Guacamole Bites for Cinco de Mayo

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without guacamole, but I wouldn’t be The Smart Cookie Cook if I didn’t make a classic into something smarter like these Guacamole Bites. I know they look fancy, but don’t run away! I made these in less than 30 minutes. Everyone loves chips and dip at parties, especially because […]

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14 Easy Super Bowl Recipes

Whether you’re rooting for your fave team, watching just for the sake of tradition, or only paying attention during half-time and commercials, these 14 Easy Super Bowl Recipes are going to make your Sunday the best ever. Because we don’t care THAT much about who wins or loses; we wanna hang out and eat some great […]


Mozzarella Tomato Basil Pull-Apart Bread

I’ve been wanting to share this Mozzarella Tomato Basil Pull-Apart Bread with you since Christmas. I know you’re looking at all that cheesy beauty and wondering how the heck I could hold out on you for that long. But rather than being mad at me, let’s just be glad we can come together now over this shareable […]


Sriracha Queso

I just could not decide what my first recipe back from my hiatus should be, so I let YOU guys choose on my Facebook page – and you chose wisely: Sriracha Queso. I really have fallen for Sriracha, and it’s quite unexpected. I’m not one to opt for spicy anything, so it makes zero sense […]


10-Minute Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Dip for Two

When a craving for something cheesy hits, you need an immediate remedy like my 10-Minute Three-Cheese Tomato Basil Dip for Two. Often times, dip recipes mean getting ready to stand over the stove for at least an hour, and making enough to feed an army. But what if you don’t want to wait for a […]


Caprese Cracked Pepper Triscuit Bites

I could live on appetizers alone, and these Caprese Cracked Pepper Triscuit Bites would be my main course. I practically made a meal out of them the other day, polishing off an embarrassing undisclosed quantity. And I still wanted more. It’s dangerous when you can put together a snack this delicious in 15 minutes with […]


Caramelized Onion Eggplant Fontina Bites with Optional Balsamic Drizzle

One thing I’m darn good at as The Smart Cookie Cook is making food that seems fancy and time-consuming but is actually simple and doable, like these Caramelized Onion Eggplant Fontina Bites with Optional Balsamic Drizzle. They already SOUND fancy, right? Then you look at them and think they belong in a 5-star restaurant. But […]


Eggplant Parm Fries

I spend a lot of my time at restaurants being disappointed and thinking of ways that I could do it better. It sounds sad, but if you look at it in a positive light, it’s really just giving me the opportunity for inspiration. For example, I had these great Eggplant Fries at Tunxis Grill in […]


Pasta Marinara Garlic Bread Bowl

There’s nothing that makes my carb-loving self happier than a meal that includes bread and pasta. Any restaurant that serves up complimentary hot bread and butter before my meal automatically wins a spot in my heart for that very reason. The best thing is when I save a little piece of bread and dunk it […]


Loaded Buffalo Potato Bites

How much flavor can you fit on one tiny bite? I pushed the limits to the max with my Loaded Buffalo Potato Bites. There are seven layers stacked on one tiny cracker. They’re towering, spicy, sweet, tangy, and savory all in one poppable bite. It’s a sensory overload, and it will send a shock through […]