Coq au Vin

You will LOVE Coq au Vin, a classic French dish, featuring braised chicken, served in a creamy wine sauce filled with bacon, onions, mushrooms and garlic!You will LOVE Coq au Vin, a classic French dish, featuring braised chicken served in a creamy wine sauce filled with bacon, onions, mushrooms and garlic!

Well, the New Year has started, and the first NEW recipe I’ve tried in 2015 is this one for Coq au Vin (Chicken and Wine).  And let me tell you, this was a fantastic dish! My husband is still raving about it (he studied French, so I had to ask HOW to pronounce the name of this dish)!

Coq au Vin (pronounced “kawk aw van”) is usually cooked in burgundy wine, but in one region of France (Alsace), it is typically cooked with Riesling (a white wine). This is THAT kind of recipe, and I love the color of this sauce, when paired with the browned chicken. The recipe is fairly easy… just a matter of following the steps in order, until you have this wonderful entree!

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Coq au Vin Smells Amazing While It Cooks!

When I cooked this for dinner a couple of days ago, our house smelled absolutely incredible! I mean… how can you not love the smells of braising chicken, cooking away in a creamy wine sauce, complete with bacon, garlic, onions and mushrooms? Seriously ridiculous!

A few hours AFTER dinner, my husband went outside to get something out of our car, and when he came back into the house, he said, “Oh my gosh… the house smells soooo good! Yeah… trust me, it smells THAT good!

How To Make Coq au Vin

Here’s a few pics I took while making it:  First you melt the butter and olive oil in a large skillet, and get the pan really hot.

Olive oil and butter melting in skillet for coq au vin.

Into the hot skillet go the chicken pieces (for this batch I used 4 thighs, 4 drumsticks). Let them sear (without moving them) for 3-4 minutes on each side, then remove from skillet.

Chicken pieces are seared in olive oil and butter.

The next thing to do is sauté the onions and bacon until the fat from the bacon has been rendered.

Chopped onions and bacon are cooked until fat is rendered.

Cook the sliced mushrooms in the leftover bacon fat.

Sliced mushrooms are cooked in bacon drippings in skillet.

Add The Chicken Back Into The Skillet

Now add the chicken and the cooked onions, bacon, and garlic back into the skillet… you will begin to smell this dish right about now!

Chicken, onions, garlic are added back into coq au vin sauce.

Add the white wine, then cover the skillet while the coq au vin continues cooking. The alcohol in the wine will dissipate as it cooks, but the flavor it adds to the dish is wonderful!

Wine is added to skillet for coq au vin sauce.

After 15 minutes of covered cooking, the whipping cream is added to the skillet and mixed in. Let the chicken continue to cook, uncovered for the remainder of the time. Now the coq au vin REALLY smells good, and looks good enough to eat!

Whipping cream is added to coq au vin sauce.

Serve the Coq Au Vin

The coq au vin is finished by sprinkling the tops of the chicken pieces with a handful of chopped parsley. Now this amazing dish is ready to serve!

Coq au vin is served, garnished with chopped parsley.

YUM! Serve this chicken and sauce (coq au vin) up with a side of rice or pasta… STAT! Be sure to spoon some of the amazing sauce over the dish, too!

Coa au vin is ready to serve!

I found this recipe on Pinterest a while back, and finally got around to trying it as my first “newbie” recipe of the New Year! I am positive I will be making this again. Not only does it taste wonderful, but it smells AMAZING, and looks rather elegant, also!  Sure hope you will give this delicious recipe for coq au vin a try. I think you are gonna love it!

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Coq au Vin
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
You will LOVE Coq au Vin, a classic French dish, featuring braised chicken served in a creamy wine sauce filled with bacon, onions, mushrooms and garlic!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: French
Keyword: coq au vin
Servings: 8 servings (or 4 if having 2 pieces each)
Calories Per Serving: 533 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium brown onions , finely chopped
  • 3 slices bacon , sliced into thin strips about 2" long
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 8 chicken pieces (with bone in) (I use 4 thighs and 4 drumsticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms (white button or mini portabella)
  • 2 cups dry white wine (I used a Riesling)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt & pepper (to season raw chicken with, and to taste, when chicken is complete)
  • handful of chopped parsley , for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter and the oil. Heat skillet to medium-high.
  2. Lightly season pieces of chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken pieces into a very hot skillet. Do not move the pieces once you first put them in skillet. Let them sear on each side until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes per side). Once chicken is browned on all sides, remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the finely chopped onions and the bacon pieces to the hot skillet. Let them both cook about 5 minutes or so, until onions become translucent and the bacon has rendered out it's fat. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, then remove & drain the mixture from the skillet, leaving the bacon grease in the pan.
  4. Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the onion/bacon mixture and the browned chicken back into the skillet. Add the wine. Allow the liquid to come to a boil. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cover the skillet. Let the chicken cook for 15 minutes.

