Bacon Olive Cheese Bread Recipe

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This Bacon Olive Cheese Bread Recipe is a crowd pleaser and can feed a crowd with items that are already in your pantry. Plus, it is super easy and fast! From start to finish in less than 35 minutes and can be made ahead and frozen.

I’m always on the hunt for an appetizer that I can make with items in my pantry.

And more specifically, I’m always on the hunt for an appetizer recipe with two of my favorite ingredients…olives and bacon.

(Seriously, when I saw the Mediterranean Diet a couple of years ago, I decided that I had died and gone to heaven because it encourages the eating of olives and drinking of wine. What woman wouldn’t be happy with that diet?..but I digress.)

This Bacon Olive Cheese Bread Recipe is a winner because

a. It has olives.
b. It has bacon.
c. It feeds a huge crowd. Serves 16 people!!
d. Can be made ahead and frozen. Just thaw and bake.

And don’t skimp on the quality of your olives! I know you can find inexpensive olives on sale, but splurge and look for Olives from Spain. (You can find the logo on the can). Please refer to the Olives from Spain Fact Sheet and the website for more information on types and usage ideas.

Plus, this recipe is filling! It is perfect for an appetizer party or if you are having a wine and cheese party and are looking for an appetizer with a little more substance.

This month, Olives from Spain will head to Miami for the country’s premiere food festival. If you are lucky enough to attend the renowned South Beach Wine and Food Festival, be sure to stop by the Olives from Spain station to sample some tasty bites. The event is expecting approximately 18,000 attendees.

(PS: My recipe was a combination of two recipes…one from The Pioneer Women and one from my tried-and-true Junior League Cookbook. And then of course, I added in a couple of ingredients of my own.)

This Bacon Olive Cheese Bread Recipe is a crowd pleaser and can feed a crowd with items that are already in your pantry. Plus, it is super easy and fast! From start to finish in less than 35 minutes and can be made ahead and frozen.

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Kid-Approved No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe {Great Alternative to Granola Bars}

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Have you FAILED at making homemade granola bars before? NO MORE. This Kid Approved No Bake Energy Bites Recipe is an awesome, super easy no-bake alternative to pre-made granola bars. Bonus: Your kids think they are dessert and it's HEALTHY.




A few weeks ago, I was lamenting about my son’s addiction to granola bars.

It went a little something like this…

I watched my son pack his lunch.

Sandwich. Chips. Radishes. Four GRANOLA BARS. (WTH?)

When asked, he said it was because he needed one for lunch, two for snack and one for his girlfriend. (Again, WTH?)

I did the math quickly in my head and realized my son was eating about $1 in granola bars a day. In order to not go in debt over granola bars, I decided it was time to make my own recipe.

Before I go any further, I have a confession. This is not my first time at the “I’ll bake my own granola bars” rodeo. I’ve been here before. I’ve tried to make my own granola bars/energy bites at least a half-dozen times. Each time had the same result, they end up in the trash and I wonder WHY IN THE HELL DO PEOPLE MAKE THEM FROM SCRATCH BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BAD.

So, I did a little research, talked to a couple of my girlfriends, and created a hybrid recipe of my own with the help of the recipes from The Greenbacks Gal and Smashed Peas & Carrots.

And they were AWESOME!

I love this recipe for the following reasons.

  1. It’s freakin’ easy. Like you can’t mess it up.
  2. Your kids think they are eating dessert. They aren’t. You’ve tricked them. {Enter maniacal laugh.}
  3. You can add your own super-food dried fruit to suit any picky palate. My kids get dates in their bites and don’t even know it. They swear everything is chocolate. {Enter maniacal laugh, again.} Me, I love dried blueberries (I get them at Costco).

So, take THAT bad-granola-bars-bites rodeo! I’ve created a winner that my family asks for week after week.

Have you FAILED at making homemade granola bars before? NO MORE. This Kid Approved No Bake Energy Bites Recipe is an awesome, super easy no-bake alternative to pre-made granola bars. Bonus: Your kids think they are dessert and it's HEALTHY.



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Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie Recipe

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Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie Recipe. The name says it all. Salted Caramel. Pretzel. Cookie. Let's just say, this cookie has solved many world issues. I promise...this cookie will change your life.

I’m just going to lay it all of the line for you…

This cookie, well it is the ‘schnitz.

The name says it all. Salted Caramel. Pretzel. Cookie. Those three phrases alone are perfect, put them together, well, let’s just say marriages have been brokered, discounts have been granted, and allowances have been increased due to this recipe.

Without a doubt, this Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie Recipe is my favorite. It has a few extra steps, but it is so worth it.

Note: You are going to make your own caramel. DON’T FREAK OUT. CARAMEL IS EASY. FEEL EMPOWERED!!! How many other people do you know that make caramel from scratch? No one. That’s right…these cookies are bragging rights, peeps!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie Recipe. The name says it all. Salted Caramel. Pretzel. Cookie. Let's just say, this cookie has solved many world issues. I promise...this cookie will change your life.


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Kid-Friendly White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy Cookies

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These are like CRACK! Like a Nestle Crunch Bar got it on with a white chocolate peanut butter cup...luckily they are super easy to make and can be whipped up in under 15 minutes. Enjoy this No-Bake Cookie - White Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Krispy Cookies
I’m an obsessive Holiday Cookie maker.

It’s the one time of the year that I throw all caution (and calorie counting) to the wind and make every kind of cookie or treat my family desires. In fact, on December 1st, we sat down and had a family baking and strategy session (you’ll understand why I said strategy here in a second) and came up with 11 different kinds of cookies we wanted to make this year.

It’s a strategy because of the math that looks like this…

11 types of cookies x 3 dozen per type of cookie = 396 cookies

At the top of everyone’s the list, White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy No-Bake Cookies.

