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Asparagus Caprese Flatbread

Asparagus Caprese Flatbread a quick

Welcome the flavors of spring with this twist on a summer-friendly dish! Simple flatbread rounds are topped with parmesan, asparagus, garlic, and tomatoes, then baked until melty. As soon as they come out of the oven, a second layer of bright tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and basil is tossed on top. Absolutely delicious, this Asparagus Caprese Flatbread is quick enough for a simple spring dinner, makes a perfect spring appetizer, and is a lovely addition to Easter party tables.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Add Protein. Top with sliced chicken sausage or grilled chicken to make this a heartier dinner.
  • Skewer It.For a fun twist, skewer asparagus in a row, grill and top with cheese and tomatoes. No flatbread needed for this gluten-free version!
  • Go Big. Instead of mini flatbreads, top a full-sized pizza crust for a family-sized meal. Perfect for Meatless Mondays!

Asparagus Caprese Flatbread

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Spring Vegetarian Dinner: Asparagus Caprese Flatbread

Asparagus Caprese Flatbread

Preparation 10 Cook Time 15 Serves 4     adjust servings

Fresh ripe veggies make this the perfect summertime appetizer or meal. Layers of parmesan and mozzarella cover the crispy tenderness of asparagus and tomatoes. Then the flavors of garlic and basil make this delicious dish pop!

Ingredients

  • Makes 4
  • 4 mini flatbread rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan
  • 1 bunch asparagus, florets cut into 2” pieces, ends discarded
  • 1 1/2 cup baby tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella, halved
  • Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place flatbread rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic, parmesan, asparagus, and half the baby tomatoes. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately top with remaining tomatoes, mozzarella halves, and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with basil, salt, and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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7 Snacks Kids Love More Than Cookies

7 Snacks Kids Love More Than Cookies

Keep the lid on the cookie jar! Give your kids a sweet treat with hidden health benefits instead. It’s tempting to treat snack time like dessert, but kids really do need proper nutrients to fuel up and keep going all day long. We’ve rounded up 7 totally yummy and healthy snacks that your kids will actually like more than cookies – seriously! Dress up plain fruit, sneak in extra protein, or toss in some chocolate to transform healthy snacks into irresistible treats!  

7 Healthy Recipes That Kids Actually Like More Than Cookies

A twist on the classic Australian fairy toast, these Apple Fairy Bites are ready for serious snacking! Choose your spread of choice, festive sprinkles, and apple wedges to create a fun and delicious afterschool snack. Use the Good Cook Touch Apple Wedger to make the job super easy!

Use the Sweet Creations Popsicle Maker to whip up these yummy frozen treats in less than 3 hours. A bag of frozen fruit, sweet cream, and some natural sugar are all you need for fast and delicious Freezer Pops.

7 Healthy Recipes That Kids Actually Like More Than Cookies

Shhh! Don’t tell the kids the secret ingredient in these delicious blondies! Protein from almond butter and chickpeas will keep your kids going for hours, but they’ll be fooled by the decadent taste of these scrumptious Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies. Bake up your blondies in this Good Cook Rectangular Ceramic Dish for foolproof results.

Pass on the cookies for these handy little Granola Cups.  Yogurt, fresh berries, and granola give these crunchy goodies nutrition for the long haul. Use Good Cook’s Air Perfect 24 cup Mini Muffin Pan to shape and bake your granola cups to perfection.

A super healthy version of a cookie, these Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Energy Bites are little balls of deliciousness. Stuffed with nutritious ingredients, little ones will fall in love with this convenient snack.

Toss 7 good-for-you ingredients into the blender for these super yummy Cookie Dough Bars.  With no added sugar, these sweet treats are perfect for toting around town.

These superfood-packed Chocolate Snaps are positively delicious and so easy to make. If your kids love chocolate, they’ll beg for these snappy little treats!

7 Healthy Recipes That Kids Actually Like More Than Cookies

A drizzle of hot fudge, crunchy granola, and some festive sprinkles dress up plain slices of apple. Irresistibly good, these ingenious Peanut Butter Granola Apple Party Bites will have your kids coming back for more. The Good Cook Touch Apple Wedger makes snack prep a breeze!

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Pink Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Pink Cake Mix Cookies- made tangy and sweet with the addition of strawberry jello. Such a fun treat, perfect for birthday parties!

