These mini rainbow cheesecake bites have a hidden piece of gold on the bottom – a golden Oreo. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
For St. Patrick’s Day last year, I made Hidden Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes which had gold colored cores hidden inside and rainbows on top to lead the way. Added to my repertoire this year are these mini rainbow cheesecake bites with a hidden piece of gold underneath, in the form of a golden Oreo! A marshmallow crispie golden Oreo in fact, but any golden Oreo variety will suffice.
These vibrantly colored treats are made by dividing the cheesecake mixture into 6 small bowls, dying them according to the rainbow, and then spooning each in rainbow order into a mini cheesecake pan. Don’t have a mini cheesecake pan? You can use a cupcake pan with cupcake liners but they will be slightly bigger cheesecakes and therefore yield less than 12.
One year ago: Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes
Three years ago: Irish Car Bomb Brownies
MINI RAINBOW CHEESECAKE BITES
Makes 12 mini cheesecakes
12 Golden Oreos (I used Marshmallow Crispie Creme Oreos)
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup (2 oz.) vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Twist Oreos apart and set aside the cookie-only halves. Place the Oreo-creme halves in the bottom of a lightly greased 12 mini cheesecake cup pan, creme-side up.
- In a large bowl with an electric beater, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Stir in the Greek yogurt until incorporated.
- Divide mixture into 6 small bowls (about 1/4 cup each). Add food coloring to make purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.
- Starting with purple or red, spoon approximately 1 teaspoon into the center each cup, repeat with each color in rainbow order. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheesecake is cooked through. Let cool completely.
- Remove cheesecakes from pan and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Decorate with whipped cream, sprinkles, and leftover Oreo cookie halves if desired.
Source: Adapted from my Mini Cherry-Lime Greek Yogurt Cheesecakes.
Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make for dinner. The obsession first started with the novelty of making my own pizza in whatever shape or size you desired (at one of my birthday parties there were elephants, butterflies, monkeys, etc). Then came the endless possible combinations with different sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Finally there were the different kinds of dough. It started out simple enough with regular, thin, and whole wheat, but then morphed into more creative outlets such as stuffed crust, garlic bread crust, garlic dough, rosemary beer dough, Greek yogurt dough and even Cauliflower Crust. While most people are debating between sausage or pepperoni, I am still trying to decide on the base let alone the toppings.
To make my life even more difficult I created another new dough option, spinach dough just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Although pizza doesn’t normally come to mind when thinking of this holiday the green color couldn’t be more perfect, accomplished by adding pureed spinach to my regular pizza dough recipe. It’s also a sneaky way to trick any kids nearby into eating a little spinach because it adds more color than flavor, and what kid doesn’t enjoy oddly colored food? Just tell them it’s food coloring ;-).
This dough could also be used to make a Christmas pizza – red pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese on top of a green dough. Heck you could use supreme pizza toppings and dub them “ornaments”. Haha oh I’m so witty. But since we don’t want to rush off into winter now that we’ve finally caught a glimpse of spring, stick around for Wednesday when I’ll tell you how to make a “Leprechaun Pizza” using this spinach pizza dough, pictured below.
Complete recipe roundup for St. Patrick’s Day. With your favorites corned beef and cabbage, as well as some new fun ideas such as Guinness Bread and Hidden Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes!
I get excited to cook for St. Patrick’s Day every year. Usually I cook up a vat of food an invite all my friends over, and not only is it a colorful holiday but I get to mix alcohol in every aspect of the meal from bread, to meat, and even infused desserts. Last year I made the cutest cupcakes ever, shown above, which I dubbed “Hidden Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes” as they have a golden core hidden beneath a rainbow. Wanna know what I have hidden up my sleeve this year? Stay tuned throughout this week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day as I will be posting new recipes every day, and subsequently adding them to this list.
One year ago: Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie
Two years ago: Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza
Three years ago: Apple Harvest Oatmeal
APPETIZERS & SIDES
- Guinness Bread with Honey Butter (pictured)
- Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Smoked Paprika
- Roasted Cabbage with Lemon
- Beef with Barley Soup
- Cheddar Baked Potato Soup
- Corned Beef with Blackberry Mustard Glaze
- Corned Beef with Honey Marmalade Mustard Glaze
- Hoisin Glazed Corned Beef (pictured)
- Leprechaun Pizza
- Spinach Pizza Dough
- Split-Pea Soup
- Brownie Covered Oreo Pops (use yellow-creme filled Spring Oreos and festive sprinkles)
- Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies (with shamrock press)
- Gluten-Free Green Velvet Cake Balls
- Hidden Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes (pictured)
- Irish Car Bomb Brownies
- Irish Car Bomb Mini Cheesecake Bites
- Key Lime Greek Yogurt Pie
- Mini Rainbow Cheesecake Bites
- Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies (use green food coloring)
- Red Velvet Crème Brulee Cupcakes (use green food coloring)
- Red Velvet Molten Lava Cakes (use green food coloring)
- Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats (use green food coloring)
- Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies (use green food coloring)
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (use green food coloring)
- Stuffed Red Velvet Truffles (use green food coloring)
- Small Batch Green Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sweet Swirl Cookies (use green and yellow/gold food coloring)
This light and fluffy key lime pie is a great variation from the original. A homemade graham cracker crust holds a light and fluffy whipped cream-Greek yogurt filling with a perfect green color and tropical lime flavor.
