Choco-Nana Crescent Panini

I totally made up the name Choco-Nana. It just sounds so fun to say :)

I’ve been a bit obsessed with reinventing how to prepare and bake up our goodies ever since one of our genius baker blogger friend, Marissa, came up with the Cinnamon Roll Waffle idea! Which got me thinking about a panini press. Now what would be a fun, easy panini recipe that we might be able to hack?

And pressssto (pun very much intended)! The Choco-Nana Crescent Panini is the perfect recipe for our first foray into the world of paninis!

Choco-Nana Crescent Panini

 

Lynsey, our Director of Totes Awesomeness, volunteered her panini press and her kitchen to demonstrate just how easy breezy it is to serve up these yummy treats, which would also be great for after school snacks! She even added a little flare of her own by sprinkling on some shredded coconut in the paninis!

That’s your cue to whip out your panini press and put your own personal twist on the Choco-Nana Crescent Panini!

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Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

Since we’re on the theme of Spring and Easter, we’ve got to share recipes that will help you set your Easter brunch menu! Now what’s a brunch without some decadent, mouthwatering cinnamon rolls? But wait for it, it gets better – because we’re making a Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding!

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

One of the very first Immaculate Baking recipes that I whipped up was in fact a cinnamon roll bread pudding. But that felt like a lifetime ago. With the impending Easter feasting festivities, I asked Sandy, our Chief Cheerleading Officer, to get in on some kitchen baking action with this wonderful bread pudding recipe that I came across on Brown Eyed Baker, which also includes a icing recipe. But the Immaculate twist on this is that, one – you can bake up this recipe with fresh cinnamon rolls, don’t have to wait for them to stale, and two – our cinnamon rolls already come with a delicious icing you can repurpose!

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Easter Bunny Biscuit Pizza

It’s kind of hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we’re already in April when there’s still ice on the ground, and ginormous snow dunes on the side of the roads that will take another couple months to fully melt. But Spring is right around the corner, and so is Easter!

For many, Easter is all about believing in something bigger than you; for others it’s all about the rabbit, and the egg hunt. For us though, it really is about just being with family and sharing an omnomnom moment. So we put Alicia, our Manager of Awesome, to work, and had her create a fun Easter food idea that’s sure to make your kiddos giggle, laugh and asking for seconds!

Easter Bunny Pizza Biscuit

 

I’ve blogged about a couple biscuit pizza recipes in the past, but none as fun or as cute or as thematic as this one! Alicia put her own little twist to it by stuffing the bunny face (aka biscuit) with extra pepperoni, cheese and pizza sauce, which is something that I’d totally recommend. I personally like my biscuits to come with juicy, savory filling, so this is a highly endorsed extra step to pack in more flavors and really hop it up! (see what I did there??)

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Crescent Taco Pizza

Pizza dough is probably one of the many goodies that’s on our to-make wishlist. We’re definitely working on it, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t still enjoy a good pizza in the meantime, because there are actually a couple great pizza dough substitutes within our existing goodies, take, our crescent rolls for example.

I must confess that I’ve always found the Immaculate Baking crescent rolls to come with a wonderful hint of sweetness, which really adds to any dessert-y sweet recipes, but could be a bit, well, schizophrenic for a savory recipe. The key is to introduce distinct savory ingredients that are packed with a flavor punch, something like a Taco Pizza would be perfect for the bill!

Crescent Taco Pizza

 

This is a terrifically easy recipe that would be perfect as a share-able appetizer at your game day viewing parties, or the main event on your weeknight dinner menu! Yes, the ingredient list might be a little bit long, but hey, if you want all those yummy toppings to make this a legit taco pizza, you gotta give a little :) But once you have all the ingredients, it really won’t take that much longer than 30 min. from start to finish before you can sink your teeth into a cheesy yummy Crescent Taco Pizza!

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Gluten Free PB & J Cookie Cups

Wait, what, there’s a National PB & J Day? Why, there is, and it’s always on 4/2.

I know I know, I do this fake surprised thing a lot on many of our blog posts, but you have to admit (at least I did), that the ridiculously wide range of random bizarro food related holidays that people have made up never ceases to amaze. And then I’ll just go ahead and speak for everyone when I say at the end of day, we will gladly take one more justified reason to chow down on some of our favorite foods. Not that you ever really need any reason or justification for peanut butter and jelly :)

PB&J Cookie CupsThis is a super easy treat where there really isn’t a list of ingredients, because you only need 3 – Immaculate Baking Co.® Gluten Free Peanut Butter refrigerated cookie dough, some of your favorite fruit jam/preserves/jelly (what’s the difference between the three?), and then if you’d like, a few banana chips for garnish.

Heat oven at 350, and spray your 24 mini muffin tin with cooking spray. I halved each of the 12 cookie dough round, and plop them into the mini muffin tins, shaping them into little cups as I did. Bake for about 15 min. or until golden brown. Let them cool before you plop the jam into the little cups. And presto! It’s a PB & J treat with a twist. AND it’s gluten free!

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Biscuit Taco Bake

Call me an old-fashioned gal, but when I think sports game and viewing parties, I think bacon and cheeseburger and nachos and tacos. I may have a sweet tooth, but I am an even bigger savory junkie.

Thanks to Lynsey, our Director of Awesome, who was “voluntold” to whip up some Biscuit Taco Bakes in her kitchen, you will now have one more awesome game day recipe to file away!

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You Will Need:

  • 16 ounces taco sauce
  • 1 can Immaculate Baking Co.® refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 to 6 ounces)
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 to 6 ounces)
  • 1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper, if desired (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, if desired (optional)
  • 4 ounces mushroom stems and pieces, drained, if desired (optional)

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Here’s How to Get the Dough Rolling:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F degrees. Lightly grease 13 x 9 baking dish. Spread taco sauce evenly over bottom of greased dish.
  2. Separate dough into 8 biscuits; cut each biscuit into 4 pieces. Place biscuit pieces in taco sauce, turn to coat.
  3. Sprinkle biscuits with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of each of the cheeses and olives, and mix gently. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until bubbly.
  4. After biscuits are baked, cook ground beef, peppers and mushrooms in large skillet. Cook until beef is thoroughly cooked, drain.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cheeses over mixture in casserole; top with ground beef mixture.
  6. Bake additional 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture is bubbles around edges.

Biscuit Taco Bake

 

 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Cups

It’s March. And Madness is in the air. (And apparently so are snowflakes… if you live in the Midwest :( )

But whether or not you’re a basketball fan, I’d like to think that no one’s going to turn down opportunities to chow down with friends and family at viewing parties! And when it comes to yelling and cheering at sporting events, nothing fuels on that excitement better than bacon and cheeseburger! And if you’ve been following Better Cookies for a while, you know how I love my bacon :)

Bacon Cheeseburger Cups

I had intended to do a bacon cheeseburger pie recipe (which I’ll still probably do at some point), but then thought that people may get a bit intimidated with the bacon and cheeseburger combo, but if I can provide a little portion control, everybody wins! And that’s how these Bacon Cheeseburger Cups came to be!

I actually used 1 lbs of ground beef, but then had quite a bit leftover after I tried to smother each crescent cups with the burger mixture. 1/2 lbs should be more than enough, unless of course you like your double cheeseburgers, then by all means, knock yourself out!

These Bacon Cheeseburger Cups would make the perfect bite-size party appetizers, giving you the energy to do victory dances when your team scores, but then a small and quick enough bite to free your mouth up to scream at the referee whenever he makes a bad call! See? Perfect.

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