M&M Holiday Cookies

December 3rd, 2018 · 2 Comments

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So, I don’t want to sound all melodramatic or anything, but here is the deal.

These are the BEST.  HOLIDAY.  COOKIE.  EVER.

Seriously, I kid you not.  When it comes to baking, I love the classics.  There’s nothing better than those recipes that you make year after year, party after party, because they’re just so delicious that you can’t imagine the holidays without them.  Which is exactly these: the perfect, gooey sugar cookie, topped with some melty, chocolatey M&Ms. 

And even cuter: these custom holiday MY M&M’s designs!  You can create your own custom designs on MyMMs.com — in keeping with the classic theme of these cookies, I went with the quintessential holiday picks, red, green and white, with little snowmen and Happy Holidays messages!  But I’ll be repeating this recipe with little blue and white ones when the new baby comes along (you can order those too)!

M&M Holiday Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups M&Ms

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and baking soda to the creamed mixture and blend until smooth.

Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silipat.  Bake at 375 degrees F for about 9 minutes.  When the cookies are out of the oven, but before they’ve cooled, gently press three M&Ms into the top of each cookie.  Serve!

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raspberry baked brie

November 16th, 2015 · 10 Comments

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For the past few years, my attempts at holiday entertaining have been pretty limited.  There was the year Chad and I cooked a turkey while our newborn napped, and then ate pumpkin pie and went to sleep at 9 o’clock.  There was the year I burned the potatoes, followed by the year that my entire extended family ate take-out because I was afraid of burning the potatoes two years in a row.  (I wish I were kidding!)

And yet, starting in October, any time I consider a new recipe, this little voice in the back of my head starts asking: Would this work for a dozen people?  Could this recipe be a holiday recipe?  Because if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that holidays are the ultimate test of any recipe: they have to be easy, simple, and virtually foolproof. 

So this year, I have a plan.  My plan involves cheese wrapped in puff pastry because what plan involving those ingredients could ever go wrong?

The best thing about this plan?  This recipe only has four ingredients (really!) and it’s spectacular.  Your friends and family will fall all over themselves complimenting your skills in the kitchen, and you can just keep your lips zipped about the fact that it takes less than five minutes to prep.  You’re welcome!

My secret weapon is Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread, which is naturally sweetened with honey for perfect balance of tart and sweet flavor!  It’s the perfect complement to rich cheese and fresh berries — and it’s made with simple ingredients and no preservatives, so it’s a product that I’m happy serving to my family.  I used the Triple Berry Fruit Spread in this recipe, but you have to try to Blueberry Lemon!  It’s out-of-control delicious. 

To make my raspberry baked brie, I paired brie cheese with Smucker’s Triple Berry Fruit Spread and fresh raspberries.  The result was an amazing combination of melted cheese, softened berries, and crisp pasty.  The whole thing was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

For more inspiration, check out a ton of other recipes using Smucker’s Fruit & Honey on their website!

This post was created in partnership with Smucker’s. As always, all opinions are my own!

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maple-bbq chicken sandwiches

November 5th, 2015 · Comments Off on maple-bbq chicken sandwiches

KC 2.Final

Right before our son arrived, I spent several weeks building up a major stash of BBQ chicken. For weeks, while we devoted round-the-clock care to our new addition, Chad and I ate frozen barbecue chicken… and it basically saved our lives. We managed to pull off reasonably healthy, hearty meals within a few minutes, any time we needed them.

And the best thing about this recipe? It’s made in a slow-cooker, so it doesn’t take hours of prep or cooking time out of your day. Just mix together the ingredients, and come back in a few hours for perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth chicken. When I make BBQ chicken in the slow cooker, I love to shred it with two forks for a pulled-pork-style finished product, which is absolutely delicious. And you’ll never notice the swap of chicken as a healthier main ingredient! This recipe is delicious, easy, and super simple to make. What more could you ask for?

I’m particularly excited to share this recipe with you guys, because I used the most delicious KC Masterpiece Kansas-City-Style barbecue sauce for this recipe. Texans have a big rivalry with Kansas-City barbecue sauce, but this one was completely delicious. Tangy and sweet, it was the perfect complement to the hint of maple syrup I added to this recipe!

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Maple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS
5 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
12 ounces KC Masterpiece Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Sandwich rolls, split

DIRECTIONS

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Mix together the barbecue sauce, italian dressing, brown sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken. Cover, and cook 4 hours on your slow cooker’s “High” setting.

When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred the breasts. Spoon generously onto sandwich rolls (I also like to add a layer of extra bbq sauce to the rolls) and serve.

Makes enough chicken for 6-8 sandwiches.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece.  The opinions and text are all mine.

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