DCL Recipes: Festive Almond Cranberry Citrus Muffins and Quick and Easy Pizza Dip

09 Nov 2017
DCL Recipes: Festive Almond Cranberry Citrus Muffins and Quick and Easy Pizza Dip Amy Poore

No doubt, most of you are busily prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday. Same here. And while the Big Turkey Day Meal is important, it’s also important to feed everyone for the rest of the month. Need a great appetizer to whip up in a flash for those drop-by guests? This easy pizza dip is a perfect solution. And these almond cranberry citrus muffins are a great addition to any Thanksgiving holiday breakfast.  

Have a great Thanksgiving, and as always, bon appétit! 

Easy Pizza Dip 

   4-6 ounces cream cheese, softened 

   ¼ cup Heinz chili sauce 

   ¼-½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

   6 pepperoni slices, chopped into small pieces 

   2 tablespoons sweet onion, finely chopped 

   3-4 small olives (green or black) optional 


Evenly spread cream cheese in a small serving dish or dinner plate. Cover evenly with chili sauce. 

Top with cheese, pepperoni, onion, and olives. 

Serve immediately with Frito chips, or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Almond Cranberry Citrus Muffins


1/4 cup sugar 

Grated zest of 1/2 large orange 


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 1/8 cup sugar  

2 large eggs 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 

1/4 cup vegetable oil  

3/4 cup buttermilk  

1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 teaspoon almond extract 

Grated zest of other 1/2 large orange  

1 1/4 cup fresh cranberries 

1/2 cup slivered almonds


Stir sugar and orange zest together in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line regular 12-cup muffin tin with cup liners and spray with cooking spray. 

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. 

In separate medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until thick.  Slowly whisk in the butter and oil until combined. Whisk in buttermilk, orange juice, vanilla, almond extract, and orange zest. Pour wet ingredients into dry with cranberries and almonds. Mix by hand until just combined, do not over mix.  

Fill muffin cups with batter, mounding slightly. Sprinkle with topping mix. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!

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