Tomato Mac

I was looking at past recipes on the site, and lo and behold, one of my go to recipes never made it here! Let me introduce you to one of the simplest recipes in my repertoire.

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It’s what I affectionately call Tomato Mac. You start with two boxes of mac and cheese. I use the powdered cheese type not the cheese sauce.

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Make the mac and cheese like you normally would. Just don’t make the sauce too runny.

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Pour in two cans of tomato sauce. Now, at this point you can also add in browned ground beef or turkey. I like my pasta plain most of the time.

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The last step is seasoning with garlic and onion powder plus black pepper. So simple and tasty.

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Mini muffin corn dogs

I can’t be the only person who loves going to a festival or county fair and eating a corn dog is on the list of things to do. I love when there’s a crunchy, golden brown exterior and then it’s a bit sweet. Yummy.

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I saw a recipe like this awhile ago, but with homemade corn muffin mix. Ya, I had a box of Jiffy in my pantry that was waiting to be used. So, all you need is hot dogs and corn muffin mix, plus whatever the mix calls for.

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Slice your hot dogs into small pieces, to be put into your mini muffins.

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I oiled up the mini muffin tin (or silicone pan) and then used a tablespoon scooper to make everything equal portions.

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Place your hotdog into the mix in the pans. Here’s where you need to make a decision. You can place them upright like in the photo or put them sideways. If you put them upright, there’s a chance the muffin will break along the hotdog. I would suggest not putting the hotdogs all the way to the bottom of the tin. Make sure there is some of the mixture at the bottom.

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Bake according to the muffin mix instructions. The muffin will puff up around the hotdog.

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Enjoy with your favorite dip! Ketchup is my dip of choice. Simple appetizer or snack.

Snowballs

So, I really have no idea what these cookies are called. Snowballs. Russian tea cakes. Mexican Wedding Cakes. They’re super simple and tasty though.

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If you need to bring a treat to a holiday party, these won’t take too much time!

Ingredients:
– 1 cup (2 stick) of butter
– 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, plus a bunch of powdered sugar to coat the cookies
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla
– 2 and 1/4 cups flour
– A pinch of salt
– 1 cup pecan chips

 

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Bring your butter to room temperature and then cream it.

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Add in the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and the vanilla.

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Mix together the flour, salt and pecan chips before slowly adding it to the butter/sugar.

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Mix it all together. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Take a scooper to measure out equal rounds. So they don’t have a flat bottom, roll them in your palms. I used a larger scoop and got just over 24 cookies. You can use a smaller scoop to get more. Bake them for about 15 minutes.

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Let the cookies settle on the pan for about 5 minutes. While they are still hot, roll them in powdered sugar. I fill the bottom of a larger tuperware and used my hands to roll the cookie around and cover the cookies with the sugar. Set them aside to cool and then coat them again. Yum!

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Chocolate covered Oreos

Chocolate covered Oreos? Yes please! A few festive sprinkles? Why sure! So here’s the deal, I tried to make chocolate covered Oreo pops, but I ended up with half pops and half regular chocolate covered Oreos. Doesn’t really matter, still super cute and tasty!

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Let’s get to the Oreos.

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Yummy!

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Ingredients: double stuf Oreos, candy melts, lollipop sticks and sprinkles

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Start by sticking the lollipop sticks into your Oreos. There are a couple ways to do this. I just stuck them in. But in the process, I cracked the cookies a bit, which I think led to some instability when I was dipping them. You can also separate one side of the cookie from the stuf, put the lollipop stick in and then use a little bit of the candy melt to reattach the cookie.

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Melt your candy melts. 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat. Until the melts are smooth. Then dip the Oreos. I used the spoon to cover the Oreo entirely. If the Oreo fell into the candy melts, I just scooped it out and put it onto the pan to dry.

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I used a baking sheet with aluminum foil to let the candy melts set up. Before they dried, I sprinkled on some sprinkles. A tasty treat and, I think, a great gift idea. Takes no time at all though. Just don’t get frustrated if your Oreo pops end up being just chocolate covered Oreos.

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Peppermint Popcorn

I’m in a peppermint sort of mood. I made those two kinds of sweet popcorn a while back and decided to try it again but with a holiday twist.

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This is peppermint popcorn! Not overpowering, but you can still taste the peppermint.

