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DESSERT

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are melt-in- your-mouth, soft and chewy buttery cookies overloaded with white chocolate and cranberries.

White chocolate and cranberries are one of the best flavor combinations ever! Now imagine a bunch of sweet and tangy dried red cranberries and white chocolate chunks held together with rich and buttery cookie dough. WOW!

I bet you won’t be able to wait holiday baking season to try this White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies recipe! And why should you?! You could bake these yummy cookies right now!

They are dressed up for holidays. Cranberry cookies will look great at your Thanksgiving dinner, they are perfect for holiday cookie exchange or as a homemade gift. Even Santa loves these. If you leave White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies for him on Christmas Eve, don’t forget a tall glass of milk, because these cookies are very, very rich!!!

Best thing about food blogging is that you have the perfect excuse to eat delicious desserts any time of year, claiming that you simply have to present to your readers the variety of recipes for the holidays that are perhaps weeks or months away.

Also I have a very, very long wish list for Santa this year, so I’ll have to leave him a tray overloaded with awesome cookies and a gallon of milk. He will be very exhausted while fulfill all my wishes, and who knows maybe he remain stuck in the chimney with all that gifts for me. I’ll have to show him my goodwill so I set myself a challenge to find THE BEST CHRISTMAS COOKIES FOR SANTA this year!!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4. oz. white chocolate chopped into small chunks or 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl stir together flour, corn starch, baking soda and salt.
  2. In medium bowl beat butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. Turn mixer on low speed and add in flour mixture. Dough will be thick.
  4. Add white chocolate chunks (or white chocolate chips) and cranberries. Mix a few seconds just to combine.

You can find complete recipes of this White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in omgchocolatedesserts.com

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HEALTHY

Skinny Spinach Lasagna

Skinny spinach lasagna? It’s got thick layers of sauce, noodles, ricotta, spinach, and Mozzarella.

This just in: we got a Costco membership.

More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV.

HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you’ve been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma.

The dilemma goes something like this –> We wanted to watch the Olympics. And the Superbowl. And the Bachelor Finale. And any movie not on our laptops. But we didn’t have a TV and we didn’t want to buy one.

The backstory to all this is that Bjork grew up without a TV and, maybe as a result or maybe just because? he “turned out” to be so awesome. I really mean that. He is SO awesome. Please gag right now. But honestly, it seems like not having a TV by default must impart some kind of extra creative cool juice into people, and yes to that.

The dilemma continued to get complicated being that we didn’t want a TV, but we actually loved (and still love, presently, now) watching TV. We would watch TV even when we didn’t have one, except we’d just be forced to watch it on our laptops via Netflix since we were too stubborn to actually get a TV.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 lbs. ricotta cheese (I used 1 lb. whole milk and 1 lb. nonfat)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional, to taste)
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 24 ounce jar of spaghetti or marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s tomato basil)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and thyme; saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the spinach; saute until just barely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, salt, nutmeg, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Transfer some of the mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times to break up some of the spinach pieces (totally optional, but makes for a really nice texture).

You can find complete recipes of this Skinny Spinach Lasagna in pinchofyum.com

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DESSERT

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

These moist, vegan, and dairy-free cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins are 100% whole wheat (but can also be made with all-purpose flour) and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

The past 5 days have been a baking frenzy getting ready for the next 10 days. After eating pretty much only sweets all day long for 6 months, I need a little detox. So Mr. Texanerin, a friend and I aren’t going to eat any grains, sweeteners, potatoes or other starchy-like stuff for the next 10 days. What does that even leave? Fruits, vegetables and meat? And cheese. I’m going to eat lots of cheese. 😀

First up we have these cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins. When they came out of the oven, they looked kind of funky texturally but they were perfectly moist, not fluffy but a little dense (but in a good way!), which is exactly how I like my cakey goodies. If you want something a little lighter, try these non-vegan baked pumpkin donuts. And if you want something gluten-free, try these paleo cinnamon sugar pumpkin donut holes.

