Homemade Bisquick Mix

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! In fact, I recommend making a double batch and keeping in sealed containers or mason jars so you always have some on hand!

Bisquick-Mix

I use it to make my delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits as well as anytime we want to make a Quiche! You can even use it when making waffles, pancakes, pot pies and more. It is less expensive than the store bought mix and comes together in no time…your welcome!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

You will never need to buy a box of Bisquick again with this easy to make version! Use for biscuits, quiche, pot pies, pancakes and more!

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Cups

Homemade Bisquick Mix

Ingredients

  • 6 c Flour (all purpose)
  • 3 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 c Shortening (Crisco)

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low speed using the whisk attachment until it comes together.
  2. It will look like flour with small pea-size pieces of coated shortening (that is perfect!)
  3. Store in an airtight container or mason jars for up to 6 months (although I bet you will go through it faster!)

Notes

Use in place of any recipe that calls for Bisquick! We use it in biscuits, pancakes, waffles, pot pies, quiche etc!

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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

It’s time friends! I have wanted to share this delicious recipe for Garlic Cheddar Biscuits with you for awhile now, but I wanted to make sure it was perfect and completely from scratch! If you have never had a Red Lobster “Cheddar Bay Biscuit” then you won’t be able to compare, and if you have let me tell you, THESE ARE THE SAME THING and so so sooooo yummy! Now when I say “from scratch” I mean it guys (no store bought mixes here!) and I am even going to share with you how to make your own “Bisquick” to have on hand all the time so you can make these and many other goodies whenever you want them!

Cheddar-Biscuits-Bowl

I chose to make my biscuits a little smaller than you would find in the restaurant (I like more to go around!) but feel free to make em larger if you want! You also want to make sure you brush them with the garlic butter when you are ready to serve, otherwise it will make them soggy. I make the biscuits up to a day in advance and just quickly heat them before they hit the table, and you would never know they weren’t just pulled from the oven.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 14 Biscuits

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – Red Lobster Copycat!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 c Homemade Biscuik Mix
  • 1/4 c Butter (cold and cubed)
  • 3/4 Milk (I use 1%, use what you have on hand!)
  • 1 c grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Butter Topping
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt ("pinch")

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Using a stand mixer (or just your hands if you don't have one) combine the Bisquick mix with the cold butter and mix for about 30 seconds. You want the butter to still be noticeable, about the size of small peas.
  3. Add the cheese, milk and garlic powder and mix until combined (do not overmix it). Remove from bowl and gently mix with your hands for about 15 seconds.
  4. Drop onto cookie sheet using a tsp or cookie scoop (again you can make them larger if you prefer)
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are slightly golden
  6. Butter Topping
  7. Melt butter with garlic powder in microwave, then add in parsley and salt. Using a pastry brush gently cover each biscuit with a generous amount of the butter topping!
  8. Serve and enjoy

Notes

Make sure your ingredients are cold (butter, milk, cheese) it helps trust me! Also, you can use margarine (the biscuits will spread a little bit more) just make sure to measure it ahead of time and stick it in the freezer to get cold (about 20 minutes).

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Well, what are you waiting for?! These biscuits are so easy to make and really take no time to prepare, they are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that  everyone in your family will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight. So go make yourself a batch of these delicious Garlic Cheddar Biscuits and let me know what you think of them.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster Copycat!).These biscuits are loaded with so much cheese and delicious garlic that everyone will be reaching for a second or third one to go with dinner tonight.


Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Whether you are an experienced baker, or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies are going to easily become a new favorite for you and your family. They are perfectly chewy and fully loaded with TWO types of chocolate…yup, I went there! The dough for these cookies is nice and thick, which allows the cookies to keep their shape and not melt into a puddle on your baking sheet…we have all been there…the “Best EVER” cookie recipe that turns out to be a disaster in your kitchen. I promise you, these cookies deliver on every possible level. Taste, Look, Texture and even Ease of Making.

Chocolate-Chunk-Cookie-Dough

 

I chose to make my cookies a little bit smaller as I prefer to have more to go around, but you can easily make them double the size for a super cookie that would be great for dunking! Now, I don’t know about you, but there is nothing I love more than a warm plate Chocolate Chunk Cookies and a tall glass of cold milk after a long day…shall we get to it then!?

Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 36 Cookies (24 if you make them larger)

Best Ever Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c Salted Butter (melted and cooled...NOT hot!)
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar, lightly packed (I use golden brown sugar not dark)
  • 1 c White Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 c Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks
  • 1/2 c White Chocolate Chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In stand mixer beat together the butter with both sugars until creamy and smooth. Add in your vanilla and one egg at a time, mix for about 10 seconds to just combine.
  3. In small bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mixture and mix until combined. It will form a thick dough ball (this is what you want!).
  4. Add chocolate chunks and incorporate with a wood spoon. Do not over mix your dough.
  5. Roll dough into small balls (about 1"-1.5") and arrange on your baking sheet, gently pressing down into a disk shape.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depends on your oven so keep an eye!) They should be slightly golden but still fairly pale, this is what makes them chewy and delicious.
  7. Allow to cool and ENJOY!

Notes

For the chocolate, I just buy the bakers chocolate and cut it into chunks myself! You can buy them in chunks already, but I find it more cost effective to do it myself (plus then I get a variety of sizes!). DO NOT OVER MIX the dough, that is the key for making a deliciously soft cookie!

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Whether you're an experienced baker or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies will be a new family favorite! Perfectly chewy and fully loaded with both white and semi-sweet chocolate chunks!

Whether you’re an experienced baker or new to the game, these Chocolate Chunk Cookies will be a new family favorite! Perfectly chewy and fully loaded with both white and semi-sweet chocolate chunks!

These Chocolate Chunk Cookies will definitely be making it to my Christmas trays this year! There is something about a classic cookie that I think everyone loves. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, head on over to my 13 Days of Christmas Baking now and get ready for our 3rd annual page coming early November!

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Back to school is right around the corner where we are, which means it is time for EASY weeknight meals that the entire family will love! This Lemon Chicken Piccata is super simple to make (with just a few ingredients) and has a flavor that will blow your mind. It is one of my go-to meals for a busy week when my hubby and I just don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen. Take a look for yourself at how delicious it is.

Easy-ChickenPiccata

Another reason I love this dish so much is its versatility, you can use chicken breasts or thighs and you don’t need to worry about the bones if you want to serve it a little more rustic I say go for it…who is gonna judge you?! Just remember to adjust your cooking time if you choose thighs or a bone-in chicken breast as it will take a little bit longer to cook through. Ready to get started?

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Lemon Chicken Piccata – 30 Min Dinner

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1/2 bunch Fresh Dill (rough chopped)
  • 1 tsp Capers (rough chopped)
  • 1/4 c White Wine (or Chicken broth if you prefer)
  • 1/4 c Water
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil (for cooking)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your chicken for dredging by cutting it into smaller sections and gently pounding out with a meat tenderizer (or rolling pin) you want your chicken to be very thin so it cooks quickly. In a low sided dish mix together flour, corn starch ,garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil (or oil of your choice for frying) over medium heat.
  3. Coat each piece of chicken with your flour mixture, gently shaking off any excess, and put aside on a plate. When all pieces are coated, begin cooking them. Be sure to let them cook 2-3 mins a side and flip. Repeat until all chicken is cooked (we normally do it in 2 batches).
  4. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and add in wine, water, lemon juice and capers. Scrape up any bits from the chicken and let your sauce come to a low simmer. Add the chicken back into the pan with 1/2 of your chopped dill and let cook 2 mins until sauce is thick.
  6. Arrange chicken on a serving dish and top with the rest of your dill and lemon zest.

Notes

If using chicken with the bone in still be sure to adjust your cooking time, it will take longer to cook through.

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Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Easy weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes, this Lemon Chicken Piccata is simple to make and loaded with flavor!

Lemon Chicken Piccata is also a great meal for entertaining, people will think you spent hours in the kitchen with the depth of flavor that it brings to the table, and you can really pretty it up on a nice serving tray! If you are trying to impress the in-laws this is a good recipe to have in your back pocket (wink wink). If you love easy, low maintenance meals with tons of flavor be sure to check out my Beef Stroganoff as well (one of the most visited recipes on the entire site!).

How to Make Roasted Garlic at Home

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had the roasted garlic appetizer and thought, “I would really like to know how to do this myself!”…well today friends I am going to show you just how EASY it is to make! Roasted garlic is great in a variety of dishes as well as on its own (see below for some of my favorite ways to enjoy it). The thing I love most about making it at home is that I can control the amount of salt that goes on it, I often find the restaurant versions a little salty for my taste.

step-by-step roasted garlic

 

Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so the cloves are exposed.

1. Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so the cloves are exposed.

 

2. Place bulb in foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and twist foil tightly closed.

2. Place bulb in foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and twist foil tightly closed.

 

3. Place garlic in oven (preheated to 400F) and cook for 30 mins. Enjoy!

3. Place garlic in oven (preheated to 400F) and cook for 30 mins. Enjoy!

 

If you love garlic as much as we do I suggest roasted a couple of heads at once so you have them on hand for your weeknight dishes. They keep for a week in the fridge as long as they are in a sealed container and they will add a new depth to your usual dishes that call for minced garlic (trust me!).

how to serve and use your roasted garlic
  • Serve it warm with some goat cheese, fig spread and crackers for a delicious appetizer
  • Add to your favorite dips and spreads (like hummus)
  • Add a few cloves into your spaghetti sauce
  • Add to your mashed potatoes when mixing your butter and milk for a garlicky surprise
  • Spread on a piece of toast and top with ricotta or avocado for an afternoon snack
  • Mix in with steamed veggies to amp up the flavors

How to Make Roasted Garlic

How to Make Roasted Garlic

Ingredients

  • 3 Garlic Bulbs
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut the tops off garlic bulbs to expose the cloves
  3. Place each bulb in a piece of tinfoil, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  4. Tightly wrap the garlic in the foil and place in the oven (middle rack) for 30 mins
  5. See site for the many ways to use Roasted Garlic in your everyday dishes!
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How to make Roasted Garlic at home, an easy step-by-step guide! Roasted Garlic can be enjoyed on its own, as an appetizer or even added to your everyday meals...it adds a new level of flavor you will love.

How to make Roasted Garlic at home, an easy step-by-step guide! Roasted Garlic can be enjoyed on its own, as an appetizer or even added to your everyday meals…it adds a new level of flavor you will love.


Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

This post has been sponsored by Yomee Yogurt. The recipe and all opinions are my own. 

With summer in full swing I am constantly trying to come up with new ideas for staying cool, and thanks to Yomee Yogurt I am able to beat the heat with these delicious Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Pops! These popsicles are super easy to make, combining both tangy and sweet flavors with the wonderful creaminess of the yogurt…and they sure are pretty to look at too!

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Yomee and I are partnering to celebrate the August 29th launch of their at home Yogurt Maker! (CLICK HERE to check out the Yomee site and get your pre-order in now!!) If you are like me, you always have yogurt on hand for when a craving hits (some are high in protein  which makes it super filling and so much healthier than the bowl of ice cream I would otherwise reach for). I absolutely love the concept of the Yomee machine and how incredibly simple it is to always have fresh yogurt at home. It takes 10 oz of milk (regular, soy, almond…whichever you prefer) and a starter pod, and with the touch of a button you are ready to get making your fresh yogurt!

I personally think it is best to set this up before you go to bed so you have the fresh, chilled yogurt in the morning as it takes about 6 hours to come together. And the best part is that there is no sugar or additives! Okay, seriously where has this been all of my life?!

Yomee Yogurt

additional benefits of the yomee yogurt machine 
  • 4 flavors to choose from; plain, strawberry, blueberry and vanilla
  • Makes Greek yogurt as well as plain and stirred yogurt
  • Use the milk you prefer (you can use soy, almond, regular, and really modify to your dietary needs)
  • Keeps yogurt chilled
  • Uses a pod to create delicious at home yogurt in just 6 hours
  • It is self-cleaning (yep, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning it!)
  • Check out how it works here

Normally I eat yogurt with my breakfast, whether it is in a smoothie bowl or just topped with fresh fruit, but I got to thinking “how else can I use yogurt besides my usual breakfast routine!?” and that my friends is how we created this heat quenching popsicle! It is simple to make, and uses just a handful of fresh ingredients (your kids will never know they are actually GOOD for them!).

