Candy Cane Fudge

by Katie on December 19, 2014

This easy recipe for Candy Cane Fudge is a must-make for this time of year!

During the Christmas season my love for minty and candy cane treats goes wild! Maybe you can tell that already because this is the second minty recipe this week – Minty Hot Chocolate.  In all fairness, one is creme de menthe and this one is peppermint…and they aren’t exactly the same thing.

Have you tried those Candy Cane Kisses and the Mint Truffle Kisses? They are amazing! I stock up on them when they go on sale so I can have them through the year. If you are looking for a gift for me…that would be a good place to start. Help me fulfill my stockpile need. My tastebuds would thank you. My clothes…well, not so much. ;)

I make this recipe for Candy Cane Fudge and Orange Creamsicle Fudge every Christmas. I don’t always do the traditional fudge types, but I always make these and they are nice different treat choice on a table of Christmas cookies and candies. Add something to your line-up this year and make this easy Candy Cane Fudge. It is really simple to make and your family will thank you!

Candy Cane Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 package (10-12 oz) white chips
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream
  • 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • red food coloring
  • crushed candy canes, if desired

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8x8 pan with butter and set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan add the butter, sugar and whipping cream. Cook and stir over low heat until the sugar is melted. Making sure the sugar is melted is KEY to a fudge that isn't gritty. Once the sugar is dissolved bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow cream and white chips and stir until smooth.
  3. Add the red food coloring and peppermint extract. Pour into prepared pan. Top with crushed candy canes if desired.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2014/12/19/candy-cane-fudge/

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The only thing better than Hot Chocolate Mix is Minty Hot Chocolate Mix.

I have a Hot Chocolate Mix and a Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix on the blog, and both are really popular, but I realized this year that I needed to make and add an Andes Mint version to the hot chocolate recipe collection. I love peppermint, but creme de menthe is where it’s at for my taste buds!

If you like Andes Mints, this one is for you!

Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate and FREE Printable Chalkboard Tags and Jar Labels!  Perfect for gift giving! - www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

I always make a big batch of hot chocolate mix for gift giving. Not only is it delicious, but it’s pretty much the easiest “homemade” gift you can give.

Sure, you can buy hot chocolate packets, but seriously…spend the ten minutes to make this because it’s SO worth it!  Just do it.  Because I said so.

Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate and FREE Printable Chalkboard Tags and Jar Labels!  Perfect for gift giving! - www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

I planned to get these printables done and shared at the very beginning of December, but sometimes things don’t always go as I planned.  On the bright side…the mix only takes ten minutes (or less) to make so you still have time to get it done and ready to go with time to spare!

Printable Labels and Gift Tags:

For the printable gift tags and jar labels all you have to do is print them out and cut them out. To really give them the chalkboard look I took a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over them and then took a dry paper towel and just wiped it off. I made jar labels for regular jar sizes and some for wide mouth jars so you can use whichever you prefer.

Gift Tags
Jar Labels (regular size)
Jar Labels (wide mouth)

Homemade Mint Hot Chocolate and FREE Printable Chalkboard Tags and Jar Labels!  Perfect for gift giving! - www.cuttingbackkitchen.com

Minty Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

  • 10 cups dry milk powder
  • 4 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered coffee creamer (regular)
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 bag Andes Mints pieces
  • 1-2 containers of dehydrated marshmallows (if desired)

Instructions

  1. In a very large bowl mix all ingredients except the Andes mints. I like to blend mine with an immersion blender or place in a regular blender to mix it really well, but you can just stir it well if you want. Add in the Andes Mints and place in a jar. I like to leave a little space on top and add the marshmallows. Add the tag and jar topper and your gift is ready to go!
  2. To serve: Mix 1/4 cup into 8 ounces of boiling water and stir.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2014/12/14/minty-hot-chocolate-mix-and-free-printable-chalkboard-gift-labels/

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Make Your Christmas Dinner A #HoneyBakedHoliday

by Katie on December 10, 2014

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all opinions about the product are my own honest opinions!

 
Serving HoneyBaked Ham this holiday season is a great way to bring your family together.

Everyone loves getting together and enjoying family time over a great meal!  It’s finding the time to cook that big family meal that can be the problem, right?  That’s why HoneyBaked is so great – they do the cooking for you!

You can head to the HoneyBaked store and pick up everything you need to make a delicious meal at home.  In no time you will have an elegant meal on the table that is sure to impress your family and friends!  Make sure you check out the coupons before you go – there is also a $7 off coupon at the very bottom of this post!

HoneyBaked Christmas

They have plenty of Heat and Share Side Dishes that you can serve alongside of your Ham or Turkey. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Stuffing, Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Bean Casserole and many more.

