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Cherry Pie Cookie Bites Recipe

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Cherry Pie Cookie Cups Recipe

Cherry Pie Cookie Cups Recipe

Cook Time:  9 Minutes
Prep Time:  10 minutes (plus 2-3 hours for chilling dough)
Difficulty:  Easy

Hello friends!  Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy February, and Happy Cherry Month!  “While most people enjoy cherries in the middle of summer (hello…there is snow on the ground here), Cherry month (February) serves to remind you that cherries can be enjoyed at any time of year, in any form.”  And, “indulging in massive consumption of cherries is the only way to celebrate (daysoftheyear.com).  So, are you ready to talk cherries and Cherry Pie Cookie Bites?

These easy to make Cherry Pie Cookie Bites are mini in size, but mighty in flavor!  Bursting with fresh juicy cherries, bathed in Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, and nestled in a homemade buttery cookie crust, these sweet-tart morsels will tantalize your taste buds and make your head swoon.  

Enjoy these little gems for any occasion, any time of the year (even if it is snowing), but make sure to grab some for yourself because these cookie bites will disappear right before your eyes.

Let us know below how they turned out:)

Here is how they are made.

Thank you for visiting:)

Ingredients
Cookie ingredients
1 1/2 c. sifted confectioner's sugar
1 c. butter softened to room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla
1/2 teaspoon (tsp) almond extract
2 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 teaspoon (tsp) cream of tartar
1 teaspoon (tsp) baking soda

Filling Ingredients
1 lb. bag sweet cherries pits removed, slice half of them in half
1/2 jar Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread
1/2 teaspoon (tsp) corn starch

Icing Ingredients (optional)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon (tsp) lemon juice

Preparations  
(If you are short on time, feel free to use refrigerated sugar cookie dough). 

In a mixing bowl, cream the sifted powdered sugar and butter.  To sift the powdered sugar (or any dry ingredient), as the recipe indicates, all you need is a fine mesh strainer. Simply plop the strainer over a bowl, pour the ingredients into a strainer and gently shake the ingredients. It looks like a fine powder when finished.

Add egg and flavorings and mix thoroughly. 

Stir in dry the rest of dry ingredients until incorporated.  Refrigerate for 2-3 hours if going to make into cut out cookies, otherwise chill for 30 minutes.

While the dough is chilling in the refrigerator, make the cherry filling.  Wash and remove pits from cherries.  (Yes, it’s the “pits” to remove them…(Ha!), but use this use this tool or something similar to make life a lot easier). Slice half of the cherries in half (you will use the remaining whole cherries as a garnish at the end).

Why buy canned cherry pie filling when you can make your own from scratch in minutes? It really is not hard and the flavor is so much better than canned pie filling.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and Cherchies® Cherry Butter together.  Add the cherry butter mixture and the cherries to a small saucepan and heat on low for about 5 minutes, or until cherry butter has dissolved and the mixture is smooth and thick, (similar to the consistency of canned pie filling -5 minutes).  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Set aside.

For cookie balls- Once the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place into mini muffin tins.

Using a small round measuring spoon, a small melon ball scooper, a mini wooden tart tamper, or your finger, press the dough into the mini muffin tins, creating a cookie cup to hold the filling.  Be careful not to go all the way through to the bottom.  

Bake the cookie cups for about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.  Remove the muffin tins briefly (as they will expand while they bake) to tamp down the dough back into shape.  Return the cookie cups to the oven to finish cooking for a couple of minutes, until cookie cups are a golden brown.

Remove the muffin tins from the oven and allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then gently run a knife along the sides to pop them out. (If you used enough cooking spray, then the cookie cups should come out rather easily). Once cookie cups have briefly cooled, remove them from the pan and carefully fill them with the cherry filling, making sure to add a whole cherry on top for the garnish. For the "icing on top", mix together the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl.  If the icing is too thick, add a couple of drops of water, until the consistency is thick but smooth and runny.  Drizzle the icing over the cherry pie cookie bites with the tines of a fork.





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Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

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Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

Cook Time:  30-40 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

A spread of Apple Butter a day keeps the doctor away...that's how the saying goes right? Happy Fall friends! These delicious Cinnamon Streusel Muffins, laced with sweet cinnamony apple butter, will chase away any rainy day gloominess and put a smile on your family's face.

