Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe

Cheesecake is a favorite dessert all year long. When it comes to the holidays you can add some season fun to the classic with this delicious Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe. It takes a creamy cheesecake recipe and adds in a bit of eggnog and nutmeg to give it that special “eggnoggy” twist. If you’re crunched for time and don’t want to make your own graham cracker crumbs (even though they are pretty easy to do) most grocery stores will also sell small graham cracker pie shells and you could use those.

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Ingredients

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

(Yield 9 mini cheesecakes)

1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs
2 tbsp melted Butter
12 oz softened Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Eggnog
1 tbsp Flour
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Crumbs

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Cups


Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Batter

Pre-heat oven to 350.
Place paper liners in 9 cups of muffin pan.
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and melted butter mixing well.
Divide between the lined cups, pressing gently to flatten.
Cream together the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
Add in the egg, eggnog, flour, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and vanilla and mix until blended.
Divide and spoon into the lined cups to about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes ot until centers are pretty set.
Allow to cool completely in pan.
Remove from pan and refrigerate for several hours.
Top with whipped cream and dust with nutmeg.

Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe

Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe with Splenda #SweetSwaps


Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

Most of us consume way too much sugar. I admit that I have a wicked sweet tooth! I usually need dessert after every meal. Did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day? That’s more than TRIPLE the recommended amount for women and more than DOUBLE the recommended amount for men. But another good thing to know is that almost anyplace you enjoy sugar you can enjoy SPLENDA® instead! It’s not just for your coffee and tea either. The SPLENDA® Brand has lots of products that are perfect for baking. Specifically there are:

  • SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
  • SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend

Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

I decided to make a classic favorite. a Chocolate Chip Blondies recipe, but using SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend to reduce the added sugar and calories. When cooking with SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend you just have to use half the amount. So, if your recipe calls for 1 cup of brown sugar, you use 1/2 cup of SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend instead. Here we go –

Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Splenda Blondies

Splenda Blondies Batter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix together butter, Splenda, eggs and vanilla just until blended. Add in dry mixture mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. (Mixture will be thick.) Spread in a 13×9 inch pan. Bake 18 minutes or until edges are starting to brown and a toothpick pierced in the center comes out clean. Let cool, cut into bars and serve.

Chocolate Chip Blondies with Splenda

Splenda Blondies Recipe

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Splenda Baking

Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe – A Delicious Party Food

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Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe
Some of the best recipes, including holiday party recipes, are inspired by memories. One of the many memorable trips I took with my family when I was young was to Avery Island, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco. We were in Louisiana to visit the New Orleans World Fair and my Mom said that since we were in the state of Louisiana we MUST visit the McIlhenny Company. I’m so glad she did because it was super fascinating to see what an in-depth process it is to make the sauce we all know and love. I vow to get back there again as an adult.

Tabasco Varieties

My mom, the Tabasco lover, is also the Queen of the Snack Mix. Everyone loves her creative snack mixes so much that each year at Christmas she has a list of people that she has to make it for – otherwise the holidays just aren’t the same! So, when I decided to make this Kicked Up Snack Mix, I of course turned to Mom to help me iron out the details of the recipe.

One thing I did know, was that I wanted to use Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce to give it some flavor. I have quickly become a fan of this sauce because while many hot sauces just make the food taste HOT and don’t give it much flavor (actually they can cover up the flavor), the Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce has a more subtle, versatile flavor that actually amps up the flavor of the food. And it doesn’t leave your mouth burning either! I found my Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce in a surprising place at Walmart – with the BBQ sauce.

Tabasco at Walmart

Sooooo… to make my mix, I chose some crispy ingredients with a South-of-the-Border flair – like corn chips and chicharrones (crispy pork skins). Keep reading to see what we came up with:

Kicked Up Snack Mix Ingredients

Kicked Up Snack Mix Recipe

3 Cups Toasted Rice Cereal
3 Cups Chicharrones, broken in bite size pieces
3 Cups Tortilla Chips, broken in bite size pieces
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp Tabasco Green Jalapeño Sauce
1 Packet Taco Seasoning

Break Tortilla Chips and Chicarrones

Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce

Kicked Up Snack MixingDirections:
Heat oven to 275 degrees.
Break tortilla chips and chicharrones into bite-size pieces. Place in a 9×14 pan along with Toasted Rice Cereal.
Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.
Add Tabasco Green Jalapeño sauce to butter and stir.
Pour butter/Tabasco mixture over dry mixture and stir.
Sprinkle taco seasoning over all and stir well.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove for oven and stir. Repeat twice. (For three 15 minute intervals total.)
Let cool and then serve.

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Eggnog Fudge Recipe – A Christmas Classic

Eggnog Fudge Recipe

Two classic Christmas treats are eggnog and fudge, so what could be better than combining them in this Eggnog Fudge Recipe? White chocolate chips and marshmallow creme gives it yummy smoothness while the eggnog and nutmeg make it taste like the holiday drink! Use this eggnog fudge recipe to make a wonderful holiday gift by cutting it into pieces and packing into into a pretty Christmas tin or adding it to a Christmas treat tray.

