Circus Animal Cookie Blondies

So this recipe is a Pinterest inspiration. Once I came across this recipe, I knew I had to make it–especially because I used to love good old fashioned Circus Animal Cookies! Mostly because they were pink and had sprinkles, and always remind me of a childhood treat. Anyways, I used a basic butter cake recipe and added a ton of sprinkles, then topped it with Circus Animal Cookies.

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Circus Animal Blondies

Circus Animal Blondies

Imagine a buttery cake loaded with sprinkles, and then topped off with old fashioned Circus Animal Cookies! It's a one of a kind unique and tasty treat!

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter; room temperature

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups of Circus Animal cookies

1/2 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until combined. Add vanilla extract and mix for another 30 seconds until mixture is smooth and combined.
  2. Add the flour and salt and mix until the dough starts to come together. It will be a thicker cake batter. Fold in the sprinkles until combined.
  3. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and pour batter evenly. Top with cookies and more sprinkles. (You may also add chop cookies to your batter as well).
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until g0lden brown. Let cool on wire rack. Slice into square and serve. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/01/circus-animal-blondies/

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

This is a semi-homemade recipe that I kind of just threw together. This is great if you are not wanting to spend a ton of time in the kitchen or if you are on a press for time. I love the combination in these ingredients. The sweet fig jam, the salty prosciutto, and the peppery arugula will take your taste buds on a whole other level.
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Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Serving Size: 6-8

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Sweet and salty goodness make this pizza perfection!

Ingredients

1 pre-made/ pre-baked pizza dough (thin crust, preferred)

1-2 Tbsp fig jam

6 slices of prosciutto

a handful of arugula

2 fresh figs; quartered (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat your pre-made pizza dough in the oven until warm and toasted. Top with fig jam, sliced prosciutto, arugula, and fresh figs. Cut pizza into 6-8 slices and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/01/fig-prosciutto-pizza/

‘Everything’ Hummus

This hummus is full of flavor and takes minutes to make (if you have a food processor). I love ‘everything’ flavored bagels and I wish I could eat them every single day if I could! This hummus resembles the flavorings of my favorite ‘everything’ bagel. There is just something about all of the different flavors from the garlic to salt to poppy seeds and onions–I love it all!!

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‘Everything’ Hummus

Yield: 8-12 servings

‘Everything’ Hummus

Creamy, smooth, zesty and full of flavor!

Ingredients

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (2 cans, drained and rinsed)

6 Tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

4 cloves of garlic (roasted would be best)

1 Tbsp lemon juice (the juice from 1/2 of a lemon)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tbsp dried minced onion

2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

1 Tbsp dried minced garlic

1 Tbsp flaked sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

Pita chips or crackers for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine dried onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, sea salt and black pepper. Mix and set aside.
  2. Add garbonzo beans, garlic, and lemon juice to a food processor and pulse and blend until combined the beans begin to puree, about 2-3 minutes. With the processor still going, add in olive oil and sesame oil, blending continuously for a few minutes (and scraping down the sides if needed) until as smooth as desired. Add salt and 1 Tbsp of all of the seasoning (save the rest for the topping).
  3. Add hummus to a bowl and drizzle with extra olive oil. Pour the rest of the seasoning overtop and serve. These can be served with crackers, pita chips, or vegetables. I hope you enjoy EVERYTHING about this 🙂
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/01/everything-hummus/