoning garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir.
  4. Add the seasoning mixture to the cereal and stir well.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Pour the Chex Mix onto the baking pan.
  6. For extra flavor, dash a little extra Worcestershire Sauce on top of the mixture.
  7. Bake the Chex Mix for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
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Delicious Strawberry Bread Recipe

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

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One of my dear friends would always make homemade strawberry bread around Christmas time. She would have a day of baking and then wrap them in beautiful paper and deliver them to all of her friends and family. She was kind enough to share the recipe with me so that I could start making this delicious holiday treat for my friends and family!

Strawberry Bread Slices

I have been making this recipe for several years and it is something I always look forward to! It makes for a delicious and beautiful homemade gift, but it is also perfect to have for breakfast on Christmas morning! It is so easy to make and it makes your home smell absolutely delicious! Happy baking!

Strawberry Loaf Bread Recipe

 Strawberry Bread Ingredients:

  • 3  Cups Flour
  • 2  Cups Sugar
  • 1  tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1  tsp. Salt
  • 3  tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2  10 oz. Packages of thawed Strawberries
  • 4  eggs
  • 1 ½  Cups Oil

Let’s Get Baking!

Heat the oven to 325° F.

Mix the dry ingredients together and make a hole in the center.

Strawberry Bread Ingredients

Add eggs and oil to a separate bowl. Beat well. Add the strawberries. You can use fresh strawberries, but frozen strawberries work well too and they are usually less expensive! I like to purchase the frozen bags of whole strawberries. This is really helpful especially if you are making multiple batches. I just thaw the strawberries in a glass bowl in the microwave and throw them in my Ninja Chop! It is so much cheaper than purchasing the sliced strawberries! 

Strawberry Bread Loaf Ingredients

Pour the liquid ingredients into the mixture and mix with a spoon.

Ingredients for Strawberry Bread

Fill a greased loaf pan a little over halfway with the batter. This mixture will fill two loaf pans.

Strawberry Bread Recipe Instructions

Bake @ 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Strawberry Bread Breakfast Loaf Recipe

Allow the loaf to cool before slicing or wrapping!

Strawberry Bread Loaf Recipe

If I’m taking this to a party or serving it for breakfast, I like to slice it and store it in a fun Christmas tin! If I’m giving the bread as a gift, I like to wrap it in plastic wrap and decorative cellophane. I hope you enjoy!

 
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Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Christmas Party Recipe Christmas Crunch

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is baking delicious treats! I love putting on a Christmas movie and just baking away! I make more treats than the hubs and I should ever eat, so I package them together to give out as gifts and take to Christmas parties. It is something I look forward to every year. One of my go-to staples is making Christmas Crunch candy!

My aunt has made this delicious treat since I was little and it is absolutely amazing! She has this amazing treat corner in her kitchen and every year at Christmas, it is filled with the most delicious Christmas treats! I still feel like a little kid every time a make a beeline for that corner. She taught me how to make this several years ago and I am still amazed at how easy it is! This is the perfect treat to take to Christmas parties or to just make for a tasty Christmas treat!

Christmas Crunch Candy Ingredients:

  • Golden Grahams
  • Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  • Peanuts
  • Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  • Christmas Sprinkles

Christmas Treats Recipe

Let’s Get Baking!

Add the almond bark to a pan and stir continuously until completely melted. I personally love using my Copper Chef because it is evenly heated, so it melts the almond bark more quickly and it doesn’t stick to the pan! You will be so thankful for this when it comes time to clean up! If you don’t have a copper chef, you can use a big pot or double boiler. Just make sure you keep the heat on low.

Christmas Candy Recipe

Christmas Candy Recipe

Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts. I didn’t put an exact amount because this is completely up to you! I like to gradually add the mix-ins until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal and peanuts. You don’t want the coating to be too thick because it will cause the candy to be too sweet.

Christmas Crunch Recipe

Christmas Crunch Candy Recipe

Cover a baking pan with wax paper. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles. I just do a few sprinkles for decoration. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.

Christmas Candy Crunch Recipe and Ingredients

Christmas Candy Crunch

Enjoy!

How is easy is that? I promise you will want to make plenty of this because it will be gone in a second! Merry Christmas, friends!

