Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe easy Christmas candy treat dessert

Dark chocolate peppermint bark is one of the easiest Christmas treats to make. Share with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. Homemade gifts are always the best, right? An incredibly simple traditional treat made in minutes. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Crush the candy canes in a plastic zip-top bag, set aside. Prepare a sheet pan with a wax paper liner, leaving enough paper on the edges to lift the bark after it’s set. Microwave the dark chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of canola oil, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Add the peppermint extract, stir to combine and pour out onto the wax paper.  Spread with a spatula to your desired thickness,...

Morning Buns

puff pastry morning buns orange cinnamon easy recipe

Morning buns the easy way! I had never heard of Tartine’s Morning Buns but all the pics on Pinterest peaked my interest. So I decided to give them a try. I admit this recipe intimidated me and I put it off for a long time. They are easier than you think and simply irresistible. But if you’ve never made them they are a MUST TRY!  Crispy outer layers, soft buttery inner layers of pastry dough stuffed with a cinnamon orange filling. This Morning Buns recipe is made ahead and refrigerated overnight so it’s great for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, or any morning. Morning Buns Recipe This method from America’s Test Kitchen makes...

Holiday Menu

Simple Succulent Roast Turkey (Dry Brine) - You will never use another method again! Dry brining will give you a phenomenally moist, tender, deep flavor filled turkey.

Our favorite holiday menu. Breakfast, appetizers, cocktails, dinner, and desserts! All listed here for your holiday menu planning and shopping. Holiday Menu Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole Cranberry Orange Muffins Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins Slow Cooker Apple Cider Cider Ginger Beer Sangria Savory Parmesan Rosemary Shortbread Spinach Artichoke Cups Simple Succulent Dry Brined Roast Turkey Southern Cornbread Dressing Green Bean Casserole From Scratch Easy Creamy Carrot Souffle Horseradish Sour Cream Roasted Asparagus Homemade Cranberry Sauce Soft and Fluffy One Hour Dinner Rolls Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Filling Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake Every recipe you will need to make your holiday menu a hit with your...

Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Pie

gingersnap crust pumpkin pie scratch made easy Thanksgiving Christmas recipe

Gingersnap crust pumpkin pie, you say?! Yes, this pie is completely made from scratch. From the gingersnap cookies used in the crust to the pumpkin filling. I’ve always made Libby’s canned pumpkin recipe but this year I decided to try to go all scratch made. This pie is chock full of classic Thanksgiving dessert flavors.  A thick, rich, creamy, indulgent treat for your holiday dessert table. Gingersnap Crust Pumpkin Pie Recipe In a food processor crush the gingersnap cookies. Mix with the butter and press firmly into the pie plate. Bake 5 minutes. Bake the pumpkin until tender, about 1 hour. Cool and scoop the pulp from the pumpkin, place...

Crispy Gingersnap Cookies

gingersnap cookie recipe crispy crunchy spicy easy

Crispy gingersnap cookies are the only way we like them in our house. In my opinion, gingersnaps are supposed to be crispy, crunchy and full of fabulous spices. These gingersnaps are the perfect crispy, crunchy, spicy cookie. Bursting with ginger, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Yes, black pepper! The pepper adds just a touch of extra spiciness. Crispy Gingersnap Cookies Whisk the flour and spices together in a small bowl.  In a large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses, then add the flour-spice mixture. Blend until it forms a moist pea size texture. Pour the dough out onto a...

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry orange muffins are simply the best.  A sweet buttery muffin filled with tart, juicy cranberries, orange zest, and an orange glaze. Fall is not just for pumpkin flavor. Although I’m a huge fan of pumpkin these muffins are wonderful. I just switched out the flavor profile of our blueberry muffin recipe, which we think is the most amazing muffin. Cranberry Orange Muffins This cranberry orange muffin recipe makes 12 large muffins. I like to use jumbo muffin liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, whisk the sugar and eggs until thick and pale. Slowly whisk in the butter and oil until...

Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

sausage hash browns eggs cheese breakfast casserole easy

Sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole is the easiest way to feed a crowd. It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and you can make it the night before and refrigerate until the next morning. Sausage, hashbrowns, eggs, and cheese are all your favorite breakfast foods baked in one dish. Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole Cook the sausage and bells peppers. When almost cooked through toss in the green onions. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk, ground mustard, salt, and pepper.  Add the hash browns, cooked sausage mixture, cheese, and mix to combine. Pour into the casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. This is when you...

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch - A holiday classic made fresh. No canned beans or soups required. Creamy and full of traditional flavors!

Green bean casserole from scratch is a holiday classic made fresh. No canned beans or soups required. Fresh green beans give it a much more lively pop of fresh vegetable flavor. The mushroom sauce/soup from scratch lets you control the salt and herb additions. It’s fairly quick and easy to make. Creamy, delicious and full of traditional flavors! Green Bean Casserole From Scratch Cook the green beans in salted water for 5-7 minutes. Remove to an ice bath, cool and drain. Blanching for a minute or two doesn’t cook them long enough for our taste. If you prefer them still crunchy then, by all means, just blanch about 2 minutes. Saute...

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

top with toasted pecans drizzle with the caramel topping

Easy pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling will be a show stopper during Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Simple to make using a spice cake mix with a spiced cream cheese and whipped cream filling. I call this a filling and not a frosting because it’s not the typical cream cheese frosting. It’s lightly sweet with a touch of pumpkin spice. Topped with nutty toasted pecans and drizzled with caramel. Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Filling Mix the spice cake mix with the pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Bake in 2 round 9″ cake pans. Remove and let cool completely before frosting. Beat the cream cheese until...

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce - Smooth, creamy, jellied homemade cranberry sauce. Super easy recipe with only 5 ingredients!

Homemade cranberry sauce is easier to make than you think.  Plus it tastes one million times better than the canned jellied cranberry sauce from the supermarket. You can make it chunky or smooth and creamy. I will also show you how to make it in the shape of a can to fool those skeptics that think they ONLY like canned. This is the best homemade cranberry sauce, it never disappoints. I’ve been making it for years since I realized you can make it at home and how easy it is to do. Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Place the cranberries, sugars, and water in a medium saucepan. Over a medium-high heat...