Monday, May 26, 2014

Frosted Sour Cream Cookies

Happy last week of May!  I can't believe we're almost to the end of the school year (but I'm so ready for it!).  The last few weeks, I've brought you some quick and easy chicken dinner recipes, but today, I wanted share another awesome cookies recipe.  Because if you know me at all, you know I don't usually go more than a week or two without making cookies.  These, I think, are going to be regular requests (at least by me!  I love frosted sugar cookies!).  I ran into them one day when I was searching Pinterest and MyRecipeMagic  looking for some new cookie recipes.  I wanted to try some cookies with sour cream because I had some to use up, also, I had made some cookies previously with sour cream and it added a wonderful texture to the cookies and wanted to try some other recipes with sour cream. I hope you enjoy these and have a great week!

Sour Cream Cookies
Adapted from Kristy Shellhorn


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 coup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For the Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together and then mix in the egg, sour cream, and vanilla.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Chill for at least an hour.
After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Then  flour your workspace and roll out cookie dough (suggested thickness is 1/8 inch), then cut out.  Place cut dough on cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats.  Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.  
Make sure that cookies have cooled completely before frosting.  (I really love this frosting!  It's easy to make and doesn't just taste like powdered sugar!)

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chicken Bundles

So I'm on a roll with quick and easy chicken meals :)  For several reasons - 1) Who doesn't love a quick and easy meal! 2) Sometimes it's ok to use some prepackaged ingredients rather than make all your own and 3) Chicken was on sale recently so we've got lots!
Last week I shared a chicken and biscuit casserole with you.  This week, I'm sharing another simple chicken dish - chicken bundles!  These literally take just minutes to throw together so are great for a meal after running around all day or after sports practice for kids.
I hope you enjoy them!

Chicken Bundles
Recipe Adapted from Quick and Easy Dinner

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 chicken breasts (what I used - approx 1.5 lbs) or 1 13 oz can chicken
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 1 TBSP dried minced onion
Combine the cream cheese, chicken, parsley, and onion and mix well.  I totally used my mixer for this and let it do the stirring :)

Open your crescent rolls, and carefully unroll them.  Do not divide into triangles, but keep every two together so you have a square/rectangle of dough. 
Using a spoon (or your hand), scoop some of the chicken/cream cheese mixture into the middle of your square of crescent dough.  Turn the corners up and around the chicken mixture, folding into the center until you make a little bundle.  Pat the edges together so they stick together.
Repeat 3 times.

Bake on a cookie sheet (greased or use a silicone baking mat) for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees until the crescent dough is lightly browned.
Serve warm and enjoy!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

Then end of the school year is winding down. (It's about time!)  Things are busy here in the K household.  My husband's work schedule really picks up as the weather gets nicer.  I'm still trying to work on my cooking though, despite the hectic schedule but I don't have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen.  Especially now that it is getting nice outside - I'd much rather be doing stuff outside or going for a walk!  Enter quick and easy dinners!  Bonus is they don't take long to prepare - this dinner definitely fits the bill - double win!

Chicken and Biscuit Casserole


  • 1 Tube Pillsbury Grands
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 chicken breasts (shredded) 
  • 1 cup milk cheddar cheese
  • 3 TBSP milk
Boil chicken in water to cook it.  Then shred it.  *Kitchen tip - use your mixer and the paddle attachment to shred chicken - works like a dream!*

Preheat oven to 375 ,degrees.  In a small saucepan, heat the soup and sour cream together (this will help the biscuits being less doughy).  Mix in the melted butter and milk.  Then, in an 8 inch square baking dish spread the chicken and corn evenly.  Pour the heated mixed soup and sour cream over the top.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.  Add pepper if you wish.  
Take biscuits and flatten them slightly and place on top of the chicken/corn mixture. 
Cook for 35 minutes until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown and the mixture underneath is slightly bubbling.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Homemade Cheesy Bread

I'm back!!!!  Thanks for being patient with me while I was absent for the last month.  Hopefully, now that we are into May, the school year will wind down and life will settle down for a bit.  But we'll see.  Life has a way of throwing curveballs, doesn't it.
Some nights, you get thrown curve balls and are in a pinch for dinner.  This cheesy bread is perfect for such nights!  It can fill in as an appetizer, a side dish, or, in a pinch, even the main meal (shhh, I won't tell anyone!).  It's that delicious and super simple to make.  You can either use prebought pizza/bread dough, or if you have more time, you can also make your own dough.  

Homemade Cheesy Bread

  • 1 package of store-bought pizza dough - I buy ours in the bakery at the grocery store, can also be found frozen.  Or make your own!
  • 1/2 stick butter - melted
  • 2 gloves garlic mashed or dried garlic flake. Either works, adjust according to taste
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups bag mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Let dough rise according to directions or make your own.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
I used a baking stone for this bread, but you can also use a pizza pan.  If using a stone, preheat it for 20 minutes, if using a pan, spray with non-stick spray.  
Turn dough out on pan and push edges to shape into a flat pizza shape.
Mix melted butter and garlic together. Using a pastry brush, brush mixture onto dough.
Spread out mozzarella cheese over the top, spreading evenly.
Add cheddar cheese for flavor and color - sprinkle evenly over top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.
Enjoy fresh out of the oven! 

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