Showing posts with label Holiday recipe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday recipe. Show all posts

Dec 24, 2014

So Easy, but Such a Crowd-Pleaser

1 can whole water chestnuts
1/2 strip of bacon for each chestnut (you can use pre-cooked)
Sauce: We like barbeque sauce, French dressing, or Russian dressing, but teriyaki, soy, Zesty Italian, etc. are also possible choices.

Cook the bacon in a skillet or microwave but don't let it get crispy. When it cools, wrap it around a water chestnut and skewer with a toothpick. Set them on a foil-covered broiler pan, brush with the sauce of your choice, and broil until the bacon sizzles and turns crisp.
Make lots, because no one can eat just one of these!

Dec 23, 2014

Cheesy Bacon Appetizers: Good Now or Good for New Year's

These appetizers are easy and yummy--and easy!

1 pound sliced bacon
2 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
1 c. mayonnaise
1 pound sliced pumpernickel party bread



Cook bacon in a skillet until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
Preheat oven to broil.
In a medium bowl combine the bacon, cheese, mustard and mayonnaise. Stir well. Arrange party bread on a cookie sheet. Spoon mixture onto each slice of bread.
Broil for 5 minutes
or until bubbly.

Dec 21, 2014

Easy Holiday Breakfast Omelet

If you've got a houseful of company for the holidays, here's a breakfast treat you can make ahead and pop in the oven just before the gift opening begins. It makes the house smell great, and when the last of the unwrapping is done, there's breakfast for everyone!

1 doz. eggs
dash pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. milk
1 c. American cheese, grated
3 slices bread, cubed
Mix ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate. Get creative with things your family likes by adding chopped ham, crumbled bacon, peppers, onion, sausage, etc.
In the morning, pour mixture into 9x13 pan and bake for 45 min. at 350 degrees. You can serve this on bagels or English muffins, or with toast on the side for a complete and wonderful holiday breakfast.

Dec 19, 2014

Pecan Pie Bars

Just what they sound like--great for parties

Crust:
1/2 c. oleo
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
Mix well and press into 9x13" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

Topping:
Mix
5 eggs
1 c. syrup (I use light but recipe says you can use light or dark)
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. pecans, broken

Pour mixture over crust and bake at 275 degrees for about 50 min. Cut into bars.

Dec 18, 2014

Fruit Pizza

I don't claim this one is exactly healthy, but it does have fruit, and you can make it look very festive by focusing on reds and greens.

Make sugar cookie dough and flatten it onto a lightly greased pizza pan. You can use your own recipe or even store-bought, but here's one that works:

Crust:
1 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Blend butter, sugar, egg & almond extract well. Mix flour, soda, and tartar and blend in.
Bake in 375 degree oven until lightly browned. Cool.

Topping
When cool crust is completely cool, spread with topping.
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Fruit:
Top with fresh fruit: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, etc. (Note: I've never gotten as creative as the pic above, but someday I might!)

Dec 16, 2014

Brownie Pudding

              
                                        This one always makes me feel like I can do magic!

Brownie batter
1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Pudding
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. hot water

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add milk, oil, and vanilla (I add 1/2 c. walnuts here). Stir well and put into greased 8x8 baking pan. (Batter is thick; I flatten it a little with a spatula.)
Combine brown sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Pour hot water in and stir until liquified. Pour over the brownie batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

When done, the brownies are on top and below them is rich, dark pudding. Scoop out a serving, turn it upside down in a bowl, and add ice cream or whipped cream, and you've got a major treat that was easy to make!

Dec 15, 2014

Four-layer Delight

The pudding you use is your choice. I like pistachio for this one.

1 stick oleo/butter
1 c. flour

1/2 c. chopped nuts
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 package Cool Whip
3 c. milk
2 small packages instant pudding

Layer 1: Melt oleo, add flour and nuts. Press into 9x13 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15 min.
Layer 2: Blend cream cheese & p. sugar, add 1 c. Cool Whip. Mix and spread over cooled Layer 1.
Layer 3: Mix 2 pudding mixes with milk. Pour over 1 & 2. Chill until set.
Layer 4: Spread remaining Cool Whip on top

Dec 14, 2014

Recipe: Simple Sauce for Sunday

The easiest and best hot fudge sauce for ice cream, desserts (or even to eat with a spoon, as someone I know well tends to do).

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 square baking chocolate
1 scoop peanut butter (more or less to your taste)

Melt the baking chocolate in a saucepan. Pour in milk and mix well over low heat. Add peanut butter for a creamy consistency and rich taste. Stores well in the fridge, I hear, but it never lasts long at my house so I can't speak to that! Put it in a pretty jar and it makes a great gift, too.


Dec 13, 2014

Reindeer Cookies

Any sugar cookie recipe will do for these cookies, but here's one that's good. It's the decorations that make them fun.

1/2 c. margarine/butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp.
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 c. flour

Oven 350 degrees
 Combine butter, cream cheese, and p. sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on low, add flour until dough holds together. Make it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into triangle shapes. Bake 15 minutes until edges brown lightly. Cool completely.
Frost cookies with chocolate icing. Break pretzel loops off and set them along top edge for antlers. Add candies or dots of colored frosting for for eyes and noses.

Dec 12, 2014

Cookie Cutter Cakes

This recipe can get a little fussy, but that's what it's all about in Christmas baking, right?

1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. oleo/butter
1/4 c. shortening
1/2 c. milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
Flavorings (see below)

Combine the first six ingredients and blend for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add flavorings you want from this list or make up your own. I like to divide up the batter and make three or four differently flavored cakes, which takes smaller pans. If you make it all the same flavor, use a 9x13 pan.
  For egg nog: 1 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp. rum extract, 1/2 c. chopped nuts
  For cherry: 1 tsp. almond extract, 8 oz. jar of chopped maraschino cherries
  For lemon: 2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  For orange: 2 tsp. orange juice, 2 tsp grated orange peel
  For nut: 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. almond extract, 1/2 c. chopped nuts
  For coconut: 1/2 tsp. coconut extract, 1/4 tsp. almond extract, 1/3 c. flaked coconut

Bake 25-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, cut into shapes (if desired), and dip in thin confectioners' icing. (Mix 1 tsp. of vanilla with one tbsp of butter and 1/4 c. milk. Add powdered sugar until the consistency is right.)
Of course you can color the icing and put sprinkles, etc. on these petits four type cakes.

Dec 11, 2014

Caramels

I only make these once a year because the cooking part takes so darned long. Still, they're wonderful little bits of heaven, and they cost a fraction of what you'll pay in a candy store.

2 c. sugar
Dash salt
2 c. white corn syrup
1/2 stick butter
2 c. condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Boil sugar, salt and corn syrup to 245 degrees. Add butter & milk (don't let it stop boiling).
Cook to 242 degrees, stirring constantly (this is the part that takes forever, but it you aren't careful it will scorch on the bottom and you'll have lumps of yukky stuff.)
Add vanilla.
Pour into 9-inch square pan and cool. Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper.

Dec 10, 2014

Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 c. butter or margarine (softened)
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1/1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
2/ 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red food coloring


Oven: 375
Mix butter, shortening, p. sugar well, add egg and flavorings.
Blend in flour & salt
Divide dough in half; color one half red.
Shape 1 tsp. of dough from each half into ropes by rolling on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side, pinch ends together, and twist to form candy cane shape. Bend one end to make the crook.
Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake about 9 minutes, until set and very light brown.
If desired, frost/sprinkle.
Makes about 4 dozen

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