Easy Pie Recipes for Every Craving

When cooler weather hits we start craving more decadent and cozy treats. No matter what you are craving, Wind & Willow’s vault of recipes has the perfect dessert for you. Today we are talking about the quintessential dessert: pie. Apple, pumpkin, and everything in between. We are listing our favorite pies to get cozy season started!

When you want the most gooey apple pie:

Caramel Apple Pie

Use Wind & Willow Caramel Apple Cider Mix to create this Caramel Apple pie. No need to measure every spice in your cabinet, simply lightly saute peeled and cored apple slices in butter, sprinkle with flour and the Cider Mix, and use it to fill a pre-made (unbaked) pie crust. After cooking at 350 for 25 minutes, the resulting pie is caramel filled and difficult to stop eating!

When you just want a bite…

Caramel Apple Tart

For individually portioned apple pies that don’t require the oven or peeling apples, try the Caramel Apple Tart recipe. Combine the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix with flour, water, salt, and chopped apples and simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Fill small tart cups with the filling. Whipped topping and caramel sauce are optional garnishes for this recipes, but they truly send the tarts over the edge to perfection!

When you want apple pie, but creamier…

Caramel Apple Cream Pie

For this creamy take on classic apple pie, heat apple pie filling on the stove, add cream cheese and the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix, and pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust. This recipe could not be simpler, or more delicious!

When you want to feel like a fancy French chef…

Creme Brulee Pie

Wind & Willow Creme Brulee Cheeseball & Dessert Mix makes it easy to impress guests! You will just need the mix, a pie crust, cornstarch, butter, and heavy cream to make this masterpiece. Check out the full directions here.

When you are craving pumpkin…

Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

Caught with a pumpkin craving, but don’t have pumpkin on hand? No worries! Wind & Willow Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix has you covered. This recipe is our twist on classic pumpkin pie.

When you want something decadent…

Turtle Cheesecake

This decadent recipe is on the back of the Turtle Cheesecake package! It is our classic quick cheesecake, but it is truly the garnishes that make it shine! Prepare the Turtle Cheesecake Mix using the package quick cheesecake directions, but opt for a chocolate graham crust. Garnish the pie with chocolate and caramel sauces, along with the included pecan topping, for the most decadent quick cheesecake!

When you want something savory…

Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Quiche

For all the people without much of a sweet tooth, this one is for you! Pies truly come in all forms, and quiche is our favorite savory option. Use Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix to add a punch of flavor in this easy recipe.

Pies, Pies, Pies…

…And that isn’t even all the pies! If you are still craving something different check out these recipes: Quick Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sweet Potato Pie, Cherry Cherry Cheesecake, Elegant Fruit Tarts, Mini Dessert Tarts, No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie, Classic Quick Cheesecake, and Key Lime Cheesecake Tart. If we start counting pizza “pie” recipes then the options are truly endless!

We can’t wait to hear what your favorite pie is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which pie you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content!

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NEW! Hot Cocoa Line

For years, customers have asked that we launch a line of Hot Cocoa Mixes. We have taken this time to develop the best cocoa mixes on the market, and we are so excited for you to try them! These mixes have great clean ingredient labels, rich luxurious flavors, and eye catching packaging. Each box contains a resealable pouch which makes 4 servings of Hot Cocoa (use 2 Tablespoons of the mix for a single serving). Combine with milk (or plant milk alternative) and microwave or heat on the stove top.

Each of the six flavors are unique and so delicious! The four traditional chocolate flavors include Original, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, and Cafe Mocha. For a seasonal twist, try one of the white chocolate flavors. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate tastes like fall in a cup, while White Chocolate Peppermint would clearly be Santa’s favorite drink!

The beautiful, cozy packaging makes these mixes perfect for gifting. We can already imagine all of the cocoa, coffee, and holiday themed baskets. And they would make the sweetest stocking stuffer for everyone in your family!

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With everyday flavors like Chocolate Raspberry and Cafe Mocha, you won’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy a decadent cup of hot chocolate. These cocoas make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up all year round!