  6. After 15 minutes, remove the lid. Turn up the heat. Pour in the whipping cream. Stir, to combine. Let the chicken cook for another 10-12 minutes, uncovered, spooning up the sauce over the chicken pieces as they cook.

  7. When chicken is cooked through and is ready to serve, add the chopped parsley to the tops of the chicken pieces, and serve (1-2 pieces per person). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serve this tasty chicken with rice, pasta, along with a nice loaf of crusty bread.
This recipe makes 4 adult servings; you will have more servings if children are only having one piece of chicken. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Coq au Vin
Amount Per Serving (1 1 piece)
Calories 533 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 403mg12%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 775IU16%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Copycat Marie Callender’s Cornbread

It’s EASY and quick to make and bake this copycat version of Marie Callender’s restaurants famous cornbread! Perfect side dish for soup, salad, or main course.It's EASY and quick to make and bake this copycat version of Marie Callender's restaurants famous cornbread! Perfect side dish for soup, salad, or main course.

I received this recipe for a copycat version of Marie Callender’s Cornbread almost 20 years ago.  My friend Sharon, from our church, gave me this recipe. I have no idea where she got the recipe, BUT I DO KNOW that it’s an excellent recipe for cornbread, AND tastes very similar to the cornbread served by the restaurant chain.

This cornbread rises very high, is slightly sweet, and absolutely delicious, just like the original! YUM! My husband and I enjoyed this cornbread last evening with our dinner… I like to drizzle it with honey; he likes to drizzle it with molasses. Either way… it’s GOOD and really easy to prepare!

We LOVE this bread, and I have made it many times over the years… it doesn’t take too long to make, and it’s very simple. Here’s a few pics during the process so you can see just how EASY it is to make homemade delicious cornbread.

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How To Make The Cornbread

Ingredients can either be blended in a food processor or can be mixed by hand. If using food processor, process dry ingredients until blended. Drizzle in oil or add shortening, if using, processing until mixture is crumbly. When the mixture is crumbly, transfer it to a mixing bowl.

Mixing dry ingredients for cornbread in food processor.

If you do not have access to a food processor, t’s easy to mix up the cornbread batter by hand. Place dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Mix in the oil with a fork OR cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.

Ingredients for cornbread in bowl for hand mixing.

Oil or shortening has been added and now cornbread ingredients are crumbly.

Add eggs to the crumbly cornbread mixture. Stir Ingredients only until moistened. Don’t over-mix the batter.

Eggs are added to dry ingredients and combined to make cornbread batter.

Time To Bake the Cornbread

Pour the batter into a greased 9×9 baking pan, and then it’s ready to go into the oven! Bake the cornbread at 425 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes,  until the cornbread is light golden brown on top.

Cornbread batter is poured into a 9x9 inch baking dish.

Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the pan. If toothpick comes back out without wet batter on it, the cornbread should be done.  Once the cornbread is removed from the oven, cut it into 9 equal sized 3″ pieces. It is ready to serve!

Golden brown baked cornbread is cut into 9 pieces.

Here is a piece of the cornbread, split in half and adorned with butter, for a close-up view!

Cornbread is cut in half, and topped with butter for eating.

This is a perfect cornbread to serve alongside a big, hot, bowl of soup… (Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili is a favorite of ours), a salad, or Pinto Beans And Ham . Really good, really easy… got it? Hope you’ll give it a try… I think you will love it!

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Copycat Marie Callender's Cornbread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Slightly sweet, and sky-high, this copycat version of a famous restaurant's cornbread is perfect alongside your favorite soup or salad!
Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread
Servings: 9 servings
Calories Per Serving: 400 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dry milk powder
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil or shortening (I use oil)
  • 2 eggs , slightly beaten
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or food processor base, combine the flour, corn meal, sugar, dry milk powder, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the oil or shortening with a pastry blender, or process until mixture becomes small crumbs.
  2. Remove from processor, if using, and place ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Stir in eggs and water until mixture is just blended. Do not over-mix the batter.
  4. Grease a 9x9 inch square pan. Pour batter into pan and spread until it is evenly distributed.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes (or longer), or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cornbread will turn a very light golden brown on top.
  7. Remove cornbread pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Cut into 9 pieces, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If using an 8x8 inch square pan, remember you will need a longer cook time!

