Bacon Grilled Cheese

Bacon Grilled Cheese! What kind of magic is this?! Combining bacon with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses takes a classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level!

Perfect for lunch served alongside tomato soup or great for game day or movie night. Grilled cheese with bacon is a fancy, filling and flavorful take on a family favorite!

Two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches stacked and topped with extra bacon slices.

How to Make Bacon Grilled Cheese

Start with a bread thick enough to hold the melted cheese and heavy enough so it won’t fall apart. Grilled cheese with bacon (and tomato should you choose) needs a hearty bread. Sourdough is a great choice!

  1. Cook bacon slices until they are crisp. Remove the bacon and drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on the outside of two slices of sourdough bread (or bread of your choice).
  3. Layer the cheese and bacon (and optional tomato) over two slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  4. Grill those slices of heaven up!

Overview of bacon grilled cheese sandwich ingredients on a cutting board.

To Make Bacon Grilled Cheese: Reheat the pan you cooked the bacon in on low heat and let the bacon grease become fully melted.

Gently place the bacon grilled cheese sandwich mayonnaise side out in the center of the pan and cook until golden. Flip and continue cooking until you see the cheese oozing from the sides.

a cross section of a bacon grilled cheese with melted cheese oozing out.

What to Serve with Grilled Cheese

Everything goes with a bacon grilled cheese sandwich!

Traditionally, it’s great with tomato soup (or any soup recipe you love)! On a warm day, we love to add in a tossed salad with a tangy vinaigrette. And nothing tastes better than washing it all down with an icy glass of Watermelon Lemonade!

More Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Bacon Grilled Cheese

A classic grilled cheese is taken to the next level by adding in our favorite, bacon!

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz pepper jack cheese
  1. Cook bacon in a pan until crisp. Remove from pan and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan.

  2. Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  3. Divide the cheese and bacon over 2 slices of bread and top with remaining bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  5. Grill sandwich until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

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You can see the bacon and cheese oozing out from the middle of this grilled cheese sandwich

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A bacon grilled cheese sandwich! This sandwich combines all my favorites! Cheese and bacon are melted between two pieces of sourdough bread to create this tasty treat! #spendwithpennies #bacongrilledcheese #cheesegrilledsandwich #lunch #kidfriendly

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

close up peanut butter cookies

These easy Peanut Butter Cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make! Peanut butter is one of our biggest obsessions these days, and these peanut butter cookies are one treat that no one can refuse!

This is the best peanut butter cookie recipe because like Chocolate Chip Cookies (and most other drop cookie recipes) they freeze perfectly and you can always have a stash on hand.

close up peanut butter cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Can You Use Natural Peanut Butter in Cookies? While you can use natural peanut butter in cookies, you may need to add more salt if using natural peanut butter. The key reason to use regular peanut butter is that natural peanut butter tends to cause the cookies to spread more than we like and be more crisp than chewy.

To Make Soft Peanut Butter Cookies: Some peanut butter cookies end up hard and crunchy, but we love ours soft and chewy with just the perfect amount of crispy edges and these are all that and more.

These peanut butter cookies are full of peanut butter flavor with no chocolate or anything to distract from the main event (but if you wanted to add a chocolate drizzle over top, no one here would judge!).

If your family is like ours, cookies are one of our favorite things to have on hand for easy snacks! These Easy Triple Chocolate CookiesEasy Sugar Cookies, and these Cake Mix Cookies are some of our other favorites.

Peanut butter cookies stacked on a cooling rack with a bite out of one cookie

How To Make Peanut Butter Cookies:

To make homemade peanut butter cookies from scratch, simply:

  1. Cream butter and peanut butter until smooth. Whip sugar in until it’s light and fluffy!
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla, just until smooth.
  3. Add dry ingredients, be sure to fluff and level flour to avoid dry, crumbly cookies! Mix until the dough forms.

Bake Until Soft

Bake, but don’t overbake! Overbaked cookies are dry and hard and not soft and chewy as they should be. Bake until they appear just set, even a little glossiness in the center is okay. They will continue setting up on the hot pan out of the oven.

peanut butter cookies on marble

How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies:

There are two ways to store these peanut butter cookies if you happen to have leftovers that last beyond the first couple hours on the counter ;)

  • Room Temperature: You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4-6 days (they will last past that point, they just won’t be as good). The only problem with storing them at room temperature is you know they’re not going to last long! The freezer is a much safer option ;)
  • In the Freezer: These cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag up to 3 months. This means you always have something delicious on hand if surprise guests drop in or you need an after school snack!

