Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce (+ $100.00 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway)

Simple and delicious Bread Pudding topped with a sweet Vanilla Bean Sauce.  The perfect dessert to serve at any occasion. Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce | Mother Thyme

Syllabub, Blackberry and Apple Crumble, Banoffee Pie or one of my favorites, Sticky Toffee Pudding are just some of the delicious British desserts that have been around for generations. I love British culture.  From the style, the traditions and of course the food, I love all things British.

Years ago I traveled to London.  I fell in love with the city and the culture.  I traveled there from Paris on the Chunnel.  I wandered the city, past Big Ben and Hyde Park.  Of course a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Buckingham Palace.  I loved dining at little restaurants around town. It’s a beautiful city that I hope travel to again someday.

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Bring a taste of England right to your own kitchen with Tate+Lyle® Sugars.  Whether you are hosting a dinner party with friends, or a small luncheon and afternoon tea with the girls, good food is always the center of it all.  Serve a bowl of seasonal fruit like apples, pears, peaches or berries sprinkled with Tate+Lyle® Sugars for a simple dessert, or use in any of your favorite dessert recipes like this to die for Bread Pudding topped with a Vanilla Bean Sauce.  You have never had Bread Pudding like this!  It is the perfect ending to any gathering.  It is so easy and everyone will be asking for more.  Made with simply french bread, milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, dried fruit, pecans, and Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar with a hint of molasses.  A dessert fit for royalty year round.

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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 servings

Bread Pudding with Vanilla Bean Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of day old French bread cut into large bite size cubes (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Bean Sauce
  • 1 cup Tate+Lyle® Organic Pure Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise and beans removed.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray with cooking spray a 9-inch springform pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss cubed bread, cranberries and nuts.
  3. In another large bowl mix milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. In a small bowl whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until blended then stir into milk mixture.
  5. Add bread, cranberries and pecans and gently stir until it has almost absorbed all of the milk mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes until top is golden brown and center of pudding comes out clean with a tester.
  7. Place pan on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Vanilla Bean Sauce
  9. While pudding is cooling, add sugar, butter, cream, vanilla beans and pod to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  10. Reduce heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean pod and allow to cool slightly.
  12. Pour over bread pudding or serve on the side.
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Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway from MorningStar Farms


Eat smart with these easy and delicious MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers topped with leafy greens, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese on a bakery ciabatta roll.

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I love a good burger.

Load it up with fresh greens, cheese and tomatoes on a bakery style bun, and I’m in burger heaven.

Gourmet style burgers are my favorite.  With the MorningStar Farms variety of burgers like Spicy Black Bean Burgers, Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burgers and Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers, I can create a gourmet style veggie burger that is a good source protein right in my own kitchen.  They are quick, easy and so tasty!  I love to pop these burgers on my panini, to create a delicious and healthy meal for my family.  They can even be prepared right on the grill!

MorningStar Farms has over 30+ products including Buffalo Chick Patties and even a Baja Black Bean Pizza.  With over 600+ recipes on their website, they offer more ways to eat smart.

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MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers are absolutely delicious!  They are bursting with flavor that taste like they just came from a gourmet deli.  They are perfect for a summer picnic outdoors along with fresh fruit and a big leafy salad tossed simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a healthy meal.

My favorite way to serve these burgers is on a ciabatta roll topped with a variety of greens like a spring mix, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese and a simple garlic and dill aioli.  Don’t want the roll?  Try this in a salad.  Simply slice a cooked burgers and toss it with the spring mix, tomatoes, feta and aioli for a tasty meal.  MorningStar Farms makes it easy to eat smart, whether you go meatless every day, or every now and then.

The MorningStar Farms Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burgers and Spicy Black Bean Burgers are new favorites of mine too.  I made these with the same toppings, as the Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers and they are so good! I made both of these for my mom and I for lunch recently, and she couldn’t stop raving about them.  She is always looking for new ways to eat smart, and she can’t wait to make these again at home.

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With MorningStar Farms, you can a variety of delicious meals that are good for you!  Visit MorningStar Farms website for more information including more recipes ideas, and a list of all their delicious products.

