Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

Who doesn’t love donuts? They are sweet, fun to eat an portion-controlled. The only problem is, they are also often fried and you have no idea what is in them. This from-scratch donut recipe is baked on the oven, easy and fun to make.

One great thing about this recipe is that it is fun to make with the kids. They can help pour and mix the batter and even ice the donuts. I do try to get my children involved as much as possible in making breakfast and, along with my Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes recipe and our “famous” French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries recipe, this is one of their favorites to help with (shockingly, they are always more willing to help cook when it is something sweet!)

You will need to pick up the baked donut pan (you can probably also get it at Michael’s, AC Moore, etc. You will also find the candy melts at those stores for much less than on Amazon!). This donut recipe yields 12 donuts!
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INGREDIENTS (yields 12)

Donut batter:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon juice or White Vinegar
  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted Butter

White Glaze:

  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).
  2. Preheat oven to 425. Spray Donut pan with non-stick spray
  3. Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Add milk, eggs and butter.
  5. Stir just until well mixed.
  6. Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn’t top center hole. donut-pan
  7. Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.
  8. Leave donut in pan for about 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and set on cooling rack.
  10. In a small bowl just big enough to dip donuts, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
  11. Dip top of donut in glaze.
  12. Hold above bowl allowing excess glaze to drip off and back in the bowl.
  13. Place donut on wax paper or return to cooling rack.
  14. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set.
  15. Heat Dark Cocoa Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Dip top of donut in chocolate glaze.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Donut Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 donuts

Ingredients

    For the Donut batter:
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon juice or White Vinegar
  • 2 beaten Eggs
  • 2 tbsp melted Butter
  • For the White Glaze:
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • For the Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 cup Dark Cocoa Candy Melts

Instructions

  1. Add lemon juice to milk (buttermilk substitute).
  2. Preheat oven to 425. Spray Donut pan with non-stick spray
  3. Combine dry donut ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Add milk, eggs and butter.
  5. Stir just until well mixed.
  6. Fill each ring of the donut pan about 2/3 but make sure it doesn't top center hole
  7. Bake about 8 minutes, until tops rebound when pressed.
  8. Leave donut in pan for about 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and set on cooling rack.
  10. In a small bowl just big enough to dip donuts, combine glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.
  11. Dip top of donut in glaze.
  12. Hold above bowl allowing excess glaze to drip off and back in the bowl.
  13. Place donut on wax paper or return to cooling rack.
  14. Wait a few minutes for the glaze to set.
  15. Heat Dark Cocoa Candy Chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Dip top of donut in chocolate glaze.
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Apple Waldorf Salad Recipe

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I love a good Waldorf Salad, but I usually only see them at summer picnics. Originally invented as an after-dinner palette cleanser by a chef at the Waldorf Astoria, this salad has seen several additions and variations. The original recipe calls for a mayonnaise base for the dressing, but some people prefer to make it with plain or even vanilla yogurt. I prefer the mayonnaise base, but try it your Waldorf Salad recipe both ways to find your favorite!

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup raisins of craisins
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Dash Pepper
  • Romaine Lettuce Leaves

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise (or yogurt), lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  2. Add the apple, celery, grapes, raisins/craisins and walnuts and toss to coat.
  3. Serve on top of a bed of fresh lettuce.

Serves 2

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

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My children love french toast but until recently, I had never tried french toast rollups, mainly because I thought that they would be too much of a pain to make and then my children wouldn’t like them. I am happy to say that I was wrong. Not only were these french toast roll ups easy to make, but my children loved them! In the future, I plan to try them with homemade apple pie filling or even mini chocolate chips or Nutella as a special treat!

One of the keys to making these turn out well is the bread.  You want to find a soft bread and use it almost immediately.  If you try to use more “healthy breads” – such as multigrain breads that are fabulous for sandwiches, but a little on the dry side, you might find your french toast roll ups tearing and the filling leaking out of them.  I am not saying that you have to use bread that is so full of chemicals that you can roll it up and bounce it off of a wall….but this is not the time to be a stickler about only using “healthy bread”. It needs to be soft and pliable for these to turn out well!

