Dessert Waffle Toppings

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Having waffles for dessert is one of the most flavorful desserts you can eat. There are a ton of different toppings for dessert waffles.

Dessert Waffle Toppings

How to make chocolate dipped dessert waffles

One way you can make dessert waffles is by cutting along the seams of the waffle so it cuts into 4 pie shaped pieces. Melt your favorite kind of chocolate (1/2 cup) in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Mix the chocolate with a spoon until it’s smooth. Dip the wide portion of the waffle into the chocolate and then top the chocolate with sprinkles, nuts, etc. Set it to dry on a piece of parchment paper. Once it dries, it’s ready to serve.

How to make S’more dessert waffles

Bake your waffles first and have them warming while you get the other ingredients ready. You’ll want to prepare:

  • ice cream
  • hot fudge
  • warmed or roasted marshmallows
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles
  • cherries

Place 1 waffle on a plate. Top the waffle with roasted marshmallows, ice cream, and whipped cream in that order. Add your cherry to the whipped cream. Drizzle the hot fudge over the waffle creation. Top your waffle with sprinkles. It’s ready to serve.

How to make waffle ice cream sandwiches for dessert

Bake your waffles and let them cool. Once your waffles are cool, cut the waffles into 4 even pie shaped pieces. Make an ice cream waffle sandwich by placing ice cream in between 2 waffles. Be generous with your ice cream, you’ll want a couple of centimeters of ice cream in between the waffles. Place them in the freeze for 30 min to 1 hour. Prepare the chocolate: melt your favorite chocolate in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Using a spoon, mix the chocolate until it’s smooth. Dip only 1 section of the ice cream waffle sandwich in the melted chocolate, then dip the chocolate into sprinkles or nuts. Place them back in the freezer until you’re ready to serve them.

11 Dessert Waffle Toppings

  • ice cream
  • Oreo cheesecake waffles
  • hot fudge
  • crumbled cookies
  • syrup
  • caramel sauce
  • whipped cream
  • melted chocolate
  • chocolate chips
  • sprinkles
  • nuts
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Mini Lemon Tarts with Pie Crust

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Pie crust is an excellent substitute of tart crust because it’s buttery and flakey. Tart crust is more like a shortbread cookie, it’s harder, and doesn’t melt in your mouth like pie crust does. We will be using Pâte Sucrée as our pie crust dough for our tarts.

What is Pâte Sucrée

Pâte Sucrée is sweet French pastry crust which is traditionally used for tarts. Pâte Sucrée is a bit different than regular pie crust because you have to chill it once to let it rest before rolling, and then again after you have put your dough in your pan just before baking it. Pâte Sucrée is much more stable as a tart crust because it’s less likely to shrink and become deformed as it bakes. It’s much more reliable and keeps it shape as best it can while baking. The trick is to push the pastry into the pan to make it “enfoncer”. This means to push the dough into the sides of the pan as much as you can, and make the pastry as even as you can without getting it too thin.

How to make mini lemon tarts with pie crust

Fill your mini lemon tarts made with pie crust using lemon cream. Lemon cream is much more fuller, and less tart than using lemon curd. Lemon cream is made by making custard, and then adding cubes of butter at the end for that delicious lemon cream flavor.

Once the mini lemon tarts have been set, add a couple of raspberries on top. Face the raspberries to the base of the raspberry sits on the lemon cream, and the tip of the raspberry is facing upwards.

Add a touch of piped white chocolate ganache to the top of the tart over the raspberries. Keep your white chocolate ganache tart with raspberries in the fridge for up to 3 days.

mini lemon tarts with pie crust

How to make tart filling

Tart filling is made by making custard. You can fill tarts with any type of custard you like. For our mini lemon tarts with raspberries and white chocolate ganache, we are making lemon cream. To make lemon cream, first prepare the lemon zest, sugar, lemon juice and whisk in the eggs. Heat this over a double boiler until it’s thick frothy, continuously whisking the entire time to prevent the eggs from cooking. Once it’s finished cooking, strain out the lemon zest and chill for a few hours before using this to fill your mini lemon tarts made with pie crust.

