Make Dessert Waffles from a Cake Mix

Everyone loves waffles for breakfast, but what if you could turn them into a dessert as well? I’m not talking about just topping your ordinary waffles with a little extra whipped cream; I’m talking about making dessert waffles with a cake mix. Just add a little extra water to the cake batter, pour it into a waffle iron, and you’ll have a tasty dessert in no time. It really just takes a few minutes to make these fun desserts that are sure to impress. The Best Cake Mix for Dessert Waffles: Baby Cakes We like to make our dessert waffles …

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How to Make Legendary Sugar Cookies with Flavors

Sugar cookies with banana flavoring and cinnamon chips

To make your sugar cookies memorable, add flavor and colors. You can also add small inclusions like mini chips or chopped nuts. By simply adding color to the frosting and maybe cutting them into interesting shapes, you make the cookies visually stimulating. Add a burst of flavor and you’ve got legendary good-tasting cookies. How to Add Flavor and Inclusions to Your Sugar Cookies You can add flavor to your sugar cookie dough, but it’s more effective to add the flavor to your frosting as well. In our flavored sugar cookie mixes, we add flavor to both but we depend on …

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How to Make Stuffed Pancakes

Debbie heard that one of the pancake houses in Idaho Falls was serving stuffed pancakes. Intrigued, she checked it out. They were simply putting pastry filling between two pancakes. “I can do better than that,” she thought. After a morning in the test kitchen, she was making cute little pancake turnovers with raspberry or other fruit fillings inside. What You’ll Need to Make Stuffed Pancakes Pancake batter of your choice. Try one of our favorite pancake mixes. A pastry filling of your choice. Whether you want a fruity or a creamy filling, there are dozens to choose from. Syrup of …

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How to Make Rainbow Slice and Bake Cookies

These make great kid cookies, holiday cookies, and party cookies. Think of these rainbow cookies as a method, not a recipe. By changing flavors and colors with these slice and bake refrigerator cookies, you can make any combination of colors and flavors you desire. Use your imagination. How to Create Your Own Rainbow Cookies You can spend forever exploring shapes, colors, and flavors. You make these cookies by dividing your dough into three or four parts and coloring and flavoring each part before rolling it all together. Preparing the Dough You can use our simple slice and bake cookie dough …

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How to Make Homemade Pop Tarts® and Recipes

  “I’m going to make Pop Tarts,” Julie announced. I wasn’t a fan. But before we were through, we had terrific pop tarts—pop tart recipes that even adults would love. My favorites? Boston Cream Pie Pop Tarts, Chubby Cherry with Cream Cheese Frosting Pop Tarts, and Cherry Chocolate Pop Tarts. They are easy and quick to make. We’ll give you the recipes and tell you how to make them. There are three components to these pop tarts: the pastry (crust), the filling, and the frosting. You can use a pie crust mix for the shell or make a chocolate pastry …

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Easy Mini Corn Dogs

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Using tempura batter mix makes these mini corn dogs easy to make—with only four ingredients.  They are as good as any at the county fair. The Mini Corn Dog Recipe One package of eight good quality hot dogs cut crosswise 2 cups tempura batter mix 1 cup milk 1 large egg 16 wooden skewers about 4-inches long (cut longer skewers into shorter sticks) …

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How to Make Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Perfect for on the go! These peanut butter buckeyes are perfect for when you’re rushing off to a picnic and so small and easy to pack. Quick and Easy!All you have to do for these cute buckeyes is make a peanut butter fudge, form some balls, and dip them into chocolate. It doesn’t take much time, effort, or even ingredients! So delicious!Who knew something so simple could be so tasty? You can never go wrong with the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. The Story of the Peanut Butter Buckeye A buckeye is a tree that forms a little …

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How to Make Clafoutis

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart How to Make Clafoutis The French Custard that Will Blow Your Mind The new dessert favorite! Clafoutis takes your favorite fruit cobblers and custards, mixes them together, and turns them into an unforgettable dessert that will leave you wondering why you ever bothered with any other dessert before.  Easier than pie! Seriously. No need to deal with a finicky pie crust. Just make the filling, pour it into a pan, and bake it in the oven. It’s so easy! You’ll have a delicious clafoutis in no time. An Impressive way to showcase fresh fruit! …

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How to Make French Toast Sticks

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart How to Make French Toast Sticks Life is too short not to enjoy the simple things in life. Fun to make and fun to eat! There’s nothing better than a breakfast you can eat with your fingers and dip it into syrup like a French fry. It’s like regular French toast but in sticks. So Easy! All you have to do is make a sandwich, cut it into sticks, dip it into an egg wash, cook them on a griddle, and enjoy. So tasty! The kids love them, and so should you. Stuff …

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How to Paint Cookies with Food Colors