I coated some of these in pumpkin spice sugar coating but by the end of the day, I thought they tasted like zucchini. Really! Definitely go with cinnamon sugar unless you want zucchini cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins, which is just weird. While I liked them without the cinnamon sugar coating, I thought that they were loads better with it, which I guess is kind of obvious because, well, it’s butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

ou know how you normally just plop the batter in the pan and if it’s not very even, neat or pretty, it straightens itself out while baking? That doesn’t happen here. How they look in the pan is pretty much how they look after baking. I smoothed the top of the one of the left. If you don’t do that, they’ll look like the ones of the right.

Ingredients

For the donut holes:

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (109 grams) whole wheat flour, whole spelt flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil, melted or canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (182 grams) pumpkin puree, room temperature

For the cinnamon sugar coating:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar (make sure to use vegan certified sugar for a vegan version)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons (28-42 grams) unsalted butter (vegan butter or coconut oil for a dairy-free or vegan version), melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line muffin pan with 6 muffin liners.
  2. In a medium bow, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through cloves). Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oil, maple syrup and pumpkin.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet one and stir just until combined.

You can find complete recipes of this Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins in texanerin.com

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HEALTHY

HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS

These Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings are really easy to make with only 4 ingredients – the perfect late afternoon snack or early dinner.

My family really likes chicken wings, and up until recently, I’d never made them. They’ve always just been a delish treat when we were out to lunch or dinner. To be honest, I had never even considered trying to cook them up myself. But when I saw this Blackened Honey Dijon Chicken Wings recipe over on Cook. Craft. Love, I knew I wanted to try it.  I love so many of Meaghan’s recipes – there was no doubt in my mind this one would taste fantastic.  But I knew my kids might not go for the Dijon…so instead I subbed in Teriyaki, and I followed Meaghan’s cooking instructions. So easy to make! And DELICIOUS!

Probably my favorite thing about these wings is once you prepare them and put them in the oven – that’s it! You literally bake them for 4.5 hours — and the result is a crunchy, delicious outside with very tender meat on the inside.

Plus the house smells AWESOME when they are baking. Plate them up (and I added a little bleu cheese dressing on the side for dipping), and you’ve got yourself an awesome meal.

HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGSIngredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2/3 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees,
  3. Set a cooling rack on on top of the foil.
  4. In a bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce and the honey. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the wings and the flour. When wings are fully coated in flour, pour the teriyaki honey mixture on top of the coated wings.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY TERIYAKI CHICKEN WINGS in latinmeetslagniappe.com

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DESSERT

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Chocolate, almonds, and coconut are blended together into this almond joy inspired overnight oats recipe.

Overnight oats. You either love them or hate them. Personally, I absolutely love overnight oats! Since these are eaten cold I tend to enjoy them more during the summer months but let me tell you this new Almond Joy recipe will be on my menu rotation all year round! OMG! So simple to make but beyond delicious.

Now if you are more of a green smoothie or low carb morning person buuuut still have a killer chocolate sweet tooth (fyi I’m describing myself) then this recipe can be enjoyed for a snack or even lunch. All I’m saying is don’t feel that this oats in a jar recipe is for breakfast only. This rich chocolate almond joy overnight oats recipe can be enjoyed any time you want.

I find it to be filling so if you are just looking to curb a craving but don’t want the whole jar you can easily make smaller jars of this. I love 4-ounce mason jars. They come in handy to create perfectly portion-controlled desserts or snacks.

