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I love baking treats for the holidays! I’ve got a really easy cookie recipe to share with you: Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies made with Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix and Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses that I purchased at Randalls. You’ll love the combination of the chocolate and candy cane flavors plus I’ve got an easy trick to turn your sugar cookie mix into a chocolate sugar cookie mix. I think you’ll agree with me that the ease and love are baked right into these cookies!

Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies ~ #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s®I shopped at Randalls for my Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix and Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses in the baking aisle and the holiday section. I rely on Betty Crocker™ cookies mixes to be able to make cookies with the small amount of time I have to bake.

Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies ~ #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s®

The trick to turning your sugar cookie mix into a chocolate sugar cookie mix is to add an instant chocolate pudding mix to it. You’ll get a really nice chocolate flavor plus your cookie will be super moist. Because you’re adding in the instant pudding, you’ll need to add in a little water so that your cookie dough will take form.

Here is my recipe for Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies. My kids loved it so much that they’ve already requested a second batch! It’s also the perfect cookie for gifting to neighbors and friends because it’s so pretty and festive.

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Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies


1 bag of Betty Crocker™ Sugar Cookie Mix (17.5 oz)
1 bag of Hershey’s® Candy Cane Kisses
1 stick of butter softened (1/2 cup)
1 egg
1 package (about 4 oz) chocolate instant pudding
1 Tablespoon water (or as much as you need to get dough to form)


1.  Soften butter at room temperature about an hour before baking
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
3.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with an electric mixer
4.  Spoon dough into small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet
6.  Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
7.  Allow cookies to cool about 10 minutes before pressing in the Candy Cane Kisses in the center of each cookie

I hope you love my cookie recipe!

Chocolate Candy Cane Kisses Cookies ~ #SpreadCheer with Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s®This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s® . The opinions and text are all mine. Please read my Disclosure Policy.

Originally published December 18, 2015


Christmas Punch Recipe

by Freebies4Mom on December 5, 2019 12:00 pm

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Here’s my recipe for Christmas Punch using Canada Dry® Ginger Ale. I was proud of myself for creating a new way to garnish the Christmas Punch by using fresh cranberries and fresh mint leaves to create a Holly Garnish on top of an orange slice.

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Christmas Punch Recipe


1 2-liter of Canada Dry® Ginger Ale

1 can of frozen Orange Juice

1 can of frozen Apple Cherry Juice

fresh mint leaves (for garnish)

fresh cranberries (for garnish)

orange (for garnish)


  1. Combine Canada Dry® Ginger Ale, frozen Orange Juice and frozen Apple Cherry Juice in a punch bowl
  2. Mix punch until frozen juice has melted completely
  3. Add thin slices of orange as garnish
  4. On top of the orange slices, add two fresh mint leaves and three fresh cranberry halves to form your Holly Garnish

Enjoy sipping your Christmas Punch!

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My kids were impressed with the fruity flavor of this Christmas Punch and my husband thought that the Apple Cherry juice added a really nice flavor to it. Now I don’t own a punch bowl, so I used a clear glass trifle bowl which was almost as large as a punch bowl. The rest of the punch went into a glass pitcher that fits nicely in my refrigerator. The advantage to using the trifle bowl as a punch bowl is that I was able to put this adorable Santa Mini-Tree Skirt around it as a decoration (best seen in my top photo).

Punch 630x420Punch is such a fun beverage to make because you can get really creative with what you mix together. I love the flavor and sparkle that Canada Dry® Ginger Ale adds to it. Because punch is best served with lots of ice to keep it cool during your festivities, you want to be careful not to dilute it too much. My rule of thumb when making punch is to use my Canada Dry® Ginger Ale as my water for my frozen juices. So I’m not adding any water to my punch (besides the melting ice cubes). This gives the punch just the right strength so that it’s delicious to drink immediately after mixing or after a few hours on ice.

Punch2 630x399I’m letting my kids help me pick out a new holiday movie to watch with your $5.00 VUDU credit from this deal. Watching movies during the holidays is my favorite way to relax and enjoy time off from our busy schedules with my family. Do you have any holiday movie recommendations for us?

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Which beverages do you enjoy for the holidays? Post a comment and tell me!

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originally published on: Dec 9, 2015 @ 08:00


#shop Pomegranate Rosemary Butter Cake #HolidayButter #shop

I love holiday baking using bundt pans, so I used my Holiday Wreath pan to inspire me to create a fragrant Pomegranate Rosemary Butter Cake decorated with a red ribbon, green holly, and pinecones. I picked up Land O’ Lakes butter at Walmart to make the best-tasting butter cake I’ve ever made. It’s also the best-looking butter cake I’ve ever made. My kids were so impressed with my cake decorating that they thought I had purchased the cake already decorated. They’re used to my quick decorating method – a few shakes of powdered sugar. It works when you are short on time, but I’m glad I invested the time in decorating this cake because the results are something to celebrate. Next time I make this cake, I’ll refer to my photo to help the decorating process go a little faster! Pin my recipe for inspiration for your next bundt cake!