More Awesome Cookie Recipes!

Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make! This peanut butter cookie recipe freezes perfectly so you can always have a stash on hand. 

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (not natural)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (a paddle attachment on a stand mixer works best for this recipe), beat peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  2. Add sugars and beat on high speed until light and fluffy – 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until combined.
  4. Add flour (fluffed and leveled!), baking soda and salt and beat on low speed just until cookie dough comes together.

  5. Preheat oven to 350F and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. Roll into 1" balls and place 2" apart on baking sheets. Press down slightly with fork.

  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until set (a slight glossy sheen in the very center is okay). Remove and let cool on baking sheets before moving to an air tight container to store.

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Peanut butter cookies stacked on a cooling rack with a bite out of one cookie

 

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These peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make! They freeze perfectly so you can always have a stash on hand. #spendwithpennies #peanutbuttercookies #peanutbutter #cookies #easyrecipe #snack #cookielove

Quick & Easy Microwave Corn on the Cob

Microwave Corn on the Cob is a tasty time saver that nearly anyone can do while you’re busy at the grill! Fresh, firm cobs are microwaved with the husk on. In just a couple of minutes, the husk slips off for the perfect side dish to serve alongside Grilled BBQ Chicken!

This easy side is best brushed with butter (or Homemade Garlic Butter) and served hot and fresh!

Microwaved cooked corn on the cob topped with butter, salt and pepper

A Summer Time Favorite

No one can resist the season’s first batch of summer corn on the cob! It’s a must have at every picnic or barbecue! Serve it with grilled chicken breast and your favorite pasta salad recipe!

Whether you grow it yourself or get it at the supermarket or the farmer’s market, cooking corn in the microwave preserves its sweet flavor and keeps it fresh and crisp.

Whole corn on the cob with the husk placed in the microwave

How to Cook Corn in the Microwave

This microwave sweet corn recipe only takes a few minutes and it steams itself inside the husk, that’s right no need to peel it first!

With the husk and silk on the corn, place between one and four whole corn cobs in the microwave. Don’t overcrowd the microwave to be sure that all the cobs cook thoroughly.

A microwave with a turntable inside will more evenly cook the cobs, but you can also stop cooking halfway through and rotate them.

Preparation of microwaved cooked corn on the cob including cutting off the top and bottom and removing from the husk

How Long to Cook Corn in the Microwave

Cooking corn on the cob in the microwave is easy once you determine what size your cobs are. Regardless of the size of the cobs, set the microwave to high power! The times can vary slightly based on your microwave (and how many cobs you have going in).

  • Smaller Cobs: cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Larger Cobs: cook for 4-5 minutes.

Remove the microwave corn with a mitt or kitchen towel and carefully cut off each end and slide the cob out of the husk and silk.

Brush on melted butter and season with salt and pepper and serve hot! If there is leftover corn, use it to make a yummy mexican corn dip or a delicious side of homemade creamed corn.

Favorite Summer Sides

Microwave Corn on the Cob

With only 3 simple ingredients, have this tasty corn on the table in under 5 minutes!

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Place corn in the microwave (with silk & husks intact).
  2. Microwave on high power for 3 minutes (smaller cobs) or 4 minutes (larger cobs).
  3. Remove from the microwave and using a sharp knife, cut both ends off of the corn.
  4. Slide the corn out of the husk (the silk should slide right off too).
  5. Season with butter, salt & pepper to taste.

 

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Corn on the Cob with melted butter, salt and pepper on top

 

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Grab and Go Breakfast Cookies!

Breakfast Cookies are great for busy mornings on the go! They are jam packed with fruit, fibre and nutty deliciousness making them a healthy option that you can feel good about feeding your family! 

The next time you’re wondering how to stop your family from skipping the most important meal of the day, bake up a batch of these hearty and healthy breakfast cookies. A couple of these are all they’ll need to stay satisfied and well fed until lunch. They make great after-school snacks too!

Breakfast cookies stacked on a white plate.

Breakfast Cookie Ingredients

Ingredients for healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies include oats, whole wheat flour, raisins and/or dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut and pumpkin, sunflower and ground flax seeds.  Molasses and maple syrup provide just enough, (but not too much) sweetness. Oil and almond milk bind everything together, resulting in dense, chewy and moist breakfast cookies.