white chocolate ganache tart with raspberries

23 Types of Tarts

Pie Crust Tart Recipe

Pie Crust Tart Recipe

How to make a tart using a pie crust recipe
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 8” tart shells

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter cubed, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Sift flour, icing sugar and almond flour. Measure out the required amounts into a stand mixer bowl. Add salt.
  • Using the paddle attachment for your stand mixer, add the butter and mix on low until the mixture becomes a bit grainy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing. Stop when the dough is just barely combined.
  • Finish the dough by combining the remaining dry ingredients left in the bowl on the counter with your hands. Make 2 dough balls and cover them in plastic wrap. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it's 1/4'' in thickness. Grease your 8'' tart pans with butter. Place your rollout dough on the tart pan. Press the dough into the tart pan to make sure its secure. Cut the excess dough using a sharp knife. Place the dough in the fridge for 15 min. Pierce the dough with a fork, not all of the way through the dough. Make several fork dents in the dough. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake your tart for 18 min. If you're making mini tarts, bake for 8-12 min. Remove and let cool. Brush the tart with melted white chocolate and let the chocolate solidify before filling your tart with the filling. This will prevent the tart shell from become soggy.
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No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe

No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe

How to make lemon tart filling
Course Dessert
Servings 2 8” tarts

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter cubed

Instructions
 

  • Place lemon zest and sugar in a bowl and rub the 2 together to release the lemon flavor. Whisk in your eggs and lemon juice.
  • Place mixture into a double boiler and cook on low. The mixture will become thick as you whisk it throughout the entire cooking process. Once it has thickened and becomes darker cook it for another 5 solid minutes. Whisk the mixture continuously.
  • Strain the lemon zest out of the lemon cream by using a strainer or colander. Push the cream mixture through the strainer using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
    how to make lemon tart filling
  • Whisk in cubed butter and mix until smooth.
  • Cover and chill for 3-4 hours in the fridge.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge and mix it until it's softened up and smooth. Fill the tart shell with the lemon cream and chill it for 45 min. It's ready to serve, or store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe
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white chocolate ganache filling recipe

White Chocolate Ganache Filling Recipe

Step by step guide to making white chocolate ganache filling for macarons.
Course Dessert
Servings 60 macarons

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g heavy cream
  • 180 g white chocolate wafers

Instructions
 

  • Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan on medium heat.
  • Measure your white chocolate wafers into a heat proof bowl.
  • Pour the boiled cream over the white chocolate wafers.
  • Gently stir with a spatula until all of the white chocolate is melted and becomes a smooth mixture.
  • Place the white chocolate ganache into the fridge until it's fully cooled.
  • Microwave the white chocolate ganache for your macarons in 10 second intervals until you've obtained the consistency you want for piping your macarons.
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No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe

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No bake lemon tart recipe is made with a pie crust recipe for the tart shell, and lemon cream for the filling. We use lemon cream which is a bit less tart, and it’s more creamy because of the added butter to the custard mixture at the end. The pie crust tart recipe makes 2 – 8” tarts.

No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe
Pie Crust Tart Recipe

Pie Crust Tart Recipe

How to make a tart using a pie crust recipe
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 8” tart shells

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter cubed, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Sift flour, icing sugar and almond flour. Measure out the required amounts into a stand mixer bowl. Add salt.
  • Using the paddle attachment for your stand mixer, add the butter and mix on low until the mixture becomes a bit grainy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue mixing. Stop when the dough is just barely combined.
  • Finish the dough by combining the remaining dry ingredients left in the bowl on the counter with your hands. Make 2 dough balls and cover them in plastic wrap. Chill for 2-3 hours.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it's 1/4'' in thickness. Grease your 8'' tart pans with butter. Place your rollout dough on the tart pan. Press the dough into the tart pan to make sure its secure. Cut the excess dough using a sharp knife. Place the dough in the fridge for 15 min. Pierce the dough with a fork, not all of the way through the dough. Make several fork dents in the dough. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake your tart for 18 min. If you're making mini tarts, bake for 8-12 min. Remove and let cool. Brush the tart with melted white chocolate and let the chocolate solidify before filling your tart with the filling. This will prevent the tart shell from become soggy.
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No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe

