Archive for December, 2015
Super-Easy, Last Minute Appetizer: 3 Ways to Upgrade Your Deviled Eggs

Gourmet Deviled Eggs

Just in time for the last party of the year – you’re going to want to take part in all three of these delicious deviled egg flavors!  Whatever you and your party guests are in the mood for, we’ve got you covered! One basic formula, three delicious gourmet-inspired eats:  Southwestern Deviled Eggs, Sriracha Deviled Eggs and the all-popular Bacon and Avocado Deviled Eggs.  Because – well – bacon.  #baconalwayswins

One of my favorite things about this season is parties.  Parties all the time please.  And by parties, I just mean party food.  Let’s be honest, other than the company, that’s the reason we go to parties anyway right?! Gimme. All. The. Food.

Southwestern Deviled Eggs (Deviled Eggs 3 Ways)

When it comes to party food, I think a staple is deviled eggs.  I mean you see them all the time, right alongside of the bread rolls and spinach dip.  So why not this year, take a step on the wild side and venture to try a new flavor of the all classic dish!  Sriracha Deviled Eggs for those brave enough for the spicy side of life; Southwestern Deviled Eggs when you crave all the food south of the border; and for everyone else – Bacon and Avocado Deviled Eggs.  Who can say no to bacon anyway?

Sriracha Deviled Eggs (Deviled Eggs 3 Ways)

All three varieties take just minutes to whip up once the eggs are hard boiled, and I can promise you they will take merely minutes to be whisked away from the table and into the mouths of hungry party-goers as well! So tell me, which flavor will be popping up at your next get-together?

Bacon and Avocado Deviled Eggs (Deviled Eggs 3 Ways)

Display Your Deviled Eggs

Setting deviled eggs out on your party table can be a slippery affair! Keep them in place with the Good Cook Oval Deviled Egg Tray. This sturdy clear platter is idea for parties. It holds 16 deviled eggs, so you can set them out in style at your next party. Or tote it all safely in our convenient Covered Deviled Egg Tray. A great way to get your gourmet goods to every party!

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways

Preparation 10 Cook Time 25

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways for all your holiday get-togethers

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • Cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

Place the eggs in a large saucepan and fill with water until it reaches roughly 1” above eggs. Cover and heat over medium-high heat until it reaches a rolling boil. Turn off heat and set a timer for 20 minutes to allow eggs to continue cooking. After the 20 minutes, remove eggs from saucepan and place in an ice water bath for 5 minutes. Remove one egg at a time and peel the shell off the egg. Place shelled egg in a bowl and discard shell. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cut all eggs down the middle and remove the yolk into a separate bowl. Place the egg white halves rounded side down on a plate. With each variety of deviled eggs, mash egg yolk with a fork and mix remaining ingredients into the egg yolk mixture (EXCEPT FOR THE AVOCADO and BACON DEVILED EGGS: mix in all ingredients except for the avocado and bacon. Once all remaining ingredients are mixed in, spoon mixture into egg halves and top with avocado and bacon). Once all ingredients are mixed in, spoon mixture into egg halves and garnish with parsley, cilantro or bacon and avocado.


Find more recipes from Carla at Carlasconfections.com

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7 Brilliant Ways to Make Breakfast in a Waffle Iron

The Most Creative and Brilliant Waffle Iron Breakfasts

Don’t some mornings seem to take a lot of effort? From getting the kids ready for school to getting to the office on time, some a.m.’s can seem downright frantic! You’ve got dinner down, but breakfast needs to be quick and easy. If you’ve got a waffle iron, we’ve got you covered!  Look below for 7 awesome ideas, then grab a bowl and get breakfast on the table in record time. Try any of the 7 drool-worthy breakfasts we’ve rounded up and make your entire meal in one easy little waffle iron. Here’s how: 

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1. Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Breakfast really doesn’t get much easier than these cinnamon roll waffles. Bake up refrigerated cinnamon rolls in your waffle iron, top with a warm glaze, and voilà, a tasty breakfast is served! Find instructions at TABLESPOON.

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2. Stuffed Breakfast Waffles

Stuff biscuits with eggs and cheese, cook them up in your waffle iron, and you’ve got a quick, savory, and handy breakfast sandwich.  Buy store-bought biscuits to make it even easier! Head to BUNS IN MY OVEN for the full recipe.

