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Homemade French Onion Dip

This creamy and tangy French Onion Dip is full of caramelized onions and perfect for parties, game day, or as a burger or sandwich spread.

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Caramelized onions are one of my favorite flavors EVER, so even though you can make a quick French Onion Dip made with just a packet of onion soup mix and sour cream, you know I’m going to try to make it from scratch instead! And this homemade French Onion Dip recipe is surprisingly easy! It only takes a few ingredients and it really lets the flavor of those caramelized onions shine. This dip is creamy, tangy, sweet, savory, and perfect for all your crunchy chips and crackers. Plus, it also makes an ah-maz-ing sandwich and burger spread, so even if you’re not a chip and dip person, you still need to try it!

Overhead view of a bowl of French Onion Dip with a chip in the side and chips all around.

What Is French Onion Dip?

French Onion Dip is a creamy and tangy dip for chips, crackers, vegetables, and more that has a flavor profile similar to French Onion Soup. The quick way to make French Onion Dip is to simply stir a packet of onion soup mix into a container of sour cream, but if you’re looking for more of a “from scratch” approach with that slow caramelized flavor, we’ve got you covered. And while caramelizing the onions does take a little bit of time, you don’t need many more ingredients to turn them into a really stellar dip!

Ingredients for French Onion Dip

Here’s what you’ll need to make a homemade French Onion Dip from scratch:

  • Onions: I just used plain ol’ yellow onions here, but if you want to get fancy you can go for a sweet onion like Vidalia or a Maui onion.
  • Butter: Butter makes the recipe extra rich and gives a slightly nutty flavor to the caramelized onions.
  • Cream Cheese: Cream cheese is the rich and tangy base for the dip.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream lightens up the cream cheese just a touch and makes the dip much softer and dippable.
  • Worcestershire sauce: This gives the dip a savory note, similar to French onion soup.
  • Seasoning: I kept the seasonings simple so the flavor of the onions could shine through. All you’ll need is a bit of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You can experiment with adding beef bouillon, but I found this to overwhelm the flavor of the dish, totally masking the delicately sweet flavor of the onions.

How to Serve French Onion Dip

French onion dip is classically served with potato chips, but it’s great for so much more! You can use it for crackers, on a vegetable platter (in place of ranch dip), or as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or burgers. Try pairing this dip on a sandwich with thinly sliced roast beef, a slice of Swiss cheese, and spring mix. You won’t be disappointed! Or slather it onto a burger with some sautéed mushrooms. YES PLEASE.

How Long Does it Keep?

Homemade French Onion Dip will stay good in the refrigerator for about four to five days, but is not a good candidate for freezing. If your French Onion Dip has been in the refrigerator for a few days, make sure to give it a good stir before enjoying.

Side view of a chip being dipped into a bowl of French Onion Dip.
Overhead view of a bowl of French Onion Dip with a chip in the side and chips all around.
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French Onion Dip

This creamy and tangy French Onion Dip is full of caramelized onions and perfect for parties, game day, or as a burger or sandwich spread. 
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Total Cost $2.85 recipe / $0.48 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 (¼ cup each)
Calories 193kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Dice the onions and place them in a skillet with the butter.
  • Cook the onions over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, allowing them to soften and then slowly brown. Continue cooking for about 30 minutes, or until they achieve a deep copper brown color and jammy texture. If the skillet dries out too much as the onions cook, lower the heat slightly and add a tablespoon or two of water. On the flip side, if the onions are taking too long to cook, increase the heat slightly.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl until smooth and evenly combined.
  • Once the onions are fully caramelized, stir them into the dip.
  • Allow the dip to sit for about 15 minutes for the flavors to blend, then taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Serve with your favorite chips or spread onto a sandwich and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 237mg | Fiber: 1g

How to Make French Onion Dip – Step by Step Photos

Diced onion and butter in a skillet.

Dice one pound of yellow onions (about two medium onions), then add them to a skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter.

Half-cooked onions in the skillet.

Cook the onions over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, allowing them to soften and then slowly brown. If the skillet gets too dry as the onions cook, turn the heat down slightly and add a tablespoon or two of water to the skillet to help dissolve the browned bits off of the bottom of the skillet. Or, if the onions are taking a very long time to cook down, you can increase the heat slightly.

Fully caramelized onions in the skillet.

When the onions are fully caramelized they should look like this—deep copper brown, translucent, and jammy in texture. The caramelization process should take about 30 minutes.

Dip ingredients in a bowl but not combined.

Meanwhile, combine 4oz. room temperature cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl, stirring until the mixture is smooth.

Caramelized onions added to the dip in the bowl.

Add the caramelized onions to the dip and stir to combine.

Finished caramelized onion dip in the bowl with a spoon.

Allow the dip to sit for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, then taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Overhead view of a chip being dipped into a bowl of French Onion Dip.

Serve with your favorite crunchy chips and enjoy!

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Jalapeño Poppers

The perfect easy appetizer for New Year’s Eve, tailgating parties, or the big game, this Jalapeño Popper recipe is a spicy, cheesy home run!