With Mardi Gras behind us it is time to focus on yet another holiday – St. Patrick’s Day! This holiday is one of my favorites to cook for so prepare yourself for plenty of green and rainbow colored foods to feast your eyes upon. However, as you know I am not a fan of minty foods so there will be no shamrock shakes or grasshoppers. Thankfully there are plenty of other delicious green things to distract you from the absence of mint. For starters, how about this Key Lime Greek Yogurt Pie? I took your favorite key lime pie and made fluffy with the use of frozen whipped topping and lighter with Greek yogurt. Don’t be surprised if this serves less than 8 people, it disappears quick!
Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.
With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.
One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
Most of you are super excited for another week to finally be over and are looking forward to the weekend. For me every day is the weekend so it’s just another day, in a good way. I actually do have weekend plans though, as I am going to see a play on Sunday with my parents called The Trip to Bountiful. It has received great reviews so I look forward to seeing it. Guess that means I will miss the Academy Awards… oh well.
One thing to look forward to once your weekend is over is Mardi Gras! Also known as the perfect excuse to drink on a weekday (along with Cinco de Mayo, July 4th, St. Patrick’s Day, life, etc.). After compiling this roundup it became evident that I need to work on my stock of Mardi Gras recipes. Only
twelve fourteen!? Disgraceful. Evidently my taste buds don’t celebrate this holiday as much as the others. At least the recipes I do have are keepers, and I’ll be posting at least one more by Tuesday.
One year ago: Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin
Two years ago: Homemade Almond Butter
Three years ago: Over Easy Breakfast Bagel Sandwich
- 90-Minute Whole Wheat King Cake Cinnamon Rolls
- Bananas Foster Pancakes (pictured)
- Banana Pecan Waffles
- Gluten-Free Bananas Foster Muffins
- King Pancakes
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pizza
- Cajun Mac & Cheese
- Guiltless Cajun Chicken Alfredo (pictured)
- Red Beans and Rice
- Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese
- Bananas Foster Cream Pie
- Bananas Foster Mini Cheesecakes
- Gluten-Free Green Velvet Cake Balls (pictured)
- Mini Bananas Foster Ice Cream Pies
This cookbook was compiled by a New Orleans newspaper, as it became a post-Katrina swapping place for old recipes that were lost in the storm. With 250 authentic recipes including their background stories, this cookbook contains the very best of New Orleans cuisine. Seems like a great cookbook choice for this month, especially with Mardi Gras next week.
I decided to divide up the bananas foster ice cream into six individual mini pies. They were really easy to make: just scoop the ice cream into the pie crusts, freeze, and right before serving you whip up the bananas foster. My parents had never actually had bananas foster before and they really enjoyed their pies. Just make sure to serve immediately as that hot bananas foster starts melting the ice cream!
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Some of you already planned on cooking dinner for two this evening. But for those of you who cancelled your reservations due to inclement weather and are now scrambling, you’ve come to the right place! In order to cater to your every need, I compiled a list of my single- and two-serving dinner and dessert recipes that I thought wold be great choices for tonight. Obviously you’ll have to double the single-serving recipes but that shouldn’t cause too much panic. I even threw in some breakfast ideas for tomorrow morning ;-).
Two years ago: Raspberry Hugs Cheesecake Blossoms
Three years ago: Sweet Swirl Cookies
- 90 Second English Muffin
- Almond Pear Panino
- Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- Apple Cranberry Oatmeal
- Apple-Walnut Pancakes with Brown Sugar Greek Yogurt
- Bacon, Egg and Avocado Taco
- Baked Eggs with Crispy Hash Brown Crust
- Banana Bread French Toast
- Breakfast Crème Brulee
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal
- Cherry Vanilla Almond Overnight Oatmeal
- Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Egg in a Hole Waffles
- Nutella Smoothie
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie
- Steel Cut Oatmeal with Bananas & Cobbler Topping
- Vegan Buckeye Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup (pictured)
- Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Avocado Cream Sauce
- Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas
- Chicken Taco Salad with Quesadilla Strips
- Chicken Taco Stack
- Cream Cheese and Bell Pepper Stuffed Chicken
- Creamy Chicken and Herb Skillet (pictured)
- Creamy Ricotta Spinach & Shells
- Farfalle with Zucchini and Ricotta
- Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs
- Orange Chicken with Asparagus
- Oven-Fried Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Lime Creme and Healthier Elote
- Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Roasted Broccoli
- Peach Chicken with Balsamic Glaze
- Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone
- Simple Chicken & Sweet Pepper Stir Fry
- Spaghetti Avocado
- Spicy Thai Noodles with Tofu
- Stuffed Flank Steak with Potato Cakes
- Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Crispy Kale
- Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake
- Vegetable Fried Rice for One
- Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake
- Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Peeps Cupcakes for Two
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
- Cinnamon-Blueberry Bread Pudding
- Funfettinutter Cupcakes for Two
- Jumbo Reese’s Heart Stuffed Cookie
- Meyer Lemon Curd Cupcakes for Two (pictured)
- Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Oreo Crumbs
- Pumpkin Crème Brulee
- Red Velvet Mug Cake
- Single Serving Apple Crumble
- Single Serving Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
- S’mores Jar Cake for One
- Vanilla Bean-Nutmeg Shake with Blackberry Swirl
Remember during November when I shared a Thanksgiving dinner for two on Single Serving Sunday? Well I had originally intended to do a Valentine’s dinner for two today, but slacked off and only made dessert. It’s still a dessert for two, making it a perfect dessert for you and a special someone to enjoy together.
These cupcakes were inspired by my strawberry stuffed cupcakes I made awhile back which were a huge hit – white cupcakes with a whole strawberry stuffed inside and topped with fresh strawberry buttercream. But this time around the cupcakes are chocolate, making them chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes! In case that isn’t good enough, they are also topped with chocolate dipped strawberry flavored Peeps.
Two years ago: Cinnamon-Blueberry Bread Pudding