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3. Easy Gingerbread Waffles

Enjoy holiday flavors anytime!  Gingerbread waffles are an easy way to infuse that wonderful aroma throughout your house, and kids will love a festive toppings bar. Get more ideas for a gingerbread waffle breakfast at BABBLE.

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4. Cake Mix Waffles

Make any morning extra special with these chocolate cake mix waffles. Chocolaty, rich waffles cook up quickly for an indulgent breakfast treat. Serve with whipped cream and an easy Nutella sauce. Head to COOKING CLASSY for instructions.

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5. Donut Waffles

We give you permission to cut corners on frantic mornings! These Krispy Kreme donut waffles take so little effort, yet bring so much joy! Find this incredibly easy recipe at OH BITE IT.

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6. Savory Ham and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles

Take a sweets break and whip up these savory waffles. These ham and cheese hashbrown waffles are quick, easy, and so good! Get this yummy breakfast recipe at DAMN DELICIOUS.

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7. Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Enjoy dessert for breakfast with these strawberry shortcake waffles. Make breakfast a special occasion with just a few simple ingredients. Learn how these waffles come together at WELL PLATED.

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3-Ingredient Dinners That Will Change Your Life

3 Ingredient Dinners
Simple and effortless are what you need this year, especially when it comes to dinner. Nix complicated recipes and go for easy. That means choosing meals with as few ingredients as possible to shave precious kitchen prep time. Say goodbye to your frazzled self, and marvel in the ease of a simple three-ingredient recipe. Seriously, it will change your life. You may even have time to organize your closet, or sit and read a book. From frozen ravioli lasagna to incredible spicy brie chicken, we’ve got the most amazing three-ingredient recipes you’ll ever cook up. Transform your menu and your life with these delicious three-ingredient recipes!

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1. 3-Ingredient Salsa Chicken

There are so many things to love about this delicious and easy dinner! It cooks up in the crockpot, saving you time on meal prep, and has just 3 ingredients. Bubbly cheese and zesty salsa dress up plain chicken for this amazing dinner. Find this yummy recipe at JO COOKS.

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2. 3-Ingredient Flatbread Pizza

Need a weeknight meal that takes little effort but tastes great? This 3 ingredient flatbread pizza is the recipe for you! It’s made with alfredo sauce and cheese for a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love. Head to MAMA LOVES FOOD for this super easy recipe.  

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3. 3-Ingredient Ravioli Lasagna

Feed your family on a chilly night with a warm and filling lasagna. Skip the complicated, time-consuming steps that traditional lasagna calls for and use this super easy recipe with frozen ravioli. This dinner is right on the mark for taste and convenience! Get instructions at CINNAMON SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE.

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4. 3-Ingredient Ranch Chicken and Potatoes

Let your slow cooker do the work with this tasty ranch chicken and potatoes dinner. Perfect for a busy weeknight, you’ll have a flavorful meal that cooks while you’re working, running errands, or shuttling your kids to after-school activities. Find this tasty recipe at LIVING ON A DIME.

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5. 3-Ingredient Chili

Build on 3 basic ingredients for a tasty chili that satisfies the whole family. Dish out bowls of this hearty and delicious chili and serve with your favorite toppings. Head to I HEART NAPTIME for this simple and delicious recipe.

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6. 3-Ingredient Ham and Cheese Rollups

Three simple ingredients will get you an impressive, flavorful meal that’s unbelievably easy to make! Make these 3 ingredient baked ham and cheese roll ups and look like you’ve spent hours it the kitchen- no one will know your secret! Get this recipe from THE COMFORT OF COOKING.

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7. 3-Ingredient Chicken and Broccoli Bake

Craft a delicious casserole that’s bubbling with flavor. This chicken and broccoli bake is surprisingly easy to make with just three basic ingredients. Put this on your menu tonight! Get instructions for this yummy casserole from LIFE IN THE LOFTHOUSE.

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8. 3-Ingredient Crockpot Lasagna

Need a quick fix and no fuss meal in a pinch?  3 Ingredient Crockpot Lasagna is about as easy as it gets and is a meal the whole family will love! Find this recipe at CROCKPOT GOURMET.

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9. 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Prepare a restaurant quality meal in a few simple steps with this 3 ingredient balsamic chicken. Turn on your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a fragrant, delicious meal that just needs to be ladled up and served! Find out how to make this delicious chicken at SKINNY MS.

