Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 17 of 2017

Top 17 of 2017 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We survived 2017. There were plenty of days when I it seemed like it might all fall apart, but we’ve been granted one more year. If we’re going to get through this year, we’re going to need lots of comfort food to keep us from completely losing our minds. Here were your favorite recipes from 2017.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

Peanut Butter Fudge

My mom’s peanut butter fudge is back on top this year, and now I’m feeling sad that I didn’t make any. Must change that.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Can we come up with an excuse for a party so I can make these again?

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing beats a classic.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

This drink is the bee’s knees. 

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Passion Fruit Green Tea

It’s like the flavor of summertime.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Chocolate Muffins

For when you absolutely positively have to have chocolate for breakfast.

Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

All my efforts as a meatloaf evangelist are finally starting to pay off. This one’s filled with mozzarella and topped with tomato sauce, and it’s bad ass.

 

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

Chicken Parmsan

Always and forever a household favorite.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

Our Thanksgiving tradition is still going strong. No one has not loved it.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttery Nipple Milkshake

Sign me up for a boozy cocktail milkshake any day of the week.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

Brown Elephant Cocktail 

Amarula forever!

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Cheddar Fondue

Gooey cheese is one of the four main food groups, right?

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cornbread Topped Chili Mac

I always look forward to eating this. Opt for the extra spicy chili.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

Best deliciousness to time/effort ratio of all time.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

This is the third meatloaf on the list, and I’m not mad at it.

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Just try and stop eating this.

Strawberry Soju Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Strawberry Soju Slushie

Mixing Korean spirits with fresh berries? What could go wrong?

Happy 2018, friends. Don’t forget to be awesome.

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21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

21 Awesome Cookie Recipes

My daughter is 17 this year, and we’re definitely making cookies for Santa. This is not something I force on her, but something she requests, year in and year out. Will there be a letter as well? I certainly hope so. I can’t remember who said it first, but I fully believe those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. 

Can magic come in the form of homemade cookies? I think it can. Especially at this time of year. Here are 21 awesome cookie recipes to bring some magic to your holiday season.

  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. No-Fail Sugar Cookies
  4. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
  5. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
  6. Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies
  7. Lofthouse Cookie Bars
  8. Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
  9. Chocofied Peanut Butter Cookies
  10. Cheater Shortbread
  11. Caramel Studded Snickerdoodles
  12. Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
  13. Jam Tarts
  14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
  15. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  16. Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
  17. Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel No-Bake Cookies
  18. Nutella No-Bake Cookies
  19. Monster Cookie Bars
  20. Chocolate Wafer Cookies
  21. Gingerbread Dudes

Life needs more cookies and more magic.

Cranberry Bakewell Tart | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

Cranberry Bakewell Tart | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m finally free from work for over two weeks, and I have to say, I feel great. I’m ready to get all blissed out on holiday treats, maybe drink some Bailey’s while watching Elf. I’m ready to decorate some ugly Christmas cookies with my child who, thankfully, is never to old for a bit of Christmas magic. Thankfully, she’s much more sensible about the eating of these cookies. I fully intend to eat at least one too many.

And under no circumstances will I be dieting, or even feeling guilty about it. There will be time enough for that in January. Maybe my New Year’s resolution this year should be to stop feeling guilty about everything. Would people even know me? Maybe they’d actually like me. 

Cranberry Bakewell Tart | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve got a treat for you today that will make us all universally popular. This Cranberry Bakewell Tart is a beautiful winter version of this sweet treat. A fat wedge of this along side a steaming cup of tea is exactly when you need when you come in from the cold after a long day. It also keeps well so it’s great to share with holiday visitors. Ours lasted a week. (Maybe don’t mention we didn’t have any visitors in that time. We may have eaten it all ourselves.)

This recipe may look daunting on paper as there are three different components involved, but I assure you, they’re all quite simple. It’s just some pie crust, an almond filling, and some royal icing. Oh, and pick up some adorable sugar decorations at the grocery store just for fun. 

Cranberry Bakewell Tart | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s all be totally chill this holiday season and eat as much Cranberry Bakewell Tart as we want. I’m into it. 

Cranberry Bakewell Tart
Serves 10
Cranberry Bakewell Tart is a sweet wintry treat for you and all your friends.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
For the crust
  1. 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup ground almonds
  3. 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  4. 4.5 ounces butter, cold and cut into chunks
  5. 1 egg
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. Approximately 3 tablespoons ice water
For the filling
  1. 4.5 ounces butter
  2. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. zest of 1 clementine
  5. 1-1/4 cups ground almonds
  6. 1 cup smooth cranberry sauce
For the icing
  1. 1 packet egg white powder (equivalent of 1 egg white)
  2. 2 teaspoons warm water
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. Juice of 1 clementine
  5. Additional juice or water to reach desired consistency
For the crust
  1. Put the flour, ground almonds, and powdered sugar into the bowl of your food processor and pulse to combine and work out any lumps. Add your cold butter chunks and pulse until the butter is incorporated. It may look a bit like wet sand.
  2. Beat together the egg, salt, and 3 tablespoons ice water. With your food processor running, slowly add this mixture down the chute. Process your mixture until it just starts to come together. You may need to add a bit more ice water to make this happen.
  3. Turn your dough out onto some plastic wrap. Give it a bit of a smoosh to make it all come together, then shape it into a disc, wrap it tightly, and stash it in the fridge while you make the filling. You can make the dough the night before if you wish.
For the filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and dig out your 10 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
  2. Melt your butter and let it cool slightly.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and zest. Add melted butter and whisk to combine. Finally, mix in the ground almonds.
  4. Roll out your dough to fit your tart pan. Lay the dough in and trim the edges. Prick the dough all over with a fork.
  5. Spread the cranberry sauce over the bottom of the the tart. I didn't measure. I just spooned and spread.
  6. Next pour the the filling into the pan and gently spread it evenly making sure it goes all the way the edge and covers all the jam.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes. It will be brown and puffy when you take it out of the oven (hopefully not as brown as mine was), but will flatten out as it cools.
  8. Allow your tart to cool completely before icing.
For the icing
  1. Put the egg white powder and warm water into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until it becomes foamy and eventually forms soft peaks. Add the powdered sugar and clementine juice and mix until it comes together. You may need to add more water or orange juice to get the right consistency. You want this to be thick but not pasty.
  2. Spread the icing onto your tart. Add cute little decorations if you got 'em.
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
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