What kinds of oats should I use? Be sure to use quick oats instead of regular rolled oats or steel cut oats, which are too hard for use in breakfast cookies and bars recipes. Quick oats are rolled and partially cooked, which softens them and makes them perfect for baking.

As for the other ingredients, you can add, subtract or substitute different seeds, nuts or dried fruit as you see fit. Some we recommend are:

  • Seeds: toasted sesame seeds, hemp seeds
  • Nuts: chopped walnuts, almond slices
  • Dried Fruits: chopped dates, goji berries
  • Sweeteners:  agave syrup, honey

Close up of a breakfast cookie on the counter on a wire cooling rack

How to Make Breakfast Cookies

After you assemble your ingredients, all you need to make these or other healthy oatmeal cookies and bars is a coupled of mixing bowls, a wooden spoon and a cookie sheet.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, including dried fruit.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and combine with dry.
  3. Place mounds of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake until golden brown.

Just three steps and you can feel good about serving these yummy cookies for breakfast!

How to Store Breakfast Cookies

Healthy breakfast cookies are the perfect convenience food to make in advance. They’ll keep well in a cookie jar for up to a week or so without getting stale, and can store in a tight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

These cookies also taste great stored in the freezer. They retain their shape and texture even after several months in storage.

  • To freeze: just cool after baking and then pop them in a freezer bag or plastic container.
  • To thaw: these cookies thaw out easily and are ready to eat in a few minutes after removing. So grab one on your way out the door!

More Grab and Go Breakfast Options

Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are filled with nuts, fibre and dried fruits making them a healthy breakfast option to go!

  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (or spelt flour)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix on low until combined.
  4. Place 1/3 cup scoops on a parchment lined pan and press to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake 23-26 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Breakfast Cookies on a cooling rack with cookies on the baking sheet in the background

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip – great for fruit!

Cookie Dough Dip is a sweet, chocolate-y dip that is so good on so many things, you’ll want to make it all the time! A creamy buttery base is mixed with brown sugar and vanilla. This is perfect for dipping fruit, cookies or a spoon!

This is the perfect way to enjoy the flavor of your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie dough in a perfectly scoopable form!

Cookie Dough Dip in a white bowl with a whole strawberry being dipped into it, with strawberries in the background

Extra Creamy Cookie Dough

I would be lying if I said I didn’t love the dough from Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies as much as I love the cookies themselves! Sneaking bites of raw cookie dough has been a part of my life forever. While I do sneak bites here and there, we’ve also all heard that it’s not a great idea to eat raw eggs or raw flour. Enter… this easy cookie dough dip! Now, we’re talking!

How to Make Cookie Dough Dip

The best part about this easy cream cheese cookie dough dip is that it has so few ingredients. Before starting make sure all of these ingredients are room temperature so they blend together well.

  1. Cream butter, cream cheese and brown sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in the mini chocolate chips and chill at least 30 minutes.

Every cookie dough dip recipe has butter in it, because it’s a binder (and of course cookie recipes need butter). Cream cheese is a great base and adds a scoopable creamy texture! Vanilla and chocolate add great flavor of course!

Cookie Dough Dip with a spreader in a white bowl with strawberries in the background.

What to Serve with Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip

Almost anything goes with this amazingly sweet and tasty dip! Fruit slices of any kind, or even crackers, or cookies!  Why not try it as a spread on toast, pancakes, or waffles? Try it as a decadent chocolate chip cheesecake cookie dough dip with French toast roll ups or even pretzel rods!

Can You Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?

You sure can! This recipe does well frozen and can be enjoyed frozen too! Cookie dough ice cream anyone? I freeze it in small single portions, just enough to take some out and curb that craving!

  • To Freeze: Just make sure it’s in an airtight zippered bag or container and labeled with the date.
  • To Thaw: Take it out of the freezer and let it come to room temperature on its own. Give it a thorough stir and add a little more vanilla or salt to brighten the flavors a bit.

Once thawed serve it with all your favorite dippers or as spread on your favorite things!

More Delicious Desserts Dips

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This cookie dough dip is only six ingredients and results in a sweet chocolate-y dip perfect for so many things!

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese and brown sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Serve with fruit or cookies.