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If you love spicy and you love cheesy, you’ll definitely love Jalapeño Poppers! This cute little appetizer recipe has New Year’s Eve written all over it, and it’s perfectly easy and delicious for football games as well. …Or, if you’re just as obsessed with them as I am, they’re also great for a regular Monday afternoon. 😜

Overhead view of a plate full of jalapeño poppers with a dish of ranch dressing.

What Are Jalapeño Poppers?

Jalapeño poppers are a staple in American pop food culture and are often served at sports bars or other fast-casual restaurants. They can take several forms, sometimes breaded and deep fried, sometimes baked, and sometimes wrapped in bacon, but they always consist of fresh jalapeño peppers stuffed with a flavorful mix of cheese for that spicy-cheesy-creamy flavor combo.

For this jalapeño popper recipe, we went the easy and budget-friendly route (obvi) and opted for baked poppers with just enough bacon added in to give great flavor without making them over-the-top expensive. These jalapeño poppers are easy enough for even a beginner to make, and tasty enough that you’ll be thankful you didn’t drop a ton of cash on ordering out!

Ingredients for Jalapeño Poppers:

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious jalapeño popper recipe at home:

  • Fresh Jalapeños: Luckily, jalapeños are usually some of the least expensive items in the produce aisle, but if you can’t find them for a good price at your local chain grocery store, look for a Hispanic or Latin grocery store where they’re guaranteed to be super affordable. Look for Jalapeños that are about 3 inches in length for this recipe.
  • Cheese: We used a mix of cream cheese and cheddar cheese for this recipe so we could get an ultra-creamy finish with a nice cheddar bite. You can also try using Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack (if you like it EXTRA spicy!).
  • Bacon: Bacon is a classic flavor in jalapeño poppers and it gives a nice smokey finish to the flavor profile. We use just enough to give these poppers flavor without driving up the price too high.
  • Seasoning: These jalapeño poppers are seasoned with garlic powder, Everything Bagel Seasoning, and green onions. They’re flavorful but not so complicated that you lose the flavor of the jalapeños and bacon. If you don’t have Everything Bagel Seasoning you can increase the garlic powder in the recipe to ½ tsp, and add ⅛ tsp of both salt and pepper.

Are Jalapeño Poppers Spicy?

Yes, jalapeño poppers are pretty spicy! Despite removing the seeds and ribs (the spiciest part of the jalapeño), some of the spicy oils remain in the jalapeño, giving these poppers just the right amount of spicy heat to balance the creamy cheeses. If you’re not a spicy foods fan you’ll probably want to skip this one!

How to Remove Jalapeño Oil From Your Hands

If you’ve ever cooked with jalapeños before, you know the horror of accidentally touching your eyes afterward. Jalapeños contain natural oils that can easily transfer from your hands to your eyes or any other delicate skin, causing an intense burning sensation, and sometimes just washing your hands isn’t enough to remove the oils. Here are a few extra steps you can take to reduce the burn:

  1. Massage a teaspoon or two of cooking oil into your hands. The oil will help dissolve the spicy oils from the jalapeños that are stuck to your hands.
  2. Wash your hands with dish soap instead of hand soap. Dish soap is formulated to break up oily residues whereas hand soaps are often designed to keep skin moisturized.
  3. Rub your hands with an acidic substance, like lemon juice, vinegar, or tomato sauce. This can help break up any spicy oils left on the skin.
  4. OR just wear gloves while working with the jalapeños and avoid the risk. ;)

What to Serve with Jalapeño Poppers

I love these little poppers on their own, but if you want a dipping sauce I would definitely recommend ranch dressing. I’m not usually a ranch person, but the flavor combination between the spicy jalapeño poppers and cooling ranch dressing is hard to beat! I’d also serve them with another starchy appetizer, maybe something like our Steak Fries or Loaded Smashed Potatoes.

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Super close up view of jalapeño poppers on a plate with a bowl of ranch.
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Jalapeño Poppers

The perfect easy appetizer for New Year's Eve, tailgating parties, or the big game, this Jalapeño Popper recipe is a spicy, cheesy home run!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Amercian
Total Cost $3.94 recipe / $0.66 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 (2 poppers each)
Calories 149kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. bacon (about 2 slices) $0.50
  • 6 jalapeños* $1.50
  • 4 oz. room-temperature cream cheese $1.10
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese $0.62
  • 1 green onion, sliced $0.10
  • 1 tsp everything bagel seasoning $0.10
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until it is brown and crispy. Remove it from the pan and let it cool on a paper-towel-lined plate.
  • Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and white ribs, being careful not to tear or puncture the peppers.
  • Once the bacon is cool, crumble it into tiny pieces and reserve about 1 tablespoon to use as a topping. Add the bacon to a bowl with the cream cheese, shredded cheddar (reserve a small amount for topping as well), sliced green onion, Everything bagel seasoning, and garlic powder. Mix the ingredients together until they're evenly combined.
  • Divide the cheese filling between the 12 pepper halves and then spread it out to fill and smooth out the top.
  • Place the filled peppers on a large parchment-lined baking sheet then sprinkle the reserved crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese over the top.
  • Bake the peppers for 15 minutes or just until the cheese is melted and slightly bubbly. Avoid over-baking the peppers or else they'll become too soft to pick up and enjoy. Allow the poppers to cool just enough to handle, then serve and enjoy!

