Cookie Swap – Cookies with Fillings

Today we are sharing cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday baking. As part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy this year I asked for some of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite recipes and I was blown away by the response. I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did, now get your shopping list ready as I know there is at least one you will want to make.

easy raspberry filled sugar cookie cups: busy creating memories

This is a nice and easy recipe, using pre-made cookie mix and a delicious raspberry filling!

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chocolate peanut butter sandwich cookies: 3 boys and a dog

Chocolate and peanut butter…do I need to say any more!? How about, no-bake (yes!) these are a winner for sure.

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einkorn mint milano cookies: a modern homestead

We all know and love the classic Milano cookie, these are a simple homemade version with a delicious dark chocolate peppermint filling…yum!

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chocolate fudge cookies with sprinkles: dinner at the zoo

A deliciously soft sugar cookie that is rolled in sprinkles and then filled with a creamy chocolate fudge.

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linzer lemon raspberry cookies: norine’s nest 

How festive are these Linzer cookies? They are a delicious shortbread type cookie that has lemon zest in the batter and then filled with a raspberry jam…uh yes please!

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rolo stuffed chocolate cookies: crayons & cravings

These cookies are a chocolate lovers DREAM, it’s chocolate upon chocolate to create this delicious treat.

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chocolate peppermint chip sandwich cookies: snappy gourmet

Delicious little chocolate chip cookies that are made into little “sandwich cookies” with the addition of a peppermint frosting! A classic Christmas flavor combination if you ask me!

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Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Cookies with fillings, you know the ones (think ganache, caramel, jams etc!) delicious little treats that can be added to your Holiday cookie swap! #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Well there you have it friends, cookies upon cookies that are (in some way) filled with everything from jams and frosting, to candy and peanut butter! What are some of your favorite cookies to make for the Holidays? Share them below and join in on the cookie swap fun on my Instagram @theoliveblogger .

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Here it is, day 5 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy!! These Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are sure to become a new favorite, they are perfectly soft on the inside and crunchy and sweet on the outside! I find them perfect for dipping in a cuppa tea and just love how festive they are with their Christmas sprinkles. The best part though? How incredibly easy they are to make!

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Do you see what I mean?! Look at how adorable they are, just covered in yummy sprinkles (you could really do these any time of year and just switch out the color sprinkles you use).

These cookies will forever hold a special place in my heart too…you see, while making these with my mom we got a call that my Gramma was not well (she had been in the hospital after falling and breaking her hip) and my mom dropped everything to rush to be with her. I will never forget the sadness I saw on my moms face that day. Not even 2 days later my Gramma passed. But you see, I don’t share this story to make you sad, but instead to remind you to cherish the time that you have with your family and loved ones this holiday season! I will think of my Gramma every year I make these now, and will take the time to stop and remember just how special she was to me.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 2.5 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract (or peppermint if you prefer!)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Butter (softened)
  • 1/4 Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 c Christmas Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In stand mixer, cream butter, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and extracts (vanilla and almond) until smooth (about 5 minutes)
  2. In a medium bowl sift together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mix and combine.
  3. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F and line tray with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  5. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl, roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and roll in sprinkles to coat the outside (I gently pushed the sprinkles as I went to ensure they stuck!)
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes on middle rack, they will still look pale, only very slightly golden, but trust me they are done!
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**NOTE: Cream cheese measurement should be 1/4 cup! So sorry friends!!**

I couldn’t even wait for these sprinkle cookies to cool when they came out of the oven, they looked so scrumptious! I devoured 3 of them with a nice glass of milk and didn’t feel the least bit guilty! So what are you waiting for? Get your shopping list read and get baking friends. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our next treat.

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes

Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a delicious, melt in your mouth holiday cookie that everyone will love! The coating of sprinkles gives it a nice crunchy outside that is perfectly sweet. #ChristmasCookies #CookieSwap #CookieRecipes


Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Our first fudge recipe for this years Christmas Baking Frenzy is here, Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge!! The thing I love about a good fudge recipe is that it is so easy to make and even better to eat, and this one is no exception. The decadent chocolate is wrapped around chunks of pecans and oozing caramel…I mean what more could you want in a fudge?