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Cookie Dough Dip in a white bowl with a strawberry being dipped in it

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Spicy Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese is everything you could possibly ask for from comfort food! Soft bread with a crisp exterior and a creamy, cheesy, dreamy jalapeno popper inspired filling! 

Piquant and cheesy, this easy grilled cheese sandwich is a perfectly heavenly combination of gooey and crunchy at the same time.

Close up of sliced jalapeño popper grilled cheese with melted cheese dropping out and sliced jalapeños on top

If you are looking for a delicious and easy meal or midnight snack, I’ve got you covered. This sandwich is fast and easy, and the results make for a delicious reward at the end!

Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Ingredients

This jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich recipe uses a delicious combination of of flavors similar to those found in my famous Jalapeno Popper Dip!

Smooth cream cheese with shredded parmesan and sharp cheddar, pickled jalapeño peppers and thick slices of sourdough bread.

  • Cheese: You can substitute or add in any other cheeses you like. Grated asiago, romano, and/or pepper jack are good options. You want something with a robust flavor to stand out among the cream cheese.
  • Bread: The bread you choose is another area you can play around with. For the best texture look for a crusty, substantial bread that holds its’ shape when thickly sliced.
  • Flavor Boost: To boost the flavor of this jalapeño popper grilled cheese even more, turn up the flavor even by adding a layer of crispy bacon or sliced ham.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese ingredients laid out on a wood cutting board.

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For this recipe all you need is a frying pan and a spatula. It’s as easy as 1,2,3 to prep and cook the best grilled cheese jalapeño popper sandwich you’ve ever tasted:

  1. Spread one side of each slice of bread with mayonnaise (or butter if you’d prefer but mayonnaise definitely gives the best crust).
  2. Place the jalapeño filling between two slices, on the plain sides.
  3. Grill until toasted brown on one side, then flip and repeat on the other.

Cut diagonally from end to end and serve warm and melty (with a cold beer if you like).

Jalapeno cream cheese and cheddar cheese on bread in a frying pan for making jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches

What Goes Good With Grilled Cheese?

Jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwiches are rich and filling, so serve them with sides that are fresh and crisp. Skip the salty or oily chips, instead, think a classic Tomato Soup (of course)!!

Fresh Summer Fruit Salad or crisp tossed salad. Or, for a pop of color and nutrition, simply serve with fresh crispy veggies and dip (ranch or blue cheese are my faves).

More Grilled Cheese Goodness

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Piquant and cheesy, a jalapeño popper grilled cheese is a heavenly combination of gooey, crunchy and chewy, all at the same time.

  • 4 slices sourdough bread (thick cut)
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapenos (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese
  1. Combine cream cheese, jalapeños, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Mix well.

  2. Spread jalapeño filling over 2 of the slices of bread. Top with cheddar cheese and remaining slice of bread.

  3. Spread mayonnaise over the outside of each slice of bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat. Place mayonnaise side down in the skillet.
  5. Grill until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese sandwiches piled on top of each other

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Texas Sheet Cake (Moist and Decadent)

Texas Sheet Cake is a classic favorite cake that’s enjoyed all over the US! This recipe yields a moist, decadent cake with a glossy chocolate frosting!

Simple and decadent, this is the best chocolate sheet cake you’ll ever try! If you’re feeling super indulgent, add some whipped cream!

Square slice of chocolate sheet cake on white plate

The Very Best Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

Maybe you think I’m exaggerating up there. Calling this the “best” Texas Sheet Cake. But just wait until you try it! While these popular cakes generally follow a standard recipe and there isn’t a lot of room for deviation (not if you want to call it a true Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, anyway), I’ve made a few adjustments to this classic cake that make it better than any you’ve tried before.

Here’s what we did differently:

  • Increased Moisture: My chocolatey cake base is made with a combination of brown sugar and white sugar; the added brown sugar adds moisture and richness to the cake.
  • Enhanced Flavors: A splash of vanilla adds a depth of flavor, and a sprinkle of instant coffee grounds doesn’t make the cake taste like coffee but enhances the rich chocolate tones (I use this same technique to add flavor to my popular chocolate cupcakes and it’s also used in this chocolate poke cake!).
  • Extra Chocolate-y: The chocolate flavor is amped up thanks to extra cocoa powder in the batter. Texas Sheet Cake is a chocolate-lover’s dream.

