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PB&J Cupcakes Recipe

desserts, partiesSheri SpalloneComment
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Hello beautiful!  

Do you have a favorite food that rekindles childhood memories?  Is it the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (aka PB&J)?  Perhaps the mention of such a concoction makes you want to run for the hills.  But for me, I still believe the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is one of the best pairings on Earth!  Not only did I have them in my school lunchbox growing up, but it was also the first meal my parents taught me how to make, and the first meal we taught our children how to prepare.  In my opinion, it is the best comfort food out there, and is perfect anytime, anywhere.  So for all my PB&J lovers out there, I present to you a sweet rendition of this beloved classic...PB&J cupcakes! 

The PB&J is our family's go-to sandwich. Our children will often make it when they get home from school because it is quick, easy, and satisfying.  But PB&J cupcakes? Would that push my kiddos over their culinary boundaries?  I had never thought of making them until recently, but I had to give it a try and surprise my children with this delicious treat.  Instead of preparing these cupcakes identical to their nostalgic counterpart (with grape or strawberry jam), I opted for our Cherry Butter Spread and Blackberry Preserves (any of our butter spreads and preserves would be just as delicious).  I used white cupcakes that I adapted from Glorious Treats and added peanut butter to my sister's buttercream icing recipe.  

Friends, let me tell you something...you will be transported back to your childhood with these heavenly cupcakes! They turned out perfectly, as they were fluffy, fruity, and peanutty, just like a PB&J sandwich! My son liked them so much, he insisted on using this recipe for his upcoming Cupcake Wars school fundraiser.  You need to add this tasty recipe to your arsenal today!

Comment below, as we would love to know how they turn out on your end, and which butter spread or preserve you decided to use!   Or, use #cherchies_gourmet on Instagram or Twitter, or upload a photo of your concoction to our Facebook page. Or email it to me!   Have fun and thank you for visiting!

Ingredients- "Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes"- Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Yields- 15-16 cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour*
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or low fat, but avoid fat free)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (full fat or light, but avoid fat free)
  • Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread
  • Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves
  • 15-16 cherries (optional for garnish)

*Note- if do not have cake flour, use this simple substitution, for every cup of flour, remove 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of flour and substitute with cornstarch and sift together, several times.

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp.) almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.) vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons half & half (milk is fine too)
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325*F.

Prepare the icing.  Cream together shortening, butter, peanut butter, extracts and milk.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Mix until blended.  Set aside.

Preparation for cupcakes- In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.   Sift the ingredients together and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and oil with an electric mixer and mix for about a minute.

Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture.  Add the milk, then the rest of the flour and the sour cream.  Beat until just combined.  Scrape down the side of the bowl and make sure no lumps left at the bottom of the bowl.  Do not over mix.

The batter will be slightly thick.   Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full, so as not to spill over the sides.   Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes, checking them at 15 minutes.   Insert a toothpick or a cake tester to check for doneness.  If toothpick or cake tester come out clean, cupcake is done.  If not, give it another minute or so until done.  You do not want to overcook the cupcakes.  Slightly under cooking is best, as the cupcakes will continue to cook when removed from the oven.

Allow cupcakes to cool on a wire rack for about five minutes.  With a paring knife, cut a small "cone" in the middle of the cupcake, cutting off the end of the cone, and discarding the end.  Do this with each cupcake.  Fill each cupcake with about one spoonful (about 1 Tablespoon) of Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread or Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves.   I added Cherry Butter to half of the batch and Blackberry Preserves to the other half.  If I had our other preserves on hand, I would have made more variations.  I guess I will have to make more cupcakes:).

Replace cupcake "lid" over preserves.   Ice cupcakes with the buttercream icing, using a 1M tip, or your favorite tip.  Garnish with a cherry.

Note: The cupcakes and frosting can be made ahead 1 day in advance.  Make sure to cover tightly and store them in the refrigerator.  Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months, but thaw overnight in the refrigerator when ready to use.- Cooking tip from Sally's Baking addiction.

Serve and enjoy!