No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe

How to make lemon tart filling
Course Dessert
Servings 2 8” tarts

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter cubed

Instructions
 

  • Place lemon zest and sugar in a bowl and rub the 2 together to release the lemon flavor. Whisk in your eggs and lemon juice.
  • Place mixture into a double boiler and cook on low. The mixture will become thick as you whisk it throughout the entire cooking process. Once it has thickened and becomes darker cook it for another 5 solid minutes. Whisk the mixture continuously.
  • Strain the lemon zest out of the lemon cream by using a strainer or colander. Push the cream mixture through the strainer using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
    how to make lemon tart filling
  • Whisk in cubed butter and mix until smooth.
  • Cover and chill for 3-4 hours in the fridge.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge and mix it until it's softened up and smooth. Fill the tart shell with the lemon cream and chill it for 45 min. It's ready to serve, or store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    No Bake Lemon Tart Recipe
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How to make sure your tart won’t become soggy?

Melt white chocolate and brush the surface of your tart with it. Cover as much of the sides and the bottom as you can. Chill the chocolate in the fridge until it solidifies. Fill your tart once it’s solid.

12 Easy No Bake Recipes for Seniors

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Seniors find it difficult to prepare, cook, heat, and use the stove at some point in their lives. This can make it very difficult for family members to ensure they are getting the appropriate nutrition and calories needed to sustain their diet. Seniors tend to shy away from asking for help, so it’s up to their family members to read cues and signals indicating that they need help with meals. 

Some of our favorite easy no bake recipes for seniors

Easy No Bake Recipes for Seniors

If you would like to prepare meals ahead for seniors, they can take these meals out of the fridge and serve them chilled, without having to bake anything or use the stove.

  • Pasta salad
  • Chicken wrap
  • Vietnamese wrap
  • Potato salad

Knowing that your aging parents or grandparents have healthy meals to fill their fridge will give you peace of mind when you can’t be with them. Make sure they have a couple of meals at all times so they have some variety to choose from. No one wants to eat the same meal repeatedly day after day. You might find it easier to prepare large meals like these for your family, and the seniors in your life. Try to make it as easy as you can on yourself, as adding cooking for other family members can take a toll. Allocate time to prep, cook, and deliver your meals for yourself each week so you don’t feel pressed for time. The seniors in your life will be so grateful for all of the help they receive from their family.

10 No Bake Cinnamon Recipes

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No bake cinnamon recipes are quick, simple, and a go to for whipping up breakfast, a beverage, a snack or even dessert. No bake cinnamon recipes give you the flexibility of using your fridge or freezer for setting your recipe instead of using an oven. You might not have an oven to use right now, so a no bake recipe is going to be the best option for you.

Try out these delicious no bake cinnamon recipes:

no bake cinnamon recipes
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How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

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Typically you don’t make pizza sauce with tomato paste because it’s not necessary. Pizza sauce is usually made with crushed tomatoes/whole tomatoes (then it’s blended at the end), fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, sugar, onions, olive oil, and butter.

How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste
How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste

Step by step guide how to make pizza sauce without using tomato paste
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course condiment
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • to taste salt
  • handful fresh basil separate into leaves and stems
  • 1 medium onion cut in half
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions
 

  • Place olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over low-medium heat. Add in 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
    herbs for pizza sauce
  • Add oregano and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Place the whole can of tomatoes and juice into a large bowl. Use a pastry blender to crush the tomatoes into a bit smaller pieces. Add crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Separate the basil leaves from the stems. Add 3-4 stems of fresh basil, mix together and cook for 3-4 min.
    crushing tomatoes with a pastry blender
  • Add sugar to the saucepan. Cut the onion in half leaving the root in tact. Peel the outer layer off of the onion and discard. Place the peeled 1/2 onions face down in the sauce and cook for 45 min on low.
    infusing onions into pizza sauce
  • Cut basil leaves into strips. Add the basil leaves after 45 min and cook for 5-15 min. They can turn bitter if you cook them for too long, so best to cook them for as little time as possible. Fresh basil will wilt and combine in the sauce easily using a wooden spoon to press them into the sauce.
    fresh basil for pizza sauce
  • Remove onions and basil stems from the sauce using a strainer and discard. Blend the pizza sauce with a blender until smooth.
    How to Make Pizza Sauce Without Tomato Paste
  • Pizza sauce is ready to use.
    how to make homemade pizza sauce
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Can you use pasta sauce as a pizza base

You can use pasta sauce as a pizza base in a pinch. Try to add fresh basil, a little tomato paste, and a bit of sugar to thicken it up. Alternatively, you could add crushed tomatoes or fresh diced tomatoes to thicken up your pasta sauce for your pizza base.