The Fun Way to Decorate Cookies When I was a child, my mother made sugar cookies for the holidays. We frosted them and sprinkled them with decorations in different colors. We looked forward to it every year, the bright cookies and that chance to be creative with different colors. It was a happy time. So fun!Painting cookies is more fun than decorating cookies with frosting and sprinkles, and even adults get hooked. The kids are sure to have a blast. Time to be artistic! Let your creative side go wild as you paint patterns, pictures, and even delicate scenes on …

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How to Make Chapatti

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Chapatti: Your New Favorite Pancake A Traditional Indian Fried Bread If you can make pancakes, you can make this chapatti. So simple! There are only six ingredients and four easy steps. The name may be intimidating, but it’s as easy as a cross between making simple fry bread and pancakes. So tasty! You can serve your chapatti hot with butter, honey, jam, or cinnamon and sugar. Or you can eat them plain as a complement to a main dish. A new family favorite! Not even the picky eaters can hate this one. While …

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Mashed Potato Salads and How to Make Them

Mashed potato salads are a fun change of pace from the ordinary. But they are no better than your mashed potatoes. It has taken me years to figure this out but a potato ricer makes better mashed potatoes. See my buyer’s guide for potato ricers.” Dennis Weaver We started out looking for unusual potato salads to make. We stumbled upon a recipe for mashed potato salad, something we had never heard of. It was good. So we started reviewing recipes and experimenting. Here you’ll learn how to make mashed potato salad, how to convert your favorite potato salad recipe to …

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Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast This scrumptious banana bread French toast will change your life. We love French toast. Doesn’t everyone? We love a good bread, one of substance, soaked in an egg wash, maybe with a touch of cinnamon,and then cooked until it just starts to get crusty but not tough. There are a thousand ways to fix and serve French toast. We go to an extra effort …

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get the Banana Flavor for FREE! Add it to cart and use the code “ZFLA” at checkout. Chocolate Banana Muffins You can never go wrong when combining chocolate and bananas into a tasty muffin. This muffin is scrumptious, our favorite chocolate muffin. The bananas give it a tender moistness and the nuts and chocolate chips are just right. This may be a little indulgent for breakfast but we’re sure they won’t go to waste. So moist and flavorful! Yes, this muffin is as good as it sounds—–a chocolate muffin with chocolate chips and …

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How to Make Homemade Soda Pop

It’s fun to make homemade soda pop! Soda pop is just carbonated punch but you can do better than that. Try carbonating your favorite lemonade or frozen fruit juice concentrate. Carbonating Beverages: You Can Do So Much! When we were kids, we made homemade root beer with yeast. The yeast created the carbon dioxide bubbles in the beverage. There is an easier way—dry ice which you can buy at many grocery stores. With dry ice, you can carbonate: Juice beverages made with frozen fruit juice concentrates. Kool-Aid® and other beverages (not unlike many commercial soda pops). Fresh fruit beverages like …

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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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Nine Ways to Make Stuffed Burgers

(Updated from June 9, 2015) We discovered stuffed burgers a long time ago.  But they were simple affairs. We would grind up a block of cheese and mix it into the burger.  Maybe we would chop up onions and peppers and mix those in.  Occasionally, we would look to meatloaf recipes for inspiration. They were good but we found another way to make stuffed burgers. It’s a stuffed burger press.  Instead of mixing the fillings into the meat, you create a stuffing pocket in the middle of the meat. This is what a stuffed burger press looks like: Learn how …

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Comparative Fat Content in Donuts and Cookies (Including Baked Donuts)

Donuts have always been a guilty pleasure–the crisp outer layer from deep-frying with the fluffy inside all topped with a sweet glaze or icing. It’s hard to say no, but sometimes we worry about the donut calories, especially the calories from fat in a donut. Are all donuts really that unhealthy, and how do they compare to cookies with fat content? Here’s our discoveries. Donut Calories from Fat For our research, we analyzed our donut mix recipes for the fat content, or calories from fat, compared to the total ingredients and calories. We did the same with a few cookie …

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How to Use the New Sea Salts in Your Cooking

One of the hottest trends in food right now is the new sea salts. Salts bring flavors alive.  The new salts are purer but have trace minerals that our bodies need. Mostly, they make foods taste better from sweet to savory. Salts are great carriers for other flavors. For years we used seasoned salts like garlic and celery salt. But it’s a whole new world of cooking with smoked salt and salts with intense flavors like chipotle and maple. Sea salts may be used in cooking, baking, and grilling. Categories of Sea Salts You can categorize sea salts into four …

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Stand-in-Line  Deluxe Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaves

These cheeseburger mini-meatloaves are worth standing in line for!  (And order a side of fries to go with it.) If your kids like going to burger places with playgrounds, they’ll have fun with these mini meatloaves.  They’re fun to make, fun to serve, and really very good.  They’re made with ketchup and mustard and a layer of cheese. Ingredients 1/4 cup ketchup 2 large eggs 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs or other type of bread crumbs 1/3 cup chopped onion 1 pound lean ground beef 2 teaspoons prepared mustard 2 – 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 …

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