Easy Mothers Day Brunch Round-Up

With only a week to go until we celebrate all the moms out there I thought it would be a perfect time to round-up some of my favourite dishes, drinks and sweets from fellow bloggers to make it the best Mothers Day Brunch yet! There is something for every mom on the list, and some of them can even be assembled the night before which leaves more time for morning snuggles! Get your shopping list ready and be prepared to receive extra kisses from mom!

 

BErries n Cream French Toast Casserole: garden in the kitchen

This gorgeous casserole uses fresh berries and cream cheese and is the perfect way to show mom just how sweet you think she is!

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POTATO, BACON AND EGG SHEET PAN BREAKFAST: DELICIOUS ON A DIME

This hearty breakfast is easy to make and even easier to clean up! It combines crispy potatoes, cheesy eggs and smoky bacon and uses only one pan!

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4 INGREDIENT ORANGE JULIUS COCKTAIL: STRENGTH AND SUNSHINE 

This simple to make frozen cocktail is a nice change from the classic mimosa we all think to serve mom for her special day.

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eggs benedict with artichoke and roasted red pepper hollindase: food meanderings 

A gourmet take on the classic, this is a grown-up eggs benny with some incredible flavours, don’t fooled though it is still super easy to pull together!

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 STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE LEMON CURD PARFAIT: THE RISING SPOON 

This fresh and tangy parfait uses simple ingredients and is super easy to make, and just look at how pretty it is!

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CRACKER BARREL HASHBROWN CASSEROLE: CINCY SHOPPER 

This is one of the dishes you can make ahead of time and pop in the oven on Sunday morning, it is full of cheesy goodness and will impress everyone in the family not just mom!

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sparkling unicorn drink: the olive blogger

This drink is so yummy you will want to make a 2nd! A simple 3 ingredient cocktail (you can make it a mocktail if you wish!) that is a beautiful as it is tasty.

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 huevos rancheros breakfast casserole: taste and see

This casserole has it all! It is loaded with Mexican flavours and full of fiber, a perfect start to your Mothers Day Brunch!

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raspberry cheesecake swirl bread: savings dollars and sense

This sweet treat uses a sugar cookie dough base to create an easy make ahead “bread” you can serve with a nice cuppa tea.

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ULTIMATE CAESAR COCKTAIL: GIRL HEART FOOD 

A 5 minute cocktail that is loaded with flavour! It is a vodka based drink that is finished off with yummy snack like foods, allowing you to get creative with what you use to top it.

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peach stuffed french toast: the olive blogger

If you haven’t tried our french toast yet now is the perfect time! It is perfectly sweet with a simple peach syrup and fresh peaches stuffed inside of a thick piece of your favourite bread.

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So are you ready to get cooking for your Mothers Day Brunch!? Be sure to tag us @theoliveblogger and #OliveYum on Instagram so we can see how you spoiled mom!

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes - This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Easy Mothers Day Brunch Recipes – This round-up features everything you need to make sure mom has a special day! #MothersDay #BrunchRecipes #EasyBrunchIdeas

Looking for more? Check out the links below for some more ideas for your brunch. 

Cheesy Bacon Potato Fritatta – Amanda’s Cookin

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Bake – Family Food and Travel 

Blueberry Lemon Scones – Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Sausage and Cheese Grits Quiche – Coastal Kelder 

Strawberry Nutella Turnovers – Aileen Cooks 

Savory Breakfast Bread Pudding – The Kitchen is my Playground 

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

According to the calendar Spring is supposed to be here…however as I type this we are experiencing a crazy ice storm and it’s not leaving me feeling very motivated to cook or do any Spring Cleaning (ha!). Thankfully this Broccoli Lemon Farfalle dish comes together in 20 minutes and is PERFECT for the nicer days ahead! I love adding lemon to this dish, there is something so yummy about the light citrus flavor that comes through in every bite and it compliments the sausage and broccoli amazingly. This is going to be a new family favorite, and with how incredibly quick and easy it is there is no reason why it shouldn’t be added to your weekly meal plan.

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If you are like me, you probably often find yourself wondering what to serve for dinner most days of the week, my friends I am NOT a planner! That’s okay though, as I have said before most of my best meals come to be from the top of my head and little to no preparation (sooo procrastination can be a good thing right!?). The nice thing with this dish is that you probably have everything you need to make it (always stock up on meat for the freezer friends, that is the only planning I do) and if you don’t have the sausage why not try chicken? No broccoli, try peas! I am all about a versatile dish that uses ingredients we already have on hand.

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Sausage

Ingredients

  • 500g Mild Italian Sausage (about 4 medium links)
  • 1 package Farfalle Pasta (500g)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (aprox 3 cups) chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp Butter (or margarine)
  • 1.5 cups Vegetable Broth (we use a boullion cube and add water)
  • Green Onion for garnish
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare pasta according to package, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking slice your sausage into 1/2" pieces and cook over medium high until browned. Remove from pan until later.
  2. In the same pan heat butter over medium heat, add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add broccoli to the onion mixture and sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add broth and lemon juice and cover for 5 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli and onion mixture along with sausage to your pot of pasta, toss to coat. Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!
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Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage - this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Broccoli Lemon Farfalle with Italian Sausage – this quick and easy meal is ready in 20 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! The whole family will love this flavorful dish! #EasyWeeknightDinner #PastaDish #20MinuteMeals

Looking for other quick and easy meals for your family? Check out some of our favorites below to get inspired and get cooking.

