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Hello! My name is Anna and I am the creator of Crunchy Creamy Sweet, a blog with easy and delicious recipes for busy parents. My site is a collection of new and traditional recipes, all of them family-approved. My goal is to inspire families to cook and bake together, enjoy the meals and create memories. What better time than the holidays!

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I couldn’t be more excited to guest post on Better Homes and Gardens’ Delish Dish blog. I still have and treasure my plaid BHG New Cookbook Bridal Edition — it taught me so much about cooking and baking right after my hubby and I got married. It may have loose pages now and scribbles here and there but it is a pearl in my cookbook collection. I have so many recipes from BHG that I love and choosing just one to feature today was not an easy task.

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Since the holiday season is in full swing, our Christmas tree and fireplace mantel are both decorated, sparkly and gorgeous, and I have cookies on my mind. Biscotti just happens to be one of my favorite holiday cookies and I only make them at this time of year. They are perfect to dip in a tall mug of an afternoon latte or a steaming mug of hot chocolate. They are also one of my favorite cookies to gift to family and friends.

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Since I already love BHG’s Gone Bananas Biscotti, I decided to jazz it up holiday style! I swapped the nuts for dried cranberries and dipped the baked cookies in white chocolate. This flavor combo is one of my favorites when it comes to baked treats.  Simply perfect!

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I love this biscotti for so many reasons but most of all because my kiddos can help me make them — my oldest daughter loves to help with shaping the logs of dough. After the cookies are baked and cooled, my youngest daughter and my son dip them in chocolate. They enjoy them with hot cocoa while watching their favorite holiday movies and my hubby and I have plenty for our morning coffee for days.

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I hope I inspired you to whip up a batch of these beauties and enjoy with your family and friends!


‘Tis the season of gingerbread, apple, peppermint, and pumpkin. While Trader Joe’s never fails us with their seasonal treats every year, try making your favorites in the kitchen this holiday season with our favorite copycat recipes.

Looking for a unique treat to bring to a cookie exchange party this season? Craftberry Bush‘s Lucy makes her own version of one of Trader Joes’ most popular holiday treats – Gingerbread Cookie Sticks. Not only are these cookie sticks crispy and yummy, but Lucy sprinkles them in powdered sugar, wraps in parchment paper and ties off with twine for a pretty finish.

Oh So Delicioso recreated the Dark Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s into her “Ho-Ho’s” version, sandwiching creamy peppermint frosting between homemade chocolate wafers. Tip: For easy frosting piping, cut the corner of a Ziploc baggie and fill with the peppermint frosting. Roll the sides of the finished cookies in crushed candy canes for more crunch.

Every year around Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s releases their ever-so-delicious Pumpkin Butter. Food blogger Samantha of Pancake Warriors claims her Maple Pumpkin Butter is like eating a pumpkin pie out of a jar with a spoon. Mix it into oatmeal, spread over an English muffin, or top over warm pancakes for a yummy holiday breakfast.

Peanut brittle is a necessity at any holiday function during the season. While Trader Joes’ good ‘ole packaged peanut brittle never lets us down, there’s just something about making Homemade Peanut Brittle that feels right — it fills our kitchens with sweet peanut aroma and we can festively gift it to share with friends and family. Nikki of Chef in Training‘s recipe makes a huge batch for more to enjoy!

Cooking Classy mimics TJ’s Chewy Egg Nog Cookies with her homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies. These refreshment-inspired goodies are soft and generously coated with an eggnog frosting and sprinkled with nutmeg. Make sure you sneak a couple for yourself before they’re all gone!

Alright, enough sweets (for now). Every year, Trader Joe’s provides pre-made cheese trays, which are handy and convenient — but you can let your creativity shine by making your own cheese tray. Not sure where to start? Honest Cooking, a so-called charcuterie expert, gives us tips on perfecting a holiday cheese tray, covering everything from ingredients to pairings to presentation.

If there’s one thing that Trader Joe’s is known for, it’s their wide selection of unique beer, wine (three-buck Chuck, anyone?) and spirits. Their collection of spiced ciders is also plentiful, whether you’re looking for a juice or a cider beer. Nicole from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie creates a Mulled Apple Cider that sets up camp in your slow cooker all day. Results include a swoon-worthy cider and a marvelously delicious-smelling house. To make this cider more “adult-friendly”, add brandy or dark rum to your cup.