Christmas Crunch Candy Mix
A delicious holiday candy recipe that is super easy to make and will be the hot of every Christmas party!
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Ingredients
  1. Golden Grahams
  2. Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
  3. Peanuts
  4. Vanilla Almond Bark or White Chocolate
  5. Christmas Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add the almond bark to a melting pot and stir continuously with the heat on low until completely melted.
  2. Once the almond bark is completely melted, gradually stir in the cereal and peanuts.
  3. Keep adding cereal until all of the almond bark is covering the cereal mixture.
  4. Cover a baking pan with wax paper.
  5. Spread the mixture out onto the wax paper and add the sprinkles.
  6. Allow the candy to dry completely and then break apart and add to your serving dish or storage tin.
  7. Enjoy!
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5 Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

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Holiday parties are in full swing and I always love serving beautiful dishes and drinks! I recently shared one of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes to the blog, Christmas Sangria! It is so tasty and my friends always ask me to please make it or bring it to our Christmas parties. This made me want to experiment with more delicious drink recipes for the holiday season and, as more of my lovely friends are having babies, I have been experimenting with delicious mocktail recipes as well! Here are 5 holiday cocktail and mocktail recipes to enjoy this holiday season!

Merry Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Cranberry Cocktail

This might be my new favorite holiday cocktail! Rim the edge of your glass with sugar. Mix equal parts Cranberry Sprite and Cranberry Juice, and add the Coconut Rum to your liking. I usually do a shot per serving for parties and then guests can add more if they wish! Also, can we please talk about how GORGEOUS these Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are? I even have the matching Christmas ornaments! They are perfect for entertaining because each glass has its own pattern and they look stunning! Okay, back to the recipe. 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Rum

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary 

Sugar Rim 

Merry Cranberry Mocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my new favorite holiday mocktails! The Coconut Lacroix gives you a hint of coconut just like the rum does in the cocktail version. It is absolutely delicious and looks fabulous! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Lacroix

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary

Sugar Rim

Rudolph’s Punch Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Apple and Cranberry Cocktail

This punch is absolutely delicious! The cinnamon stick gives the perfect amount of cinnamon without overpowering the drink and the sparkling cider and Moscato blend beautifully with the cranberry. I like to pour half a glass of Moscato and add equal parts Cranberry Juice and Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider. This is definitely a tasty holiday treat! 

Ingredients:

Moscato

Cranberry Juice

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Rudolph’s Punch Mocktail Recipe

Cinnamon and Cranberry Cocktail

This drink is just as yummy without the Moscato! Make it a delicious mocktail by adding Giner Ale instead of wine. It is so refreshing and will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Juice

Ginger Ale

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

Delicious Raspberry Cocktail

This Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is SO delicious! Rim the glass with a Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim. I bought mine from our local liquor store. Add equal parts Raspberry Lemonade and Sprite with two shots of Coconut Rum, or to your liking. Add a fresh raspberry to your straw and enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade 

Coconut Rum

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Mocktail

Coconut Rum and Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks ever! I love to have restaurants make this as a treat! Just mix the Raspberry Lemonade with the Sprite and rim the glass with cosmopolitan sugar. It will definitely be a hit for all of your mocktail loving guests. 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Mocktail Sparkling Cider Recipe

If you love apple pie and vanilla ice cream, you will love this holiday cocktail! Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. Add two shots of Vanilla Vodka (or your preference) and fill the rest of the glass with Sparkling Apple Cider. Top it off with green apples, cranberries, and a cinnamon stick. 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Mocktail Recipe

Sparkling Cider Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe

You can still have the taste of apple pie with vanilla ice cream without the Vodka. Instead of Vanilla Vodka, just add a vanilla syrup or flavoring to make it a mocktail! It looks absolutely stunning and tastes even better! 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Syrup 

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries 

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Raspberry Cheer Cocktail Recipe 

Mocktail and Cocktail Recipe

This holiday cocktail is perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve! It is also extremely simple! Add raspberry sorbet to a champagne glass and pour in the Prosecco! This drink looks amazing and tastes soooo yummy! If you are wanting an extra special treat for Christmas morning, add orange sorbet instead of rasperry sorbet for a yummy Mimosa! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet

Prosecco

Garnish:

Raspberries

 

Raspberry Cheer Mocktail Recipe 

Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

If you want the fizz and glam of this drink without the alcohol, just add Ginger Ale instead of Prosecco! It is still so tasty and is perfect for all of your guests! This is also a really fun mocktail for the kiddos! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet 

Ginger Ale

Garnish:

Raspberries

Watch this tutorial to make each cocktail at home! 

 

Which holiday cocktail or mocktail are you going to try this season? Please remember to always drink responsibly. Cheers!

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Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Dressing Recipe

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Dressing or stuffing? That seems to be a constant debate around the holidays. In my family, we have always had a southern cornbread dressing recipe, not stuffing! This is easily my favorite dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas! I know there are multiple ways to make dressing, but my favorite way is a savory and dry dressing compared to a sweeter moist recipe. The combination of the dressing with homemade gravy absolute perfection! I’m getting excited just thinking about it! I promise you will impress all of your holiday guests with this delicious recipe!

