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Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in this house, much like they are in many other households. I’ve made double chocolate chip cookies before and they always go over well, but just adding unsweetened cocoa never really seemed chocolatey enough. Well, I believe I’ve found the answer to that dilemma! I decided to try adding a little bit of the   Read More »

My Favorite Pairing: Hershey’s Spreads

My Favorite Pairing: Hershey's Spreads

When I was little my mom always had a box of graham crackers in the pantry. I remember her dropping a dollop or two of chunky peanut butter into a little dish and breaking the graham crackers into sticks for me. That way I could dip to my heart’s content, picking up as little, or as large of a glob   Read More »

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

It wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies that are full of delicious spices like ginger, cinnamon and allspice. These firm but chewy cookies are great for exchanges or just for having around the house for family. They’re fabulous warm, but wonderful at room temperature too. Every year I try to make something a little different at Christmas. Try something I haven’t   Read More »

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I should state right up front that this is not a true copycat in that I use my own taco seasoning and I have no idea what nacho cheese sauce Taco Bell uses. That said, the construction of said Crunchwrap Supreme is the same and they taste fabulous. They’re even pretty fun the make, though unless you have an industrial   Read More »

Hershey’s Spreads – don’t be jealous

Hersheys Spreads

You may have seen this post from me on Instagram a week ago. Yeah, I was happily enjoying a chocolate flavored treat courtesy of Hershey’s Spreads! They sent me three fabulous flavors, all of which i can’t wait to make something delicious with. I haven’t decided if I’ll bake it into something, like cake, or cookies or muffins… mmm! Or   Read More »

Candy Bar Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Candy Bar Peanut Butter Cookie Cups @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I’m a candy bar lover, there’s no secret about that. I also adore peanut butter cookies, so adding a little chocolate candy bar to said cookie is a truly delicious combination. These are great for the holidays and perfect for impressing friends and relatives! While I think topping a peanut butter cookie is quite yummy, I’ll be honest, seeing some   Read More »

Chocolate Snow Cookies

Chocolate Snow Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

At Christmastime I am all about the cookies. But not just at Christmas, I love cookies any time of year. These however, seem to really fit the holiday season. After all, they are covered in “snow”! Do you play Christmas music while baking for the holidays? I really like the Pandora Christmas station and have that on while I’m baking.   Read More »

Hershey Drop Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Hershey Drop Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter make a great combination. Stuffing cookies with little surprises is always a treat, so these chocolate filled peanut butter criss-crosses are sure to rank among your favorites! With Thanksgiving behind us, thoughts have turned to Christmas. What would Christmas be without cookies? For a while, my husband had an obsession with those little   Read More »

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish recipe @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Cranberry relish has been around for a long time. The first time I ever tried it was a few years ago when my neighbor made a batch for me. It’s a fabulous accompaniment to both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and adds just the right amount of sweet-tart to the rest of the meal. This particular recipe makes enough for a   Read More »

White Chocolate Candy Cane Crescents

White Chocolate Candy Cane Crescents @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If you’ve ever had chocolate crescents, the ones filled with chocolate chips and baked, then you know just how resistible they are. I knew that white chocolate would be just as fabulous, but it needed something else. Candy canes were the perfect solution! When the fun folks at Pillsbury asked me to come up with a holiday recipe using their   Read More »

Almond Joy Coconut Snowflake Cake

Almond Joy Coconut Snowflake Cake @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Coconut lovers unite! Looking for a festive idea for the holidays without too much fuss? This delicious cake is easy to make and looks great on a pretty cake plate, all ready for the holidays. Note, this cake is easy, but it requires sitting in the refrigerator overnight, or at least 4-6 hours. So plan accordingly. The fun folks at   Read More »

Turkey, Cranberry & Stuffing Pocket

Turkey Cranberry Stuffing Sandwich 1

Need a tasty idea for all those Thanksgiving leftovers? When I lived in Las Vegas, there was a sandwich shop out there that served a bomber roll stuffed full of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. It was called “The Bobbie” and was absolutely delicious. So when the fun folks at General Mills asked me to use the Old El   Read More »