Beef Stroganoff

Lemon Chicken Piccata 

Asparagus Caramelized Onion Quiche

 


Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Can you believe we are already in March? I swear Christmas was just last month…time just seems to go by faster and faster!! Oh well…Now that Spring is upon us (yay!!) I thought I would share these really easy Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares for you to make and enjoy. I’ve loved making Rice Krispie Squares since I can remember, although my sister is the self crowned “Queen” for making them (lets just say she couldn’t bake or cook much of anything growing up but they were her specialty) and I wanted to think of a fun way to incorporate them into my Easter desserts…so I present to you my Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares (I mean how cute are they?!).

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The bright colors of these squares really makes me excited for Spring, and of course we added some crushed mini eggs on top to add to the whole Easter theme we were going for! Don’t they look like the perfect treat for your little bunnies baskets?! I used the Spring edition of the Rice cereal, although you can use a regular one and just add in some extra sprinkles when mixing it together if you can’t find them.

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Butter (or margarine)
  • 5 c Mini Marshmallows (you can use large ones instead, use approx. 40)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 6 c Rice Krispies Cereal (we used the Spring edition!)
  • 1 c Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Prepare 9x13" pan by lightly coating with butter.
  2. Using a large microwave safe bowl, melt margarine on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Add marshmallows and toss until they are coated (they will have a glisten).
  4. Microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir with a wooden spoon. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments until they are smooth when stirred (about 1 1/2 mins)
  5. Working quickly, add vanilla and stir to combine. Add in cereal and stir until evenly coated.
  6. Gently press into your prepared 9x13" pan (or you can use an 8x8 like we did and do the remainder in muffin tins!)
  7. Immediately top with sprinkles and chocolate eggs, lightly press so they stick into the bars. Allow to cool before cutting.
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These really are super easy to make.  You can involve the kiddos in every aspect of the preparation and of course the finale of covering them with sprinkles and crushed mini eggs (just try not to eat them all before adding them…I dare you!). I also love the fact that you can make them the day of or in a pinch if you forgot you were on dessert duty!

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares are a super easy treat the entire family can make! Make them today and fill your basket with everyone's favorite snack. #RiceKrispies #EasterDessert #RiceKrispieSquares

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Squares are a super easy treat the entire family can make! Make them today and fill your basket with everyone’s favorite snack. #RiceKrispies #EasterDessert #RiceKrispieSquares

Here are some of our favorite Easter treats to make (click for recipes):

Coconut Cream Pie

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Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts 

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Lemon Amaretto Tiramisu 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

It’s a snowy Sunday afternoon here, which is the perfect time for me to whip up and share my delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins! I always seem to have a stash of over ripe bananas in my freezer just begging to be made into something for everyone to enjoy, and I am almost certain you do too (hands up!!). And just look at what those mushy little things can turn into…

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I love these muffins for a number of reasons, like the fact that they have fruit in them so I consider them to be healthier than just a chocolate chip muffin (I can fool myself right??)…also, the texture of them is out of this world, which is why I call them a Banana Bread Muffin! They are super moist and perfectly soft, they have a slightly crunchy top and pops of chocolate throughout…yum!  And they really are easy to make guys, you know me, I don’t like things that take a gazillion steps or ingredients, simple and delicious that is my motto.

**Recipe note: should say 1.5 tsp Baking Powder!**

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Yield: 12 large muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripened Bananas (you want em mushy!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 c Milk (we use 1%, use what you have)
  • 1/2 c Butter, unsalted, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1.5 c Flour
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • 1/3 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 1/3 c Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 c Chocolate Chips (milk or semi-sweet)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin tin with muffin cups (makes 12)
  2. Mix together bananas, milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl until well combined (should be smooth)
  3. In a small bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt, add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, do not over mix your batter or you will have dense muffins.
  5. Fill 12 muffin cups (you want to fill with batter almost right to the top so you get a nice round muffin top with a slight crunch!)
  6. Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy
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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins - these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins – these delicious muffins are easy to make and perfectly moist with just the right amount of chocolate throughout. Great for a mid-morning snack or a late night craving. #BananaMuffins #EasyMuffinRecipes

Okay friends, get digging in that freezer for your bananas and get ready to be blown away by these delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, and be sure to let me know what you thought of them! You can #OliveYum on Instagram or leave a comment below, I LOVE to see your creations!


14 of The Greatest Game Day Dips

It’s almost time for the biggest game of the year for football fans and with that comes plenty of delicious game day dips and foods for you to indulge in! You can always find me around the food table at these gatherings rather than in front of the TV (unless it is basketball!) and I am not ashamed to admit it…you’ll see for yourself after checking out the dip recipes below what I am talking about friends!

