Strawberry Pinch Cookies Recipe

Strawberry pinch cookies recipe

I love fun and festive cookie recipes! Especially this time of the year! I’m always on the lookout for great cookie recipes to add to my Christmas cookie tray, or to share at a holiday cookie swap! This strawberry pinch cookies recipe definitely fits the bill!

Strawberry pinch cookies recipe

 

Strawberry Pinch Cookies
 
A fun and festive holiday cookie recipe idea.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2½ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Strawberry Jam or Preserves
  • Powdered Sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together cream cheese, butter and sugar until fluffy and blended.
  4. Gradually beat in flour until crumbly dough forms.
  5. Form into a ball and transfer to floured work surface.
  6. Roll out to about ⅛" thickness.
  7. Cut into 2" squares.
  8. Place about ⅓ teasponn of jam in middle of each square.
  9. Pull up two diagonal corners or each square and pinch together in the middle.
  10. Tranfer to prepared sheet leaving about an inch in between each.
  11. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
  12. Leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar.

These cookies are super easy to make just roll out the dough and top with strawberry jam! Strawberry pinch cookies recipe- roll out the dough and top with strawberry preserves Then just pinch and bake! Strawberry Pinch Cookie Recipe - Once you add the strawberry preserves just pinch and bake! These cookies would also be great for a school party, or to give to a neighbor, the post man, your barber, grandma and grandpa, or your hair dresser for a fun and easy edible gift idea. You could give them by themselves or as part of a larger cookie tray.

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

If you’re looking for a fun and festive appetizer idea that’s easy to make for your holiday parties this year, check out this basil cream cheese bruschetta appetizer recipe. The best part is it only takes a couple minutes under the broiler when your guests arrive to have a hot and delicious appetizer your guests will really enjoy.

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

Basil Cream Cheese Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 12 slices French bread, cut ½ inch thick
  • ½ cup roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon black olives, diced
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon basil, minced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese until soft and smooth.
  3. Add in the minced basil and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the cream cheese onto the slices of bread and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Broil for 3 or 4 minutes until the edges of the bread begin to crisp.
  6. Remove and top with tomatoes, chives and olives. Serve immediately.

Serve these basil cream cheese bruschetta appetizers to your party guests this holiday season. They’d also be fun for a football party, or even a New Year’s eve celebration!

Fun Thanksgiving Treat: How To Make Turkey Pretzels

How to make Turkey Pretzels

If you’re looking for a fun Thanksgiving treat idea for the kids this year, check out these super easy turkey pretzels. They would also make a wonderful display on your Thanksgiving dessert buffet table! The kids will have a ball helping  you make and eat these turkey treats!

How to make Turkey Pretzels

Fun Thanksgiving Treat: Turkey Pretzels
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Pretzel Rods
  • 12 Grasshoper Cookies (or other chocolate covered cookies)
  • 24 Candy Eyes
  • 84 Candy Corns
  • 12 Orange Reese's Pieces
  • ½ cup Chocolate Melting Chips or Bark
  • ⅛ cup red Candy Melting Chips
Instructions
  1. Lay cookies out on wax paper leaving room for pretzel rods to lay on top of each cookie without touching each other.
  2. Using a spoon drizzle a little chocolate around on cookie to glue candy corn in place.
  3. Heat Chocolate Chips in tall glass or cup by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Dip pretzel ⅔ way in melted chocolate and roll to coat completely. Shake off excess.
  5. Lay on wax paper on top of cookie as shown in picture.
  6. Place candy corn in fan shape on cookie around pretzel rod.
  7. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.
  8. Using a spoon place a little chocolate to "glue in place eyes and Reese's Piece on end for beak.
  9. Place Red Candy Chips in corner of zippered sandwich bag and microwave for 45 seconds. Knead to make sure it is smooth and melted.
  10. Clip corner of bag and pipe a waddle under the beak of each turkey.
  11. Immediately place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set candy mix.

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This pic shows you the steps to create your pretzel turkey! Get the kids to help and make an assembly line!

