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Cherry Kiss Cookies

 cherry kiss cookies

With Valentine’s right around the corner, these are the PERFECT treats to make for the holiday!

They are super simple to whip up and who doesn’t love a little chocolate kiss on top?!

These cookies taste a little bit like shortbread cookies with a hint of cherry.

 

First, make your dough and add the sliced cherries.

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

Mix it all together.

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

Then form into small dough balls and roll in sugar.

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

While they bake, get all your chocolate kisses together.

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

Then take them out and place a chocolate on each one.

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

Yum! Now dive in and try to eat just one!

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

 

cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

 

Cherry Kiss Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  2. 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, sliced in half
  3. 1 cup butter, softened
  4. 1 cup powdered sugar
  5. 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/4 cups flour
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. sugar
  9. chocolate kisses, approx 20-25
Instructions
  1. Beat butter in mixer until smooth.
  2. Then add powdered sugar, cherry juice, and vanilla.
  3. Mix the flour and salt together and slowly add to dough.
  4. Add cherries and mix well. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 F and spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or use a liner.
  6. Roll cookie dough into small balls and roll in sugar.
  7. Bake for 13-14 minutes and then add a chocolate kiss when they are removed from oven.
  8. Let cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/
cherry kiss cookies + cooking with crystal

 

 

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Friday Finds Linky Party

LinkyMain2-04Thank you for linking up to Friday Finds! We are loving all of the creative ideas and yummy recipes!
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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Strawberry Marshmallow from Shaken Together

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Wine Cork Heart from Decor by the Seashore

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Driftwood heart wreath

Orange Slice Valentine from My Creative Days

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Mint Ice Cream Float from Our Mini Family

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Warm Your Heart Valentines from My Creative Days

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Donut Tin from Building Our Hive

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Peach-Strawberry Smoothie from Sew, Simmer & Share

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Lasagna Dip

lasagna dip

When I say that lasagna is one of my FAVORITE things to eat, I DO NOT easily say statements like that.

Back in college I mastered making a lasagna and it was always a hit with my roommates and friends.

Well, I have found a way to replicate the delicious dinner without ALL.THAT.WORK!

Plus, I love to make this and just snack on it myself for a few days. It really is my newest obsession.

I.WARNED.YOU………you will become addicted too!

 

Here’s how to make it:

First start with mixing the cottage cheese and the parmesan cheese. 

Then cook your hamburger meat & drain.

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal

Then add the tomato sauce on top of that mixture.

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal

Add the cooked hamburger meat.

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal

Finish by sprinkling mozzarella cheese over top. 

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal

Then be amazed at the deliciousness  you created when you pull it out of the oven. 

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal 

 

Lasagna Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces ground beef
  2. 1 Tbsp oil
  3. 8 ounces cottage cheese
  4. 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  5. 2 cups italian style tomato style tomato sauce
  6. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  7. breadsticks or baguette slices
  8. fresh parsley, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add ground beef and oil to a pan. Break up and stir over medium heat until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Set aside.
  3. Mix together the 1/2 cup parmesan and cottage cheese. Spread mixture into the bottom of a small to medium casserole dish.
  4. Add tomato sauce in an even layer on top of cottage cheese mixture. Top with ground beef. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of the meat and sauce.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese begins to bubble.
  6. Add fresh parsley and serve with breadsticks or baguette slices.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

lasagna dip + cooking with Crystal

 

 

filed under Appetizers, Beef, Favorites, Lunch, Main Dish


Linky Party

LinkyMain2-04We are loving all of these great Valentine’s crafts and awesome recipes! Thanks so much for linking up last week! Here are our picks for this week!
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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Small Gift Card Holder from White House Crafts

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes from Bread Booze Bacon

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Orange Slice Valentine

Orange Slice Valentine from Shaken Together

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Love Shack Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes from Bugaboo City

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Ombre Heart on Burlap from My Creative Days

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Hugs and Kisses Stenciled Board from Building Our Hive

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Tomato Beef Stew from Bread Booze Bacon

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

I’ve never made homemade pizza before and I was just dying to try a BBQ chicken one with fresh corn on the cob!

I made this delicious, savory BBQ chicken pizza with gouda cheese and cilantro. It was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD.

I am loving making pizza now and keep trying new varieties! 

Try this recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza today!

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

 

Start with your frozen pizza dough and set it out to thaw. 

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

This is the brand that I bought and really liked it.  

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

Let it rise and double…triple in size.

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

 When you are ready, roll it out.

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

Get your fresh corn on the cob!

bbq chicken pizza + cooking with crystal

While the corn is cooking, make your bbq chicken mixture.

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 Yum! Then shred all the cheeses. I love freshly grated extra sharp cheddar cheese!

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

 Look at all that amazing gouda!

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

 Life gets better with cheese…. 

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

Now begint he assembly. Spread bbq sauce all over the pizza crust. 

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

Then sprinkle cheddar cheese over the bbq sauce. 

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

Then add the delicious bbq chicken. 

 bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

 and try to not drool over your creation thus far…..

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

After that corn is all cooked, let it cool and cut it off the cob.  

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

 Add it all over the pizza.

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal   

 

At this stage I had to just take a moment to savor the beauty of this recipe.

I {love} all the colors! 

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

Don’t forget to add the gouda all over the top. 

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

After it bakes, cover it with cilantro! 

 bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 1 store bought pizza crust, i used Tiseo's frozen crust
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken, from a rotisserie
  4. 1 1/2 cups bbq sauce
  5. 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  6. 1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels ( 2 ears)
  7. 4 ounces gouda cheese, freshly grated
  8. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  9. 1 Tbsp evoo
  10. 1/4 tsp salt
  11. 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to the temperature the pizza crust states.
  2. Then heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.
  3. Stir in the salt, pepper, and garlic, chicken, and 1/2 cup of the bbq sauce and turn of the heat.
  4. Roll out the pizza dough to around 12-16 inch circle.
  5. Spread the remaining bbq sauce all over pizza dough.
  6. Add cheddar cheese and then add the chicken mixture.
  7. Sprinkle corn over top and then finish with the gouda cheese.
  8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Add cilantro over top and enjoy!
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal   

bbq chicken pizza+cooking with crystal

Enjoy!

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Linky Party

LinkyMain2-04If the projects you all shared last week are any indication, 2016 is going to be an awesomely crafty year! Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie from Simple as That

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Italian One-Pot Chicken and Rice from Simple As That

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Valentine Countdown

Valentine Countdown from Crafting in the Rain

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Cupid’s Arrow Tutorial from White House Crafts

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Sew Much Love Heart Pendant Necklace from The Crafty Blog Stalker

 

Don’t forget to post your favorite links from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!
 

Matcha Cupcakes with Greeen Tea Frosting from Iona’s Passion

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini from See Aimee Cook


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Friday Finds

LinkyMain2-04Welcome to another wonderful year of Friday Finds! We know you’ve been busy getting your craft on during the holidays and can’t wait to see the awesome creations you’ve come up with. Thanks for joining the party!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Perpetual Calendar Vikalpa

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Toffee Fudge from A Pumpkin & A Princess

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Free Printable 2016 Calendar from Clementine Creative

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

How to make and attach a Pom Pom to a Hat from The Casual Craflete

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Curvy Zip Clutch from Haberdashery Fun

 

Don’t forget to post your favorite links from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!
 

Matcha Cupcakes with Greeen Tea Frosting from Iona’s Passion

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook


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