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If you are looking for a delicious chocolaty fudge to add to your cookie trays this is definitely the one, it  only takes 5 minutes to prepare and uses just a few simple ingredients (you don’t even need to make the caramel sauce for this one…yes!!!). So go ahead friends, I give you permission to make a double batch and keep one for yourself, after all it is the season for giving (and that includes to ourselves).

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 c Butter (cubed)
  • 2 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 c Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 c Caramel Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Empty condensed milk into a medium microwave safe bowl. Add chocolate chips and cubed butter and microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  3. Remove and stir, and heat for another 15-30 seconds (stop at 15 and stir, if chunks of chocolate are still there put back in).
  4. As soon as it is melted, stir in vanilla and chopped pecans and immediately pour into your baking pan.
  5. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and using a knife gently swirl into chocolate.
  6. Put in fridge and allow to cool completely before cutting (at least 2 hours).
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This Chocolate Turtle Fudge is so easy to make and is full of creamy caramel and chunks of pecans. A perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #TurtleFudge

This Chocolate Turtle Fudge is so easy to make and is full of creamy caramel and chunks of pecans. A perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #TurtleFudge

Looking for other tasty fudge and goodie recipes to try out? Check out some of my favorites from our previous years:

  1. Nutella Fudge with Pistachios

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2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark 

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3. White Chocolate Cranberry Drop Cookies

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Festive Treats and Cookies for the Holidays

Is it day 3 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy already?! I have a really special treat for you guys today…a whole lot of festive treats from some of my favorite bloggers, these are goodies that really make me think of the holidays and I hope they will inspire you as well! Do you have any favorite holidays goodies or traditions in your home?

 

CHRISTMAS WREATH COOKIES: DINNER AT THE ZOO

A super easy, no-bake treat that the kiddos can help with! How cute are these?!

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santa hat cake pops: a bountiful love

I love how easy cake pops are, and these ones are so festive I couldn’t resist sharing with you guys!

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chocolate covered oreos: happy deal happy day

Another really easy festive treat you can make for your trays, these would actually make fantastic teachers gifts (or mailman, delivery person etc!).

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MELTED SNOWMAN COOKIES: “CENTS”ABLE MOMMA

What an adorable cookie, I mean really how cute is the “melted snowman”, I bet this is one kids would love to help out with! And I love that it uses boxed cake mix too (yay for easy!).

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cinnamon roll cookies: joy filled eats

These are like a sugar cookie mixed with a cinnamon roll, and they are drizzled with a delicious cream cheese frosting…what’s not to love?!

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reindeer grahams: ann’s entitled life

Can you tell I love the idea of a no-bake treat for our festive treats? These adorable Reindeer Grahams use only a few ingredients and require no baking.

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CHRISTMAS COOKIE JARS: KEEP CALM GET ORGANISED

This has to be one of my favorite ideas for gifting, a jar of cookie mix ready to go! You can really customize to the taste of your receiver, and can give to everyone on your Christmas list!

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Well that’s it for today’s Christmas Baking Frenzy! What did ya’ll think!? I bet you have a shopping list going with everything you need to get making, am I right? Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the next reveal (hint: if you like fudge you are gonna want to set a reminder for this one!).

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats

Looking for the perfect Holiday Treats ? Look no further than this fun round-up of easy to make and super festive goodies that is sure to impress everyone! #CookieSwap #ChristmasCookies #HolidayTreats


Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Day 2 of our Christmas Baking Frenzy is here, and these Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies are sure to please everyone! If you liked our classic Whipped Shortbread from our previous years then you are most definitely going to love this updated version with the new flavors. The shortbread melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, not just in the yummy chocolate that tops it! Just talking about them makes me want to go open one of the tins that patiently waits in the freezer to be distributed to gorgeous cookie trays for my friends and neighbours!

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Just look at how golden brown those edges are…yum! Now besides the obvious, another reason I love to make these Chocolate Orange Shortbread cookies is because of the amount you get from it. There is nothing better than a yummy tasting and gorgeous cookie that makes enough to fill a few trays (that means less time in the kitchen for you!). I will note with any cookie that uses chocolate on top like this one and my Chocolate Crinkle Kiss Cookies, you want to make sure you don’t touch them when they come out…please please please let them rest and if you need them sooner pop em in the fridge or freezer to harden up, otherwise you will have a smudged plop of chocolate rather than a pretty piece.

