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2019 Top Recipes

2019 Top Recipes

I did an end of year round up last year and loved the experience. Looking back on the year is always fun for me. I really enjoy seeing which recipes were linked, pinned and shared the most. I’m so fortunate to have the support that […]

Easy Oreo Truffles

Easy Oreo Truffles

Alright so I am sure you guys have seen these Oreo truffles all over this time of year. I did a good bit of research before trying these out myself. When re-creating a popular recipe I always have to ask myself, what new can I […]

Candy Cane Pizza

Candy Cane Pizza

Talk about a fun and festive dinner! This is one adorable way to eat pizza and the novelty can’t be beat. Last Christmas (and Valentine’s Day) I made my own version of the popular candy cane danish, which sparked this idea. The process of cutting, stuffing and bending the croissant dough remains the same. Just instead of cream cheese and fruit filling you use pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. If your family is like mine and prefers different toppings you can create two little candy canes instead of one.
Ingredients:
1 can crescent dough croissants
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Garlic powder
Dried oregano


Optional:
mini pepperonis

Parchments paper

Method:
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Now first off, you want to build the candy cane structure on your parchment paper. This will make moving it to your baking sheet to cook a lot easier. Open up your croissant dough and separate all 8 of the triangles. Line the flat sides together with the triangle points to your left. Press together the flat parts of your croissants to connect them together into one long piece. Next using a sharp knife cut each triangle point in half, this will now give you 16 narrow triangle points. These triangles will end up crossing over the flat side of the croissant to make your candy cane stripes. Sprinkle your dough with garlic powder and dried oregano to season it. Next, spoon your pizza sauce evenly down the flat rectangular side of your dough. Then sprinkle your mozzarella cheese on top of your pizza sauce. Now comes the crossing over part I mentioned before. One at a time take each narrow triangle and pull it across the flat side with the filling. Then tuck any remaining dough along the right edge of your candy cane. If you wish to add mini pepperonis to your pizza now do so to all of the exposed pizza not covered by dough. Now comes the tricky part, curving your structure to look like a candy cane. Using a flat spatula lift the top of your structure (about 3-4 stripes down) and GENTLY curve it to the left. This dough is going to be flimsy, but it’s also really pliable so if it tears or comes apart you can just press it back together with your fingers. Once you get your desired candy cane shape, place your baking sheet next to the candy cane on your parchment paper. Gently pull the parchment paper by its ends and evenly pull it on top of the baking sheet. Lastly melt your butter and brush it onto all of the dough pieces showing including the edges. Sprinkle on more garlic powder and dried oregano and bake for 15 minutes or until a light golden brown. Cut and serve warm.
If you choose to make two small candy cane pizzas instead of one large one adjust your cooking time to 10 minutes.
A few tips I’ve gained from making a lot of these, first, work fast. Once the dough becomes room temperature it’ll be stickier and harder to work with. Second, if you struggle to curve your dough once it’s filled you can try building your structure from the start with the curve already there. This might make your triangles overlap a bit and make the crossing over portion a bit trickier. I suggest trying both ways to see which one gives you the shape you like better.
This pizza when cut makes the perfect little handheld pizza bites, perfect for little hands. It can be a little tedious to make but the flavor and fun make it well worth it!
Game Day Sandwich Bites

Game Day Sandwich Bites

Alright Mommy Spicers, you guys know by now that I love my crescent dough. It’s so versatile: pizzas, biscuit cups, rolls ups, monkey bread and now sandwich bites! I’ve long made croissant sandwiches or pigs in a blanket, especially on game days and they’re always […]

Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts

I got a lot of feedback from you guys when I posted my trial run of these a few weeks ago. I’m excited to report that I’m even happier with the results now that I’ve made them a few more times. These are easy!! Like […]

Mummy Sugar Cookies

Mummy Sugar Cookies

These adorable little Halloween cookies are both easy and quick. First up, if you want to take a BIG short cut, use a bag cookie mix, or store bought pre-made plain sugar cookies. However, I made sugar cookies from scratch and I’ll include that recipe below for anyone interested. Loyal followers know my love for edible eyeballs, so be sure to stock up on them this time of year. You can turn just about anything into a fun Halloween treat by adding some eyeballs!