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10. 3-Ingredient Pizza Rolls

Don’t wait on the deliveryman when you can have pizza in minutes! These 3 ingredient pizza rolls are perfect when your patience is short and you need a quick fix for hunger. Get this easy recipe from MOMMY SAVERS.

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11. 3-Ingredient Spicy Brie Chicken

When life is busy, why not make dinner simple? This spicy brie chicken is easy to make and totally delicious! Head to BABBLE for this amazingly simple recipe.

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7 DIY Gifts You Won’t Believe You Can Make in Your Kitchen

7 Surprisingly Simple DIY Gifts You Can Make in Your Own Kitchen

It can be downright difficult to come up with gift ideas to please everyone on your list. It’s even harder to find ideas for handmade gifts that are thoughtful and unique. That’s why we’ve found 7 DIY gifts that you won’t believe you can make yourself. From toothpaste to lotion bars, these personal care items are all made with natural ingredients, and we’re sure your friends and family will be delighted to receive any of these handmade gifts! Grab a set of our beautiful Good Cook Stoneware 3-Piece Mixing Bowls and stir up a batch (or seven!) of these surprisingly simple giftables.

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1. Lotion Bars

Start a new trend by gifting these amazing moisturizing lotion bars. Your friends and relatives may have never heard of a lotion bar, but they will quickly fall in love with this non-messy method of moisturizing dry skin. Add your favorite essential oils and a cute bow for the perfect homemade gift! Learn how to make moisturizing lotion bars at THE PIPE LINE.

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2. Lip Gloss

Gift your beauty-savvy friends a tube of diy lip gloss? It’s all-natural, and you can customize the color and scent. This makes an incredible stocking stuffer! Get instructions at DOTERRA EVERYDAY.

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3. Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste

Whip up some homemade peppermint toothpaste with all-natural ingredients. Place it in a cute jar for a wonderful and unexpected gift, and don’t forget to attach the recipe on the label! Find out how to make this fresh and unique gift at LIVE SIMPLY.

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4. Hand Sanitizer

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make your own hand sanitizer. Give this wonderful gift in a pretty reusable bottle, and scent it with your favorite essential oils. It will definitely come in handy during cold and flu season! Head to HELLO NATURAL for instructions.

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5. Facial Toner

Give the gift of glowing skin with this homemade rosewater facial toner. It’s super easy to make, and is gentle and effective on all skin types. Find out how to make this all-natural skin saver at NOURISHING JOY.

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6. Homemade Hand Soap

Suds up with this homemade liquid hand soap. Put it in a pretty container with a sweet label and gift it to teachers, neighbors, and those who want a luxurious and all-natural way to wash hands. Learn how to make this amazing hand soap at LIVE SIMPLY.

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7. Sea Spray

Hair and skin sea spray may not be on your gift radar, but your beauty-obsessed friends will love you forever for this homemade gift! This all-natural homemade hair spray produces beach-worthy waves full of volume and texture. Get instructions at HELLO NATURAL.

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Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake

Holiday Oreo Icebox Cake- The Easiest Cake You've Every Made!

Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake – Christmas Oreo’s, chocolate pudding, and peppermint whipped cream come together in a super simple, delicious, and easy no bake dessert!

Christmas time is all about cookies. Everywhere you turn there is a different cookie recipe popping up. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cookie. But sometimes you want more than a cookie. A creamy, delicious dessert, that takes more than 2 bites to make your way through it. And because we are all super busy this time of year, if it can be ready in minutes that is even better! Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake is the perfect solution.

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Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake is made with a layer of red Christmas Oreo’s, a layer of chocolate pudding, more Oreo’s and then topped with creamy fresh whipped cream. Icebox cakes come together in no time. The layers of pudding and cream help soften the Oreo’s, so it cuts like a cake. The hardest part is letting it set up in the fridge for 4 hours before you can eat it! Plus you can change them up a ton of different ways to match any holiday. Like this Mint Oreo Icebox Cake.

The Good Cook 13×9″ Bake and Roast Pan is the perfect size for any Oreo icebox cake. Perfectly party-sized, you can make a whole batch quick and have more than enough to share. You can even make preparing the cake easier if you wanted to use store bought whipped topping instead of making your own whipped cream.

