Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes you just need a cookie on a little smaller scale.  Enter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies - these are that cookie.  The one you take to a gathering where there will be plenty of desserts to try, but a small taste of a classic is always welcome.  The one that fits neatly in their lunchbox so they can enjoy a small treat after they finish their lunch.  The one that you make just because it both easy, delicious and your motto is all things in moderation.

This perfect little cookie is studded with mini chocolate chips and is delicious both on its own and with a little chocolate spread between two.  They stay nice and soft in an airtight container for at least 3 days and would be super ideal to make the day before you need them!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies - a quick and easy recipe perfect for game day, lunch boxes or just because!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups FLOUR
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/3 cup GRANULATED SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 3/4 cup MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter and sugars, add in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Measure out about 2 teaspoons of dough and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
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Recipe Source: Cookie Cravings Cookbook

 

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For the cookie monster in you…

Chocolate PB Explosion Cookies

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy Biscoff Cookies

 

Simple Southwest Potatoes {Alexia Blog Party + Giveaway}

Quick and easy – this recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is the perfect weeknight side dish!

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net Potatoes…delicious, versatile and the perfect backdrop for so many flavor combos.  I’m stoked today to be joining Carrian {Sweet Basil}, Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} and Deborah {Taste and Tell} to share a healthy side dish using Alexia’s Smart Classics Potatoes.  Be sure to check out all of the recipes from today’s party further down in this post and stick around until the very end for an incredible giveaway!

Get Smart with Alexia Blog Party Side dishes are usually not the star of the meal and sometimes the time just isn’t there to prepare a tasty one.  Alexia has made healthy side dishes easy with their Smart Classics line of potatoes and fries.  Being 98% fat free and having 100 calories per serving makes them a great choice for any meal.  Follow Alexia on Facebook to discover even more ways to enjoy their products.

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net The beauty of taking a little help from the freezer section for dinner is, that while you’re working on the main dish, your potatoes are baking away.  I chose to season mine simply and sprinkle them with a little bit of shredded cheese because potatoes and cheese just go together.  Adding fresh cilantro and finely chopped green onion brings the flavor explosion.  Don’t forget the dipping sauce – a little greek yogurt and hot sauce spices things up just a bit.  The potatoes come cut in chunks small enough to stab with a fork or big enough to be a finger food should you want to enjoy these as an appetizer for game day.

Want to make this a main dish?  Top with seasoned ground turkey or ground beef, pork carnitas or cafe rio chicken and dinner is served ;)

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Simple Southwest Potatoes

This recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is easy to make and packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 oz.) bag ALEXIA SMART CLASSICS TRI-CUT POTATOES
  • 1 Tablespoon TACO SEASONING
  • 1/2 cup PLAIN YOGURT (or sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoon HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot - use more if you'd like it spicier)
  • SHREDDED CHEESE (use as much as you like)
  • FRESH CILANTRO, chopped
  • GREEN ONION, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bake potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Make dipping sauce: mix together yogurt and hot sauce, set aside.
  3. When potatoes are done baking, sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir together to coat all of the potatoes. You can sprinkle on the cheese now and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Or if your serving dish is oven safe, you can put the potatoes in the serving dish and then top with cheese and put back into the oven to melt cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
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Cranberry Pecan Spread

Cranberry Pecan Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #Thanksgiving   www.crumbsandchaos.ne An easy appetizer that will tide you over until turkey time – this Cranberry Pecan Spread is creamy and studded with dried cranberries, cherries and pecans.

Around our house, we like small bites.  They’re easy to share and you get to try a little of everything.  After all, the holidays = hanging around  and enjoying good food together, so whether it’s almost time for the turkey or you’re wanting to add something new to your next appetizer spread this December, I’ve got you covered.  This creamy spread is perfect for your favorite cracker.

Tangy goat cheese combined with cream cheese, dried cranberries and cherries, crunchy pecans and savory green onions…easy, flavorful and sure to be gone in no time at all.  So you’d better have double the ingredients on hand to whip up another batch.  What’s your favorite quick and easy appetizer to serve around the holidays?