Other uses for pizza sauce

  • Dipping sauce for garlic sticks
  • Dipping sauce for bread
  • Pizza pinwheels
  • Breadmaker pizza pretzels
  • Pizza bites
  • Pepperoni pizza pinwheels
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What is the pizza sauce made of?

Pizza sauce is made of:

  • Crushed tomatoes/whole tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Minced garlic
  • Oregano
  • Sugar
  • Onion
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Are pizza and marinara sauce the same?

Pizza and marinara sauce are similar, but not the same. Pizza sauce and marinara sauce are both made with whole tomatoes. Marinara sauce is pasta sauce, which typically has tomato paste in it, along with diced onions, and possibly other vegetables to make it the base of a meal. Pizza sauce has onions infused with it, and usually has fresh basil cooked in it, unlike marinara sauce.

What is the tomato sauce on pizza called?

In North America it’s called pizza sauce, or tomato-garlic sauce. In Italy, they call it marinara sauce. In North America they call pasta sauce marinara sauce. So it really depends on which area you live when deciding what to call pizza sauce.

What can I add to marinara sauce for pizza

You can add fresh basil, olive oil, butter, sugar, minced garlic, and oregano to marinara sauce to make pizza sauce.

What is the best melting cheese for pizza?

The best melting cheese for pizza is mozzarella cheese. Mozzarella cheese is creamy, thick, easy on the mouth, and has a squishy texture. The texture makes it stringy when it melts. This is due to how it’s manufactured. Mozzarella cheese is kneaded and stretched when it’s processed. That’s why you get strings of cheese coming off of your pizza when you take a slice off of your pizza. It melts effortlessly when it’s baked on top of pizza in a clay oven.

In Italy they use fresh mozzarella for their best cheese on top of a pizza. You don’t need as much fresh mozzarella on top of a pizza as regular mozzarella.

What’s the difference between fresh mozzarella and regular mozzarella?

Regular mozzarella cheese has had the majority of its moisture removed so it’s considered a low moisture cheese. Regular mozzarella cheese is dried longer, and contains more salt. It has a rubbery feel to it, and easily browns and crisps up when cooked on a pizza in a hot oven.

Fresh mozzarella is purchased with water or brine surrounding the cheese to keep the moisture content high within the cheese. Since it’s only good for about a week after production, it’s best used as soon as you purchase it. It can be vacuumed sealed and will stay good for a bit longer. The high moisture content in fresh mozzarella means that it melts and spreads, but typically does not brown. It’s consistency is much softer and can easily be squished between your fingers, unlike regular mozzarella.

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How do you thicken marinara sauce for pizza?

Thicken marinara sauce by adding fresh basil, minced garlic, oregano, sugar, olive oil, and butter to make pizza sauce.

What cheese do Italians use for pizza?

Italians use fresh mozzarella for their pizza.

What makes Italian pizza different?

Italian pizza is different from American pizza because they use fresh mozzarella, olive oil on their pizza crust, and bake it in a wooden fire oven. The crust is much thinner in Italian pizza, so thin that you typically have to eat it with a fork and knife. If you go to Naples, they are famous for their pizza without pizza sauce. They use olive oil instead of pizza sauce.

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How to Bake Perfect Sugar Cookies

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Baking perfect sugar cookies is something that takes awhile to perfect. The key to baking perfect sugar cookies is:

  • rolling out your dough with no imperfections or cracks
  • chilling your dough – this will make it very easy to use cookie cutters, so your dough will keep it’s shape
  • baking your cookies until they just start turning light brown on the very edges. Do not overbake or they will be too brown and taste overdone
  • cooling your cookies fully before decorating
how to bake perfect sugar cookies
how to bake perfect sugar cookies

What is the difference between royal icing and regular icing?

