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7 Creative Things to Do With Alphabet Cookie Cutters

7 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

Grab a pack of little alphabet cookie cutters, and get creating! The Sweet Creations 38-Piece Alphabet Numbers Cookie and Fondant Cutter Set isn’t just for fondant. These little letter cutters are perfect for all sorts of adorable kitchen crafting. We’ve hunted down 7 favorite ideas that will have you creating adorable letter treats all year long. Check out our list of 7 clever Alphabet Cookie Cutter Ideas, then grab a set of your own and create away. These little cutters are big time fun!

 7 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

1. Create a Cookie Note

Give someone a special note that’s edible and sweet! This can be anything from “Happy Birthday” to “Thank You” to “You’re Special”. Use a sweet treat to tell someone how you feel! SWEETOPIA has all the instructions to make the perfect cookie note.

7 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

2. Cut Out Veggies for Alphabet Soup

Let your kids play with their food! Stamp out alphabet letters in zucchini for a healthy and educational dinner activity. Younger kids can learn basic words, and older children can brush up on more difficult vocabulary. Find out how to make this fun dinner activity at NOUVEAU RAW.

7 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

3. Make a Personalized Pie

Personalize a pie for a birthday or any special occasion. Simply use extra dough to spell out your message, then bake. Learn more at MERRIMENT DESIGN.

5 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

4. Cook Your Own Crackers

Want a fun snack for your kiddos? Homemade crackers take the cake, and alphabet shapes make them even better! Tuck this snack in your kids’ lunch, and they’ll be delighted! Get instructions at THE COOKING OF JOY.

5 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

5. Build a Bento

Go all out and make a lunch your kids will actually eat. This alphabet-themed bento makes an exciting lunch. Pick a letter and use alphabet cutters to make letters wherever you can- fruits, veggies, a sandwich. BENTO LUNCHES has instructions for making the perfect alphabet bento lunch.

5 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cookie Cutters

6. Cut a Custom Centerpiece

Get creative and make name cards or a centerpiece with squash alphabet letters! Use toothpicks to secure the letters to anything from a freshly baked pie to mini pumpkins. What a great way to liven up your Thanksgiving table! Learn how to create squash letters at OH HAPPY DAY.

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7. Make Your Own Little Lunchbox Notes

Send your kids to school with personalized lunch box notes that they can eat. This little gesture will brighten their day! The easiest way to do this? Use our recipe and make your own 3-Ingredient Shortbread LettersCreate fun little lunchbox cookies in minutes with our Sweet Creations 38-Piece Alphabet Numbers Cookie and Fondant Cutter Set.  This simple shortbread recipe calls for just 3 ingredients, and makes a big batch of teeny, tiny letters every kid will love!

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3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Our Favorite 3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookie Recipe. Totally Foolproof!
Baking season is officially here! The aisles of craft shops and grocery stores are full of fall attire. Whether we’re ready for it or not, the cool autumn weather will arrive in a matter of weeks, with winter welcoming itself in on it’s heels. Here we go, kitchen friends! It’s time for us to shine, shine, shine!

Whether you love or loathe baking, having a few simple, foolproof recipes up your sleeve is a total lifesaver this time of year. Last minute party invites, bake sales and giftable cookie plates will all need to be prepped in the coming months. And what better way to do that than with a 3-ingredient shortbread recipe?

We are absolutely ga-ga over this simple, works-every-time, buttery shortbread. Calling for just three ingredients, you’d think it would be a blah version of traditional cookies. But the flavor is indistinguishable from storebought brands!

Use this recipe to make little tea time cookies, or swap it in for sugar cookies. Not overly sweet, it’s great when topped with buttercream frosting or drizzled-on icing. We’ve rolled this recipe, dropped it onto baking sheets with cookie scoops, baked it into 1/2″ thick morsels and have even cut it into mini letters with our Sweet Creations 38-Piece Alphabet Numbers Cookie and Fondant Cutter Set. The recipe works perfectly, no matter how you prepare it!

While baking, the dough barely puffs up, so you can make cookies that look just like the cookie cutters you used–no misshapen cookies with this recipe! If you’d prefer to make dropped cookies, be sure to press down the tops of each cookie with a fork to get flat, evenly browned cookies.