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My mom taught me that choosing the brand and type of butter you use for baking is important because it has a big impact on the final taste. I usually use Land O’ Lakes Butter in my baking because I know I’ll achieve the best taste with it. I love that they use a “Flavor Protect Wrapper” that protects the butter from anything else in your fridge (i.e. you don’t want your butter absorbing onion or garlic flavors).

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When baking a bundt cake it’s important to bake it long enough so that the cake batter is completely cooked in the middle of the cake. There’s nothing worse then a gooey cake middle! I baked my butter cake on the middle rack at 375 degrees for 50 minutes. You want the top of the cake to be golden brown and you can test if it’s done by sticking a toothpick into the thickest looking area of the cake. Let your cake cool before placing a serving platter on top of the cake – carefully flip both the serving platter and the bundt pan over and the cake should easily release from the bundt pan onto the serving platter.

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When decorating a bundt cake made from a decorative pan, it helps to look at the pan while you’re decorating. Sometimes details you may want to highlight will “disappear” on the cake after baking due to air pockets or an uneven release from the pan. You can easily bring them out using frosting – but you have to be able to see them first! I used fresh cranberries as the red holly berries and in the middle of the cake because they’re so pretty. The pinecones became the yummiest part of the decorations. That’s because I used chocolate fudge frosting as the base. Combine the chocolate flavor with a thin slivered almond crunch on top of a fragrant dense rosemary-infused cake and my tastebuds were doing a happy dance! I hope you love this cake as much as I do!

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Pomegranate Rosemary Butter Cake
Serves: 16
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A fragrant dense butter cake for the holiday season.
  • 1¼ cups Land O' Lakes Unsalted Butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4½ cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tsp crushed rosemary
  • pinch of salt
  • frosting for decorating (red for ribbon, green for holly, chocolate for pinecones)
  • slivered almonds (for pinecones)
  • fresh cranberries (for holly berries and center)
  • fresh rosemary (as a garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with a rack positioned in the middle of the oven.
  2. Prepare a 9-cup bundt cake pan by throughly coating inside with non-stick baking spray with flour.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar and softened butter with an electric mixer until creamy.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine eggs and vanilla. Add to large bowl of sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. In a separate large bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder, crushed rosemary, and a pinch of salt.
  6. In a measuring cup with a pour spout, combine the milk and pomegranate juice to make a milk mixture.
  7. Alternate adding a small amount of flour mixture them a small amount of milk mixture into the large bowl of sugar mixture and keep mixing with the electric mixer.
  8. Lastly gently fold in the pomegranate arils with a large spoon.
  9. Pour cake batter into bundt pan and level the batter out so every part of the pan is filled evenly.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes, Test with a toothpick for doneness and adjust baking time as needed for your oven.
  11. Cool cake in the bundt pan for at least 30 minutes (drape a tea towel over it), then place a serving platter on the top and flip the bundt pan over to carefully release the cake onto the serving platter.
  12. Let cool thoroughly before decorating with icing. Alternatively you can decorate by sprinkling with powdered sugar.
  13. Tip for creating Pinecones with Slivered Almonds: use chocolate frosting in dots for slivered almonds to stick to. Start at the bottom of the pinecone (closest to the serving platter) and work your way up to the top of the cake. The slivered almonds look best pointing downward. Even if the pinecone is shown facing upward in the bundt pan mold - reorient all pinecones so they face down (see photo).

If you’re baking for your family, or giving the gift of homemade goodies – visit the Land O’ Lakes Holiday Recipes for inspiration. You’re going to bake up something beautiful with Land O’ Lakes Butter!

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Pomegranate Rosemary Butter Cake #HolidayButter #shopThis post is sponsored by Collective Bias® and I received compensation for it. My opinions are my own and they are not edited by Collective Bias®Please visit my Disclosure Policy.

 originally published on: Nov 24, 2013 @ 15:30


Santa’s Hat Lasagna & more #PlanAhead Family Size Recipes

by Freebies4Mom on December 2, 2019 12:00 pm

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Are you ready for the holidays and feeding last-minute guests? I’m planning ahead by stocking my freezer with family-friendly foods like lasagna that I can make in a hurry (without a last-minute trip to the grocery store). The key to serving frozen foods is to get creative – and don’t be afraid to name your food presentations something fun! I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen – it’s more fun to play games with the kids and watch movies together during the holidays. When you have frozen meals in the freezer, you give yourself the flexibility and time to enjoy more family time. Visit Nestle’s to get more ideas on how to fix meals your family will love without working in the kitchen all day.

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Have you ever flipped the lasagna over and served it with the cheese side down? I made Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce and cut it into triangles instead of squares. By flipping it over I had a red triangle that I could embellish with cauliflower (heated from frozen) to make a Santa’s Hat. Your kids will love this dish – and you can make it quickly if you’ve got one hour and forty minutes available for baking the lasagna.

