8 Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes

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Are you looking for baked macaroni cheese recipes?  I have a tasty round-up of 8 baked recipes plus 3 bonus non-baked mac & cheese recipes you can try to tempt your taste buds.  Mac & Cheese is one of those ultimate comfort foods, so serve one of these recipes as a side or as the main event for your next meal.

5 Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes:

  1. Baked Macaroni & Cheese Freezer Recipe by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  2. Ina’s Macaroni & Cheese by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
  3. Muffin Tin Mac n Cheese Bites by Lori’s Culinary Creations
  4. Macaroni Corn Bake by Stockpiling Moms
  5. Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese by Views from the Ville
  6. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese by Paints and Paws
  7. Pumpkin Head Beer Macaroni & Cheese by Paints and Paws
  8. Country Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe by Melissa’s Bargains

Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe

If you like Mac & Cheese, here are 3 more recipes you may want to try:

*On the Stove* Homemade Macaroni & Cheese Recipe by A Mom’s Take
*Slow Cooker* Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe by The Coupon Challenge
*Healthy Alternative* Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese by Mom on Dealz

Macaroni & Cheese is an easy meal that is sure to please everyone in your family.  If serving as a main dish, I like to add a nice garden salad and warm bread – YUM!

What are your favorite Baked Macaroni Cheese Recipes?

You might also like these Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes – cook your chicken in the crock pot while your mac & cheese bakes in the oven!

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Basic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Basic Peanut Butter Cookies recipe
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Are you looking for a tasty Basic Peanut Butter Cookies recipe?  These cookies are chewy, delicious and sure to be a new family favorite.

Basic Peanut Butter Cookies:

Ingredients:

½ cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
Turbino sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft and smooth. Cream together with the sugars, then mix in the peanut butter and egg.
  2. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll 1-inch balls and flatten with the back of a fork to make a criss cross pattern.
  5. Sprinkle with the turbino sugar.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, before transferring to a wire rack.
  8. Store leftovers in an air tight container.
Basic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Turbino sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until soft and smooth. Cream together with the sugars, then mix in the peanut butter and egg.
  2. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll 1-inch balls and flatten with the back of a fork to make a criss cross pattern.
  5. Sprinkle with the turbino sugar.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet, before transferring to a wire rack.
  8. Store leftovers in an air tight container.

 

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Easy Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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This Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe is amazingly delicious and more than a little addicting. A perfect creamy filling and icing for layered cakes or to top your favorite cupcake recipe. Spread a thin layer on brownies or scoop some between a couple of chocolate chip cookies.

If you are a coffee lover like I am, this rich and tasty icing is a must have for your recipe arsenal. I love using it to top a dark chocolate cupcake or even carrot cake flavor. Homemade Buttercream Icing can take a box mix from so-so to over the top, the extra jolt of coffee flavor makes it doubly decadent. Substitute almond or hazelnut extract for vanilla for another layer of flavor. To pipe icing on using a decorator bag, thicken it by using more powdered sugar.

* Icing Tip- to load bag roll it halfway down over a glass and fill, roll bag back up and press icing down from top with even pressure, start on the outside and work your way inward.

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Ingredients:

½ to 1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules, dissolved into 1 Tbsp. half and half
1 stick of butter, softened
1-1 lb. box of powdered sugar
¼ cup half and half
1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl cream butter until smooth, beat in powdered sugar on low speed until well combined.
  2. Stir in instant coffee, vanilla, half and half and whip until thoroughly mixed and fluffy on a medium-high setting.
  3. If you prefer a thicker icing add more powdered sugar, for a looser consistency add additional half and half.
Coffee Buttercream Frosting Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • ½ to 1 Tbsp. instant coffee granules, dissolved into 1 Tbsp. half and half
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1-1 lb. box of powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl cream butter until smooth, beat in powdered sugar on low speed until well combined.
  2. Stir in instant coffee, vanilla, half and half and whip until thoroughly mixed and fluffy on a medium-high setting.
  3. If you prefer a thicker icing add more powdered sugar, for a looser consistency add additional half and half.
Notes
*Allow butter to soften but do not melt in the microwave

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White Chocolate Cupcakes

White Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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Mmm, cupcakes!

