Spicy Chicken Dip

It all started with some favorite friends and Euchre night.

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Since our kids were little we get together with some really cool folks and make all the great food we crave and can think of and laugh like crazy people and play cards until we can’t hold our eyes open any longer (I think that time has gotten earlier and earlier over the years for some reason that I’m sure has nothing to do with age).

Some foods we always make.  Usually we try out a new recipe on each other.  This one is an old favorite. And now, when we have dip/Euchre night at home, this one is a standard.  We also make Bacon Ranch Jalapeño Popper Dip and Spinach Artichoke Dip (recipe coming soon).

This is definitely something you can throw together in under ten minutes and share, or you can just eat it for dinner yourself.  It’s especially nice if you have a chicken breast lying around waiting to be used or made ahead in the freezer and waiting for just this type of purpose.

This recipe would serve four as an appetizer, but you can easily double or triple.

Use a mixer to beat 12 oz. cream cheese

with 1 T. chili powder

1 T. cumin,

and 2 minced garlic cloves.

Mix in 1 shredded, cooked chicken breast (I use this recipe for great flavor),

1/4 c. chopped jarred jalapeños,

and 1 c. grated sharp Cheddar cheese, reserving a little for the top.

Spread this into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve with Fritos (the scoopy kind for sure) or tortilla chips.

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That’s it!  So easy, right?

Happy dipping!

Spicy Chicken Dip Grocery List:

12 0z. cream cheese

1 T. chili powder

1 T. cumin

2 garlic cloves

1 cooked chicken breast

1/4 c. jarred jalapeños

1 c. sharp Cheddar cheese

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie isn’t cutting it for you anymore, huh?  You’ve made it too many times, and now you need something with a little more flair?  Okay, I’m your girl.  I’m about to knock your socks off.

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These are ramped up, revved up, just really fabulous cookies that haven’t failed me yet.  I’ve made these f.o.r.e.v.e.r. and have had folks just about beg me for the recipe.  My girls used to make these for bake sales and to sell at yard sales and more then a few times, folks drove back to get more or to sell their youngest child for the recipe.  Okay, so that last part was a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m telling you, these are really, really good cookies.

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Whip ‘em up in just a few minutes and you’ll see what I mean.  But, if you love these like I promise you will, you need to at least give me credit for them.  Share this recipe on Pinterest or Facebook, or at least give someone the name of my website.  It’s a fair trade; it really is.  :)  And these cookies deserve the attention.

Cream together:

1/2 c. (1 stick) of butter

1/2 c. peanut butter

1/2 c. sugar

1/3 c. brown sugar

Add in 1 egg

and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together:

1 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. oats

MMix the dry with the wet ingredients and then stir in 1 c. semisweet chocolate chips — milk chocolate are also another great option.

Place in rounded Tablespoon size balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Do not over bake.  The second you see a little golden on top (they should look a bit underdone in the middle), take them out, let them cool for 2-3 minutes and then carefully move them to a cooling rack.

Now this is very, very important.  Eat them warm.  You will thank me.  When the peanut butter flavor backs up the goozing chocolate chips that pretty much drips down your chin, you will say, “That Alison is one smart girl!”

And once again, you’re welcome!

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Grocery List:

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. peanut butter

1/2 c. sugar

1/3 c. brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. flour

1/2 c. oats

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

Many hundreds of thanks to Jaymie Noble from Kalamazoo for her Taste of Home Recipe that found its way into our bellies.