Royal icing uses egg whites and icing sugar. This creates a stiff icing. You can thin it out a little using a tiny bit of water. After you have colored your icings, you can flood your cookies using the thin icing. Next, you can decorate your cookies once your flooded icing is dry. Use your stiffer icing and create designs on your cookies. Royal icing is different than regular icing in that it will set and become dry. This makes your cookies stackable, and will not be smudged once they are dry. Regular icing is usually buttercream icing. It is made using butter/shortening, vanilla, milk, and icing sugar. It has a bit of a different makeup, so it tastes a bit sweeter than royal icing. Regular icing is different than royal icing in that it will not dry. It remains a wet icing. But, it’s very easy to decorate using piping tips and will create beautiful designs. It’s a sweeter icing that some people prefer over royal icing.

chewy sugar cookies with frosting

How do you make cookies with royal icing?

Make cookies with royal icing by first preparing your cookies. You’ll want to bake sugar cookies, as they are able to be decorated easily, and you can cut them into different shapes. Let the cookies cool ~20 min. Floor your cookies first, then let them dry for a few hours, or overnight. Then continue decorating your cookies using different colored icing. Once your cookies are fully decorated, let them dry for a couple of hours. Then you can stack them nicely in an airtight container. They will stay good for about 5 days at room temperature, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

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How do you get good at decorating cookies?

You get good at decorating cookies by practicing your piping skills. Once you’ve made royal icing and have mastered how to flood your cookie, start experimenting with different piping tips. Watch videos to perfect your technique. Try making a goal for yourself to master 1 tip for every batch of cookies. You’ll get the hang of it in no time!

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How do you decorate cookies after baking?

Decorate cookies after baking by letting them cool to room temperature. Prepare your icing during this time by making either buttercream icing, or royal icing. Color your icing using gel coloring or liquid food coloring. Once your cookies are cooled, you can start decorating them. If you’re using buttercream icing, you’re ready to start piping your designs onto your cookie. Add your sprinkles/adornments at the end of decorating. If you’re using royal icing, flood your cookie first, add any adornments/sprinkles then let it dry. Finish decorating your cookie using different colors and designs. Let them fully dry before stacking them together. Store in an airtight container. Buttercream iced cookies should be eaten within a few days. Royal iced cookies can be stored for up to 5 days at room temperature.

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What is the easiest way to decorate cookies?

The easiest way to decorate cookies is by putting sprinkles on the cookies right after they come out of the oven. As the cookies cool, the sprinkles will adhere to the cookie. Alternatively, you can flood your cookie with royal icing, then add sprinkles right after you’ve flooded it. Let the cookie dry and they’re ready to be packed away for safe keeping.

How do you ice sugar cookies for beginners?

We recommend making buttercream icing for beginners. Icing sugar cookies as a beginner is a steep learning curve. If you get frustrated, you can easily use a knife to put the icing on the cookie. Start by learning how to use piping tips by watching videos. Try out 2-3 tips to see if you can improve your skills. Once you get better at piping buttercream, you can learn how to decorate cookies using royal icing. It will be another learning curve when you use royal icing. From learning how thin to make your icing for flooding, to having colors blend together if they’re piped too quickly, you’ll take awhile to feel comfortable decorating sugar cookies.

how to bake perfect sugar cookies

How to Bake Perfect Sugar Cookies

Step by step guide how to bake perfect sugar cookies
Prep Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 36 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 6 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 30 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar granulated
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Cream butter and sugar together using a stand mixer on high speed for a couple of minutes until fluffy.
  • Add the egg to your mixture and cream together for 30 seconds. Add vanilla and mix again until fully combined. Scrape the slides of the bowl using a spatula to have the mixture fully homogenized.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and mix together.
  • Slowly add your dry ingredient bowl to your creamed mixture. Have your mixer on low speed when you're combining them together.
  • Check your dough to see how it feels. If it's sticking to your hands add a bit more flour to the dough – 1 tbsp.
  • Separate your dough in half. Roll out your dough by flouring the surface of a silicone mat. Flour your rolling pin lightly. Place your dough on top of the floured silicone mat and roll it to 1/4" thickness. Make sure there are no imperfections on the top of your dough. Roll it out so it looks even, with no cracks through it. Repeat with the other dough half.
  • Place plastic wrap on top of the dough and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours. You can keep the dough in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and use cookie cutters to cut the dough into cookies. Once you've used your dough to create your first batch of cookies, reroll the dough out to use up the remaining dough to make more cookies. Place the cookies on an aluminum baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. No greasing needed.
  • Bake cookies for 11-12 min at 350°F. Your cookies will be finished baking when the edges start turning light brown. Do not overbake. The whole cookie will turn brown if they are overdone. Let the cookies cool for a few min on the baking sheet. Then transfer the cookies to finish cooling on a wire rack ~20 min.
  • Decorate your cookies using royal icing or buttercream icing.
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32 Things to Dip Bread In