Ingredients:

Sugar cookies, makes 3 dozen

1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cookie toppings:

Vanilla flavored candy quick or almond bark
Edible eyeballs, small size

Method:

Un-box your store bought cookies and lay out on parchment or wax paper to top. Or follow bag mix cookie instructions, cook and cool. Then lay out the cookies on parchment or wax paper to top.

For from scratch sugar cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer, cream together sugar, egg, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Once combined, slowly add your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt. Once your dough is combined, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop cookie dough in teaspoon size balls. Get a small drinking glass and a plate with a small amount of flour. Dip the bottom of the drinking glass into the flour, then press slightly into each cookie ball. Bake your cookies for 7-10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Set cookies aside to cool. Once cooled lay out the cookies on parchment or wax paper to top. Heat one cube of candy quick in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring between each one until melted and smooth. Using a metal spoon, drizzle candy quick over all of your cookies. Do this in a back and forth motion to look like mummy strings. Working quickly, place two small edible eyeballs on top of the cookie while the candy quick is still warm to adhere the eyeballs to the cookies. Let the cookies cool until the candy quick and eyeballs have set. Once done, place in air tight container and enjoy within a week.

I made these for my daughters classroom for a fun holiday treat. They’re all flavors kids are already familiar with while staying on theme for Halloween. Bonus for no food dyes if that’s a concern of yours with children’s food. Also if you’re already stocked up on candy quick and edible eyeballs be sure to make some mummy pretzels while you’re at it. It’s the same process as these cookies but requires NO cooking of any kind, so they’re actually even easier.

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Baking made easy, like unbelievably easy! These two ingredient muffins are a fall staple in our house and for good reason. They are so simple even the kids can make them! My favorite part about these muffins is how customizable they are. We love to […]

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn

Fall is here and it’s peak pumpkin spice season everywhere you go. I felt it’s now time for me to share my all time favorite pumpkin spice recipe with you. I talk sometimes about certain foods or recipes being labors of love and this popcorn […]

Cheesy Ranch Sauce

Cheesy Ranch Sauce

I’ve long believed a good sauce can fix just about any kitchen mistake. Chicken turn out a little dry? Over cooked the veggies a bit? Looking to mix up a pasta dish? Add a delicious sauce and save that meal! This easy, cheesy sauce comes together in under 15 minutes and can be used to top a dish or poured into a baking dish for a casserole.

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
1 Cup milk
1 Cup cheddar cheese
1 Garlic clove

Optional:
Fresh thyme or parsley

Method:

You start by making your roux, which is equal parts butter and flour. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a pot then whisk in your flour until combined, about a minute or two. This should end up looking thick or clumpy, light tan in color and a paste-like consistency. To that you sauté your minced garlic clove for 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant. Next slowly stir in your milk, whisking constantly. Dump in your ranch seasoning and turn your heat up to high, once your sauce starts to boil reduce to a low simmer and whisk occasionally for 10 minutes. Be sure your whisk is getting to the bottom on your pot and that nothing is sticking. Once your sauce is done, take off the heat, stir in your cheese until fully combined, add in fresh herbs and pour over your meal.

If you would like to go the casserole route with this sauce, you would pour your sauce into a glass baking dish. Stir in cooked pasta or rice, veggies and proteins of choice, top with more cheese then cover and bake 20-30 minutes. I prefer to double the sauce batch for casserole type dishes. Things such as casseroles or lasagnas baked in the oven tend to dry out easier and need more moisture. My favorite way to use this sauce is over fried chicken or pork chops. To keep this dinner really quick I use frozen chicken cooked in my air fryer, it’s done in the same time it takes to make this sauce! Dinner in under 20 minutes? Sign me up! This sauce sticks so beautifully to a good crispy skin. However, it is so yummy, feel free to pour it over the whole dinner plate, pasta, potatoes, veggies, whatever you’re eating this sauce will compliment it!

Everything Spice Egg Muffins

Everything Spice Egg Muffins

I love a good breakfast casserole for brunch or a special weekend breakfast. However, their prep and cook time will have you looking at over an hour before it’s ready to eat. I was looking for a way to make a savory breakfast that was […]