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Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe

appetizers, parties, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
 Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe

Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe

Cook Time:  12 minutes

Difficulty:  Easy

Makes 32 appetizers

Do you like football?  Our home is crazily obsessed with football, and considering our favorite NFL team is in the playoffs, life is good here in Pennsylvania... unless you are a Pittsburgh fan. Game Day is all about the snacks and finger foods, so let's talk about Game Day Food.  Do you have a favorite go-to recipe? 

Cheesy Corn Dog Bites are one of our family's most requested Game Day recipes.  Although we try to eat fairly healthy, hot dogs seem to sneak into the Game Day plans on occasion.  Everything in moderation, right?  These savory wieners, enveloped in a super moist, cheesy, corn muffin and tinged with Champagne Mustard, will score a touchdown with your gang; but, grab a few for yourself because they will disappear right before your eyes.  They are "doggone" good!

Ingredients  

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Add the cornbread mix to a medium mixing bowl.  Add the egg, brown sugar, milk, and grated cheddar cheese to the bowl, and mix all ingredients thoroughly.  

In a small bowl, add the Cherchies Champagne Mustard or Cherchies Hot Banana Pepper Mustard (spicier).  Add the wiener halves to the mustard, mixing to coat. 

Lightly spray the mini muffin tins with cooking spray.  Spoon mixture into the mini muffin tins, filling them 3/4 full.  Place one half of the coated dog in the center of each muffin tin.  Cook for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Turn on the game, and serve these corn dog bites with Champagne Mustard or ketchup!  For more Game Day recipes, check out this link on our blog!

Thank you for stopping by.  

 Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe

Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe


 

 

 

 

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Recipe Roundup- 40 Amazingly Easy & Elegant New Year's Recipes

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 40 Amazingly Easy & Elegant New Year's Recipes

40 Amazingly Easy & Elegant New Year's Recipes

It is hard to believe 2017 is quickly coming to a close.  Are you ready to ring in the new year?   Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve?   Perhaps you are you going to a party, having a party, or spending a quiet evening with your significant other(s)?

However you are celebrating this year, consider Cherchies® your New Year's Eve party planner.  We have included 40 of our favorite easy mouth-watering recipe ideas to make your evening stress-free, easy and elegant!

Here's to a healthy, safe, and prosperous 2018. Happy New Year friends!  Thank you for your loyalty to us since 1978!  Enjoy our 40 favorite New Year's recipes!

Appetizers - Perhaps you like to nibble and mingle throughout the evening.  These quick and easy appetizers ideas are perfect for an appetizer party.  Depending on your crowd, choose from a few or several:)

Small Plates- Looking for heartier bites during the evening rather than a full meal?  Then you'll want to try these delicious recipes.

 

Easy Elegant Meals - Perhaps a quiet evening with your significant other(s) is more your speed to celebrate the New Year's festivities.  Here are a few quick and easy recipe ideas.

Desserts- End the year with a sweet treat!

Happy New Year!

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Recipe Roundup- 15 Easy Appetizer Recipes (Plus Bonus)

appetizers, parties, recipe round upSheri SpalloneComment

Believe it or not, the holidays are knocking on our door, which means entertaining and family gatherings are soon to come!  Have no fear, we have got you covered!  Whether you are the courteous hostess or the gracious guest, our 15 favorite quick and easy appetizers are elegant enough for any occasion.   

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1.  Fig and Herbed Brie Cups Recipe- Sweet and savory in one mini morsel, featuring Brie cheese, Thyme, and Cherchies® Fig Preserves.

 Fig and Herbed Brie Cups Recipe

Fig and Herbed Brie Cups Recipe

2.  Pretty Pepper Hummus Recipe- Sweet peppers and homemade deliciousness; featuring Cherchies® Pretty Peppers or for more of a kick, Cherchies® Pretty Hot Peppers.