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Dipping bread into freshly made dips and sauces is one of the most delicious foods you can eat. Warm fresh bread dipped into olive oil and balsamic vinegar is so simple, yet the flavor is so powerful. Here are a few other ideas on what to dip bread in:

  • crab dip
  • extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction
  • spinach dip
  • tomato dipping sauce
  • shrimp dip
  • garlic dip
  • queso dip
  • French onion dip
  • bacon cheese dip
  • corn dip
  • extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, minced garlic, sundried tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese
  • jalapeno popper dip
  • pizza sauce
  • chili queso dip
  • garlic parmesan olive oil bread dip
  • cream cheese taco dip
  • fresh pesto and olive oil
  • cream cheese, bacon, cheese, and green onion dip
  • spinach and artichoke dip
  • dill pickle dip
  • butter
  • guacamole
  • tzatziki
  • hummus
  • green olive dip
  • Mediterranean feta dip
  • deviled egg dip
  • beer cheese dip
  • cilantro lime avocado dip
  • olive, artichoke and feta dip
  • party chip dip
  • everything bagel dip
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What kind of bread is best for dipping?

The best kind of bread for dipping is French bread, homemade crusty bread, or focaccia bread.

Select a bread that’s fresh, fluffy, bounces back easily, and isn’t too dense.

How to serve your bread for dipping?

Serve your bread on a large platter. Cut your bread into bite sized pieces that are 1-2” long. People will be less likely to double dip if you cut the bread into small pieces. You could also put toothpicks into the bite sized pieces for easy dipping if your sauce isn’t too thick. This will work well for thin sauces or oil based sauces.

things to dip bread in

What kind of olive oil is best for dipping bread with?

The best olive oil for dipping bread with is extra virgin olive oil. It’s unrefined, making it the best possible olive oil you can use. It has low levels of oleic acid, making it much less acidic than regular olive oil. Since it’s less acidic, it’s easier on the mouth making it smooth and tasty to eat.

Make Ahead Crostini Appetizer Recipe Ideas

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Crostini appetizers are very fun to make and look incredible for a serving platter! Most crostini appetizers are best made right before serving, but we came up with a few make ahead crostini appetizer recipe ideas.

prosciutto appetizer bread

These crostini appetizers can be made ahead in the morning of your party, or the evening before your party. The trick is to have your crostini, then put fruit slices, or cheese on the crostini. Next, place your jelly/jam, on top. Finally, place your nuts, herbs, etc. on top. Wait until just before you have your party to add your honey or balsamic reduction. You’ll want to add these just before your party so it doesn’t soak into the bread and make it soggy. Store your prepared crostini appetizers in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to prepare your serving plate.

  • Apple slices, feta, walnuts, honey
  • Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes (halved), strips of fresh basil, balsamic reduction
  • Brie, blueberry jam, mint leaves
  • Brie, apple slices, honey, walnuts
  • Brie, pear slices, arugula, balsamic reduction

9 Crostini Crackers Recipe Ideas

Crostini cracker recipes are easy and fun to make. Place all of your finished crostinis on a new serving platter for your guests to enjoy. Crostini crackers are best made right before serving. The longer the liquid leaks into the bread, the more soggy they will be. Avoid this by making them just before serving. Aim to make at least 3 different types of crostini cracker appetizers so your guests have a variety to choose from.