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Marie Callender's Cornbread
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 302mg13%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pinto Beans And Ham

Pinto Beans and Ham is an easy, economical way to make a big pot full of tasty, filling, pinto beans and leftover ham, flavored with onion and garlic!Pinto Beans and Ham is an easy, economical way to make a big pot full of tasty, filling, pinto beans and shredded leftover ham, flavored with onion and garlic!
Well, here’s my first post in 2015. Nothing fancy or glamorous, but this meal is sure inexpensive, FILLING, and delicious! If you’ve ever had extra ham or ham bones left over after a meal, then this recipe for Pinto Beans And Ham is perfect for you!

This dish (besides being quite economical) is also totally easy to prepare, so consider that a win-win! Only a few ingredients are necessary to make a big soup pot full of these tasty, filling, tender pinto beans and shredded pieces of ham, flavored with salt/pepper, cumin, onion and garlic!

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Make A Pot Of Pinto Beans And Ham With Leftover Ham

I prepare this meal often, usually any time we have leftover ham (always after a holiday like Christmas or Easter, and in the cold winter months). The recipe makes about 8 servings, so there is always enough left over for other meals.

Leftover ham is perfect to use in this soup.

If you have a large ham bone from a ham hanging around (with pieces of meat still attached), that’s PERFECT! If not, then just use slices of ham, cut into small chunks. The long cooking time will help the meat to be pulled off the bone or shredded easily!

Pinto beans can be found in just about every single grocery store in the country, and are quite cheap. Buy dry pinto beans (in a bag). They will cook and soften during the cooking process.

Dried pinto beans are used to make this recipe.

Why The Beans Need To Cook for So Long

The long cooking time helps the beans to soften. Find another activity to do while they are cooking, and just check on them every hour or so to make sure there is enough liquid in the pan, and give them a good stir!

During the last part of the cooking time, the liquid will begin to thicken. This is a GOOD thing! The ham also becomes very tender, so it is easy (especially if you added big chunks), to pull it apart into smaller pieces or shreds.

Pinto beans and ham is served!

Your house will smell GREAT while these pinto beans and ham are cooking! We love to eat this thick bowl of “soup” with some Copycat Marie Callender’s Cornbread or warm, buttered flour tortillas on the side… yum!

Cornbread goes perfectly with pinto beans and ham

When all is said and done, you will end up with a nice sized pot of pinto beans and ham, and not have to sped a lot on it, especially if you start with leftover ham!

If you like pinto beans or need other ways to use dried pintos, be sure and check out my blog post on how to can dried beans or how to make refried beans in the crockpot. Both recipes start with dried pinto beans!

Hope you’ll give this humble recipe for pinto beans and ham a try. I think you’re gonna love them! Sometimes simple can be so good! Thanks for stopping by, and come back soon. Be sure to check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Pinto Beans And Ham
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
 
Pinto Beans and Ham is an easy, economical way to make a big pot full of tasty, filling, pinto beans and shredded leftover ham, flavored with onion and garlic!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pinto beans and ham
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 289 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 bag pinto beans (regular sized - about 2-3 cups)
  • 1 large leftover ham bone (with meat attached), OR 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1 medium brown onion , chopped
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Water
  • Additional Salt/Pepper , to taste (I usually have to add more before serving)
Instructions
  1. Rinse the pinto beans in a strainer. Place beans into a large stockpot. Cover completely with water.
  2. Add ham bone (or chopped ham). Add additional water, if necessary to more than cover the beans and ham.
  3. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  4. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low heat. Let beans cook for approximately 4 hours. For first half of cooking time, keep a lid on the beans, but with lid vented. After about 2 hours, remove the lid and continue cooking, uncovered for remainder of time. As water level begins to reduce, add a bit more water back into the pot so that beans remain submerged during cooking time.
  5. Check beans to make sure they are fully softened. Remove ham bone from pot; remove any ham meat from bone and add the ham back into the pot.
  6. Taste test the beans when fully cooked. Mixture will thicken slightly as the amount of water reduces through the long cooking time. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Serve hot with some cornbread or tortillas on the side, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pinto Beans And Ham
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1/8th of total))
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 671mg29%
Potassium 1028mg29%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies

Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.