 Pretty Pepper Hummus Recipe

Pretty Pepper Hummus Recipe

3.  Sausage Bites With Cranberry Mustard- Sweet and savory and oh sooo easy, featuring Cherchies® Cranberry Mustard.

 Sausage Bites With Cranberry Mustard Recipe

Sausage Bites With Cranberry Mustard Recipe

4.  Hot Pecan Spread Recipe-  Perfect enough for a crowd!  We dare you to try just one bite!  This recipe features Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and Cherchies® Pretty Peppers.

 Hot Pecan Spread Recipe

Hot Pecan Spread Recipe

5.  Seared Citrus Cilantro Scallops Recipe- Impress your guests with these elegant savory gems, featuring Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning Blend.

 Seared Citrus Cilantro Scallops Recipe

Seared Citrus Cilantro Scallops Recipe

6.  Tomato Basil Cups Recipe- Bacon, tomatoes and Swiss Cheese, all bundled up with Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz.

 Tomato Basil Cups Recipe

Tomato Basil Cups Recipe

7.  Tuna Pinwheel Recipe- Buttery, savory, melt-in-your mouth tuna bites, featuring Cherchies® Champagne Mustard or Cherchies® Hot Banana Pepper Mustard.

 Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

Tuna Pinwheels Recipe

8.  Cherry Hot Pepper Bruschetta RecipeCherries, blue cheese, and Cherchies® Cherry Hot Pepper Jam all piled atop a lovely toasted baguette.  Substitute cranberries and Cherchies® Cranberry Hot Pepper Jam for the holidays.  

 Cherry Hot Pepper Bruschetta Recipe

Cherry Hot Pepper Bruschetta Recipe

9.  Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts RecipeSalty bacon, crunchy water chestnuts, and tangy sweet Cherchies® Cranberry Mustard.  Tasty!

 Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

10.  Herbed Dip Recipe- Whether it's a refreshing dill or garlic, or a spicier cajun or mexican flair, our seasoning blends make a tasty dip for all seasons!  Serve vegetables and dip in shot glasses for a festive party display.

 Herbed Dip Recipe

Herbed Dip Recipe

11.  Pretty Crab Cake Recipe-  Make this recipe, except roll the crab cakes into miniature cakes and serve with Peach Salsa Dipping Sauce.  The products featured are Cherchies® Pretty Peppers, Cherchies® Vidalia Onion Peach Salsa, and Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning Blend.

 Pretty Crab Cakes Recipe

Pretty Crab Cakes Recipe

12.  Cheesy Hot Pepper Jam Thumbprints Recipe- Cheesy, savory, sweet appetizer bites.  Prepare an assortment of thumbprints with our Hot Pepper Jams or sweet preserves.  Festive, easy, and fun!

 Cheesy Hot Pepper Jam Thumbprints Recipe

Cheesy Hot Pepper Jam Thumbprints Recipe

13.  Pepper Jam Cream Cheese Appetizer- Unexpected company?  No problem! Keep your pantry stocked with Cherchies® Hot Pepper Jams or preserves and serve over cream cheese for an amazingly quick appetizer!

 Pepper Jam Cream Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Pepper Jam Cream Cheese Appetizer Recipe

14.  Cocktail Meatballs Recipe- Place meatballs, Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves or Cherchies® Cranberry Hot Pepper Jam and chili sauce into a crock pot, turn it on low and walk away!  Meatballs will be ready when guests arrive!

 Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

15.  Marinated Cheese Recipe- Always the "big cheese" at any party, but grab some for yourself, because this appetizer will disappear before your eyes!  This recipe features Cherchies® Pretty OR Pretty Hot Peppers and Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning.

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16.  BONUS!  I couldn't decide on just 15, because my favorite go-to recipe of all time for last minute guests...A CHEESE PLATE!  Purchase some nice cheeses, crackers, meats, olives, dried fruit, etc., and pair them with different Cherchies® Hot Pepper Jams, Cherchies® Preserves, or Cherchies® Mustards.  Allow your guests to come up with different combinations for a flavor explosion.  The perfect conversation starter!

So, with a little planning and shopping, you will have easy peasy appetizers on hand for any celebration that pops up this holiday season!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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