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups Recipe

Strawberry cookie cups

I can’t believe summer is almost here! In our area strawberry season is coming up fast! I love fresh strawberries, and we always buy plenty this time of year! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy strawberry recipes. Especially recipes I can for a backyard bbq or party.  These Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups definitely fit that description! They’re super easy to make and fun for a backyard party because you can serve them up on a tray and just let your guests help themselves, no silverware required!

Strawberry cookie cups

The ingredients for these cookie cups are super easy!

Strawberry cookie cups ingredients

 

Just shape and bake the cookie cups in a mini muffin pan.

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Puree some of the strawberries for a drizzle, and start assembling the cups! So quick and easy! You can check out the full recipe for strawberry shortcake cookie cups below! Let us know if you give them a try! We’d love to hear what you think.

Strawberry cookie cups how to

 

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cups
 
Ingredients
  • Refrigerated Sugar cookie Dough
  • Reddi Wip Whipped Cream
  • Fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350`F.
  2. Wash and remove stems from the strawberries.
  3. Spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
  4. Form the cookie dough into 1" balls. Press each ball into the openings in the muffin pan and press down in the middle to form a cup shape.
  5. Bake the cookies in the mini muffin pan for 12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  6. Allow the cookie cups to cool for 10 minutes in the pan then carefully remove them from pan.
  7. Take a few strawberries and puree them to make a drizzle.
  8. Place a strawberry or piece of a strawberry in each cup.
  9. Fill cup with Whipped Cream.
  10. Top with a strawberry slice and drizzle of strawberry puree.

Easter Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe With Spring M&Ms

Peanut butter Easter cookie recipe with MMs

My family loves classic peanut butter cookies, so I thought I’d share a fun Easter twist on one of our family favorites by adding some of the fun spring pastel Easter M&Ms. I’m sure these will be a big hit at our Easter brunch this weekend!

Peanut butter Easter cookie recipe with MMs

Easter Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe With Spring M&Ms
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 cup Spring Pastel M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients, in a medium bowl, then set the mixture aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture until well combined.
  5. Add the sifted dry ingredients again mix until well combined.
  6. Pinch off and roll a tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball.
  7. Place the balls 2-inches apart on the baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle roll in the sugar.
  9. Dip a fork into some flour and use the backside to flatten the dough balls in a criss-cross pattern.
  10. Put a few M&Ms into the top of each cookie.
  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let set for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack

 

These peanut butter cookies are super easy to make and M&M’s are always a hit with kids and adults!

 

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Do you have a favorite Easter cookie recipe?

7 Great Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Baked Easter Ham Recipe

Can you believe Easter is only in a few days? This year is flying by! If you’re like I am, and working on your last minute Easter dinner recipes I have some ideas to share with you. Maria Zoitas, creator of “Maria’s Homemade” line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, has created a wonderful collection of Easter dinner recipe ideas. These recipes are perfect for Easter or any special occasion!

Baked Easter Ham Recipe

Honey Glazed Ham Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Dry Red Wine
  • ½ Cup Pineapple Juice
  • ½ Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 ~ 6 Lb. Cooked Ham

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl (large enough to hold the ham), combine brown sugar, honey, red wine, pineapple juice and minced garlic.
  2. Place ham in the marinade, turn to coat well, and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight, turning the ham every few hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  4. Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan, reserving marinade for basting.
  5. Bake ham, basting frequently with the reserved marinade until an instant-read thermometer registers 140˚F.
  6. Allow the ham to sit for 15 minutes before carving.

Leg of Lamb Recipe

Roasted Leg of Lamb Recipe

Yields 8 – 10 Servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Semi Boneless Leg of Lamb (6-7lbs.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Chopped Rosemary Leaves
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Roll of Butcher Twine

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Preheat oven at 400⁰F.
  2. Open side of the meat and season with 1 tbsp. of minced garlic, 1 tbsp. of kosher salt, 1 tsp. of ground black pepper, and kindly close up the two sides of the meat and tie it with a butcher twine.
  3. Season the outside of the meat with 1 tbsp. of minced garlic, 1 tbsp. of kosher salt, 1 tsp. of ground black pepper, the olive oil and rosemary.
  4. Place the meat into a 16 X 11 X 4 roasting pan, add the 2 cups of water and place into a wire rack.
  5. Roast the seasoned leg of lamb in the preheated oven for 1.5 hours or until the meat has reached an internal temperature of 140⁰F.

Cream Spinach Recipe

Creamed Spinach Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 lbs. Frozen Spinach Chopped Thawed and Squeezed Dry
  • 5 Cups Light Cream
  • 7 Garlic Cloves, Peeled, and Minced
  • ½ Stick of Butter
  • ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp. Minced Garlic

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine cream, garlic, and bring to a light simmer. Cook for 5 minutes or until garlic is tender
  2. In medium oven, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add flour; stir until smooth.
  3. Add hot cream mixture to flour and butter mixture and stir with a whisk until smooth.
  4. Add spinach to mixture and cook for 5 minutes or until sauce is thick and bubbly.
  5. Add cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  6. Stir until all ingredients are combined and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes and then serve.

Pearl Onions Recipe

 

Braised Pearl Onions Recipe

(Yields 6 – 8 servings)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Lbs. Frozen Pearl Onions
  • 1 Quart Beef Broth
  • 1 Cup Porto Wine
  • 1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • ¼ Tsp. Black Pepper
  • ½ Stick Salted Butter

DIRECTIONS

  1.  In a two quarts pot, bring beef broth to a simmer and add all ingredients except for the chopped parsley. Cook for about 40 minutes at medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped parsley and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the stove and serve as a side dish with a nice roast meat such as beef wellington or roast prime beef.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce with Orange Skin Recipe

(6 – 8 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 12oz ocean spray cranberries (fresh/frozen)
  • ½ cup orange concentrated juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped orange skin
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a 2 quart pot, sauce pan and bring it to boil.
  2. Once pot is boiling bring the heat to medium and cook the sauce for about an hour.
  3. Remove cinnamon sticks and use a barbed mixer to pure’ a bit to thicken.
  4. Chill or serve it warm.

Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

(Yields 6 Servings)

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 Lbs. Brussels sprouts
  • 1 ½ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Preheat oven to 400⁰F
  2. Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellow leaves.
  3. In a medium bowl season and toss the sprouts with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Place seasoned sprouts on a sheet pan and bake them for 20-25 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are brown.

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Peach Cobbler Recipe

(Yield 5 – 6 Servings)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup Butter at room temperature
  • 1 Cup self-rise flour
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 1 Lb. Fresh ripe peaches ( peeled, remove the pit and slice into wedges)
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Strawberries cut into quarts.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
  2. In a 9 inch square pan, cream together sugar and butter.
  3. Mix in flour and milk until smooth.
  4. Pour peaches & juice over the top.
  5. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes in the preheated oven until it turns golden brown.

Fruity Pebbles Cupcake Recipe

fruity pebbles cupcakes recipe

Fruity Pebbles cupcakes are the perfect touch for a spring party! These cupcakes would also be fun for a spring or summer birthday. Who doesn’t love Fruity Pebbles? The best part is these cupcakes are super easy to make using your favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, or a vanilla cupcake box mix. All you have to do is stir in the Fruity Pebbles, then add some on top for sprinkles! You can check out the full recipe below!

fruity pebbles cupcakes recipe

Fruity Pebbles Cupcakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cup Fruity Pebbles
Instructions
  1. Mix up and bake the cupcakes according to the package or recipe directions, except fold in 1¾ cup Fruity pebbles into the batter.
  2. Once the cupcakes have bakce, transfer them to a wire racks to cool.
  3. To mix up the icing cream butter in a medium bowl
  4. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk about 3 tablespoons, or more (1 tablespoon at a time) as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.The icing should form soft peaks that hold their shape.
  5. Transfer to piping bag or zippered bag and clip corner to pipe the icing onto the cupcakes.
  6. Ice each cupcake and sprinkle the tops of the cupcakes with the remaining Fruity Pebbles.
  7. Serve!

These would be fun for an Easter brunch, a spring garden party, or a rainbow birthday party just to name a few! They would go well with so many party ideas for the spring and summer! The best part is they’re super simple to make!

Game Day Appetizer Recipe: Creamy Stuffed Jalapenos With Bacon

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Are you looking for a fun and easy appetizer to serve up to your friends on game day? With March Madness coming up soon who doesn’t love to have a few friends over to watch the action? This creamy stuffed jalapenos with bacon recipe is sure to be a big hit.