Cornbread Dressing

Buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp butter

Other Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups celery; chopped 
  • 1 large onion; chopped 
  • 4 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 8 pieces of dried bread broken into pieces

Let’s Get Cooking! 

Mix all ingredients together for the cornbread and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes.

While the cornbread is baking, put the 8 pieces of bread in the toaster oven at 200ºF for about 10 minutes. This will help dry the bread out, just make sure you don’t get it too crispy. If you don’t have a toaster oven, you can just let the bread sit long enough for it to dry out. 

Cornbread Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Add all of the other ingredients together in a big bowl. When chopping the veggies, a Ninja Express Chop and the Clever Cutter will be lifesavers! Especially around the holidays! 

Recipe Ingredients Cornbread Dressing

Crumble the cornbread. Add the cornbread and the broken bread pieces to the other ingredients. Mix well.

Ingredients Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

Add the mixture to a greased casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes. This will depend on how crispy you like your dressing. If you like a softer moist dressing, bake for about 30-40 minutes. If you are like my family and you enjoy it crispier, just watch the top to make sure you aren’t overcooking the dressing.

Homemade Dressing Recipe

Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Serve with your delicious holiday spread and enjoy with some delicious brown gravy! Happy holidays, friends!

 
Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Enjoy this delicious southern cornbread dressing recipe at your holiday gathering!
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Ingredients
  1. Buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients
  2. 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  3. ½ cup all purpose flour
  4. -2 tsp baking soda
  5. -1 tsp salt
  6. -1 egg
  7. 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  8. 6 tblsp butter
  9. Other Cornbread Dressing Ingredients
  10. 8 tblsp butter
  11. 2 cups chopped celery
  12. 1 chopped large onion
  13. 4 cups organic chicken stock
  14. 1 tsp salt
  15. 3 tsp sage
  16. 1 tsp rosemary
  17. 1 tsp thyme
  18. 1 tsp black pepper
  19. 1 sp oregano
  20. 8 pieces of dried bread broken into pieces
Instructions
  1. Mix all cornbread ingredients together and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes.
  2. While the cornbread is baking, put the 8 pieces of bread in the toaster oven at 200ºF for about 10 minutes. This will help dry the bread out, just make sure you don’t get it too crispy. If you don't have a toaster oven, you can just let the bread sit out for a while.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients for the dressing together in a big bowl.
  4. Crumble the cornbread.
  5. Add the crumbled cornbread and bread pieces to other ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Add the mixture to a greased casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes.
  7. Serve with you delicious holiday spread and enjoy with some delicious brown gravy! Happy holidays, friends!
Notes
  1. This total cook time will depend on how crispy you like your dressing. If you like a softer moist dressing, bake for about 30-40 minutes. If you are like my family and you enjoy it crispier, just watch the top to make sure you aren’t overcooking the dressing.
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Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

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I LOVE sangria! If it is on the menu, I’m probably going to order it. The hubs and I had signature cocktails at our wedding and mine was a White Berry Sangria. It was so delicious! I still have people tell me how much they loved my signature cocktail! I love making delicious cocktails for dinner parties, but I really love making them around the holidays. There are just so many delicious flavors and fruits to incorporate and let’s be honest, they just look lovely on serving trays and bar carts. My favorite cocktail to make around the holidays is this apple and cranberry Christmas Sangria! It is so crisp and refreshing and is absolutely lovely in a champagne glass! It takes no time to make and will really impress all of your holiday guests!

Cranberry and Apple Sangria

Christmas Sangria Ingredients:

2 Green Apples; Chopped

2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries

½ Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 Bunch of Rosemary

1 Bottle of Moscato

1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider

Sugared Cranberries - Christmas Sangria Recipe

Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.

Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful into the sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.

Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.

Christmas Sangria Recipe Cranberries

Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher. I crush just a few pieces of fruit, specifically the cranberries, to leave a nice flavor. I like to leave most of the fruit whole because it looks so lovely in the pitcher and in the glass.

Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary to the top to garnish.

Sangria Holiday Cocktail

Wet the rim your champagne flutes with a little bit of water and roll in granulated sugar and fill with the Christmas Sangria. Also, can we just take a moment to admire these beautiful Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes? I’m in love with this design! I have this design for all of my bar glasses and I love that each glass has its own unique design!

Holiday Sangria Cocktail

Add a few of the sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of the cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary and enjoy!

Holiday Sangria

Christmas Sangria Recipe

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? I’m always looking for new recipes!