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 c Butter (softened)
  • 1 c Icing Sugar
  • 1/2 c Corn Starch
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Orange Liquor (or extract)
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Orange Lindt Bar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Break apart your chocolate into squares and then using a sharp knife cut in half diagonally (so you end up with triangles)
  3. In mixer cream your butter (just to make sure it is room temperature and no chunks) about 1 minute medium speed, mix in vanilla and orange liquor.
  4. In medium bowl sift together your icing sugar, corn starch and flour, slowly add to your wet mixture and combine.
  5. Drop by teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheet and gently press a piece of chocolate into the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes (until edges are slightly golden)
  7. Remove and allow to cool completely (if you try to move them when they are warm you will smudge the chocolate...you can put in the fridge if you need them sooner)
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This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

This shortbread cookie melts in your mouth and gives way to a subtle orange flavor that is throughout the cookie, perfect for any cookie swap this Holiday! #ChristmasCookies #ShortbreadCookies #CookieSwap #Shortbread

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

It’s that time of year friends, our Christmas Baking Frenzy is back for it’s 3rd year and I am so excited to get started! I am also participating in an online cookie swap with Houseful of Cookies and really wanted to think of a special cookie I knew everyone would enjoy and that would really make you think of Christmas…so here it is,  my Gingerbread Biscotti. It tastes just like a gingerbread cookie with the crunchiness of a good biscotti and of course is drizzled with a little white chocolate to add a hint of sweetness for dipping in your favorite cup of coffee or tea!

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of the holidays I always think of the smell of gingerbread and the times I spent assembling the pre-made house kits as a kid…or should I say the time I spent eating half of the bagged candies that came with the kit and slopping together the house with whatever I had left (hey we’ve all been there right!). If you have never made a biscotti before, do not worry, I got you!  The most important thing about making your Gingerbread Biscotti is to really watch the time, in fact you should always use a timerALWAYS! Now, dust off your Christmas apron and get ready friends, we are just getting started!

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Delicious Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c Flour
  • 1 1/4 c Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 c Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tbsp Molasses
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c White Chocolate (optional, for dipping/drizzle)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  2. In your mixer cream together butter with sugar.
  3. In a small bowl whisk your eggs and molasses then add to butter mixture with vanilla and combine.
  4. In a medium bowl sift together your dry ingredients and then add slowly to your wet mixture (it will become a thick batter).
  5. Form into logs (10"x 2" approx) and bake for 20-23 minutes (until slightly firm to the touch but NOT hard, should have a "spring" to it)
  6. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before cutting into 1" stripes (see photos)
  7. Place face down on baking sheet and bake for additional 6, flip and repeat for 6 minutes (they should be slightly golden)
  8. Allow to cool completely before adding a chocolate drizzle/dip if you prefer!

Notes

If you like your biscotti REALLY crunchy you can add 1-2 minutes per side when they are cooking face down, if you prefer it a little softer you can do it for less time. Our biscotti is cooked to be a perfect addition to a cup of coffee or tea!

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If you have followed our Christmas Baking in previous years than you already know I have a “cheat” biscotti recipe up as well! It is a great one if you don’t like the traditional crunchy biscotti, and it is loaded with chocolate. Go check out my Chocolate Brownie Biscotti now and stay tuned for our next cookie.

Gingerbread Biscotti - a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

Gingerbread Biscotti – a fun take on a traditional Christmas cookie that everyone will love. The slight spice of the cookie goes well with a cup of coffee or tea. #Biscotti #Gingerbread #GingerbreadBiscotti #ChristmasCookies

In the meantime be sure to check out all the other delicious cookies in the Houseful of Cookies Online Cookie Swap below:

Houseful of Cookies 2017  Blog List

Houseful Of Nicholes – Slow As Molasses Cookies

A Crafty Spoonful – Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

A Real Urban Mom – Chocolate Chip Cookies

Divas With A Purpose – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Everyday Party Magazine – Simple Caramel Cream Sugar Cookies Swirls

