Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shortcut Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Today I want to share this easy Sweet Potato Pound Cake with you. Using sweet potatoes in desserts is nothing new to me. After the holidays we always have leftover sweet potatoes, so turning a side dish into a yummy dessert is always a nice surprise. Fresh or even canned sweet potatoes have many uses in the kitchen, to cakes, cupcakes, casseroles, pancakes, pies and more. 

I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that I can throw together with minimal ingredients. With the help of a store bought mix you can whip up this lightly sweetened pound cake in no time.  We eat fresh and canned sweet potatoes year round in our house. I prefer to use fresh, but there are times that I am thankful for the convenience of canned sweet potatoes.  

Last week I was asked by Walmart to test out their line of Sugary Sam Sweet Potatoes which also happens to be my brand of choice. Sugary Sam's have always been readily available in my grocery store and I've been using them for as long as I can remember.

Sugary Sam sweet potatoes as well as Princella are picked and packed within hours. These sweet potatoes are equally nutritious as fresh because the vitamins and minerals are locked into the can which preserves the sweet potatoes. There is no peeling or steaming required which is a huge time saver. 
Each can contains, sweet potatoes, water, corn syrup, and sugar. 

Since these sweet potatoes are packed in a light syrup I drained off the liquid and used only the sweet potatoes. This sweet potato pound cake starts with a store bought pound cake mix and a few other ingredients. I know some folks don't like using mixes, but for me they come in handy when I need something semi-homemade.     

In fact my husband took this pound cake to work and everyone thought it was made from scratch. They were also surprised to hear that this pound cake contained mashed sweet potatoes.   
If you happen to have sweet potatoes leftover from your Christmas dinner, save them and make this pound cake. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cranberry - Orange Biscotti with Pecans

Today I have a tasty make ahead Christmas treat for you!!! This past weekend I tried my hand at making biscotti for the first time. Tis the season for holiday baking, so I chose a festive combination of Cranberry, Orange, and Pecans.  My kitchen smelled wonderful while the biscotti was baking.

Who would of thought that a Cranberry -Orange Muffin Mix plus a few simple ingredients would make the most delicious biscotti. Christmas is just around the corner, so having quick and easy recipes is a must this holiday season. Every year I make cookie and candy trays for family, friends, and neighbors, but I'm running out of time.  

I don't know about you, but this year the holidays seems to be flying right by. I always start my holiday baking at least a month in advance, but I actually only have one or two items complete. Christmas is 15 days away, so I will definitely be relying on pantry staples to finish off my holiday baking. 

One of my go to baking items that I always keep on hand is Martha White Muffin Mixes. They come in a variety of flavors with endless baking possibilities. Last month I baked a delicious Apple Cider Coffee Cake for the Martha White "Whats in your Pantry Series". The coffee cake was prepared using a apple cider muffin mix and pantry staples that I had on hand.  

This month for my pantry challenge I chose more of a festive recipe and went with this Cranberry - Orange Biscotti with Pecans. This recipe turned out so good that I plan on making a few other varieties
for gift giving. I'm thinking chocolate chip and pumpkin-pecan would be a great flavors. Grab your muffin mixes and get started now so you have plenty to share for Christmas. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cookie Dough Gift Rolls {DIY Christmas Gift Idea}

Today I have a fun and yummy DIY Christmas gift idea to share with you. One of my favorite things to do every holiday season is give gifts from kitchen. It's so fun to present my family and friends with a treat trays filled with a variety of cookies and candies. This year Christmas is sneaking up on me pretty quick, so I don't have a whole lot of time for holiday baking. 

This year instead of baked cookies I think Cookie Dough Gift Rolls will be the perfect gift idea! Maybe you have a friend, family member, or neighbor that needs a little help in the kitchen this holiday season. With these cookie dough rolls, they can have cookies anytime they want. Plus who doesn't love cookies!!! 
Once the cookie dough rolls are complete all the gift recipient has to do is place the cookie dough in the freezer or refrigerator (for up to 3 days) and use whenever they choose. This is such an awesome holiday gift idea and time saver. 

This idea came to me when Walmart challenged me to create a Christmas craft or recipe. I chose to do a recipe, but also thought it would be fun to be creative and combine a recipe and craft together in one! I purchased everything I needed to make these fun cookie dough rolls at my local Walmart

You can use a homemade cookie dough of your choosing, store bought cookie dough rolls, or try this sugar recipe from Walmarts Baking Center. I chose to use my favorite sugar cookie dough, and a roll of store bought gingerbread cookie dough, but you can use whatever flavor cookie dough you like.