MorningStar Farms is giving away a $100.00 Visa gift card to one lucky Mother Thyme reader!  For your chance to win, comment on this post telling us what MorningStar Farms product you want to try.

Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box (4 patties) MorningStar Farms Chickpea Burgers
  • 1/2 cup Spring lettuce mix or your favorite green mix
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • Garlic and Dill Aioli
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare burgers as desired based on package instructions.
  2. Spread ciabatta roll with aioli. Add burger and top with spring mix, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese.
  3. Garlic and Dill Aioli
  4. In a small bowl mix, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, dill and salt and pepper until blended. While stirring, stream in olive oil until combined.
  5. Cover until ready to serve.
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Vidalia Onion Farm Tour (#VisforVidalia) + $500.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

Learn more about Georgia grown Vidalia Onions.  Sweet, delicious and perfect in so many recipes!  

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 A few weeks ago I visited the Vidalia onion farms located in none other than Vidalia, Georgia.

There were fields and fields of sweet Vidalia onions everywhere.

I was in Vidalia heaven.

Georgia grown Vidalia Onions are a personal favorite.  These sweet and delicious onions are available seasonally from late April until September.

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I was getting up close and personal with these beautiful Vidalia’s that were ready to burst from the soil.

DID YOU KNOW?

Keep your Vidalia onions fresh by wrapping them in a paper towel and placing them in your refrigerator crisper with the vents closed and they will last for a long time!  Trust me, it works!  Give it a try!  

If you store some of your produce together in a bin, don’t keep your Vidalia’s with potatoes, which will make them go bad quicker.

WHAT MAKES A VIDALIA ONION A VIDALIA ONION?

Vidalia onions are grown in Southeast Georgia where you will find the right climate and soil with a low amount of sulfur to produce these sweet and delicious onions.  The majority of Vidalia onion farms are multi-generational, family-owned and operated.  

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MEET THE GROUP! 

From left to right  – Brenda from a farmgirl’s dabbles, Alyce Head, Editorial Director for Cooking with Paula Deen, Julie from the little kitchen, Maria, mom of Stacie from The Divine Miss Mommy, Susan Waters, Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee, Liz from A Nut in a Nutshell, Paula from bell’alimento, Karen from In the Kitchen with KP, me hiding in the back, Crystal from Mrs. Happy Homemaker, Susan from Doughmesstic, Meredith from In Sock Monkey Slippers, Christine from Cook the Story, Julia, Associate Editor for Cooking with Paula Deen.  

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HOW SWEET IT IS!

I was honored to attend the weekend long event with 10 other talented food bloggers and writers.  We had the opportunity to tour the Vidalia fields of the McLain Family who have been growing Vidalia onions since 1986.  They gave us an insider tour of the day to day operations.  I love being able to connect with the farmers and getting a chance to learn more about the production, it’s fascinating.

Next time you are at the grocery store and you pick up a bag of Vidalia Onions, just think they came from here…

A PEEK INSIDE THE VIDALIA ONION MUSEUM

With a visit to the Vidalia Onion Museum, you can learn more about where Georgia’s official vegetable began.  Believe it or not, it started in the 1930′s when farmers were looking to create a new crop during the Great Depression.  Farmers began selling them at the farmers’ market.  Buzz began to spread about “those sweet onions from Vidalia” and the name was born.  Piggly Wiggly grocery store started selling Vidalia Onions in their stores, and before you know it everyone fell in love with sweet Vidalia’s.  

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I love this!  Piggly Wiggly reminds me of family vacations to the Outer Banks when I was young.

 EVEN SHREK LOVES VIDALIA ONIONS!  

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a day on the farm - Vidalia Onions | Mother Thyme
AND OF COURSE THERE WAS FOOD…

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Oh, the food.

Applebee’s prepared a delicious luncheon that featured The Grilled Vidalia Sirlion that is now available on Applebee’s summer menu.  A must try!

And I am still dreaming of the most delicious Vidalia Onion Cheesecake.  Trust me, I think we all wanted to lick our plates, it was so good!

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We were treated to an amazing variety of Vidalia inspired dishes and even attended the Vidalia Onion Festival where we had a chance to listen to some great music under the stars in Vidalia.  

It was the perfect weekend of southern hospitality at its finest!