Every time Christmas rolls around, I prepare lots of our family’s “traditional” must-have cookies and goodies. I also try a new recipe or two each year. This year I tried a new recipe I found (on Pinterest!) for Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies. I think they’re so festive looking! And here’s the good news… they are delicious! A big shout out goes to Rachel at bakedbyrachel.com for the recipe for this yummy batch of Christmas cookies!

The cookies not only look good… they smell good, too. They have a light citrus aroma from the orange zest; and the filling in the middle is made from chopped cranberries, brown sugar and pecans, for extra flavor.

These are wonderful little holiday cookies! I gave away lots of them on plates of Christmas goodies given to our neighbors and friends this year. Sure hope you will give them a try!

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How To Make Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies

Begin by chopping up the cranberries, pecans and brown sugar. This is very easy to do in a food processor or blender.

Cranberries, brown sugar and pecans are chopped in a food processor, for cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies.

The next thing to do is mix up the dough. The dough for these cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies sure smells good, because of the fresh orange zest!

The dough is mixed for the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies.

Roll Out the Dough And Add The Filling

Roll the dough out on a large piece of wax paper, and then add the cranberry/pecan mixture to the top. Spread the cranberry brown sugar and pecan filling over the entire surface of the dough, leaving just a little space around the edges.

The dough for cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies is covered with cranberry pecan filling.

Roll the dough for the cranberry orange pinwheel cookies carefully into a log shape (starting with the long side). You can use the wax paper to help roll it. Cover the cookie dough log tightly, and refrigerate it overnight.

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies dough is rolled into a log, then refrigerated.

Prepare The Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies For Baking

After refrigerating it overnight, slice the dough for the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies into 1/4″ slices, using a sharp knife. See how pretty they look in the photo below? The festive looking pinwheel cookies are then baked on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies, cut into 1/4" slices on baking sheet.

Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. They will NOT be browned, but will be fairly soft once done. Voila! Here are the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, right after they were taken out of the oven. 

Cranberry orange pinwheel cookies need to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing (this helps them firm up a bit). Transfer the cookies to a a wire rack to finish cooling, and then they are ready to eat!

Baked Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies, cooling on wire racks.

I hope you will consider making these cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies. The cranberry and orange filling tastes amazingly fresh and wonderful! They are always a big hit! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day. Come back soon.

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time Overnight
8 hrs
Total Time
9 hrs 25 mins
 
Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange pinwheel cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 108 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Place cranberries, pecans and brown sugar in a food processor (or high-powered blender/chopper). Process until ingredients become small pieces. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), cream the butter and granulated sugar together until well combined. Add baking powder, salt, eggs, and orange zest. Beat on low/medium for one minute. Add flour (by spoonfuls) to the mixture, while mixing on medium speed, until all ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Once combined, cover bowl and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

  3. Divide chilled dough in half. Place one half in between sheets of wax or parchment paper. Roll dough out into a rectangle, approximately 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top layer of paper. Spread half of the cranberry-pecan mixture evenly over the top of the dough to within 1/2 inch of all edges. Roll up dough (begin with the SHORT side of dough). Guide the dough with your hands and use the wax or parchment paper to pull the dough up as you form a "log-shaped" roll. Pinch dough to seal ends. Repeat with other half of dough. Transfer each "dough log" onto a clean sheet of wax or parchment paper. Seal dough in paper. Tape shut. Refrigerate overnight. (Dough must be thoroughly chilled to cut clean, nice even slices).

  4. When ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a very sharp knife, cut cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices 1-2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or just until bottoms of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cookies "rest" a few minutes before removing from baking sheet. Let cookies cool completely on wire racks. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Don't be scared away from making these due to the long refrigeration time. I made the dough up the day before I wanted to bake them. Then I baked them up the next day... no trouble!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. Ever. This recipe for Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake is one of my favorites! Creamy AND fudge-like… cheesecake AND chocolate? How could you NOT love this dessert? So here ya go… sure hope you enjoy it! I know we do!

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How I Created This Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake Recipe

Years ago, I was trying to come up with a recipe for chocolate cheesecake. I read through several recipes (none of which I remember 20+ years later), and combined various elements from 3 of them to create this recipe.

I’ve made this chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake with a chocolate graham cracker crust for so many special occasions over the past 2 decades, I can’t even count them. I made this absolutely delicious cheesecake again for some friends who came over for dessert about a week ago, and decided it was time to put the old Chocolate Fudge Truffle recipe on my blog.

