Easy Glazed Grapefruit Scones

With grapefruit in it’s prime from November through May, I just can’t seem to get enough of the ripe fruit. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is cut in half with some honey drizzled over the top, but these Grapefruit Scones are so easy and delicious that they’re a close second. They’re perfect all by themselves, but dip them in tea and it’s just a perfect flavor symphony. Yes, a symphony friends.

Start with some flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and plenty of grapefruit zest. Place it all in a mixing bowl and combine until all the ingredients are incorporated.

Add in some cold butter and mix it together just until crumbly.

Add in some plain yogurt and some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Using a spatula, mix it together until just barely combined.

Place the dough onto a prepared baking sheet and form a large disc using your hands until the dough is about one inch thick.

Cut the dough into eight wedges and space them out evenly over the baking sheet.

Bake in a 400F degree over for about ten minutes.

Once the scones have finished baking, remove them to cool.

As soon as the scones have cooled, make a simple glaze using powdered sugar and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Add about a tablespoon of juice at a time until the glaze become the consistency you prefer.

Drizzle the glaze over the top of each scone.

From here you can enjoy immediately and you’ll want to. The temptation will be just too much to bear at this point, so dig in! If you have more self control than I do, go ahead and zest some more grapefruit over the top of the scones and serve them on a nice platter. Mine never make it that far, but you can give it a shot, ha!

These Simple Grapefruit Scones are a perfect treat to bring to a breakfast meeting, a brunch get together, or any function where you need to bring something to share. I love making these for women’s Bible study because my friends go crazy for these.


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Snowman Poop, a Yummy Winter Treat

Currently, my husband is in Northern Michigan working at his new job in a cement plant while my kiddos and myself hold down the front here in the Southern California High Desert. In June, we will be joining him, after our house sells and the kids finish out their school year. Daddy has been sending plenty of videos and photos of him enjoying the winter wonderland up north while we enjoy mild temperature tank top weather here in the desert. My sweet four year old daughter keeps asking me when it will snow here. She just doesn’t quite understand why her daddy gets to enjoy it and she doesn’t. Since food is the medium I use to love on my family, I went to work bringing a little snow magic to her right from our kitchen with this fun Snowman Poop recipe.

I start, I added two bags of white chocolate chips to my slow cooker. I stirred the chocolate every ten minutes until it was completely smooth and melted through (it took me roughly 20 minutes).

I added in a whole bunch of Cheerios and stirred it all together until it was coated evenly.

And then I added a whole box of rainbow chip cake mix and stirred it all to coat.

I transferred the mixture onto my counter, lined with parchment paper, and spread it all out to dry.

I let it cool for about an hour and then we enjoyed eating plenty of the super sweet Snowman Poop treat. The cake mix gives it a fluffy snow texture and the white chocolate holds it all together for a fun little treat inspired by the white winter coating. While the treat didn’t satisfy my daughter’s snow dreams completely, it certainly added a little fun to her desert afternoon.


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Grinchy Peppermint Fudge

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Friends, Christmas is what I live for. With a name like Holly, it’s practically my life’s mission to spread holiday cheer. When it gets reasonably close enough to Christmas (read the stroke of midnight on November 1st), I’m ready to deck the halls and falala. Regular ol’ peppermint fudge just will not do, no it will not. The Grinch has a soft spot in my heart, I just love the character and I fondly remember watching the classic cartoon version during the summer months at my grandmother’s house. Of course it would be watched all over again in December when it was more appropriate, ha! A few years back, I created these Grinch Cookies that were featured on People.com and every year I dream up a new Grinch themed recipe, so let it be clear that the Grinch is welcome in these parts and we’ll start by whipping up some Grinchy Peppermint Fudge in his honor!

I start by creaming together some cream cheese and powdered sugar in my stand mixer and set it aside.

In a saucepan, I add some water and then place a glass bowl on top of it. Over medium heat, I melt some white chocolate until it’s completely melted through.

Then I add in some peppermint oil.