A big thank you to the Vidalia Onion Committee for the “sweet” weekend!

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Keep in touch with the latest updates about Vidalia onions and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Looking for some yummy Vidalia onion recipes?  Stay tuned!  I have a delicious Vidalia Onion and Bacon Cheese Dip and Campfire Burgers topped with Vidalia Onions and a killer Campfire Sauce coming up that you will certainly want to whip up this Memorial Day weekend!

 

Vidalia Onion and Bacon Cheese Dip | Mother Thyme

Campfire Burgers | Mother Thyme

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WIN A $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD + A SWAG BAG FROM THE VIDALIA ONION COMMITTEE!   

The Vidalia Onion Committee is giving away a $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD to one lucky MT reader! 

Yes, that’s right friends, $500.00 VISA GIFT CARD!

To enter, simply use the entry form below.

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Thank you Vidalia Onion Committee for sponsoring this generous giveaway! 

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES!

A few of my amazing blogging friends have teamed up so you have MORE CHANCES TO WIN!  Each of them are also giving away a GIFT CARDS thanks to the Vidalia Onion Committee!   Make sure you visit their blogs to enter their giveaways and earn additional entries here!  That means more chances for you to win! 

In the Kitchen with KP

Mrs. Happy Homemaker

A Nut in a Nutshell

The Divine Miss Mommy

Thank you Christine from Cook the Story for capturing great photos of the weekend! 

Disclosure-  Vidalia Onion Committee paid for my travel and expenses to Vidalia, but I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions, as always are my own.  

 

 

 

 

American Express Offers (+ $100 AMEX Gift Card Giveaway!)


Enjoy immediate savings from brands you love without having to use codes or clip coupons with Amex Offers ~ available to American Express Card Members.  

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Vacations.

Shopping.

A day at the spa.

Dinner at my favorite restaurant.

Decorating the kid’s room.

Then, redecorating their room again.

These are just some of the amazing benefits and offers I have been able to enjoy being an American Express cardholder for over a decade.

When I first received my American Express years ago I felt so grown up.  Silly, I know but it’s the truth.  When I open my wallet and see that shiny gold card, I feel secure.

As a busy mom of three year old twins, I am always on the go.  From getting gas while on my way to run errands such as stopping at the grocery store, mailing packages at the post office or grabbing a quick bite to eat, all I need with me is my American Express.

With my American Express in my pocket and my kiddos by my side, I can get all my errands down and reap the benefits of being an American Express cardholder.

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When the kiddos and Mr. Mother Thyme are tucked into bed, I can finally enjoy some alone time.  What I love to do is grab a glass of tea (or wine), my laptop and shop online.  It is so convenient for me to shop in the comfort of my own home and not have to worry about running around from store to store trying to find what I am looking for.  American Express has made it so easy for me to enjoy shopping online and great savings without having to spend time looking for codes or even clipping coupons with Amex Offers.

Amex Offers is so easy!  I just simply login using my American Express account ID on AmexOffers.com.  Once I’m logged in, I can see my offers for shopping, dining and more, right from my account dashboard.  I can scroll to see all the great savings and I just need to click Save Offer to add the offer to my card.  Once I am ready to take advantage of my offer, I use my American Express like I normally would when I pay and the savings is credited to my bill. 

That means I can buy my daughter a cute little dress and my son a pair sneakers from my favorite kid’s store, and when I make the purchase using my American Express card and I simply save the offer in my account, I will see a credit on my billing statement!  

Love it!

I can even access great deals and savings by connecting my Amex Card to my social media sites like Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter and TripAdvisor to add offers to my Card right from those places. 

The best part is these savings are for stores and brands I love and use all the time.  Amex Offers are curated for me by American Express based on where I shop and where I currently am.  No matter where I am, I can take advantage of the savings in-store or online.  As long as I ‘Save’ the offer, I’ll be able to take advantage of the savings.  There are a TON of offers available!  Amex has more than $15 million in savings available for Card member!  Now that’s what I call an incredible deal! 

$100 AMEX GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!

One lucky MT reader will win a $100.00 AmericanExpress® GiftCard. To enter, simply leave a comment below about what you like most about Amex Offers? 

One winner will be chosen at random.  Good luck! 