How To Make Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

A chocolate graham cracker crust is made (easy). This crust is formed by patting down the crumbs firmly in the bottom of a springform pan. Here is the crust, ready for the chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling to be added on top.

Chocolate graham cracker crust in pan, waiting for cheesecake filling.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling is poured onto the chocolate graham crust. Now the cheesecake is ready to be baked in the oven!

The chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling is added to springform pan to bake.

This is what the cheesecake looked like, immediately after it came out of the oven. You can tell it has risen quite a bit during the baking. Let it cool, in the pan, on a wire rack.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake, right out of the oven after baking.

Make The Topping For The Cheesecake

The next thing to do is mix up the sweetened sour cream topping for the cheesecake while it is cooling. This topping is simple to make with sour cream, vanilla and sugar, and is spread on top of the cooled cheesecake.

Mixing the sweetened sour cream topping up, for the chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake.

 The surface of the cheesecake is already looking good, so far. Now it’s time to “fancy it up” a little bit by added chocolate swirled topping to the top of the dessert.

Time To Decorate The Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

 It’s easy to make a simple melted chocolate glaze in a snap, then it is drizzled on top of the cheesecake in a decorative design.

Sweetened sour cream layer is added to top of chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake, after baking.

Here’s the finished chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake! It has been drizzled with chocolate, and topped with a decorative holly leaf garnish! After decorating, the cheesecake is thoroughly chilled until nice and cold, and then it’s ready to slice. Want to have a piece? It’s YUMMY GOOD.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake on platter, with Christmas candle and picture.

You can also drizzle the serving plates with caramel and chocolate sauce if desired. The only thing left to now is slice a piece, and dig in!

A slice of chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake on a plate.

We LOVE this rich, creamy decadent cheesecake, especially during the holidays! Hope you enjoy it, as well. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back again soon. Take care, and have a great day!

Looking For More DESSERT Recipes?

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Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Refrigeration (inactive time)
8 hrs
Total Time
10 hrs
 
Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories Per Serving: 475 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Crust:
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers , crushed into fine crumbs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted
For The Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 - 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese , softened, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips , melted, then cooled slightly
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted, then cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Cheesecake Topping:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
For Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make the crust: Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl, until well combined. Press this mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9" springform pan. Press tightly into pan to form solid crust. Set aside.
  3. Make the cheesecake filling: Mix all cheesecake filling ingredients together. Beat with electric mixer until mixture is smooth and well combined. (Make sure cream cheese is room temp before making filling... this will help ensure no lumps...) Pour cheesecake mixture over the crust. Spread to level out the mixture. Bake the cheesecake for 55-65 minutes in 325 degree oven, until center is set on the cheesecake. IMPORTANT: Place a cake pan filled half way up with water, on the oven shelf below the cheesecake while it cooks!
  4. When cheesecake is done, remove to a wire rack. Let the cheesecake cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully release the sides from the springform pan. Let cheesecake completely cool to room temperature.
  5. While cheesecake is cooling, make the Cheesecake Topping: Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl (you can use a spoon for this... doesn't have to be beaten). Once cheesecake has completely cooled, evenly spread the topping over the top surface.
  6. Make the chocolate drizzle: Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat again for 30 seconds. Stir until completely smooth. Do not overcook or burn the chocolate. Let the smooth chocolate cool just a bit, then decoratively drizzle the chocolate over the Cheesecake topping.
  7. Refrigerate (uncovered) cheesecake for at least 8 hours or overnight. Slice and serve. Enjoy!.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole

It’s easy to make this yummy layered chicken enchilada casserole, filled with chicken, corn tortillas, creamy sauce, onions, green chiles, and cheddar cheese.It's easy to make this yummy layered chicken enchilada casserole, filled with chicken, corn tortillas, creamy sauce, onions, green chiles, and cheddar cheese.
I received this recipe for a Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole from my Mom’s best friend over 35 years ago. It is a family favorite meal to this day. It’s a recipe I have made countless times over the years, and during my 30+ years of heading to work every day, really appreciated how quickly it can be assembled, cooked, and enjoyed!

I love Mexican food, and typically eat enchiladas with the traditional red sauce. However, this recipe has a white sauce, with onions and green chiles, so the very first time I made it years ago, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy it. I was wrong. This is a hearty casserole that can easily serve 8-10 people. It’s not too spicy, but has a wonderful flavor from the layers of chicken, corn tortillas, green chiles, onions, white sauce, and cheese. It is absolutely delicious (especially the second day, for leftovers!), and is a snap to prepare.

