Hi, Friends! Today I’ve partnered with Midwest Dairy to bring you these delicious recipes for Foodie Friday!

With the holidays in full swing, I wanted to highlight some delicious ways I enjoy dairy during the holiday season and chat about how dairy farmers prioritize their communities, care for their animals and value sustainability.

You might not think you have a lot in common with a dairy farmer, but if you care about your family, community and the environment, you have a lot in common with dairy farmers!

If you love and care for your community, dairy does too! 3 million people are employed by the dairy industry and 95% of dairy farms are family owned.

If you care about animals, dairy does too! The dairy industry includes veterinarians and nutritionists that help keep cows healthy. Many dairy farms have sand bedding, fans and misters that help keep cows comfortable.

If you value sustainability, dairy does too! Compared to 70 years ago, making a gallon of milk now requires 90% less land. Thanks to innovative dairy farming practices, the environmental impact of producing a gallon of milk in 2017 shrunk significantly, requiring 30% less water, 21% less land and a 19% smaller carbon footprint than it did in 2007. Milk production only contributes approximately 1.3% of all U.S. GHG emissions. (By comparison, transportation as an industry in the U.S. accounts for 28% of GHG emissions.)

Because of dairy’s commitment to family and community, I wanted to share these recipes with you –> My Foodie Friday Community, so that you can share these delicious recipes with your friends and family this holiday season.

The first recipe is a peppermint chocolate coffee cupcake made with real milk, cream cheese, chocolate and coffee. (Yes, it’s that good!) And of course you have to pair it with this super easy and delicious eggnog made with real milk and Greek yogurt. This combo is sure to please throughout the Holidays. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

  • 30 minutes
  • 15 ingredients
  • 10 steps


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients, mix until just combined
  3. Add eggs, oil, milk, and extract into the mixer. Mix for 30 seconds.
  4. Add boiling water, mix on high for 1 minute.
  5. Portion into cupcake pan with liners in place first. Fill 2/3 of the way up.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. While cupcakes are baking, in a mixer with paddle attachment, mix 8 oz cream cheese.
  8. Mixing on low add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar at a time. after each full cup, mix on high 30 seconds.
  9. Once third cup is added, add peppermint extract, mix until fluffy, if too thick you can thin with 1 Tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency.
  10. Frost cupcakes once cooled.

Vanilla Peppermint Eggnog

  • 0 minutes
  • 7 ingredients
  • 2 steps


  • 3/4 cup Egg Beaters (or pasteurized egg product)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups 1% milk
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint flavoring
  • 1/8 tsp salt (or pinch of salt)


  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with crushed peppermint candy if desired.

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