SO Easy and SO Yummy

SO Easy & SO Yummy

By Robert Kitto
Recipe Included: Apple Brickle Dip Recipe

Not often does a title to a book describe it exactly, but this one does. The book has over 200 simple recipes that not only have a picture of the recipe, but also a video (using the QRCode) to help make it perfectly on the first attempt.   Add the recipe tips and there can’t be anything but success.

When I first received the book, I started looking at the indexes and saw the chapter for desserts. I happened to need a graham cracker crust recipe (pg. 231) and there it was, easy and as it turned out sooo yummy.  Then I looked at the candy and other desserts section.  I found a recipe for sugared almonds (pg. 260), just the thing to finish off my Christmas baking and use up the left over nuts from another baking project. Both recipes are really easy and delicious.

The writer, Kristyn Merkley, has been a successful food blogger since 2010 through her website .  Her 13 years of food blogging has enabled Kristyn to create a cookbook that has no equal. She gives one everything needed to know from recipe ingredients to how to techniques (using the QR codes) in the book.  I didn’t have a scanner but found a free one on the net and tried it out. Great feature!

There are 9 different chapters covering: breakfast, beads and muffins, appetizers, salads, soups, sides, main dishes, desserts, candy, and drinks.  Trying to find a recipe? There are several ways. Each of these are explained on pages 16 and 17. Still can’t get a handle on the recipe needed, then look at the picture index of all recipes and be inspired.

Be sure to read the front 33 pages to get the most out of this book.  These pages are full of helpful ideas for: feeding a crowd, cooking temperatures, how long food will last and a holiday meu builder. Another thing to do is view the video that Kristyn made on YouTube. Link to Presentation  In this presentation the author shows us how to whip up two party dips. The Apple Brickle Dip (pg.275- See Recipe Below) would be a welcomed addition to any party, especially for those who want to eat healthier. The other dip, Cream Cheese Fruit Dip follows in the same theme of lighter offerings but still feeling like party food. The last demonstration was for the famous Christmas cookie, the Sugar Cookie (pg.242). This cookie would be a hit at any holiday party or special gathering.

This is one cookbook that meets all the criteria to be an instant classic. Rated 5 stars plus.


Enjoy this recipe compliments of the author.

Apple Brickle Dip Recipe

 This 5-Ingredient Apple Brickle Dip recipe takes minutes to make and is so delicious! Plus, it uses common ingredients. The addition of Heath Toffee Bits makes it even better!

Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 5 minutes mins


·         1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened

·         ½ cup packed light brown sugar

·         ½ cup granulated sugar

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·         1 (8-ounce) package Heath Toffee Bits

·         Sliced apples: Gala, Fuji or Honeycrisp for serving


1.  In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, both sugars and vanilla with a hand mixer.

2.  Fold in toffee bits and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3.  Serve with sliced apples for dipping.


Make Ahead: You can make this dip 3–5 days ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

More Dipping Ideas: Though this dip was created for apples, you can certainly use other delicious dippers such as pineapple spears, berries, graham crackers, pretzels, vanilla wafers, Oreos or gingersnaps.

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Review by Bobbie Kitto

Note: Roberta (Bobbie) Kitto is a freelance writer based out of Laughlin, NV. Her interests include travel, culinary pursuits and gardening. No fee was paid for this article, but she did receive a free cookbook to review. Her opinions are her own.

To make the best of each recipe, use quality ingredients! Bobbie  highly recommends products from Melissa’s



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Edited by Linda Kissam

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