Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It’s ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I don’t know about you, but our summer has been crazy.

We’ve spent practically no time at home, and cooking has been waaaaay down on my list of priorities.  Sort of a weird thing for a food blogger, but even a person who lives for eating gets tired of cooking every now and then.

Also, with nearly no time between work and baseball games, swimming lessons, karate classes…well, there’s just not much time for gourmet food preparation around here.  Quick sandwiches have sort of been our staple dinner lately.

But with sandwiches like this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini, I’m totally okay with a fancied-up grilled cheese for dinner.

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

Now, I call this sandwich a panini, but we don’t own a panini press…I used my George Foreman grill to make these, but you could just as easily use a griddle or a pan on the stove.  You just need something to melt all of this cheesy, garlicky goodness together!

And with a few easy to use Mezzetta products, these sandwiches came together in no time.  The kind folks at Mezzetta sent me a few jars of their products to make our sandwich-making easy.  You can find any of these products in your local grocery store in the condiment aisle.

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I decided to start with chicken and cheddar cheese, simply because that’s what Doodle usually requests on his sandwiches.  But when I saw Mezzetta’s Savory Garlic Everything Spread, I knew that’s just what these sandwiches needed for a little extra pizzazz.  Added with some Mezzetta sun-ripened dried tomatoes and fresh spinach, these quick and easy sandwiches were a hit at my dinner table!

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I had fun creating this easy and tasty family-friendly sandwich, and you should try creating one of your own as well.  Because Mezzetta is hosting a “Make That Sandwich” contest – and the prize is $25,000!  So grab your favorite Mezzetta products and get busy in the kitchen!  Make sure to include at least two different Mezzetta products in your recipe – you can get all of the contest details here.

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Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini

Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick sourdough or french bread
  • 2 tablespoons Mezzetta Savory Garlic Everything Spread
  • 3 tablespoons Mezzetta Julienne Cut Sun-Ripened Tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine shredded cheddar cheese and the Mezzetta Savory Garlic Everything Spread and Julienne Cut Sun-Ripened Tomatoes. Spread the mixture on 2 slices of the bread.
  2. Assemble 2 sandwiches, spread side in, topping with chicken and spinach leave. Toast sandwiches in a panini press or indoor grill.
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Wow – 45 weeks of Wake Up Wednesdays! What are you showing off this week?

Since the last time Meghan wrote a post, A LOT has changed. She bought her first home in Chicago and her life has been consumed with unpacking and DIY projects…. ok, fine. She’s not doing much DIY but our handyman has been given many of my blogging buddies tutorials of things I want done. MANY of these wants are coming from YOU. Thank you guys so much for coming back each week and inspiring your hosts. Be sure to keep up with us on social media since we love sharing your work!

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Now on to the features! I wish I had opportunity to highlight more than just 6 bloggers. There were so many awesome posts!

I’ve been obsessed with butterscotch ever since having butterscotch blondies at a 4th of July party. These Butterscotch Scones will be all mine very soon. Mouthwatering Butterscotch Scones

Is there anything more refreshing than Key Lime Pie? How about Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies??! Sign me up!

I’ll be picking up a rotisserie chicken and making this Buffalo & Blue Cheese Chicken Salad ASAP. Looks soooooo good!!! Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Salad - hot wings flavor in a cold lunch or dinner | cupcakesandkalechips.com | #glutenfree #buffalochicken

I thought French toast was good as is…. and then I saw this Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast from Mom on Time Out. You go, girl!

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Wine Smoothie??! I love a fun grown up beverage! Wine Smoothie | For White Lights on Wednesday by Cooking with Curls

Creating a meal plan around what produce is in season is an awesome idea. What a great way to eat healthier (and local!!) all year round.

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Wake Up Wednesdays

Welcome back to Wake Up Wednesdays – the day when you get to take over our blogs!

I hope everyone had a great long weekend!  We definitely did here, and we’re certainly in the throes of (hot hot hot) summer.  For me, that means little indoor cooking, and lots of meals around the grill and/or no bake everything! ;-)
We are sharing your stuff like CRAZY on all of our social media and pinning to our Wake Up Wednesdays Pinterest Board, so make sure you are following along.

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After a weekend of indulging, I need to get back on the healthy eating train.  These Healthy Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Chops from Tone and Tighten sound fabulous – and easy!

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Grilled corn on the cob is a favorite at my house.  This Chili Lime Corn on the Cob from Simply Suzanne’s At Home is the perfect summer side dish:

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And I could definitely eat a HUGE bowl of this Pineapple Cucumber Salad from Mom on Timeout:

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How about these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Icebox Bars from This Silly Girl’s Life:

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As a coffe-a-holic, I’m in love with this Frozen Caramel Macchiato from Roxana’s Home Baking:

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I’m in love with these simple and classic monogram letters from Designs By Miss Mandee.  Just download, print and frame, and you’ll have some great new home decor!