I have a love of cupcakes and my hubby has a love for white chocolate. That makes these White Chocolate Cupcakes a perfect combination of yummy goodness in my house!

White Chocolate Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

1 cup Classic White Chocolate Chips
6 ounces White Chocolate Baking Bar
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together 3/4 cup butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add half the milk mixture, mixing on low speed. Mix in remaining milk mixture, and the dry ingredients, alternating until all incorporated.
  3. Pour into cupcake liners. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Recommended frosting: Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe.  I used a Wilton 1M tip for these cupcakes.

White Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Classic White Chocolate Chips
  • 6 ounces White Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 1¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with 12 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together ¾ cup butter and 1½ cups sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add half the milk mixture, mixing on low speed. Mix in remaining milk mixture, and the dry ingredients, alternating until all incorporated.
  3. Pour into cupcake liners. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

 

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Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe

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Easy Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe

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Maybe because its snowing, or maybe because of the sub-zero temperatures we’re having this week, but I am CRAVING comfort food. Warm, cozy and carbohydrate-y, yes please! When I was asked to write a post about my favorite crockpot recipe from Dollar General, I knew what I wanted to make: Mac n Cheese.

Pay no mind to the fact that I’d never actually made Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese or shopped at the Dollar General for food items. I was excited to try both – and the results were great!

I hit up my local Dollar General for ingredients. Did you know that they not only have great prices on pantry items and shelf stable products, but have refrigerated/frozen items too?! I was able to pick up cheese, milk, a roll of sausage and a box of pasta for the recipe I wanted to try.

I also grabbed a few “snow day” items like eggs, pop tarts, peanuts and D batteries. Their Clover Valley brand is well priced and all the Clover Valley items I purchased tasted great comparable to the national brands, really.

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Slow Cooker Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Total Time: 2-3 hr, 10 min.
Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 2-3 hr
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) butter, sliced
3 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese (from a block, not pre-shredded)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 lb. mild sausage, browned (optional)

Directions

  1. Boil the macaroni in a saucepan for 7 minutes. Noodles should be al dente. Drain.
  2. Add butter, sour cream, salt, milk, mustard and pepper to crock pot.
  3. Add pasta, sausage and cheese, stir well.
  4. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meal is done when cheese is melted and edges are starting to get crispy.

Enjoy!

**I did end up using pre-shredded cheese because that is what I had, but I highly suggest grating your own from a block – it melts better. Ours ended up a bit grainy. But still delicious :)

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Easy Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe
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This Chocolate Buttercream icing recipe is simple and delicious – it should definitely be added to your recipe box for anytime you need a filling or frosting for your favorite cake or cupcakes. It’s a simple sweet and creamy mixture that makes even box cake mixes special.

I use this to fill a layered Devil’s food cake as well as frost the entire thing. If you are going to be piping it on with a decorating bag simply add a bit more powdered sugar to make it thicker and it will hold its shape better. This is the type of icing that forms a light “crust” when it sits.

Icing can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks, just whip for a minute to loosen. For tasty flavor variations use almond extract in place of vanilla.  You can also use hazelnut or raspberry to create new and delicious flavors.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe

Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe:

Ingredients
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1b. Box of confectioners sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make sure you butter is softened but not melted, melted butter will ruin the consistency of this icing.
  2. Cream butter until smooth and slightly whipped.
  3. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, on low until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Mix in cocoa powder, half vanilla, and half and half.
  5. Continue to beat mixture until fluffy and smooth on a medium-high setting.
  6. Add more powdered sugar for a thicker consistency or more half and half to loosen the icing.
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Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1b. Box of confectioners sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make sure you butter is softened but not melted, melted butter will ruin the consistency of this icing.
  2. Cream butter until smooth and slightly whipped.
  3. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, on low until thoroughly incorporated.
  4. Mix in cocoa powder, half vanilla, and half and half.
  5. Continue to beat mixture until fluffy and smooth on a medium-high setting.
  6. Add more powdered sugar for a thicker consistency or more half and half to loosen the icing.