And a whole bottle of green food coloring.

Once the chocolate has melted, I immediately add it to the cream cheese mixture and beat it all together until well combined.

I transfer it to a lined baking dish and sprinkle some crushed peppermint sticks over the top.

I chill the fudge in the fridge for about four hours before cutting it into fun Grinchy-green squares for our viewing tradition.

Some of my favorite holiday memories revolve around watching a special movie or show with my family and I love that I get to experience it all over again with my own children. Thanks to Netflix, we get to enjoy classics like The Grinch and Frosty the Snowman along with new favorites like Trolls Holiday. As a family, we enjoy having a Grinchy movie night together where we enjoy our themed snacks like this Grinchy Peppermint Fudge as we watch our furry green friend’s heart grow three sizes. Friends, grab your remote, turn on Netflix, get those twinkle lights on, turn the house lights off, wear your coziest jammies, grab a knitted blanket, and view your family favorites with Netflix this holiday season.


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Frosted Eggnog Cookies

If December were a flavor, would it be eggnog or peppermint? I’m not sure I can decide. Instead of forcing myself to choose the ultimate holiday flavor, I’ve been making treats featuring both of the seasonal favorites. These Frosted Eggnog Cookies are a new addition to my annual baking frenzy and now that they’ve been added, there is no going back. These cookies will be making a regular appearance in my holiday baking for years to come.

I start by whisking together some flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. I set it aside while I mix together my wet ingredients.

In my stand mixer, I combine some butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together until it’s fluffy.

I add in a couple of egg yolks, one at a time.

Then I add in some vanilla extract, rum extract, and of course, some good ol’ fashioned eggnog.

Once all my wet ingredients are mixed together, I add in the bowl of dry ingredients that I whisked together earlier. I add it in a little at a time, allowing it to incorporate into the wet mixture slowly and evenly.

Once the dough has formed, I drop tablespoon sized spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. The cookies bake for about 10-12 minutes in a 350F oven before getting removed to cool.

Once the cookies have cooled completely, I whip up the frosting by creaming together some butter, eggnog, rum extract, and powdered sugar.

Each cookies gets a nice slather of the delicious frosting.

And as a final touch, I dust the cookies with some nutmeg just before serving a platter filled with the tasty treats to my friends and family.

These beautiful cookies are soft and chewy and topped with a frosting that’s filled with warm winter flavors. It’s like wrapping myself up in a warm Christmas blanket.


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The Best Ever Snickerdoodles Recipe

When it comes to holiday cookies, I don’t discriminate. I’ll take any and every cookie offered my way and while I have mad love for cookie season, I have to admit there can only be one ultimate holiday cookie: the Snickerdoodle. Soft, chewy, and filled with sugary cinnamon flavor it’s my holiday favorite. These classic cookies are simple to make and usually the ingredients needed to create them are always on hand in my pantry; so when Bob’s Red Mill asked if I would partner with them on my favorite holiday cookie to gift to my family and friends, the Snickerdoodle was a total no brainer.

I start by creaming butter, shortening, and sugar together in my stand mixer.

I add in some eggs and vanilla.

Then some flour (Bob’s Red Mill of course), cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

Once combined, I pop the dough into the fridge for about an hour to firm up and make them easier to roll.

Meanwhile, I mix together some sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

After the dough has firmed up, I remove the dough from the fridge and begin rolling the dough into roughly two-inch balls.

I roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture and transfer it to a baking sheet that I prepared with some nonstick cooking spray.

I bake the cookies in a 375F oven for roughly eight minutes before removing them to cool.

These Snickerdoodles are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The perfect cookie ratio of crispy and chewy with that familiar cinnamon sugar flavor that takes me right back to grandma’s kitchen during Christmas.