Pretty and pink, these festive strawberry cookies are ready to party! Boxed cake mix is our favorite way to get soft, chewy cookies the easy way, and we gladly took a shortcut to get this delicious dessert on the table. We think you’ll love these strawberry-flavored cookies as much as we do!

We’ve got two ways to whip up these yummy treats depending on your taste for strawberry. Want a big dose of flavor? A package of strawberry gelatin delivers strong strawberry notes, and makes your taste buds utterly happy. If you’re a little strawberry-shy, skip the strawberry gelatin and use strawberry cake mix- it’s got a lighter pink color and less intense strawberry flavor, but is just as tasty! These cookies bake up beautifully on the Good Cook AirPerfect Nonstick 13 x 9″ Quarter-Sheet Cake Pan.

Pink Cake Mix Cookies- made tangy and sweet with the addition of strawberry jello. Such a fun treat, perfect for birthday parties!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Strawberries ‘n Cream Add in 1 cup white chocolate chips and leave off the sprinkles
  • Lemony Delight Swap out the strawberry gelatin for lemon gelatin and sprinkle with white jimmies
  • Cherry Vanilla Swap out the strawberry gelatin for cherry flavor and add in 1 cup white chocolate chips

Pink Cake Mix Cookies- made tangy and sweet with the addition of strawberry jello. Such a fun treat, perfect for birthday parties!

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Pink Cake Mix Cookies- made tangy and sweet with the addition of strawberry jello. Such a fun treat, perfect for birthday parties!

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Pink Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

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Pink Cake Mix Cookies- made tangy and sweet with the addition of strawberry jello. Such a fun treat, perfect for birthday parties!

Ingredients

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Oven-Baked Pizza Soup

If you’ve ever craved French Onion Soup, then you’re going to love this fun soup, which takes all the flavors of pizza, melts a chunk of mozzarella up top, and serves up all sorts of goodness in a single bowl.

This recipe is perfect when served in the Good Cook 18 ounce Ceramic Soup Mug, which holds up beautifully to the hot soup and oven baking, not to mention it looks divine when served on the table, making this already delicious meal positively irresistible.

Pizza Soup

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Make it Meatless. Add veggies, instead of pepperoni, for a plant-based soup.
  • Meatsa Pizza. Or add in cooked, crumbled sausage, diced ham and/or ground beef for the carnivore in your life. 
  • Upgrade with Fresh Herbs. Stir in chopped basil for a simple, bright kick of fresh flavor.

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Pizza Soup

Preparation 20 Cook Time 25 Serves 2     adjust servings

Is it a pizza? Is it soup? This aromatic, soothing sensation demonstrates a spectacular collision of flavors….smoky, sizzling pepperoni greatness packs a punch with the wholesome goodness of toasted bread. The steamy broth and melted mozzarella are like the icing on the cake for this dynamic duo!

Ingredients

  • 4 baguette slices, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Fireroasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella (sliced or grated)
  • 12 slices pepperoni

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the top rack on the second shelf of the oven. Place baguette slices directly on the rack in the oven and cook until crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven. Set aside. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, then add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, chili pepper flakes, salt and sugar. Heat until steaming. Spoon into two Good Cook stoneware mugs. Heat oven to broil. Place two baguette slices in the center of each mug of soup. Sprinkle cheese on top of croutons, then top with pepperoni. Place mugs on a baking sheet, then place on the second rack from the top. Cook until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

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Pineapple Upside Down Pudding Cupcakes

Pineapple UpsideDown Pudding Cakes

Take the classic Pineapple Upsidedown cake, add a packet of coconut pudding, then pop it into muffin tins and you’ve got this gorgeously simple recipe homemade without any muss or fuss! The cupcakes are cooked in a rich, brown sugar caramel sauce, with the cake texture rich and sweet–a perfect pudding cake. And, you’ll never know it all starts with a box mix!

Pineapple UpsideDown Pudding Cakes

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

    • Banana Upsidedown Cake. Instead of pineapples, place thin slices of bananas in the bottom of your muffin tin. 
    • Cherry Pie Cake. Swap out the pineapple for a scoop of cherry pie filling. So tasty!
    • Cinnamon Pecan Cake. Add cinnamon to the batter, fill cups with pecans and a drizzle of caramel ice cream sauce, instead of pineapple. 