Don’t feel like frost them? No worries! The vanilla-scented dough makes a big batch of not-too-sweet treats. Or, feel free to roll the dough in sprinkles or sugar for extra-easy decor. These foolproof cookies are a perfect palette for all kinds of creativity!

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How Will You Bake Up This Easy Shortbread?

We’d love to see what creative treats you’ve cooked up with this recipe and the Sweet Creations 38-Piece Alphabet Numbers Cookie and Fondant Cutter Set.  Leave us a comment below and tell us all about it. Or snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook. Don’t forget the hashtag #sweetcreations!

3-Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10

Whip up a batch of buttery shortbread with this simple recipe. Perfect for cutting into any shape you want, the dough holds its shape without spreading too much while baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a Good Cook Air Perfect cookie sheet with parchment paper. Step 2: In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add flour and continue to mix until mixture forms a soft dough. Roll dough 1/8-inch thick on a surface dusted with flour or powdered sugar with a well-dusted rolling pin. Use the Sweet Creations Letter Cookie Cutters and press into the dough. Gently pull up the cutter to reveal your dough letters. Use extra dough around letters to make as many extra letters as you can! Bake for 2-4 minutes, or just until the letters begin to turn a light golden brown. Sneak into your child’s lunchbox! Larger cookies will need to be baked for 6-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL: 5-Min, 5-Ingredient Caramel Krispy Puffs

 

How to Make 5-Ingredient Microwave Caramel Krispies

Caramel Krispies Marshmallow Puffs are a such a fun spin on regular Rice Krispies treats. A true crowd pleaser, these easy make snacks are simply marshmallows smothered in a delicious caramel sauce then rolled in Rice Krispies cereal. Whip-up a batch for your next gathering or as an after school snack for your hungry crew! Made with just 5 easy ingredients, this recipe is such a fun idea for bake sales, holiday cookie plates and makes party-time treats.

Check out the video tutorial below, the whip up a batch. We have a feeling you’ll think these Caramel Marshmallow Krispies are just as “sweet” as we do!

Love the bowls and cookware in this video? Grab a set of your own, we’ll deliver them straight to you front door via Amazon! If it’s time to upgrade the tired, melty-edged kitcheware in your cupboards, our bright red bakeware basics are a great place to start. Affordable and versatile, they’re ideal for recipe prep, baking and all sorts of food making. With decorative edges and a beautiful glazed finish, they can go straight to the serving table, too. Microwave, freezer, oven and dishwasher safe.

Krispies Marshmallow Puffs

Caramel Marshmallow Krispies

Preparation 5 Cook Time 10 Serves 24     adjust servings

Quick and easy, these homemade treats take just 5 easy ingredients and 10 minutes or less to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 14-oz. package Kraft caramels
  • 6 c. Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • about 50 large marshmallows
  • 4 T. butter

Instructions

In a microwavable safe container, add your caramels butter and sweetened condensed milk. Heat in the microwave, minute by minute (stopping and stirring just about every minute) for about 5 minutes or less until the caramel mixture is smooth and creamy. Be careful not to overcook as the caramels will burn. Set out three different bowls. Place the marshmallows, caramel and Rice Krispies cereal separately in each bowl and create a dipping and rolling station. Dip the marshmallows in the caramel mixture once it has cooled off enough to work with, using a spoon or spatula to aid in the dipping if needed. Once fully smothered in caramel sauce, roll the marshmallow into the cereal pressing firmly as you roll until the marshmallow is completely covered in cereal. Set each "puff" spaced about 1/2 inch apart onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Allow the caramel to set (it will become more firm as it cools) then serve right away and delight your hungry crowd! Enjoy!

