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Oreo Cookies and Cream Scones | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #scones

Cookies and Cream Scones

Cookies and Cream Scones are light, buttermilk scones studded with chunks of cream-filled chocolate cookies! 
Oreo Cookies and Cream Scones | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #scones
Pastries, muffins, doughnuts and scones are often enjoyed as a delicious breakfast treat. However sometimes I find there is a grey area as to whether or not those treats actually qualify as breakfast.  They may not quite be dessert either, but perhaps more suitable for an afternoon treat, such as an old-fashioned afternoon tea.  At least that is what I envisioned while putting a modern twist on a traditional scone recipe for these Cookies and Cream Scones!

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Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies are chewy, fruit-filled cookies made without any added sugar or butter.  They are vegan, nut free and can be gluten free.   

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies recipe is inspired by one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes – Healthy Banana Cookies.  These cookies are naturally sweetened with dates and bananas, which is always a delicious combination.  I decided to give that recipe a coconut twist by using coconut oil and adding some coconut.  Coconut was such a tasty addition that goes so well with the banana.  …

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Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops | alidaskitchen.com

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops are simple two ingredient creamy frozen fruit bars with a healthy protein boost from Greek yogurt.

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops | alidaskitchen.com

Every year I say I’m going to make frozen fruit bars.  I bought a fancy pop mold and have a cookbook devoted to frozen pops, but we always end up buying frozen fruit bars from the grocery store.  That is until I discovered an easy recipe for frozen fruit bars made with only two ingredients and no fancy equipment required.  These Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops are so easy to make, that my entire family (toddler included) can help! …

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Lemonade Cake | An easy cake made with real lemonade and topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!

Lemonade Cake

Celebrate the taste of summer with this extra special Lemonade Cake topped with a lemonade marshmallow buttercream frosting!  

One of my favorite sayings is ‘A party is not a party unless there is cake!’   I actually don’t know if that is a real saying or if I just made it up, but they seem like good words to live by.  Who doesn’t love a good party and cake!

Olive Oil Fudge Brownies | easy made from scratch brownies made with heart healthy olive oil #PantryInsiders

Olive Oil Fudge Brownies #PantryInsiders

Olive Oil Fudge Brownies are an easy from scratch brownie recipe made with heart healthy olive oil instead of butter.   

Olive Oil Fudge Brownies | easy made from scratch brownies made with heart healthy olive oil #PantryInsiders

I have a thing for brownies.  I also have a thing for doing things to brownies, such as making them with bananas, or zucchini, or s’mores.   So while olive oil may not be a natural transition from those goodies, it seemed like a good idea.  It ended up being a tasty one too!  …

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

 Chewy, chocolaty and delicious, these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

I have tried many different chocolate chip cookie recipes  in my day.  There was a fantastic recipe I used to make when I was a kid,  and then my grandma’s recipe, plus many others in between.  There were pros and cons to each recipe, but in the end they were chocolate chip cookies and therefore delicious, right?  Then one day we had our real estate agent, and dear friend, over for a visit.  She generously brought us an oven mitt, a bag of chocolate chips and a recipe.  The recipe was for these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies, which ended up being the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had in my life!  

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Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy, decadent homemade truffles,infused with Pinot Noir wine that melt in your mouth and are made on the lighter side!  

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Every holiday, or any occasion really, Mike surprises me with truffles. He insists the truffles are for me and usually refuses when I offer to share.  With both Father’s Day and his birthday coming up, I wanted to make something to surprise him (early because, well…I know he reads the blog regularly.  Hi Honey!)  I have had a ‘healthified’ dark chocolate truffle recipe bookmarked for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it….

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Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Low Fat Chocolate Cake

This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is fudgy sheet cake is topped with a fudgy frosting and easy to make.  It is moist, chocolaty and delicious!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I just looked at the calender and realized that Monday was my 3 year blogiversary.  And a celebration isn’t a celebration without cake…and sprinkles!  So I am sharing this simple, tasty Low Fat Chocolate Cake in honor of YOU, in honor of the blog, and just because who doesn’t like a delicious cake made on the lighter side!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

I’m not always a fan of going low fat just for the sake of low fat. But in an effort to save calories with something that is simple, chocolaty and delicious, I’m all for it. This Low Fat Chocolate Cake is made using coconut oil, both in the cake and frosting. I love using coconut oil in baked goods. This was also my first time using coconut oil in frosting, which turned out great!