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Wake Up Wednesdays

Happy July Everyone!

And welcome to another WUW where you are the star.

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With the
4th of July just days away, this week I am all about the
Red White and Blue

These shortbread sparklers from Shaken Together look
perfect for our annual neighborhood 4th of July party
No party is complete without adorable favors, and I
love the simplicity of these by Design by Miss Mandee
Red Velvet Trifle, yes please Casual Craftlete
This festive Kool-Aid popcorn by Simply Designing is a HUGE hit
with my kiddos
every great party has to have a great dip if you ask
me
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now…let’s get this party started

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Soft-Baked M&M Cookies

These Soft-Baked M&M Cookies are super soft and chewy, and taste just like the ones you get from the bakery!

These Soft-Baked M&M Cookies are super soft and chewy, and taste just like the ones you get from the bakery!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see my favorite singer in concert: James Taylor (yep, apparently I’m 60 years old). This was my sixth JT concert ever and my second in just over three weeks. I told my good friend and concert buddy that my grandest wish was to follow JT around on his concert tour for the rest of the summer.

But since that’s not going to happen, I got the next best thing: to take Doodle to his first concert and introduce him to some live JT. Not only that, but we ended up with box seats, complete with a wait staff serving us concert-themed beverages while we jammed along to pretty much the best music evah.

You can imagine the crowd in Wichita, Kansas going a little crazy during a live version of Wichita Lineman. And even if you’re not a JT fan, Arnold McCuller’s feature on Shower the People will blow you away.

These Soft-Baked M&M Cookies are super soft and chewy, and taste just like the ones you get from the bakery!

Anyway, I made these cookies as a thank-you to my husband’s boss, who was kind enough to pass along the box seats when he found out that I might be the craziest, most die-hard JT fan alive. ;-)

You know these have to be good when my husband, a non-dessert eater, scarfs one down in less than five seconds.

These Soft-Baked M&M Cookies are super soft and chewy, and taste just like the ones you get from the bakery!

As soon as I photographed these bad boys, they were boxed up and ready to send off with the Tall Boy to work. Thank goodness his coworker like sweet treats, or I’d be in some real trouble. My co-workers usually get the shaft on my baked goodies, since I typically do most baking on the weekend, and I work from home Mondays through Wednesdays. So…if I don’t send them out the door on Monday mornings, guess what I’m doing on my lunch breaks?

Yep, sneaking cookies.

These Soft-Baked M&M Cookies are super soft and chewy, and taste just like the ones you get from the bakery!

Soft-Baked M&M Cookies

24 cookies

Soft-Baked M&M Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&Ms (I used mini, but any flavor or size will do)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together both sugars, the shortening , eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch to the butter mixture and blend well. Add in 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the M&M's.
  3. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Press a few more M&Ms onto the tops of the cookies, if desired.
  4. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/soft-baked-mm-cookies/

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Welcome to Wake Up Wednesdays! I’m so glad you are here! You guys bring us so much amazingness every week, it is always so difficult to pick the features. And this week was no exception! There were so many amazing and wonderful things for summer! I can’t wait to see what you guys link up this week.

We are sharing your stuff of social media and pinning to our Wake Up Wednesdays Pinterest Board, so make sure you are following along.

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Does anything say summer more than Strawberry Shortcake? Even better when it’s in the form of a cake roll!

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These Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs seems like SUCH a perfect summer dessert. So fun!

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I’m pretty sure that this Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake came from my dreams

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Two words: Snickerdoodle Cookies. Want. (Okay, that was three words)

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Isn’t this Peach Shortcake gorgeous??

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I love these adorable Folded Patriotic Paper Medallions, so perfect for The Fourth!

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Chocolate Lush

Chocolate, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy to make Chocolate Lush.

Chocolate, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy to make Chocolate Lush.

Last week I posted a recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Lush; a variation of the original Chocolate Lush – neither of which I’d made or heard of before.  I fell in love with the Strawberry Cheesecake version – and many of you did, too.  It’s an easy, simple {no bake!} dessert, perfect for summer potlucks.

I’ve had so many requests for the original version – which boasts a quick and easy nut crust – that I decided to make it and share it with you today.  It’s a tough job, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice. ;-)

Chocolate, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy to make Chocolate Lush.

To make the nut crust, you’ll simply combine 1 cup of flour, 8 tablespoons of melted butter, and 1/2 cup of pecans.  Press the mixture into a 9×13 pan and bake for 15 minutes.  While it’s cooling, make your layers of chocolate and creamy yumminess!

I used my Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Stand Mixer for the cream cheese layer: quite honestly, you can’t go wrong with a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip.

