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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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One thing that brings me a tremendous amount of happiness during these lazy days of summer, is baking. First, I love sweets, so that's easy. But second, unlike cooking, where there's a fair amount of wiggle room, baking has to be precise. To me, baking feels like little science experiments. And there's always a little bit of surprise and satifaction at the end when it all turns out.

And that brings me to the final reason why baking brings me so much happiness.  It's because I love to share what I've made. Summer is this awesome time when everyone is outside -- people are walking their dogs, kids are playing, bikers are biking -- and there is nothing that brings me more pleasure than walking out of the house with a plateful of freshly baked treats, and sharing them with our neighbors.

We have so many wonderful neighbors where we live, so it's my way of "spreading the happy," as Nutella says. :)  They will be gone in seconds flat!

And that brings me to my most recent recipe... my Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares, which I surprised our neighbors with yesterday, and the looks on their faces were priceless. They loved them... cool, creamy cheesecake on a hot summer's day!!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I made the simple crust out of shortbread cookies and walnuts.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Crust | CatchMyParty.com

The cheesecake filling was just cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream (to cut some of the sweetness and give it a little tang).

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I baked the cheesecake (because I like baked cheesecake) and when I took it out of the oven it had a huge crack up the middle.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I actually didn't mind, no need for a redo, because I knew I was going to top the whole thing with fresh strawberries and it would cover any imperfections.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I cut them into squares, cutting off the edges so they looked uniform.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And then, drizzled them with Nutella to give them a touch of chocolate hazelnut deliciousness. Didn't they turn out pretty, and you'd never know there was that giant crack.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

They tasted even better than they looked. They were creamy but light because of the beaten eggs, sweet but not too sweet because of the pinch of salt I added to the crust, and a little tart.

The strawberries gave it a little texture and fruitiness, and the Nutella gave it some smooth chocolate yumminess. All in all, the science experiment worked and I brought a little happiness to some of our favorite neighbors... and definitely to myself!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

STRAWBERRY NUTELLA CHEESECAKE SQUARES RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese (three 8oz packages)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 packages of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella
For the Crust
  • 1 box (11-12oz) shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9"x 13" pan with tin foil, leaving enough overhang that you can lift out the cake once it is cooked.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds on high in the microwave). Put the cookies, walnuts, and salt into a food processor and pulse until broken down into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined. Spray the pan with some non stick spray, and spread the crumb mixture along the bottom, flattening it with your hands.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated. You don;t need to over mix, you just want a smooth consistency.

Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn it down to 300 and cook for another 20 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let it sit in the oven for another 15 minutes. Let it cool on the counter until you can handle the pan, then put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours to help it set up.

There are a lot of cooking techniques like placing the pan in water while it cooks to try to keep the top from cracking. But since we are going to top the cheesecake with strawberries, you don't have to worry about cracks!

Take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator and use the foil overhangs to lift it out of the pan. Cut the strawberries in vertical slices, and place them on the top of the cake like scales.

Cut the cake into 3"x 2" squares, then pipe some Nutella stripes across the top. I put the Nutella in a Ziplock bag that I cut a tiny corner off of to pipe.

Best served cold, with the first couple days.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

Spicy Habañero Chimichurri Recipe

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We were asked by Hebrew National to share a recipe using their famous quality franks, so we decided to make a grilled hot dog sandwich topped with some delicious spicy habañero chimichurri!

Originally from Argentina, chimichurri is a marinade usually made from parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice that adds a zing of flavor to all kinds of meat.

We decided to add some heat to our chimichurri with habañero peppers. We love spicy and we thought it would balance the smoky, salty flavors of the hot dog well!

We sliced our hotdog in half,  grilled both sides to get a good char, toasted up some whole wheat bread from the farmer's market, placed our hot dog on a bed of arugula and mizuna (I love greens that add a little bite). Then we topped our hot dog with our spicy chimichurri sauce and added some heirloom tomato slices for acid and crunch.

The whole thing was so easy and yummy! This sandwich is a great way to take your hot dogs to a whole new level this summer.

SPICY HABAÑERO CHIMICHURRI RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon onion
  • 2 teaspoons of finely diced habañero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Combine olive oil, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and salt and habenero pepper in a bowl. Mix and taste. Two teaspoons of habanero should be medium spicy. Add another teaspoon or two if you like it hot! Let it rest for an hour or two to let the flavors combine.

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

When entertaining in summer, I love putting food out and giving my guests lots of choices.

For a BBQ, I recommend putting out a plate of grilled hot dogs, some sliced bread, some lettuce and tomato, and an array of condiments including ketchup and mustard for those old school flavors. (You can see my Hunt's Tomato Ketchup and Gulden's Mustard here which I served right next to my chimichurri).

