the easiest homemade pizza sauce

Ok, so I am a total sucker for cuteness.  Cute babies, cute little tiny anythings, and cute hearts.  Especially when those hearts are in unexpected places.

Like pizza!

The Cutest Pepperoni Pizza & The Easiest Homemade Pizza Sauce!

So yeah, the heart pepperonis were totally not my idea.  I’m sure I saw them on Instagram or Pinterest.  But man were they just too cute to resist.

They did take a few minutes to make, but it was easy and fun and totally worth it!  (Kind of like cutting paper snowflakes, except they’re just hearts, and you’re cutting pepperoni instead of paper!)

Heart Pepperoni Pizza

Of course that’s not all I’ve got for you today.  If you’ve been hanging out with me for long, you are very familiar with my Homemade Pizza obsession.

What you may not know, is that I have never made homemade pizza sauce before!  I don’t even know why, except that I seemed to keep picking up jars of Trader Joe’s pizza sauce and thinking that had to be easier than making some myself.

Well, you know what?  It’s not any easier!  Seriously.  Ok, maybe 2 minutes of work is too much, but you guys, this sauce is so good and so worth it.  Give it a try next time you run out of pizza sauce!

The Cutest Pepperoni Pizza & The Easiest Homemade Pizza Sauce

the easiest homemade pizza sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (less if you don't like a little spice!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir in the garlic to sauté for about 30 seconds, until very fragrant.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil quickly over high heat and then immediately reduce to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better, the flavor only intensifies as it simmers!).

When you are about ready to start assembling your pizzas, turn off the heat so the sauce can cool back down a bit.

This should be enough for 2-3 pizzas (or one batch of my favorite homemade pizza dough). If you have leftovers, cool completely and store in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 weeks!

http://sweetannas.com/2015/02/the-easiest-homemade-pizza-sauce.html

 Now go make some pizza!  (And Happy Everything-Hearts Week!) 

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Well now, isn’t that just a lovely thought?  Cinnamon & Sugar in a butter cookie?  Why didn’t I think of that before!?

The cookie uses my favorite buttery, dense norwegian shortbread base, with a lace of cinnamon and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar on top.  And the best part – there are only 6 ingredients, that I’m almost positive you have in your kitchen right now.  All good things, right?

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Yes, I know it’s similar in concept to a Snickerdoodle, but not being a huge Snickerdoodle fan myself, I am much happier with these.

Give these a try the next time you are craving a cinnamony, buttery treat but yet you just don’t feel like getting your hands dirty.  (Does anyone else get tired of the mess of rolling cookies in sugar, like I do?!) These are a much quicker, much butterier (Is that a word?!?), and much cleaner cookie to make.

Amen, amen, amen!

Oh you guys.  I wish you could just SMELL these cookies.  I really do.  Even if you can’t eat them (diet, allergies?!) please just make them to enjoy the achingly cozy aroma (and then give them to your friends or neighbors!).

All the glorious smells of fresh homemade cinnamon rolls, in a fraction of the time and effort.  Make these once and you’ll make them again and again.  I promise!

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

cinnamon sugar butter cookies

Yield: makes over 4 dozen medium cookies

Ingredients

    for the dough:
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • for dusting, stir together:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Beat in the egg, salt and cinnamon until well mixed.

Mix in the flour, on low speed, until just well combined. Scoop the dough (using a spoon, or a medium pastry scoop) onto the parchment-lined baking sheets, at least an inch apart.

Press the balls of dough down to about 1/4" or so thickness with a fork dipped in cold water. After you have pressed down all the dough on a cookie sheet, go back and generously sprinkle each cookie with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just set and very lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the freezer for several weeks!

http://sweetannas.com/2014/12/cinnamon-sugar-butter-cookies.html

 

spiced honey nut granola

I’m standing in my kitchen surrounded by the intoxicating aroma of baking granola.  The sweet, spicy smells and the anticipation of the perfect crunchy satisfaction are almost driving my bonkers, and my stomach is growling insistently.

There is almost nothing better than baking a batch of fresh, homemade granola.  It is so incredibly simple to throw together, and the scent of granola in the oven is just plain heaven.  The sweet, nutty, cozy aroma just screams fall!

honey nut granola | Sweet Anna's

Have you ever made homemade granola?  If you haven’t, now’s the time!  Making granola is about the easiest thing you can do in your kitchen.  (And it’s an easy hands-on project for the kids too, if that’s your sort of thing!)

With less than 5 minutes of prep, and into the oven, sometimes I think I could make granola every day.  We snack on it by the handful and enjoy it on our morning bowls of yogurt.

honey nut granola | Sweet Anna's

Of course, I rarely seem to be able to make the same recipe twice (there are just too many fun variations of granola to enjoy!) but this spiced, nutty version is definitely one of my favorites.

And really, what’s better than a quick bowl of homemade granola and yogurt on a busy fall morning?!

spiced honey nut granola

Yield: makes about 8 cups of granola

Ingredients

  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar*
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 cups sliced almonds, or other chopped nuts

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, spices and salt.

(I like my granola pretty mild since we usually eat it with yogurt and jam. If you want a sweeter granola, increase the brown sugar to 1/2 cup!)

In a small bowl, melt together the coconut oil and the honey in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until just melted (you can also do this in a small pan on the stove).

Stir the honey mixture into the oat mixture until well coated. Spread evenly onto a large, rimmed baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and stir in the nuts, and then bake another 15-20 minutes, until the granola is golden.

Remove from the oven and cool completely, stirring occasionally as it cools to prevent big clumps (unless you like big clumps, then by all means, leave it be!)

http://sweetannas.com/2014/10/spiced-honey-nut-granola.html

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What’s your favorite way to eat granola?  On yogurt?  With milk?  Just plain??