How to Make Cookie Cups with Nestle Toll House #‎CookieDoughSheets‬ #ad

**Full Disclosure: Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s post.  All opinions are my own.

How to Make Cookie Cups |

I’ve seen Cookie Cups all over Pinterest but every time I’ve attempted them, I’ve failed … until now!  I have finally figured out how to make cookie cups and I want to share my tricks!

What You’ll Need (just for the cookie cups):

How to Make Cookie Cups:

  1. Thoroughly spray the mini cupcake pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open a package of Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough Sheets (there will be two sheets of dough which is more than enough for 24 mini cookie cups).
  3. Use a knife to cut both sheets into squares (about 1 inch by 2 inches).
  4. Roll each square into a ball.
  5. Bake for 10-13 minutes.
  6. Using your spoon, press the dough from the middle into the sides to form a cup.  (Note: If the dough is not completely cooked, put it back in the oven.  If they are done, let them cool.)
  7. After the cookie cups are cooled, use the plastic knife (or spoon) and pop each cup out of the mini cupcake pan.
  8. Fill as desired.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!

Making Cookie Cups |

I took my cookie cups and stuffed them with a whipped topping and pudding mixture to make little Spring treats!

Stuffed Cookie Cups |

4.9 from 8 reviews
Spring Cookie Cups
  • Cookie Cups
  • 1 package Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1 small package Pudding (I used chocolate.)
  • 1 container Vanilla Frosting
  • Orange food gel
  • Rips candy, cut on the ridges (or any other green, stick-like candy)
  1. Prepare pudding as directed.
  2. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Fill cookie cups with the mixture.
  4. Mix vanilla frosting with orange food gel.
  5. Using a zipper baggie, put orange dots on the pudding mixture in the cookie cups.
  6. Add green candy behind the orange dot (this makes a 'carrot'!).
  7. Serve and ENJOY!

Easter Cookies |

Which of these Nestle Toll House recipes do you like best?

Easy Mini Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Easy Chicken and Waffles Recipe |

From what I hear Chicken and Waffles is a Southern thing.  I’ve never seen it on any menu in Texas, though, and I wanted to try it!  Because Super Bowl Sunday was fast approaching, I thought ‘why not make these bite-sized appetizers’ as part of our game day food table.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Chicken and Waffles Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 1 box Mini Waffles, thawed
  • 24 Chick-fil-A Nuggets
  • Maple Dijon Dipping Sauce, optional
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400°
  2. On a large cookie sheet, place 4-6 sets of waffles (thawed) and 8-12 Chick-fil-A nuggets (if cold).
  3. Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Cut the mini waffles apart.
  5. Stack a mini waffle, chicken nugget and another mini waffle together.
  6. Put a toothpick through the middle.
  7. Serve and ENJOY!

Chicken and Waffles |

These little appetizers were just delicious and OH BOY were they a huge hit!!

I made 24 mini Chicken and Waffles and they were all gone in record time.  (As you can see below, a few were taken before I had time to get my camera out!)

Chicken & Waffles Appetizer |

I’ll definitely be making these again and again!  And I think maybe I’ll even serve these mini Chicken and Waffles for dinner with a nice salad.

Would you make mini Chicken and Waffles?

A few more appetizer ideas:

Mock-Champagne for New Year’s Eve

I’ve never been much of a night owl but my husband and kids are.  They especially like to stay up and ring in the new year so I try really hard to stay awake with them.  We usually play games, watch the countdown on TV and munch on snack foods – it’s really nothing special but we have a great time doing it.

This year though, I want to make it special.  I want my boys to put our New Year’s Eve traditions in their memory banks so they can recreate them with their kids.  My plan is basically the same as it has been in years past, but this year I want to implement the New Year’s Eve balloon countdown and make mock-champagne.  I think it’s going to be a blast!

Mock-Champagne |


5.0 from 2 reviews
Mock-Champagne for New Year's Eve
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Ginger Ale - I use Canada Dry
  • 26 fl. oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 32 fl. oz. White Grape Juice
  1. In a large punch bowl or pitcher, mix 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice and white grape juice.
  2. Chill.
  3. ENJOY!
Try using Cherry 7-Up in place of Canada Dry to add a hint of cherry and take it up a notch!

How to make mock-champagne |

If you don’t plan on serving the mock-champagne all at once, mix the pineapple and white grape juices but add the Canada Dry Ginger Ale (or Cherry 7-Up) before distribute the drink that way the soda doesn’t lose as much carbonation.

Mock-Champagne is scrumptious!!  And you’ll probably need more than one glass!

Mock-Champagne for New Year's Eve |

What do you do for New Year’s Eve?

Baked Sausage and Potatoes {#Recipe}

Baked Sausage and Potatoes Recipe |

A friend gave me her version of Baked Sausage and Potatoes.  I tweaked it and made it work for my family.

The first time I made this recipe, my husband and kids scarfed it up!  I didn’t think my boys would like it but they ate one bowl and then went for more.  I can’t say I blame them, though, because the potatoes are super soft and the sausage is full of flavor!

A meal that takes less than 10 minutes to prep is something I am all for!  Baked Sausage and Potatoes cooks for up to an hour in the oven, but I don’t have to stand in the kitchen mixing and flipping.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Baked Sausage and Potatoes
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 pkg (2 links) Turkey Sausage - I use Butterball everyday hardwood smoked - sliced
  • 6-8 potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • Fiesta Uncle Chris Gourmet Steak Seasoning, to taste
  • 1 can of veggies (green beans, peas, etc), drained - optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°
  2. In a 9x13 baking dish, drizzle olive oil .
  3. Slice the turkey sausage and throw it on top of the olive oil.
  4. Dice the potatoes and throw them in on top of the sausage.
  5. If you are going to add veggies, drain the can and throw them in on top of the sausage.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Cover tightly with foil.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  9. ENJOY!

We like green beans, so I add them almost every time I make Baked Sausage and Potatoes.  But if your family doesn’t like them, swap ‘em out for any veggie you want or leave out the vegetables all together.

Sausage and Potatoes Recipe |

Would you make Baked Sausage and Potatoes?  Which veggie would you add?

Here’s another one pot dish you might enjoy: No Boil Baked Ziti!