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Ingredients:
– Lightly buttered popcorn, popped
– White candy melts
– 1 tablespoon peppermint extract or oil
– Some candy canes
– Sprinkles

You need to crush the candy canes into a fine powder. Set up your popcorn station. I use two baking sheet covered with aluminum foil. Put the popcorn onto the sheets spread out. Make sure you weed out any unpopped kernels.

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Melt your candy melts in the microwave. 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat. Until they’re all melted. Add in your tablespoon of extract. Now, if you’re using extract, the candy melts will start to seize up. It’s ok. Stir quickly and then dump onto the popcorn. Using your hands, coat all the popcorn as best you can. Toss the popcorn around on the baking sheets.

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While the popcorn is still wet, add sprinkles! So festive. Let it sit and harden for awhile. You can package this up for gifts or it’s a great snack at a party. If it’s in a bowl, I suggest sprinkling more sprinkles on top. They won’t stick, but it makes it prettier.

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Pretzel, M&M and Candy Cane Kisses

Updated, see the note below

I’ve seen these little treats before, but made with the Hershey’s Hugs, the kisses that have white and milk chocolate. But I just picked up a bag of Candy Cane Kisses at the store on sale. If you’ve never had these ones before, omg they are so good! I love peppermint flavored anything and peppermint chocolate? Yes please! There’s also chips of candy cane in there I think.

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So I made a Christmas version of these snacks using the Candy Cane Kisses and Christmas colored M&Ms.

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Ingredients: bag of M&Ms, pretzels and the Candy Cane Kisses.

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Start by preheating your oven to 200 degrees. Lay your square pretzels out on a baking sheet with parchment paper underneath. You can stuff the pan more than I did.

Make sure if you get the square pretzels, you get the plain snaps and not the butter snaps. Those won’t taste as good. You could also get circle pretzels that’ll fit the bottom of your chocolate. I’d avoid the regular pretzel shape though.

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Stick the Candy Cane Kisses on top of the pretzels. This is probably the most laborious part of the task! As is the problem with anything involving individually wrapped candies. I suggest getting a helper (little kids are definitely up to the task) and have a garbage bowl a la Rachael Ray nearby.

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Stick the pan into the oven for about 4 minutes. If you compare the kisses in the two photos above, you can see the second photo (with the messy pretzel placement) the Kisses are sorta saggy, a bit more shiny. This means they’re melty in the middle. To avoid the pretzels moving around on the pan, I would definitely add more pretzels.

Note: If you use milk chocolate kisses, you may need to bake them a minute longer. They don’t melt as quickly as the candy cane versions. I don’t know how Hugs melt, so I’d put them in at 4 minutes, and then see if they need a little longer.

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Then, work quickly and place one M&M on top of the Kiss and push down. Once you’re done, stick the pan into the fridge for at least 15 minutes to help the chocolate set up. I’d say leave it in there longer just to be sure the chocolate isn’t still melty and gooey.

Now, if you want to give it an extra minty kick, you could use mint M&Ms. But I used the milk chocolate ones. These treats were seriously yummy and it’s a great little thing to bring to a party.

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S’mores bark

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of s’mores. However, I am a big fan of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Just not together, really. Go figure. But, I saw this pin on Pinterest and was like, wow, I must try that! It seemed like a pretty awesome gift idea and a very interesting sweet bark idea.

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It took no time at all too. Within half an hour, I was munching on a piece of the bark.

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Supplies: graham crackers, mini-marshmallows and 1-2 bags of chocolate chips

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I opened one package of the graham crackers and laid it out on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

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Put mini-marshmallows on top of the graham crackers. I was trying to figure out how full of marshmallows I needed to make this. I left gaps so the chocolate would get down to the graham crackers but you can fill it up more I think.

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Melt your chocolate in the microwave. 30 seconds. stir. repeat until melted.

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I used a spoon to get the chocolate onto the marshmallows and graham crackers.

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I realized I just didn’t have enough chocolate to cover it all. But it sure looked good and gooey.

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I had some white chocolate chips left over from making peppermint bark, so I melted it up.

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Oh yes. Gooey and chocolatey. It became marbled as I tried spreading the chocolate over everything.

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Stick the pan in the freezer for about 10 minutes to help the chocolate set up before you break it up. It was really good. My sweet tooth was immensely satisfied.

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