Low Fat Chocolate Cake
 
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Yields: 18 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Cooking spray
Frosting:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (I used skim)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Prepare cake: In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water and let cool Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate large bowl, add sugar, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in cocoa mixture. Alternate beating in flour and buttermilk to cocoa, ending with flour - beat well after each addition. Pour cake into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.
  3. Prepare frosting: In a large bowl, add sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla and beat with a mixer until combined. Add milk until desired consistency is achieved. Spread over cooled cake and decorate as desired.

Low Fat Chocolate Cake | chocolaty fudgy cake made with coconut oil

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #moscato

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees #SundaySupper

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #moscato

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees are a sophisticated gelatin dessert featuring sweet, flavorful Moscato wine, studded with juicy fresh berries and topped with whipped cream.  This dessert is very easy to make and a fun way to celebrate and highlight the delicious flavors of the Moscato wine. …

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge #SundaySupper

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge is a vanilla flavored fudge studded with chunks of cream-filled chocolate sandwiches cookies made in less than 10 minutes.  

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

This past winter I made an easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe and have since had visions of other varieties dancing in my head ~ this Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge being the front runner.  From cupcakes to cookie balls to muffins, we love our cookies and cream desserts!  …

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Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Picnic Cake

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Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #chocolate #cake #picnic

Chocolate Picnic Cake is a simple chocolaty cake that is quick to make and perfect for a picnic or any gathering. It is light, fluffy and delicious!

After spending many months under several feet of snow, we finally got to enjoy some beautiful weather – 60s, sunny, perfect.  My kids have been so excited to go to playgrounds, blow bubbles, and play soccer and T-ball.

Chocolate Picnic Cake | alidaskitchen.com

To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to plan a little picnic!  Seeing as no celebration is complete without cake, I quickly whipped together this Chocolate Picnic Cake for a special treat.

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Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl #SundaySupper

Nothing says Springtime (or Easter) quite like a carrot cake, and this Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl is no exception.  The cake is a classic, moist and delicious carrot cake, and inside is a beautiful swirl of sweetened cream cheese.

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

I wanted to make a new carrot cake-inspired recipe this year and was deciding between waffles and this cake.  Then Adam chimed in with a suggestion for carrot muffins. He claimed to have a good recipe and assured me ‘they are very easy to make.’   I was definitely intrigued by this good and easy recipe by my 4 year old, so asked how to make them.  Here is his recipe:

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Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #pudding #coconutmilk #Silk #yaywater

Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding

Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding is a smooth, rich chocolaty pudding made using coconut milk, takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and then chills in the refrigerator until set. {gluten free, can be vegan using dairy-free chocolate}

Move over box pudding! This homemade Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding not only tastes better than its pre-made counterpart, but it is so easy to make! Simply start by whisking the dry ingredients in a sauce pan. Next stir in coconut milk, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat, add chopped chocolate and vanilla extract and stir until chocolate is melted. Pour the pudding into serving dishes, cover with plastic wrap (touching the pudding surface) and then chill. It could not be any easier or tastier!…

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies #SundaySupper

A chewy, chocolate cookie filled with a chocolate covered caramel candy and sprinkled with sea salt, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine the popular salty-sweet combo into a delicious cookie!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine two of my favorite flavors, caramel and chocolate, into a tasty, gooey caramel-filled chocolate cookie.  Plus a little sprinkle of sea salt gives it that salty-sweet combination that is so wonderful.  These tasty little cookies are also very easy to make!  …

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Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #lemon #cookies #SundaySupper

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies #SundaySupper

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are the ultimate chewy sugar cookie with a lemon twist.  These are a perfect Springtime treat to welcome the season!   

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

While it may technically be spring, Minnesota temperatures remain chilly (think single digits, brr!)  It is this time of year, the transition from winter to spring, that lemon desserts are wonderful.  Berries are not quite in season, and lemon is like a bite of sunshine, all bright and cheery.  Add lemon to the ultimate chewy sugar cookie, and it’s Springtime perfection in cookie form….

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Chocolate Chickpea Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #EatAtoZChallenge #glutenfree

Chocolate Chickpea Cake

Chocolate Chickpea Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #chocolate #glutenfree #eatatozchallenge

 

Chocolate Chickpea Cake is a fudgy, rich-tasting cake made without any butter or oil.  Chickpeas add some protein and fiber, while taking the place of flour.  This unique cake is a real treat! {gluten free, depending on baking powder}…

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Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding for Two | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding for Two | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding is studded with chopped Whoppers candies, chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate syrup and drenched in a  light custard.  This fun dessert for two takes minutes to mix together and then  bakes for about 30 minutes.