Since the baking time is only 30 minutes,  it is easy to prepare early in the day, cover and refrigerate it until ready to cook, then slam it (such a nice verbal picture, huh?) in the oven, and enjoy it a short time later. Here’s a few pics to show you the “ho-to’s of making this easy casserole:

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Preparing The Sauce

Cook the onions and green chiles in a large skillet to begin making the sauce for this casserole.

Onions and green chiles are cooked to make sauce for casserole

The remaining sauce ingredients are added to the skillet, and now the sauce is cooking happily.

Chicken enchilada casserole sauce cooks until thick and creamy.

Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole Is Assembled, One Layer At A Time

3 layers are added, consisting of tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheddar cheese. Once fully layered, the casserole is ready to bake! This layering is easy to do, because you don’t have to fill and roll the tortillas, as you need to do with traditional enchiladas! You just have to tear the tortillas into pieces and LAYER them!

Layers of tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheese in pan, ready to bake.

Here is the layered chicken enchilada casserole ready to eat, with a small salad on the side. Cheesy, chicken enchilada casserole… for the win!

Layered chicken enchilada casserole served with side salad.

Hope you will give this layered chicken enchilada casserole a try. It’s EASY and DELICIOUS. I REALLY think you will like it, and the leftovers can be EASILY reheated, too!

Looking For More CASSEROLE Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have several casserole dishes, including:

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Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
It's easy to make this yummy layered chicken enchilada casserole, filled with chicken, corn tortillas, creamy sauce, onions, green chiles, and cheddar cheese.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword: chicken enchilada casserole
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 228 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) , boiled and cubed (save the broth!)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small brown onion , chopped
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
Instructions
Make the sauce:
  1. Melt the tablespoon of butter in large skillet. Add the chopped onion and green chiles. Saute these for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is translucent and tender. Add the chicken broth and the contents of both cans of soup to the skillet. Mix well to combine. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes.
Make the casserole:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Layer the ingredients in this order: 1) 4 tortillas, torn into small pieces, 2) 1/3 of the chicken pieces, 3) 1/3 of the sauce, 4) 1/3 of the grated cheese.
  3. Repeat the layers 2 more times, ending with the grated cheese.
  4. Bake casserole, uncovered for 30 minutes or until heated all the way through.
  5. Remove casserole from oven. Let stand for approximately 5 minutes or so, to enable the cheese to firm up a bit (this will make cutting it and serving it up MUCH easier!)
  6. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

A whole rotisserie chicken can also be used as a substitute for the cooked chicken breasts, if you're pinched for time. Easy!

Nutrition Facts
Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/10 of total))
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 349mg15%
Potassium 295mg8%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 199mg20%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Holiday Goodies Collection!

I LOVE making Christmas goodies, to give to friends and family. Here’s a Holiday Goodies Collection of 20+ recipes posted this year… each recipe is tried and true… and DELICIOUS!Holiday Goodies Collection / The Grateful Girl Cooks!If you’re still looking for something yummy to make over the holidays, I would humbly ask you to give these recipes a look, with the hope that you might be able to find a new recipe or two, for your holiday celebration.  Each picture (below) has the link to that particular recipe directly above it.

I really hope you have a wonderful holiday season, as you celebrate with family and friends. I love to give gifts to others at Christmas, but remain most grateful for the amazing gift God gave me, by sending His only son, Jesus, to this crazy old world as a baby in a manger. The God of the entire universe became a tiny baby who would grow up and die for my sins… wow! It still boggles my mind… I firmly believe that many times, the very best gifts come in small packages!  Merry Christmas!

Click on title of each recipe for a direct link to that particular recipe!

Chocolate-Orange Truffles

Chocolate-Orange Truffles

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Pecan Squares

Pecan Squares

Candied Citrus Peels

Candied Citrus Peels

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons1

Date Roll Cookies

Date Roll Cookies

Orange Meringue Kisses

Orange Meringue Kisses

Raspberry Chocolate Meringues

Raspberry Chocolate Meringues

Maple Cream Bon Bons

Maple Cream Bon Bons

Sprinkle Bars

Sprinkle Bars

Orange Almond Biscotti

Orange Almond Biscotti

Carrot Zucchini Bread

Carrot Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

Mocha Truffles

Mocha Truffles

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge

Mom's Old-Fashioned Fudge

Dipped Gingersnaps

Dipped Gingersnaps

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball

Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange CookieshollyHave fun in the kitchen this blessed season!
And, from our home to yours… Merry Christmas!