Christmas Sangria Cocktail
This delicious holiday cocktail will impress all of your guests!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Green Apples; Chopped
  2. 2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
  3. ½ Cup of Granulated Sugar
  4. 1 Bunch of Rosemary
  5. 1 Bottle of Moscato
  6. 1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider
Instructions
  1. Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.
  2. Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful in sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.
  3. Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.
  4. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher.
  5. Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary to the top to garnish.
  6. Rim your champagne glasses with sugar and fill with the Christmas Sangria.
  7. Add a few of the she sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary.
  8. Enjoy!
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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The fall season is the start of sweater weather, the holidays, and so many fun family traditions and memories. We all have our favorite recipes to cook and bake during certain seasons and one of my favorite treats in the whole world are s’mores! They are just so delicious! However, they are very messy to make and they are only good as soon as they come off of the fire! These delicious s’mores chocolate chip cookies give you the delicious s’mores taste, without the mess AND you can keep them in your favorite cookie jar or freeze them for later! These s’mores chocolate chip cookies have quickly become a staple in our home during the fall and they are a popular request from my friends to bring to our holiday parties!

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

If you love this GORGEOUS Threshold marble tray as much as I do, you should probably just treat your self right now and have it delivered straight to your door from Target! The incredible price will surprise you. 

S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients:

½ Cup of Crushed Graham Crackers

2 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars

1 Cup of Mini Marshmallows

2 Sticks of Butter; Softened

1 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

2 Large Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Cups of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 375 °F.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.

S'moores Cookie Ingredients

In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and butter on medium. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium. If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer or hand mixer, you can definitely do this by hand! However, I would highly recommend purchasing a beautiful Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and your life will be so wonderful! Okay, back to baking.

Crushed Graham Crackers S'moores Recipe

Slowly add your flour mixture while your mixer stays on low. If your flour mixture sticks to the sides of the bowl, use a spatula to push the excess flour into your mixture. Once your ingredients are combined and your blended ingredients look like cookie dough, add your crushed graham crackers and mix on low until combined. This is where my Ninja Chop comes in handy! It quickly crushes my graham crackers to my preferred consistency. This saves my hand a lot work and prevents the graham crackers from flying all over my kitchen as I break the plastic bag I’m crushing them in! It’s okay; we have all been there!

S'mores Cookie Recipe

Kitchen AId Mixer S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Fold in your chocolate chips. Let the cookie dough chill for 10 minutes. 

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Add cookie dough to a greased cookie sheet. Can we please stop and take a moment to appreciate these beautiful gold Threshold cookie sheets from Target? They come in a set of three different sizes and they make my kitchen look so glamorous while I bake! Did I mention that they are an absolute steal and are super easy to clean? Okay, back to baking.  I like to use a 1 ½- inch cookie scoop when scooping out my cookie dough. I am in love with this beautiful gold cookie scoop from Target! It matches my gold measuring cups and gold measuring spoons! It helps keep each ball of cookie dough close to the same size so that they cook evenly. It also really makes my eyes happy while I cook.

Cook for 9 minutes at 375 °F.

Cookie Dough Scoop S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gold Cookie Sheet - S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pull the cookies out of the oven and add 4-6 minimarshmallows on top. Bake for another 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows start to brown. Quick tip, don’t let the marshmallows get too brown! This will cause them to melt completely into the cookie and you don’t get the ooey-gooey marshmellowey goodness on top!

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Cookie Recipe

Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes and then add a piece of Hershey’s chocolate to the middle of each cookie.

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Cookie Recipe

These are delicious straight out of the oven, room temperature, cold, and frozen! Basically, they are good all day every day! Serve with coffee, hot chocolate, or milk and enjoy!

S'moores Cookie Recipe

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Have you tried this recipe? Leave me a comment below to let me know how your S’mores cookies turn out!

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies
The taste of s'mores wrapped in a chocolate chip cookie!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup of Crushed Graham Crackers (About 10 Graham Crackers)
  2. 2 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  3. 1 Cup of Mini Marshmallows
  4. 2 Sticks of Butter; Softened
  5. 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  6. 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  7. 2 Large Eggs
  8. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  9. 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  10. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  11. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  12. 2 Cups of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 °F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and butter on medium.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium.
  5. Slowly add your flour mixture while your mixer stays on low.
  6. Once your ingredients are combined and your blended ingredients look like cookie dough, add your crushed graham crackers and mix on low until combined.
  7. Fold in your chocolate chips. Let cookie dough chill for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cookie dough to a greased cookie sheet. I like to use a 1 ½- inch cookie scoop. I am in love with this beautiful gold cookie scoop from Target!
  9. Cook for 9 minutes at 375.
  10. Pull the cookies out of the oven and add 4-6 mini marshmallows on top of each cookie.
  11. Bake for another 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows start to brown.
  12. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes and then add a piece of Hershey’s chocolate to the middle of each cookie.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Quick tip, don’t let the marshmallows get too brown! This will cause them to melt completely into the cookie and you don’t get that ooey gooey marshmellowey goodness on top!
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