Food is my love language and by now, friends, most of you know this about me. And with this research to back it up, it’s no wonder I love cooking and baking for my loved ones! According to psychologists, baking for others promotes a sense of wellbeing and benefits the baker as much as, if not more, than the recipient. When I gift my creations to family and friends, it is truly a gift from my heart and these Snickerdoodles are no exception. Made with love, baked with Bob’s, and wrapped up with care, I know I’m gifting the highest quality treat I can deliver.


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10 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without pie. Stuffing our bellies with the holiday feast just isn’t enough because we all look forward to the pie at the end of it all. Just when we think we can’t possibly eat another bite, we catch a glance of a perfect ooey gooey pecan pie out of the corner of our eye and we know that rolling home will be the only option. When I cook the feast for my family, I bake one each of the classic pumpkin and apple pies, but I also like to throw in a wildcard (this year it will be Butterbeer Pie, listed below). These Thanksgiving Pie recipes are meant to inspire your own wildcard pie for the annual dessert table.

Brown Sugar Peach Crumble Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Butterbeer Pie from Delish

Pumpkin Meringue Pie from The Pioneer Woman

Cinnamon Pie from A Spicy Perspective

Pumpkin Spice Latte Tiramisu from Picture the Recipe

Easy Southern Sweet Potato Pie from Grits and Pinecones

Petite Brown Sugar Honeycrisp Galette from Wry Toast

Best Pecan Pie Recipe from Gimmie Some Oven

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Pie from Crazy for Crust

Black Forest Pie from A Cookie Named Desire

This year, I’m all about that Butterbeer Pie, but I’m not sure I can resist trying my hand at the Black Forest Pie. Perhaps we should create a holiday dedicated to just eating pie? We could call it Piesgiving and there would be no guilt allowed; only eating and refilling your friends plates with more pie. Banks and businesses would close so we could focus solely on pie eating and making. What say you, friends? See you next year at Piesgiving?

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

Pumpkin is the official flavor of fall. And if it’s not official, I think it should be. Call me basic, but pumpkin season is here and I’m embracing every moment of it. These Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars are a pumpkin based recipe that even the haters will jump on board for (just long enough to devour their slice). With cookie crust, a pumpkin pie filling, and an oatmeal crumb topping, they’re delectable and satisfying.

I start making the the crust by whisking together some flour, oats, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Then I add in some white and brown sugar and mix it all together until there are no clumps.

I add in some melted butter and vanilla and stir everything together until coated.

I transfer half of the the mixture to a prepared square baking dish and press it all down firmly before baking it for about fifteen minutes in a 350F oven.

While the crust bakes, I wash out my mixing bowl, dry it and then add in white and brown sugar, some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. I mix this all together until combined.

I add one whole egg, one egg yolk, and vanilla and combine it with the sugar mixture.

Next I toss in some pumpkin puree and half and half and stir everything together until well combined.

The pumpkin filling gets poured over the cookie crust and baked for an additional fifteen minutes.

Once the bars have cooked for fifteen minutes, they get removed from the oven and I sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the top, crumbling as I go.

The bars get popped back into the oven on the top rack and baked for about twenty minutes or until the bars have set (just a slight jiggle) have a nice golden color.

Once the Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars are cooked, they get removed from the oven and cool for about an hour. They can be served warm with a dollop of ice cream or refrigerated (my preference) to enjoy once they’ve cooled through completely. Regardless, both options are positively delicious and welcome the fall with warm and spicy flavors.


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Chocolate Coffee Truffles

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During the holiday season, I practically live in the kitchen. I love entertaining family and friends, feeding them my best and most festive concoctions, listening to jazzy Christmas music, and enjoying a strong cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee before they drive off into the wintry night. One of my favorite treats to feed my guests are these decadent Chocolate Coffee Truffles, which are filled with creamy chocolate and bold Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. They’re a perfect one bite dessert that melt in your mouth.

I start by melting down some chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a pot filled with water. Melting the chocolate gently like this helps to keep it from drying with white bubbles.