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Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake

Preparation 15 Serves 16     adjust servings

Christmas Oreo Icebox Cake - Christmas Oreo's, chocolate pudding, and peppermint whipped cream come together in a super simple, delicious, and easy no bake dessert!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Christmas Oreo's
  • 1 (3.4 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions

In a large bowl whisk together chocolate pudding mix and 2 cups of milk. Once well blended and smooth set aside. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a bowl. Dip the Oreo's into the milk, and place in a single layer, in the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan. Pour prepared chocolate pudding over the layer of cookies. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the pudding mixture. Dip the remaining Oreo's into the milk to place in a single layer over the pudding. You should have a few cookies left. Set those aside. In a stand mixer, beat heavy cream until you have soft peaks. Slowly add sugar and peppermint extract. Beat until stiff peaks. Spread whipped cream over the layer of Oreo's. Crush the remaining Oreo's and sprinkle evenly over the top. Add additional chocolate chips if desired. Place in fridge for 4 hours until set.



Find more delicious recipes from Erin at Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

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Holiday Hack: How to Decorate a Christmas Cake in 5-Minutes or Less

1-Ingredient Holiday Hack! How to Make Easy Chocolate Cake Trees

This month, we’ve been sharing some of our best holiday hacks. After you check out this one, don’t miss our 2-Ingredient Holiday Morning Pancake Muffins,2-Ingredient Twinkle Light Candies, Festive Holiday Cheese Platter-In-An-Instant and 4-Ingredient Holiday Thumbprint Cookies. Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Hacking!

Making a wintery wonderland cake is super easy with this Dark Chocolate Trees piping technique. You simply melt dark chocolate and then pipe it onto a sheet of Good Cook parchment paper, freeze for a bit then decorate your cake! Perfect for any holiday party at home or the office. You can also pipe the chocolate into stars, little menorahs or ornaments. The ideas for this simple decor trick are truly endless.

Watch this video and learn how to make these super stylish trees! 

So magical isn’t it!? Happy holidays! 

How to Make These Easy Little Chocolate Cake Trees in Minutes!

Dark Chocolate Trees Cake

Preparation 10 Cook Time 30 Serves 8     adjust servings

Make a cake festive for the holidays with this super easy storebought cake hack. All you need is a cake mix, frosting and chocolate chips!

Ingredients

  • one 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Step 1: Using a box cake mix, bake a cake and frost it. I used two round cake pans and only one can of store bought icing since I was going for the "naked" frosted look. This means it's okay to leave some of the cake exposed when you ice it. Step 2: Empty the contents of a bag of Dark Chocolate chips into a microwavable container with a lid. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stopping and stirring halfway. If your microwave is super powerful, I would recommend heating in 3o minute increments. Step 3: Once the chocolate chips are fully melted and the mixture is creamy, scoop into an icing bag with a tip and allow to cool a bit. You want the chocolate thick but not so thick that it's hard to squeeze. Step 4: Lay out a sheet of wax paper and using the icing bag filled with the chocolate draw the shape of trees onto the wax paper. Make sure to draw sturdy trunks! You will attach the trees by the trunks to the cake. Step 5: Transfer the wax paper with the piped-on tree designs to the freezer. We laid our wax paper on a cookie sheet so the transfer would be easier. Let the trees sit in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Step 6: Remove the trees from the freezer and then dab a little of the melted chocolate on the trunk of each tree. This will serve as an adhesive to stick the trees to the cake. Stick trees all along the edge of the cake until you have covered the edge with a forest of trees!

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Christmas Crunch Cake

How to Make Frozen Christmas Crunch Cake
This quick and easy Christmas Crunch Cake makes for the perfect holiday sweet treat that will satisfy anyone’s tummy!

When it comes to holiday treats (or any treats for that matter), in my book, the quicker and easier, the better.  So putting in fifteen minutes of effort is really all I want to commit myself too – especially with twin 6 month olds!  Fifteen minutes is just about all they give me before needing my attention anyway.  Or so it feels sometimes!

This Christmas Crunch Cake is so fun and versatile, if you can’t find some of the ingredients on hand, it is so easy to customize it however you like.

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Fun variations could include:

  • Red Velvet Oreos or other Red Velvet cookies rather than sugar cookies
  • Red and Green Nonpareils rather than M&M’s
  • Chocolate chips (red and green?) rather than M&M’s
  • Mint extract instead of almond

There are probably so many more, and of course this doesn’t have to just be for Christmas!  Bring on summer months with red, white and blue!  This is the perfect combination of ice cream and cake (yes please!!) and looks and tastes good on any holiday.  Does it get any better??