Find more great video tutorials from Caroline at Salsa Pie Productions

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5 Creative Hacks for Storebought Cookies

5 Creative Hacks for Storebought Cookies

Ever since we launched our Sweet Creations Chocolate and Cookies Mold, we’ve been cuckoo for cookies! This simple silicone mold is made to hold a dollop of melted chocolate and a 12-pack of storebought cookies. Just press the cookies into the chocolate, allow them to firm up at room temperature, and you’ve got a whole batch of clever cookie creations. We started with a basic chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Oreo Cookie, but then our brains went bonkers! Five packs of cookies and a few brilliant cookie-dipping sessions later, we conjured up these 5 delicious twists. Crazy simple, creative hacks. They look absolutely gourmet, but took just a matter of minutes to make. 

Grab yourself a Sweet Creations Chocolate and Cookies Mold, then scroll down to find a few of our Cookie Hacks. We think you’re going to love munching on them as much as we did!

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1. Chocolate Mint

Dip chocolate-creme sandwich cookies in melted mint chocolate chips for a fun take on the classic Grasshopper cookie.

7 Creative Hacks for Storebought Cookies

2. Cookie Monster Cookies

Grab a box of rainbow-chip cookies and dip them into bright blue candy melts. If you can’t find colored candy melts at your local grocery store, they can typically be found in the cake-decor section of most craft stores.

7 Creative Hacks for Storebought Cookies

3. Strawberry Milkshake

Dip Chocolate and vanilla creme cookies into a swirled mixture of white chocolate (tint half of it with a touch of pink gel food coloring). A splash of strawberry candy flavor will lend a deliciously sweet touch of classic milkshake flavor.

7 Creative Hacks for Storebought Cookies

4. Peanut Butter Squared Stacker

To make this over-the-top morsel, twist chocolate creme cookies apart, and place a half on top of a peanut butter cup. Dip into melted peanut butter chips. Cool until hardened & enjoy! Yum!

Creative Cookie Hacks for Storebought Cookies

5. PB and Chocolate

Twist open a chocolate creme cookie, spread with a schmear of peanut butter, then replace the cookies and dip in melted milk chocolate. This is one dessert you may want to eat every night!

How Do You Dip Your Cookies?

We’d love to hear how you would use Sweet Creations Chocolate and Cookies Mold? What creative cookie combos can you come up with? Leave us a comment below and let us know. Or snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook. Don’t forget the hashtag #sweetcreations!

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars. The ULTIMATE super-easy lunchbox nosh, afterschool snack, potluck dessert perfection!

In the summer, I’ll do just about anything to not have to turn on my oven. We don’t have air conditioning, as soon as the oven goes on, so does the temperature in our entire house. So that means in the summer it is “no bake” every meal dessert season! This No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar is just what the doctor ordered when it is hot out and you are craving something sweet, salty, and delectable. They could not be easier. Plus, they’re a perfect treat to tuck into school lunchboxes, or to serve as afterschool snacks. In fact, this recipe is so easy, the kids can make them all by themselves!

Another perk, this recipe makes a lot. A little goes a long way, they are very rich. (Rich, but very hard to say no to.) 

My favorite way to eat these is cold, straight out of the fridge. I also like to leave some bigger sized pretzel crumbs in the mix for texture. You can also add chopped peanuts, or mini chips. I have made them with dark chocolate chips and love the contrast between the sweet filling and the dark chocolate. This a great recipe to adapt. 

One batch makes a large 9″x13″ pan. The Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick Oblong 13 x 9″ Cake Pan is ideal for this recipe. Made with easy to clean nonstick from heavy-gauge steel that prevents warping, this sturdy pan is one of the most affordable pieces of essential bakeware in my kitchen.

If you don’t have a metal turner, you’ll definitely want one to scoop out perfect-shaped square. Nylon spatulas and plastic turners certainly have their purpose, but when digging bars from bakeware, metal is best. Your final bars will hold a beautiful shape and you won’t be stuck, hovering over the pan and trying to slide a flimsy spatula underneath your treats.

Ready to get No-Cookin’? Grab the recipe below and give it a try! If you make this recipe, I’d love to see a photo! Snap a shot and upload it to Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to follow and tag Good Cook in it, and don’t forget the hashtag #lovegoodcook. Can’t wait to see what you create!


No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar Recipe

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Skip The Campfire With This S’mores Ice Box Cake!