This recipe is beyond simple to make and can be made a couple days ahead of time. The ingredients include rolled oats, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond extract, vanilla extract, chopped raw almonds, shaved unsweetened coconut, pure maple syrup, and a little touch of chocolate chips. I would be willing to bet you have most (if not all) of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

A couple notes. You can use any milk you like. I exclusively use unsweetened coconut milk because that’s what I have in my fridge. Also, because this is an almond joy inspired recipe coconut milk works great! Second, I get asked a lot about using steel cut oats in an overnight oats recipe. I tried a couple times with no luck. I’m thinking you need to par-cook steel cut oats first to fully “cook” in the overnight oats recipes. I like using rolled oats because it’s quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1-teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided
  • 5 almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a 16-ounce mason jar stir together the rolled oats, cocoa powder, and chia seeds.
  2. Next add the coconut milk, both extracts, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Stir until combined.
  3. Place the lid on and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 hours or overnight.

You can find complete recipes of this Almond Joy Overnight Oats in organizeyourselfskinny.com

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DESSERT

CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES

These Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Brownies taste like a decadent dessert, but they’re also vegan, gluten-free & date-sweetened! Rich, fudgy & satisfying.

It was only a matter of time before this recipe happened. I’ve been wanting to recreate my wildly popular Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bars with a twist, so what better than chocolate?

That may have been one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. I didn’t think my almond butter bars could get any better, but it turns out that adding a chocolate element takes them to a whole new level. Just look at that deep, dark, rich chocolatey goodness. Can I just face plant into a warm pan of these? Feel the same way?

If I had to pick a favorite dessert (after cheesecake, of course), it’d probably be brownies. But not like dry, cakey brownies. If I wanted cake, I’d get a slice of cake, ya feel me? No – I want the thickest, fudgiest you have. This may have something to do with the fact that I love raw brownie batter, so I like my brownies undercooked. THAT’S the key to a good brownie.

I know you guys love healthy desserts, and I don’t blame you. Add this recipe to your list of better-for-you desserts ASAP! Of course, it’s great to treat yourself to “unhealthy” foods you love every now & then, but I feel so good knowing that I can treat myself and nourish my body with more wholesome ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, plus more for topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch x 8-inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, place the dates. Pour in enough hot water to cover. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain dates.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add dates, almond butter, and applesauce. Process until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  5. Slowly add milk; continue to process.
  6. Add oat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Process until completely mixed.

You can find complete recipes of this CHOCOLATE CHIP ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES in emilieeats.com

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DESSERT

Nutella Stuffed Churros

I haven’t been in the kitchen much this past week because Jared finally came home from tour and we have been working tirelessly on our new house. It was tough moving by myself while he was on tour, but just as tough to hold off on decorating and turning the house into a home for so many weeks. Now we can finally make it feel like a home together and we’ve gotten so much done already. We purchased some new furniture that I am SO excited to have delivered but of course, we have no idea when it’ll show up. Why can’t everything run like Amazon Prime?! Obviously getting settled and getting everything to our liking is going to take time, especially since I love home design and love creating beautiful spaces, but it’s been a blast.

I took a break from house stuff to create these Nutella Stuffed Churros because why not? Why not combine two outrageously tasty sweet treats into one decadent dessert that everyone will go gaga for?! I even filmed a step-by-step video to go along because this does require making a homemade dough, piping, deep frying, and stuffing. It’s totally doable, but so much easier when you’re following a visual guide! I hope you love these as much as we did.

Ingredients

For the cinnamon sugar:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the churros:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) flour
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup Nutella, melted until pourable

Directions

For the cinnamon sugar:

  1. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a large shallow bowl.

For the churros:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, water, and salt over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the flour. Stir well for 30-45 seconds over low heat, allowing the dough to dry out a little. Remove from heat. Stir eggs in one at a time, making sure to thoroughly incorporate each egg into the dough before adding the next one. Stir vigorously until dough is smooth.
  3. Remove the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large open star tip (I used Ateco #827). Pipe the churros out onto a parchment-linked baking sheet, piping about 4-inches long. Use scissors to cut the end for a perfect shape. Place in the fridge while you heat the oil.