Ah, gingerbread, we meet again. This time, we’re talkin’ cake. Trader Joe’s sells a boxed Gingerbread Cake & Baking Mix if you’re in a hurry, but Great Grub, Delicious Treats gives us the gift of a homemade gingerbread cake with a molasses cream frosting — how can that be beat? The gingerbread and molasses flavors complement each other well and will get you in the holiday spirit.


Hello! My name is Rebekah and I blog over at Kitchen Gidget. I love creating easy recipes based on my Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. I have a special focus on Puerto Rican cuisine which, if you’ve never tried it, is mouth-wateringly flavorful. I have a hardworking husband,  a sweet baby Great Danebull and home is where the military sends us!

Sweet Empanaditas

I believe food is better when shared (…unless it’s the last bite!), so I was thrilled when Better Homes & Gardens invited me to share a recipe with you. After all, I’ve been a fan since I first discovered the magazine on my grandma’s coffee table 20-some years ago.

I chose these Sweet Empanaditas because they sounded like they would be the perfect ending to a meal of roasted pork, rice and beans. I was wrong – they are a fabulous dessert for ANY meal! I even ate them for breakfast!

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Essentially an empanada is a hand pie, or in this case, a “little hand pie.” They can be sweet or savory. The dough has only three ingredients and these sweet empanaditas are filled with jam so they couldn’t be easier. I chose pineapple preserves since they complement Latin cooking so well, but you can use your favorite flavor. You could even use caramel, Nutella or apple butter!

With the holidays coming up, these will be your new favorite dessert. I love the soft, flaky crust and the fact that the only sweetener is fruit preserves, which means they’re not overly sweet.

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I made just a few changes to the Sweet Empanaditas recipe. Instead of rolling each pie in cinnamon-sugar, I brushed them with an egg wash before baking and sprinkled them with sanding sugar. I loved the color this added along with some sparkle. I mixed in a dash of cinnamon with the fruit preserves – this took the flavor from good to great! I prepared the dough ahead of time and stored it in the fridge until I was ready to bake. Terrific time-saver if you’re making these for the holidays!

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In honor of National Angel Food Cake Day on Monday, we’ve collected our fave ways to eat the moist dessert — be it in cupcake, french toast, churro, or ice cream form. These unique takes on the fluffy sponge cake prove for once and all that angel food cake really is fit for angels.

Caffeine high. Need a pick me up? This coffee-and-chocolate twist on homemade angel food cake tastes extra indulgent, while still maintaining angel food’s classic sponginess. Find the recipe for Mocha Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake with Mocha Ganache on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Creamy treat. Sure, you’ve probably had cake batter ice cream before. But have you ever tried angel food cake ice cream? We strongly suggest you do. Get the recipe for Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream from A Beautiful Mess.

Wake up to cake. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please. Our French-Toasted Angel Food Cake is a so-sweet weekend brunch staple.

Bites of happiness. Three ingredients plus pre-made (or store-bought) angel food cake means these delicious Angel Food Cake Churro Bites are sooo easy. Check out Rachel Schultz on Homemaking for the simple step-by-step.

Sweet surprise. Instead of topping angel food cake with strawberries, why not fill the cake with strawberry slices and jello? Get the recipe for this Strawberry Sparkle Cake from The Pioneer Woman.

Guilt-free pleasure. These Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Angel Food cupcakes with strawberries from Joy the Baker certainly don’t lack flavor. The whipped cream topping? It’s made from coconut milk.

Sweet & savory. Mascarpone and rosemary put a slightly savory spin on angel food cake. Serve this Honey-Rosemary Angel Food Cake at your next fancy dinner party.

Morning dessert. Ever had a cinnamon roll crossed with a danish that’s actually angel food cake? Probably not, but we highly suggest it. These Cherry Coconut Angel Rolls are just as good as you’d imagine.