As much as our family loves summer, Fall is usually a nice welcome here in the North East, as it means crisper days, lower humidity, fiery-colored leaves, and A LOT less rain (or at least that is the norm). In case you have been not been following the news, Pennsylvania has been drenched with this crazy rainy pattern for most of the Summer and into Fall... weather seemingly atypical for our area.

What is the perfect cure for those rainy day blues you ask? "Bake the world a better place!" (Sorry, I couldn't help myself). And better yet, bake with your children! We love baking together as a family and these muffins, tinged with Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread and cinnamon, and drizzled with a lemony glaze are “just what the doctor ordered”. ;)

So fire up the fireplace, turn on your oven (maybe light a Fall-scented candle), grab the family, and get ready to create an amazing, Fall-scented dish everyone will love!

Comment below and let us know how you liked this recipe:) Thank you for visiting our blog and we hope to see you again!

* Note- I usually, make this as a coffee cake in a 9X13 pan, but this time decided to make muffins.  I used jumbo muffin tins from Wilton but this recipe will easily work in regular muffin tins as well (you may need to lower the cooking time to 30 minutes).

Muffin Ingredients 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix with pudding (We used Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix)-

  • 2/3 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread

  • 1 cup buttermilk (*Substitute 1 cup milk plus 1 Tablespoon white vinegar, stir and let sit for a minute)

  • 4 eggs, room temperature


    STREUSEL MIX INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 Tablespoons (Tbsp)

  •  2/3 cup brown sugar


    ICING INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

 Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray. (We used jumbo muffin tins from Wilton to make them extra special. See *Note). In a small bowl, mix the streusel ingredients with a fork. (You will be using half of the streusel mix for the layering effect mentioned shortly, and the other half on top before baking).

Mix the muffin ingredients together in a medium bowl with a hand mixer and beat for two minutes.

So here is the fun part. The goal is to layer the batter, followed by a little streusel mix, then add more batter on top, not exceeding filling the muffin tin to 2/3 full.

After you have carefully layered the batter, take a butter knife and gently run the knife through the batter to make swirls. You will only need a couple of swirls. (This picture I accidentally filled the muffin tin more than 2/3 full…oops, sorry!) Finish by sprinkling the remaining streusel mix over the muffins. Place the muffin tins in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Depending on your oven and the size of the muffin pan (see *Note above), begin checking for doneness at 30 minutes.

While muffins are baking, mix the icing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. When muffins are done, remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. The muffins can be slightly warm, but not hot, or it will melt the icing. Drizzle icing over muffins and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

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Cheesy Corn Dog Bites Recipe

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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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Sweet & Savory Ham and Cheese Pinwheel Recipe

appetizers, leftovers, snacks, entreesSheri SpalloneComment
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The holidays are upon us which means the hustling and bustling have begun.  That does not mean you cannot slow down, make the preparations stress-free, and enjoy the season.  Amen!  These savory morsels are perfect for those busy days as an after-school snack, a  make-ahead appetizer, or a different twist to your usual dinner routine.  Easy, peasy!

We embellished on our strombolis we posted last week and came up with these sweet and savory pinwheels to share with you.  Instead of pizza dough, we substituted refrigerated crescent roll dough, and added Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread as a glaze to these tasty tidbits, with a pop of texture from the poppy seeds.  

The result was a deliciously sweet and savory, flaky pinwheel tinged with tangy mustard, salty ham, and glazed with a scrumptious apple butter...a must-have recipe for this holiday season, game day, or any celebration.  Make sure to grab some for yourself, because these morsels will disappear before your eyes!  Serve them with our Homemade Applesauce and our Cranberry Spinach Salad for a complete meal!

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  On a floured surface or on parchment paper, roll out the crescent roll dough into the shape of a rectangle.  (If using traditional crescent roll dough, press the triangle seams together to form a rectangle.  There are now long sheets of crescent dough on the market, either of which is fine).   Spread the dough with the mustard of your choice.  

Next, layer the dough with the cheese, followed by the ham.  Starting with the long side of the dough, carefully and tightly roll up the dough and place the dough seam side down.  Refrigerate the rolled up dough for about 15 minutes to allow for easier cutting.

Once the dough has chilled, remove the rolled dough from the refrigerator and carefully slice into 1 inch segments and place on a parchment papered baking sheet. 

Lightly brush the pinwheels with the Apple Butter Spread and then sprinkle the pinwheels with the poppy seeds.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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