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Notes

*Look for jalapeños that are about 3 inches long.

Nutrition

Serving: 2poppers | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 228mg | Fiber: 0.5g
Super close up view of jalapeño poppers on a plate with a bowl of ranch.

How to Make Jalapeño Poppers – Step by Step Photos

Cooked bacon in a skillet.

Cook about 2 oz. of bacon (about 2 slices) in a skillet over medium heat until it is brown and crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate as you prepare the rest of the dish.

Scraping out the insides of the jalapeño peppers.

Slice six jalapeño peppers in half length-wise, then scrape out the seeds and white ribs with a spoon, taking care not to tear the outside of the pepper. To prevent the transfer of spicy oils from your hands to your eyes, mouth, or nose, either use gloves while preparing the peppers or see our tips above for removing jalapeño oil from your hands.

Cheese filling ingredients in a bowl, unmixed.

Once the bacon is cool enough to touch, crumble it into tiny pieces. Reserve about 1 teaspoon of the bacon to use as a topping, then add the rest to a bowl with 4 oz. of room-temperature cream cheese, ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (reserve about 2 Tbsp for topping), 1 sliced green onion, 1 teaspoon Everything Bagel Seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder. Mix these ingredients together until evenly combined.

Cheese filling being spooned into jalapeño halves.

Divide the cheese mixture evenly between the 12 jalapeño halves, then spread it out to fill the peppers, smoothing out the top.

Jalapeño poppers ready to bake on a parchment-lined sheet pan.

Place the filled jalapeños on a large parchment-lined baking sheet, then sprinkle the reserved bacon bits and shredded cheddar over top.

Baked jalapeño poppers on the baking sheet.

Bake the jalapeño poppers in the preheated 425ºF oven for 15 minutes, or just until the cheese is melted and bubbly on top. Avoid overcooking the poppers or else the peppers will get too soft to pick up and eat. Allow the peppers to cool just enough to handle, then serve and enjoy!

Overhead view of a plate of jalapeño peppers with one being dipped into a bowl of ranch.

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Pomegranate Salsa

This fresh pomegranate salsa recipe is bursting with sweet-and-spicy flavor. It’s a fun holiday appetizer or wintertime snack. You can serve it with tortilla chips like any…

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pomegranate salsa

This fresh pomegranate salsa recipe is bursting with sweet-and-spicy flavor. It’s a fun holiday appetizer or wintertime snack. You can serve it with tortilla chips like any other salsa. Of course, a side of guacamole is always a good idea.

For a special Christmas salsa presentation, try it as shown here, with whipped goat cheese as a creamy base and the salsa arranged in a wreath-like shape on top. This variation goes well with sturdy crostini or crisp toasted pita. The whipped goat cheese component is included in the recipe below, and it’s so easy to whip up.

pomegranate salsa ingredients

This year, I’m bringing pomegranate salsa to my friends’ annual Christmas party! Lighter and brighter options are always welcome amongst heavy and sweet holiday fare. Let’s start the pomegranate salsa trend together.

Here in the U.S., pomegranates are typically available from the end of September through January. I hope you have the chance to make this recipe while we can.

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry cream cheese dip is an easy appetizer everyone will love! Homemade sauce has bright, sweet tart flavor (add jalapeno…

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Cranberry cream cheese dip is an easy appetizer everyone will love! Homemade sauce has bright, sweet tart flavor (add jalapeno if you like).

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Need a simple appetizer to wow at parties? Try this easy cranberry cream cheese dip! The homemade sauce bursts with sweet and tart cranberries, orange juice, and if you’d like, a little jalapeno for a tang. Spoon it over cream cheese and it’s perfect for dipping crackers or even apple slices. It comes together in minutes with minimal effort. So ditch the store-bought dips and make a batch of this homemade cranberry appetizer for your next party! Everyone will gather around the bowl.

Components for cranberry cream cheese dip

Cranberry cream cheese dip is cranberry sauce served over room temperature cream cheese, which brings a sweet tart burst to each bite. We like serving with crunchy salted pecans over the top for a little texture. While you can make this dip with canned cranberry sauce, the flavor isn’t nearly as good. It takes just a few minutes to whip up homemade cranberry sauce and the flavor is beautifully developed, with notes of orange and cinnamon. Here’s what you’ll need for this easy dip:

  • Cranberry sauce: Cranberries (fresh or frozen), granulated sugar, orange juice (or water), jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • Cream cheese
  • Pecans
  • Green onion
Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Tips for making the cranberry sauce

This cranberry sauce is a half recipe of our homemade cranberry sauce, with some optional ingredients. It takes just 10 minutes to simmer, and the flavor comes out beautifully bright. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Simmer all ingredients over medium heat until a saucy texture forms. The timing will vary based on your pan and the exact heat level, but it should take about 10 minutes. We like to see most cranberries burst and dissolved, but there can be a few that are still whole.
  • Substitutes are welcome. Don’t have orange juice? You can use water instead if you like.
  • Add orange zest if desired. When you zest the orange, make sure to only get the orange part of the peel: not the white pith! The pith tastes very bitter and if you zest too aggressively, it makes the cranberry sauce taste bitter.
  • Use jalapeno if desired, but it’s not required. The jalapeno pepper adds just a hint of bright flavor without heat.
Cranberry Sauce

Jalapeno is optional (and not spicy!)

