Soda Bread Muffins with Cheddar

These Soda Bread Muffins are airy and light with crisp edges, the perfect muffin top and delicious Irish cheddar in every bite. 

Soda Bread is a classic quick bread that we tend to enjoy around this time of year, specifically for St. Patrick’s Day. While I love the classic bread I thought it was time to give it an update and decided on muffins which have a lighter texture but all the flavor you already love (plus more!).

For this recipe you will need: Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, egg, buttermilk, butter and Irish cheddar. 

Soda Bread Muffins on cutting board with Irish Cheddar chunks

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Curried Lentils “Stew” with Rice

A 20 minute vegetarian dinner that the whole family will love! Our Curried Lentils use canned lentils and strained tomatoes along with delicious Indian spices to create a wonderfully aromatic curry dish you will make time and time again. 

There is something about a good meatless meal that I just love! Curried Lentils are a super quick and easy way to incorporate more legumes into your diet while keeping the flavor game strong. I promise you there is nothing boring about this dish! If you’re not used to cooking with these delicious little parcels of flavor, don’t worry. I am going to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to enjoy this easy Lentil Curry without spending your entire day at the stove. 

For this recipe you will need: canned lentils, onion, strained tomatoes, cilantro, curry powder, ground ginger, garam  masala (see recipe for alternative), cayenne pepper, salt and vegetable oil. Rice for serving is optional. 

Easy Curried Lentils atop a bed of rice

 

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Easy Chocolate Apple Valentine Treats

Looking for something to wow your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? These Chocolate Apple Hearts are easy to make and are the perfect Valentine Treats for those you love most! We used a heart shaped cookie cutter for their shape and then dipped  them in luscious milk chocolate before topping with candies, coconut and more.

I am all about spreading a little extra love for Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean it has to break the bank. In fact, after recently completing a basement renovation, my hubby and I decided to stick to gifts that are made from things we already have rather than going out and spending ridiculous amounts of money on shiny things neither of us need.

Now I know the way to his heart is definitely through his stomach, and anything with chocolate gets me bonus points so I immediately went to thinking about what I could make. That’s where these adorable Chocolate Covered Apple Slices come from! I hope you have as much fun making them as I did, I can’t wait to whip up a fresh batch just in time for Valentine’s Day in a few weeks.

For this recipe you will need: Apples, milk chocolate, coconut flakes, sprinkles, candy coated chocolates, large bamboo skewers and heart shaped cookie cutters. 

Chocolate Covered Apple Hearts with candies, coconut and sprinkles

 

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Easy Moroccan Chicken Stew – with Sweet Potatoes and Couscous

The winter months are all about comfort foods for us, and nothing hits the spot like a great bowl of stew! This Moroccan Chicken Stew is full of robust ingredients like cinnamon, sweet potatoes and fresh cilantro, which makes it a tummy warming dish that your whole family will love. 

I know when most people think of a Stew recipe they first think of Beef, but let me assure you that this Chicken Stew is not only quick and easy, but it is full of healthy ingredients and flavors that will leave you wanting a second and third bowl! In the winter months we tend to make dishes like our Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Pot Pie quite often, but I really wanted to try something different and couldn’t be happier with how this Moroccan Chicken Stew turned out. 

For this recipe you will need: boneless skinless chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, fresh cilantro, onion, chicken broth, flour, olive oil, ground ginger, cinnamon, lemon juice, couscous, saffron (optional), salt & pepper. 

Moroccan Chicken Stew in large white serving bowl with fresh herbs

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Cookies for Santa – 12 Scrumptious Recipes

Whether you are looking for a cookie recipe that is easy and fun, or something a little more over the top to leave out for Santa, we have got you covered! These 12 Cookies for Santa ideas will leave you wanting it to be Christmas Eve stat! 

These cookie recipes are for all levels of bakers, including the kiddos, so you can rest assured that everyone will have fun making a treat to leave out for the big guy. And be sure you don’t forget about the rest of the seasons baking either,  check out our full list of recipes from our Christmas Baking Frenzy to get prepared for the yummiest time of the year!

1. RUDOLPH PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES – MOMMY MUSINGS 

These are your favorite peanut butter cookie but all dressed up with candies and pretzels to make them look like Rudolph! Easy and adorable!

 

Peanut Butter Cookies for Santa - made to look like Rudolph with pretzels and candy

 

2. gingerbread man cookies – confessions of a disney aholic-mom

Everyone knows that Santa loves a good gingerbread cookie, they are slightly spiced and everything nice! And these ones are done with a simple icing outline, perfect for the kiddos!

Gingerbread Man Cookies on a cookie tray

 

 

3. nutella s’more christmas cookies – teaspoon of goodness

A fun no-bake cookie the kids can make for Santa! All the classic flavours of a s’more finished off with dipped chocolate and covered in sprinkles for an extra magical touch.

Nutella S'more Cookies on parchment paper with sprinkles

 

4. CHRISTMAS PINWHEEL SPIRAL COOKIES – MELANIE COOKS 

A simple cookie recipe that requires no chill time, these can be made on Christmas Eve to ensure optimal freshness for Santa!

Colorful red and green Pinwheel Christmas Cookies for Santa

 

 

5. christmas sprinkle cookies – the olive blogger

One of our favorite cookies from our Christmas Baking vault! You will love how easy these festive cookies are to make.

Festive plate of Christmas Sprinkle Cookies for Santa

 

 

6. ICELANDIC CHRISTMAS MERINGUE COOKIES – VEGGIE DESSERTS

These are a traditional cookie from Iceland that use cornflakes and chocolate to make a delicious treat even the elves would eat!

Meringue Cookies on parchment paper with chocolate drizzle

 

 

7. easy grinch crinkle cookies – eating on a dime

Every kid knows the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and this cookie is the perfect treat for them to make in honor of it! Even Santa will give a big Ho Ho Ho when he sees these cute creations!

 

 

8. snowman cookies – down redbud drive

Adorable snowman faces that are super easy to make! Can be made using store bought sugar cookies if you don’t have the time to bake your own, though we have a great Sugar Cookie Recipe  you can use here!

Plate of Snowman Cookies for Santa

 

 

9. gingerbread holly cookies – the flying couponer 

Easy to make and loaded with that ginger spice we all crave at this time of year, then finished off with a simple chocolate dip and holly sprinkles!

Gingerbread Cookies with white chocolate dip and holly decoration

 

 

10. christmas lights shortbread cookies – super mom, no cape! 

A fun sprinkle-infused shortbread cookie that are made using Cookie Gun , the kids will be lining up to help with this festive  treat!

Christmas tree plate full of Shortbread Cookies for Santa

 

 

11. candy cane cookies – the kitchen is my playground 

A simple almond sugar cookie dough that is twisted together to create adorable candy canes that Santa will want to take home to Mrs. Claus!

 

 

12. mint sugar cookies with andes candy – our wasisabilife

Perfectly festive and chewy sugar cookies that are full of peppermint flavor thanks to the Andes Mint candies!

Red and Green Icing stripes on round Mint Sugar Cookies

 

 

Okay so be honest, how many of these cookies for Santa are you dying to make RIGHT NOW!? I hope you enjoyed following along with this years Christmas Baking Frenzy my friends, and don’t worry we will be posting for New Years starting next week!

A fun round-up featuring 12 unique and delicious Cookies for Santa!