Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Do your children love fruit roll-ups but you don’t want to give them to them because the ingredients list is way too long and impossible to pronounce? Well, what if I told you that my homemade fruit roll ups recipe has just 1 ingredient?

strawberries

Yep! That’s right. It’s made from fresh strawberries and that is it! Of course, you can add a little bit of sugar if you like or while you are weaning your children off the store-bought ones (just gradually reduce the amount of sugar that you add each time you make them until eventually you are no longer adding sugar), but if you are buying strawberries when they are in season (or growing your own strawberries like we are doing this year), you really shouldn’t need to add any sweetener!

These homemade fruit roll ups to require a bit of time to make and there really isn’t any way to speed up the process. Just get them in the oven first thing in the morning to make sure that your oven is freed up in time o start making dinner!

To make them you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • Equipment needed: food processor or high-powered blender, plastic wrap, parchment paper, jelly roll pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170F
  2. Line a jelly roll pan with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap goes over the sides of the pan.
  3. Puree your fruit in a food processor or blender until it has a smooth consistency. If your children are picky, you may want to run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds.

    homemade fruit roll ups process

  4. If desired, add a little sugar to taste.
  5. Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet, about 1/8″ thick.
  6. Bake at 170F for 6 to 8 hours. Your homemade fruit roll ups will be done when the center is firm and no longer tacky

    homemade fruit roll ups process 2

  7. Remove cookie sheet from oven and lift/slide the plastic wrap off of cookie sheet and place on your counter top or a cutting board to cool.
  8. Once cool. place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cooked fruit and flip the sheet over so that the parchment paper is on the bottom.
  9. Carefully peel back the plastic wrap and discard.
  10. Cut into strips and roll up the fruit.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!

You may want to try these other copycat recipes:

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • Equipment needed: food processor or high-powered blender, plastic wrap, parchment paper, jelly roll pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170F
  2. Line a jelly roll pan with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap goes over the sides of the pan.
  3. Puree your fruit in a food processor or blender until it has a smooth consistency. If your children are picky, you may want to run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds.
  4. If desired, add a little sugar to taste.
  5. Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet, about 1/8" thick.
  6. Bake at 170F for 6 to 8 hours. Your homemade fruit roll ups will be done when the center is firm and no longer tacky
  7. Remove cookie sheet from oven and lift/slide the plastic wrap off of cookie sheet and place on your counter top or a cutting board to cool.
  8. Once cool. place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cooked fruit and flip the sheet over so that the parchment paper is on the bottom.
  9. Carefully peel back the plastic wrap and discard.
  10. Cut into strips and roll up the fruit.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

These can also be made with blueberries or just about any berry that you like!

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Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Fall is finally upon us, which means that the air is crisper, the temperature is cooler and the leaves will start changing colors soon. It also means that now is the perfect time to make a great Pumpkin Soup recipe! While this yummy Pumpkin Soup recipe is good all year round, it is especially perfect for fall, just like this Pumpkin Parmesan Risotto recipe, this Easy Tomato Soup recipe and this recipe for French Onion Soup in Crock Pot.

If you like a soup that is really rich and delicious, this Pumpkin Soup recipe is the recipe for you! This isn’t a wimpy, watery soup that you eat because you know it’s good for you. This delicious thick, rich soup is one you will savor down to the last drop. After a day of running errands or watching your child’s ball games at the park, there is nothing better than coming in for a big bowl of this warm and comforting soup.

This Pumpkin Soup recipe is really easy to make as well. Other than a little occasional stirring, you don’t have to be tied to the stove, constantly chopping and adding more ingredients. Get everything chopped in advance, and then you only have to check on it occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t boil over. And if you really wanted a hands-off dinner, I bet it would be really good if you made it in advance, and then just kept it warm in the crock pot too. That way everyone could help themselves to a bowl whenever they were ready.

On a cool, fall day, nothing beats rich, warm soup. And when it comes to comforting soups, this Pumpkin Soup recipe takes the cake!

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and/or croutons for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or a drizzle of heavy cream.
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4 Spices You Shouldn’t Be Without

spices you need to have

4 Spices You Shouldn’t Live Without (And Why)

Head over to the spice selection in your local grocery store and you may be overwhelmed with the choices. Thyme, Marjoram, Fennel Seed…how is a person supposed to know which spices they should choose to keep in their pantry and which spices are more of a one-time-use spice?

Here are 4 great spices that no spice cupboard should be without. These can be used for so many dishes you will wonder how you ever got along without them.

  1. Onion Powder. Onion power is awesome because it allows you to have the flavor of onion in your dish without having to actually have fresh onions to chop up on hand. It’s also better than Onion Salt because you can add in the onion flavor without the addition of extra salt for those that might be watching their sodium intake.
  2. Garlic Powder. The same idea applies here as it did with the Onion Powder. Garlic Powder is a great way to add garlic flavor to your dishes without having to chop fresh garlic. Both onion and garlic powders are so versatile and can be added to most soups, casseroles, or other baked dishes.
  3. Seasoned Salt. A good seasoned salt without any added sodium can really bump up the flavor in many dishes instead of adding plain table salt. Adding seasoned salt and more flavoring to a dish will also help you from adding too much salt at the table since the dish will already have enough flavor. Seasoned Salt is great in taco meat, fajitas, grilled foods, and more.
  4. Garlic Salt. Now if you’d rather add the garlic and the salt in one additional, Garlic Salt will be your go to spice.  Garlic Salt is a great one to add into fresh homemade salsa.

What are your favorite go-to spices? Which ones are your must haves in the spice cupboard?

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Yummy Onion Soup Mix Recipe

If you’re trying to improve your family’s diet like I am, you’ve probably realized by now that trying to make huge changes rarely works. Go from feeding your family Kraft Mac and Cheese every night to suddenly trying to serving Broccoli Casserole every night and you’re going to have some complainers on your hands, no matter how delicious the new recipes are!

For us, one of the best ways to combat this tendency is to start making common store bought foods at home. This way, whether I am trying to make healthy recipes or we are indulging in the occasional treat, at least we know that what we are eating is a little healthier than it would have been. Some of our favorite recipes substitutions we’ve made so far include this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe, this Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce recipe, and this Fried Apples recipe.

Today, we have another one to add to the mix. This onion soup mix recipe is similar to Lipton Onion Soup Mix, but it’s a lot healthier for you. It contains common kitchen ingredients you probably have on hand anyway, like dried onion, beef bullion powder, onion powder and paprika, and it’s really easy to make. Simply combine all of the ingredients together in an air-tight container, mix well and store until you need it. You don’t even have to make it every time you make a recipe. You can just make it in advance and keep it on hand.

Why not give it a try today?

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Dried Minced Onion
  • 1/3 cup Beef Bouillon Powder
  • 4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Parsley Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients.
  2. Mix well and store in air tight container.
  3. When recipe call for a packet of onion soup mix, use 5 tablespoons of your homemade mix
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Easy Eggroll Recipe | Make Your Own Egg Rolls!

easy egg roll recipe

My entire family loves egg rolls (although my oldest son prefers the pizza rolls that our local Chinese restaurant sells) and I wanted to try making them and know exactly what was going in to my egg rolls! I wanted an easy eggroll recipe that would be quick to make and would freeze well so that, when I get a craving for Chinese food, I can just grab one out of the freezer and heat it up quickly!

Now, I could have spent time chopping up a bunch of carrots and cabbage for the filling, but it was just easier to buy a bag of cole slaw mix in the produce section of the grocery store. It’s already all cut up for me and my family honestly didn’t notice a difference! I found this recipe and started off to make it exactly the same way, but after I started cooking and tasting, I made some tweaks that I really think made it much better! Pair these egg rolls with my egg roll dipping sauce recipe and you have a great appetizer to serve at parties!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • These egg rolls can be frozen, but you must cook them first. Egg roll wrappers do NOT freeze well, especially after they have been filled, unless they are cooked.
  • They can be baked instead of fried. To bake them, just spray them with cooking oil and bake at 400, turning once, until they are crispy on all sides.
  • To reheat frozen egg rolls, just place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 until they are heated through (you can also thaw them first).
  • This recipe will also work great for “bite-size” egg rolls. Just substitute wonton wrappers for the egg roll wrapper and you should get 28 – 30 mini egg rolls instead of 14 full size ones.
  • You can use ground pork sausage (the kind that comes in tubes) or fresh ground pork. I chose the fresh ground pork and the next time I make these, I will make sure to chop the pork with my spatula a bit more to get the meat pieces a little smaller.

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Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe | Copycat Recipe

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

It’s almost October, and you know what that means! It’s time for pumpkin recipes galore! After all, pumpkin is one yummy seasonal vegetable that most of us just can’t get enough of -especially with Halloween right around the corner. We make our favorite Pumpkin Pancakes recipe and we drink our favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte…It’s a great time of year!