Fab Haute Mama – Belgian Waffle Cookies

Good Girl Gone Redneck – Perfect Holiday Saltine Toffee Treat

Happily Homegrown – Old Fashioned Hermit Bar Cookies

Honest & Truly! – Triple Chocolate Dipped Cookie

I am the Maven® – Moldy Mice Cookies

Keep Calm & Teach Fifth Grade – Winter Wonderland Sugar Cookies

Kenya Rae – Pecan White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kiss My Tulle – Chunky Christmas Cookies

Mom On The Side – Hopscotch Crunchies Holiday Cookies

More Than Thursdays – Mint Stuffed Sugar Cookies

Mother Of The World – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Our Crafty Mom – Houseful Of Cookies 2017

Peyton’s Momma – Houseful Of Cookies 2017             

Simplify Live Love – Double Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies

Teachable Mommy – 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Analytical Mommy – Favorite Lactation Cookie Recipe

The Biswolds – White Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies

Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Now that you know how to make a crepe (from last weeks post) I thought I would share with you how to turn that talent of yours into a delicious dessert that you can enjoy for any special occasion! This Orange Cream Crepe Cake combines creamy ricotta with fresh orange juice and zest and is drizzled with chocolate, which makes it perfect for anytime of year, and a great last minute dessert idea if you are still trying to figure out what to bring to Thanksgiving. Look at how gorgeous it is, especially with the easy to make candied oranges on top.

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The nice thing with this crepe cake is that you can make it as rich as you would like. You can simply add more layers (we did about 15 crepes) or try adding more chocolate drizzle between the layers. Play with it and have fun! Now follow along with the steps to make your perfect crepe cake below (photo step-by-step below recipe).

Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Chocolate Orange Cream Crepe Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 15 Crepes (see post here for how to make them)
  • 2 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1/3 c Orange Juice
  • 1 c Whipping Cream
  • 1 1/3 c Ricotta
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 c Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions

    Orange Cream:
  1. Prepare whipping cream by mixing 1c on high speed in your mixer until peaks form, scoop out and place in a covered bowl in the fridge.
  2. Combine ricotta with orange juice, zest and sugar on medium speed in your stand mixer. Once combined, gently fold in your whipped cream you prepared earlier.
  3. Crepe Assembly:
  4. Begin by placing a crepe on a cake stand, add a dollop of your orange cream and gently spread out, leaving 1/2" gap around crepe. If desired you can drizzle chocolate on each layer (or only the top).
  5. Repeat the crepe and cream process until you reach your desired height (we did about 15 crepes)
  6. For your final crepe spread cream mixture right to the edges. Drizzle with chocolate and top with candied oranges.
  7. Place in fridge to chill (at least 2 hours, overnight is best) and serve cold.

Notes

For the orange juice and zest I used one large naval orange. If you are going to use candied oranges on top you will need a second orange (see link at bottom of page for candied oranges) You can assemble the cake, including the top layer, a day in advance. Keep in fridge and take out when ready to serve.

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Step by step for assembling your crepe cake
  1. Your crepes and candied oranges should already be done at this point, this is for your day of assembly of the cake.
  2. Prepare your Orange Cream (consistency should look like the photo, you do not want it too thick or runny)

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3. Save yourself some fussing and put your cake plate on a lazy-susan to make it easy for your cream. Start by putting a crepe on your cake stand and a dollop of cream (approx. 1/8c). Using an offset spatula gently spread the cream on the crepe, stopping 1/2″ from the edge (the cream will spread to the edges as the weight of the layers are added on). If you want it more decadent, drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate between each layer.

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4. Place your next crepe on top and gently press down, repeat step 3 until you have the height you desire (we used approximately 15). When you get to your final crepe you can cover in plastic wrap and place in the fridge (at least 2 hours to chill) overnight is better as it allows the cream to settle.

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5. Finishing touches! Fully cover your final layer with your orange cream and take it right to the edges. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate and then top with your candied oranges. Enjoy!

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How easy was that?! Seriously, if you show up with this to your next family dinner everyone is going to think you are a dessert goddess!! They don’t need to know how simple it was to make, all they are going to care about is the luscious orange cream mixed with the richness of that chocolate!