This recipe is believed to have southern origins (some of my most favorite recipes do, like peanut brittle and hush puppies!) but there’s some debate on whether or not that’s actually true or not… more on that below!

Pouring chocolate icing onto chocolate sheet cake

More Chocolate-y Goodness:

Why Is It Called A Texas Sheet Cake?

As it turns out, the history behind the name is actually pretty unclear. Some cake historians argue that it’s named for its size. A Texas Sheet Cake is baked in a 10×15 jelly roll pan, making it larger than your average cake!

It’s questionable where the cake even originated, it might not have been in Texas at all! If you have any knowledge of or ideas about where the name came from, I’d love to hear it in the comments!

Does Texas Sheet Cake Need to Be Refrigerated?

This Texas Sheet Cake does not need to be refrigerated and will keep at room temperature for several days. Store it covered or in an airtight container so it doesn’t dry out.

If you need to store this cake longer, it can be kept refrigerated, but keep in mind that refrigerators tend to dry out cake, even if the cake is stored in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Sheet Cake?

You sure can. Cool the Texas Sheet Cake completely, then cover with plastic wrap. It will keep well for about 2 months in the freezer. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Texas sheet cake cut into slices

Making a Texas Sheet Cake from scratch is easy and delicious! Make two; one for now and freeze one for later!

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake is a classic decadent chocolate cake with a rich chocolate icing!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Texas Sheet Cake Frosting:

  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (cut into pieces)
  • 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (sifting is recommended (after measurinto avoid any lumps))
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and thoroughly grease and flour a 10×15 jelly roll pan (or spray with baking spray).
  2. Combine butter, water, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized saucepan over low heat and cook until the butter is melted. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  3. While butter/cocoa mixture is cooling, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt and instant coffee in a large bowl.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Stir this into your dry ingredients until combined.

  5. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled for at least 15 minutes, stir into your flour/sour cream mixture until mixture is smooth and completely combined.
  6. Spread batter into prepared jelly roll pan and bake on 350F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Once cake has finished baking (or several minutes before), begin preparing frosting.
  8. Combine milk and butter in a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium/low heat until butter is melted. Once butter has melted, remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder until combined. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
  9. Pour over cake while cake is still warm.
  10. Allow frosting to harden (about one hour) and then slice and serve!

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A piece of Texas Sheet Cake on a white plate

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Easy Homemade Nutella Recipe

Nutella is a household name, and for good reason! This velvety hazelnut spread flavored with rich chocolate is easy to make at home!

The only thing better than a creamy, dreamy dollop of Nutella on literally anything, is this homemade Nutella recipe! Spread over toast, dipped on strawberries or even spread over Banana Bread, it’s the perfect topper!

A jar of homemade nutella served with strawberries

We like this homemade Nutella recipe even better than the store-bought because it has just 5 simple ingredients and the flavor is amazing!

What is Nutella?

Nutella is a spread made from hazelnuts and chocolate and was invented by an Italian baker named Pietro Ferrero in the 1940’s. However, it wasn’t until 1965 that Nutella became a household name and now its creamy goodness can be found all over the world!  It is great as a spread like peanut butter, but has a chocolate-y kick to it that makes it perfect as a dip for fruits, crackers, cookies, or just right out of the jar with a spoon!

What is Nutella Made Of? All Nutella recipes start with one basic ingredient: hazelnuts. Then cocoa or chocolate chips are melted down and added to the ground up hazelnuts. A pinch of salt is all you need to make this sweet spread!

The various stages of processing hazelnuts to make homemade nutella

How to Make Nutella

This homemade chocolate hazelnut spread is as fun to make as it is to find ways to eat it!

  1. Start by toasting hazelnuts until fragrant and lightly browned.
  2. When cool enough to handle, place the toasted hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and roll them around until the skins slip off. You will not be able to get all of the skins off, don’t worry, just get as much as you can.
  3. Add the warm hazelnuts to a food processor and process to create them into a thick paste (like you would do with homemade peanut butter). This will take a few minutes. At first it will break them up, next it’ll look almost sandy and finally it’ll become creamy and smooth.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and slowly add them to the food processor scraping the sides if needed.

Hazelnuts (like most nuts) have natural oils in them and they become nice and creamy but can also be thick like a peanut butter. The mixture will thicken as it cools. There is 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in the recipe that is an optional ingredient. I personally choose not to add it however adding it can give this recipe a slightly softer consistency.