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 Popsicles

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Ingredients

    Raspberry Layer
  • 2 c fresh Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Yogurt Layer
  • 1.5 c Yomee Yogurt
  • zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
  • Raspberry Yogurt Layer
  • 1/3 c Raspberry mix (from above)
  • 1/4 c Yogurt mix (from above)

Instructions

  1. Begin with your Raspberry layer. In a food processor (or blender) combine raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and water. Process until you have a smooth consistency with no chunks (about 1 minute). Reserve 1/3 c of the raspberry mix for the next layer.
  2. Pour into your popsicle molds, filing about 1/3 of the way and place in freezer while you prepare the next layer.
  3. For the yogurt layer, in a small bowl combine your fresh Yomee Yogurt with lemon juice and zest and set aside.
  4. Take 1/4 c of your yogurt mix and 1/3 c of your raspberry mix and combine in a small bowl. Again, taking your popsicle mold, fill to the halfway mark and set in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  5. Once your middle layer has set, add the lemon yogurt layer to top off the popsicles and place in freezer overnight to set completely.
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Other Ideas for your fresh yomee yogurt
  • Yogurt covered fruit (frozen for a cool treat)
  • Muffins (the possibilities are endless)
  • Loaf cakes
  • Smoothie bowls
  • Dips and spreads (use in place of sour cream)
These Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles come together with just a few ingredients, and will help you beat the heat while keeping your taste buds happy! #sponsored #YomeeYogurt

These Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles comes together with just a few ingredients, and will help you beat the heat while keeping your taste buds happy! #sponsored #YomeeYogurt

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Are you ready for a super tasty summer salad that takes little time to prep?! Honestly who has time to spend in the kitchen slaving over meals and sides in the summertime…we don’t! We try to spend as much time outside soaking up the glorious sunshine as possible in the summer months, we have to really, about 5 months of the year we have snow on the ground! Anyway, enough about the weather, let’s get started on that tasty Greek Chickpea Salad!!

Chickpea-Salad-Finished

I promise you (with prep included) you will have this salad ready to go in under 15 minutes, making it the easiest side dish to bring to any BBQ or gathering you have going on this weekend. It is loaded full of fresh veggies, black olives and of course chickpeas, and then drizzled with your favorite Greek salad dressing. I love how versatile this Chickpea Salad is too, you can add in fresh zucchini, cherry tomatoes and whatever else your family prefers to clean out your crisper drawers and leave everyone asking for more.

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Greek Chickpea Salad – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cans Chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Pitted and Sliced Black Olives (drain most liquid)
  • 1 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Greek Dressing (I use Kraft Feta and Greek)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash Chickpeas and chop peppers, cucumber, and onion.
  2. Toss together all ingredients in medium bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss again.
  3. Place in fridge until ready to eat, and enjoy!
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Extra tips on making the best greek chickpea salad everytime

The important thing to remember with this salad is to chop your veggies the same size (approximately…I’m not gonna measure them for goodness sake!). This ensures that each bite has a little bit of everything to make your taste buds happy. Also, you can make it ahead of time and let the flavors mesh together if you prefer, which also means you don’t have to wait until the day of while you are scrambling with the kids and packing the car to go. Be sure to check out our other Salad Recipes, like this White Bean and Kale Salad which can be served warm or cold!

Fresh-Veggies-Chopped


 

 

 

 

Greek Chickpea Salad - A delicious and SUPER EASY salad that is perfect for summer entertaining!

Greek Chickpea Salad – A delicious and SUPER EASY salad that is perfect for summer entertaining!

EASY Weeknight Meals from Hello Fresh + Discount Code!

I received my first box from Hello Fresh in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Who else struggles with making dinner during the week?! I swear to you by Wednesday I am done with my kitchen and want nothing more than to just sit down with my feet up and watch my hubby cook a meal. We decided to start looking into Food Subscription Boxes as a way to help alleviate some of the weekday stress.

Hello-Fresh-Box

My hubby and I have complete opposite work schedules so we rarely get to sit down before 8 pm to eat so when we got our Hello Fresh box I was so excited to see that they were meals that were ready in 30 minutes or less and literally needed nothing more than some rough chopping and cooking (everything else is done for you…YES!). And as a BONUS for you guys Hello Fresh has given me a DISCOUNT CODE for $30 off your first 2 boxes, look for it below!!

There are a few different options you can choose from, depending on what you are looking for in your meals (i.e. the Veggie Plan if you are looking for Vegetariain friendly meals and the Family Plan for easy kid-approved recipes). We received The Family Plan and received 3 delicious meals that took little time to cook! (See our meals below). The meals change up every week, and you can even see a sneak peak on their site before you order.