One of Mike’s favorite treats are Triple Chocolate Malted Cookies.  He also loves Whoppers candies.  Actually, he is pretty much crazy for anything chocolate malt, so I thought it would be fun to make a special dessert with this favorite in mind.  I wanted to make a dessert for two, and Chocolate Malt Bread Pudding jumped to the top of the list…for obvious reasons….

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S'mores Snack Cake |alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

S’mores Snack Cake #SundaySupper

S’mores Snack Cake is a simple chocolate cake topped with graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  A super easy and tasty twist on a campfire favorite!   S'mores Snack Cake | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Today we are celebrating two years of the Sunday Supper Movement by throwing a virtual birthday party!  Everybody is sharing a favorite Sunday Supper moment and recipe.  Honestly, each week that I participate becomes a new favorite – from the creative themes, to the wide variety of delicious recipes to the most important of all – each and every one of the amazing bloggers!  The Sunday Supper group is smart, supportive, creative, fun and truly feels like a family.  So I decided that my favorite Sunday Supper moment has to be the very first time I joined the virtual Sunday Supper family table –  last September 1st (theme: Labor Day).  The recipe I shared was S’mores Brownies.  …

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Easy Date Bars

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Easy Date Bars are a date-filled oatmeal bars inspired by a childhood favorite.  They taste similar to my grandma’s recipe, only made a little healthier and are super quick and easy to make!  

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One of my favorite cookies from childhood is a recipe my grandma used to make, called Trilbies.  They are a soft, oatmeal cookie with a date filling.  They were SO good.  I do have her recipe, but I remember she always complained about how much trouble they were to make.  They always end up last on my holiday baking list and never get made.  This year, I decided to take my favorite aspects of the recipe –  dates and oats – and turn them into simple Easy Date Bars!   They taste pretty darn close to the beloved cookie – close enough anyway, because these Easy Date Bars are super easy to make!…

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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge #SundaySupper

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is a wonderful, festive fudge recipe that is super easy to make with no candy thermometer required!

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Over the summer I found a fudge recipe that has now been sitting in my ‘to-make’ pile for months.  It’s for Pumpkin Pie Fudge, looks fabulous, but requires a candy thermometer.  Having to use a candy thermometer was just a little too high maintenance for what I had in mind, so the recipe sits.  Then I found a fudge recipe that requires no candy thermometer, and I was intrigued.  White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge that is super easy to make?  This could be wonderful (and dangerous!)

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Mocha Truffle Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

Mocha Truffle Cookies

Mocha Truffle Cookies combine the classic chocolate and coffee pairing into a tasty little cookie.  Easy to make, perfect for any occasion!​ 

Whenever I think about my grandma, aside from her baking prowess, two things come to mind.  Wherever we went, we were always together, like joined at the hip together.  I thought she was always following me, and I overheard her say how she thought it was cute how I always followed her.  One thing for certain was how much we both loved coffee!  After dinner, she and I would often enjoy a little cup of decaf together.  I remember one of the last Christmases with her, we were sitting at the table, holding our dainty cups of coffee.  She looked at me and not so subtly whispered ‘you know what we need with coffee?  chocolaaaaaaate!’  It makes me smile just to think about it.  She was so funny and so right on!  The combination of chocolate and coffee is up there with chocolate and peanut butter or chocolate and milk (or chocolate and chocolate!)    …

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Red Wine Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Red Wine Chocolate Cake #SundaySupper

Red Wine Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Red Wine Chocolate Cake is a decadent chocolate bundt cake that is as delicious as it is easy to make.   The red wine in the batter gives this cake a sophisticated flair, making it a wonderful finale to your Holiday meal, or any special occasion.

This week Sunday Supper partnered with Gallo Family Vineyards to share Memorable Holiday Meals: Holiday Traditions and Recipes using wine in the recipe.  When it comes to memorable Holiday recipes, a cake always stands out as something special.  So when we received two bottles of wine from them – Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon – this Red Wine Chocolate Cake came to mind immediately.  Their full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon has tastes of rich black fruit and spice, which I thought would complement the chocolate perfectly….

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Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls | alidaskitchen.com

Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls

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Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls | alidaskitchen.com

Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls are a delicious yet simple chocolate truffle made with only 4 ingredients.  These are one of the easiest desserts you will ever make and also one of the tastiest!