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Cranberry Pecan Spread

This Cranberry Pecan Spread is an easy holiday appetizer and comes together in just minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. HONEY GOAT CHEESE (or plain)
  • 4 oz. CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CRANBERRIES, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CHERRIES*, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons PECANS, finely chopped
  • 3 GREEN ONIONS, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine goat cheese and cream cheese. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers or pretzel crisps.

Notes

*You could use all cranberries instead of adding cherries.

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Our favorite small bites…

Garlic Feta Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread from Crumbs and Chaos

Today I have an easy way to enjoy holiday leftovers using King’s Hawaiian Rolls®.  Their soft, amazing dinner rolls make an incredible BBQ Turkey Slider with Spicy Cranberry Spread.  I mentioned yesterday that I’ve got November food on the brain lately…in fact, I’m practically ready for Christmas music.  I love all of the flavors of Thanksgiving and the bonus of having more than enough to make a few other meals the weekend after Thanksgiving.  These sliders would also be fantastic for any holiday spread that includes appetizers and you could use chicken in place of the turkey as well.

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One of our family’s favorite meals is BBQ anything, so making leftovers more interesting with BBQ sauce is a natural thing for me.  Taking King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls® and stuffing them full of BBQ Turkey, smoked gouda cheese and a good slathering of Spicy Cranberry Spread is the perfect leftover solution for your holiday turkey.  The spicy cranberry spread is just spicy enough to make it exciting, but not enough to make you reach for something to drink.  Make up a tray of these for your crowd and watch them disappear!  Check out King’s Hawaiian Holiday Roll Call for a ton of great holiday recipes!

BBQ Turkey Sliders with Spicy Cranberry Spread and King's Hawaiian Rolls from Crumbs and Chaos

BBQ Turkey Sliders Recipe -

Leftover cooked and chopped TURKEY

Your favorite BBQ Sauce

Smoked Gouda Cheese, sliced

1 package of King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls®, halved

1/2 cup WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE

2 Tablespoons PICKLED JALAPENO, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon FRESH CILANTRO, chopped (optional)

2 Tablespoons MAYO

 

Make cranberry spread by combining cranberry sauce, jalapeno, cilantro and mayo.  Mix turkey with BBQ sauce in a small bowl.

Assemble sandwiches – open rolls, layer turkey and cheese.  Spread inside of top half of roll with cranberry spread and place on top of sandwich.

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Garlic Feta Dip

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Things have been a little sweet lately, so we’re going over to the savory side today with a GARLIC FETA DIP that’s super easy to make and full of flavor.

I’ve talked before about having friends over for dinner often, it’s so much easier and more relaxed with the kids to enjoy each others company at one of our houses.  But my dining room doesn’t really allow for seating for more than 6 people, which means we usually feed the kids first and then the adults sit down together after that.  It’s dinner time, the kids are munching away and my husband is standing there hungry as always.  I try to always have a appetizer on hand for times like that.  You can do so many things with a block of cream cheese!

This Garlic Feta Dip right here is our most recent favorite – and by our, I mean every person that sat around the table that evening was in love with it.  And so was a different group of people I served it to a few nights later.  It’s incredibly easy and full of intense flavor from the garlic, feta cheese and spices.  This dip whips up in no time and will be gone just a quickly!

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Garlic Feta Dip

This insanely easy dip is perfect for your next get together and is full of amazing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. FETA CHEESE
  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
  • 2/3 cup MAYO
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, minced (you could use less if you don't like a lot of garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED BASIL
  • 1/2 teaspoon DRIED OREGANO
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED DILL
  • 1/4 teaspoon DRIED THYME

Instructions

  1. Crumble the feta if it didn't come already crumbled. Stir together all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Put in a serving dish and chill until you are ready to serve. Enjoy with pretzel crisps, crackers or fresh veggies.
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Tex-Mex Chili

It’s about time for a big bowl of Tex-Mex Chili -

thick and hearty, this recipe will feed a crowd and, best of all, it’s made in the crock pot!

