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...
Corn and collard greens salsa

Corn and collard greens salsa

Corn and collard greens salsa, a unique take on a classic condiment! Salsa is just one of those condiments I can’t get enough of! Going out to my favorite local restaurant, I could just eat chips and salsa and I’d be one happy camper. But, traditional salsa can get a little boring sometimes. So, why not mix it up yourself at home?! This easy corn salsa recipe is made with the simplest ingredients but it packs a huge flavor punch! Corn. Collard Greens. Jalapeno. Red Onion. Lemon Juice. EVOO. and a touch of salt… that’s it! This recipe for corn salsa is super simple and super delicious. I personally recommend either grilling or roasting your corn first to give the salsa a nice smokey flavor, but it really isn’t necessary. If you want, you can boil your ears of corn until cooked but not overly done. You want the corn to still have a nice, crisp texture. 10 minutes max in boiling water, then take them out and let them cool completely. Or, if you are roasting them, you can do so under the broiler. Make sure to keep an eye on it, and rotate it every so often so it gets golden brown on all sides. Or, you can do what I did. I put a grilling pan on my stove top. Heated it up under medium heat and grilled it that way! You need to cut the corn off the cob first, so make sure it is nice and cool to the touch. Then, you just mix it with your chopped onion, jalapeno, collard greens and other...
Whole Wheat Tortilla

Whole Wheat Tortilla

Let’s do this! Today you’re going to make homemade whole wheat flour tortillas and you will love it! It’s simple, anybody can do it! It’s so much better than anything you’ve ever bought at the store. I make this 3 or 4 times a month, because we really love tacos at my house. This is the best whole wheat tortilla recipe I’ve ever made, and I have experimented with quite a few. It’s 5 simple ingredients and about 1 hour of your day between making the dough, resting it, rolling and cooking, which isn’t bad at all. Even faster if you have a tortilla press. You can find some really cheap ones on amazon, around 12 dollars! A bargain! I usually roll mine out by hand. I like the rustic look and shape, it screams homemade. About the flour, this recipe I bring to you today calls for 100% whole wheat, but you can sub any or all of the flour for all-purpose. I do like to combine both sometimes because it gives the tortilla a nice color. But you do you, my friend. Use whatever flour suits you. It will be delicious, regardless! These tortillas will keep for a few days in the fridge, well covered in plastic. If we have any leftovers, I like to cut them into triangles and bake them or even fry them, if I’m feeling particularly naughty with my calorie consumption. But that’s once in a blue moon, they are really delicious simply baked. Cut them into triangles, mix them with a splash of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic...
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

You guys, I love chicken! I think it gets a bad rap because it doesn’t have a ton of flavor, but I think that’s one of its best qualities! You can season this high protein and rather inexpensive meat any way you like it! I’ll admit, it did take me a while to learn how to cook chicken without drying it out but since then I’ve never looked back! What are some of your favorite chicken recipes?   For my birthday a few years ago, my sweet husband got me a cookbook that is based off of one of my favorite book series. It’s called the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader and is so much fun to read through! The Mitford series is amazing too and they always cook up delicious meals in every book and I always imagine myself getting to try the savory treats!   The books are about a little town called Mitford and it focuses on Father Tim who is the local priest. The series is all about living in a small town and the interactions with all the different people. I felt I could relate to the characters super well. The book makes you want to pack up and go live in the quaint little community. Just thinking about it makes me want to go reread the series! Seriously, you’ve got to go read it! Back to this recipe, it may not be fried but it sure is delicious and super simple! The smell coming from the crockpot is amazing and both my husband and I love eating chicken this way. The honey garlic...
Pork Taco Recipe

Pork Taco Recipe

The first time I made these tacos, I got the idea from a friend that was trying to come up with a recipe himself for Tacos Al Pastor for the restaurant where he works. He is mexican and uses an authentic method. I was looking for something simpler. I wanted an easy pork tacos recipe for my son’s birthday party. I needed something simple because I was cooking all the food by myself and I already had so much going on. I had a salad bar with homemade croutons and dressings (of course, 4 different types of dressings). I had a taco bar, with three different types of taco meats and all the fixings, beans, salsas and sauces. (I also love mango tacos.) I also had a hot bar with homemade croissants, eggplant lasagna, homemade mini pizzas and mini tartlets, prosciutto and asparagus appetizers with homemade puff pastry (yes, you get it, I like to make things from scratch). Plus the dessert bar, brazilian fudge balls (brigadeiros) in 4 different flavors, mini key lime pies, pecan pies, strawberry and custard filled cupcakes and of course, the cake! So you get the point, I was swamped with a lot of cooking to do. I came up with this slow cooker pork tacos recipe because it’s just so easy to just turn it on and go about your business, come back a few hours later and the food is ready! Plus, the slow cooker is the best for cooking shredded pork, in my humble opinion. I use a few elements of the Tacos Al Pastor recipe here. The pineapple, the orange...

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