Hennyway…to make these French Toast Roll Ups, you will need:

french toast roll ups ingredients

  • 16 slices Soft Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Filling for the rollups – I used strawberry jam & cream cheese, but you can use any flavor jam or even mini chocolate chips!

To make them:
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In a shallow dish, mix together your cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.

remove crusts

Remove the crusts from the bread. This is one of the few times that I don’t get annoyed that I need to cut the crusts off of bread. Seriously – WHEN will my daughter start eating peanut butter sandwiches with the crusts on them? What is wrong with crusts?

But I digress….

flatten bread

Next you want to take a rolling pin or glass and flatten out the crusts. If your bread has any “airholes” in it, try to use your rolling pin to fill them in a bit.

add filling

Place a small strip of your filling on one end of the bread and roll them. Repeat with the rest of the bread and filling.

cook rollups

After that, you just dip them in the egg mixture, cook them and then immediately roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture!

Scroll down for the complete directions!

You might want to try these other breakfast recipes:

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

French Toast Roll Ups With Cream Cheese and Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 16 slices Soft Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • Filling for the rollups - I used strawberry jam & cream cheese, but you can use any flavor jam or even mini chocolate chips!

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together your cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In another shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside.
  3. Remove the crusts from the bread.
  4. Use a rolling pin or glass to flatten out the bread. If your bread has any "airholes" in it, try to use your rolling pin to fill them in a bit.
  5. Place a small strip of your filling on one end of the bread and roll them. Repeat with the rest of the bread and filling.
  6. Heat a non-stick skillet with the butter.
  7. Place the roll ups, seam side down in the skillet.
  8. Cook until golden brown, turning to brown on all sides.
  9. Remove the rolls one at a time and immediately roll to coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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Homemade Orange Creamsicle Pops Recipe

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Pops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

If your children are like mine, they want ice cream all the time and even more in the summer. While you can find some great deals on ice cream treats in the summer, it still doesn’t make up for the fact that most of them are just a combination of high-fructose corn syrup and water, along with some artificial flavorings!

And so, like my homemade watermelon sorbet recipe and my homemade Slurpee recipe (and even my homemade fruit roll-up recipe), this orange creamsicle pop recipe is a nice way to make your children happy and give them the treats that they crave, while still trying to “keep the ingredients real”.

If you already have popsicle molds at home, you are all set, but you might also want to try this Zoku Quick Pop Maker. It is a fun way to make popsicles with the kids and it really does work! There is also a larger version of the pop maker!

This does require a few more steps than regular popsicles because you want to keep an eye on the “orange juice stage” so that the entire pop doesn’t freeze. You are just looking for the outside to freeze, then you pour out the excess and then fill in the pop with the “cream part of the creamsicle”. Once you have done that, you can go about your day until the creamsicles are completely set.

This recipe will make about 3 pops, so adjust the quantity up if you want to make these in large batches! To make these Homemade Orange Creamsicle pops, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions: If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:

  1. Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.
  3. Place stick in position.
  4. Wait 3 1/2 minutes.
  5. Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.
  6. Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.
  7. Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).
  8. Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.

Directions: If you are not using a Zoku:

  1. Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  2. Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  3. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  4. Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  5. Use hot water to release from molds.

Serve and enjoy!

How To Get Started With Meal Planning

Getting started with meal planning

How to Get Started on Meal-Planning

Meal Planning is one of the biggest ways you can save money in your family’s food budget. The problem is, for  someone who has never made out a meal plan, the idea can be overwhelming. You may not know where to start or how to do it effectively. Here are some tips to get you started on meal-planning

How to Get Started on Meal Planning

Get the right tools together. You will need a weekly planner, either one that is on paper in a book or one that is on a dry erase board and a notebook to jot down ideas and shopping lists. You will need this to be able to effectively organize and make sure you plan meals and snacks for all days.

Sit down and make a list of all meals your family loves and that fit within your budget. Ask them for input if you need ideas. This is not for scheduling, but more so you have a group of recipes to choose from for your planning. Make sure you include snacks, desserts, breakfast, lunches and dinner. Don’t worry if you don’t make it very often, this is more for brain-storming.