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Christmas Crunch Cake

Preparation 15 Cook Time 2-40 Serves 9     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 20 classic sugar cookies
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup red sugar sprinkles
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) bag Christmas mini M&M’s
  • Nonstick baking spray
  • Good Cook 8x8 baking pan

Instructions

In a food processor, pulse to crumble the sugar cookies. Pour into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in melted butter and both sugars. Mix together well with spatula. Spray an 8x8 Good Cook baking pan with nonstick spray and place half the sugar cookie mixture on the bottom of the pan, pressing well to flatten. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese, whipped topping, condensed milk, vanilla and almond extract, beating well to combine. Once combined, fold in the mini M&M’s using a spatula. Pour ice cream mixture into the baking pan and smooth out top. Top with remaining sugar cookie mixture, pressing down slightly. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 4 hours, or until set. Cut into bars and serve immediately.


Find more delicious recipes from Carla at Carla’s Confections

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4-Ingredient Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

4-INGREDIENT THUMBPRINT COOKIES

Turn on that oven and prepare to bake up a batch of the quickest holiday cookies you’ve ever made! This easy idea turns storebought sugar cookie dough into irresistibly delicious thumbprint cookies. All with just 4 easy ingredients.

The Best Bakeware for Any Budget

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Happy Holiday Hacks!

We’ve rounded up a whole weeks worth of clever holiday hacks designed to save you time this season. Don’t miss our:
2-ingredient Holiday Morning Pancake Muffins, 2-Ingredient Twinkle Light Candies and adorably easy Festive Tree Cheese Tray.

3-Ingredient Holiday Hack: Thumbprint Cookies

3-Ingredient Thumbprint Cookies

Preparation 10 Cook Time 10

Storebought Cookie dough becomes a delicious treat with this simple hack. Coloed candy melts can be purchased in the cake decor section of most craft stores.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 3/4 cup flour (optional)
  • 1 cup red and green candy melts
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. If desired, mix together sugar cookie dough and flour until well combined (to make rounder, little drop cookies, instead of flatter sugar style cookies). Roll dough into 1" balls, roll in sprinkles. Place on a Good Cook AirPerfect baking sheet. Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until the cookies being to turn light golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and immediately press a candy melt into the center of each cookie. Allow cookies to cool completely before serving.

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2-Ingredient Holiday Morning Pancake Muffins

HOLIDAY HACK: How to Make Christmas Morning Muffins with Just 2-Ingredients!
If you love spending holiday mornings with your family, instead of in the kitchen, do we have an idea for you!

Ready-to-go pancake mix can be easily turned into delicious morning muffins. Just stir up two simple ingredients (and a bit of water), bake and enjoy the morning relaxing in your fuzzy slippers. No standing around the stove, waiting to flip perfectly browned pancakes. Instead, you can bake up a whole batch of 2-ingredient pancake muffins in 2 minutes flat.

Once out of the oven, enjoy with whatever pancake toppings you prefer. Put a pat of butter on top, drizzle with syrup, or if you’re feeling fancy, beat fresh whipped cream with pure maple syrup for a sweet dollop. Finish it all off with sprinkles and you’ll have a holiday morning breakfast so deliciously easy, it feels like a gift!

Here’s how to make this yummy, simple breakfast idea.

Recipe Twists You’ll Love

Though we added bright red raspberries to our muffin mix, there are dozens of variations! Skip the red berries and twist it up with one of these add-ins, instead.

  • Chocolate chips
  • Fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Apple pie filling
  • Chopped pecans
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Holiday Hack: How to Make 2-Ingredient Pancake Muffins

The Perfect Muffin Pan

One storebought pouch of pancake mix (usually about 5.5oz) is a perfect fit for our Good Cook 6-Cup Muffin Pan. If you’re using a standard-sized, 12-cup muffin tin, add a small amount of water in the bottom of each unused cup to keep the pan from browning or burning.

Ready for the recipe? Print it below and start baking! You deserve to take the morning off!
How to Make 2-Ingredient Pancake Muffins

2-Ingredient Pancake Muffins

Preparation 5 Cook Time 18 Serves 6     adjust servings

Turn pancake mix into delicious morning muffins with this simple recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5.5 oz) package pancake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a Good Cook 6-cup muffin pan with nonstick baking spray. In a large bowl, stir together pancake mix and water. Fold in raspberries. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the edges of the muffins begin to turn a light golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Top with whipped cream, butter and/or maple syrup. Garnish with holiday sprinkles, if desired.