A spreading knife scooping homemade nutella out of a jar

To Store Homemade Nutella

Keep your finished spread in a jar or other tightly covered container. This copycat Nutella will keep at room temperature up to about two weeks…if it doesn’t get gobbled up first! If you’d like to keep it longer, you can refrigerate this recipe however it is best served at room temperature for a spreadable consistency.

What to Eat With Nutella I love Nutella because of all the different ways I can eat it! Aside from the usual sandwich with jam or jelly, I especially love homemade Nutella with slices of Granny Smith apples or crisp D’Anjou pears.  It’s also really great gently heated and scooped over vanilla ice cream or as an icing on a delicious chocolate cake!

More Nutella Love

Homemade Nutella

This delcious nutella recipe is perfect on basically everything! Serve it as a fruit dip, chocolate frosting or straight off the spoon!

  • 1 cup whole hazelnuts
  • pinch salt
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)
  1. Toast the hazelnuts at 375 for 10-12 minutes until fragrant & the skins split

  2. Place the warm hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove some of the skins (not all of them will come off).

  3. Transfer to a food processor (while warm) and puree into a paste (like thick peanut butter).

  4. Melt both types of chocolate chips in the microwave (on 70% power) until smooth, about 1 minute.

  5. With the food processor running, slowly add the melted chocolate to the ground nuts (scrape the sides if required). Continue processing until smooth. Add oil to reach desired consistency (optional).

  6. Pour the mixture into a jar/container (it will thicken slightly upon cooling).

 

This recipe was provided to me by my sister (thanks sis!) and was an adaptation of David Lebovitz take on a recipe found in the Encyclopedie du Chocolat and originally posted on Spend With Pennies in Oct, 2012. The recipe has been updated and edited for consistency and ease May, 2019. Enjoy!

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Homemade Nutella in a clear jar

 

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Blueberry French Toast Bake

blueberry french toast casserole

Blueberry French Toast Bake is an easy make overnight breakfast casserole recipe! A creamy custard mixture is tossed with bread, blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a crunchy streusel topping. Refrigerate this french toast casserole recipe overnight and in the morning simply pop it in the oven to bake!

While we love to start the day with French Toast, this make ahead casserole recipe is great for an easy holiday breakfast (or to feed a crowd). Try swapping out the fruit for your favorites!

A top photo of overnight french toast bake in a white baking dish with fresh blueberries on the side.

Blueberry Baked French Toast Casserole

Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this lusciously decadent overnight casserole recipe. No need to get up early to put it together, because all the work is done the night before! Just assemble, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The bread soaks up the custard mixture so that it is ready to go in the morning! While this breakfast is delicious and filling, we often add in a side of grapefruit sections or a Fresh Summer Fruit Salad!

The ingredients for french toast casserole gathered and ready to assemble.

How to Make Baked French Toast

This easy French toast starts with bread of course! Regular white bread works (or really, any leftover bread or even leftover dinner rolls) but we get the best results from a denser bread such as brioche or Challah as it holds the custard perfectly.

You want the bread to be slightly dry, so cut it and leave it to sit out overnight. It can also be dried in an oven at 350˚F for about 8 minutes.

To Make French Toast Casserole

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice and mix until fluffy.
  2. Layer the bread cubes in a casserole dish, add cream cheese and blueberries.
  3. Combine eggs & milk to create a custard and pour over the bread cubes. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Top with the streusel topping and bake until golden!

How Long to Bake French Toast Casserole? Leave this french toast bake at room temperature for about 45 minutes while the oven preheats. Like most make ahead casserole recipes, the center of this french toast bake is really cold so leaving it at room temperature for a little bit helps it to bake evenly.  Add topping and bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes.

The assembly stage for baked french toast casserole

Can I Freeze French Toast Casserole?

This blueberry cream cheese french toast casserole freezes perfectly with just a little preparation!

  • To Freeze: Just assemble the first stage, cover it so it is airtight, label and pop in the freezer. Keep the prepared streusel topping in a separate zippered bag in the freezer.
  • To Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
  • To Bake: Bake as directed in the recipe.

More Breakfast Casseroles To Try

Blueberry French Toast Bake

This French Toast Bake is made with bread in an easy custard mixture is tossed with blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a sweet streusel topping.

