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Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Cherry Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Bars

These sweet bars are the best of both worlds! Sugar Cookie meets Cherry Cheesecake. Cherry Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Bars are easy to make and oh so yummy! These don’t last long in our house, and Christmas or Thanksgiving watch out, these desserts are the first to go.

Cherry Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Bars

I’ll be using prepared sugar cookie dough, neufchatel cheese (Which is basically the same as cream cheese, it just has less fat. You can use either.), sugar, cherry pie filling, eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. Spray with non stick spray.

In a bowl mix the sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and neufchatel cheese. Set aside.

After that take your cookie dough out of the fridge and spread it out evenly on the bottom of your lined pan.

Then, add the cream cheese mixture on top.

Finally, place the pan in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes. You can tell the bars are done when it starts to brown on top and after you place a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean!

Let the bars cool completely. Cut them into squares and add the cherry topping.

They taste best eaten within a day or two but, they can easily be frozen for a few weeks as well!

Cherry Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Bars

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 16 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Sour Cream
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Eggs

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2

Line a 9x13 Pyrex Dish with parchment paper.

3

Spray with non stick spray.

4

In a bowl mix the sugar, egg, vanilla, lemon juice, sour cream, and cream cheese. Set aside.

5

Take your cookie dough out of the fridge and spread it out evenly on the bottom of your lined pan.

6

Add the cream cheese mixture on top. Place the pan in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes.

7

Turn the pan around halfway through.

8

Place a toothpick in the middle and when it comes out clean they are ready!

9

Let the bars cool completely. Add the cherry topping.

10

Cut into squares!

Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

There is nothing better then an icy, slushy, beverage to keep cool while enjoying these Summer months. These Frozen Watermelon Margaritas are one of my absolute favorites.

To make these Frozen Watermelon Margaritas you’ll need Silver Tequila, Margarita Mix, Fresh Watermelon, and some limes!

If you prefer you can make a Margarita Mix from scratch. Super easy , in fact you can follow my Easy Margarita Mix Recipe .

Or you can also buy a premade margarita mix, when making frozen margaritas – I really prefer the Bacardi Mixers Margarita Mix you find in the cans at the grocery store, in the frozen section by the juices.

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Start by rimming your glass, you can use salt or sugar. I love sugar on mine so, I used a red sugar I had on hand.

Next, slice up some of your limes – you’ll use some of them to squeeze fresh lime juice in to the blender. But, set a few aside that you can serve with your finished drink!

Finally, Cube up some watermelon! Make sure you use seedless.

Now you’re ready to start mixing! In a blender, add the margarita mix, watermelon cubes, and tequila. Squeeze about 4 lime wedges in to the blender, discarding the rind. Add ice and blend well.

Pour your frozen drink into the rimmed glass! Add a watermelon cube and lime slice for garnish. Voila! A delicious and fresh Frozen Watermelon Margarita to help you beat the heat!

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of Watermelon Chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Silver Tequila
  • 4 oz Margarita Mix
  • 2 Limes
  • Ice

Instructions

1

Rim your glass with sugar.

2

Combine Tequila, Margarita Mix, & Watermelon Chunks in blender.

3

Add ice and squeeze in limes.

4

Blend well on high until ice is completely blended!

5

Pour in glass and garnish with watermelon chunk and a lime slice.

On a Watermelon kick? Check out my luscious Watermelon Daiquiri recipe!

Cocktails/ Culinary Tales

Red, White, and Boozy Cocktails

Growing up Bomb Pops or Firecracker Popsicles were an essential part of Summer. Especially on the Fourth of July! Today reminiscent of that I’m making a Boozy version for all the adults out there! These Red, White, and Boozy Cocktails are so delicious with layers of Coconut, Strawberry Watermelon, and Blue you can’t go wrong!

To make these Boozy Bomb Pops, I picked up a bottle of Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry Vodka, Blue Cuaraco, and some Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka.

This one takes a little more effort then my other recipes but, it is oh so worth it! If you’re making them for a crowd you can make a larger quantity of each “layer” at a time. Pouring it in the cups as you go. Read on for the full recipe!

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Culinary Tales/ Fresh Seafood

One Sheet Pan Salmon with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

#ad #simpleseafood This post is a sponsored post but, all opinions are mine & mine alone!


Sometimes I love spending hours in the kitchen but, other days I just don’t have the time to. I just want to make something for dinner that’s going to come together easily and also not leave a huge mess of dishes to clean up when I’m done! That’s where this One Sheet Pan Salmon with Coconut Cauliflower Rice comes in! I’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time with a delicious meal on the table that the whole family can enjoy!

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Culinary Tales/ Meats

Grilled Carne Asada

This post has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyMazolaMarinade

If you’re looking for authentic Carne Asada look no further! This recipe is the perfect way to make tender, flavorful Carne Asada right on your grill at home! The key to this is marinating it ahead of time! I’m using a simple marinade made with Mazola® Corn Oil as the main ingredient in the marinade – it will come out tender & perfect every time! A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, visit Mazola.com

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