Delicious and Luscious Orange Cream Crepe Cake - this simple to follow How-To will show you the simplicity of a crepe cake that will please the biggest dessert critic! #CrepeCake #EasyCrepeCake #CrepeCakeRecipe #OrangeCream #ChocolateCrepes

Delicious and Luscious Orange Cream Crepe Cake – this simple to follow How-To will show you the simplicity of a crepe cake that will please the biggest dessert critic! #CrepeCake #EasyCrepeCake #CrepeCakeRecipe #OrangeCream #ChocolateCrepes


How To: Candied Oranges and Citrus

Ever wondered how those fancy bakeries get the glistening sweet fruit on top of their cakes?! Wonder no more friends, this quick and easy guide will show you how to make candied oranges (and any other fruit) at home for you to enjoy whenever you want.

How To: Candied Oranges

How To: Candied Oranges

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange (or other citrus fruit)
  • 1 c Granulated Sugar
  • 3 c Water

Instructions

  1. Wash orange thoroughly, be sure to give a gentle scrub of the skin as you will be eating the whole thing.
  2. Thinly slice orange, you can use a mandoline to get consistent slices. Put aside for after.
  3. In a large pan (think a lot of surface area as you don't want the oranges touching) bring water and sugar to a boil.
  4. Gently add in your orange slices and cook until they become translucent, approx. 20-30 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon remove the orange slices and transfer to a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath to catch the drips.
  6. Enjoy on your favorite cakes or on its own!
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We used these candied oranges on an Orange Cream Crepe Cake we made, and I can tell you firsthand just how good they were! The skin of the fruit doesn’t have any bitterness left to it once it has been candied, and the rest of the orange practically melts in your mouth. So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get candying!

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Candied Oranges - a simple how-to for candying citrus fruit! Perfect for topping cakes and desserts, or to enjoy on their own. #CandiedOranges #CandiedFruit #CandiedCitrus

Candied Oranges – a simple how-to for candying citrus fruit! Perfect for topping cakes and desserts, or to enjoy on their own. #CandiedOranges #CandiedFruit #CandiedCitrus


How to Make Easy Crepes

Making crepes doesn’t have to be the scary task that people think it is…I don’t know if it is the name (since it is so elegant sounding) or the fact that most of us have only ever had a crepe while out for breakfast or dessert, but let me tell you, they are SO easy to make and you will wonder how you went so long without whipping them up for your family! These crepes use only a few ingredients (which I know you already have on hand!) and they make enough to feed the entire family. And guess what?! You DON’T need a fancy crepe pan to make them either (woohoo!) a regular non-stick frying pan does the trick perfectly!

How to Make Easy Crepes

How to Make Easy Crepes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c Milk (we use 1%, you can use what you prefer)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 c Butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 c Flour (AP)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Sweet Crepes
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine the milk, flour, sugar, salt, eggs and half of the butter and blend until smooth. If you don't have a blender you can use a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Let batter rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before using.
  2. You can make the batter a day in advance and just transfer to a sealed container, keep it in the fridge until you are ready to make the crepes.
  3. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat.
  4. Using a silicone pastry brush lightly brush pan with some of the remaining melted butter.
  5. Add batter using a ladle (about half full) and swirl the skillet so the batter completely covers the bottom.
  6. Cook 2 to 3 minutes and then loosen the edge of the crepe with a rubber spatula, then with your fingertips, flip crepe and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  7. Slide the crepe out of the skillet and repeat with the remaining batter, coating the skillet with butter as you need (do not over butter or your crepes will fry and be oily)
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We like both savory and sweet crepes, and this recipe can easily be adapted based on which you are making so don’t worry! As with most of my recipes, get creative and have fun with your toppings!! Take a look at some of our favorite toppings for whatever cravings you may have.

savory crepe ideas
  • Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese and Caramelized Onions
  • Spinach, Ricotta and Crumbled Bacon
  • Eggs and Spinach
  • Eggs Benedict (complete with ham and hollindase sauce)
  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
sweet crepe ideas
  • Fresh Fruit with Whipped Cream and Nutella drizzle
  • Ice Cream (whatever flavor you prefer) with Nuts and assorted Chocolate pieces (candy bars!)
  • Peanut Butter and Jam
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Butter drizzle and Bananas
  • Drizzled with Maple Syrup and sprinkle with Cinnamon
Easy to Make Crepe Recipe! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and can be used for savory and sweet crepes! #EasyCrepes #CrepeRecipe #SweetCrepes #SavoryCrepes