Now that you have those two things in order, these are the steps you should take each week you meal plan:

  1. Check local ads for what is on sale so you can build your meals around that. Make sure to include any coupon deals as well.
  2. Make sure to take into account any leftovers you could have from these meals and make plans for them either this week or the next (stick them in the freezer if you can to save them for when you need them).
  3. Note days that will be especially busy. Make sure to plan for fast meals these days.
  4. Make a list for what you will need from the store. Note amounts you will need so you don’t buy too much or too little.
  5. Make out your weekly plan. You may want to display it where others can see so you won’t have to hear the, “What’s for dinner?’ question every night.
  6. When you get home from the store, do some of the prep work for meals (you might want to check out my Freezer to Crockpot series!). This will save you time in the evenings and for meals like breakfast as well.

To make it easier to plan meals, try doing daily themes. You could do Meatless Mondays or Taco Tuesday. This just means you will be rotating something into that slot for that day each week and it will cut down on the time spent figuring things out. If you are making family favorites on those days, your family might even look forward to those days!

If you are stumped on meal ideas, try searching online. There are so many recipes to make that fit a budget-minded meal planner. Just follow me on Pinterest for so many meal ideas!

Don’t make too much work for yourself to start. Coming up with a whole month of meals can be daunting. Instead, pick a day each week to plan the meals your family will be enjoying for the following week. Once you have that mastered, if you still want to, move onto monthly planning.

What are your best tips for meal planning?

Strawberry, Walnut and Spinach Salad with Homemade Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Homemade Dressing

You know how we talked the other day about how to grow your own strawberries? Well, my strawberries are already coming in (just picked a few off this morning – delicious!) and this Strawberry, Walnut and Spinach Salad is sure to be on my lunch menu all summer long!

The best part about the dressing is that you make it with ingredients that you likely already have on hand and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week if you want to whip up some extra for later. You can also toast up some extra walnuts when you make this for the first time and they too will keep in an air-tight container (at room temperature) for a week. Just be sure to let them completely cool before putting them in the container or they will get soggy!

To make this Strawberry, Walnut and Spinach Salad, you will need:

For the Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lb Strawberries, hulls removed
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar

For the Salad:

  • Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Strawberries, chopped
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • Walnuts

Making it is easy!

  1. Place all of dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Toast walnuts in a skillet over low heat until slightly brown.
  3. Place Spinach on plates and top with strawberries and walnuts.
  4. Add shaved parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Serve with the salad dressing.

Enjoy!

You might also like these other salad recipes:

Campfire Potatoes on the Grill

Campfire Potatoes on the Grill

If you are a camper, you have probably at some point made campfire potatoes. It is an easy dish to make with minimal cleanup. But campfire potatoes can really be made anywhere you have an open flame and we love to make them at home on the grill. Not only are they delicious, but they won’t heat up your house and it is one less dish to have to clean after dinner.

We have tried many different variations of potatoes on the grill and the general consensus in our house is that red potatoes work out the best. They just have a sweeter taste that is just perfect for this recipe. You can cut them in slices as shown, or cut them in wedges and they will still cook up fine!

To make these campfire potatoes on the grill, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb New Red Potatoes
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice potatoes and onion into 1/8 – 1/4″ slices.
  2. Grab a large piece of aluminum foil (large enough to fold over and to be able to roll up edges to make a packet) and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Place potatoes and onion in center of foil
  3. Top with garlic, butter, Worcestershire and cayenne.

    campfire potatoes process

  4. Fold packet over and roll edges to close.
  5. Place grill over medium heat 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

    campfire potatoes process 2

  6. To cook in the oven, place foil packet in a 350 oven for 35-40 minutes (place a cookie sheet on the rack underneath to catch any possible dripping)

Serve and enjoy!

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

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I have a family of bacon-lovers. It’s not my first choice of foods, but my husband and boys would eat it every day if they could (or I would make it). One of the reasons that I don’t make it that often is that I hate having to scrub down the stove after I make it. The grease splatters everywhere (including on me) and I always seem to get hit with a random “pop” of grease. My husband always tells me to just cook the bacon in the microwave, but I try to avoid using our microwave for anything but reheating food and it seems that the bacon never gets crispy when you cook it in there.