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2-Ingredient Easy: Little Candy Christmas Lights

2-Ingredient Holiday Party Hack: Twinkle Candy Lights

Here’s a quick idea for your next holiday party. Bring the festive fun of twinkling lights right to your table. With this quick and simple “recipe” for Twinkle Candy Lights, guests will be going gaga over your clever party ideas!

Celebrate the Colorful Season

Brighten up drawers and cupboards with our colorful Good Cook Nonstick Knives. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these stainless steel knives aren’t just stylish, they’re chef-approved sharp! Purchase your favorite, or buy the whole set. Available now from Amazon.com

Christmas Twinkle Candies

 

2-Ingredient Twinkle Light Candies

Preparation 5

Turn two basic candies into adorable twinkling light treats! This simple idea looks great on holiday party tables!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coated candies (like Mike & Ike's)
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate covered almonds

Instructions

With a 4-inch Good Cook paring knife, slice candies in half. Press gummy ends to the top, rounded portion of each chocolate covered almond. Serve and enjoy!

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Festive Holiday Cheese Plate

 

This Is the Cutest and Easiest Holiday Party Hack Ever

Though anticipation of the holiday season is often sweet, when it finally arrives, December so often comes with stress. Between present-hunting, gift wrapping and holiday parties, there’s never enough time to live up to those best laid intentions.

To help you survive the season in style, we’ve conjured up some clever holiday hacks. Festive ideas so easy, you can’t help try them out. And this one is one of our absolute favorite. 

Every party needs a cheese plate. So why not make yours the most merry one around? With a few basic ingredients, one Good Cook 15″x14″ Cookie Sheet and the recipe below, you’ll be dishing up the most deliciously adorable cheese platter ever. Check out the video below for the basics, then grab the details in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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The Easiest Holiday Cheese Platter You've Ever Made

Easy Tree Cheese Plate

Preparation 15 Serves 8     adjust servings

A quick and simple cheese plate, made festive for the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese cubes
  • 2 cups cubed ham or salami
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup cubed turkey
  • 1 cup colby jack cheese cubes
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella or jack cheese cubes
  • about 20 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

Instructions

Line a Good Cook 14"x15" cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper cut into a triangle shape. Arrange pepper jack cheese cubes across the bottom of the parchment paper, then salami cubes, then cheddar, etc, using the parchment paper to guide the edges for each row. Arrange rosemary sprigs between each layer of cheese and meat. Top with cherries to create "ornaments". Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

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Holiday Breakfast Casserole: Easy, Cheesy Sausage and Potato Bake

How to Make a Christmas Breakfast Casserole
Breakfast is such a special time of the day in our house on holidays and weekends.

Throughout the week, the mornings are rushed. Everyone grabs a bowl of cereal or microwaves themselves some oatmeal. If we’re really lucky, there might be a leftover muffin or two to devour. Weekday breakfasts are hurried, as we’re all getting ready for work and school. 

Weekends, however, are perfect for a hearty breakfast. Something hot and filling, full of protein and maybe some veggies, served to a table full of family dressed in pajamas. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? 

Of course, just because I like to serve a big breakfast on weekends and holidays, this doesn’t mean that I like to spend my entire morning cooking. No, weekends are my lazy time. 

Cheesy potatoes and spicy sausage make this easy breakfast casserole a family favorite!

Enter this simple sausage and potato breakfast casserole. With a short list of ingredients and minimal prep time, it’s the perfect option for a family breakfast. 

I keep this extra easy by using a well seasoned sausage. My family loves the “hot” breakfast sausage, but mild will work as well. You might consider trying the maple sausage as well, for a sweet and salty twist to this recipe. 

I also keep the prep work to a minimum by starting with a bag of frozen hash browns mixed with peppers and onions. Most brands call these potatoes O’Brien and they’re a great way to cut time in the kitchen. No need to chop your own veggies and dirty extra dishes here! 

Everything bakes up hot and bubbly, oozing with cheese and bursting with flavor, in a Good Cook AirPerfect 9×13 Baking Dish. This heavy-gauge nonstick pan is my favorite – it’s so versatile and goes from breakfast casserole to brownies in the blink of an eye. Not that you’ll be needing brownies anytime soon after munching on this filling breakfast! 

This is especially good on Christmas morning. At my house, the kids get lots of candy in their stockings, so serving something hearty and savory like this breakfast casserole is a must to keep them from having too much sugar first thing in the morning.