Disclosure:  I was compensated for my review but all opinions about Amex Offers are my own.  

 

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Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic Kick Off plus Giveaway!

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Summertime is in full swing!  I love this time of year and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible.  I look forward to every Saturday heading to the Farmer’s Market for a bouquet of fresh flowers and local produce.  For many of us the weekends are spent enjoying cookouts with friends, catching up with relatives at family reunions and holiday celebrations like the 4th of July which is next week.

I have teamed up with other food bloggers to kick off the Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic.   We look forward to sharing with you delicious summer picnic recipes, perfect for all your summertime entertaining.

Let me introduce these incredible food bloggers that will be sharing their mouthwatering recipes this week.

Cook the Story
It’s Yummilicious
White Lights on Wednesday
{i love} my disorganized life
Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sweet Remedy
Big Bear’s Wife
Cravings of a Lunatic
Kokocooks
Katie’s Cucina
The Tasty Fork
Scarletta Bakes

To get the party started, I will be co-hosting a Twitter party today at 4:30pm EDT with author and Southern Living contributing editor Rebecca Lang where will be chatting about 4th of July recipes and entertaining ideas.  Join in the conversation using hashtag #FlavorsofSummer, or you can register ahead of time HERE.  There will be some great prizes too, so don’t miss out.

I have some of my favorite picnic recipes that I can’t wait to share with you starting tomorrow. 

Let’s kick off this picnic with a GIVEAWAY! 

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Info about the prizes:   Start celebrating the Flavors of Summer and enter below for a chance  to win 1 of 7 prize packages.  Each prize package includes a $50 Visa gift card,  an “I Love Avocados” t-shirt, the newly released cookbook “Summer Thyme” from  blogger Jennifer Dempsey, fresh Vidalia onions, and squeezable herbs from  Gourmet Garden.   The prize winners will be announced during our Virtual Picnic PinChatLive on Wednesday July 3rd, 4:30-5:30pm Eastern on The Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic Pinterest Board. Come to the board for an hour of PinChat Fun and find out if you won. You’ll also see questions pinned to the board. Every time you answer a question found on a pin, you’re entered to win yet another amazing prize. See you on Pinterest! (Note: we will also contact winners by email).

Please join me, the other amazing food bloggers and our amazing sponsors as we go on a week long virtual picnic! 

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Celebrate Sweet Vidalia Flavors of Summer with the great tastes of fresh Vidalia Onions, Avocados from Mexico, Gourmet Garden Herbs, Johnsonville Italian Sausage, mangos, watermelon and Stemilt Cherries. Great food and good friends make everyday a party to remember so start entertaining and visit www.flavors-of-summer.com for recipes, coupons and entertaining tips.

   

Anise Cookies + BeaterBlade Giveaway

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These anise cookies are very special to me.  They remind me of cookies I would make with my mother growing up.  She must have used anise in her Christmas cookie cutouts since that distinct anise flavor that are in these were in those cookies too.  We used to make our cookies in late November and freeze them.  As we got closer to Christmas we would spend the day frosting the cookies.  As a child it was so much fun frosting the cookies that were in shapes of Santa, Christmas trees and snowflakes.  I look forward to passing on those holiday baking traditions with my kids as well.

These darling Italian anise cookies are the last featured cookie for this seasons Christmas Cookie Countdown series.  If you plan on doing last minute baking this weekend before the big day, these are simple to make and a perfect addition your holiday cookie tray.  They are slightly sweet and buttery with just the right amount of anise.  They are topped with a simple anise glaze to layer the anise flavor and sprinkled with nonpareils.  If you are looking for a classic Italian Anise Cookie you will love these and love how easy these are make too!

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To make my baking easier this holiday season, I have to thank the BeaterBlade.  This brilliant attachment fits perfectly to my KitchenAid.  It also works on Cuisinart, Viking, and Kenwood stand mixers.  It scrapes the bowl while mixing.  How genius is that?  I can’t tell you how many times I used to have to stop while mixing to scrap the bowl before I owned this.  With the BeaterBlade it scraps it for me.  The Beaterblade and Beaterblade Pro also cuts mixing time up to 50%.  With all the baking I am doing for the holidays, this handy attachment is making my baking a lot easier. 