I had heard of people who do cook bacon in the oven and I decided to give it a try – and I will never cook bacon any other way again! Not only was I able to cook an entire pound at once, I didn’t have to really watch it and I didn’t have to flip it. Unlike when you cook it on the stovetop, there is no splattering when you cook bacon in the oven. The bacon just happily bubbles away for about 18 minutes and turns in to the crispy bacon that so many people love!. Cleanup is a breeze as long as you take my advice and line your baking sheet with foil – just carefully roll up the foil and throw it away along with all the grease!

So without further ado: How To Cook Bacon in the Oven

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon
  • aluminum foil
  • jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with raised sides

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Line your baking sheet with foil, letting the foil extend up. This will make cleanup easier later
  3. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the foil. Do not overlap the slices or they will stick together when they cook. Use 2 baking sheets if you need to - you can cook both at the same time!
  4. Place baking sheets in the oven
  5. After 12 minutes, remove baking sheets and pour off some of the bacon grease (you can also use a paper towel to soak some of it up).
  6. Return baking sheets to oven
  7. After another 5 minutes, check the bacon for doneness. Continue to bake until bacon reaches desired crispiness.
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Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp | Copycat Recipe!

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There are just certain dishes that I love to have when I go out to eat and Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp is one of them! Unfortunately, the nearest Bonefish Grill is not terribly convenient for me and my husband is more of a “meat & potatoes” kind of guy, so we don’t often find ourselves there for meals.

But like most restaurant favorites, if you look and experiment for long enough, you are likely to be able to recreate the same recipe at home and this copycat Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp recipe is about as close as you are going to get to the “real thing” (and it is much cheaper to make it at home!).

This recipe calls for 2 sauces that may have unfamiliar names to you, but if you look at the picture of the ingredients, you should recognize them and be able to find them in the ethnic food section of your supermarket (definitely the Huy Fong sauce….if you have a problem finding the Mae Ploy sauce, you can always get it on Amazon!).

Unless peanut allergies are an issue in your family, you want to make sure to use peanut oil for the frying. I know that there are cheaper varieties of oil that you can use but trust me when I say that the peanut oil will give the shrimp the flavor it needs to be a true copycat recipe!

Lastly – the Miracle Whip….I know not everyone is a fan of it but, once again, it is a key ingredient that shouldn’t be changed. If you don’t typically keep it in your house, just get the smallest jar possible at the supermarket!

To make it, you will need:

Ingredients:

bang bang shrimp ingredients

  • 10 oz Raw Shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup Mae Ploy Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 3 Green Onions sliced
  • Peanut Oil for frying

Making it is easy!

Mix Miracle Whip and both chili sauces in a medium bowl. Place butttermilk in a small bowl and the cornstarch in a separate small bowl

bang bang shrimp sauce

Pour about 1/2″ – 1″ peanut oil in to a heavy skillet (cast iron is best) and heat oil to 350.

Dip each shrimp in buttermilk, then in the cornstarch and then in to the heated oil.

bang bang shrimp frying

Deep fry the shrimp until lightly brown.

Remove shrimp from the oil and place on plate that has been lined with paper towel to absorb the excess grease.

Toss the shrimp in chili sauce mixture to coat.

Serve the on bed of lettuce and top with chopped sliced green onions.

Enjoy!

copycat bang bang shrimp recipe

Crockpot Chicken Tacos + More Easy Healthy Recipes

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When people think of “easy healthy recipes”, tacos don’t usually come to mind. That’s because they haven’t tried these Crockpot Chicken Tacos!

Tacos can really be and healthy or as unhealthy as you want them to be. If you use deep-fried taco shells and load them up with beef, cheese and sour cream – then they will be a diet disaster. But swap out the taco shells for flour tortillas, make them with chicken instead of beef and load them with lettuce, tomato and just a little cheese? You end up with a much healthier dinner!