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Which flavor will you try first? We keep our pantry stocked with one of each at all times. After all, you never know which flavor will suit your mood!

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Don’t forget to shop all of our Fall Favorites like Apple Cider, Roasted Pecans, Soup, and Seasonal Cheeseball Mixes.

Follow us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for all of the latest updates on new releases, recipes, and more!

How to Pack Exciting Lunches for Kids

There is certainly no wrong way to pack a lunch for your family, but if you are in a rut, we have some great tips to get you and your kids excited about lunch again! From using Wind & Willow products to boost flavor to making lunches visually interesting, this advice is sure to engage your kiddos and have them bringing an empty lunch box home.

The easiest way to make meals more interesting for your kids is by simply arranging the same foods in a new way. In the picture below, you can see that we could have simply packed toast with a side of fruit and cheese. Instead, try spreading a Sweet Wind & Willow Cheeseball on the toast and arranging the fruit into little animal faces. Just like that this lunch instantly becomes adorable! Check out our full Critter Toast recipe here.

Another easy way to get the kids more excited about their fruits and veggies at lunch is to cut them out into little shapes with mini cookie cutters. They are inexpensive to buy online and make a big impact. Pair star shaped cucumbers with Wind & Willow Ranch Dip or flower shaped red peppers with Fresh Picked Spinach Dip.

One of the quickest ways to add a personal touch to your child’s lunch is by adding a hand written note. It doesn’t have to be long or profound, just a little mid-day reminder that you are thinking of them. It is sure to put a smile on their face.

Our favorite way to add interest to a standard lunch is by bumping up the flavor! Simply prepare and spread your favorite Savory Wind & Willow Cheeseball onto a tortilla and roll it up. Cut it into 1″ cross sections for pinwheels with lots of flavor. You can use the same cheeseball as a sandwich spread the next day, or even try adding it inside a grilled cheese for a twist on a classic (served with Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup of course). Make an easy chicken salad by adding a prepared Savory Dip Mix to diced rotisserie chicken.

It’s hard to think about putting together a healthy yet exciting lunch for your kids on those hectic mornings before school. If you can take a few minutes on Sunday to cut out veggies for the week, prepare a Wind & Willow Cheeseball or Dip, and portion out fresh fruit for each day it can make throwing together lunches throughout the week quick and easy.

It can also be helpful to write down a game plan for the week. Even if you don’t stick to it perfectly, it’s much better to have something to go off of than nothing at all. Trying to think of a meal while getting the kids ready for school is next to impossible! Simply make a list of 5 main dishes and ensure you have everything on hand. Then add quick sides like fresh fruit or vegetables with a sweet or savory dip.

Lastly, the right containers can make portioning lunches easy, and often makes them look more fun to kids. Bento box style containers have several compartments to keep foods separate. If you have a single compartment container, use cupcake liners (reusable silicone liners work the best) to separate different items. This will keep each item fresher and will let kids mix and match flavors with every bite.

There is no wrong way to pack a lunch, but if you and your family are ready to change things up, Wind & Willow products are a great way to start mixing up the flavors you are used to. We hope these tips make it easier for you to create extra special lunches that get your kids excited for their mid-day meal.

We can’t wait to hear how you and your little foodies are using Wind & Willow to create new and exciting weekday lunches! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook @windandwillowfoods for a chance to be featured.

How to make a Frozen Margarita Cheesecake

This fun dessert will be the life of the party! Just a shot full of your favorite tequila will kick up our quick cheesecake recipe to a whole new level. Follow these easy instructions to create this fun dessert that your friends will request over and over again!

First, gather your ingredients. There aren’t many! A Wind & Willow Key Lime Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix, 8 oz cream cheese, 1.5 ounces tequila (equivalent of one shot or 3 Tbs), and 8 oz whipped topping. Salt and lime are optional, but they give the dessert the full cocktail treatment.

If you want a salted rim (would also work with sugar), put about a half cup of course salt on a small plate-something with a ridge works best to keep everything in. Fill another small plate or shallow bowl with 1/4 inch of water. Dip the rim of each margarita glass in water first and then into the salt. Set the finished glasses aside.