(In all fairness, the actual recipe is called Vinny’s Fudge. But “Vinny” isn’t a very good descriptor in the blog world, so hence my long title. Plus, I have no idea who Vinny is…)

But Vinny, is his/her wisdom, put white chocolate, Planters Creamy Peanut Butter, dry-roasted peanuts, puffed rice cereal, and marshmallows together. And by some act of amazingness, maybe a chemical reaction that happens when all of these ingredients meet, they create little bits of awesomeness that are highly addictive.

(Like so addictive that I had to get up from my computer and go eat one while working on this post.)

These are very kid-friendly to make because you only have to warm up the white chocolate in the microwave and everything else is dump, mix, and drop.

And you might want to double up on this recipe if you’ve never had it before, because the first batch may be gone 24 hours after making. #justsayin Good thing there are up to $20 in Kraft Printable Coupons available on Target.com. Just a way for Kraft to give you a little help for the holidays while making Christmas Cookies or your Christmas Dinner.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bar Recipe

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Do you love Williams-Sonoma White Chocolate Peppermint Bark? Here is a copycat White Chocolate Peppermint Bar Recipe that is SO EASY and its one secret ingredient makes it taste exactly like its expensive counterpart.

Williams-Sonoma White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is amazing.

It’s also FREAKIN’ expensive.

I’ve tried recreating it a gazillion times…each time it was close, but not quite right.

That is…until I came across this recipe in a Food Network Magazine and I realize I was missing a very important ingredient…

Peppermint Oil

This is not to be confused with peppermint extract. Extract can make your chocolate seize (aka get really freakin’ hard.) Also, if you don’t get Food Network Magazine  and you love to cook, you need it. It’s like where all great recipes go to be found. But I digress.

So I followed the recipe to the letter and I now have my own version of Williams-Sonoma White Chocolate Peppermint Bark.

Do you love Williams-Sonoma White Chocolate Peppermint Bark? Here is a copycat White Chocolate Peppermint Bar Recipe that is SO EASY and its one secret ingredient makes it taste exactly like its expensive counterpart.

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Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

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I get it. A Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe is a bit of a oxymoron. If you love the tastes of a gingersnap, but just wish it was chewy, this is your cookie.

I get it.

A Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe is a bit of a oxymoron.

Chewy? Snappy? Cookie?

And you are wondering…did you go to college?

Do you ever have “that cookie” that you make and all 30 cookies are gone within a 24-hour time period?

Peeps, meet the Chewy Gingersnap Cookie.

I’ve always been a fan of gingersnaps. I love the mix of ginger, cinnamon, sugar, and SOMETHING that makes them irresistible with tea or a hot cup of coffee. But I was greedy. So I wanted all of the taste profiles of a gingersnap cookie, but I wanted it to be chewy. And eventually, after a few tries, I found it.

So it is a confused cookie, aren’t we all? But, oh, my friends…it is absolutely the best chewy gingersnap cookie that ever existed.

Note: My son. Who is 11, can rock this cookie like no ones business. Yes, if my cooking-challenged pre-teen can make it, I guarantee you can rock it too.

I get it. A Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe is a bit of a oxymoron. If you love the tastes of a gingersnap, but just wish it was chewy, this is your cookie.


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Peanut Butter Toffee Cookie Recipe

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Um, Peanut Butter. Check. Toffee. Check. Soft Cookie that melts in your mouth? Check. I guarantee there will be no one who can resist having one (or five). Enjoy this Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies Recipe.

Sometimes worlds collide.

Like when a Heath Toffee Candy Bar decides to collide with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and have offspring.

No, seriously. I’m pretty there was some Al Green music coming out of my pantry the other day.

All kidding aside, if something like that did happen, it would create these  Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies. These cookies are a great “collision” of peanuty goodness, rich toffee, and a super-dooper soft cookie. It is almost impossible to each just one because they are so stinkin’ good.

Ask my family. The wolfed down close to two dozen in a 24 hour period.

So if you ever hear strange “mood” music from your pantry, just walk away and let the collision happen. You might be surprised what amazing offspring will show up.

Um, Peanut Butter. Check. Toffee. Check. Soft Cookie that melts in your mouth? Check. I guarantee there will be no one who can resist having one (or five). Enjoy this Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies Recipe.

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Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe

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My husband loved Pecan Sandies from Keebler. I looked at the ingredients and about died. Solution...use this Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe with a TON less sugar, lots more flavor, and ingredients you can name.

My husband loves Keebler Pecan Sandies.

In fact, he goes bonkers for this pre-packaged buy-at-the-grocery-store cookie.

I used to be a dutiful wife and buy him a package or two every now and again.

And then I read the ingredients.

And then no more Keebler Pecan Sandies in the house.

So when I found this Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe in Barefoot Contessa’s Foolproof Cookbook,  I gave it a shot. I kept hoping this low-sugar-with-all-ingredients-I-can-pronouce would fulfill Hubs craving for Pecan Sandies.

It did. And they are by far and away his favorite homemade cookie. And for a non-pecan girl, the shortbread in this cookie is HARD to beat.

Two items of note:

  • Don’t cut corners and not toast the pecans. I’ve done this cookies both ways (toast and no-toast…yes, I cut corners too) and there is a DRAMATIC difference in the taste profile with toasted pecans.
  • It’s your choice on the sugar. You can substitute white cane sugar for the turbinado and the cookies will be great. However, if you use the turbinado sugar, the cookies will be FREAKIN’ amazing. Trust me.

My husband loved Pecan Sandies from Keebler. I looked at the ingredients and about died. Solution...use this Homemade Pecan Sandies Recipe with a TON less sugar, lots more flavor, and ingredients you can name.

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