Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Bark

I think it’s certainly time for something sweet. This Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Bark recipe is a terrific go-between between chocolate cookie and a bark recipe. Can you believe that I created this recipe about ten years ago? My Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Bark recipe combines scharffenberger chocolate, pecans and peanut butter morsels. It is incredibly easy, with only 30 minutes of preparation time. I am adding this recipe to my menu list for Father’s Day.

The first time I made this recipe was when I was recording about four television food segments a month for NBC 13 Birmingham’s show “Daytime Alabama”. This was one of their top performing recipes. Over the weekend, I pulled it out of my archives, and I am so glad that I did. Let me know how you like it! Be safe everyone and have a great day.

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am excited to share this recipe for Banana Dark Chocolate Muffins. This recipe is a twist of my very popular banana bread recipe from 10 years ago, which is one of my top posts ever.  What’s great about this recipe (besides the taste) is that all of the ingredients can be combined in one bowl, and no mixer is needed. I add nonfat Greek yogurt which adds moisture and increases the protein in the recipe.

These muffins are amazing, and my kids went wild over them. I almost wasn’t able to take a picture of them before they ate them all. Substitute semisweet or milk chocolate chips for the dark chocolate chips if you like (I personally like dark chocolate) Enjoy these muffins for a wonderful breakfast treat, afternoon snack, lunch, or dinnertime dessert during quarantine or any time.

Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is so hearty, flavorful and healthy that I wonder why I don’t make it more often. This Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup is one my favorite lentil soup recipes. Hopefully, you have most of these ingredients already at home.

Lentils are filled with protein and fiber as well as iron, minerals and B vitamins. One-half cup of cooked lentils has:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 23 grams

Fiber: 9 grams

Sodium: 5 milligrams

Protein: 12 grams

Lentils come in three main varieties: brown, green and red. Most grocery stores carry brown lentils, usually dried. Green and red lentils may be found at specialty food markets. Unlike other legumes, lentils cook quickly without pre-soaking. Just make sure to rinse away any dirt, dust or debris before adding them to recipes.

Easy Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

If you’re looking for something to serve this holiday season or for Christmas breakfast, how about Easy Breakfast Tacos? My kids love any type of southwestern foods, and this breakfast recipe idea starts with chorizo, eggs, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and all of your favorite tacos toppings. I used a IMUSA tortilla warmer which is really cool (and a great tool and makes warming tortillas a breeze). This outstanding recipe will be one that your family or guests will remember. Enjoy this holiday season or all year long.

Eggnog Milkshakes

eggnog milkshakes

If you’re overwhelmed with the holidays, take a deep breath and read on. These Eggnog Milkshakes take only 5 minutes to prepare and you really only need 2 ingredients. If you’re having a group of kids or adults over, or just want to make something sweet for your family, these are simple and delicious! For adults, if you want to add bourbon or rum for a nighttime dessert treat, go right ahead. This is my newest favorite Christmas milkshake although everyone still emails me for my recipe for Peppermint Milkshakes from 2008. Find the recipe here.

Peppermint Milkshakes

Holiday Breakfast Cake

Holiday Breakfast Cake

I am a huge coffee cake fan, so I decide to try this Holiday Breakfast Cake recipe for my husband and the kids. This is a great recipe for Christmas morning, holiday gift, a brunch, a shower, dessert, or even a special snack to last all weekend. For dessert, you may want to add a simple icing, but it’s wonderful without it too! Serve at room temperature or warm beforehand. My favorite way to enjoy it is with a cup of coffee or for an afternoon snack.

Holiday Breakfast Cake via @alisonlewis

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Deck the halls and decorate for the holiday season serving Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate made with Smirnoff Vodka. All you need is two ingredients: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and hot chocolate to make this warm creation. This is so fun to make for an intimate holiday party. Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix and top it off with nonfat dairy whipped topping, crushed peppermint and mini marshmallows for the ultimate warm dessert cocktail.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

boubon chocolate pecan pie

My mother-in-law always prepares a pecan pie for Christmas dinner dessert. My husband and I decided to step out of the classic pecan pie box, and we tried this recipe for Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving which was a huge hit. Start by using a frozen pie crust. I used a regular size, but a deep-dish would work well too. Brush the edges with cream to give the crust a golden color. If you only have eggs on hand, that works too. Beat the eggs slightly and brush around the edges of the crust to give a glossy crust color. If you want to omit the bourbon, you may, but it gives it an extra southern bold flavor. You may want to make two pies while you’re at it because one goes fast! Enjoy this holiday season and year round or give as a holiday gift!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lately, I have been on the hunt for a gluten-free cookie mix that is all natural with no preservatives. And most importantly…one that tastes good. Guess what? I found one. Simple Mills is all-natural almond flour based baking mixes that are naturally gluten-free and paleo friendly. The beauty of the mixes is that they only contain real ingredients, such as baking soda and coconut sugar so they’re not filled with preservatives like other mixes.

Simple Mills Cookies

I am so excited to be a part of their “12 Days of Cookie Campaign,” and each cookie during the campaign connects to a specific personality type. I am creating a cookie recipe that fits my personality, “classic and traditional.”  I used their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix to create these Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe reflects my personality of my classic and traditional fashion sense, but also because if you follow me, you know I like to take a classic traditional recipe and put my healthy twist on it. In this recipe, I added cacao powder instead cocoa powder because I like its chocolate flavor and that it is made with less processing. It gives the traditional chocolate chip cookie an extra health boost and scrumptious chocolate kick.

These cookies are perfect to give as gifts over the holidays, especially if you have friends or loved ones who like gluten-free and paleo sweets. Those cookies are so easy to prepare, only 15 minutes, perfect for the holiday rush.  Follow Simple Mills and their cookie campaign and amazing products and recipes on social media channels below. Be sure to check out the Pinterest account as there are board gift ideas for every personality.

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Peppermint White Russian Recipe

Peppermint White Russian

I have a great cocktail idea for your upcoming holiday parties. This Peppermint White Russian recipe is only three ingredients, and takes 5 minutes to prepare. Feel free to make a large batch ahead of time, and when your guests arrive, pour over ice. Adding Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka to this classic cocktail give it a fresh holiday twist.

Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka  delivers the mouth-watering taste of sweet candy canes, balanced by the soothing cool of peppermint. Also unique is that the bottle is very cool looking. This would make a great gift packaged with some hot chocolate mix. This limited time specialty can make for a great inclusion in an upcoming holiday gifts as this new bottle designs hitting the shelves this season. It looks great out on a bar during the holiday season.

 

Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Bottle Shot (HIRES) copy