This morning I was in the mood for a pumpkin recipe that would be perfect for a crisp and cool fall morning, and I think I found the perfect one: this Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin recipe. I don’t know if you know this or not, but Starbucks doesn’t just make great coffee. They also make fantastic muffins as well. But really, who has the time or the money to hit the Starbucks drive-thru every time they want a pumpkin muffin? I know I don’t. And furthermore – who knows what they put in those muffins to make them so yummy? Lots of additives and preservatives I’m sure! Beyond that, they don’t have the muffins all year long. If you want one in the summer, you are just out of luck!

With these Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffins, you don’t have to worry about what you are getting or what you are spending or even that they will have them. They are made with common kitchen staple ingredients that you know and love, such as flour, sugar, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger. As a bonus, you can make these for just a fraction of the cost.

The next time you’re at home on a cool autumn morning and you’re looking for something yummy to make, give this Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin recipe a try!

Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe | Copycat Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe | Copycat Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • For the Candied Pumpkin Seeds:
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • For the Muffins:
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice

Instructions

    Make the Cream Cheese Filling
  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Cover and chill until firm.
  3. Make the Candied Pumpkin Seeds
  4. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Put seeds, sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar begins to caramelize.
  6. Spread seeds on prepared sheet, separating any that are stuck together, and allow to cool
  7. Make the Muffins
  8. Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners
  9. Stir pumpkin, oil, brown sugar and sugar together in a large bowl just until mixed.
  10. Add in eggs, spices, salt, baking soda and half of the flour. Mix until combined.
  11. Add milk and remaining flour. Mix until combined.
  12. Fill each liner about 2/3 full.
  13. Spoon one tablespoon of cream cheese mixture into the middle of each muffin.
  14. Sprinkle with 4-5 pumpkin seeds.
  15. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the muffin portion comes out mostly clean.
  16. Cool before serving.
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Easy Salsa Recipe | Copycat Chipotle Salsa

Easy Salsa Recipe Copycat Chipotle

It probably comes as no surprise, but one thing I love about football season is getting together with good friends and great food. There are so many fantastic recipes for football parties out there, and I love trying them all. From Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip to Baked Mozzarella Sticks to this Easy Eggroll recipe, someone is always bringing something yummy around!

One food that is always a staple at game day get-togethers, however, is salsa. It’s easy to make, cheap and great on chips. The one problem with it, however, is that the stuff you buy in a jar isn’t always the best for you. While game day parties aren’t exactly known as places for health foods, who says you can’t make your traditional favorites a little healthier with some simple substitutions? Skip the stuff in a jar, which has too much salt anyways, and make your own salsa with this easy salsa recipe!

If this Easy Salsa Recipe were just delicious, that’d be enough, but it’s also incredibly easy to make as well! Simply chop up the ingredients, stir together and refrigerate–that’s all! After about an hour, the flavors of the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime will have mixed together for a yummy salsa taste that is hard to beat! You can always tweak this recipe slightly to your tastes so you get an amazing Salsa Recipe that you and your guests will love. This is one Easy Salsa recipe you will definitely want to make again and again!

Easy Salsa Recipe | Copycat Chipotle Salsa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Easy Salsa Recipe | Copycat Chipotle Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1/4 Jalapeno, diced (or more, to taste)
  • 5-7 stems of Cilantro leaves
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt

Instructions

  1. Remove leaves from the cilantro stems and discard stems.
  2. Chop up cilantro leaves.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to blend.
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Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups

Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups

I’ll admit it. Some mornings I wake up and crave dessert rather than breakfast. As much as I love great breakfast recipes like this Easy Cinnamon Roll recipe or this French Toast Roll Ups recipe, sometimes I really just want something to satisfy my sweet tooth. Today’s Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups recipe fits the bill perfectly! It’s yummy enough to be a dessert, but it’s also healthy and filling enough that you can get away with having it for breakfast as well.

Now, this Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups recipe isn’t a quick weekday breakfast–it does take a little time both on the stove and in the oven. But if you have a weekend or holiday morning when you want to make a breakfast that is truly special, this recipe is perfect. The outsides get brown and slightly crispy while the insides are warm and gooey, similar to the apples in this Fried Apples recipe. When the tastes and textures come together in warm, gooey goodness, trust me–your body will think you are having dessert, not breakfast.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it is made up of ingredients that you probably have on hand pretty often. It doesn’t have any strange ingredients you have to hunt for in the store or that you have to make a special trip for. They are all common ingredients that you are familiar with, which is what you should expect from a recipe that is so similar to America’s favorite dessert, apple pie.

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, these Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups are one yummy breakfast you will definitely want to try!

Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups

Ingredients

    For the Apple Filling:
  • 4 Apples
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • For the Rolls:
  • 8 small Tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 - 4 tbsp melted Butter

Instructions

  1. Core, peel and chop apples.
  2. Combine all filling ingredients except the apples in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Cook until mixture thickens (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add the chopped apples, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes (until the apples are tender).
  5. Allow to cool.
  6. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  7. Grease a 9x13" pan.
  8. Preheat oven to 350.
  9. Microwave the tortillas for 30 seconds to make them more pliable for folding.
  10. Spoon filling across the bottom third of the tortilla.
  11. Fold in the sides of the tortilla before rolling the bottom of the tortilla over the filling, and then rolling on over burrito style.
  12. Place in prepared pan.
  13. Cover each enchilada with a lot of butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  14. Bake 20-30 minutes until tops are brown and crispy.
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Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

If you are still buying condensed cream of mushroom soup in a can, it is time to stop right now. I’m about to show you how to make your own. Seriously. It’s super easy and definitely worth the little bit of extra time it takes to make. Make this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe once and you’ll have a hard time going back to the canned stuff!

I love making my own Cream of Mushroom Soup, and not just because I like cooking things from scratch. There are tons of reasons why this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe beats the canned. It is healthier for you, it is easy, you already have the ingredients on hand, and it’s yummy as well! Why would you go to the store to buy the canned goopy stuff, when you could just make your own at home with real ingredients you mix yourself?

Now – I will admit that it ends up costing a little more than the canned stuff (which you can usually get as low as about $0.50 when you shop with coupons), but I truly believe that the “trade-off” of having a fresh and wholesome batch of cream of mushroom soup is worth the slight extra cost!

As you might have guessed by how, we are really trying to make more and more items from scratch these days and have greatly reduced the number of processed foods and chemicals in our house.  From my post about How to Make Peanut Butter, or how to make your own Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix, or even my Nesquik Mix recipe… but out of all of the recipes I would suggest, this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe as being one of the best for beginners. It’s pretty easy and forgiving, and you’re probably using it in a casserole, so if it tastes a little “off,” no one will notice.

One thing you should note, however, is that this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe does not freeze well, and it can only be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. This has never been a problem for me, since I always make it at the same time that I’m cooking the chicken or the noodles for the casserole I’m making, but that’s just something to be aware of if you like to plan ahead!

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: equivalent of 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1 1/4 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and flour until all lumps are dissolved
  3. Add mushrooms and spices to the vegetable broth and stir to combine.
  4. Add the milk/flour mixture to the broth, whisking to combine.
  5. Reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook until thickened (3-5 minutes) stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Use immediately or store in airtight container in refrigerator.
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Hot Apple Cider Recipe | Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider!

Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider

When the weather turns cooler, I start reaching for something toasty to warm me up. My Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe and this Hot Chocolate recipe are two recipes that I make time and time again, but sometimes I want to mix things up a little bit and try something new. One fall drink that I love to make on occasion is this Hot Apple Cider. It’s the perfect warm drink for a chilly fall day and a copycat version of the one you can get at Starbucks….at about a fraction of the price!.

This hot apple cider has everything you would want from a warm fall drink. The tartness of the apples combines with the sweetness of the brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon for a sweet treat you’ll love to the very last drop. Expect your kids to lick their cups clean and ask for more–this Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider is just that good! And after drinking these Infused Water recipes all day long, you’ll be happy to share a sweet treat together.

With a big dollop of whipped cream (store-bought or you can use my homemade whipped cream recipe) and a few sprinkles of cinnamon, you’ll think that you wondered into a fancy coffeehouse by mistake. You and your kids will love and enjoying making this Copycat Starbucks Hot Apple Cider all fall long. The cinnamon Dolce Syrup will keep for a while, so go ahead and make a big batch and just keep it in the refrigerator so you can make this hot apple cider any time you want!

Hot Apple Cider Recipe | Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider!

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Hot Apple Cider Recipe | Copycat Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider!

Ingredients

    For the Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • The Rest of the Ingredients
  • 2 cup Motts Apple Juice
  • 2 T Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Caramel Topping
  • Whipped Cream (store-bought or you can use my homemade whipped cream recipe

Instructions

    To Make the Syrup
  1. Bring syrup ingredients to a boil
  2. Lower the heat and let simmer until reduced by half (about 5 minutes)
  3. Allow to cool and store in a resealable container.
  4. To Make the Hot Apple Cider
  5. Place apple juice and 2T syrup in a microwaveable mug and stir.
  6. Microwave for approximately 2 minutes or until piping hot
  7. Top with whipped cream
  8. Drizzle with caramel topping.
  9. Enjoy!
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Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

When it comes to making your own spreads and condiments, you probably think of more common recipes like ketchup recipes, homemade ranch recipes, or this Apple Butter recipe, but have you ever thought about trying a Jalapeno Pepper Jelly recipe? This recipe definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you love jalapenos, this hot and sweet jelly is one you will definitely want to try. It uses the water bath canning method, so it’s really easy to make, and the results are one of a kind!