It’s not summer without strawberry shortcake! From lush strawberry shortcake dip to strawberry shortcake sangria, here are 7 ways to celebrate the iconic dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Nothing beats a cakey doughnut with strawberry glaze. Delish Knowledge makes her Strawberry Shortcake Baked Donuts with apple sauce to keep them extra fluffy. Did we mention they’re vegan? Delish!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I scream, you scream… you know the drill. Mariah’s Pleasing Plates plays up two of our favorite childhood snacks — strawberry wafer cookies and ice cream — in this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake. One cool bite and we’re sold.

Floral Shortcake

Just a sprinkling of lavender buds makes a world of difference in this floral take on Strawberry ShortcakeMy Kitchen Love blends hers right into the frosting, alongside fresh lemon zest and curls of whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Bet your BBQ guests didn’t see this one coming. Grab a stack of shortbread cookies or graham crackers and dunk your way to deliciousness with a bowl of Strawberry Shortcake Dip from Just A Little Bit Of Bacon. Warning: the cream cheese base is undeniably addictive.

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Waking up early on the weekend isn’t usually our forte, but for a stack of these Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Pancakes, we’ll make an exception. Cafe Delites makes them with half the guilt — so you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pass the strawberry syrup, please!

Strawberry Shortcake Sangria

Put the “happy” in happy hour with a pitcher of Strawberry Shortcake SangriaLemon Tree Dwelling looks to just four ingredients to mix it up: pink moscato, whipped cream-flavored vodka, strawberry simple syrup, and strawberries. Hello, summer in a glass!

Strawberry Shortcake Float

If The Spoon Fits knows exactly what we want in a summer drink: dessert, ice cream, and booze. Combine the classic flavors of strawberry shortcake with Grand Marnier and carbonated blackberry soda to achieve the ultimate Ice Cream Float.

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Load up your freezer with chocolate ice cream – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is here! Celebrate this yummy food holiday with our favorite desserts dedicated to one of America’s most popular ice cream flavors!

S’more Ice Cream Treats

It’s a good thing my coworkers enable my sugar/baking addiction, because these S’more Ice Cream Treats from Homemaking Hacks are definitely going to be on the menu this summer! This recipe combines two of my favorite summertime desserts: ice cream and s’mores. And they’re so easy to make! Just layer graham crackers, hot fudge topping, mini mallows, and softened chocolate ice cream. Freeze until firm, then cut into squares and devour!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’m floating on Cloud 9 after biting into these delicious Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Foodie Crush! The rich chocolatey-ness of the soft, chewy cookies pairs perfectly with a healthy dollop of cold, creamy ice cream. I prefer my ice cream to be chocolate-based, but play around with your favorite flavors – peanut butter, mint chocolate chip, salted caramel – really, everything goes with chocolate! Bet you can’t eat just one!

Dirty Road Milkshake Shooters

If you have ice cream, milk and whiskey on hand, you’re all set to make these tasty Dirty Road Milkshake Shooters from Steph’s Bite by Bite. Simply blend all ingredients together, pour and toast the weekend! Make the drink extra festive with a chocolate-dipped rim studded with sprinkles.

Hot Cocoa No-Churn Ice Cream

Drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a snow day is a cozy, comforting treat – but eating a scoop of this Hot Cocoa No-Churn Ice Cream from Delish brings that same Christmasy joy to the heat of summer! Plus, it’s almost as easy as whipping up its beverage counterpart. Just mix the ingredients, freeze until firm, add an extra handful of marshmallows and enjoy!

Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Fudgesicle

What’s more decadent than cheesecake? How about creamy, beer-filled, graham cracker-crusted Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Fudgesicles? The Beeroness balances the sweetness of cream cheese with the tanginess of dark chocolate and stout for the perfect grown-up freezer pop.

The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream

How could you celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day without a digging into a bowlful of plain chocolate ice cream? The Bite-Sized Baker’s recipe for the Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream is equal parts indulgent, creamy and rich – with just a hint of coffee and the right amount of sweetness.

Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Cake

This Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Cake from The Gunny Sack is truly a chocolate lover’s dream! Melted chocolate chips coat crunchy chocolate cereal, which is swirled in chocolate ice cream before freezing and topping with – you guessed it – more chocolate! With just four ingredients and no bake time, this cake whips up in a snap.

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