Tex-Mex Chili | Crumbs and Chaos #slowcooker #soup #chili    www.crumbsandchaos.net The beginning of this week was a bit of a scorcher, last night and today it has finally started to cool down a bit and now it really feels like my favorite time of year :)  You know…Harvest Time, pumpkin everything, apples galore, bowls of hot soup, sweaters and boots…I’m super ready for all of those things!  Football is another popular activity this time of year.  Might I recommend a big bowl of chili while watching the next big game?

Made in the crock pot, topped with shredded cheese and diced avocado – this chili fits the bill for feeding a large crowd or a smaller one for a few days or so (leftover chili is one of the best things ever).  This particular version has beef stew meat in it, so that means tender chunks of beef throughout.  Next time I may cut them smaller before cooking or use ground beef instead – that’s the beauty of a pot of chili, you can make it to fit your preferences.  Also, as written it was pretty spicy the day it was made, but the next day was less spicy.  If you’re not a fan of spicy, omit the cayenne and red pepper flakes.  At our house, we’re big fans of Fritos with our chili, but it would be great with cornbread or crackers too.

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Tex-Mex Chili

An easy, meaty slow cooker chili recipe that's hearty, delicious and perfect for game day.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. of BEEF STEW MEAT
  • 1 tablespoon VEGETABLE or CANOLA OIL
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, minced
  • 3 16 oz. cans KIDNEY BEANS, drained and rinsed
  • 3 15 oz. cans TOMATO SAUCE
  • 1 14.5 oz. can DICED TOMATOES
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 6 oz. can TOMATO PASTE
  • 3/4 cup SALSA VERDE
  • 1 envelope CHILI SEASONING
  • 2 teaspoons ONION POWDER
  • 1 teaspoon CHILI POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon CRUSHED RED PEPPER FLAKES
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CUMIN
  • 1/2 teaspoon CAYENNE PEPPER
  • Your favorite chili toppings - shredded cheese, avocados, chopped fresh cilantro, Fritos

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and brown the beef in batches. Stir in the garlic to the last batch, cook for about a minute before transferring to a slow cooker (6 qt or larger)
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except toppings) and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Notes

You can omit the crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper and use mild chili seasoning if you don't like it spicy.

You can make this the day before you need it, it's even better the second day.

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Candy Bar Apple Dip

This light and fluffy, 4 ingredient dessert dip is perfect for fall’s fresh, crisp apples -

Candy Bar Apple Dip - you’re gonna love it!

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Two years ago I was introduced to this fabulous caramel apple dip - it’s always the hit of the party and a cinch to make.  And thanks to Pinterest, one of our most viewed recipes ever – rightly so, the stuff is amazing.  So think of this Candy Bar Apple Dip as the Caramel Apple Dip’s Sophisticated Older Sister…

I was heading to a birthday party and taking along some freshly picked apples.  I had planned on making the regular classic caramel apple dip (I didn’t have the caramel but was going to use dulce de leche), but all of a sudden decided to switch things up a bit.  This version turned into something completely incredible.  There’s only 4 (yep – 4!) ingredients and it is light and silky.  Best of all – you can use your favorite candy bar!  I had Butterfingers on hand, but can’t wait to make this again with Snickers, Heath, Milky Way…the sky’s really the limit here.

So take this to your next get together, put it on the menu for your fall or Halloween party, it would totally rock your next game day spread and don’t be surprised if you end up wanting to shove your entire face in the bowl…I almost did.

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Candy Bar Apple Dip

A dessert dip that pairs beautifully with apples. Use your favorite candy bar in this recipe for Candy Bar Apple Dip and try not to eat the entire bowl yourself!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 1 13.4 oz. can of DULCE DE LECHE*
  • 1 cup HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM*
  • 6 FUN SIZE CANDY BARS (choose your favorite - I used Butterfingers), roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add dulce de leche by the spoonful and continue mixing until well combined - you will probably need to scrape the sides of the bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into cream cheese mixture until fully incorporated.
  3. Add chopped candy bars and chill until serving with fresh apple slices*.

Notes

*Dulce de leche can be found at most grocery stores in the Hispanic foods section. It's a thick caramel made from sweetened condensed milk. You could also make your own.

*I had whipping cream on hand so that's what I used in this recipe. You could also try using Cool Whip in it's place.

