Holiday Baking with Nestlé Toll House and Three Core Trends that will Influence How you Bake this Holiday Season!

Disclosure: I was given Nestlé Toll House products to create some holiday yumminess and for this post--no money exchanged hands.

With the holidays in full swing, there's a lot of baking going on in our home and while the chocolate chip cookie will always be a favorite in our home, I like baking a few different kinds of cookies during the holidays.

I like simple recipes and I have always relied on Nestlé Toll House cookie dough to help me make a variety of cookies. Nestlé makes it easy for me (and you) to bake up a batch of yummy cookies. With the dough already made, I just pull out a few other ingredients like: flavorings, food colors, nuts, candies, fruits, etc and add what I want to the dough, bake and serve them up to my family and friends for a scrumptious snack!

Nestlé, a leader in baking for more than 75 years now, wants to inspire you to bake, so warm up your ovens and join in. Nestlé Toll House and leading pastry chefs from around the country looked at how baking is evolving and identified three core trends that will influence how Americans will bake this holiday season.

Speed Scratch
Beautiful baking creations aren’t just for trained pastry chefs. Today’s bakers can tap into pastry chef creativity and ensure success by leveraging proven baking shortcuts. Premade dough simplifies preparation, lets bakers explore ingredient variety and minimizes inconsistencies.

Farmers Market Inspired Baking
Modern bakers are eager to use ingredients that are in season to bring out the best flavor in their baked treats. With access to farmers markets year round, there are plenty of options for creating desserts with a distinct seasonal flavor.

Whoever came up with "Hot Cocoa" for a cookie flavor is a genius! Oh my word, cannot wait to try these!

Tradition Reinvented
Multicultural families are on the rise and with this demographic makeover in the U.S., home bakers are connecting with their heritage by updating treasured desserts. The memories behind classic recipes are timeless but today’s baker is looking to create new traditions.

Whatever cookies you decide to bake, Nestlé Toll House has you covered! So, go ahead, bring fun back into your kitchen and create a few masterpieces!

You can find Nestlé Toll House products at your local grocery store and Supermarkets across the nation!


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Red Bull Cranberry Mocktail for your Holiday Drink

Red Bull Cranberry Mocktail

For my long time readers, you know that we are a family of six and that I love to cook. I love trying new recipes, it doesn't matter if I am using the oven, stove top, or crock pot-it's all fun! I hardly ever experiment with drinks, but here's one I think I will give a try this holiday season--and it's made with Red Bull.

Recipe for Red Bull Cranberry Mocktail:
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 ounces non-alcoholic ginger beer*
2 oz apple cider
6 ounces Red Bull Red Edition
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 sprig of Rosemary
1 lemon wheel

In a small glass add lemon juice (aren't these cute!)
Ginger non-alcoholic beer, apple cider, Red Bull Red Edition, and cinnamon
Add ice
Garnish with a rosemary sprig pulled through a lemon wheel

*For a lower sugar option, sub non-alcoholic ginger beer with ginger flavored Kombucha

Disclosure: I was sent Red Bull products in exchange for sharing these recipes with my awesome readers!

Turkey Leftover Sliders made with Red Bull

Red Bull BBQ Turkey Leftover Sliders

Looking for recipes to use all that left over turkey in? Look no further, these turkey sliders made with using Red Bull Yellow Edition will definitely be a hit with all your company!

Red Bull Slaw Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Red Bull Yellow Edition
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
3 cups prepared bagged cabbage and carrot classic coleslaw

BBQ Turkey Sliders Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup leftover whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup Red Bull Yellow Edition
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups shredded leftover turkey
12 slider buns or soft dinner rolls

In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Red Bull Yellow Edition, cider vinegar, and celery seeds. Toss with coleslaw. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the sliders.

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the cranberry sauce, ketchup, Red Bull Yellow Edition, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and stir to coat. Continue stirring until turkey is warm.

To serve, spoon turkey onto the bottom half of the buns, top with slaw, and finish with the top half of the bun.

Makes 12 sliders.

Disclosure: I was given product in exchange for this post--no money exchanged hands.

Turkey Pops and Caramel Apple Shooters for your Thanksgiving Meal

Make life sweeter this Thanksgiving with delicious, turkey day themed treats from Mrs. Freshley’s. These desserts would be a perfect addition to your holiday family feast.

Creating semi-homemade desserts to impress holiday guests doesn't require a day of slaving away in the kitchen. Mrs. Freshley's has created two Thanksgiving-inspired treats that are sure to WOW guests without all the added stress.

Turkey Pops would be a fun recipe for your children to help you with on Thanksgiving!

3-4 packs of Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Icers
Chocolate icing
Piping bag with orange and red icing
Chocolate melts
Candy eyes
Candy Corn
Cake Pop Sticks

Tear Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Icers cakes and roll to form into a ball shape for the cake pop.
Use chocolate icing to help form cake pops if needed
Place on cake pop sticks
Melt candy melts, according to package directions
Dip cake pops into melted candy melts
Place in freezer until cool and dry
Using chocolate icing as glue, stick candy corn into the top of the cake pop to create feathers
Place on the candy eyes
Use the piping bag to draw the beak and gobbler

Caramel Apple Shooters is a recipe that will make your taste buds dance and quite possibly do a few back flips!

Here's the recipe for Caramel Apple Shooters:
3 packs of Mrs. Freshley’s Vanilla Icers
3 medium Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Whipped cream
Caramel topping

Peel and dice the apples into bite sized pieces
Add the apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium skillet and cook, stirring often to coat the apples in the sauce, for 5 minutes over medium low heat
Remove from heat and cool a bit before assembling the dessert.
Add a generous layer of the bite sized vanilla Icers to the bottom of the bowl and top with cinnamon apples
Layer with whipped cream and caramel sauce

Disclosure: These recipes are provided to you from Mrs. Freshley’s. I was sent product in exchange for this post--no money exchanged hands.