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Gingerbread Bagels

You will enjoy these New York style Gingerbread Bagels! Perfect treat for the holidays (or any time), they’re boiled then baked, chewy AND delicious!You will enjoy these New York style Gingerbread Bagels! Perfect treat for the holidays (or any time), they're boiled then baked, chewy AND delicious!
It’s my favorite time of the year…Cold mornings, Nativity scenes, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas music, the wonder of small children as they experience the season, and Gingerbread Bagels… wait, what?

Yep… you heard me. Just let it sink in… GINGERBREAD BAGELS.  I found the recipe for these yummy bagels last year on Pinterest and made them to enjoy. Since the holiday season has rolled around once again, I thought I would share the recipe with you.

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Hot gingerbread bagels, fresh from the oven, are a perfect holiday treat!

I share this recipe for gingerbread bagels with the hopes that you will consider giving them a try. Most of the prep time listed includes two rising times for the dough, so it isn’t ACTIVE prep time.

I put that disclaimer there so no one would freak out… not that anyone would during this busy time of year.  See – you can wrap presents or run to the grocery store, or even sing a few Christmas carols while the dough is rising… it’s not so bad!

Gingerbread bagels (especially these with molasses and traditional gingerbread spices) seems like a natural fit with the holiday season, don’t you think?

How To Make Gingerbread Bagels

So here we go!  Grab some coffee, tea or egg nog to sip on as you work, some cream cheese (to spread on the finished bagels), and make these gingerbread bagels… stat! Here’s a few pics of the process:

The gingerbread bagels dough is no problem to mix up using a stand mixer or electric beaters.

Mixing up the dough for gingerbread bagels with the stand mixer.

The gingerbread bagel dough is mixed, and now looks like the dough is ready to rise.

The dough has come together for gingerbread bagels and now has to rise.

Let The Dough Rise

The dough is covered with dish towel and is rising in a warm spot. Yes, it happened to be sunny that day, so the dough rose out in the natural sunlight.

Dough for gingerbread bagels is in covered bowl, rising in a warm spot.

Gingerbread Bagels Are Formed, Boiled, Then Baked!

After the dough has risen, the gingerbread bagels are formed into round circulular shapes. A hole is formed in the middle of the dough. They are boiled briefly, then baked until done in the oven.

Gingerbread Bagels have been boiled, and will now be baked in oven until done.

Once the gingerbread bagels have finished baking, they are transferred to a wire rack to cool down a bit.

Gingerbread bagels cool on wire rack after baking.

Guess what the only other thing left to do is? That’s right! Slice one open, and grab the butter or the cream cheese!  You’re gonna enjoy this homemade bagel!

Homemade gingerbread bagels, fresh from being baked in oven!

You’re gonna enjoy every bite of these homemade, chewy, flavorful gingerbread bagels! These wonderful tasting bagels are nice and chewy… just like a true New York style bagel SHOULD always be!

Looking For More Homemade Bagel Recipes?

If you enjoy making homemade bagels, be sure and check out my other bagel recipes!

Sure do hope you enjoy these delicious gingerbread bagels, or any of the others listed above! Have a great day!

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Gingerbread Bagels
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
 