Next, prepare the cheesecake filling. Combine Key Lime Pie Mix (reserve topping for later) and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Slowly add in tequila until well combined. Fold in whipped topping. Fill margarita glasses (or a pre-made graham cracker crust) with the mixture. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.

When the cheesecakes are ready to serve, sprinkle the top with the graham cracker topping packet and garnish with lime if desired.

This recipe will fill two standard margarita glasses to the brim for a sharable portion size in each glass. For smaller individual portion sizes, fill large shot glasses with the cheesecake mixture or fill a prepared graham cracker crust and cut into slices when ready to serve.

The Best Recipes for your Next Camp Out

Unplug and enjoy the great outdoors with Wind & Willow this summer! These easy gourmet recipes grantee that you won’t be sacrificing taste or convenience when you head out to your campsite.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Combine Savory Cheeseball Mix of your choice and its topping packet with an 8oz package of cream cheese. Fill cored, halved jalapenos with the mixture. Place two filled halves together and wrap with a slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Carefully place the prepped jalapenos in an airtight container and bring to your campsite in a chilled cooler. Cook in a Dutch oven over a camp fire or in a cast iron skillet.

Soup Mixes Camping Style

Each Wind & Willow Soup Mix is simply prepared by adding water. This makes them super simple to prepare at your campsite over a fire in a cast iron pot. One of our favorite ways to stretch a Tortilla con Queso soup for a crowed is to add a can of drained black beans and a can of drained corn! Another option is to place the contents of a One Cup Soup Mix into a mug and then pour boiling water over them.

Chipotle Burgers

If you want to spice up your grilling this summer, combine 2 Lb of ground beef with Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix. Tip: We love to prep our seasoned burgers into patties at home and store in an airtight container, keeping each patty separate between pieces of wax paper. Cook in a cast iron skillet right over the fire!

Roasted Corn

Simply combine Roasted Red Pepper Dip Mix with oil and brush it on to ears of corn while they roast on a grill or over a camp fire. They are packed with flavor and beautiful charred color. Everyone in the family will be asking for these each summer!

Everything Tastes Better on an Open Flame

There is something about being outdoors, watching a fire burn, and spending time with family that makes these recipes taste just that much better. Wind & Willow makes eating gourmet meals easy no matter where you are!

Be sure to take plenty of pictures when you cook outdoors with Wind & Willow this summer, and tag @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to have your image shared!

How to Create a Vibrant Summer Grazing Board

Spontaneous gatherings with friends and family are a staple of the summer season. We love grilling out, picnics, pool parties, and just about any other excuse is enough to get us outdoors and with our favorite people. What we don’t love;  planning what to make, what to bring, or having to make an extra store run! The solution is simple; a grazing board! It is like a charcuterie board but without all the fuss. There are just a few steps to creating the perfect spread.

#1 Keep the essentials on hand: If you have your favorite Wind & Willow Dip Mixes on hand along with mayo and sour cream (or replace with Greek yogurt for a lighter snack) a vibrant grazing board can be your go to all summer long!

#2 Take inventory of your fridge: Check out what you already have on hand. If you keep your fridge stocked with produce and a box of chips or crackers in your pantry, you likely won’t need an extra trip to the store to whip up this impromptu snack.

#3 Create your board: Place dishes of your favorite Wind & Willow dips on your board first. Then, add small stacks of produce, chips, crackers, and any other small bites you might want to include.

#4 Take a picture for your social because it is a masterpiece! This vibrant summer grazing board will be your go-to all summer long for every backyard BBQ, pool party, and beach bash. It is beautiful, tasty, and makes you look like the life of the party! When you post a picture of your beautiful creation, make sure to tag us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to have your image shared!

Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Wind & Willow Mixes

Wind & Willow has what you need to celebrate with all your friends and family (even if they are on a special diet)!  This post is dedicated to all things dairy-free and gluten-free. Our lists include mixes without the specified allergen in the ingredient list.*

*Products are manufactured in a facility that processes products containing dairy and gluten.  Cleaning and precautions are taken but cross contamination cannot be ruled out.  Therefore, these products may not be suitable for these with extreme sensitivity.

You can skip ahead to the category you are most interested in by clicking on it in the outline below.

Dairy-Free Mixes

  1. Cheeseballs
  2. Cheesecake Dips
  3. Savory Dips
  4. Hot Ciders
  5. Roasted Pecans

Gluten-Free Mixes

  1. Cheeseballs
  2. Cheesecake Dips
  3. Savory Dips
  4. Hot Dips
  5. Apple Ciders
  6. Roasted Pecans

Tips for Serving

Dairy-Free Mixes

Cheeseball Mixes

Key Lime Pie

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry*

Carrot Cake*

Pumpkin Pie*

The BLT

Caramelized Onion

Spinach Artichoke

Jalapeno Peach

Cheesecake Dips (All)

Brownie Batter

Butter Rum

Raspberry

Savory Dips

Cucumber Dill

Fiesta Ranchero

Fresh Picked Spinach

Roasted Red Pepper

Savory Herb & Pecan

Hot Cider Mixes (All)

Original Mulled*

Caramel Apple*

English Wassail*

Roasted Pecan Mixes (All)

Cinnamon & Sugar

Caramel Apple

Cracked Pepper & Garlic

Gluten-Free Mixes

Cheeseball Mixes

Caramelized Onion

Tuscan Olive

Jalapeno Jack

Jalapeno Peach

Santa Fe

White Chocolate Cherry

Carrot Cake*

The following Cheeseball Mixes are Gluten-Free if used without Topping Packet

Key Lime Pie

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry*

Pumpkin Pie*

Caramel Apple*

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Bacon Bleu Cheese

Smokehouse Bacon & Cheddar

Cheesecake Dips (All)

Brownie Batter

Butter Rum

Raspberry

Savory Dip Mixes

Asiago & Roasted Garlic

Back at the Ranch

Chipotle Cheddar

Cucumber Dill

Fiesta Ranchero

Fresh Picked Spinach

Parmesan Balsamic

Roasted Red Pepper

Savory Herb & Pecan

Hot Dip Mixes (All)

Bacon & Ranch

Loaded Cheddar

Southwest Queso

Spinach Parmesan

Chocolate Lava

Salted Caramel

Apple Cider Mixes (All)

Original Mulled

Caramel Apple

English Wassail

Roasted Pecan Mixes (All)

Cinnamon & Sugar

Caramel Apple

Cracked Pepper & Garlic

*Seasonal item, while supplies last

Tips for Serving

Ensuring that the noted products are also served gluten-free is simple. Prepare them as directed on the box (note that some alternative recipes include gluten containing ingredients), and serve with your choice of fruits, veggies, or gluten-free crackers and cookies.

Dairy-free options are becoming increasingly available in grocery store, making it easier than ever to prepare Wind & Willow products with no dairy. Replace any dairy containing ingredient called for on the packaging with the non-dairy equivalent of your choice. Vegan butter, cream cheese, sour cream, milk, and even mayonnaise can be found at most stores.

Easy Weeknight Pizza Recipes

Making homemade pizza doesn’t have to be a special weekend project. With these easy recipes, and a little help from Wind & Willow, you can have pizza on the table in minutes! Check out some of our favorite pizza recipes below.

Spring Veggie Flatbread

To create this beautiful flatbread pizza, top two warm store-bought naan or flatbread with your favorite Savory Cheeseball and Appetizer Mix; we love Bruschetta for it’s fresh flavor! Add fresh vegetables like cucumber, radish, sugar snap peas, and salad greens.

Homemade Oven Pizza

This recipe utilizes a refrigerated pizza dough to keep it quick and easy. Bake your crust half way, add your toppings, and then put it back in the oven for a few minutes to finish. With all the fresh and flavorful toppings, no one will ever guess you didn’t spend hours on the crust!