  • Goat cheese, prosciutto, spinach, honey, balsamic reduction
  • Fig jam, brie, prosciutto, arugula
  • Ricotta, sliced strawberries, strips of fresh basil, balsamic reduction
  • Cream cheese, fresh pesto, diced tomatoes, parsley
  • Mashed avocado, arugula, cajun shrimp
  • Ricotta, peaches, walnuts, honey
  • Cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, fresh dill
  • Ricotta, sundried tomatoes, strips of fresh basil
  • Goat cheese, sliced apricots, arugula, balsamic reduction

Crostini appetizers with goat cheese can easily be changed into using ricotta cheese or cream as an easy substitution. 

If you’re feeling up for a bit more of a challenge, try making a meatball crostini appetizer plate. Make mini meatballs for your crostinis. Then top the crostini with a bit of tomato sauce, and place your mini meatball on top of it. Serve them immediately, your guests will love to eat them warm. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mini-meatball-crostini-3582014

12 Guacamole Crostini Cracker Recipe Ideas

Guacamole crostini crackers are one of the most popular appetizers you can make your guests. Make your guacamole, and smear on the crostini using the back of a spoon. You can top the guacamole crostini with:

  • Cajun shrimp
  • Pistachios, fresh cilantro
  • Pineapple pieces
  • Salami
  • Caramelized mushrooms and fresh oregano leaves
  • Sliced radishes
  • Feta cheese and diced tomatoes
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Smoked salmon
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Prosciutto
  • Pomegranate seeds

If you don’t have the exact ingredients listed above, try mixing them up with your own flavors using different jellies, jams, cheeses, meat, and herbs. You can come with a ton of different recipes on your own like you might love!

crostini with brie honey almonds

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

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Thick salted caramel sauce is one of the most delectable toppings you can use for desserts! It’s such a tasty topping for ice cream!

Thick salted caramel sauce can be used for:

  • pancakes
  • lattes
  • ice cream
  • cake topping
  • macarons

How do you make caramel from scratch?

Making caramel from scratch involves cooking granulated sugar and water together in a saucepan for a couple of minutes. Then you add butter and let it cook until it turns an amber color. Let it thicken up, finish the caramel by adding heavy cream, vanilla extract and/or salt depending on which flavor of caramel you are making.

Which sugar is best for caramel?

Granulated sugar is the best for making caramel because it caramelizes well, and it will turn light amber then golden-amber when it’s finished. The more you cook your caramel sauce the darker it will become. There is a thin edge between burnt and finished though, so be sure to watch your caramel sauce throughout the cooking process.

Why is salted caramel so good?

Salted caramel combines the best of 2 competing flavors – saltiness and sugary. The mixture of the two creates a flavor so shocking that it melts in your mouth and gives your mouth this unbelievable taste of caramel like you’ve never had before.

How do you know when your caramel sauce is done?

Your caramel sauce is done when the viscosity of your sauce is thick when you tilt your saucepan, and the color is golden to amber.

What flavor goes with caramel?

Caramel goes with flavors like chocolate, apples, pears, vanilla, butterscotch, popcorn, cream cheese, pecans, and hazelnuts.

Do you stir sugar when making caramel?

No, you do not stir sugar when making caramel. This will cause the sugar to crystallize creating clumps that you may not be able to get out of your caramel sauce. You’ll only be tilting the saucepan near the end of the cooking process to check the thickness of the caramel.

Why is salt added to caramel?

Salt acts as a stabilizer so it preserves your caramel for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. If you’re making salted caramel sauce, more salt is added than regular caramel sauce to give it a more salty & sugary taste.

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce
Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

How to make thick salted caramel sauce for ice cream, topping desserts, macarons or in lattes.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, place granulated sugar and water over medium heat. Let the sugar completely dissolve by stirring it with a whisk. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add butter and let the mixture boil by itself. Do not stir.
  • Let the mixture boil for 15-20 minutes until it becomes a golden-amber color. Let it thicken. Tilt the caramel in the saucepan to see if it's thick and caramelized.
  • Remove the pan from heat when it's finished thickening. Add the heavy cream very slowly. Let it stream into the saucepan and whisk vigorously. It will bubble and could splash on you. Be sure to stand back as you add it, and wear an oven mitt to protect yourself from potential splashes. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Add salt and vanilla extract. Let it cool to room temperature. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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