I'd give no instructions to my guests on how to make their sandwiches, but let them do the creating. It's more fun that way, and if you can get people talking about food -- their likes and dislikes -- you have a party. In my opinion, there's no better ice breaker!

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

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Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers

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Nothing to me says summer like ice cream. Since I was a child, ice cream has always been my favorite  dessert.

One of my best summer memories is of my dad taking me out for ice cream to our local ice cream shop in New Jersey called Grunings. The best part was that I was allowed to order anything I wanted, and I always got the same thing... a banana split. My special banana split had vanilla ice cream with extra chocolate sauce and extra whipped cream. It was delicious.

I can still picture eating it out of one of those big glass banana boats. But what really makes the memory special is that it was time I got to spend with just my dad. I remember him being so tall and handsome. He had a mustache, wore tennis clothes, and drove a little Datsun 280z.  And I remember being so proud to be out with him.

So when I was asked by Nutella to "Spread the Happy," and share a favorite summer memory, I thought in honor of my dad and our trips to Grunings, I'd make frozen Nutella banana toppers.

These were simple to make. All ll I did was slice bananas and lay them on a sheet of wax paper covering a small cutting board. I heated the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave to melt it a little.

Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers! CatchMyParty.com

Then using a spoon (and my finger), I coated the tops and sides of the banana slices.

I froze them for about three hours and then used them to top my ice cream! They are delicious, just like my old banana splits, and the best part is they make me think of my dad.

Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers! CatchMyParty.com

If you love Nutella and want to share how you enjoy it, check out the Nutella Tumbler page!

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

Lemon Garlic Aioli Recipe

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I once saw a cooking show where an old French woman in Provence made the most amazing homemade aioli using just five ingredients (garlic, lemon, salt, egg yolk, and olive oil) and a mortar and pestle. What she was doing looked so effortless and old-school. And it looked so delicious when she was done. I knew someday I'd have to try it, to see if it actually was that effortless and delicious.

So when we were asked by Dietz & Watson, the maker of premium deli meats and cheeses, to come up with a sandwich recipe that would work great at a summer picnic, I knew it was time to try some lemon garlic aioli for myself. I thought... roasted turkey breast sandwich with lemon garlic aioli... yum.

If you know me, you know I love cooking with the freshest ingredients. So off to the farmer's market I went to get my garlic and lemon for the aioli, and my  tomatoes, basil, and rustic rye bread for the sandwich.

I bought a few extra garlic cloves and lemons just in case the aioli took a few tries, but it was actually quite simple and tasted delicious right away. It had a garlicky smooth flavor with a punch of acid from the lemon juice.

Some people prefer making aioli in a food processor, but I like the chunkier, rustic taste of using a mortar and pestle. Lainey, my daughter, thought it was fun to squash the garlic with it. This was her first time using a mortar and pestle and after we were done, she asked if she could use the mortar and pestle to squash up her own concoctions. We'll see...

LEMON GARLIC AIOLI RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves (medium sized)
Lemon garlic aioli ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Add the garlic cloves to a mortar, and smash them with the pestle. Work the garlic for a minute, then add a pinch of the salt and a drizzle of the olive oil. Keep working until you just start to get a paste like texture.

Now add the egg yolk and mix with the pestle until it is completely integrated. Keep mixing while drizzling in the the olive oil. Keep stirring until the olive oil is completely integrated.

Add the lemon juice, and the rest of the salt to taste.

Best served fresh, but you can refrigerate for a day.

Lemon garlic aioli recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Here's the finished aioli. I love how velvety and rich it looks!

Lemon garlic aioli recipe | CatchMyParty.com

To make my sandwich, I sliced off two pieces of rustic rye bread. I coated one of the slices with my aioli. I stacked it high with my fresh oven roasted homestyle turkey breast from Dietz & Watson. Then I added two slices of fresh heirloom tomato and two basil leaves.

Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich | CatchMyParty.com

The aioli took the sandwich to a whole new level. It gave it a creamy brightness that brought all the flavors together -- the umami from the turkey, the punch from the tomato, and the herbiness from the basil. Serious yum for a summer picnic! Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich | CatchMyParty.com

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Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

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How about a refreshing watermelon agua fresca to cool you down this summer? Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a simple and delicious recipe.

Watermelon is a favorite summer fruit in our house, and what better way to enjoy this delicious fruit than in a refreshing agua fresca? Aqua frescas are traditional fruit drinks served all over Mexico. My family recently visited Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, where we spent the day sampling traditional Mexican food along with an array of agua frescas.

My kids enjoyed the watermelon agua fresca so much, that they asked me to make it for them over the weekend.

