oreo pops

Ingredients: 

1 package of Double Stuf Oreo Cookies

2- 16-ounce bags Giannos Melting Chocolate Wafers ( more or less depending on the amount you are making)

Lollipop of cookie sticks

Assorted Sprinkles

Tips we found useful:  Try using skewer sticks in place of cookie sticks, they are thinner and slide into filling much easier.  You can cut the ends of the skewer sticks to shorten. Also, try Mega Stuf Oreos in place of Double Stuf.

 
oreo pop ingredients

Directions:

Line cookie sheets with wax paper.  Place a handful of Oreos on a plate and put them into the microwave for 10 seconds on defrost.   This will soften up the crème filling in the center so the stick slides into the cookie easily.  This is a TIP  we read from Pinterest to avoid the Oreos from cracking.  Although this does make it easier, you have to be extremely careful as we felt the cookies still cracked easily.   In a chocolate melting pot place one bag of melting chocolate wafers into the pot to melt, stirring frequently.  Then slowly add in more if needed.  Spoon melted chocolate over cookie to coat.  We found that by spooning the chocolate over cookie instead of dipping, prevented the cookie from falling off the stick.  Let any remaining chocolate drip off the cookie, then transfer to lined cookie sheet and add sprinkles.  Leave cookie pops on the baking sheet until the chocolate hardens. 

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oreo pops

Display as a cute centerpiece for your table following a few simple steps.

oreo pops tray for display We glued two 12 X 4 X 2-inch Durafoam pieces together, then cut corners to fit oval-shaped platter.

easter grass

Using Clear Gel Tacky craft glue, we glued on Easter grass.

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With small treats bags and colorful twist ties, we wrapped each cookie.  This is perfect if giving as party favors!

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Stick cookie pops into the foam.

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We then placed sweet tart jelly beans and pink chick marshmallow peeps on top of our grass for an adorable display!

 

oreo pops

Halloween, birthdays, the Fourth of July! Any excuse for a party is reason enough for s sweet treat. Although we made our pops for Easter, Oreo Pops can be decorated to complement any season, event or holiday. Plus, wrapped in cellophane or treat bags and tied with a ribbon, they work perfectly as party favors. Now, let’s talk about how we tricked out these plain pops. First, we inserted the cookie sticks carefully (see tip above to avoid cracking) into our Double Stuf Oreos filling. Next, we melted Giannos chocolate wafers in our melting pot and dipped our pops to coat. Finally, we added the big ta-da by covering our pops in brightly colored sprinkles. All that’s missing is a big glass of milk to go with this heaven on a stick snack! Seriously, we can’t think of an indulgent treat better than this…. except, maybe deep fried Oreos!

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Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup Ingredients

Mexican Tortilla Soup Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 large onion, finely chopped
2 gloves of garlic pressed
1- 28 ounce can of plum tomatoes peeled
1 -32 ounce jumbo size chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
3 jalapeno peppers

Directions:

Place a stockpot over medium heat and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Saute onions and garlic in the olive oil, then add in your chicken broth.  In a blender, place your plum tomatoes, chili powder, and jalapeno peppers and blend on high until pureed.  Transfer the mixture into your stockpot with chicken broth and simmer for approximatley 30 minutes.  Ladle the hot soup into bowls and top with shredded cheese (use a blend of taco or mexican cheeses like cheddar and monterey jack).  You may also garnish with tortilla chips or strips, cilantro, diced avocado or lime wedge. 

Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup

Our version of Mexican Tortilla Soup is an authentic and traditional style soup that you can whip up in no time flat!  It’s a delicious soup, full of flavor and a little kick!  You can customize this soup by putting your own personal twist on it.  Mixing and matching ingredients like chicken, corn, black beans, etc., will only enhance this mexican favorite. Or, enjoy as is!  The tomato-base broth is already so tasty, it’s enough to fill you up.  Either way, it’s the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold winter day. You can also determine the amount of spice by adding less, or more, of the jalapeno peppers. Of course, we like to bring on the heat! With plenty of options for garnish, we like to say “Spice Up Your Night” because “It’s Mexican Night! 

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Recipe Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa:

(Recipe obtained from the Today Show: Justin Chapple 12/29/16)

Ingredients:

1 pounds semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 quarts whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Frozen Whipped Cream:

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation:

For the slow-cooker hot chocolate:

Combine all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker and mix well. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs, top with frozen whipped cream dollops and serve.

