Archive | December 2012

Peppermint sticks of Chocolate

These are little peppermint sticks dipped in chocolate and then rolled in sprinkles. I put them in mason jars and cut up some cute cupcake liners to decorate the jars. These are good to stir into hot chocolate or coffee.

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Cracker Barrel Biscuits

These are really easy and taste delicious!

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2 1/4 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
melted butter, for brushing
Directions:

1
Preheat oven to 450.
2
Mix the Bisquick, buttermilk and sugar together in a bowl.
3
Add the melted butter into the batter.
4
Stir until a soft dough forms.
5
Turn out onto a well floured work surface.
6
Knead 20 times (this is a very forgiving dough), and don’t be afraid to get additional flour into the dough.
7
Roll 1/2 thick, or thicker if you prefer towering biscuits.
8
Place close together on an ungreased baking sheet.
9
Brush tops with melted butter.
10
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes; I usually find 8 minutes is enough.
11
When you remove the biscuits from the oven, brush the tops with melted butter again.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/cracker-barrel-old-country-store-biscuits-95314?oc=linkback

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites

I also used chocolate chip cookie dough with success, although surprisingly most people preferred the gingerbread.

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Roll two teaspoons of cookie dough into a ball for each cookie. Place balls of dough into paper liners mini cupcake/muffin pan. Make a well/indentation into each ball of dough with a flour dipped mini rolling pin or the back of a measurement teaspoon.
Beat room temperature cream cheese with powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla. Place filling into a piping bag, cut off edge of bag. Place one teaspoon or so of filling into each area of cookie dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until cookie tested with tooth pick comes out almost clean.
Don’t over fill the cookies with filling as they will rise when baked.
Let cool before removing from cupcake pan.

http://www.createdby-diane.com/2011/11/gingerbread-cheesecake-bites.html

Blueberry lemon coffee cake

I changed it from blueberries to blackberries because they were a lot cheaper at the grocery store this week. Same amount I just cut the blackberries in half.

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Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Serves 6-8
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk***
* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top
*** To make homemade buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Fill cup with milk until it reaches the 1-cup line. Let stand for five minutes.
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

http://www.alexandracooks.com/2011/06/29/buttermilk-blueberry-breakfast-cake/

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

One of my favorite dessert recipes to date. Incredible!

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1 ¾ cups vanilla wafer crumbs
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
⅓ cup butter, melted
Pecan Filling:
1 cup sugar
⅔ cup dark corn syrup
⅓ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 ¼ cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 eggs
⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crust:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine wafer crumbs and brown sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9″ springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Pecan Filling:

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into crust and set aside.

Cheesecake Filling:

Reduce oven to 325°. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Add brown sugar and flour and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Stir in cream and vanilla. Pour over pecan filling. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven with the door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven and run a knife along the outside edges to loosen cheesecake from sides of pan. Let cool. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
http://www.heidis-so-called-life.com/2010/11/pecan-pie-cheesecake.html

Pinecone Cheeseball Appetizer

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cheddar bacon ranch cheese ball
(makes 2 cheese balls)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 (8oz) packages of softened cream cheese
1 cup chopped bacon or real bacon bits
1 envelope hidden valley ranch dressing mix
1 cup chopped pecans
combine the first four ingredients and mix well. divide in half, round each side and cover with plastic wrap. place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. remove plastic wrap and roll in the chopped pecans until completely covered. tightly re-wrap with a new piece of plastic wrap.

This is the recipe I used to make the pinecone. Just minus the pecans and add almonds and fresh rosemary to your shopping list.

http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-12-06T06:00:00-08:00&max-results=15