S'mores Icebox Cake. An Super Easy, No-Bake Dessert You Will LOVE!
Summer is here and with it comes hours of fun in the sun, giggling kids running through the sprinkler, and evenings spent outside toasting ‘mallows. 

We love this time of year!

Truthfully, though, I’m not much of an outdoorsy type of person. Mosquitoes, dirt, and heat. None of that adds up to a good time for me! I’d much prefer to stay indoors where it’s nice and cool. 

Then again, I’d happily do just about anything for a s’mores. If that means sitting around a campfire or sleeping in a tent, well, so be it. Melty marshmallows and chocolate are my favorite. In fact, I don’t think there is anything else in the world that could convince me to sleep in the dirt. That’s true love, my friends. 

S'mores Ice Box Cake! Bring your favorite campfire treat indoors with this easy dessert recipe.

I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you are also not quite as outdoorsy as you could be, so I figured bring s’mores inside would make everyone happy this summer. It’s hard to go wrong with an ice box cake, especially when it’s inspired by our favorite campfire treat. 

This s’mores ice box cake couldn’t be simpler. It’s a great project to do with the kids on a hot summer day and I’m sure everyone will enjoy helping you devour the end result!

You’ll need a 9×5″ Loaf Dish for this recipe. If your baking pans are worn out, scratched or rusting, it’s time to upgrade! The Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick Large 9″x5″ Loaf Pan may just be the last loaf pan you ever need to buy. Made of heavy-gauge steel to prevent warping, the AirPerfect line is designed with bakers in mind. With a channeled surface on the bottom of each pan to encourage even baking and browning, this pan isn’t just ideal for my no-bake s’mores cake. It’s also an essential for quickbreads, yeast breads–even meatloaf!

  • Sharing this treat? Prep your no-bake cake in our Good Cook Red Ceramic Loaf Dish. This beautiful baking pan is safe for the oven, fridge and freezer. With bright red glazed exterior and fluted design elements, this dish isn’t just sturdy enough to hold your homebaked goods, it’s pretty enough to go straight on the serving table, too. 

Once you’ve grabbed your loaf pan, line it with foil or plastic wrap to make it extra easy to remove your ice box cake and keep it looking gorgeous.

You’ll start by whipping up chocolate pudding. A box of instant pudding mix is the way to go here. For the marshmallow layer, we’re just going to fold some marshmallow fluff into a container of refrigerated whipped topping. The whipped topping holds up a little better than whipped cream and is perfectly sweetened. 

The chocolate and marshmallow layers just get sandwiched between graham crackers. You’ll love how quick this is to prepare. It does need to hang out in the fridge for at least four hours before serving, though. We want the graham crackers to soften up to a more cake like consistency. If you really can’t wait for a taste (and who could blame you?) grab an extra graham cracker and use it to scrape the bowl of the chocolate pudding and marshmallow topping. Total yum!

Once you’ve got the cake on a serving platter, drizzle some chocolate syrup right over the top and sprinkle with graham crackers. I’ll bet you won’t be able to resist this ice box cake! 

S'mores Ice Box Cake

Preparation 10 Serves 8     adjust servings

A cool and creamy cake inspired by your favorite campfire treat!

Ingredients

  • 13 graham crackers
  • 1 3.9 ounce box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces refrigerated whipped topping
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Instructions

Place a sheet of foil or plastic wrap in a 9x5 loaf pan, pressing to mold to the pan, leaving enough foil or wrap to extend up and over the sides of the pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until well combined and thickened. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. In a second bowl, fold together the whipped topping and marshmallow fluff. Place 1/3 of the marshmallow mixture in the bottom of the loaf pan. Top with 1/3 of the pudding. Break the graham crackers in half and place 6 halves evenly over the pudding. Spread with the marshmallow mixture, pudding, and top with graham crackers twice more. Set aside the remaining graham cracker. Refrigerate the cake for 4 hours. Place the serving plate over the loaf pan and carefully invert. Gently remove the foil or plastic wrap from the cake. Crumble the remaining graham cracker over the cake and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.