For the frozen whipped cream:

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the heavy cream with sugar and vanilla at medium-high speed until smooth and thick. Decoratively dollop the whipped cream on a foil-lined baking sheet and freeze until firm about 2 hours.  Using a small offset spatula, transfer the dollops onto mugs of hot chocolate and serve.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day  Instead of champagne and strawberries, or red wine and chocolate this Valentine’s Day, how about trying this?! A slow-cooking,  delicious hot cocoa to warm up your loved one’s heart. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the day with your sweetheart.  We actually made this recipe for our New Year’s Eve bash and thought it would be the perfect drink to share on this chilly February holiday. All you need is a crock pot and a few simple ingredients to transform a typical cup of hot cocoa into a not-so-ordinary cup of hot chocolatey goodness.   We even added the recipe for frozen whipped cream, a homemade alternative to Reddi-Wip Original Dairy Whipped Topping.  While our cocoa was cooking, we set up a fun cocoa bar filled with our leftover candy canes, marshmallows, cinnamon and chili spices (for a Mexican concoction).  Of course, we had to make this an adult version of hot cocoa and add Pinnacle Whipped Vodka for spiking!  It’s Valentine’s Day and what a way to spice things up for your sweetie! 

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Cauliflower PIzza Bites

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Cauliflower PIzza Bites

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

(recipe obtained from delish)

Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp. garlic powder
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup marinara (we used pizza sauce)
1/4 cup mini pepperoni

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grate cauliflower on the small side of a box grater to form fine crumbs.  Transfer to a large bowl. Add eggs, 1/3 mozzarella, parmesan, 2 tablespoons basil, and garlic powder and season with salt and pepper.  Form into small patties (they will be moist-to-wet) and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake until golden, 20 minutes.  Top each cauliflower patty with a thin layer of marinara (or pizza sauce), remaining mozzarella, and mini pepperoni. Bake until cheese melts and pepperoni crisps, 5 to 7 minutes more.  Garnish with remaining basil and serve.

Cauliflower PIzza Bites

Cauliflower PIzza Bites

Enjoy these delicious cauliflower pizza bites without the guilt!  The biggest obstacle when it comes to watching our waistlines is to continue to eat the foods we love while cutting some of the calories.  Who knew that a head of cauliflower sitting in the fridge would serve as the perfect crust for our mini pizza bites?  With just a few ingredients and a cheese grater, we whipped up these nifty little snacks. Call them a healthy, low carb and lighter alternative to pizza bites.  Using a low-fat cheese, turkey pepperoni or sausage, and veggies such as green or red peppers, top your own creation that is healthy and recreates your personal favorite pie!   These yummy little bites are packed with flavor and can serve as the perfect party appetizer too!

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pizzelles

pizzelles

Recipe & Ingredients:

6 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
pinch of salt
3 1/2 -4 cups of all purpose flour
Anise Oil (start with 1/2 teaspoon, add to to taste)

Directions:

Preheat pizzelle iron and spray with some cooking oil.  In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs then add sugar, oil, and anise oil. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Drop batter (one tablespoonful) onto hot pizzelle iron. Close and clamp the lid to cook for 30 seconds.

Pizzelles should be a nice, light-medium, golden brown. Remove with spatula from iron and cool on wire rack or baking towels. Store in an airtight container. Remaining batter can be refrigerated to be used at a later time.

pizzelles

pizzelles

pizzelles

As long as we can remember, Italian Pizzelle Cookies have been a part of our Italian-American subculture. This old family, traditional Italian cookie was part of every festive holiday, weddings, baptisms, and family celebrations.  Today, we are keeping that family tradition going by baking the pizzelles, and passing our family recipe down to the next generation. As young children, we remember waking up to the wonderful scent of anise (which smells similar to licorice), wafting through the house and couldn’t wait to gobble up our favorite cookies with a glass of milk.  The cookies are light and crisp, and easy to make with a pizzelle iron (yet have a tendency to test our patience, haha!).  The best part is you can customize the flavor of the cookie by adding as little or as much of the anise oil as you like.  You can also substitute the anise oil for other flavors such as vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, orange, or chocolate.  Some prefer adding jam on top of the cookie, or even a little powdered sugar.  Lauren’s grandma added anise seeds to hers, which will also give it that signature anise flavor.  They taste as delicious as they look!

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