This recipe starts with the classic Oreo Cookie Ball with a pretzel twist.  The pretzels add a subtle salty component to the truffle, giving it the salty-sweet combination that is always so popular.  This recipe makes plenty, which is good because they will disappear quickly.  Pretzel Oreo Cookie Balls will make a wonderful addition to any Holiday treat platter, or for any occasion….

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Easy Ice Cream Pie #recipe uses only 3 ingredients, so good! | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Ice Cream Pie

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Easy Ice Cream Pie is a delicious, creamy pie that can be made in minutes and chilled to perfection.  With this dessert, some family size meals and more, you have an instant dinner party in your freezer!  

In preparation for holiday celebrations and entertaining, it’s that time of year when you’re making your lists and checking them twice.  If you’re like me, you have it all planned out…or so you think.  Then your kids take a short 20 minute nap, have extra activities for the holidays, they need you to play trains, need help put on socks, or just neeeeeeeed something! Sound familiar?  (please say yes!)   Life happens, right?   That’s why I have found some tricks to help make meals and entertaining easier during this busy holiday season….

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Peppermint Brownie Sundae | @alidaskitchen

Peppermint Brownie Sundae


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This Peppermint Brownie Sundae is made with a fudgy brownie covered with peppermint ice cream and your favorite toppings.  A classic and delicious combination is perfect for the Holidays!  

Peppermint Brownie Sundae | alidaskitchen.com

This Peppermint Brownie Sundae starts with one of my favorite fudgy brownie recipes.  The brownie is sturdy enough to withstand the ice cream topping without becoming soggy yet it melts in your mouth with fudgy goodness.  A little peppermint extract to gives the brownies some Holiday flair, but that is optional.   You get plenty of peppermint from the delicious peppermint ice cream!  I wait all year for my favorite Edy’s Slow Churned Peppermint Wonderland ice cream that is a limited edition available through December.  The fact that it is ridiculously rich and creamy with only half the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream is just a bonus.

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M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups are a chewy, chocolate cookie studded with chocolate chips that is baked into a cookie cup and then topped with your favorite M&M candies.  These are always very popular!

M&M Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com

‘Tis the season to be busy in the kitchen!  We have been busy baking cookies, baking with chocolate, baking something new almost every day it seems.  While it is easy to get caught up in making the latest cookie stuffed in a cookie or some otherwise intricate dessert, I always like to have some easy, tasty recipes that are sure to be a hit at any party.

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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars #SundaySupper

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars are a decadent dessert made on the lighter side that is simple to make.  If you’re intimidated by making a full cheesecake, or just looking for a quick and easy recipe for a cheesecake fix, then these bars are you for you!  In 30 minutes you make the crust, the cheesecake filling, and even a fresh raspberry sauce….

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Chocolate Pretzel Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

If you love that salty-sweet combination, then you will love these Chocolate Pretzel Cookies.  Studded with chopped pretzels and chocolate chips throughout, these cookies are sure to delight folks of all ages.  Chocolate Pretzel Cookies cookies take minutes to prepare, so they can easily be whipped together any time.   Plus the whole pretzel garnish on top of the cookie is just so cute!…

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Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

30+ Perfect Party Dips and Desserts #HolidayHelper

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Over 30 recipes for Perfect Party Dips and Desserts made using cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream that are easy to make and great for a crowd.  For all of these recipes and more, be sure to visit my Perfect Party Dips and Dessert board on Pinterest!

Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

Lately I have been receiving many requests for party menu ideas, as people begin planning their Holiday festivities.  I thought it would be fun to share some recipes from my favorite bloggers.  I gathered the most amazing appetizer and dessert recipes ~ think savory dips and spreads, as well as dessert dips and simple cheesecakes.   They are all easy to make, many require no cooking or baking, which is all very welcome when it comes to planning a party!

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Candy Cookies in a Jar

Candy Cookies in a Jar

Candy Cookies in a Jar | alidaskitchen.com

Candy Cookies in a Jar is a recipe for cookie mix that is filled with lots of goodies and decoratively arranged in a jar.  These are fun and easy to make, plus they make great gifts for the Holidays.  This particular recipe is for Chocolate M&M Cookies, but any cookie recipe could be used following the same layering concept.

With the Holidays quickly approaching, some blogger friends and I thought it would be fun to share some cooking-related handmade gifts.   If you find yourself buying more and more gift cards each year, then these gift ideas are for you!  We have covered the bases to create a wide variety of gifts that are unique, easy and fun to make for your friends, neighbors, the person who has everything and that person who you just have no idea what to buy for them!  Plus there is an awesome giveaway too!…

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