Southwest Fresh Pizza

This beautiful pizza is simple and easy! Bake a refrigerated pizza crust as directed, then top with a Santa Fe Cheeseball Mix (prepared with cream cheese and sour cream) along with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and olives!

Tropical Dessert Pizza

We always save room for dessert! Especially for pizza night. This recipe uses refrigerated cookie dough in place of a crust. Press the cookie dough into a pizza pan and bake until golden. Top with a prepared Key Lime Pie Cheeseball (or your favorite Sweet Cheeseball Mix) and add fruit of your choice or allow each family member to decorate their own slice.

Any Night is a Pizza Night

These recipes are perfect for any night of the week. Easy enough for a weeknight and special enough for a family night on the weekend. Which recipe is your favorite? Tag us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page! Follow us out on Pinterest to keep up to date on all of our latest recipes.

How to Create a Brunch Board

Creating a brunch board can take something simple, like bagels and cream cheese, and elevate it into something special.  Turn a few humble ingredients into the unexpected centerpiece of a gathering. We love giving our guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorite bagel and toppings.  Each bite can be unique and creative. Follow this step-by-step guide to create a beautiful brunch board using ingredients you likely have on hand.

Choose your Spread

Start by preparing two or more of your favorite Wind & Willow Cheeseballs. On our board we used two sweet Cheeseballs, Carrot Cake and Lemon Blueberry, but you could also mix in a savory Cheeseball to give more options. Whether you choose sweet, savory, or a combination, starting with Wind & Willow is a must for creating the best gourmet spread!

Once your cheeseballs are prepared, place them on the board. This could be any food safe tray, cutting board, or even a sheet pan! Placing the cheeseballs in a bowl first is optional, but helps to contain them.

Add Some Color

Next, place fruit around the tray. Here, we chose berries, but depending on what cheeseballs you use, pair whatever fruit you like! If using savory cheeseballs, traditional savory toppings like tomatoes and red onions would be perfect in place of fruit.

Waffles, Bagels, and Toast… oh my!

Add waffles, toast, or bite sized pancakes to the board. Adding at least one option in addition to bagels ensures that everyone will have something they love. Plus, it makes the board look beautiful.

Finally, add a variety of mini bagels. The small size fits perfectly on the board and also means guests can try more than one flavor combination!

Serve this board as is or alongside savory fare and cocktails for a full brunch effect!

Brunch Made Easy

Using Wind & Willow Cheeseball Mixes takes a breakfast that could come across as pretty boring and turns it into a colorful centerpiece full of flavor! Gathering quality ingredients and being intentional about placement on your board makes all the difference in the world.  We love taking simple everyday moments, like breakfast with your family, and elevating it to a moment full of memories! 

We would love to see how you use Wind & Willow products to spruce up your brunch! We are on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram @windandwillowfoods. Tag us for a chance to be featured on our page.

NEW! Limited Time Spring Flavors

We have some fresh new ideas for 2021! New, limited time-only Spring Seasonal Cheeseball Mixes. No need to wait for warm weather to bring a little sunshine to your shelves. Seasonal flavors in bright, fun packaging evoke thoughts of sweet, simpler times. Faded denim blue and soft polka dots, fresh daisies and fresh new flavors! This year it’s all about fresh, fun, and bright. Are you in?

Lemon Blueberry

Lemon and Blueberry is a flavor match made in heaven. Sweet and tangy, this duo makes us think of picking blueberries and drinking lemonade. We cannot get enough!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake has it all: sweet carrots, crunchy nuts, cinnamon, spice, and that decadent cream cheese icing! Get all of the things you love without going to the trouble of baking a cake. Plus, it is much easier to spread on bagels!

Brighten Up Brunch

The best part about our mixes is that they give you an easy way to dress up everyday gatherings. You can easily create a spring bagel board that is sure to impress. Simply prepare the Lemon Blueberry and Carrot Cake Cheeseballs, place on an extra-large serving tray surrounded with toasted bagels, waffles, and fruit. Minimal effort with maximum brunch effect!