Cranberry and jalapeño pepper is a classic flavor combination. This cranberry cream cheese dip is not spicy with jalapeno: since you remove the seeds before dicing it, it simply adds a tangy, irresistible flavor to the dip. Make sure to protect your hands when cutting the pepper and wash them immediately afterwards.

Can you make it spicy? Absolutely! Simply add a few of the jalapeno seeds to the mix when making the cranberry sauce. Another classic way to enjoy cranberry and jalapeno? Try this Cranberry Salsa, another crowd favorite.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Ways to serve cranberry cream cheese dip

This cranberry cream cheese dip is a sure crowd pleaser at parties! Simply add crackers or bread and it’s perfect for dipping. It’s great for holiday parties like as a Christmas appetizer or Thanksgiving appetizer, but it works anytime using frozen cranberries when fresh aren’t in season. Here are a few of our favorite ways to dip:

And that’s it! Let us know if you plan to try this cranberry cream cheese dip at your next party! Our friends and family couldn’t stop dipping it.

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This cranberry cream cheese dip is…

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

Cranberry cream cheese dip is an easy appetizer everyone will love! Homemade sauce has bright, sweet tart flavor (add jalapeno if you like).


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup fresh or bottled orange juice (plus zest of 1/4 orange, if desired)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and diced (optional*)
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped salted pecans (or pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion top

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, cinnamon stick, and optional orange zest and diced jalapeño pepper in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the cranberries pop and it becomes saucy, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving (place in the freezer to speed up the process if desired). You can also make the cranberry sauce in advance and reheat it until warm the stovetop before serving (stir in a little water if it is too thick).
  2. Soften the cream cheese by microwaving the block for 10 seconds on High power. Or, allow the cream cheese to stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. To serve, spoon the warm cranberry sauce over the cream cheese. Top with chopped pecans and green onions. Serve with crackers.

Notes

*The combination of cranberry and jalapeno is classic for this type of dip, but not required! Removing the seeds makes the pepper add flavor but not heat.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Cranberry cream cheese dip, cranberry jalapeno cream cheese dip

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These incredibly delicious homemade cinnamon rolls have soft, buttery layers of cinnamon and sugar topped with a rich cream cheese frosting.

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This cinnamon roll recipe almost did me in. They were so good with their buttery, cinnamon-filled layers and gooey cream cheese frosting that I just couldn’t stop eating them. And since I tested this cinnamon roll recipe several times over the course of a few weeks, my diet was probably 50% cinnamon roll there for a while. 😅 But hey, it was worth the sacrifice. (#sarcasm) After all the hard work and dedication of eating cinnamon roll after cinnamon roll, I’m now ready to teach you how to make the absolute best homemade cinnamon rolls ever. Your Saturday mornings will never be the same.

Overhead view of frosting being spread onto homemade cinnamon rolls.

These incredible homemade cinnamon rolls have a super fluffing and soft brioche-like dough that is slightly sweet. The dough is slathered with a mixture of butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, then rolled up and sliced into perfect little pinwheels. They bake up fluffy and cloud-like and then are topped with the most deliciously sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. They’re cinnamon roll perfection!

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own homemade cinnamon rolls:

  • Yeast: Yeast is what gives these cinnamon rolls their airy, fluffy texture. You can use active dry yeast, instant yeast, or bread machine yeast for this recipe.
  • Sugar: We use regular granulated sugar in the cinnamon roll dough, brown sugar to make the filling, and powdered sugar in the cream cheese icing. Make no mistake, this is a sweet treat!
  • Flour: Regular all-purpose flour is the base for the soft and fluffy cinnamon roll dough.
  • Salt: Adding a little salt to the dough really makes the flavor pop instead of being a bland, floury flavor.
  • Butter: Butter is used to help keep the dough tender, to make the rich cinnamon-sugar swirl filling, and to soften the cream cheese icing.
  • Milk: Milk also helps tenderize the dough, keeping it super soft and moist. We also add just a touch to the cream cheese frosting to help it whip up nice and soft without being too thick.
  • Cinnamon: There is no shortage of cinnamon in these cinnamon rolls! We use a full tablespoon in the filling, which gives the rolls a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Cream Cheese: The tangy flavor of cream cheese in the frosting helps balance the sweet and rich flavor of the cinnamon rolls.
  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla extract gives the frosting more flavor and richness.

Make Them Ahead

I know, not everyone wants to bake a full-blown batch of cinnamon rolls first thing in the morning. If you’re more of a night owl or prefer to do the majority of the work the night before, simply prepare the cinnamon rolls as directed below and as soon as they’re cut and in the baking dish cover them with plastic and refrigerate. They’ll rise slowly while they refrigerate overnight. The next morning, take them out of the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature while the oven preheats, then bake as usual!

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls

The un-frosted baked cinnamon rolls can stay at room temperature for about two days. Frosted cinnamon rolls can be kept in the refrigerator for about four days. And since these little cinnamon bombs are super rich, you can also freeze them for later! Just pull apart each roll, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze until solid (about two hours). Then wrap each one tightly and place in a freezer bag. The frozen cinnamon rolls can be thawed at room temperature for about 30 minutes before enjoying.

