Tuesday, November 20

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Have you ever made something that instantly became one of your go-to recipes? Well ! have and these baked creamy chicken taquitos are one of them! I stumbled across them a few months back from Pennies on a Platter and I instantly fell in love. They have the perfect combination of  crunchy, creamy and spice. Don't worry they don't have too much spice so you could easily serve them to little kids, or even add more kick for those crazy people out there who like to have their mouths on fire.

They are super easy to make and the best part? They are baked! So they are a little healthier than the restaurant version.I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!

First you mix your spices, cream cheese and salsa together.

Then add your herbs, chicken and cheese.


Next add the filling to the tortillas and roll up tightly.


Then bake!

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Adapted from Pennies on a Platter

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup green salsa
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from half a lime)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 Tbsp sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cup shredded Mexican flavored cheese
10 small flour tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic. Once combined, stir in the cilantro and green onions. 

Add the chicken and cheese; mix thoroughly.

Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the lower third of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla as tightly as you can.
Place the rolled tortilla seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas until the mixture is gone. Make sure the taquitos are not touching each other. 

Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole.

Friday, November 9

“Me want cookie!” - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

 The other day I got an e-mail from a co-work with the subject line "HELP!!". Very intrigued I opened the email and it was a request to make cupcakes for one of her friend's birthday's. I felt honored that she would reach out to me, but I also felt pressured that I had to make birthday cupcakes for someone I had never met. I knew that I had to make something creative, tasty, and birthday worthy.

I know that for my birthday I always like cookie cakes. There is just something about a giant cookie that will put a smile on anybody face. So I went on a quest to find cookie cupcakes, and i stumbled across Beantown Baker's cookie dough cupcakes.   I read her post and I knew this was what i wanted to make.A cupcake with cookie dough inside, who wouldn't want that for their birthday?!?

So I went to the store, gathered all the ingredients and went to work. The process was easy. Make the cookie dough, roll into balls and freeze for an hour.

 Then when the cookie dough was soild, mix the ingredients for the batter, put into cupcake liners, and top with cookie dough. It was that easy.

Once they were done, I mixed up the icing, decorated them and top with the left over chocolate chips! They looked perfect.

The recipe made 24 cupcakes, and since the box I got to carry the cupcakes only held 20 cupcakes, I had a few left over to share!

These cookie dough cupcakes would make any cookie enthusiast very happy, even the cookie monster.

Chocolate Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Adapted from: Beantown Baker
Makes 24 cupcakes.
For the eggless cookie dough:
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

For the cupcakes:
3 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the brown sugar buttercream frosting:
3 sticks softened butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the cookie dough:
Combine the butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Beat in milk and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop, shape the dough into 1 in balls. Freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet for at least one hour

To make the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350° F and line two cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a large bowl combine the butter and brown sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.  Wisk together to blend.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl on low speed, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, mixing each addition just until incorporated.  Blend in the vanilla.

Fill the prepared cupcake liners 2/3 full with the cupcake batter. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake, do not press down (cookie dough will fall to the bottom during baking)

Bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes.

To make the frosting:
Combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. 

Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth.  Beat in the salt, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.

Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips!

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