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10 Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

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I’m always looking for Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes.  Using a slow cooker is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen.

I also love to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker and use it during the week in multiple meals.   Don’t forget to utilize your freezer to further your savings.


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Want more recipes?  Try my Mexican Chicken in Crockpot Recipe!

Which are your favorite Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes?

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Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe with Beer Cheese Dip

Pretzel Bites Recipe

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Homemade pretzels feels like a natural choice for a game day snack, making them into bite size treats just makes it better. Add a warm bowl of Beer Cheese Dip beside it and you have pushed it right over the top of deliciousness. This easy pretzel bites recipe will give you perfectly chewy and tasty pretzels with a few simple steps.

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Dip

Pretzel Bites Recipe 

Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe with Beer Cheese Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 6 Tbsp. salted butter
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. of water
  • 4 quarts of boiling water
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer bowl combine warm water, yeast, and sugar- stir and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in melted butter, stir.
  3. Turn speed up to medium and mix until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and becomes smooth.
  4. While mixing at a low setting add flour, mix well to combine.
  5. If needed and dough seems too sticky add a bit more flour.
  6. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead a few times.
  7. Oil a large bowl well with canola or vegetable oil.
  8. Place dough in bowl, flip dough to coat, and cover- set aside and allow it to rise until doubled- approximately an hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 425°
  10. Separate dough into 6 smaller balls and roll each into a rope about 24” long
  11. After your large pan of water begins to boil, add baking soda.
  12. Drop in pretzel bites a dozen at a time and boil for 2 minutes.
  13. Remove with a slotted spoon or spider strainer to drain excess water.
  14. Slice off pieces about 1½” long.
  15. Place pretzels on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  16. Brush generously with egg wash.
  17. Sprinkle with large grain kosher salt.
  18. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  19. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

For Beer Cheese Dip:

1 block cream cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup beer
1 tsp. Mustard
1 ½ tsp. Parsley

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat warm beer, stir in cream cheese and stir until melted, add Parsley and dry mustard.

Looking for a great new Super Bowl recipe? Try this Homemade Pretzel Bites Recipe with Beer Cheese Dip – you won’t be sorry!

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Mini Chili Dog Recipe

Mini Chili Dog Recipe
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Need a fast, crowd pleasing appetizer for your next holiday or game day party?  Try this Mini Chili Dog Crescents Recipe.  It’s sure to be a hit!

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Mini Chili Dog Crescents Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package Cocktail Wieners
  • 1 can Crescent Rolls
  • 1 can Chili (15 oz)
  • 1 bunch diced Green Onions
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Unroll crescent dough.
  3. Cut each of the triangles in half and place into the cups of a mini muffin tin.
  4. Place a wiener in each.
  5. Back for 10 minutes.
  6. Heat chili according to can directions.
  7. Remove from oven and top each weiner with chili.
  8. Return to oven for 5 minutes.
  9. Place rolls on cooling rack.
  10. Top with shredded cheese and diced green onions.

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Snow Owl Cookie Decorating Tutorial

Snow Owl Cookie

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I absolutely adore this Snow Owl Cookie. It’s a gorgeous cookie that is sure to wow all your guests. It’s so pretty, you might not want to eat it!

Snow Owl Cookie Decorating Tutorial

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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Prepared sugar cookies (I used a round cutter)
  • Prepared royal icing in your choice of colors (regular & thinned for flooding)
  • Parchment paper
  • Plastic piping bags, inserts, and tips (#2 & #4 round, and small leaf tip)
  • Plastic decorating bottles (for flooding)
  • Toothpicks

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