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More Dessert Dips to love…

Honey Pecan Baked Brie Dip from Something Swanky

S’mores Cheesecake Dip from Shugary Sweets

Apple Brickle Dip from Kitchen Meets Girl

 

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The Best Appetizers, Side Dishes & Desserts for Your Weekend Cookout

The Best Appetizers, Side Dishes & Desserts for your next cookout | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizers #sidedishes #desserts #cookout  www.crumbsandchaos.net  Not sure what to put along side your grilled favorites this weekend?  I’ve put together a list of  the best appetizers, side dishes and desserts, all of which are about as quick and easy as opening a bag of chips.  Enjoy!

Cookout Appetizers | Crumbs and Chaos

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

BBQ Chicken Dip

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

Everything But The Potato Dip

Creamy Crab and Red Pepper Dip

Feta Cheese Ball

Cheddar Bacon Dip

Crock Pot Reuben Dip

Asiago Artichoke Dip Cookout Side Dishes | Crumbs and Chaos

Cilantro Ranch Pasta Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Cream Cheese Corn

Candy Bar & Grape Salad

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Slaw

BBQ Coleslaw

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

Simple Marinated Tomato Salad

Cookout Desserts | Crumbs and Chaos

Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apple Pie Salsa

Chocolate Chip Butter Cake

Oreo Dirt Cups

S’mores Brownies

Caramel Apple Dip

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Hot Fudge & Kit Kat Rice Krispie Treats

Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Triple Chocolate Scotcheroos

Cream Cheese Lemon Cake Bars

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mango Guacamole

 

Pairing the absolutely perfect avocado with a sweet, juicy mango is where it’s at - Mango Guacamole should be next on your must try list!

 

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I adore guacamole.  And my kids are slowly falling in love with it lately…which makes eating at a Mexican restaurant a little easier these days ;)

This is a combo that totally works together.  I love the idea of fruit salsas, the spicy and sweet are something different from the norm.  The mango adds a gentle sweetness to the buttery avocado along with the cilantro and jalapeno you’ve got a screamin’ good guac.  One that you should totally be serving as an appetizer to your guests while you’re standing next to the grill this holiday weekend.

A few more crowd pleasing appetizers

BBQ Chicken Dip

Feta Cheese Ball

Cheddar Bacon Dip

Asiago Artichoke Dip

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Mango Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 AVOCADOS
  • 1 MANGO
  • 1/3 cup CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO
  • 3 Tablespoons SLICED GREEN ONION
  • 2 Tablespoons CHOPPED JARRED JALAPENOS
  • 1 Tablespoon FRESH LIME JUICE
  • SALT

Instructions

  1. Peel, pit and dice avocados and mango. Place into a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except salt, and mash to combine.
  2. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately.
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Recipe Source: Ever so slightly adapted from Absolutely Avocados

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Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

Need a quick and flavorful appetizer?  Look no further than this Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread, perfect for your next get together!

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I want to know how many of you find TJ Maxx completely irresistible.

As in, you can’t go in to look for a birthday gift for a friend without picking up something for yourself.

Come on, I know you’re out there.

I just wanted to know I’m not alone.

Week before last, that’s exactly what happened to me.  I was picking out a gift and saw the lovely dish that you see in these pictures and could.not.resist.  It begged me to take it home.  And after doing so, I made an incredibly delicious dip to take to the party because then I felt like my $3.99 purchase was justified.

This dip sounds like a crazy combination, but the sweetness of the preserves and the saltiness of the bacon and gorgonzola is just right.  It was a party hit and will definitely keep your guests coming back for more.

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Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

This recipe for an easy appetizer is unique, flavorful and sure to be a party hit!

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz.) blocks of CREAM CHEESE
  • 5 oz. CRUMBLED GORGONZOLA CHEESE
  • 3 sliced of BACON, cooked and crumbled (about 3 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup CHOPPED GREEN ONION
  • 6-8 oz. APRICOT PRESERVES (use more to make it as sweet as you like)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Transfer to serving dish and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with crackers or sliced baguettes.

Notes

Feel free to use more or less of each ingredient to suit your tastes.

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