They are truly “Heat and Share” side dishes – pop them in the oven to heat up and you are ready to sit down and eat in no time!  They even come in a container that can double as you serving dish.  Sure, you could serve them from your nice serving bowls, but you don’t have to even bother if you don’t want to.  No judging here. :)

HoneyBaked Christmas

Everything I have tried from HoneyBaked has been great, but the star of the meal is always the ham (the turkey is pretty awesome, too!). I’ve made many a hams in my day, but I have to say that HoneyBaked has the best ham ever! It has a great flavor and is always so tender. And that glaze…ahhh…that’s what makes it!

Did you know that you can pre-order your ham before your Christmas gathering so that all you have to do is go to the store and pick it up! They really make it so easy!

HoneyBaked Christmas

And after you pick out your sides and ham you can even get your dessert! I got my dinner at the HoneyBaked store in Centerville, Ohio and they had all kinds of dessert options to pick from!

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Sweet Potato and Sausage Bake

by Katie on December 9, 2014

Do you ever cook something and go to make it again and you can’t remember how you did it?

That happens to be my specialty. I have good intentions, of course, and even keep a notebook in the kitchen but it doesn’t always work. I get busy and sidetracked and the next thing I know I’ve made something and forgot the details of my own creation.

It isn’t just with food either. I happen to forget the details of my brilliant ideas quite frequently. My mind moves so fast and I’m on to the next thing before I know it and it’s SO frustrating when it happens.

So why am I telling you this? Besides to show how forgetful I can be? Because that is the story of this recipe. I made something like this for the Whole30 (well over a year ago) and still get a lot of questions about the recipe (I shared the photo in a weekly recap without the recipe).

The problem?…there was no recipe written down and I could not remember exactly how I did it.

Sweet Potato and Sausage Bake

I finally got around to creating something similar and knew I had to write it down this time! This Sweet Potato and Sausage Bake is one of my new favorites and it’s Whole30 approved (without the cheese).

It’s an easy one dish meal so there is little clean-up. It’s a healthy dinner. It’s got a great smokey spice which combined with the sweet potatoes makes the best combination. And lastly, it’s packed with a ton of flavor and makes leftovers that are absolutely delicious!

With all of the goodies this time of year, I think it’s nice to stick with healthy dinners to balance it all out. :)

Sweet Potato and Sausage Bake

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and large diced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1 red onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 pound Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
  • olive oil
  • salt, cayenne, chipotle seasoning and garlic powder
  • Feta cheese, if desired

Instructions

  1. Dice the potatoes and toss with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  2. Toss the pepper and onion with extra virgin olive oil and seasonings. Flip the potatoes and add the pepper and onion to the pan. Bake 20 minutes more. Meanwhile, remove the sausage from casing and crumble into large chunks in a skillet. Leave in large chunks and brown for about 3-4 minutes - the sausage won't be cooked all of the way at this point.
  3. Toss the veggies again and add sausage on top and bake 5 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through. Top with Feta cheese if desired.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2014/12/09/sweet-potato-and-sausage-bake/

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Old Fashioned Hard Tack Candy

December 2, 2014

Tis the season for some holiday baking! And don’t just stop there…it’s also the season for candy making! You will love this Hard Tack Candy recipe! I really got into baking a few years after I got married, but I stopped there and didn’t venture into candy making because I was super intimidated by it. […]

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Menu Plan Monday

December 1, 2014

Well, well, well…it’s been a while since I’ve shared my menu plan and I’m ready to get back to it this week! Christmas is upon us, dear friends! Are you ready for it? I’m not sure I am, but nobody asked me. One way to keep things a little more sane is to have my […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2014

Good Morning! Happy Monday, everyone! Not only is it Thanksgiving week, but we are celebrating our anniversary with a little getaway! Oh, and Daniel happens to be off all week! Which is a big deal for us since he has been working like crazy lately and hasn’t been around much. I’m taking the week off […]

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Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chip Cookies

November 21, 2014

I love all of the seasons for different reasons, but my favorite of the seasons is fall! I love pulling out my boots and fall decorations, but most of all…I love that it’s baking season! I’m constantly baking cakes for customers, but when fall arrives I really get the baking itch to bake things for […]

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24 Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

November 19, 2014

Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Every year we alternate whose family we enjoy the day.  My family gets Thanksgiving this year, so my husband’s family gets Christmas Day. It works for us that way and makes it easy.  And I’m super excited to spend Thanksgiving at my Mamaw’s this year! While I don’t […]

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Save Time This Thanksgiving with HoneyBaked {Plus $500 Giveaway}

November 17, 2014

This post is sponsored by HoneyBaked. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions of the products are my own.   Do you realize that Thanksgiving is almost upon is – it’s less than two weeks away! It’s crazy, I know! I had all of these plans of things I wanted to do for […]

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