Getting Ready For Christmas

Crescent Roll Wreath Appetizer

Crescent Roll Wreath Appetizer

 Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh or thawed frozen broccoli florets
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (scallions)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped baked ham or crisp-cooked bacon (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mist a 12 to 14 inch pizza pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, broccoli, bell pepper, water chestnuts, green onions, and ham (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Unwrap the crescent roll dough and separate along the perforations into 16 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a circle with the wide sides toward the center and the long, tapered points facing out over the edge of the pan; leave a 5 inch wide open space in the center. Let the edges of the wide sides overlap slightly and gently press them together. Spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the widest part of the circle of dough. Pull the long points of dough over the filling and tuck under the ends to form a ring. Some of the filling will remain visible between the strips of dough. The finished round should resemble a wreath. Whisk together the egg and water. Brush the dough with the egg mixture and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake until the dough is deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Run a metal spatula under the wreath and then slide it onto a serving platter. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8-12.

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Turkey Time

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Pie:

  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, unbaked

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cold butter

To make the pie: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Sift the flour, salt and sugar together. Using an electric mixer, beat in the egg, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon into the flour mixture. Continue to beat for about 2 minutes. Fold in the apples. Spoon the mixture into the crust and bake about 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue to bake for 30 minutes.

To make the topping: Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter until it forms a crumbly mix. Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle with the topping. Cook for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Turkey Time

Milky Way Pecan Pound Cake

Milky Way Pecan Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 12 ½ oz. Milky Way candy bars
  • 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Combine the candy bars with ½ cup butter in a saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. While the candy is melting, cream ½ cup butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until light. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Mix until smooth. Add the melted candy mixture, and continue mixing. Stir in the vanilla and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Cover and store at room temperature.

Makes 16-20 servings

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Turkey Time

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Icing

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

½ cup flaked coconut

To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans. Combine the sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, and beat for 1 minute. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Divide the batter among the three cake pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely.

To make the icing: In a large bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and coconut.

To assemble: Place one cake on a plate, and spread a thin layer of icing on top. Place the second cake on top of the first, and spread another thin layer of icing. Place the third cake on top, and ice the top and sides of the cakes. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 16 servings

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Turkey Time

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups carrots, grated (2 medium)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Icing:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the oil. Mix in the beaten eggs, carrots and pecans. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before icing.

To make the icing: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Ice the top and sides of the cake. Keep refrigerated.

Makes 16 servings

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Turkey Time

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the fruit cocktail, eggs and vanilla. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the icing:

Combine the milk, butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture boils. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, and add the vanilla, coconut and pecans. Spread over the cake. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.

Makes 12 servings

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Halloween Time

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Green decorating icing
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

 Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dough, peanut butter, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Reserve half of dough; wrap and refrigerate.

Roll out remaining dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side of each circle to make teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Roll out reserved dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side to each circle to form teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cut out 2 oblong holes for eyes. Make small slit for mouth. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Spread icing on cookies with faces; let stand 10 minutes or until set. Spread jam on uncut cookies. Top each jam topped cookie with green face cookie.

 Makes 14 sandwich cookies

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Halloween Time

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • Shaved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

Meanwhile, beat butter and powdered sugar at medium low speed with an electric mixer until combined; add milk, peppermint extract and food colorings, beating until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat 1 minute or until fluffy.

Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil. Spread frosting evenly over brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle with thinly shaved mints.

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Halloween Time

Orange Ombre Cake

Orange Ombre Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • ¼ cup thawed, frozen orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. orange zest
  • Orange food coloring paste
  • Sweet Orange Frosting

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 4 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch of cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding ¼ cup orange juice concentrate and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Divide batter evenly between 4 bowls (about 2 ½ cups per bowl).

Set 1 bowl aside. Add dash orange food coloring to second bowl, stirring until blended. Color batters in remaining 2 bowls gradually darker shades of orange. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Sweet Orange Frosting: Beat 2 ¼ cups softened, salted butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 8 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), ½ tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. orange zest. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Set aside 1 cup Sweet Orange Frosting in a small bowl. Divide remaining 6 cups frosting evenly among 3 bowls. Add dash of orange food coloring paste to one bowl, stirring until blended. Color remaining 2 bowls of frosting gradually darker shades of orange.

Place darkest orange cake layer on a cake stand. Spread 1 cup darkest orange frosting evenly over cake. Repeat process with cake layers and frosting, layering from darkest to lightest. Spread remaining darkest tinted orange frosting on bottom third of cake sides. Spread remaining medium tinted frosting on middle third of cake sides. Spread remaining lightest tinted frosting on top third of cake sides. Spread plain frosting on top of cake.

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Halloween Time

Surprise Cherry Cookies

Surprise Cherry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 24 whole red maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp. milk
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. rainbow candy sprinkles

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie dough according to package directions. Shape dough into 24 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap around each cherry, covering completely and sealing edges. Place dough balls into 2 lightly greased (12-cup) miniature muffin pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and just firm. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cook completely. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth, adding additional milk if necessary, for desired glaze consistency. Spoon glaze onto each cookie, top with candy sprinkles.

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