You will enjoy these New York style Gingerbread Bagels! Perfect treat for the holidays (or any time), they're boiled then baked, chewy AND delicious!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread bagels
Servings: 8 bagels
Calories Per Serving: 336 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Bagels:
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour (*might need a bit more more later)
  • 2 packages Active Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm (but not hot) water
  • 1/4 cup milk , warmed
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tablespoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For Baking The Bagels:
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1 egg white , slightly beaten
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the 2 packets of yeast in the warm (but not hot) water. Set aside for 5-6 minutes, until slightly foamy.
  2. Attach the dough hook to your stand mixer. Add HALF of the flour, then add the yeast mixture, warm milk, molasses, brown sugar, and all of the spices and salt. Mix these ingredients on the medium setting on your mixer. Once the ingredients are combined, slowly add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time. You want the dough to come together into a large dough ball. The dough should only be slightly "sticky". *This is where you can add a tiny bit more flour, if needed, to reach the right consistency. Turn mixer to medium-high. Mix dough until the dough becomes elastic in consistency. Take it slow. When ready, pour the dough into a bowl that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray or greased.
  3. Cover bowl with a damp dish towel, place in a warm spot, and let dough rise until doubled in size.(usually about an hour).
  4. When dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down. Separate into 8-10 equal-sized dough balls. Poke a hole into the center of each ball. Stretch the hole and the bagel out a bit until you have formed a bagel shape. Set the bagels onto a baking sheet; cover the bagels with a damp dish towel, place bagels in a warm spot, and let the dough rise again until doubled in size again.
  5. Near the end of the second rise, preheat your oven to 415 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a full boil.
  6. Once bagels have finished rising, carefully put 2-3 bagels at a time into the boiling water. Let them boil until they float to the top ( a couple of minutes). Remove bagels carefully from the boiling water (use a slotted spoon to drain water).
  7. Place the cornmeal into a shallow dish. Dip the bottom of each boiled bagel into the cornmeal, then place each bagel onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  8. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of each bagel with the beaten egg white.
  9. Bake bagels at 415 degrees for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bagels are a gorgeous golden brown. Remove bagels from oven to a wire rack. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Bagels
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 311mg14%
Potassium 424mg12%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Snickerdoodles

It’s easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!
I recently tried a new recipe for Snickerdoodles. I’ve been baking snickerdoodle cookies for years and years with the same old recipe, and love them!

Recently I saw a “new” recipe on a website I love that looked interesting, so I gave it a try. The blogger I got this snickerdoodles recipe from is Chris Scheuer, at The Cafe Sucré Farine. She found this recipe in a cookbook from a famous bakery in London, England.

Bakeries tend to get things right in the cookie baking department, so I knew THESE snickerdoodles just HAD to be delicious, so I made a batch. The result? Outstanding! Do you know the story behind the humble snickerdoodle cookie? It’s pretty interesting. Find out here. It’s become such a well loved American classic cookie!

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Typical Recipes For Snickerdoodles Produce A FLAT Cookie

My tried and true recipe for snickerdoodles are delicious, but usually come out fairly flat in appearance, like these pictured below.  They’re absolutely wonderful, but flat in shape.

Snickerdoodles, cooling on a wire rack.

These Snickerdoodles Are Soft And PUFFY!

Not these NEW beauties! The snickerdoodles puffed up quite nicely! These cookies have a delicious cinnamon/sugar topping. The inside of the cookies are soft and fluffy, making these the perfect snickerdoodles, in my humble opinion.

I am glad I found this recipe and will happily make these yummy cookies again. Snickerdoodles would be perfect for gift-giving over the holidays or for a special occasion! They are easy to make… and let’s be honest here… who doesn’t love to eat cookies over the holidays? Wait, wait… who doesn’t like a good cookie ANYTIME???

Once the dough is made, the snickerdoodles are rolled into balls, coated with cinnamon and sugar, and then are ready to bake!

Snickerdoodles dough balls on parchment paper covered cookie sheet, ready to bake.Baked Snickerdoodles Are Nice And PUFFY!

Once the cookies have baked, they look like THIS!  Behold… the humble little snickerdoodle! Can you tell that it is puffy? They are light and airy, and absolutely wonderful.

Snickerdoodles are baked with a cinnamon sugar topping.

Maybe you can see how puffy and “pillowy” these snickerdoodle cookies are in the photo below.  Yum. You’re gonna need to run and grab a cup of coffee, and help me eat these cute snickerdoodles! I would love to share a few with you!

Snickerdoodles are piled up on a plate, ready to eat!

Hope you will give these delicious cookies a try.  I know you’re gonna LOVE them!

Would You Like More Cookie Recipes?

Here are a few cookie recipes on my blog. You can find these and other yummy cookie recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Snickerdoodles
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snickerdoodles
Servings: 18 (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 213 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 4 oz. butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For coating the dough balls:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs to the mixture. Mix well until combined.
  4. Add the rest of the cookie ingredients to this mixture a little at a time. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together for the coating.
  6. Form cookies. Use approximately a 2 Tablespoon size scoop of cookie dough, and roll it between your (clean) hands to form a ball. Place the dough ball into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and roll it in the mixture until all sides of the dough ball are coated.
  7. Place each coated dough ball onto parchment paper (or wax paper) lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart from each other.
  8. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 12 minutes (or until the cookies are a light brown color). When done, let cookies cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then remove cookies and place them on a wire rack to cool. Cookies will crack a bit... don't worry... it's ALL GOOD.
Nutrition Facts
Snickerdoodles
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!

 

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