Overhead view of frosted cinnamon rolls in a baking dish with coffee on the side.
Close up overhead view of cream cheese icing being spread onto homemade cinnamon rolls.
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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These incredibly delicious homemade cinnamon rolls have soft, buttery layers of cinnamon and sugar topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.59 recipe / $0.51 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 9 rolls
Calories 403kcal

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1/2 cup hot water (100-110ºF) $0.00
  • 2 tsp dry yeast* $0.20
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, melted $0.25
  • 1/3 cup whole milk $0.16
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (more or less as needed) $0.38
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02

Cinnamon Filling

  • 6 Tbsp salted butter, room temperature $0.75
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.26
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon $0.30
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature $1.10
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, room temperature $0.25
  • 1 Tbsp whole milk $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar $0.54

Instructions

  • Stir together the hot water, yeast, and sugar until the yeast is mostly dissolved. Let the mixture stand for about 5 minutes, or until a thick layer of foam develops on the surface.
  • Once the yeast is activated (as indicated by the foam on top), whisk in the milk and melted butter.
  • In a separate large bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour and the salt. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the flour and stir until smooth.
  • Begin adding more flour, ½ cup at a time, until a sticky ball of dough forms and it becomes difficult to stir with a spoon. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Knead the dough for 3 minutes, adding a small amount of flour as you go to prevent the dough from sticking. After kneading for a couple of minutes, the dough should be very soft, fairly smooth, and just slightly tacky. Do not over-knead the dough or add too much flour, as this will make the dough stiff. You'll use about 2 cups of flour total from the beginning in the bowl to the end of kneading.
  • Place the kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl and cover loosely with plastic. Let the dough rise for one hour, or until it's double in size.
  • Punch the dough down to deflate, then scrape it out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out into an 8×13-inch rectangle, sprinkling with flour as you go to prevent sticking.
  • To make the filling, stir together the room-temperature butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until it forms a smooth paste. Spread the paste over the dough from edge to edge.
  • Roll the dough up (long side toward long side) to create a 13-inch long log. Do not roll tightly, or this will make the center of your cinnamon rolls pop up while baking. Slice the roll into 9 pieces, about 1.5 inches wide each.
  • Place the slices into a greased 9×9-inch baking dish (or a round pie dish). Let rise for 10-15 minutes as you preheat the oven to 350ºF. The rolls will rise quite a bit in the oven, so don't worry if they're still quite small after 10 minutes of rising.
  • Once the oven is preheated, bake the cinnamon rolls for 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
  • To make the icing, beat together the room-temperature cream cheese, butter, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Begin stirring in the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until it is all incorporated.
  • After the cinnamon rolls have baked, let them cool for 5-10 minutes before spreading the cream cheese icing on top. Enjoy warm or wait until cooled, then dig in!

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Notes

*You can use instant yeast, active dry yeast, or bread machine yeast for this recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cinnamon roll | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g
Close up overhead view of baked cinnamon rolls without frosting.

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls – Step by Step Photos

Frothy yeast in a liquid measuring cup.

Stir together ½ cup hot water, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, and 2 tsp yeast. Let the mixture sit until a thick froth forms on the top of the liquid (about 5 minutes). If it does not become frothy, your yeast has likely expired and your dough will not rise.

Yeast being poured into a bowl of flour.

Melt 2 Tbsp of salted butter and stir it into the yeast water along with ⅓ cup whole milk. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour and ½ tsp salt. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and stir until well combined. Continue to add flour, about ½ cup at a time, until it forms a sticky ball and becomes difficult to stir with a spoon.

Dough being kneaded by hand on a marble surface.

When the dough forms a ball in the bowl and you can no longer stir it with a spoon, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for only about three minutes, adding a little flour as you go to keep it from sticking to your hands. After about three minutes you should have a very soft ball of dough that is slightly tacky and you will have used about 2 cups of flour total (in the bowl and while kneading).

risen ball of dough in the bowl.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it back into the mixing bowl. Loosely cover it with plastic and let it rise for one hour, or until doubled in size (pictured above after rising). Punch the dough down to deflate and turn it out onto a floured surface.

Cinnamon roll dough being rolled out into a rectangle.

Roll the dough out into an 8×13-inch rectangle, sprinkling with flour as you go to prevent it from sticking.

Cinnamon sugar mixture being spread onto the rolled out dough.

Mix together 6 Tbsp softened butter, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, and ⅛ tsp salt. Spread the mixture onto the rectangle of dough, spreading it from edge to edge.

Rolled dough being sliced into rounds.

Roll the dough up into a 13-inch long roll (long side toward long side), making sure not to roll tightly (this makes the center of the cinnamon rolls pop up while baking). Slice the roll into nine pieces. I find a serrated knife works best for this because you can slice horizontally without using so much downward pressure that it squishes the roll.

Cinnamon rolls placed into a baking dish.

Place the sliced cinnamon rolls into a greased 9×9-inch baking dish. Let them rise for 10-15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350ºF. They should have risen just enough to be touching each other when they go into the oven (pictured above). They will rise quite a bit more as they bake.