To make these Crockpot Chicken Tacos, you will need:

crockpot chicken tacos ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 12 Tortillas or Taco Shells
  • Your favorite toppings

Making them is easy:

crockpot chicken tacos prep

Just add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until chicken falls apart easily.
crockpot chicken tacos cooked

Remove chicken breasts, shred with 2 forks and return chicken to the slow cooker. Cook for another 30 minutes.
Scroll down for the complete directions!
You might want to also try these other easy healthy recipes:

Crockpot Chicken Tacos + Easy Healthy Recipes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Crockpot Chicken Tacos + Easy Healthy Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Corn Starch
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 12 Soft Taco Tortillas
  • Your favorite toppings such as diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker
  2. Cook on low about 5 hours or until chicken falls apart easily.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker and use 2 forks to shred the chicken.
  4. Return chicken to the slow cooker and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Fill tortillas with about 1/4 cup of the chicken. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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3 Sweet and Simple Candy Recipes

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3 Sweet and Simple Candy Recipes

Need some sweet treats for upcoming bake sales or holiday goodies? Here are some super simple candy recipes that you can make with every day ingredients for any occasion!

Easy Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peppermint candies

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Start by melting the semisweet chocolate chips and spreading them over the bottom of the pan. Warm up and melt the white chocolate chips and pour over the top of the semisweet chocolate layer. Crush the peppermint candies with a rolling pin (inside a freezer bag) and sprinkle over the top. Place the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer and let it harden for at least an hour.

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Mini candy liners

Start by melting the chocolate chips. Add in the vanilla and set aside for a minute. Put the mini candy liners into a mini muffin pan or on a baking sheet. Drop chocolate into the liners for the bottom of the cups. Microwave the peanut butter for a few seconds to it’s easy to use. Drop small amounts into the chocolate. Top with another layer of chocolate so the peanut butter is covered. Refrigerate or freeze for at least one hour before sampling.

Gumdrops

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce unflavored gelatin powder
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups fruit juice
  • 2 cups jam (any flavors you wish!)

Combine 2/3 cup of the juice with the gelatin powder. Stir and let it set up for a few minutes. Heat the rest of the juice and 1 ½ cups of sugar on the stovetop until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the jam and cook the mixture until it thickens. Add in the gelatin mixture and cook a bit more until it’s all integrated. Pour into an 8×8 pan and let it set up. Once it’s set up, cut into small pieces and roll in the remaining sugar.

What are your favorite simple candy recipes?

Blueberry Mint Infused Water

Blueberry Mint Infused Water

We all know that we should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and for most people, it is much easier to do in the summer when it is hot. It is even easier when your water tastes delicious and this Blueberry Mint Infused Water can help you do just that!

Even if it isn’t a struggle for you to get enough water in to your body, drinking infused water can just lift up your mood. I absolutely love the flavor of mint (and it is good for digestion) and have it growing in my herb garden. Just the smell of it makes me happy so it just makes sense to add it to my water. As for the blueberries? They are chock-full of antioxidents and after they have flavored my water, give me a nice healthy snack!

As for the mason jars? I just like drinking out of them and I think that they make for a nice presentation on any table at a party! My kids prefer to drink out of the “regular mouth canning jars” because they say that it feels more like a regular glass, but I happen to like the feel of the Kerr jars in my hand…it’s really just a matter of personal preference (and what you have on hand). Unlike champagne, the shape of the glass won’t affect the taste.

Except now that I typed that, I am thinking of infusing champagne with some blueberry and mint….which means that I will need to drink some extra water to counteract the dehydrating effect of the champagne…which means that I will need to infuse some more water.

Hennyway……

This recipe is for a single-serving of infused water but the truth is, I tend to make this by the pitcher and drink it all day long!

Blueberry Mint Infused Water Ingredients:

  • One 8 oz. canning jar
  • ¼ cup of fresh blueberries, left whole
  • 1/8 cup of fresh mint leaves, rinsed

Directions –

  1. Add the fresh blueberries and fresh mint leaves to your 8 oz. canning jar. Rip the leaves in half or crush with a muddler for more flavor.
  2. Using a spoon or a fork to gently mash the blueberries. This will let the juice out of the fruit to infuse your water.
  3. Fill the jar with water, place the cover on, give it a good shake and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

**If you’d prefer to use a larger canning jar, simply double or triple the recipe ingredients and refrigerate overnight.

You might want to try these other drink recipes to help you stay cool this summer: