Monday, August 26, 2013

Cream Cheese Nacho Dip

Sometimes you just want a snack.  We are kinda a big sports family and watch a lot of it on tv.  This also means I am always looking for snack ideas.  I L-O-V-E chips and dip.  Chips are my kryptonite and paired with dip I am in heaven.

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it.  I made a few substitutions by changing out the sour cream with Greek yogurt and adding olives.  Not big changes but more to the taste of my family.

Cream Cheese Nacho Dip
Adapted from A Little North of Crazy

1 pkg of cream cheese
1 cup greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1 can olives

1.  Use a mixer to cream the cream cheese until smooth
2.  Add greek yogurt and taco seasoning and mix well
3.  Spread cream cheese mixture into the bottom of a dish
4.  Top with salsa and then with shredded cheese
5.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes
6.  Enjoy!

This was super easy to make and the ingredients are normal ingredients that can be found in your pantry or refrigerator.  I am a big fan of homemade food so this is something fast to whip up for any occasion with any additional toppings.  I am thinking next time I will try some fresh jalapeƱos and tomatoes.

El Husbee and I gobbled this up while watching some Keeping up with the Kardashians.  Don't judge us.

Keep trying new recipes!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Hot Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

There is nothing like a chocolate chip cookie after dinner.  Throw in some chocolate chips and you have got a great ending to a night.

Hot Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
4 ounces hot chocolate mix (not sugar free)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup M&Ms
1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Whisk flour, cocoa mix, salt, and baking soda together
2. Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes)
3. add eggs 1 at a time.
4. Add vanilla
5. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX
6. Fold in the M&Ms and semi chocolate chips
7. Chill dough for about 1 hour
8. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
9. Use a cookie dough scooper and drop about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
10. Bake them 1 sheet at a time for about 9 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

These cookies are super yummy because they are chocolatey without being too sweet.



Saturday, August 3, 2013

Chocolate Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

My favorite snack are chips.  I love all chips.  Not all chips are equal.  But I would prefer a bad chip over some other salty snack.  My husband on the other hand loves sweets.  He has a major sweet tooth.  I have spoiled him with homemade baked treats since we have been married.  Today's recipe that I am sharing is for him.

These chocolate cookies are for chocolate lovers.  There is fudge chocolate pudding in them, semi sweet chocolate chip cookies AND mini M&Ms.  If you don't love chocolate there are not for you.  Also, if you don't love chocolate there is something wrong with you.  

Chocolate Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (3.5) package instant fudge chocolate pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini M&Ms

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper
2.  Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 
3.  Add pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract. 
4.  Whisk together the flours, baking soda, and salt. 
5.  Slowly add the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until just incorporated.  DO NOT OVER MIX!
6.  Fold in the chocolate chips and M&Ms.
7.  Using a cookies scooper, scoop 2 tablespoons cookie dough on prepared baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart. 
8.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Remove and place on cooling rack.

When baking cookies I highly recommend parchment paper over foil.  Obviously if you do not have parchment paper use foil.  But if you use foil please keep a eye on your cookies as they can easily burn or stick to the foil.  I love parchment paper.  It makes clean up easy and it keeps cookies from burning.  Today I ran out of parchment paper and lined ONE sheet with foil.  The results were a few burned cookies on the foil sheet.  Bah!  You win some you lose some.

Eat well friends!