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Serve it up with some chips and salsa on the side, or maybe a plate of loaded nachos and you’ve got a great game time snack menu!

For this recipe you will need:

Game Day Appetizer Recipe: Creamy Stuffed Jalapenos With Bacon
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
A fun and easy appetizer for any party.
Ingredients
  • 6 medium jalapeno peppers
  • 3 strips of thick cut bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (half a brick) softened to room temperature
  • ⅓ mexi style blend cheese (shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dip seasoning dry mix
Instructions
  1. Wash peppers, then cut in half lengthwise and take out seeds and ribs. You might want to wear gloves while you do this, or put oil on your hands, then wash them with soap after your done.
  2. In a mixing bowl add the cream cheese, shredded cheese and ranch seasoning. Mix well and spoon into jalapeno halves, place cooked bacon on top. Put on baking sheet, and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

 

Green Velvet Cupcake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

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You’ve probably heard of red velvet? It’s very popular for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, but what about green velvet? If you’re looking for a festive cupcake idea for St. Patrick’s Day or spring give this green velvet cupcake recipe with cream cheese icing a try.

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Ingredients:

Green Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons kelly green food color
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1-8 ounce package of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 4 ¾ cup confectioner sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons of water

1. Preheat your oven to 350`F.

2.While the oven is heating mix up the batter for your green velvet cupcakes. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cocoa in a medium mixing bowl.

3. In a large bowl combine the butter, buttermilk, sugar, eggs, green food color, vinegar, and vanilla.

4. Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, pouring slowly.

5. Beat the mixture with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes until well combined.

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6. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full with the green velvet cupcake batter.

7. Bake the cupcakes for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Place the finished cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 2 dozen cupcakes.

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To make the Cream Cheese Icing:

1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2. Add the water and confectioner sugar slowly while you mix.

3. Blend until the icing will hold its shape. If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioner sugar, or refrigerate it for a few minutes to chill it. If it is too stiff add a little more water, one teaspoon at a time.

4. Ice the cupcakes with a spatula, or use a round large decorating tip attached to a pastry bag to swirl the icing onto the cupcakes.

5. Top with green sprinkles and enjoy!

Green velvet cupcakes are perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day school party or an Easter Brunch! They’d also be fabulous mixed with red velvet for a Christmas celebration!

Festive Christmas Cocktail Recipes

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Are you ready to spread some holiday cheer? Are you looking for some yummy Christmas cocktail recipes to share with your party guests this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with some festive cocktails your guests will enjoy.

coconut christmas cocktail

Coconut Christmas

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Shellback Silver Rum
  • 3/4 ounce White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Cream of Coconut
  • 2 ounces Half & Half
  • Shredded Coconut for Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with shredded coconut on top.

holiday house party punch christmas cocktail

Holiday House Party Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Shellback Spiced Rum
  • 3/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 3/4 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Grenadine
  • Dash of Classic Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry & Pineapple Slice for Garnish

Directions: Combine all liquids except bitters in a punch bowl with ice and stir. To serve, ladle into stemless wine glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with dash of classic bitters. Garnish with cherry and pineapple.

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Mistletoe Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 oz Gin
  • 8 Cranberries

Directions: Muddle cranberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, gin and ice. Shake and strain into a bucket glass with ice. Garnish with a skewer of cranberries.

mexican holiday

Mexican Holiday

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz Spiced Orange Syrup*
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Directions: Combine liquids in rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick to stir.

*Spiced Orange Syrup: Place zest of one orange, 12 cloves, 1 tablespoon Allspice, 3/4 cup Water and 1 1/2 cup Organic Cane Sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved (approximately 5 minutes). Strain. Discard zest and spices. Refrigerate syrup.

camarena roja

Camarena Roja

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Camarena Silver Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Pinot Noir
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Soda

Directions:

In a rocks glass, mix all ingredients, except the grapefruit soda. Add ice and top off with grapefruit soda and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

peppermint martini

Peppermint Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Blue Ice Vodka
  • 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz of Peppermint Liqueur

Directions:

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Please make sure your guests drink responsibly. Ever drink and drive, or let your party guests drink and drive!