Easy Cheese Danish {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}

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I have been so excited to share this recipe with you for an Easy Cheese Danish.  It is a Starbucks copycat recipe and I know you are going to love it.  I had never tried this kind of danish before, but one day when we were at Starbucks my husband made me take a bite of his.  I actually liked it.  A lot.  I get cravings for them now.  We are out of town right now at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville and I might have had one already.  I mean there is a Starbucks right here in the lobby.  How convenient is that??!!

If you ask me, the more cream cheese filling the better so I load these suckers up.  You can adjust it to your liking very easily.

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Let me know what you think when you try these.  We love them!  🙂

Easy Cheese Danish {Starbucks Copycat Recipe}
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 can Crescent rolls
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ Tbsp. of beaten egg
Egg Wash
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat your cream cheese and sugar until nice and creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla and beaten egg; mix until well combined.
  4. Open and unfold your crescent rolls. You will want to create squares by putting two triangles together and pinching together the seams to make one square. Do this with the whole can.
  5. Once your squares are made, spoon your cream cheese filling into the center of each square. Fill to your liking, but don't overfill as it will run out the sides when baking.
  6. Make egg wash by combining 1 egg and 1 Tbsp of water in a small bowl and beat.
  7. Brush the edges of each pastry square with the egg wash. Fold each corner in towards the center until they almost touch each other. You can also connect them if you want.
  8. Transfer each pastry to the lined baking sheet. Do this very carefully!
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 danish

 

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies

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My biggest challenge is that I like something sweet after each meal.  Oh, and I might also tend to graze the kitchen throughout the day.  I am always going through there to do laundry or other tasks.  It is just so easy to grab a cookie or snack.  I knew I needed to come up with some healthier options that were still just as convenient.  In comes these amazing Skinny Banana Bread Cookies.

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These cookies are so delicious.  I have a confession to make.  I don’t handle moderation very well.  I am an all or none kind of girl.  At least with these cookies I know that I am eating something healthy rather than junk.  That makes me feel good even on the days when the scale doesn’t move and I know I ate  about 10 of these.  😉

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This recipe came together because, as you know, I have a sincere love of Oatmeal Raisin cookies, or bars or milkshakes…  The list could go on and on.  I wanted something that would fit my craving.  I started playing around and came up with these.  They are absolutely delicious.  It proved to me that healthy can be very tasty.  😉

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Do these not look just absolutely scrumptious??  I am fighting the urge to head into the kitchen right now and scarf down the whole container full.

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Don’t you love a recipe that feels sinful when you eat it but it’s actually healthy?  I do!

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies
 
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Serves: 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 very ripe large banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, banana, honey, egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  5. Now stir in the oats and raisins.
  6. Drop Tablespoon size cookies onto a parchment lined or greased baking pan.
  7. Flatten slightly with your spatula.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
* You can make oat flour by putting old-fashioned oats in your food processor and process until it becomes a powder.
* You can also take out the raisins to cut more sugar.

 

Chinese Fried Rice

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We love eating out.  Some nights just scream for a meal away from home.  You know what I mean.  It’s been a super busy or stressful day and you just don’t feel like cooking and cleaning up the mess afterward.  Some weeks I have more days like that than I care to admit.  For the most part though, I cook at home and I love it.  We have lots of favorite things that we get when we eat out and I love coming home and finding recipes that are similar or creating my own.  It is definitely cheaper to cook for a family of five than to take us all out to eat.  We have two teenage boys.  Need I say more?

Fried rice is one of the boys favorite foods.  They love it.  I try to add it into the family meal rotation at least once a month.  It really is easy to make, although I tend to be very messy when I make it.  I guess I get a little wild with mixing and tossing my rice around in the skillet.  ha! ha!

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This recipe has garlic in it.  It makes everything better.  We use it ALL the time.  I buy it in huge containers from our local Costco store.  I highly recommend you pick it up.  Most of the time this is what I use when a recipe calls for garlic.  I know it would be better for me to chop up fresh garlic, but I am all about making things easier and faster.  This is what the garlic looks like.  It may vary by location, but that is what we have around here.  We go through a couple of those jars a month.  I told you we love garlic!

Anyway, I wanted to share our Chinese Fried Rice recipe.  This is really close to what we get at our favorite local Chinese place.  Try it.  I think you’ll love it!

Chicken Fried Rice
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 pound cooked & chopped boneless, skinless chicken breasts(marinated in soy sauce)
  • 2 cups peas & carrots, frozen
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup gluten free soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 8 cups cooked rice.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic, peas, and carrots.
  4. Stiry fry until tender.
  5. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and then add to stir fry. Mix throughout vegetables.
  6. Add rice and chicken.
  7. Stir in soy sauce and mix. Remove from heat and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5

Have a great weekend!