Turkey Pepper Jack Roll Ups

Turkey Pepper Jack Roll Ups @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Quick appetizers that taste good. Always on my list for the holidays, the big game, or any occasion when friends or family visit. You can make these zesty roll ups ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. Then as guests arrive, pop them in the oven for a warm welcome. The fun folks at Pillsbury asked me to   Read More »

Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake

Pumpkin Pudding Poke Cake @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

It’s fall, but it’s beginning to feel like winter here in Wisconsin. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and pumpkin desserts have truly been on my mind! I love a good poke cake, and who doesn’t love creamy pudding, so combining these two seemed like a great idea! I’m so incredibly rushed this past couple of months. There’s work, this   Read More »

Stuffing with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Stuffing with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without stuffing. Every year I get a fresh turkey from my neighbor who runs a dairy farm. I brine that big, beautiful bird and roast it too perfection. Not without stuffing it first, and piling the rest of the dressing into a baking dish to be heated up later. A couple of years ago Pepperidge Farm   Read More »

Easy Cranberry Hand Pies with White Chocolate Drizzle

Easy Cranberry Hand Pies with White Chocolate Drizzle @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Ever since I visited the Pillsbury Test Kitchens I’ve had oodles of ideas floating around in my head. They showed us how to press the Grands biscuits into a disc to use for quick savory sandwiches (like Sloppy Joe Pies) or to make sweet hand pies. Recently I posted my recipe for Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce that I mentioned would   Read More »

Mexican Inspired Sangria

Mexican Inspired Sangria @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

This refreshing sangria was inspired by a stronger Mexican sangria that’s ideal for serving with spicy foods. A perfect side for steak fajitas on date night! I didn’t really want to fuss with adding extra sugar like most sangria recipes call for, so instead I chose to use Red Moscato, a dessert wine that is already sweet. The fun folks at   Read More »

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies

Apple Cranberry Pocket Pies @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up I wasn’t one for fruit pies, but once I hit my thirties I had a new found love for warm apple, pear and cherry desserts with a dollop of melting ice cream. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without some warm apple desserts, and when you can skip the fuss and whip something out in less than thirty   Read More »

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Whole Cranberry Sauce @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Growing up I never liked cranberry sauce. The jellied, can shaped wiggly thing that the grown ups sliced into discs just did not appeal to me. In fact, I carried that into adulthood and really have never enjoyed cranberry sauce at the holidays. However, having this food blog and being introduced to so many different foods and methods of preparation,   Read More »

Spanish Rice with Black Beans & Corn

Spanish Rice with Black Beans & Corn @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Dress up your favorite Spanish rice by mixing in corn and black beans. Enhance the flavor with fresh cilantro and garnish with some fresh tomatoes for a delicious side. As my kids are getting older (2 have already moved out) big dinners are not as frequent as they used to be. It’s not uncommon for my teenage boys to head   Read More »

Merryfield Apple Cake

Merryfield Apple Cake by @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

It’s fall and that means it’s apple picking season. It also means it’s baking season and apples are a big part of fall festivals, parties and family get togethers. I’ll admit, growing up I didn’t really have a fondness for apple cake, or any cake that contained fruit for that matter. If it wasn’t slathered in frosting, I wasn’t really   Read More »

Chicken Enchilada Empanadas

Chicken Enchilada Empanadas @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

Weeknight dinners can really be challenging, especially if you work outside the home or have kids in sports or other after school activities. Families need fast dinner solutions, meals that taste great but won’t take forever to cook. I love making homemade bread. But, let’s face it, homemade bread takes hours and when you walk in the door from a   Read More »

Chicken Tostada Casserole

Chicken Tostada Casserole @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

If you are looking for a fabulously satisfying dinner, one you could even put together ahead of time, then this Mexican inspired casserole is for you! Truly delicious and full of great flavor, this is a weeknight meal your entire family will love! Turns out, my family revealed to me that one of their favorite meals are my chicken enchiladas.   Read More »

Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Pumpkin Mini Cakes with Cinnamon Streusel Topping from @amandaformaro Amanda's Cookin'

These probably qualify as cupcakes, but there’s something about streusel that reminds me of coffee cake or muffins. And, there’s something about a cupcake without frosting that just doesn’t seem like a cupcake to me. So I’ve called these mini cakes instead. After all, the recipe is for a cake, and they are small… I was asked by the fine   Read More »