Cranberry Orange Rolls

Breakfast, Desserts, The Holidays

Cranberry Orange Rolls

The holiday season is officially in full effect. If I’m being completely honest, the truth is that I’ve had holiday decorations out since the third week in November lol. I had some serious preparation for this holiday season! And I’m super pumped to be kicking off the season with these Cranberry Orange Rolls because they are divine!

For this post, I teamed up with Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast. Using their RapidRise® Yeast for this recipe was a total ace!

Cranberry Orange Rolls

What is Rapid Rise Yeast?

Most yeast requires you to get it started in water. Most of my cinnamon roll recipes have you dissolve it into lukewarm water or milk and wait until it activates. Sometimes this can be finicky. It can take anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes for it to activate and get all nice and foamy. But Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast is actually mixed within the dry ingredients—no activation required! This means no waiting around for it to be activated. You can mix and proceed with the recipe!

It saves a total of 5 minutes from this recipe. It makes these morning rolls super fool-proof. No need to worry if you activated the yeast correctly!

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A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019

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A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019

This A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019 is a list of tools and items I use on the regular! They help make cooking and baking easy, organized and stress-free. Buy them for yourself or your favorite human!

1. KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (Almond Cream) – I have this mixer (though I use the Architect KitchenAid which has since been discontinued *TEARS!*). I used the Artisan for years (and still have it that I keep as a backup). It’s super pretty in this Almond Cream color.

2. Pyrex Measuring Set – I have two of these measuring sets and love it! I often times will treat the 8 cup like a big bowl for omelettes and pancake batters. The smaller ones always provide super accurate volume measurements. And I love that the glass doesn’t absorb smells or stains.

3. Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender – For years I had a Ninja and I LOVED it. It was super loud (the only caveat). I gave it to my mom and replaced it with this Vitamix. It’s SO pretty and quiet. It blends up sauces, smoothies, soups and pestos like a dream.

4. The Year of Cozy – This is my cookbook which I personally *hello bias opinion!* think is a wonderful gift. AND there’s a big deal on the book!

5. Le Creuset 3 1/2 Signature Cast Iron Braiser – I use this braiser for SO many things. Arroz con pollo, macaroni and cheese, roasting a chicken, etc. I have it in meringue and it’s SO pretty, too.

6. Pyrex Meal Prep Set – I love these glass storage containers for food because, again, they don’t stain or absorb odors. If I leave something in here that’s turns scary (you know, because I forgot about it), all it needs is a trip to the dishwasher with some super hot water.

7. Boos Block (in Medium Size) – I love this Boos Block though I use it for things that don’t stain (like bread, some vegetables and making a sandwich).

8. USA 9×13 Cake Pan – I’m a sheet pan enthusiast (evidence: here, here , here and here). And am actually buying this for myself this week because my old 9×13 cake pan has gone through the ringer and *cough* my husband might’ve ruined it.

9. Olive Oil Dispenser – I’ve had this for a few years and use it daily! It’s another thing that lives right next to my stove and I grab for it on the regular.

10. Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pans – I have a handful of these sheet pans and I use them for everything from baking cookies to roasting vegetables to even roasting a turkey. The 1-inch rim that goes all the way around makes them very versatile. And the light colored stainless steel won’t burn your cookies or biscuits.

11. Le Creuset 5 1/2-quart Dutch Oven  – These Dutch Ovens come in a few sizes: 3 1/2 quart, 5 1/4-quart and 7 1/4-quart. Buy according to the size of the friends and family you cook for. For me, I use the 3 1/2 quart ALL the time. And I love the 5 1/4 quart, too.

12. Peugot PepperMill – This is another thing that is parked right next to my stove and it’s amazing. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s equally pretty and attractive and efficient.

13. Le Creuset 5pc. Utensil Set (in color “Meringue”) – This is a new addition to my kitchen and it’s so pretty parked right next to my stove. The spatulas are super sturdy and the brush tool is my favorite because it’s nice and wide.

