Sunday, December 15, 2019

Christmas Crack....

It's Christmastime!!  Hooray!  Now you HAVE to make Christmas Crack!!!!! (But just to be perfectly honest, we make this year 'round and always have requests for more, More, MORE!!!)

What exactly is it and why is it called that?  It's an easy version of toffee using saltine crackers.  And it's called that because it's SOOOOOOOO addictive!!!!  I doubt one little bite is going to cut it for you. You're going to want a couple of pieces at least!!!

Here's what you need....
-brown sugar
-saltine crackers
-chocolate chips

First thing you do is lay your saltine crackers on your cookie sheet.  Trust me when I tell you that laying parchment paper underneath is the easiest way to clean up!!

Next, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil.

Then you'll spread the butter/brown sugar mixture on the saltine crackers.

After that, it all goes in the oven. When time is up, it should look similar to this.

Immediately pour the entire bag of chocolate chips over the sugary, buttery crackers and let sit.

When times up you'll spread the now-melted chocolate chips all over the toffee.

Last, you'll put the pan in the fridge to cool completely. Then you'll break it into chunks of whatever size your family likes best.  Not pretty, but pretty is NOT what matters here. We want FLAVOR!!!

Christmas Crack

-1 sleeve saltine crackers (make sure it's regular and NOT unsalted!!!)
-2 sticks salted butter
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 (12 oz) package of your favorite brand semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  

First, on a parchment lined cookie sheet with sides, lay out all your saltine crackers.  Next, combine butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes and then pour over arranged crackers and make sure you spread it out to cover the crackers.  Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.  Remove and immediately pour entire bag of chocolate chips over the top.  Let sit 5-6 minutes until chips are very very soft and melted and then smooth them out.  Let this cool completely in your refrigerator (it's faster this way!!!) and then, when the chocolate is very firm, break into pieces.  

I am unable to tell you how long this will keep because it's never made it longer than 2 days without being eaten up! 

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies...

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are definitely a Christmas tradition around here.  I've been making these for eons! (just kidding... over a decade, but sometimes that can seem like eons!!!)  My family LOVES these! To me, they taste like brownies in a cookie form.  YUM!!!  The girls love helping out, too, which makes for even more fun.  

WARNING they get super messy with the powdered sugar.  Why is it that the messier things are, the better they taste????

After you've mixed together your dough and it's chilled at least an hour in the refrigerator, shape into 1 inch balls.  

Then roll each cookie dough ball into powdered sugar.  Yep, This is where things start to get messy.  

Place each ball onto a prepared cookie sheet.  You can use cooking spray or use parchment paper. 

Now they're all ready to bake!!  But see what I  mean about the mess?  All over the counter. Y'all should've seen the floor. Yikes!!! 

shared these years ago here on my blog, but wanted to be sure and share them again.  They're very easy to make, great for children to help, and always gets major thumbs up when you share them with others.  

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

3 eggs
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup PLUS 4 tablespoons cooking oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
Sifted powdered sugar

Stir all the ingredients together (except for powdered sugar) and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Shape into 1 inch balls and roll into powdered sugar. Place balls 1 inch apart on a prepared cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or till the edges are set and tops are crackled.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

To. Die. For. Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing...

Years ago I discovered Rachael Ray on Food Network.  I ADORED her show called 30 Minute Meals.  I learned so so much about food and how to cook from watching her. (Thank you, Rachael!!!!).  I was SHOCKED when I watched her make her own salad dressings!!  I know, I know.  That's ridiculous, I get it.  But for some reason, I never even thought about salad dressing coming from anywhere except in a bottle from the grocery store!!!  Since then, I've made many different types of salad dressings. It's so easy and inexpensive, too!  Plus, they always taste WAY better!!!

Today I want to share with y'all the BEST Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing.  I could eat this by the spoonful!!  No joke!!  It's that good!!!!  Don't believe me?  Give it a try!  And let me know what you think!!!  

Tonight we're having tacos for dinner and this dressing will go with just a simple side salad of lettuce and tomatoes.  However, it'll also be really, really good with Chicken Taco Salad!!

Here's what you need...

Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 T honey
juice of 1 lime
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 t cumin
1 t paprika
1 t Chipotle Chili Powder

Directions are simple.  Just measure everything out and mix together.  Be sure and taste it to make sure it has the level of salt you like.  

This is so sooo delicious!!  Mmmmm I can't wait for dinner tonight!!!


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