Eggnog Fudge Ingredients

Eggnog Fudge Recipe

1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Eggnog
2 cup Sugar
12 oz White Chocolate Chips
7 oz Marshmallow Creme
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
2 tsp Vanilla

Eggnog Fudge Process

Eggnog Fudge Mixing

Line a 8×8 pan with foil, then butter foil.
Combine butter, eggnog and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Cook until temperature reaches 234. (Check with a candy thermometer.)
Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate until completely melted and incorporated.
Stir in Marshmallow creme, vanilla and nutmeg until smooth.
Spread into prepared pan.
Dust top with a little more nutmeg.
Allow to cool before removing from pan and cutting.

Eggnog Fudge Recipe

Sugar Cookie North Pole Cupcakes Recipe

North Pole Sugar Cookie Cupcake Recipe

Ho! Ho! Ho! You can celebrate Santa’s home with this super cute Sugar Cookie North Pole Cupcakes Recipe. The delicious sugar cookie cupcake is topped with easy-to-make homemade vanilla frosting. Then comes the fun part – decorating!! You can use the Wilton Christmas North Pole Decorating Kit OR use our thrifty option. The Wilton kit decorates 12 cupcakes, brownies or mini cakes and includes 12 peppermint sticks, 12 North Pole stickers and white sugar. But, you can do the whole thing yourself for much less since we are giving you the printable North Pole signs for free! Print through the link below.

North Pole Sugar Cookie Cupcake Ingredients

Sugar Cookie North Pole Cupcakes Recipe

(Yield about 24 cupcakes)
3 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup softened Butter
2 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
16 oz Sour Cream

1 cup softened Butter
3 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
4 cup Powdered Sugar

Wilton North Pole Kit OR
12 Peppermint Sticks
1/4 cup White Sparkling Sugar
Printed Labels

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Preheat oven to 350.
Line muffin pan with paper liners
Cream butter and sugar in mixer until fluffy.
Beat in vanilla and eggs one at a time.
Add baking powder, salt and flour gradually until mixed.
Add in sour cream and beat until blended.
Fill cups to nearly full.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely.
Cream butter in a medium bowl
Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.
Transfer to piping bag or zippered bag and clip corner to pipe.
Frost cupcakes.
Sprinkle with sparkling sugar, inset peppermint sticks and attach labels.

North Pole Sugar Cookie Cupcake in Pan

Holiday Trail Mix Recipe – Great Gift in a Jar!

Holiday Trail Mix

During the holiday season we have all kinds of yummy cookies, candies and other food gifts floating around for basically the whole month of December (and the weeks after too!) Many of those goodies are sweet treats on the unhealthy side (which of course is perfectly fine to celebrate in moderation!) – BUT, if you are looking for a treat that is a little more healthy, this Holiday Trail Mix Recipe is just the thing. The colors of this mix tie in perfectly with the colors of the season for a very festive Christmas Trail Mix.  To give the trail mix as a gift, you can pack it in a Mason jar. Then just tie a ribbon around the jar lid and you’re good to go!

For extra decoration for your jars, you can print out these free Happy Holidays Labels and attach to the top of your jar. You can either print them out on round labels, or print on regular paper, cut out and affix to the lid with glue.

Holiday Trail Mix Recipe

1 cup yogurt covered raisins
3/4 cup whole almonds
3/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
Optional: If you want some chocolate in the mix, you can add 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Mix all ingredients and serve or pack in Mason jar decorated with the labels below (click image to get to print page) or cellophane bags to give as a gift.

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Pepperoni Breakfast Cups Recipe with Hormel Pepperoni

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Easy Pepperoni Breakfast Cups Recipe

I think we all like a nice, hot breakfast on a cold winter day, but we don’t like the muss and fuss that goes with preparing one, especially so early in the morning! So, while I was trying to come up with some Pepperoni recipe ideas, I decided to make a savory, hot breakfast that is also super easy to make. Even if your eyes are still a bit blurry with sleep, you’ll be able to pull this one off.

This Pepperoni Breakfast Cups recipe with Hormel Pepperoni is made in muffin tins and an easy way to make breakfast for a crowd. Two cups is a good amount for breakfast for most (maybe one for a kid or 3 for a big eater), so you can feed about 6 with each muffin pan. Pop two pans in the oven and you can feed a dozen people in no time! Here’s how:
Pepperoni Breakfast Cups Recipe Ingredients with Hormel Pepperoni

Pepperoni Breakfast Cups Recipe

1 package of Hormel Pepperoni (You don’t need the whole package for the recipe, but it is inevitable that you and those around you will be snacking on it while making this recipe!)
12 slices white bread
1 dozen eggs
1/3 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
Dried oregano for garnish

Remove Crusts from Bread

Pepperoni Breakfast Cups Recipe Process

Pepperoni Breakfast Cup Recipe Preparation

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
Remove crusts from bread.
Place one slice of bread in each muffin cup, pressing down.
Put a slice (or two) of pepperoni in the bottom of each cup. Sprinkle with a bit of cheese.
One by one, crack eggs and add one to each cup.
Place a slice of pepperoni on top of each egg and sprinkle with a bit more cheese.
Shake oregano on to top of cups.
Bake 20 minutes or until eggs are set.