14. Instant Pot 6-Quart – I love my Instant Pot and I use it ALL the time. Billy gifted this to me last Christmas and I use it at least once or twice a month. During colder months, even more often!

15. OXO Stainless Steel Cups – I used to use cute measuring cups but now I’m more practical and I want guaranteed reliability and accuracy. These cup measurements are great.

16. OXO Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons – These measuring spoons are super accurate and I love that instead of having that annoying ring that holds them together, they’re magnetic so they secure together.

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15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

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15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

It’s December! That means quick meals, gingerbread houses, lots of cookies and appetizers galore. It’s a time for holiday parties and get togethers and being stressed that the end of the year is coming so very soon! Here is a collection of 15 Cozy Recipes To Make in December! 

15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Decadent, Delicious Hot Chocolate – This hot chocolate is my favorite, decadent hot chocolate. Truly just the way hot chocolate should be made. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Poblano and Black Bean Enchiladas – Between all the cookies and sugar, we need dinner. And we need it simple and delicious. I love these enchiladas.

Best Blueberry Muffins – The batter for these blueberry muffins can be made and kept in the fridge overnight. They’ll puff up gloriously!

Pastelitos de Guayaba – Cuban bakery vibes in your kitchen! These pastelitos are filled with sweetened cream cheese and a little slice of guava paste. Super tasty and easy!

Breakfast Braided Danish Loaf – This yeasted loaf is SO good and fluffy. It’s super tasty. This recipe makes two loaves so you can make one for you and give the second one away.

Berry Crinkle Cookies – December is the month of cookies. And I developed these for Valentine’s Day last year but they’re pretty Christmas-y too because of their pretty color!

Cozy Gingerbread House – This gingerbread house took me exactly 1 week to complete (mainly because I changed my mine on the creative direction). I ended up super proud and loving it!

Alfajores – These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. Filled with manjar blanco/dulce de leche and rolled in powdered sugar. So good!

Chewy Masala Chai Snickerdoodles – These are big holiday vibes. They’re chewy, amazingly spiced and a very big crowd pleaser. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Chocolate Cardamom Morning Rolls – Chocolate and cardamom are one of my favorite flavor combos. These morning rolls are fluffy and delicious. The best part: they can prepped the night before and then baked of the morning of!

Oat Milk Collagen Hot Chocolate – This is a healthy version of hot chocolate. It has collagen, oat milk and delicious dark chocolate.

Horchata Una Leche Tres Leches – This tres leches uses a single kind of milk: horchata. It’s super delicious and nutty. I love it!

Pie de Limón Cookie Bars – This is inspired by one of my favorite Peruvian desserts: pie de limon. It has a lovely cookie crust that makes these easy to transport. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Brown Butter Pecan Sheet Cake – This sheet cake is SO good. It has brown butter, chopped pecans and cute little cookies on top.

Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars – These marbled cheesecake cookie bars are swirled with dulce de leche. They’re super pretty! 

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate, Desserts, Pie, Thanksgiving, The Holidays, Winter

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

The hardest question I’ve been asked lately has been, “What’s your favorite pie to make at Thanksgiving?!” THIS IS HARD FOR ME TO ANSWER. But, if I had to answer, I’d wince and say this Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie. Of course I love all pie but chocolate and pecans are a match-made in heaven. They’re meant for each other!

For this post, I teamed up with Karo® Corn Syrup which is my go-to ingredient for the silkiest smoothest pecan pie. It’s an essential ingredient in classic pecan pie because it prevents the crystallization of sugar. This is crucial when cooking all of these ingredients together.

The corn syrup isn’t overly sweet but I really love the dark chocolate because it balances the sweetness in the pie and gives a really complementary bitterness.

Let’s dive in!

How to Make a Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

– For this recipe, you can use store-bought pie crust or homemade pie crust. I made my own. If you want more of an in-depth post, click here!
– Fit the pie crust into your pie dish and transfer it to the fridge.
– Whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, Karo Light Corn Syrup, eggs, vanilla extract and salt.

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