You can find complete recipes of this Nutella Stuffed Churros in handletheheat.com

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DESSERT

Almond Flour Bars

As much as I love to bake with butter, I also love healthy baking. Sure I’m not the one to compromise on butter while making my pineapple-upside down cake or cut down on cream cheese for oreo cream cheese frosting but there are things that I bake to eat as a snack or post workout meal and I want those things to be healthy.

These almond flour bars are made using almond flour, almond butter, applesauce, flax seeds and honey – wow that’s a long list of healthy ingredients. They are high on energy making them ideal as post workout snack. You can use any nut butter of your choice- almond, peanut, cashew whatever floats your boat. I used unsalted almond butter in this recipe.

These almond flour bars are quite soft initially but will harden over time. In fact they tasted better 24 hours after I baked them. The quantity of honey can be adjusted to taste and one can also use maple syrup in place of honey. Also in case you don’t have applesauce replace it with 1 egg.

I used a 8 X 8 square pan but didn’t cover it entirely with the mixture. I poured it on one side of the baking pan because I wanted thicker bars.

Ingredients

Bars

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup nut butter, almond or peanut
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds

To Sprinkle

  • mini chocolate chips
  • sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Line a 8X8 square pan with parchment paper or spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix almond/peanut butter, honey, apple sauce and salt in a bowl.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, chopped pecans, flax seeds and mini chocolate chips to the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and sweetened shredded coconut. Press them lightly with a spoon or use your hands.

You can find complete recipes of this Almond Flour Bars in cookwithmanali.com

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HEALTHY

Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza

Are you ready to try a new exciting spin on pizza? I know that I always game seeing as pizza is one of my favorite foods. I will never get tired of it and since the topping options are endless I never have to get bored of it.

This is a topping combinations you simply have to try! Even if you don’t love onions you will most likely still love this pizza. Since the onions are caramelized it really just tones down that harsh bite they can have, it mellows out their bold flavor and even brings out some sweetness in them. Then when you pair that with salty, crispy bacon, fresh spinach and melty mozzarella and parmesan cheese you have got a rave worthy pizza. You know, the kind your guests will be talking about for years.

Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this fabulously gourmet and perfectly flavorful pizza! It’s one I will make time and time again!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough homemade or store bought
  • 7 slices bacon (7 oz), cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 8 oz baby spinach
  • 1 large red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick slices
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 6 oz low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese, finely shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and saute just until wilted. Transfer to several layers of paper towels and squeeze some of the excess liquid from spinach, set aside.
  3. Add another 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet and set over medium heat. Add onions, season lightly with salt and saute 10 minutes. Add sugar and cook until they begin to caramelize, about 5 – 10 minutes longer, adding a few tbsp water as needed to prevent them from drying and burning. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 1 minute longer, set aside.
  4. Shape pizza dough into a 12-inch round over a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper, leaving a larger rim around edge of dough for crust. Brush top with remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and let rest 10 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Spinach Pizza in cookingclassy.com

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DESSERT

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Perfectly stackable, super fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Made with buttermilk for the perfect flavor & filled with mini chocolate chips. These are delish!

So today, to continue on the chocolate for breakfast train, we’re combining the most iconic breakfast food – namely pancakes – AND chocolate. Light & fluffy chocolate chip pancakes if you please.

You can eat these for breakfast drenched in maple syrup or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

These chocolate chip pancakes are based off of my favorite fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I’ve taken it upon myself to diligently test this recipe (AKA make pancakes way too often) – and I know you’ll love them.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter cooled to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 in large egg room temperature (place a bowl of lukewarm water for 5 minutes to warm up quickly)
  • 1 teaspoons and 1/2 vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature (microwave on high for 10 seconds then stir to warm up quickly)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt. Set a side.
  2. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Once combined, add in the buttermilk and whisk until combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into your bowl with the flour mixture. Gently fold together using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Then stir in the mini chocolate chips. Be careful not to overmix your pancake batter.
  4. Having a few lumps in the batter is totally ok. The batter will be thick.

You can find complete recipes of this Chocolate Chip Pancakes in justsotasty.com