Pineapple UpsideDown Pudding Cakes

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Pineapple Upsidedown Cake
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Pineapple Upsidedown Pudding Cakes

Pineapple Upsidedown Pudding Cupcakes

Preparation 15 Cook Time 25

Ingredients

  • • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • • 1/2 cup melted butter + 8 TBSP butter
  • • 4 eggs
  • • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • • 1 package instant pudding powder mix, coconut cream flavor
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • • 1 cup brown sugar
  • • 8 pineapple rings
  • • 8 maraschino cherries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer or large bowl, mix together the yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 4 eggs, buttermilk, instant pudding mix, cinnamon, and almond extract. Mix until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Spray muffin tins generously with nonstick baking spray (the sort with flour added), then place a tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar into the bottom of each of the prepared muffin cups. Gently place a marachino cherry into the center of the muffin cup, then place a pineapple ring on top of the cherry. Spoon batter on top of the pineapple slices, filling each cup with batter while leaving about 1/4" space at the top of each muffin cup. Bake in preheated oven for 21-26 minutes, or until the tops of each cupcake spring back when touched lightly. Remove cupcakes and cool for about 3-5 minutes, then immediately dump them onto a cooling rack, transfer to plates, serve and enjoy!

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Triple Berry Muffins

Bakery Style Triple Berry Muffins with Homemade Streusel

Bakery style streusel muffins, absolutely brimming with berries? We’ve got the best recipe ever. And it took us 3 batches to perfect. So you’ll be glad to know that this recipe isn’t just a good one. It’s been tried, tested, tested, tested and given the thumbs up after several attempts.

When it comes to baking up those oversized bakery muffins (the ones you’ll pay up to $5 for in the store!) it’s hard to find a batter that bakes up light and buttery, holds together well once cooled, all without being overly cakey and dense. So that was our mission when we hit the kitchen for this one. Make the perfect, just-the-the-bakery muffin. Not too thick. Just the right sweetness. Tender and tasty. 

The first batch was too heavy. The second batch was too oily. But (and now this is starting to sound strangely like Goldilocks here, isn’t it?) the third batch was just right. So, grab your batter bowls and whip this one up. 

These giant muffins are a meal unto themselves. Perfect for breakfast on the go, or Sunday brunch with friends. Pair ’em with bacon and mimosas, or enjoy them on their own. No matter how you bite into them, we think you’ll agree, these bakery-style muffins are truly the berry best.

Bakery Style Triple Berry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Go Chocolate. Swap out the berries for chocolate chips. Stir in 1 cup of mini chips, or oversized chips, for an extra-sweet option.
  • Go Mango. Add in 1 diced mango and 1/2 cup shredded coconut (instead of berries) for a tropical twist.
  • Keep it Simple. Don’t want to stir in all three types of berries? Just one will do. Add blueberries only, or raspberries or blackberries. And keep this muffin recipe sweet and simple.

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Triple Berry Muffins

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Bakery Style Triple Berry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Triple Berry Muffin

Preparation 15 Cook Time 25

Bakery-style streusel topped muffins full of three kinds of fresh berries. Absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat together the btuter, eggs, and sugar until fluffy. Add the flour, vanilla, baking soda and beat until well mixed. Add milk and lemon zest, beating until batter is smooth. Fold in raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Spoon into a well-greased or cupcake paper-lined Good Cook 6-Cup Texas Muffin Pan. In a small bowl, use a fork to mix together the streusel mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of each muffin. Bake in preheated oven for 23-27 minutes

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5-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

 

5-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

If you’ve never made a flourless chocolate cake, put this recipe on your must-try-tonight list! With just 3 ingredients required for the cake, berries and powdered sugar, you’ll have a decadent, rich chocolate came coming out of the oven just 60 minutes from now. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, National Chocolate Day or any day when you’re craving a cake, we love this recipe and think you will, too!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Peanut Butter Cake. Swap in peanut butter chips for chocolate. Top with berries and jam for a tasty PB&Jam dessert!
  • Swap the Toppin’s. Any fruit will do here. Add your favorite. Or go for a whole rainbow!
  • Hot Chocolate Cake. Instead of powdered sugar, top with a drizzle of hot fudge and serve warm with ice cream.

5-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake | Made with butter, chocolate chips and eggs. A delicious treat for Valentines day!

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5-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake | Made with butter, chocolate chips and eggs. A delicious treat for Valentines day!