To make it, start by removing the seeds and veins from the jalapenos and then pureeing them in a food processor. This will help you achieve just the right consistency. Then, combine the ingredients on the stove and bring to a rolling boil. Once you have finished all the steps of the recipe below, your Jalapeno Pepper Jelly recipe will be ready to eat or store.

Just a note:  I strongly suggest that you wear gloves when chopping and seeding your peppers, especially if you have any cuts or even a hangnail on your fingers.  Even if you don’t and you wash your hands later, the oils in the peppers can stay on your hands for a while and you don’t want to take a chance on rubbing your eye if you still have the pepper juice on your fingers…..just trust me on this – I speak from experience!

Do you have men on your list that are difficult to buy for? Why not give them a jar of this Jalapeno Pepper Jelly along with this Easy Bread and Butter Pickle recipe for your next gift-giving occasion? They will love the thoughtful gift, and you won’t have to worry about them getting duplicates or wanting to return it. Food is one gift that anyone would love. Plus, you could even make several jars and knock out all of your Christmas shopping early this year in a single afternoon. Up for an adventure? Give it a try today!

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Rating: 41

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 5 half-pint hars

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 medium jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 box Ball Liquid Pectin (2 packages)
  • Green Food Coloring, if desired
  • 5 half pint jars, lids, and rings

Instructions

  1. Wash jars, lids, and rings with warm, soapy water. Place lids in small saucepan filled with simmering water until ready to use.
  2. Fill a water bath canner and bring to a simmer. Place clean jars inside to keep heated until ready to use.
  3. Slice the jalapeno peppers in half and remove seeds and veins. Puree the peppers and 1 cup of the cider vinegar in a food processor.
  4. In a saucepan, combine the pepper puree, remaining vinegar, and sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Add pectin, stirring immediately. Boil hard for one minute and remove from heat. Stir in food coloring (if desired).
  6. Remove jars from simmering canner and ladle hot jelly into them, leaving ¼” headspace. Wipe the rims clean with a damp cloth and affix lids and rings.
  7. Lower jars into canner and bring to a boil. Process for 10 minutes. Remove from canner and allow to cool. Check lids for sealing by pressing down in the center. If the lid flexes, the jar has not sealed. Reprocess or refrigerate for immediate use.
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Easy Apple Butter Recipe!

Easy Apple Butter Recipe for the Crockpot

If you’ve never tried making your own apple butter recipe, you don’t know what you are missing. It’s got all the yummy deliciousness of apples paired with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg, and the creamy texture is absolutely perfect for spreading on your morning toast or english muffins. As much as I love regular butter, this Apple Butter really takes things up a notch.

Now that apple season is upon us, you’ve probably already learned how to make applesauce or even tried your hand at making my homemade Crockpot Apple Crisp. I urge you not to stop there, though! This is one recipe you’ll want to make time and time again.

One of my favorite things about this Apple Butter recipe is the fact that it is so much healthier for you than traditional alternatives like margarine, jelly and cream cheese. After all, it’s hard to get healthier than a fruit that is known for keeping the doctor away! Plus, this recipe contains little else–just sugar and a few spices to really make the flavor pop. Whether you are on a diet or you are trying to be more choosy about the foods that you put into your body, this is one of the few breakfast spreads that you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Another great thing about this Apple Butter recipe is that it makes a really thoughtful and unique Christmas, birthday or housewarming gift as well. Instead of just making a single batch for yourself, make a double or triple batch and can the extras for later (to can it, you will use the water bath canning method and process pint jars for 10 minutes). Combine a couple jars of this Apple Butter, a loaf of fancy bread and a bottle of wine, and you’ve got a gift your recipient is sure to love.

Easy Apple Butter Recipe!

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Easy Apple Butter Recipe!

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Apples (Gala or McIntosh are best)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop your apples and place them in your slow cooker
  2. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over apples.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
  4. Reduce to low and cook for 10-12 hours until mixture turns dark brown.
  5. Use immersion blender to remove lumps or process in blender in batches.
  6. Remove the cover from your slow cooker and continue cooking for 1 to 2 hours or until mixture thickens.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Transfer to airtight containers and store in refrigerator,
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