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Don’t cut that Pepperoni Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza into triangles! Instead start in the middle of the pizza and cut out squares that are just big enough for one slice of pepperoni on top. Stick a toothpick into each square and tell your kids it’s time to eat Rudolph’s Nose (unless that would make them cry of course!).

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I thought it would be fun to serve Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni and Cheese in small cups and then decorate the top by using a small star-shaped cookie cutter. I choose to sprinkle paprika on the mac & cheese because of the red color and mild flavor. Use plastic wrap to wrap the outside edges of the cookie cutter and keep the paprika from landing on anything outside of the star. You may want to tell your kids to stir in the paprika before eating so they don’t try to just eat the paprika star.

Are you inspired to try new recipes by seeing photos? Visit Nestle on Facebook because they post lots of recipe photos. If you see a recipe you like – pin the photo so you can find the recipe again. Pinterest can be your virtual cookbook!

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End dinner with Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream in the limited edition flavors of Peppermint Wonderland and A Very Merry Eggnog.  I combined both flavors into one “snowball” by using a popcorn ball mold lined with plastic wrap. If you don’t have a popcorn ball mold, then you could use two ice cream scoops that you press together to get the ice cream to “stick” where the flavors meet. You still might want to use plastic wrap so you can easily release the ice cream from both scoops. I discovered that ice cream is difficult to work with because it melts so fast! My ice cream “snowball” was huge so I had to share it with my kids. Use cinnamon sticks and a candy cane as garnish.

Get more holiday inspiration from the LiveSoFab Digital Holiday Magazine (flip thru the pages below). This post is sponsored by Collective Bias® and I received compensation for it. My opinions are my own and they are not edited by Collective Bias®Please visit my Disclosure Policy.

originally published on: Nov 21, 2013 @ 14:26


Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

by Freebies4Mom on October 25, 2019 9:47 am

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Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

A great sale on cheese is just the reason I need to whip up a fun recipe for Halloween. I love cheese balls, but wanted to make one on the sweeter side. I was thinking about how the Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks reminded me of ghosts – so I invented a way to incorporate them as a topper to my Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball recipe by sticking mini chocolate chips into the cheese for ghostly eyes and mouth. Adding the Kraft Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese adds a fun texture to the outside of the cheese ball, helps the pecans and candy stick better and adds a little contrast to the sweetness. Now this recipe has peanut butter and nuts in it, but because of the way the flavors balance each other it’s not overpoweringly nutty. My 9-year-old dislikes peanut butter and nuts, but he liked this dessert cheese ball.

Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

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Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball
Serves: 24
A dessert cheese ball that looks and tastes like cookie dough!
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ cup finely chopped candy-coated chocolate or peanut butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks
  • 1 drinking straw (to use as a support for string cheese Ghosts)
  1. Beat together in a medium bowl Philadelphia Cream Cheese and peanut butter until well mixed
  2. Beat in powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Stir in miniature chocolate chips with a spoon (save a few for the string cheese ghosts)
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  5. Use plastic food-handling gloves to shape chilled dough into a large ball. Wrap cheese ball with with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  6. Stir together Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, candy and pecans and place on a large plate
  7. Roll cheese ball in the cheese/candy/nut coating pressing it into the ball until completely covered
  8. Cut Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks into three different lengths for Ghosts
  9. Press in chocolate chip eyes and mouth to create Ghosts
  10. Stick short straw into Ghost then stick straw into cheese ball to create trio of Ghosts on top of cheese ball
  11. Serve with small cookies like vanilla wafers and gingersnaps

Halloween Cookie Dough Cheese Ball Recipe

Kraft Cheese 5 for $10 at Target
You’ll love the current Hot Deals, sorry you missed this deal. Wow! Don’t miss Kraft Foods Cheese on sale 5 for $10 at Target starting Sunday, September 14 and running thru Saturday, September 20. Pick any five cheese products included in this sale and you pay only $10.00 (for a deal price of $2.00 per package). Such a great deal since the regular price at my Target is $2.89 – so this sale gives you a savings of 30% off the regular price. This Target Weekly Wow includes Kraft Cheese 6 to 8 oz. shredded, 10.7 to 16 oz. singles, 7 to 12 oz. snacking and 7 or 8 oz. deli-sliced or block cheese. Kraft Cheese Products at TargetLook on page 5 of your weekly Target ad for all the details and to add this cheese deal to your Quick List. That’s a lot of cheesy goodness on sale! See what I created below using Kraft Finely Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Kraft 2% Milk String Mozzarella Cheese Snacks – it’s a dessert cheese ball that everyone will want to dive into!

Visit your local Target to take advantage of the Weekly Wow promotion featuring Kraft Cheese products! From 9/14 through 9/20, buy any 5 Kraft Cheese products for $10.

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