Cheesy potatoes and spicy sausage make this easy breakfast casserole a family favorite!

Cheesy Sausage & Potato Breakfast Casserole

Preparation 15 Cook Time 40 Serves 8     adjust servings

An easy, cheesy casserole loaded with potatoes, sausage, and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spicy breakfast sausage
  • 28 ounce bag frozen hash browns with peppers and onions
  • 1 cup grated colby jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown the sausage, crumbling it as it cooks, over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain the grease and add to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the potatoes and cheese to combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour over the potato mixture and stir to coat. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Add potato mixture to the pan and bake, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove cover from pan and continue baking for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions before serving.

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Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns

Small Batch Mini Orange
Craving orange rolls, but don’t have time to make them from scratch? Wish you could have homemade sweet rolls, but don’t want to make a whole batch? These simple Small Batch Orange Pecan Sticky Bun recipe is about to become your new favorite recipe hack!

I take my sticky buns very seriously. I make them often, as they are a highly requested recipe here at my house.

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

There are a lot of times when I only want or need to have one or two, and not a huge pan of sticky buns. Not to mention that it is a lot of time and effort for just a few bites.

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

Typically I make a rich egg dough and enough to feed a small army, but I’ve discovered a hack that I might like even better.

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

My trick for making Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns…frozen puff pastry!

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

Puff pastry works perfectly and takes about 1/100th of the time to make. I cut this recipe down to fit into a 12 cup Nonstick Mini Muffin Pan. It’s the perfect amount for an afternoon snack or served alongside your favorite cup of tea.

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

I even streamlined this recipe enough that you don’t need to make a separate glaze and filling. One mixtures does the job. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of each cup and use the remaining to spread over the puff pastry before you roll it. This recipe takes no time to get into the oven. Grab a Good Cook 12-Cup Mini Muffin Tin, then scroll below for the recipe. You’ll have a small batch of sweet rolls ready to come out of the oven in 45 minutes or less!

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns recipe

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns

Preparation 30 Cook Time 12

Small Batch Orange Pecan Mini Sticky Buns made with puff pastry and scented with orange and honey.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup butter, room temperature 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 sheet store­bought puff pastry, thawed

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, honey, salt, orange zest, and cinnamon. Place one teaspoon of butter mixture into bottom of mini muffin tin. Sprinkle a few pecan pieces on top. Roll out puff pastry on a floured board. Spread remaining butter mixture over the dough. Sprinkle remaining pecan pieces. Roll half of the dough up to the middle. Roll the second half to meet the first. Slice into 12 1­inch pieces. (You may have some scraps.) Place the rolled dough in the prepared muffin tins. Press gently into the butter mixture. Place muffin tin on a baking sheet lined with foil. (Just in case you some overflow.) Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Let sit in the pan for 3 minutes, then carefully turn out to cool.

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Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls

How to Make Eggs Baked in Bread Bowls

Feeding a family (especially a big one like mine ) is all about equal parts budget and simplicity. This idea for Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls is such a great meal idea that is both exciting for any crowd and also easy on the pocketbook. Ideal for brunch parties and holiday breakfasts, you’ve simply gotta try this scrumptious morning dish.

Watch this video I made that walks you through just how easy it is to bake up your own Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls.

Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls

Whether you’re looking for a simple idea for busy mornings, or need an elegant recipe for brunches, this easy recipe is great for all occasions. Though it’s best not to prep it ahead (since the bread can get overly gooey if raw eggs sit in uncooked rolls), you can slice the rolls the night before, so all you have to do when ready to eat is crack the egg in and bake. An entire batch fits nicely on the extra-large Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick Half-Sheet Cake Pan. Designed with a channeled surface, this baking sheet ensures even cooking. So bread bowls come out golden, with the eggs baked evenly the whole way through.

For added flavor, try lining your bread bowls with slices of ham, or sprinkle with bacon bits, chives or other fresh herbs. There are so many ways to enjoy these eggs!

Eggs Baked in Bread Bowls

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Serves 8     adjust servings

Turn breakfast into something truly special with this easy idea for baked eggs. Even the bowl is edible!

Ingredients

  • 8 large dinner rolls
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • freshly grated parmesan

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice off the top of each dinner roll. Scoop out the inside of the roll to form a bowl. Fill each bowl with one egg, a little cream, some fresh herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan on top and bake for 20-25 minutes until eggs are set and bread is toasted.

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