Find more recipes from Karly at Buns in My Oven

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Sweet and Sour Vodka Club with Watermelon Ice Cubes

 

Make Ice Cubes from Watermelon with this Easy Vodka Club

Savor every last drop of summer with homemade Sweet & Sour Mix turned into our refreshing vodka club.

I have a little bit of a love affair going on with cocktails this summer. Can you blame me? There’s just something so grown up and fancy about mixing up your own pretty drink instead of grabbing a bottle of beer out of the fridge, right?

Vodka has always been my alcohol of choice. You can mix it with just about anything and you’ll get a lovely little buzz with a tasty little drink.

Since it’s still terribly hot out there and the farmers’ markets are just bursting with big, juicy watermelons, I thought this would be the perfect time to create a little summer cocktail.

The first thing you’ll want to do is dice up some watermelon and pop it in the freezer. Watermelon ice cubes could not be simpler to make! And the best part is that they don’t water down your drink as they thaw. They just add a little touch of summer flavor!

Now, you can absolutely positively cheat with this recipe. Grab a bottle of sweet and sour mix at the grocery store and just mix it up with your vodka and club soda. There’s no shame in that. But, I promise you that making your own sweet and sour mix from scratch is worth every extra second it takes.

This vodka club cocktail is made with homemade sweet and sour and packed with watermelon ice cubes!

My homemade sweet and sour mix is really pretty easy. Grab yourself one of the Good Cook Cast-Aluminum Citrus Squeezers and the rest is easy. These heavy-weight squeezer are designed to fit in your hand without slipping while you work with juicy, drippy citrus. 

  • Did you know? To properly use a lemon squeezer, slice a lemon in half and place it cut-side-down, so the flat side of the fruit faces the rounded bowl of the squeezer. When you press down on the squeezer handle, it will actually turn the citrus rind inside-out, efficiently squeezing every last bit of juice out!

Once you’ve got a hefty amount of fresh lemon juice ready to rock, you’ll make a simple syrup by boiling together water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Next, you’ll squeeze in some fresh lemon and lime juice. Couldn’t be easier, right?

The extra sweet and sour mix can be stored in the fridge, tightly sealed, for about a week. I don’t think it’ll make it quite that long, though, because you’ll be finding reasons to drink it right up. It’s so bright and fresh tasting!

When you pair this tart mix with a little vodka, club soda, and frozen watermelons, it’ll be just like drinking a refreshing glass of summer. Hope you guys enjoy this boozy little cocktail as much as I do!

Sweet and Sour Vodka Club with Watermelon Ice Cubes

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10

A boozy little cocktail that's perfect for summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice

Instructions

To make the sweet and sour mix, bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Stir in the sugar until dissolved and remove from the heat. Stir in the lemon and lime juice. To make the cocktail, add the sweet and sour mix, club soda, vodka, and frozen watermelon to a glass. Stir to combine. Serve immediately. Store remaining sweet and sour mix in the refrigerator, tightly sealed, for up to one week.

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It’s Easier Than You Think! DIY Strawberry-Watermelon Fruit Leather

 Make Your Own Strawberry-Watermelon Fruit Leader 

Make your own DIY twist on fruit roll-ups. You won’t believe how easy it is to make these kid-friendly treats at home. Prep a big batch and tuck into lunchboxes. Your kid will be the envy of the school lunchroom when they reveal their own homemade leather!

This recipe takes just seconds to prep, when you puree the fruit in a blender. Then, spread on a large baking pan and allow to cook overnight on your oven’s lowest setting. It’s seriously that simple.

Take a peek at our Shopping list below, which details everything you need to make one giant batch. Though the recipe can be made on any baking sheet, our extra-large Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick Half-Sheet Cake Pan, 18 x 13″ makes it easy to bake up an entire batch of puree, enough to make twelve individual roll-ups. That’s enough for two whole weeks of afterschool snacks–you clever kitchen cook, you!

