Recipe: Chocolate Chip Hint ‘o’ Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Hint ‘o’ Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Chip Hint ‘o’ Peanut Butter Cookies

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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Hint ‘o’ Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Sheri McDonald
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: Makes 3 dozen
A delicious chocolate chip cookie with just a hint of peanut butter.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix butter, peanut butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beat with hand mixer until well mixed.
  4. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir well.
  6. Add chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Drop teaspoons of cookie dough onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes.
 These cookies are so soft and delicious that they immediately became our “go-to” cookie recipe. Let me know if you try them!
Candy Recipe Revisited: Chocolate Truffles

Candy Recipe Revisited: Chocolate Truffles

This is my first attempt at making truffles. They tasted great, but my dipping skills definitely could use some improving.

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Candy Recipe: Chocolate Truffles

Recipe Type: Candy
Author: Sheri McDonald
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
These chocolate truffles are a delicious sweet treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix the icing sugar and butter until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  3. Place the milk chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Microwave in 15 second intervals until you can stir it into a smooth chocolate mixture. Add the chocolate to the icing sugar bowl and mix until smooth.
  4. Add peppermint extract if you choose.
  5. Place parchment paper in a 9×9 cake pan and spread the mixture on top of the parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from the freezer and cut into squares/rectangles of your desired size.
  7. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and shortening to a microwave safe bowl and heat in the same manner as the milk chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  8. Using forks, dips the truffles in the melted chocolate to cover, and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it.
  9. Refrigerate when finished. Should be hardened in approximately 10 minutes.
  10. Once hardened, trim the excess chocolate.
  11. Keep refrigerated.
 I may need more practice at dipping, but the flavour is spot on! Now if I can just learn to make my own mint smoothies…

 

Thanksgiving Recipe: Revisited Stuffing

Thanksgiving Recipe: Revisited Stuffing

My husband came up with this sweet and savoury stuffing a couple of years ago and it was a hit.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  2. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/4 cup hard butter
  5. 2/3 cup chopped cranberries
  6. 1/2 grated apple
  7. 5 cups bread squares
  8. 1 tbsp brown sugar
  9. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  11. 1/8 tsp allspice
  12. 1/8 tsp cayenne
  13. 1/2 tsp salt
  14. 1/8 tsp pepper
  15. 1 tbsp apple juice
  16. 2 tbsp melted butter

Instructions:

Saute onion, celery and garlic in butter in a large frying pan until the onion is soft. Remove from heat.

Add ingredients 5 through 14 and mix well. Add enough apple juice until the stuffing is moist and holds together when squeezed. Stuff your turkey loosely.

He did a good job! The stuffing looked nice and tasted good, although a little different than any I have had before. Eric wasn’t crazy about the apple flavour in his stuffing, but I didn’t mind at all. I will definitely let him make it again!

Revisited: Thanksgiving Layered Salad

Revisited: Thanksgiving Layered Salad

I am making a layered salad for us to enjoy with our Thanksgiving dinner and thought this is a perfect time to share this recipe with you again!

I shared my layered salad recipe once before, but I have tweaked the recipe a bit since then so I decided it was time to share it again. Previously I used fewer hard boiled eggs and less cheese, and my family has made it clear that they would like more of both of those things in their salad. I also said that the salad needs to sit overnight, and I no longer do that. This is my husband’s favourite salad and he wanted it one day so I made it and we ate it without letting it sit overnight…and we all liked it even more!

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Layered Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Sheri McDonald
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
This layered salad is perfect for holiday dinners.
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 package bacon
  • 2.5 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2.5 cups mayonnaise
  • 25 ml sugar
  • 2-3 green onions
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
Instructions
  1. Allow the frozen peas to thaw in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cook bacon crisp and then crumble or cut into bite size pieces. Allow to cool.
  3. Mix mayonnaise and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Chop the green onions as garnish.
  5. Layer the following:
  6. Half of the iceberg lettuce, followed by a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  7. Sliced hard boiled eggs; followed by a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  8. Peas
  9. Half of the iceberg lettuce, followed by a sprinkling of salt and pepper
  10. Bacon
  11. Grated cheddar cheese.
  12. Mayo and sugar mixture, spread evenly over salad.
  13. Top with chopped green onion and paprika.

As you will see, I did not have any green onions when I made the recipe this time, so I garnished with chives and paprika. This salad is so well received in my family. I love that it gets more greens into my children!

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Making Ordinary Extraordinary {giveaway}

Making Ordinary Extraordinary {giveaway}

When you have a house full of children, you can be sure that someone is going to complain about what you make for supper. They complain that we always have the same things and that we never make anything “good”. Then they request macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches and seem surprised when we won’t serve those dishes every day!

There is a way to transform everyday meals into extraordinary dinners. It works for both children and adults. Just add cheese to your dish and it becomes an instant hit!

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Meatloaf is one of my “go to” meals. I can make it in a hurry and it feeds the entire family. It isn’t always appreciated by everyone though, but this new recipe was a definite hit. No wonder it’s called “Favourite Meatloaf”.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Kraft Calorie-Wise Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 ½ lbs. extra lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup, divided
  • 1 pkg Stove Top Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for Chicken
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup shredded Cracker Barrel Light Old Cheddar Cheese*

Kraft MeatloafDirections:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook onions in dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 8 to 10 min. or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  3. Mix meat, onions, 1/4 cup ketchup, stuffing mix, water and egg whites. Shape into 10×5-inch loaf in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with remaining ketchup.
  4. Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until done (160°F). Top with cheese; bake 2 min. or until melted.

*I substituted Cracker Barrel Extra Old Cheddar Cheese because my grocery store was sold out of the Cracker Barrel Light Old Cheddar.

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The first thing my daughter said about this meal was “I like the cheese on top of the meatloaf”. I don’t know why I didn’t start adding cheese to it years ago, but I will be doing it regularly from here on out.

You can find this recipe and other Kraft Heinz recipes at www.CheeseTheDay.ca. You may be surprised at how many ways you can add cheese to your recipes!

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Candied Yams Revisited

Thanksgiving Recipe: Candied Yams Revisited

I’m re-sharing one of my most popular recipes, Candied Yams. The pictures aren’t outstanding, but the dish truly is.
It is one of my favourite dishes at Thanksgiving. Sometime it is referred to as Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 a bag of mini marshmallows

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Instructions:

Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes. Boil your sweet potatoes until they are soft.

Add the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar to the yams, and mash them until smooth. Put the mashed mixture into a casserole dish.

Cover the sweet potatoes with the mini marshmallows and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the marshmallows are browned.

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