Easy to Make Crepe Recipe! This recipe uses just a few ingredients and can be used for savory and sweet crepes! #EasyCrepes #CrepeRecipe #SweetCrepes #SavoryCrepes

We actually make double and freeze what we don’t use for easy, on-the-go breakfasts and dinners when we have no time (or just forgot to defrost the meat for the chili…again!). Be sure to do the same, and let me know your favorite flavor combination for your crepes! What are you waiting for?

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Stuffing…mmm do I have your attention yet!? In our family, just the mention of stuffing gets our heads turning and noses sniffing, we are obsessed with it! In fact, when I make my Thanksgiving plate it goes something like this: Turkey (20%), Potatoes (5%), Veggies (10%), Cranberry Sauce (20%) and STUFFING (45%) and I am not even joking! I could eat just a plate of stuffing if I didn’t think my family would judge me. Now I know there is a whole debate out there, to stuff the bird or not stuff the bird…and do you know what I say?! DO BOTH! That’s what we do! I make more than enough stuffing to go in the bird and have a full casserole dish on the side, and the best is to mix them together to really blow your taste buds away.

Stuffing

It is probably one of the easiest sides you will have to make for your dinner, and most of it can be assembled a day in advance to leave you with more time to focus on your turkey the day of. We always buy a couple of fresh loaves of French Bread from our local bakery and I make an evening of getting my stuffing ready. I like to sit with a glass of wine and my favorite show on TV with a giant bowl beside me as I rip the bread into tiny pieces so it can sit out overnight and get nice and crusty (if you are in a time constraint that is OK too, just stick the bread in the oven for an additional 5 mins from my recipe and you will still have a perfect stuffing every single time!).

Stuffing-Ingredients

 

Okay, that’s enough blabbing on, let’s get started on this classic holiday dish. Keep in mind, as with most of my recipes, this one can easily be adapted for your tastes and preferences! If you like cranberries or pecans in your stuffing, add em in! Prefer whole wheat bread? No problem! Customizing a recipe is what makes it yours, so get creative and dig in.

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe - A classic stuffing recipe you can make for any Holiday or get together!

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe – A classic stuffing recipe you can make for any Holiday or get together!

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Easy Traditional Stuffing Recipe for the Holidays

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves French Bread (will need about 15 c cubed)
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 1 c Celery (you can use 1/2 tsp celery seed if you don't have any on hand)
  • 1 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary (dried)
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 1/4 c Butter (unsalted)
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 2.5 c Vegetable Broth (or chicken)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

    If prepping ahead of time:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. In a large bowl, tear up your French Bread into small bite sized pieces. Spread onto cookie sheets in a single layer and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely and leave out overnight to continue the "staling" of the bread (if you don't have time to leave out, keep the bread in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes to dry out on day of).
  2. Finely chop onions and celery, add to a medium pan over medium heat with 1c of the butter. Add in your herbs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and allow to cool before placing in covered bowl in the fridge.
  3. Day of:
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter (or spray) a 9" x 13" casserole dish, set aside.
  5. In a medium pan reheat your onion mixture over medium heat (see above if making same day) and add 1.5 c of broth and allow to come to a low simmer.
  6. Now in a large bowl, toss bread with your butter and broth mixture, be sure to combine well.
  7. In a small bowl whisk your eggs with remaining broth (1 1/4 c) and add to the bread mixture.
  8. Add bread mixture to your casserole dish, topping with remaining butter (cut into small cubes) and bake covered for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes (or until top is golden and slightly crispy). Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer fresh herbs you can use those too! We use dried since we always have them on hand, just make sure they are still good guys (we rotate our herbs/spices every 3-4 months since we use them so much!). If you are going to add some of the stuffing to your Turkey, combine 4c bread with 1/4 of your onion and herb mixture, and stuff into the cavity of the bird. Don't worry about your broth mixture, your butter on top of the casserole will help to keep everything moist.

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