Game Day Dips - 14 of the BEST dips for you to make to celebrate the big game! They are easy and delicious. #GameDayDips #EasyDips #Tailgating

Game Day Dips – 14 of the BEST dips for you to make to celebrate the big game! They are easy and delicious. #GameDayDips #EasyDips #Tailgating

I asked some of my fellow bloggers for their Greatest Game Day Dips and Finger Foods and am blown away by their contributions, they gave me so many yummy foods to share with you guys that I am dividing into a couple of posts (so be sure to come back and check out the next one).

creamy dill pickle dip – fun money mom

Pickles and Cream Cheese are two of the main ingredients in this yummy dip! I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to dunk a chip in this tasty dip (but maybe that’s just because I am a dill pickle lover)!

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hot artichoke dip – diary of a debutante

When game day comes around you don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen trying to whip up tasty treats for everyone to enjoy, thankfully this simple Artichoke Dip comes together with just a few ingredients and very little time!

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buffalo onion ranch dip w chicken – savvy saving couple

A deliciously creamy dip, an update on the classic buffalo chicken dip that everyone will love! Be warned though, you may just miss a touchdown while shoving your face full of this!

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Avocado cilantro cream dip – living sweet moments

A perfectly creamy avocado dip that can be enjoyed with chips, veggies, taquitos and more!

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cheesy hot corn dip – the kitchen is my playground

The title says it all, corn and cheese combine together to make a delicious dip (With a slight spice from chopped jalapenos) that will impress all your game day guests.

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smoked salsa – the olive blogger

The only salsa recipe you will ever need!!! Your guests won’t be able to stop themselves from dipping their chips in the smokey flavors of this delicious salsa.

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mediterranean dip – delicious on a dime

A healthier dip option that is loaded with all the flavours of the Mediterranean (olives, feta, hummus and more!)…it comes together in under 10 minutes and can be served with veggies or chips!

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super cheesy chili dip – big bear’s wife

Everything you LOVE about chili turned into a dip and then topped with mozzarella stuffed biscuits (uhh what?!) This is going to the top of my game day eats for sure!

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SAUSAGE PIZZA DIP – JOY FILLED EATS

A delicious hot dip that comes together with a few of your fave pizza toppings (sausage, cheese, tomato sauce!) I would eat this as a dinner dish too!

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EASY QUESO DIP – MOM FOODIE

A classic dip that EVERYONE needs to know how to make! Who doesn’t love an ooey queso dip while watching the big game?! You can even whip this up to accompany a nacho bar to really up your entertaining game.

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spinach dip – this ole mom 

Here is another CLASSIC dip that everyone loves, even if they don’t like spinach! It is creamy, tangy and delicious and best served with chunks of bread or veggies! Bonus points for the Football shaped bread bowl too!

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easy guacamole (Everyone’s favorite dip) – the olive blogger

Who doesn’t love a good guac?! This one comes together in just a few minutes with bright and fresh ingredients and it can be adapted for your tastes (love spice? Add more jalapeno!). Want in on a little secret?? We also spread this delicious guacamole on our burgers!!!

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7 layer black bean dip – the rising spoon 

I loooveee a good layered dip and this one has all my faves – olives, refried beans, sour cream, cheese, avocados and MORE!) I am drooling just thinking about this one!

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bacon jalapeno popper dip – sugar spun run 

She had me at bacon and kept me with cheese, jalapenos and panko bread topping…yum yum!

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There you have it friends, 14 amazing Game Day Dips that are sure to impress even the all-star quarterback at your party!! Be sure to come back next week for my round-up of the Best Ever Game Day Finger Foods…you aren’t gonna miss out on all this yummy fun.

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

I thought it was time to share another super easy Fudge Recipe with you guys for our Christmas Baking Frenzy. This simple fudge is loaded with walnut pieces and topped with Christmas sprinkles which makes it a festive addition to your holiday trays. Like the Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge we shared the other week, this one comes together in minutes and takes just a couple of ingredients. It is so easy to make that you can do a double batch in under 15 minutes (yes!).

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I seriously just love a good fudge! It is not only great on your cookie trays, but awesome to package as a gift on its own as well (teachers gifts done!)…I mean who wouldn’t love to get a box of this Chocolate Walnut Fudge?

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (or another nut you prefer!)
  • pinch of salt (1/8 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Over low heat in a medium pan heat condensed milk and chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and salt, stir well to combine.
  4. Fold in the chopped walnuts and transfer immediately to your prepared pan.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best) before cutting into desired size squares. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to serve or gift!
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Do you have any traditions for the Holidays? Any special cookies or baked goods that you HAVE to make every year?! Share it with me below, or tag @theoliveblogger on Instagram so we can see your goodies.

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge

This Chocolate Walnut Fudge is so easy to make. Full of creamy chocolate and chunks of walnuts it is a perfect make-ahead treat for your Holiday guests! #ChristmasFudge #FudgeRecipe #ChocolateFudge #ChocolateWalnutFudge


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?

Turtule-Fudge-Slab

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

Nutella Fudge

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark 

Peanut Butter Swirled Bark

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Christmas Cakepops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?!

Cinnamon-Roll-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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