I don’t know what it’s like in your house, but it seems like the minute I turn on my mixer is the precise moment Doodle “needs” something or wants to show me something.  I love that I can walk in the other room and leave it running while I check to see what’s up {usually some new karate move or a make-shift pinpall machine he’s fashioned out of cardboard and bottlecaps}.

Anyhoo, the Hamilton Beach stand mixer boasts a powerful 300-watt motor, and six speeds with a special fold setting.  It’s comparable to Kitchen-Aid, but for just a fraction of the price!  It includes all of the same features, including a stainless steel bowl, flat beater, whisk, and dough hook.  The mixing head spins as it rotates completely in the bowl, ensuring even consistency, and with non-slip feet, your mixer won’t be shaking around all over your counter top.

Chocolate, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy to make Chocolate Lush.

After spreading on the cream cheese layer, I whipped up the chocolate pudding layer: it’s just milk, pudding mix, and Cool Whip.  Super easy and light!  For this, I used my Hamilton Beach SoftScrape Hand Mixer – with this mixer, I’m able to mix quickly and without having to constantly stop to scrape the bowl {huge pet peeve}.

While I love, love, love stand mixers, a hand mixer is a super important small kitchen appliance to have.  I love using my hand mixer when I just need to mix something up quickly – less fuss, hassle, and clean up!  This mixer comes with soft scrape beaters – these specially coated stainless steel beaters won’t scratch your bowls or nonstick pots, and they mix your ingredients thoroughly to reduce manual scraping with a spatula.

The hand mixer also comes with a wire whisk, as well as regular beaters.  I have to admit, one of my favorite things about this mixer is that it comes with its own little storage container for the beaters and whisk.

Chocolate, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and pecans are the perfect combination in this easy to make Chocolate Lush.

Top your dessert with mini-chocolate chips {or more chopped pecans} and you’re good to go!

 I bribed Doodle with a square of this Chocolate Lush by serving as my plate holder, above.  When it comes to desserts, he often eats just a few bites {why can’t that be me??}, but in this case, he ate the whole darn serving!  So this was a definite winner of a dessert at my house.

Chocolate Lush

Chocolate Lush

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, divided
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounce each) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup mini-chocolate chips (or chopped pecans), for topping

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium microwave safe bowl. Stir in 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Press the mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool completely
  2. Next, beat together 1 cup of powdered sugar, the cream cheese, and 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over your cooled crust.
  3. For the next layer, mix together the pudding mix, milk, and another 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top and sprinkle on mini-chocolate chips or nuts.
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/chocolate-lush/

 

XO, Ashley

Hamilton Beach provided me with a stand mixer and a hand mixer to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

 

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Welcome to Wake Up Wednesdays! The day YOU take over our blog!

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Are you loving your summer?? I know I am! I can’t get enough of summer flavors, farmer’s markets and chilling outside until the sun goes down. I find myself rushing home from work every day just so I can take the pup on a long walk. Life is so much more fun with a warm breeze and sunshine on your face! And when it’s hot, does anything taste better than a frozen treat? Lisa put together a frozen treats round up featuring YOUR links from Wake Up Wednesdays!

25 Frozen Treats on wineandglue.com

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On to the features!!

Cherry Lemonade Donuts. Hello, my favorite drink in a donut!

Cherry Lemonade Donuts - these soft baked donuts have a refreshing and light flavor from the lemonade and cherry pieces

Breakfast Tostadas is the perfect way to get my Mexican fix for breakfast.

Breakfast Tostada | cookingwithcurls.com | #vegan #Gemini Cooking with Astrology

Grilled Cherry & Brie Pizza is just what I need to for dinner tonight!

Naan bread is the crust for this tasty pizza.  It’s then topped with creamy brie, fresh , tart cherries and crisp poblano peppers!  www.lemonsforlulu.com

Red, White & Blue Lollipops are so festive! Perfect for 4th of July!

I’ve never met a nacho I didn’t like. Spicy Blacked Shrimp Skillet Nachos are fun and spicy!

Spicy Blackened Shrimp Skillet Nachos. Nachos for grown-ups in just 7 minutes. | MomOnTimeout.com #ad

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp is a great dessert for some of the best summer produce.

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp Recipe ~ Warm, delicious, easy and is just right for breakfast or dessert!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand to make these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll never miss the flour – or butter – in these easy to make cookies. 

You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand to make these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  With just a few simple ingredients, you'll never miss the flour - or butter - in these easy to make cookies.

I’m probably the last person to jump on the flourless baking train.  I just couldn’t imagine how baked goods could taste good without flour, but these cookies have shown me the way.

Not only that, but they were super simple to make, used only a few ingredients {all of which I already had in the pantry}, and took just minutes to mix up.  This is the kind of baking I like to do.

Because when I have a cookie craving, I pretty much want that cookie right now.

You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand to make these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  With just a few simple ingredients, you'll never miss the flour - or butter - in these easy to make cookies.