Combining our traditional family recipe with the convenience of a juicer, I made them a batch to enjoy poolside. Here's my recipe:

Watermelon agua fresca recipe ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (cubed)
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice
  • Juicer or blender (if a blender is used, you may want to strain the juice to remove the pulp)
  • Star Cookie Cutter (optional)
  • Juice from 2 Mexican limes (optional)
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Thinly sliced lime for garnish (optional)

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Using a juicer (or a blender and a strainer), juice watermelon cubes. Pour juice in a large pitcher, then add honey, lime juice, water and ice, then stir.

Serve over ice and garnish with a watermelon star, mint or lime slice.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! | CatchMyParty.com

I served mine in mason jars with cute straws.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! | CatchMyParty.com

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! | CatchMyParty.com

Looks so thirst-quenching, Michelle. I could go for one right now as I sit here in my house and it's 87 degrees!

To learn more about Michelle, please visit her at Michelle's Party Plan-It, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy!

And if you need more great summer party ideas and free summer party printableswe've go them too!

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Recipe + What Makes Me Happy as a Mom

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I was asked by Nutella to show how I like to "spread the happy." What a cool assignment. I'm a big believer that happiness is contagious. Just watch a group of kids laughing, and you'll quickly notice your own smile (or even laughter). It's just that easy.

So for Memorial Day, we were invited over to our friends' house for a BBQ. I love bringing homemade desserts to spread some happiness, so this year I made  homemade peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them together with a dollop of Nutella. Do you know "cookie" is a happy word? It makes you smile when you say it. Just try it.

The peanut butter cookies were delicious. I made the dough a little salty so that the sweet from the Nutella would balance it nicely, and it really did.  Plus, they were easy and quick to make. Here's how I did it:

PEANUT BUTTER NUTELLA COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients: (flour, baking soda, and salt) then set aside.

Add the butter, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla to a mix bowl, and beat on high until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients, a third at a time, until completely incorporated.

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Cover and move the dough to the refrigerator and chill for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Roll the dough into small balls (~1 inch) in the palms of your hand, and put them on a greased cookie sheet (or use a silpat!).

Press the dough down with a fork with 2 perpendicular presses.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Bake for 12 minutes.

Wait at least 15  minutes until the cookies cool. Smear a dollop of Nutella on the bottom of a cookie, and top with a second cookie to make a sandwich.

Makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches (4 dozen individual cookies).

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Because this post is all about being happy, I was also asked to share what makes me happy about being a mom. Wow, there are so many things, but one that stands out is sharing experiences with my daughter. This weekend I took Lainey to see Top Hat, her first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. I love old dance movies and I was curious to see what she would think of an old black and white film, living in her technicolor 3D world.

Something about being a mom and sharing these special moment with her, getting to see the world through her eyes, teaches me about myself... about what's really important to me, why I make the choices I do, and what I truly love. It's through both our similarities and our differences that I understand more about myself and my daughter, and I love that about being a mom.

As I said, I'm a huge Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers fan, and it turns out, my daughter is too! Here is Lainey dancing after the movie. And her happiness, definitely makes me happy. Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the Happy™.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

Lime Margarita Cookie Recipe + My Margarita Moment

Lime margarita cookie recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, I wanted to share an easy cookie recipe perfect for the occasion... enter my yummy lime margarita cookies! These cookies have the tang of lime juice and the kick of tequila. What's not to love? I gave some of these cookies to my friends and they raved about them!

LIME TEQUILA COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Sauza Agave or tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup of pastel green sanding sugar (for decoration)

Lime margarita cookie recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Add  flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into a bowl, mix, and set aside.

In another bowl, add the softened (room temperature) butter, eggs, sugar, tequila, lime juice, and lime zest. Beat with an electric mixer on high for about 2 minutes.

In three or four batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until incorporated. Because there is a lot of liquid in this dough, it will be sticky. It is a little easier to work with if you chill for about 45-60 minutes.

Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball, then roll in the sanding sugar. Place on a baking sheet, leaving lots of space for the cookies to spread.

Bake at 350F degrees. Take them out when you see the edges starting to brown, about 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen.

I love the speckles of lime zest in the dough.

Lime margarita cookie recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

Sauza tequila asked me to share a recent "Margarita Moment" of mine -- you know, a moment when you realize life would be a whole lot better if only you were sipping margaritas with your girlfriends.

Recently, I have wanted to get in better shape, so I mustered the courage to go to my first "Grit" class at the gym. It has a reputation for being hard, but I had no idea.

"Grit" is definitely a catch-phrase of the moment, something we are all supposed to cultivate in ourselves so we can better face life's challenges.