Baked cinnamon rolls in the baking dish.

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 30 minutes or until they are nicely golden brown on top and the filling is bubbling up through the top.

Cream cheese frosting being spread onto the cinnamon rolls.

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the cream cheese icing. Beat together 4oz. room-temperature cream cheese, 2 Tbsp room-temperature butter, 1 Tbsp whole milk, and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Once those ingredients are fully combined, stir in 1.5 cups of powdered sugar. It’s best to add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time to prevent it from flying everywhere as you stir. After the cinnamon rolls have baked, let them cool for about 10 minutes before adding the icing so it doesn’t completely melt into the rolls.

Side view of a cinnamon roll being lifted out of the baking dish.

Enjoy the soft, fluffy, buttery, cinnamon-licious homemade cinnamon rolls warm, or wait until completely cool to devour! (My vote is to enjoy while still slightly warm!)

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Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole recipe is a Thanksgiving classic made with a creamy mushroom sauce, tender green beans, and crispy fried onions.

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Green Bean Casserole is a Thanksgiving classic. That creamy mushroom sauce, tender green beans, and fried onion topping are a match made in heaven. But a lot of green bean casserole recipes use shortcuts like condensed soup, which I’ve never really been a fan of. So, of course, I had to make my own deliciously rich green bean casserole from scratch! No mushy green beans or tinny canned flavor here! …But I did make an exception for those crispy fried onions. They’re still my fav. ;)

Close up of green bean casserole from above with a spoon scooping it out.

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Ingredients for Green Bean Casserole

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own homemade green bean casserole (with no canned condensed soup):

  • Mushrooms: Instead of using a can of cream of mushroom soup to make the creamy base for this casserole, we’re making it from scratch! So you’ll need some mushrooms. Button mushrooms are great, but baby bellas are even better if you have them available.
  • Garlic: Garlic flavors the creamy sauce making sure every bite is delicious! I used a double-dose with both fresh garlic and garlic powder for this recipe.
  • Flour and Butter: To thicken the homemade mushroom sauce we use a simple butter and flour roux. The butter also makes sure the sauce is super rich and delicious.
  • Vegetable Broth and Milk: Combining broth and milk makes a sauce that is both flavorful and creamy. We use Better Than Bouillon to make our broth because it has tons of flavor and salt to help season the sauce.
  • Cream Cheese: Adding cream cheese to the sauce makes it extra creamy and helps stabilize it for baking so the sauce doesn’t separate or curdle.
  • Green Beans: I used frozen green beans for convenience, but you can use fresh if you prefer. If using fresh, I suggest steaming them first to make sure they cook through and are tender once the casserole is baked. I used French cut green beans because I like the way they combine with the sauce so you get a really nice bean to sauce ratio in every bite.
  • Fried Onions: Crispy fried onions add TONS of flavor and texture to this casserole. We stir them into the green beans for flavor and top the casserole with more for added crispy texture.
  • Salt and Pepper: A little salt and pepper always helps make the flavors POP. ;)

Fresh, Frozen, or Canned Green Beans?

For a really stellar green bean casserole, I suggest using either fresh or frozen green beans. Canned green beans tend to be too mushy and their flavors are a bit muddy. Frozen green beans are definitely the most convenient because they’re already prepped, chopped, and partially cooked. I prefer French-cut because they mix well with the sauce for an optimal bean-to-sauce ratio.

Fresh green beans taste amazing but do require a bit more prep. You’ll need to wash, snap off the stems, chop them, and boil or steam them before adding to the casserole. Boil or steam the green beans for 3-5 minutes just to take the raw edge off, then drain and add to the casserole.

What Else Can Be Added to Green Bean Casserole

The classic version of green bean casserole is great, but if you want to make it a little more fancy, here are some fun toppings or add-ins to make it a little different:

  • Bacon (mix in or sprinkle on top)
  • Cheddar Cheese (on top)
  • Buttered Breadcrumbs (in place of the fried onions)
  • Crushed Potato Chips (in place of the fried onions)
  • Parmesan Cheese (in the sauce or sprinkled on top)

Can It Be Made Ahead?

This Green Bean Casserole can be prepared one day ahead of time (minus the onion topping), refrigerated, then the next day you can top with the onions and bake. The baking time may be slightly longer when preparing ahead since the dish will be chilled instead of going into the oven warm.