I spotted this cookie on Sunday flipping through my Cooking Light magazine during a short road trip to my in-laws house. I snapped a picture while we were there of my husband and son, along with my father-in-law and grandfather-in-law.  Grandpa Ben is {almost} 94 years old, still lives at home, drives, works part-time at his church, and plays pool like a pro.  In other words, he’s pretty darn awesome, and we’re so lucky to have him in our lives.

When we got back home, I decided to give these flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies a try.  Since they didn’t require many ingredients and very little prep time, I figured there was no major time loss involved if they didn’t turn out.

Now I’m almost wishing they were a flop, because I ended up eating one straight off of the baking sheet and two more for lunch the next day.  Whoops.

You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand to make these Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  With just a few simple ingredients, you'll never miss the flour - or butter - in these easy to make cookies.

You guys.  I can’t tell you how soft and perfectly salty, peanut buttery and chocolate-y these are.  I used Peanut Butter and Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter in mine.  It is my all-time favorite peanut butter and I always have a jar on hand {not sponsored!  I just really love it}, but any creamy peanut butter will do.

I tweaked the recipe just a bit – the original recipe called for just an egg white.  I wanted my cookies extra soft, so I added in the entire egg, plus a teaspoon of baking soda.  And also a bit of cinnamon, because peanut butter + chocolate + cinnamon = ohemgeegood.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

yields 14 cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Peanut Butter & Co's White Chocolate Wonderful)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Lightly whisk egg in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients, though the baking soda, stirring to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then chill the dough for approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Drop the dough, by approximately 1 tablespoon each, onto prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes - they'll look slightly underbaked, but that's okay. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  4. Makes 14 cookies; store covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Frozen Coconut Berry Pie

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

Have I ever mentioned that I hate milk?  Like, seriously hate.it.

Except for those nine months that I was pregnant and drank chocolate milk every single morning.  Chocolate milk and plain 2 percent milk?  So NOT the same thing.

I remember one weekend at my aunt’s house as a kid…when I got to the table for breakfast on Sunday morning, there was a giant glass of milk right next to my plate.  Of course, my mother raised me to just eat/drink what was presented to me, so I tried to down that milk with a smile on my face.  The smile sort of turned into an attempt not to upchuck all over the table, and fortunately my cousin rescued me by graciously offering to drink the milk for me.

I later learned that my cousin consumed so much milk in a week that my aunt and uncle started rationing it out, so it turns out I was actually the one doing him a favor.

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

To this day, I still can’t bring myself to drink plain milk.  However, coconut milk has become one of my favorite things.  I put it in my oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, and rice – pretty much everything I can think of.  I really kinda love it.

And lately, I’ve been putting it in pies.

Also?  Silk Coconutmilk in pies topped with fresh summer berries?  It practically screams good for you, does it not? ;-)

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

I found this recipe on a card in my grandmother’s old recipe box, but it’s not in her handwriting, so I don’t know who’s recipe it was originally.  Quite honestly, I’m thrilled to have found it and made it, particularly since the Tall Boy won’t eat coconut.  That means I get it all to myself.

This Frozen Coconut Berry Pie was so easy to make – and you could speed up the process even more by using a store-bought graham cracker crust.  But if you have 20 extra minutes, make your own instead.  I added some shredded coconut into the crust and it gave the pie a little extra “oomph.”  That, combined with Silk Coconutmilk in the filling, pushed this easy, tropical, summertime pie right to the edge of awesome.

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

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Silk Coconutmilk is available in three flavors: Unsweetened, Vanilla & Original. It’s an awesome milk substitute that is dairy  free and perfect for a vegan or vegetarian diet. Visit Silk’s Website for a coupon and find more recipe inspiration.  You can find more recipe ideas on the Coconut Recipes Pinterest Board.

Frozen Coconut Berry Pie

Frozen Coconut Berry Pie

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 12 full-sized graham crackers (yields about 2 cups crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the pie:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup Silk Coconutmilk (original or unsweetened)
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Crush the graham crackers into crumbs using a food processor (or smash with a rolling pin inside of a large ziploc bag). Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, and combine with the sugar and coconut. Add in the 6 tablespoons of melted butter, and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated and look wet.
  2. Press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate and bake at 375 F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is dry and fragrant. Allow to cool completely before adding your filling.
  3. For the filling:
  4. Beat softened cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add 1/2 cup Silk Coconutmilk and beat until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the shredded coconut and almond extract. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  5. Spoon into graham cracker crust and freeze until firm, or about 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before cutting. Store any leftovers in the freezer.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/frozen-coconut-berry-pie/

From a flaked coconut-studded graham cracker crust to a creamy coconut filling, this Frozen Coconut Berry Pie is the ultimate in simple summer desserts!

XO, Ashley

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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