I am in love with the BeaterBlade attachment and I am so excited to giveaway one of these to one lucky MT reader!  Enter below for your chance to win!  Good luck!
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anise cookies

Cream butter and sugar.  While mixing add in eggs and anise extract. 

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Stir in flour mixture. 

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Drop tablespoon size balls on parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes. 

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Dip top of cookies into glaze and sprinkle with nonpareils. 

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Anise Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
  • Anise Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • Nonpareils or sprinkles for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour and baking powder and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, one at a time then anise extract. Gradually blend in flour mixture until combined.
  4. Drop tablespoon size balls on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
  5. Anise Glaze
  6. In a small bowl stir together confectioners sugar, anise extract and milk until creamy. Dip tops of cookies in glaze. Sprinkle with nonpareils before glaze dries.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
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Cowboy Cookies [Countdown to Christmas Cookies]

The Countdown to Christmas Cookies series is back!

For the next 6 weeks I will be featuring a cookie perfect for your holiday baking.  Last year I featured cookies such as Red Velvet Cookies, Rum Balls, and an all-time favorite Lofthouse Sugar Cookies.

This year I have another great lineup in store. So start baking now and freeze your cookies.  You’ll be happy you did when you need them during the holidays!

First up are these Cowboy Cookies.  A few weeks ago I featured a Brunch Pizza that was in the Taste of Home special edition Best Holiday Recipe.  One Mother Thyme reader was lucky to win a copy of these holiday publications.  If you didn’t win last time, I have some great news!  My friends at Taste of Home are giving another Mother Thyme reader a copy of these special edition holiday publications!

This recipe for Cowboy Cookies is featured in the Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies and Candies.  There are so many fabulous cookie recipes that I had Mr. Mother Thyme pick;  I think he made a good choice.  If you are a coconut, walnut, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookie lover, these are the cookies for you.

Last year I did Cowboy cookies in a jar as gifts. My thought is to do the same thing this year with this recipe. You will just need to cut the recipe in half to put in a one quart mason jar excluding the wet ingredients, of course. The recipient will just need to add butter, and egg and vanilla.

Whether you decide to turn this into a holiday gift or to make for a cookie exchange, these will be a perfect addition to your holiday cookie collection!

 

Cowboy Cookies

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen

Cowboy Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread coconut and nuts on a large baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes until toasted, stirring every few minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  5. Stir in toasted nuts, coconut, oats and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop tablespoon size balls onto greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until brown. Cool on wire racks.

Adapted from Taste of Home Best Loved Cookies and Candies 2012

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins plus Giveaway

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Who loves chocolate?  

I don’t know many people that don’t.  

For all the chocolate lovers out there, these muffins are for you.  They are sinfully rich in chocolate and best paired with a tall glass of milk.  Muffins are typically known as a breakfast food but these are just as good for dessert as well.  

I’ve learned through my years of baking that using good quality chocolate will yield amazing results.  Even if you are making a simple chocolate dessert or these delicious muffins you will taste the difference when using good chocolate.  

Dagoba Organic Chocolates offers a product line that includes twelve pure and exotic chocolate bars, four organic drinking chocolates and a range of home baking products.  This past spring Dagoba Organic Chocolates announced that their full line of chocolate eating and baking products will now be made strictly with cacao from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.  By choosing products that are certified you are supporting farms that protect the rights and the well-being of farm workers, their families and communities.  

This week Dagoba is celebrating The Rainforest Alliance’s second annual Follow The Frog Week.  This week long campaign encourages people to support a healthy environment by choosing products and services that feature their little green frog.  To find out more about the Rainforest Alliance Follow The Frog Week and how you can participate you can visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.


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double chocolate chip muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 16 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate or Dagoba Unsweetened Chocolate For Baking
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or Dagoba Chocodrops Premium Chocolate Drops

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. Pour chocolate into a large bowl. Stir in sugar, egg, vanilla extract and milk and mix until combined. Stir in flour mixture. Gently stir in chips or Chocodrops.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin pan filling each 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until tester inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  7. Set on wire rack to cool.
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Disclaimer:   I received Dagoba products to try.  I was not compensated to write this post.  All opinions are my own.  
double chocolate chip muffins