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 How to Make Your Own Strawberry Watermelon Fruit Leather

Strawberry-Watermelon Fruit Leather

Preparation 10 Serves 12     adjust servings

Make delicious and wholesome fruit leather that's made with all natural sugar and fresh fruit. Your kids will love this healthy snack!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 3 cups ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

Heat oven to the lowest possible temperature (140-170°F). Line a Good Cook AirPerfect Half Sheet baking pan baking pan with cooking parchment paper. Place watermelon in a blender; cover and blend until pureed. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer like the Good Cook 8-Inch Strainer Good Cook 8-Inch Strainer. Place pulp in a large bowl; discard watermelon juice. Add strawberries, honey and lemon juice to blender; cover and blend until pureed. Add mixture to watermelon puree; stir until well combined. Pour puree onto prepared baking pan; use a spatula to evenly spread until 1/8 inch thick. Bake 8 to 10 hours or until mixture is no longer sticky. Remove from oven; roll up paper and cut fruit leather into strips. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Back-to-School Breakfast Idea: Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches  

Spend an afternoon making ready-to-go breakfasts that you can enjoy for an entire week! This fun idea makes clever use of frozen waffles, turning them into Monte Cristo-inspired breakfast sandwiches that can be frozen for later. Whenever you’re on the run, just pull the sandwiches from the freezer and warm in the microwave. You’ll have a sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich that is a delicious for kids as it is for adults.

Keep in mind with this recipe, reheating in the microwave oven makes the waffles soft. If you prefer crispy waffles or are feeding a crowd, simply unwrap the sandwiches and toss them onto a Good Cook AirPerfect 13 x 9″ Nonstick Quarter-Sheet Cake Pan. You’ll have crisp and delicious waffles on the outside, filled with melty cheese and layers of ham on the inside.

  • Try This! If you’re reheating your waffles in the oven, you’ve probably got time to garnish your breakfast plate with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Serve sandwiches alongside a small bowl of warmed jalapeno jelly for dipping & you’ve got a breakfast sandwich that makes a deliciously quick lunch, too!

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Frozen Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches

Preparation 15 Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 frozen waffles, toasted
  • 18 slices deli ham
  • 2 cups shredded white or sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 6 tablespoons pepper jelly or jalapeño jelly, optional

Instructions

Lightly spray 6 Good Cook 4-ounce ramekins [LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cook-Ceramic-Ounce-Ramekins/dp/B0026RHI8W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438276369&sr=8-1&keywords=Good+Cook+ramekins ] with nonstick baking spray. Place eggs in a blender; add half-and-half. Cover and blend until smooth. Add chives and salt; blend just until mixed. Pour egg mixture into ramekins. Microwave on High in 1-minute increments until eggs are cooked (about 4-6 minutes total). Cool slightly. Gently remove eggs from ramekins, placing on top of 6 toasted waffles. Top each with 2 slices of ham, 1/3 cup cheese and 1 tablespoon jelly. Top with a second waffle. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag. Freeze. To serve: Unwrap 1 frozen sandwich. Place on a microwavable plate. Microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Or bake at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes.

 

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How To Make Rainbow FroYo Pops

How to Make Rainbow FroYo Pops

Give your kids a fun way to cool off this summer with colorful frozen yogurt cones. They’ll love the vibrant swirls in these yummy frozen treats! The Sweet Creations Ice Cream Mold makes it easy to turn yogurt into frozen yogurt pops. All it takes is your favorite creamy vanilla yogurt, food coloring, and the Sweet Creations 6 Count Mini Frozen Treat Popsicle Mold to whip up a quick batch of whimsical frozen treats. Simply follow the instructions below and surprise your kids with a delightful cool-down on a blazing hot day.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 6 tasty pops:

  •  2 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
  • 5 tubes paste food coloring (pink, orange, yellow, green, purple)
  • 5 small bowls

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Ready, Set, Rainbow Pop!

Step 1. Spoon ½ cup of yogurt into each of the 5 small bowls. Tint each yogurt a different color with food coloring—pink, orange, yellow, green, and purple.

Step 2. Clean and dry the Sweet Creations Ice Cream Mold. Place the blue silicone ice-cream mold pieces upside down in each section of the white plastic holder.

Step 3. Spoon a teaspoon of pink yogurt into each ice cream mold. Spoon orange, yellow, green, and purple, then repeat until each mold is completely filled with the tinted yogurt.

Step 4. Gently press the brown plastic “cones” into place, snapping them into the ridges of the blue silicone molds to secure them, keeping the yogurt from expanding outside of the mold when it freezes.

Step 5. Place the Sweet Creations Ice Cream Mold in the freezer. Freeze for 4-6 hours, until yogurt is frozen firm.

Step 6. To remove, gently pull the silicone mold pieces from the frozen yogurt before serving. Enjoy a fun treat with your kids!

How to Make Rainbow FroYo Pops

More Ideas for Your Ice Cream Mold

The Sweet Creations 6 Count Mini Frozen Treat Popsicle Mold is a great way to make superquick froyo. It’s also ideal for ice cream, soda, juice, pudding, and even chocolate! Try freezing any one of these winning combos in your own mold:

  • DIY Bomb Pops. Freeze a layer of blue-colored sports drink, then red, then white. 
  • Swirl Pops. Swirl together chocolate and vanilla pudding before freezing. 
  • Rootbeer Floats. Freeze a layer of vanilla ice cream between two layers of rootbeer.
  • Berry Yogurt Pops. Stir blueberries and sliced strawberries into vanilla Greek yogurt before freezing.
  • Grasshopper Pops. Stir crushed Oreos into mint ice cream before freezing.
  • Make Your Own Flavor! Got an idea for delish DIY freezer pops? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to add it to our list!

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7 No-Bake Summer Dessert Bars

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

A perfect summer dessert shouldn’t require baking. Turning on the oven makes your kitchen one big hot mess, so no-bake treats are the way to go. This summer, whip up a batch of no-bake bars to bring to picnics, barbecues, or to savor all to yourself.  Whether you like cooling lemon or berry-infused treats, we’ve found 7 amazing no-bake summer dessert bars that you need to try.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

1. Lemon Cheesecake Bars

These cool and creamy lemon cheesecake bars have a layer of lemon curd for an extra punch of citrus flavor. No need to turn on your oven for these dreamy bars! Find the recipe for this lovely dessert at KITCHEN CONFIDANTE.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

2. Strawberry Jello Cheesecake

This light and fluffy version of cheesecake is perfect on a hot summer day. The strawberry Jello in this recipe gives it a cool and refreshing finish. Get instructions for this summery treat at DELICIOUSLY SPRINKLED.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

3. No-Bake S’mores Bars

S’mores are a summer classic, and you won’t need a campfire for these tasty smores cereal bars. These bars come together with 4 simple ingredients and no oven time. Get this easy twist on a classic at CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE AND MORE.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

4. No-Bake Blackberry Bars

These dreamy no-bake blackberry bars are infused with fresh berry sweetness and swirled with a velvety, creamy filling for an elegant summer treat. Look for in-season blackberries to make this dessert spectacular. Find the recipe for this summer stunner at ROXANAS HOME BAKING.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

5. Cool Key Lime Bars

These delicious clean-eating key lime bars can be whipped up in no time, and make an easy treat for unbearably hot summer days. These bars contain no refined sugar, and are dairy and gluten-free.  Get the recipe at MADE FROM PINTEREST.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

6. Chex Mix Bars

It doesn’t get much easier than making red, white, and blueberry Chex bars. These portable bars are great for potlucks and picnics. Find this simple recipe at BETTY CROCKER.

7 No-Bake Summertime Dessert Bars

7. Four Ingredient Blueberry Bliss Bars

All you need are four simple ingredients to make these blueberry bliss bars. Coconut cream makes these velvety bars vegan, gluten-free and paleo. Find instructions for these healthy bars at MY WHOLE FOOD LIFE

Easy Tote Your Treats!

7 No-Bake Summer DessertsWhen it comes to sharing your homemade sweets, one pan fit ’em all! The Good Cook 13 Inch x 9 Inch Covered Cake Pan is an essential kitchen dish. The perfect size for cakes and bars, it’s made with heavy duty easy clean non-stick coating and comes with a plastic snap-closure lid. So you can store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve or safely transport your treats to picnics, parties or potlucks. Buy online now.