So it was time for me to face my fear. I went to the class. I was nervous, but I actually made it through without passing out. I sweated like a pig, a couple of times I felt like my heart was going to explode, and my arms were unable to hold the steering wheel on the way home, but I was proud.

Here's a selfie of me, a little shell-shocked but feeling good, when I finished my class.

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But the next morning, I woke up and... I couldn't walk. Seriously. It was more than grit, it was pain. And I couldn't sit either because of all the squats. I was like a hobbling ninety-year-old woman. And at that moment, I realized that life would be a whole lot better if I could just share a margarita with my best girlfriends.

I have not yet gone back to another class, but I will (even though it took 3 days to recover)... I think I just need to dig a little deeper, work on cultivating a little more grit, and make sure I have a margarita at the ready for when I'm finished.

So in the spirit of "margarita moments," here's my favorite margarita recipe, the Sauza-rita. Last year, I did a video shoot for Sauza tequila, and it was the first time I tried one. I loved it from the first sip. It's both tangy and smooth, with a little effervescent bite. This is my go-to margarita recipe. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can water
  • *If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver
Directions:
  • Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice.
  • Fill limeade can with Sauza® Blue Silver and pour into pitcher.
  • Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy.

Sauza-rita margarita recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

 And with the cookies, it's a one-two punch. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sauza-rita margarita recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

Sauza-rita margarita recipe. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo! | CatchMyParty.com

 Nothing's more relaxing than a cool desert breeze blowing across your tired shoulders. Oh wait. That's the breath of a man who has something very important to tell you. He's the cowboy. And he's here to help you relax after a hard day on the ranch. When he's not rounding up baby cattle, he's rounding up ingredients for the perfect Sauza®-rita. Learn how to make it with him on your next ladies' night in: www.youtube.com/SauzaTequila.

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15 Mouthwatering BBQ Recipes

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I love cooking in summer. All I have to do is throw something on the grill, add a simple marinade (or not) and whatever I cook, typically ends up tasting good. And for entertaining, it's such an effortless and casual way to go. Plus, I like that it usually gets messy, which I think just adds to the fun. I always make sure I have plenty of napkins available.

Charred smoky flavors make my mouth water. To me, there's nothing better than the smell of grilled food -- from steaks to hamburgers to shrimp to chicken to veggetables... and even fruit. That's why I loved compiling this collection of grilled dishes from Foodie.

From the collection, you'll see that I'm a big fan of skewers. You can make them beforehand.  Then when the time comes, just put them on the grill and they're pretty foolproof. Since I'm always looking for ways to dress my skewers  up, I will definitely be trying the tequila shrimp skewers and the Sriracha-glazed chicken skewers.

Plus, I love grilled fruit desserts in summer. That's why I included in the collection, the grilled peach and vanilla cake trifle and the recipe that I think is actually the most interesting... the chocolate and marshmallow BBQ bananas. You actually cook the marshmallows and chocolate chips inside the banana on the grill. Get out!

I hope this collection makes you as hungry and happy as it does me...

This is a sponsored post by Foodie but all opinions and ideas are ours.

Peach Earl Grey Cocktail Recipe

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I made this Earl Grey peach cocktail yesterday for Easter because I thought it would be fun to use the Pinnacle Peach Vodka Bevmo sent us to try. If you like sweet iced tea with a kick, you'll love this drink!

EARL GREY PEACH COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup Pinnacle Peach Vodka
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mint leaves to garnish
Directions:
  • Create a simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  • In a pitcher, mix the syrup, tea, and flavored vodka
  • Add a generous amount of ice to your cocktail glasses
  • Add the tea mixture, and garnish with mint
  • Should make 4-6 cocktails
Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 20 min

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Hope you had a Happy Easter, yesterday! We did, and my daughter is still recovering from her sugar high. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

So we decided to try something different. We froze the mini marshmallows, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. And it totally worked! Here's Lainey wrapping the cookie dough around three mini marshmallows.

Also, I added walnuts to the recipe because I like have a nutty crunch to my chocolate cookies, but feel free to leave them out.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

CHOCOLATE WALNUT MINI MARSHMALLOW COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz semi sweet Kraft Baker's Chocolate
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups Kraft Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
Directions:

A few hours before you start, take two cups of mini marshmallows and put them in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter and let them come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a second bowl, add the butter, eggs, brown sugar (firmly packed), granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a double broiler, or microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the wet ingredients, and mix until completely incorporated.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet in thirds.

Crumble the walnuts. and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won't get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These are the perfect cookies for me... they are sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! I don't want to admit how many I ate. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These cookies would be an absolute show-stopper at a milk & cookies party! We have this entire collection of milk & cookies free printables on our site to help you decorate! Just download, print out, and have fun!

Milk & Cookies Party Free Printable | CatchMyParty.com

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.

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