Casserole

  • 12 slices bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Leave your bread out for a few hours or place it on a tray at 350˚F for about 8 minutes to slightly dry it out.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until fluffy.

  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan. Top with the cream cheese half of the blueberries. Top with remaining bread and blueberries.

  4. In a bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, syrup and lemon zest until well mixed. Pour over the bread cubes, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole just before baking.

  6. Remove the casserole from the fridge about 45-60 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  7. Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is hot.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish

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Easy Coconut Macaroons (5 Ingredients)

Coconut Macaroons are sweet, sticky and oh so good! This simple combination of coconut & sweetened condensed milk takes just minutes to prepare and bakes up crisp on the outside and tender and chewy in the middle!

These macaroons are one of our favorite easy cookie recipes and even better dipped and drizzled with melted chocolate for the perfect decadent bite.

A tray full of chocolate dipped and drizzled macaroons.

This sweet treat has been one of the most beloved confections generation after generation. Not only are these macaroons extra delicious but they are so easy to make.

What is a Coconut Macaroon?

A coconut macaroon is nothing short of a little slice of heaven! Is it a cookie or a biscuit, or can it qualify as a candy? You be the judge. In my family, we also refer ‘haystacks’ as macaroons. No matter if you choose to drizzle them with chocolate or set them into a chocolate bath, they are equally delicious!

Macaroons should not be confused with macarons. The difference between macaroons and macarons:

  • Macaroons are coconut based and are chewy in the middle.
  • Macrons are a French sandwich cookie with a tender meringue outside and are often filled with buttercream frosting.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons are typically what you’ll see at the bakery and they are usually about the size of an egg, which is pretty big. So one is all you need!

Three macaroons drizzled and dipped with chocolate and served on a white plate.

How to Make Coconut Macaroons

This coconut macaroon recipe is chock-full of flaked coconut, gooey sweetened condensed milk and an optional addition of chocolate. Chocolate and coconut are the perfect combination (just like our favorite Mounds Brownies).

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to prep this easy recipe!

  1. Mix: Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Make: Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper.
  3. Bake: Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown. Be careful not to over bake! Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

A coconut macaroon is being dipped into a bowl of melted chocolate.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

For chocolate coconut macaroons, you can either dip them in a chocolate bath, or drizzle chocolate over the tops (or both). Either way, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with oil (this keeps the chocolate from cracking) in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is fully melted.

  • For dipped macaroons – carefully dip the bottom of each fully cooled macaroon in the melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined pan.
  • For chocolate drizzled macaroons -simply drizzle the melted chocolate over each macaroon using a spoon. You can also create a simple piping bag to drizzle the chocolate by adding the melted chocolate to a zippered bag with a small corner cut off.

No matter which method you choose, you may want to place macaroons in a refrigerator to harden the chocolate before storing.

Storing Coconut Macaroons is simple and easy, just remember to keep them cool, away from direct heat and in an airtight container. Macaroons are a soft cookie and will melt easily if they are not kept cool!

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons on a parchment lined silver baking sheet.

Can You Freeze Coconut Macaroons?

You bet! This sweet treat like many cookies is a snap to freeze either before baking or once they are completely cooled.

  • Before Baking: Simply stack them in an airtight container with parchment between each layer to prevent the cookies from sticking to each other. To bake, place on a baking sheet as the recipe instructs and add a couple extra minutes to the bake time. What a great way to enjoy freshly baked macaroons anytime!
  • After Baking:  I like to freeze them on a baking sheet and once frozen, transfer to a zippered bag for long term storage. To thaw, just let them come to room temperature on the counter and enjoy!

Coconut Macaroons are the perfect treat to welcome your kids home after school and they are nut free so they are school lunch box friendly too!

More Easy Cookie Recipes

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are one of the most beloved confections that have lasted for generation after generation. They are sweet, sticky and oh so good!

  • 5 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional Chocolate Dip or Drizzle

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine coconut, flour and salt.

  3. Mix in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.

  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet (about 1" balls).

  5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until browned on the edges. Cool completely.

Optional Chocolate Dip or Drizzle

  1. Microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl at 50% power until almost melted, about 60-80 seconds stirring occasionally.
  2. Dip the bottom of each cooled macaroon into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined pan. Drizzle with remaining chocolate if desired.
  3. Refrigerate to set chocolate.

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Three coconut macaroons on a white plate.

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