Pan Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad

Pan Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad

 

 

Pulled Chicken Sliders with Tangy Cabbage Slaw

Pulled Chicken Sliders with Tangy Cabbage Slaw

Italian Sausage with Veggie Succotash and Orzo

Italian Sausage with Veggie Succotash and Orzo

What we LOVED about our Hello Fresh Box:
  • Fresh ingredients delivered right to our door (in a cooler box to keep everything cold, no need to worry if you aren’t home to receive the box!).
  • Each recipe has a handy recipe card with instructions on how to make the meal
  • Ingredients are pre-measured for you, no guesswork on how much to add (which means you won’t have a dressing that is vinegar loaded or a sauce that is as thin as soup!)
  • All the meat is antibiotic and hormone free (seriously the BEST tasting meat we have had in awhile!)
  • No need to go to the grocery store and drag your screaming toddlers with you
  • The flavors were incredible, there was not a single dish we didn’t like (and I am somewhat of a picky eater)
  • The box sizes of each meal were PERFECT to slide right into the fridge, it’s like they planned it or something 😉
  • CONVENIENCE, I can’t tell you how nice it was to just open the fridge and know what we were making (no more “ooops I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer…is pasta okay AGAIN!?”)

DISCOUNT CODE 

Remember to use code ” OLIVE60 ” at checkout to save $30 on your first two boxes!! The code is good until the end of this year (December 31, 2017) and applies to Canadian residents.

Go check out Hello Fresh now to see the plans offered and get ready to make mealtime easier!

Dinnertime can be easy again! Hello Fresh provides fresh ingredients and easy meals shipped right to your door, and most meals are ready in under 30 minutes!

Dinnertime can be easy again! Hello Fresh provides fresh ingredients and easy meals shipped right to your door, and most meals are ready in under 30 minutes!

 

Delightful Cookies to Make for Bridal and Baby Showers

I don’t know about you guys, but in our family at bridal and baby showers there are always trays and TRAYS of cookies for us to stuff our faces with! There is just something so satisfying about a good cookie, and so many of them are gorgeous to look at as well. I often wander over to the cookie table once I have made my rounds of hellos just to take a look at all of the wonderful creations my friends and family have brought along.

With that being said…I love to see (and eat) the “classics” but I also love to try something new. So whether you’re looking for your next show stopping , mouth watering cookie recipe, or just came to check out a couple of the classics, I hope you leave with a recipe or two that you’ll be excited to bring along to all those showers you have on your calendar!

I am excited to feature some of my favorite cookie recipes you know and love from the blog as well as some great new ones from my fellow bloggers. Here we go!

rhubarb coconut macaroons from: the cookie writer

A perfect flavor combination of sweet with the sour from the rhubarb, what a delicious and beautiful update on the classic coconut macaroon! I will be making this one for a baby shower I have this summer!

Rhubarb-Coconut-Macaroons

courtesy of: the cookie writer, click here for the recipe
Nutella Palmiers from: Beth dunham

Ok so who doesn’t love nutella?! For real right? These cookies use a store bought puff pastry with the tasty chocolate hazelnut spread to create a stunning “cookie” that looks like you spent hours making. This is one you have to make!

Nutella-Palmiers

courtesy of: beth dunham, click here for the recipe
classic french macaron from: ahead of thyme

Ahhh macarons…they are seriously so gorgeous and are the type of “Show-stopping” cookie you will want to make for the bride or mommy-to-be! They melt in your mouth and the buttercream filling gives you the perfect ooey texture you crave in a cookie. I love that you can also customize the filling to coordinate with the shower colors (just add some food coloring before filing!)

classic-french-macaron

courtesy of: ahead of thyme, click here for the recipe
italian choco orange spice drop cookie from: she loves biscotti

if you have ever been to an Italian shower you have seen these gems on a tray, and they are definitely one of my favorites! A cakey texture filled with a hint of spice and the sweetness of the chocolate and orange, everyone always seem to grab these from the tray first!

Chocolate-Orange-Spice-Drop-Cookies

courtesy of: she loves biscotti, click here for the recipe
chocolate peanut butter cheesecake cookie cups from: crumb kitchen

This is a special treat you will want to make for the bride (or mommy-to-be) that you really want to indulge! They are filled with a no-bake chocolate cheesecake and it even uses store bought cookie dough! What a winning combination!

chocolate-peanut-butter-cheesecake-cookie-cups

courtesy of: crumb kitchen, click here for the recipe
classic italian amaretti cookies from: The olive blogger cookie vault

No cookie tray is ever complete for me without a delicious Amaretti! Perfectly crunchy with a chewy middle, it is loaded with almond flavor and goes wonderfully with a cup of coffee. This recipe makes a TON too, which means you will always have them on hand for a quick tray.