Overhead view of baked green bean casserole in the baking dish.
Super close up overhead shot of green bean casserole being scooped out of the baking dish.
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Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole recipe is a Thanksgiving classic made with a creamy mushroom sauce, tender green beans, and crispy fried onions.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.85 recipe / $1.48 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 (about ¾ cup each)
Calories 303kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Roughly chop the mushrooms into small pieces. Mince the garlic.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté the mushrooms until soft, then add the minced garlic and continue to sauté until the liquid in the skillet evaporates.
  • Add the butter and flour to the skillet. Stir to melt the butter and allow the butter and flour to create a paste that coats the bottom of the skillet. Continue to stir and cook over medium for one to two minutes, or until the flour begins to turn golden on the bottom of the skillet.
  • Add the vegetable broth, milk, and garlic powder to the skillet. Whisk to combine and dissolve any browned flour off of the bottom of the skillet. Allow the liquid to come up to a simmer, at which point it will thicken.
  • Add the cream cheese to the skillet and whisk over medium heat until the cream cheese has fully melted into the sauce.
  • Add the frozen green beans to the sauce and stir to combine. Continue to heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until the green beans have heated through and the sauce comes up to a gentle simmer. Let the green beans simmer for a few minutes. Give them a taste and add salt and pepper to your liking (I added about ½ tsp salt and another tsp pepper).
  • Stir ¼ cup of crispy fried onions into the green bean mixture. Pour the green beans into a 2-quart casserole dish and top with the remaining ¾ cup crispy fried onions.
  • Bake the casserole for 20-25 minutes, or until the fried onions have turned deep golden brown and the sauce is bubbling up around the edges.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 669mg | Fiber: 4g
Green bean casserole dished out into a bowl with a fork.

How to Make Green Bean Casserole

Cooked mushrooms in a skillet.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Wash 8oz. button mushrooms and roughly chop them into small pieces. Mince two cloves of garlic. Heat a large skillet over medium, add 1 Tbsp olive oil, and swirl to coat the skillet. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper to the skillet and sauté until the mushrooms become soft. Add the minced garlic and continue to sautè until all of the moisture in the skillet evaporates.

Butter and flour added to the skillet with the mushrooms.

Add 4 Tbsp butter and ¼ cup all-purpose flour to the skillet. Continue to sauté the mushrooms with the butter and flour until the flour begins to coat the bottom of the skillet and turn golden brown. This toasts the flour and prevents that floury flavor.

Milk and broth being poured into the skillet.

Whisk 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup milk, and ⅛ tsp garlic powder into the skillet, making sure to dissolve all of the flour off the bottom of the skillet as you whisk. Allow the liquid to come up to a simmer while whisking, at which point it will thicken.

Cream cheese chunks added to the sauce in the skillet.

Cut the cream cheese into chunks, add it to the sauce, and whisk until it has fully melted in.

Green beans being poured into the sauce.

Add 24oz. French-cut frozen green beans. Stir the green beans into the sauce and allow them to heat through and the sauce comes up to a gentle simmer. Allow them to simmer for 2-3 minutes. At this point, you want to taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper (I added about ½ tsp salt and ⅛ tsp pepper).

Friend onions added to the skillet.

Stir ¼ cup of crispy fried onions into the skillet.

Green bean casserole in transfered to a baking dish.

Transfer the green beans and sauce to a 2-quart casserole dish and top with ¾ cup of crispy fried onions.

Overhead view of baked green bean casserole in the baking dish.

Bake the casserole in the preheated 350ºF oven for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through and the fried onions have become golden brown.

Super close up overhead shot of green bean casserole being scooped out of the baking dish.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

A spiced brown sugar cheesecake pairs with cooked apples and salted caramel sauce for a decadent holiday dessert. This caramel apple cheesecake will have everyone asking for the recipe! I’m kind of known as the Cheesecake Queen by my family and friends. My cheesecake recipes are some of my favorite things to make, after all! …

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A spiced brown sugar cheesecake pairs with cooked apples and salted caramel sauce for a decadent holiday dessert. This caramel apple cheesecake will have everyone asking for the recipe!

Front view of a slice of caramel apple cheesecake on a plate next to a fork.

I’m kind of known as the Cheesecake Queen by my family and friends. My cheesecake recipes are some of my favorite things to make, after all!

My pumpkin cheesecake has become a Thanksgiving must for a lot of readers. Even my nana’s easy cheesecake and my classic vanilla cheesecake are popular holiday desserts.

But this year, I wanted to change things up and give you a new holiday cheesecake that you’re gonna love: caramel apple cheesecake. 

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This creamy and flavorful Spinach Artichoke Dip is made with three types of cheese and is the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.

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This Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is epic. It’s super easy to make and the perfect dish to bring to Friendsgiving, football parties, or any gathering. It has three types of cheese, a creamy homemade sauce, and just a little bitty splash of hotness to tingle your taste buds. This spinach artichoke dip is so good that it’ll make you want to eat your appetizer for dinner. …And I won’t judge you if you do. ;)

Spinach Artichoke Dip in a skillet with a chip dipping into the side.

Ingredients for Spinach Artichoke Dip

This recipe is super easy to make and it doesn’t require too many ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this spinach artichoke dip recipe:

  • Spinach: We used frozen chopped spinach because it’s convenient and inexpensive. Just make sure you fully thaw and squeeze the spinach dry before using. You can use fresh spinach, but you’ll need to cook it down first to remove most of the water. You’ll need about 2 cups once cooked and squeezed.
  • Artichoke Hearts: Canned artichoke hearts are convenient, but you can also use frozen artichoke hearts, if available.
  • Cheese: This super-rich dip has a mix of three cheeses: mozzarella, Parmesan, and cream cheese.
  • Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, and Butter: These three ingredients come together to create the super-rich and creamy sauce that drenches the spinach and artichokes.
  • Seasoning: The seasoning for this dip is pretty simple, just some fresh garlic, hot sauce for tang and heat, plus a pinch of red pepper for another kick. It’s simple, but amazing!