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5-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake

Preparation 10 Cook Time 50 Serves 8     adjust servings

Quick and simple, this delicious cake is decadent, soft and gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) bag semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh berries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • nonstick baking spray (flour added)

Instructions

Melt chocolate chips and butter together. Stir until smooth. Whisk or beat in eggs until mixture is smooth. Line a 9" AirPerfect Round Cake Pan with parchment paper, then spray very generously with nonstick baking spray. Pour batter in pan. Bake at 325ºF for 50-55 minutes, or until the center of the cake sets. Allow to cool before inverting on a serving platter. Top with fresh berries and powdered sugar.

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Chocolate Cupcake Cake

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake Cake (Hostess Copycat)

If you loved those classic, cream-filled chocolate cupcakes as a kid, this Valentines Day treat is just for you! A grown-up sized 3D cake, stuffed with fresh whipped cream, topped with a rich chocolate ganache icing, and piped with that same swirl you remember from childhood. Sound tricky? You’ll be splendidly surprised. With the Sweet Creations 3D Valentine Heart-Shaped Pan, a cake mix and a few basic ingredients, this sweet treat is easy to whip up.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Vanilla Cupcake. Use Vanilla mix instead of chocolate, decorate with rainbow sprinkles, instead of a swirl. E
  • Strawberry Cake. Go pink for your sweetheart! A strawberry cake mix, instead of chocolate tastes great here. Don’t forget a pink swirl!
  • Dark Chocolate. Have a dark chocolate lover in your life? Use a dark chocolate cake mix, and use very dark chocolate chips for the frosting. 

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake Cake (Hostess Copycat)

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Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake Cake (Hostess Copycat)

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Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake Cake (Hostess Copycat)

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcake Cake (Hostess Copycat)

Preparation 20 Cook Time 40 Serves 8     adjust servings

Rich chocolate cake, stuffed with cream and topped with a creamy ganache. Perfect for Valentines day!

Ingredients

  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4-1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup vanilla frosting, slightly melted
  • nonstick baking spray

Instructions

Heat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together cake, eggs, butter and water. Mix well. Pour into a Sweet Creations 3D Heart Shaped Pan, which has been generously sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or just until the center of the cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove and cool completely. Whip cream with powdered sugar. With a sharp knife, gently cut around the center of the cake, about 2" from the edges. Slice the top piece carefully, to create a flat, heart-shaped piece which can be replaces on top of the cake once the center is hollowed out. Hollow out the center of the cake with a spoon, fill with cream. Replace top heart-shaped portion, but discard any center crumbs which were hollowed out. Gently place your hand on the top of the cake, holding the replaced piece in place. Invert and place cake on serving plate. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of butter together. Stir until smooth. If a softer, creamier icing is preferred, add remaining butter, microwave until melted, stir until smooth. Frost cake with melted chocolate. Spoon vanilla icing into an Oodletips icing bag. Snip tip and pipe a swirl around the outer edge of the cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Stuffed Beignets

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Stuffed Biscuit Beignets

Does your family celebrate Mardi Gras? Here in the Good Cook kitchen, we’re split. For some of us, it’s the biggest party of the year. For others, not so much. But there is one thing we can all agree on: beignets are the best.

And these beignets? Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed biscuits, deep fried until golden, topped with mounds and mounds of powdered sugar (just like a good beignet should be), may be one of the best recipes to ever come out of our kitchen.

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Try it With Nutella. The Chocolate PB here can be swapped for any nut butter. Nutella is a great option, too.
  • Stuff ’em With Cookie Butter. If you’re a huge fan of cookie butter, swap it in for the PB here and enjoy! For extra sweetness, stir mini chocolate chips in and you’ll have a cookie-dough style center.
  • Stir in PB Cups. Can’t get enough of the peanut butter and chocolate combo? Stir chopped peanut butter cups into the chocolate peanut butter mix before stuffing your beignets. Candy explosion! 

Chocolate PB Stuffed Beignets

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Chocolate PB Stuffed Beignets

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Chocolate PB Stuffed Beignets

Chocolate PB Stuffed Beignets

Preparation 5 Cook Time 10

Celebrate the beignets with this irresistible twist! Chocolate peanut butter stuffed biscuits, fried until golden then topped with powdered sugar? We'll take 8, please!

Ingredients

  • 1(8-count) can refrigerated flaky biscuits
  • 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter
  • 1-2 cups coconut oil, for frying
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Open biscuits. Peel individual biscuits in half, fill with chocolate peanut butter. Press the edges together, to "stuff" the biscuit full of peanut butter. Cut into a perfect round with a Good Cook biscuit cutter. Heat coconut oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry biscuits until golden on both sides. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with powdered sugar. Enjoy while warm!

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