In a separate saucepan, I add some heavy cream, brewed (extra strong) Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Ground Coffee, some instant coffee granules and melt it all together. Dunkin’ Donuts is the brand that keeps this baking babe going strong. As a mom, coffee is practically my life force and Dunkin’ Donuts delivers my morning (who am I kidding, all day) beverage faithfully to keep me going all day long, ensuring I make the most of my day. The flavor is so smooth, delicious, and high quality that it translates into my holiday baking effortlessly.

This is also the perfect time to enjoy a cup of the good stuff myself.

Once the chocolate chips have melted completely, I add the coffee mixture and stir it all together until well combined.

The mixture then gets transferred to a loaf pan that I prepared with some parchment paper and nonstick spray. I pop it into the fridge to set for about two to three hours.

Once the chocolate has set, I remove the loaf pan from the fridge and start forming the doughy chocolate into one inch balls with my hands.

Once the dough is all formed into balls, I pop them back into the fridge while I melt some more chocolate using the glass bowl over boiling water method.

Using a fork, I dunk the balls into the melted chocolate to coat them and then transfer them to a plate lined with parchment paper.

I garnish them with some coffee beans and then they go back into the fridge to set completely for about an hour.

These Chocolate Coffee Truffles are filled with sweet chocolate and the smooth flavor from Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, marrying to two into a perfect morsel of holiday love. Anytime I make these tasty treats, they’re devoured by my guests in minutes. They’re always the first dessert to disappear.


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Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans

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Making Candied Cinnamon Pecans should be on everyone’s holiday bucket list. Not only do they offer the classic cinnamon sugar flavor everyone loves, but they’re also so simple to make that even the busiest of us can find a few minutes to spare to toss the ingredients into a slow cooker.

To make these Slow Cooker Candied Cinnamon Pecans, start by beating together egg whites and vanilla in a medium sized bowl until frothy.

Add in your pecans, some sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon and mix it all together.

Transfer pecans to a slow cooker that has been prepared with some nonstick cooking spray and cook on low for about three hours, stirring the pecans about every hour.

About half an hour before they’re finished, add in some water and stir.

Once the pecans are done, transfer them to a baking mat to cool. This will ensure crispy exteriors, which we all know if the very best part about Candied Cinamon Pecans, right?

These perfectly candied pecans not only taste like the holidays, but look gorgeous in a glass candy dish (here’s my clear glass pumpkin candy dish). They make great gifts when wrapped up in cellophane bags or holiday food containers, but I prefer to gift them in clear containers with a chalkboard sticker or in a brown paper bag with ribbon tied around it. Of course, filling a mason jar with them is also a lovely option.


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Halloween Eyeball Cupcakes

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When Halloween comes around, I can’t help but dream up spooky and festive ideas in the kitchen. As a mother, it’s practically my sworn duty to bring some Halloween magic into my home. I’ve created everything from Zombie Eyeball Pretzel Snacks to Bloody Shirley Temples and every year, I feel the need to create something totally new and outside of the box. Inspired by the spooky Halloween packaging on the Fanta mini cans, I created these Halloween Eyeball Cupcakes which aren’t only a perfectly decorated Halloween treat, but also offer a creepy eyeball surprise garnishing each cupcake.

I start by adding a box of white cake mix to a large bowl.

And I add in two mini cans of Fanta Orange.

I mix everything together gently and then transfer the batter to a cupcake pan I lined with fun metallic cupcake liners.

I bake the cupcakes according to the instructions on the back of the cake mix box.

Once they’re done, I pull them out of the oven and let them cool for a couple of hours.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, I get to the fun part: decorating! I pipe frosting over the top of each cupcake and add a candy eyeball.

Using some red food coloring, I drip blood all over the cupcakes. The messier the better.

These creepy cupcakes add an extra special element to our Halloween movie nights while Fanta’s irresistibly fruity flavor and bold colors bring our movie night to life. These Halloween Eyeball Cupcakes may look disgusting, but they taste amazing and are so easy to make!

Learn more about Fanta and all of their irresistible flavors to create your own spooky recipes, be sure to visit the Fanta website.