What to Serve with Spinach Artichoke Dip

Because spinach artichoke dip is kind of heavy (understatement) you will want to serve it with something strong and crusty for dipping. My favorite is slices of toasted baguette, but strong crackers and tortilla chips are other great options.

You can also use spinach artichoke dip as part of a meal. Try using it to fill a quesadilla, making it into a grilled cheese sandwich or “melt”, or stirring it into some pasta!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Variations

This is a classic spinach artichoke dip recipe, but you can add or substitute ingredients to make it your own. Here are some ideas for different variations of this spinach artichoke dip recipe:

  • Double Spinach: Use twice the amount of spinach for an extra dose of vegetables.
  • Spicy Spinach Artichoke Dip: make it extra spicy by adding a lot more hot sauce, for a flavor that’s half-way between buffalo dip and spinach dip!
  • Make it Lighter: Substitute the sour cream with non-fat yogurt and Neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese to make a slightly lighter spinach artichoke dip.
  • Skip the Artichokes: If you’re not a fan of artichokes, double up on the spinach and skip the artichokes for a creamy spinach dip.
  • Add Chicken: Make the dip more hearty by stirring in diced cooked chicken breast.

How to Store Leftovers

This spinach and artichoke dip will last about four days in your refrigerator. Reheat leftovers in the microwave until hot, or cover and heat in a 350ºF oven until heated through (the total time needed will depend on the amount of dip being reheated).

Close up overhead view of a skillet full of spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips dipped into it.
Close up overhead view of a skillet full of spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips dipped into it.
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Spinach Artichoke Dip

This creamy and flavorful Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is made with three types of cheese and is the perfect appetizer for any party or gathering.
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Total Cost $9.73 recipe / $1.62 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 1/2 cup each
Calories 457kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed $1.79
  • 1 14oz. can quartered artichoke hearts $2.99
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella, divided $1.87
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.38
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.26
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 8 oz. cream cheese $1.25
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.63
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise $0.33
  • 2 dashes hot sauce $0.05

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Make sure the spinach is fully thawed, then squeeze out as much of the excess water as possible. Once squeezed, break the spinach up so there are no large clumps. Place the squeeze dried spinach in a large bowl.
  • Drain and roughly chop the artichoke hearts. Place the artichoke hearts in the bowl with the spinach, 1 cup of the mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and crushed red pepper. Stir these ingredients together to combine, then set them aside.
  • Add the butter and minced garlic to a small sauce pot. Sauté the garlic in the butter over medium-low heat for about two minutes, or just until the garlic becomes very fragrant.
  • Cut the cream cheese into chunks and add it to the sauce pot along with the sour cream and mayonnaise. Heat and whisk these ingredients together for about five minutes, or until they melt together into a smooth sauce. Finally, stir in a couple dashes of hot sauce.
  • Pour the creamy garlic sauce over the spinach artichoke mixture, then stir until everything is evenly combined and coated in sauce. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish, then top with the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake the dip for about 30 minutes, or until it is bubbling around the edges and the cheese on top is turning golden brown. Serve while hot.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 41g | Sodium: 750mg | Fiber: 3g
Close up side view of a tortilla chip dipping into the pan of spinach artichoke dip.

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

Frozen spinach in the package.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Start with one 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, fully thawed. Squeeze as much of the excess liquid out of the thawed spinach as possible. Make sure to use “chopped” spinach so you don’t get long stringy pieces in the dip.

Chopped artichoke hearts on a cutting board.

Drain and chop one 14oz. can of artichoke hearts.

Spinach, artichoke hearts, mozzarella and red pepper in a bowl.

Add the spinach, artichoke hearts, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, and a pinch of red pepper flakes to a large bowl. Stir them together until they are combined.

Melted butter and garlic in a saucepot.

Add 2 Tbsp butter and 2 cloves of garlic (minced) to a small sauce pot. Sauté the garlic in the butter over medium-low heat for about two minutes, or just until the garlic becomes very fragrant.

Cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise added to the sauce pot.

Cut an 8 oz. block of cream cheese into chunks and add it to the sauce pot along with 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Heat and whisk these ingredients together until they melt into a smooth sauce (about 5 minutes).

Hot sauce being added to the saucepot.

Add a couple of dashes of hot sauce to the creamy garlic sauce. This isn’t enough to actually make it spicy, it just adds a little tang.

Creamy sauce added to bowl with spinach.

Add the creamy sauce to the spinach and artichoke mixture and stir until everything is very well combined.

Spinach artichoke dip added to a skillet, mozzarella being sprinkled over top.

Spread the Spinach Artichoke Dip into a 2-quart skillet or casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella over top.

Baked spinach artichoke dip in the skillet.

Bake in the preheated 375ºF oven for about 35 minutes or until it’s bubbly around the edges and turning golden brown on top.

Close up of spinach artichoke dip on a tortilla chip.

Take a closer look at that creamy, cheesy, spinach-y goodness! 🤤

Close up side view of a skillet full of spinach artichoke dip with a tortilla chip.

This photo shoot took ALL of my willpower. ALL OF IT.

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