Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars, speculoos cookie crust and creamy cinnamon cheesecake topped with a cinnamon crumble! This Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars recipe is hands down one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. To me, nothing beats cheesecake but then add a kick butt crust using biscoff cookies and an addictive cinnamon crumble topping and I’m sold! Your friends and family will think you spent hours cooking up these cheesecake bars, but lucky for you, this recipe is SUPER simple. Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars Recipe Directions: In a food processor, place your speculoos cookies, turn them into crumbs and then pulse with melted butter. Press this into the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan and set aside. Make the creamy cheesecake filling by wiping out the food processor, no need to clean it thoroughly, and add your cheesecake ingredients which include cream cheese, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, sour cream, and sugar! Pulse to combine and pour on top of the crust. Now, the fun part- making the crumble! In a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut up butter into very small cubes, or do it the easy way like me and grate the butter right into the bowl. Toss to combine so the butter is coated in the flour mixture. Taking your hands, press, and roll the butter through your fingers to mix with the flour mixture. You’re done when the crumble looks like sand with a few larger pieces mixed in. Pour everything on top of the cheesecake, yes, all of it! Trust me. Bake at 350 for 36 minutes until cheesecake is very slightly jiggly in...
Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Creamy garlic mashed potatoes made the easy way- no boil, in the crockpot!     There is nothing I love more than creamy garlic mashed potatoes as a side dish. They are so comforting and they go with so many main dishes! But, during the holidays we get so hectic we just don’t have time to watch yet another pot on the stove. No worries, I got you covered with this slow cooker garlic mashed potato recipe! What I really love about slow cooker recipes is you can just throw everything in the pot and the hard part is over. That’s the same with this recipe, the hardest part is peeling the potatoes beforehand.     What potatoes can I use? For this recipe, I used russet potatoes. I just peeled them, cut them into a large dice and threw them in the pot. You can also use a tender skin potato like red potatoes and leave the skin on, it’s really up to you. Keep in mind though that russet potatoes mash up super fluffy and other varieties can get a little gummy. Easy Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes Directions: If using russet potatoes, peel them and cut them into a large dice. Throw them into a slow cooker with stock, minced garlic, herbs, and salt. I recommend cooking them on low for 6-7 hours but if you need them faster, on high for 3-4 hours will do. Keep in mind, the potatoes might get browned around the edges on the high setting. When the potatoes are tender, add butter, sour cream, half and half, and seasonings. Mash until...
Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce ready in less than 15 minutes and literally bursting with flavor! Easy homemade cranberry sauce is a staple this time of year! This recipe is unique because I added some unexpected flavors like honeycrisp apple, cinnamon, and rosemary! It might seem hard, but homemade cranberry sauce is super easy! All you do is chop the apple, then throw everything in a pot and let it simmer, that’s it!     I love having cranberry sauce year round. It is especially yummy on turkey sandwiches, wow! My all-time favorite sandwich is cajun turkey breast, the best cranberry sauce, and smoked gouda cheese all on a toasted multigrain roll. BEST LUNCH EVER!     If you search for cranberry sauce recipes for Thanksgiving you will find a plethora of options. But, I have never seen one with rosemary in it! It gives a nice earthiness to the sauce that I haven’t had before. It really adds a special touch!   Easy Cranberry Sauce Directions: Small dice one Honeycrisp apple. Place apple, cranberries, orange rind, water, sugar and a pinch of salt in a large saucepot over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon stick and rosemary, stir to combine. Raise heat to medium and cook until half of the liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir constantly. Discard rosemary, cinnamon stick, and orange rind. Let cool, serve!   See? You can’t get much easier than that!   Alternatives and Add-Ons: I really love the apple in this recipe, if you do too, add an extra apple and now you have apple cranberry sauce, score! If...
Swiss Chard Salad with Feta

Swiss Chard Salad with Feta

This Swiss Chard Salad with Lentil and Feta is so delicious and easy you will want to make it over and over again! A lentil salad, a swiss chard salad- whatever you want to call it, it is scrumptious! A few weekends ago I made this for my husband and myself. Let me tell you- it was a winner! My husband loves swiss chard and so when I made a whole salad out of it- consider it eaten. I love to experiment with fresh veggies and try new tastes and this salad satisfied both of those for me. Make it as a side for dinner or just eat it as the meal! It has protein and lots of vitamins, a win win if you ask me. During the summer I was so excited to have a garden and try planting lots of new things. Included in those new things was romaine lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. I weeded a nice size area in our back yard, which included getting rid of some overgrown bushes, made neat little rows, and put the seeds in the soil. I watered every day to keep the soil moist and give the seeds the best chance to grow. Well, nothing happened after several weeks, so I chalked it up to a good (albeit somewhat frustrating) experience and planned on buying produce from the store like the majority of people. Well, wouldn’t you know it, after TWO months of not watering the little garden patch and a hearty rain (probably the last of the season here in NM) little sprouts came up. They aren’t in...
Avocado Salsa Dip Recipe

Avocado Salsa Dip Recipe

Avocado Salsa Dip Recipe, for those times when you just can’t decide between guacamole or salsa! This easy avocado salsa will soon be your new favorite dip. With flavors of classic salsa and chunky avocado, you can’t go wrong. I’m obsessed with Mexican food. I mean… who isn’t? It is just so flavorful and fun to eat! Yes, fun! You get your chips, your salsa, sometimes you can build your own tacos and you can make it spicy or not, the possibilities are endless! When I working in one of my restaurants there was this Mexican place right down the street from us. We used to go there after our shift to wind down and of course, to stuff our faces! They had this guacamole cart that they would use to come to your table and make it table-side for you. I loved this because you could then customize it however you wanted. But, what I liked more about their authentic guacamole recipe was that they left it super chunky with lots of avocado. I would always add a lot of tomatoes to it too because that’s just how I like my guac. I randomly thought about that little spot a few weeks ago and I wanted to try and recreate that recipe at home. I ended up coming up with this version instead because to me, the chunkier the better! So it’s not really guacamole, it’s more of an avocado salsa and I’m good with that! This recipe includes Roma tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, salt, and lime. That’s it. Some alternatives are using parsley if you don’t like cilantro...

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