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DIY Honey Lavender Lemonade

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade
As soon as the temperature rises, so does my need for lemonade. I don’t know why, but there are very few things more refreshing than a tall glass of ice cold lemonade with lots of ice on a hot summer day. I make gallons of the stuff all summer long, my kids are always guzzling it too. I can’t seem to keep enough lemons in the house for the amount of lemonade requested. My Honey Lavender Lemonade has been in heavy rotation all summer long. 

Lemonade is not hard to make at all, but you do need to juice fresh lemons. It makes all the difference in the end result. I like to use either a juicer or a Lemon Squeezer to get the most out of my lemons with the least amount of effort. For this version I used honey and lavender. I love being able to reduce the amount of sugar and add a natural sweetener. The taste is floral and works really well with a bit of lavender. With lavender, you need to resist the urge to go overboard. It’s really pretty and purple, so I completely understand wanting to add a lot to the syrup. Trust me on this one, too much lavender and it will taste like soap. 

If you really want to make this special, add 2 ounces of vodka and you have an elegant summer cocktail to boot.

How to Make Lavendar Syrup

Heat sugar, honey, 1 cup water, and lavender in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar and honey melt completely. Let the mixture cool.

Try This! Love the idea of Lavender Lemonade and really want to showcase that beautiful flavor? Add a little color to your lavender syrup! A few drops of purple food coloring once your mixture is melted, whisk to mix, then cool and stir into the recipe as instructed. You’ll get a gorgeous batch of purple lemonade that looks incredible on picnic tables. 

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade

Juice lemons until you have 1-1/2 cups lemon juice. The Good Cook 1.5-Cup Manual Citrus Juicer System makes this step simple. Its 1-1/2 cup capacity includes easy-read measurement markings on the side of the cup, so all you have to do it press lemons into the detachable reamer and twist until the juicer is full. The unique double sided strainer spout lets you pour with or without pulp, and the durable plastic is BPA-free, so you can rest assured your homemade lemonade is fresh and free from harmful chemicals. 

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade

If needed, strain the pulp from the lemon juice.

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade

Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher. Strain the lavender out the syrup and add to the lemon juice.

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade

Add 4 cups of water. Chill until ready to serve. 

How to Make Honey Lavendar Lemonade

Honey Lavender Lemonade

Preparation 20 Cook Time 10 Serves 4     adjust servings

A refreshing lemonade made with honey and lavender.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

Instructions

To make the syrup, heat 1 cup water, honey, sugar, and lavender in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until sugar and honey dissolve. Let the lavender steep in the syrup and let cool completely, about an hour. Strain the lavender from the syrup and add to a pitcher. Add lemon juice and 3 cups water. Stir to combine. Chill in the fridge.

 

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Easy Appetizer: Best Ever Sausage Cheese Balls (VIDEO Tutorial)

VIDEO TUTORIAL  | How to Make 3-Ingredient Sausage Cheeseballs
My mother makes the best Sausage Cheese Balls on the planet. They are a huge family favorite and the perfect type of comfort food everyone craves when we get together. Fantastic for breakfast or parties, these melt-in-your-mouth little bundles of deliciousness freeze well too.

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be back in my mom’s kitchen. She was prepping Sausage Cheese Balls for a party and I captured the recipe so you can see just how easy it is to make this delicious appetizer. It’s so easy, in fact, that I’m willing to be this isn’t just one of the best appetizers on the planet, it’s also one of the easiest. They’re awesome for summertime potlucks and picnics. Everyone literally runs to the buffet table to fill their plates with these little balls of flavor. This recipe is also ideal for the holiday season. It makes more than enough to feed a crowd, and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I love that you can basically keep everything you need for this recipe always on hand, then whip up a huge batch in no time at all. Great for last minute guests, an awesome cocktail party appetizer, no matter how you serve my mom’s Sausage Cheeseballs, they’re sure to become a favorite.

Here’s a Tip: My mom makes a huge batch then often freezes them on cookie sheets lined in parchment paper. Once frozen she transfers them to freezer storage bags, then cooks and serves the amount desired whenever wanted. 

Watch this video I made of my mother sharing her recipe with you and showing you how she makes the Best Ever Sausage Cheese Balls. I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does! 

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