Pepperoni Breakfast Cups with Hormel Pepperoni


Pepperoni Breakfast Cups with Hormel Pepperoni

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A Trio of Asian Dipping Sauce Recipes For Your Next Party

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Trio of Asian Dipping Sauce Recipes

When I was a kid I refused to eat Asian food of any kind. And by kid, I mean all the way through high school. It didn’t matter if it was authentic Asian food or a very americanized version – I just wouldn’t eat it. Then college rolled around and I was looking for a summer job. I wanted to give waitressing a try and guess where I ended up working – a Chinese restaurant!! At the end of each shift we could eat and/or bring home anything that was left on the buffet. So, here was all this FREE food…what was I to do? Try it of course!

Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls

The very first thing I tried was an egg roll. And guess what – I loved it!! For several weeks it was the only thing I was willing to try (besides white rice) and I ate a lot of egg rolls. To this day I still love them! Whether it’s at a Chinese restaurant, at home for dinner or lunch, or to serve at a party – egg rolls always fit the bill. They make a super fun and festive party food when sliced and served on a party platter with fun sauces for dipping. Earlier this week I headed to Walmart to pick up Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls. Then I headed home to whip up some of my favorite restaurant-inspired sauces to go with them. Tai Pei does include sauce packets with each box (and it’s GOOD sauce), but I like to have some extra options.

Tai Pei at Walmarat

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Sweet & Sour Sauce (I have been making this recipe forever!)

2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Whisk all together in a small sauce pan. Heat until boiling point and stir constantly until thickened. It will thicken further once removed from heat. (This makes quite a bit of sauce, but it can be stored in the fridge.)



Mustard Dipping Sauce

Mustard Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup ground mustard
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 tsp water
1 tsp sugar

Mix all ingredients together and let set 20-30 minutes before serving.





Savory Asian Dipping Sauce


Savory Asian Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sesame oil

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Optional: Top with sliced green onions for garnish.




Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls Preparation

While I was preparing the sauces, I popped the Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls in the oven to cook. I love how easy it is – just put on a tray, stick in the oven and voila! That makes them perfect for a party because you don’t have to be fussing around in the kitchen rather than attending to your guests. (And of course all of the sauces can be made well ahead of the party!)

Tai Pei Spring Rolls and Egg Rolls


I loved how crispy and flavorful the Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls turned out. The fresh cut veggies really stand out and taste amazing. Plus they are so pretty and colorful that they look amazing cut open and displayed on a serving platter. Perfect party food!

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Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

As long as I can remember, candy barks have been a big part of the holiday season. I remember Almond Bark being a yearly classic when I was a kid, but I was never a big fan of it. Now I love Almond Bark, but I love all the other variations of bark recipes even more. You can really make an almost endless amount of flavor combinations in this sweet treat. We have an extra delicious and also pretty version today with this Oreo Peppermint Bark recipe. It’s so good! It is also perfect for Valentine’s Day with the pretty red and white topping. BUT, it is so yummy you may end up making it all year round.

Oreo Peppermint Bark Ingredients

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

20 Starlight Mints or 10 small Candy Canes
12 Oreos
8 oz Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Candy Coating
8 oz White Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Candy Coating/Almond Bark

Oreo Cookie Peppermint Bark


Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Process Oreos in food processor until crushed into larger pieces.
Melt chocolate chips by microwaving 45 seconds and stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
Pour onto prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
Distribute crushed Oreos over the chocolate.
Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set up.
Process mints in food processor until crushed.
Melt white chocolate chips by microwaving 45 seconds and stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
Pour onto cooled chocolate and Oreos and smooth to cover.
Distribute pepermint over the white chocolate layer.
Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set up.
Break into pieces before serving.

Oreo Peppermint Bark Process

Help Canada Dry Support the Military Warrior Project + a Berry Ginger Soda Recipe

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This Thanksgiving season it’s time to step back and be thankful for what we have and think about how we can help others who may be in need. This year 7-UP and Canada Dry are making it easy for us to help the Military Warrior Support Foundation.

To lend your support, just share on social media what you’re thankful for using the hashtag #Thanksgiveitup. During November, Dr Pepper Snapple Group will donate $1.00 (up to $25,000) for every hashtag to Military Warrior Support Foundation though the Project Rebuild Campaign. Project Rebuild helps award combat wounded heroes mortgage-free homes.

Ginger Berry Soda

Once you have done your part by sending a tweet, enjoy this yummy drink I created using Canada Dry TEN. (The recipe will also taste great with 7-UP or regular Canada Dry.) You can also make a great twist for Thanksgiving celebrations by using frozen cranberries instead of the frozen mixed berries.

Berry Ginger Soda Recipe

2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp sugar
Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale

Mix the sugar with the frozen berries in a small bowl. Microwave until starting to soften. Place berry mixture in blender and pulse until a puree forms with a few large chunks of berry remaining. To serve, put ice cubes in a glass. Add a big scoop of berry puree. Fill glass with Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale, stir and serve!



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