Amaretti-and-Coffee

from my cookie vault, click here for the recipe
marlene’s sour cream cookies from: cooking with carlee

Here is a real classic for any cookie tray, the cookie itself is slightly dense with a delicious soft bite and then you can use either a buttercream or royal icing on top (I personally prefer buttercream). You can cut them into any shape you want (cue the cute rubber ducky or gorgeous wedding dress) and then go to town with decorating!

Sour Cream Cookies

courtesy of: cooking with carlee, click here for the recipe
Brownie Biscotti from: The Olive Blogger cookie vault

If you have been following the blog you know that this “biscotti” recipe is a real keeper that everyone loves! It is easier than a traditional biscotti as it does not require flips and multiple bakes, and the chewy brownie flavor is a hit with everyone young and old!

Brownie Biscotti

from my cookie vault, click here for the recipe
OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FROM: PEPPERS AND PENNIES

This is a classic cookie everyone will love. IT has a crunchy outside and chewy middle and uses steel cut oats and loads of chocolate chips. In fact,  you will probably want to make a double batch with how easy these ones are!

Chewy-Chocolate-Oat-Cookies

Courtesy of: peppers and pennies, click HERE for the recipe
cranberry and pistachio shortbread from: kitchen divas

Every bite of this cookie has cranberries and pistachios, a winning combination that will be enjoyed by everyone. It is a nice update on a classic shortbread cookie that can be adapted to your tastes.

Cranberry-Pistachio-Shortbread-Cookies

courtesy of: kitchen divas, click here for the recipe

 

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A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for bridal showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

A fun round-up of cookie recipes for baby showers! Featuring both classic cookies and new favorites, there is a cookie for everyone!

Strawberry Mint Bliss – A Delicious Summer Drink

It has been a few weeks since we last spoke, and I am sure you guys will be just as excited as I am about today’s drink recipe! The name says it all, Strawberry Mint Bliss, a blend of fresh strawberries with crushed mint and a couple other yummy ingredients. It is everything you need on a hot summer day while sitting out under the shade of your patio umbrella, or while in the pool (which is how I plan to enjoy it over and over again).

Summertime Bliss Drink

I made this tasty drink for Mother’s Day this past weekend for my mom and pregnant sister (eee!) so of course I had to make one non-alcoholic, and it honestly tasted just as good. We all slurped them back pretty quick while we enjoyed our waffle bar brunch, and agreed that it is a winner for the hot days we have ahead. It is simply a gorgeous drink to look at with the combination of bright red strawberries and the green mint leaves and it is finished off with the addition of Italian Soda really makes it quite refreshing.

Strawberry Mint Bliss – A Delicious Summer Drink

Strawberry Mint Bliss – A Delicious Summer Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Italian Soda (1 L)
  • 1 bunch Fresh Mint, washed
  • 1 pkg Strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 1/2 cup White Rum (adjust to your taste)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Pour soda into a drink pitcher and add rum to your preferred taste (I did about 1/2 c for the entire jug but you can do more or less).
  2. Rip off about 1/3 c of mint leaves and gently "crush" between your fingers to release the oils, add to pitcher of soda.
  3. Stir all the above ingredients together with a handful of ice cubes and add your sliced strawberries (I reserved a couple to place on the glass for added fun!).
  4. Serve in mason jars with green straws to compliment the mint, and ENJOY
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I mean really, could it be any easier to make? Be sure to buy double the ingredients if you are entertaining a larger crowd as it will be gulped back faster than you can make it. Also be sure to check out last years Mother’s Day drink, The Sparkling Unicorn here as well as other fun drink recipes on our Drinks Page. There is a fun drink waiting with your name on it!

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A super easy Summer Drink that can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic to suit your tastes! Full of fresh strawberries and mint, it will leave your thirst quenched on a hot summer day!

A super easy Summer Drink that can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic to suit your tastes! Full of fresh strawberries and mint, it will leave your thirst quenched on a hot summer day!