Christmas In July

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Malted Milk Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 cup malted milk powder
  • 5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 ¾ cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 24 malted milk balls for garnish

Center an oven rack and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl of a stand mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the malted milk powder and whisk the mixture by hand to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heat resistant bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Once both are melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the oil until the mixture is uniform. Scrape the chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, pour in 1 cup of the milk and blend with the paddle attachment on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bottom well to incorporate any dry ingredients patches. Once combined, kick up the mixer to medium-high speed for 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape the paddle, sides and bottom of the bowl. Whisk together the remaining ¾ cup of milk, the eggs and the vanilla in a separate bowl and add half this mixture into the batter on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the second half of the mixture, blending until well combined. Pour the thin batter into the paper-lined pans, filling the cups to just below the rim. Place the tins in the middle of the oven and bake until the cupcakes are perky and firm on the top, 24 to 26 minutes. Cool the cakes in their tins on a wire rack until they reach room temperature. Once cool, frost the cupcakes with the frosting and place a malted milk ball on top for decoration. These cupcakes are best the day they are made but keep for 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Frosted Butter CookiesFrosted Butter Cookies

Cookies:

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 ½ sticks (1/2 pound plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all- purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 4 large pasteurized egg whites
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 6 teaspoons milk, if needed
  • Food coloring gel (optional)
  • Sprinkles, jimmies, sanding sugar (optional)

For the cookies: In a large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat the powdered sugar, butter egg yolks, salt almond extract, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour and beat on low speed until large clumps of dough form. The dough will look too dry at first, so be patient. Pour the dough clumps onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Gather into a ball & flatten into a disk. Cover with a second sheet of plastic wrap and roll to 1/8 inch thickness. It will be a very large piece of dough. Slide onto a rimmed baking sheet to keep the dough flat and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Discard the plastic wrap. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out cookies with cutters of your choice. Simple shapes with clean edges work best. Arrange the cookies on the lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown on the edges, 12-15 minutes, depending on size. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet.

For the frosting: In a large glass or metal bowl, with electric mixer at low speed, beat the egg whites until frothy. Beat in the vanilla and almond extract. With the mixer running, add the powder sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat on low speed until smooth Increase the speed to high and beat until still, shiny peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Decorate the cookies as desired.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies depending on size & shape

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Christmas Grasshopper PieChristmas Grasshopper Pie

Crust:

  • 3 cups Crushed chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips melted

Grasshopper Filling

  • 1 ¾ cups of whole milk
  • 12 ounces miniature marshmallows or 12 ounces marshmallow crème
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons crème de menthe liqueur
  • 3 tablespoons crème de cacao liqueur
  • 4-5 drops green food coloring

Holiday Marzipan Decorations:

  • ½ cup Marzipan
  • Green, Red and yellow food coloring
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar mixed with a 1 teaspoon water

Toppings:

  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • Holiday Marzipan Decorations

Crust: Toss the cookies crumbs and the butter in a large bowl until well coated. Butter and flour a 10 inch pie pan. Using your hands, press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and sides of the pan. The bottom, sides and edge of the crust should be ¼ inch thick. Using your fingers, flatten the edge flush with the top of the pan. Freeze for 30 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate over the cold crust and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to set before using.

Holiday Marzipan Decorations: Color about 1/3 cup marzipan with green food coloring. Pull off a piece of the remaining marzipan, roll it into a ½ inch ball and color it yellow. Color the remaining marzipan red. Divide the green marzipan into 6 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Roll out the red marzipan on a work surface covered with confectioners’ sugar to a thickness of 1/16 inches. Using a cookie cutter or working freehand with a knife, cut out ¾ inch flowers, curl up the edges of the petals. Roll out the yellow marzipan to a thickness of 1/15 inch. Using a plastic coffee stirrer, or working freehand with a knife, cut out 1/8 inch dots. Attach the dots to the flowers and the flowers to the balls with the confectioners’ sugar mixture

Method: Preheat the oven to 325 F. Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes or until the bottom feels crisp. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool completely. To make the filling, heat the milk in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water until bubbles appear. Do not allow the milk to boil. Add about one – fourth of the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add the sour cream and stir until thick and creamy. Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueurs and food coloring. Stir until fluffy integrated. Pour the filling into the crust, cover the plastic wrap, and freeze for 2-3 hours, or until firm. Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before serving. Spoon the whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a large star shaped tip. Pipe seven mounds of cream in a ring around the border of the pie, just inside the crust, and a large mound in the center. Top each mound with a maraschino cherry. Place the marzipan decorations in between the mounds of cream.

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Dark And Light FruitcakeDark And Light Fruitcake

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 1 cup candied pineapple, diced
  • 1 cup whole candied cherries
  • 1 cup whole pecan pieces, divided
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 cup fresh dates, quartered

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line large loaf pan with parchment paper. Cream shortening, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Incorporate into creamed mixture alternately with sherry. Divide batter in half. Stir pineapple, cherries, ½ cup pecans and ½ cup walnuts into first portion. Pour into prepared pan. Blend cocoa with water and stir into remaining batter. Add remaining nuts and dates; spread in pan on top of light batter. Bake for 2 hours. Cool in pan. Store for several days before cutting. Yield: 12 to 15 servings.

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Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) package chocolate kiss candies

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. Stir in flour. Press dough from a cookie press 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, using a star or other desired shaped cutter. Bake 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss in center of each warm cookie, point side up. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

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Mocha Chiffon Cake

 

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Chocolate-Coffee Buttercream filling
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Garnish: chocolate-covered coffee beans

 Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended; cool.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa mixture, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Fold into batter. Pour batter into 4 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake, 2 layers at a time, at 325 degrees F for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks covered with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent layers from adhering to racks.

Spread about ½ cup chocolate-coffee buttercream filling between layers. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 (9 inch) layer cake.

 Chocolate-coffee buttercream filling:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur

 Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Microwave whipping cream at Medium until warm (do not boil). Stir together warm cream and coffee granules until dissolved, cool. Add whipping cream mixture and liqueur to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Yield: 1 ¾ cups.

 Chocolate fudge frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cocoa and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Yield: 3 ½ cups.

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Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

 Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz. graham crackers
  • 4 oz. icing or powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon or dissolved instant coffee
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

 Method:

Put the graham crackers into a clean plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them until they make fine crumbs. Sift the sugar and cocoa into a big bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the butter, coffee and vanilla. Pour the crumbs into the bowl. Mix them in. Then, use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a ball. Break off pieces of the mixture and roll them into small balls. Make them about the size of walnuts. Put the finished balls onto a large plate. Leave them in a cool place until they become firm.

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Six Fruit Trifle

Six Fruit Trifle

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (9 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

 Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 9 inch round baking pan. Cool; cut into 1 inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, bananas, peaches and ½ cup strawberries.

In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form.

In a 3 qt. trifle bowl, layer half of the cake cubes, fruit mixture, pudding and whipped cream. Repeat layers. Top with blueberries, kiwi and remaining strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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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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Christmas Cake- Sweet Treat Saturday

Christmas in July!
A great cake for the holiday feast and fun to make.

Christmas Cake
Christmas Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package devils food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional)

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Prepare and bake cake according to package direction, using a greased and floured 13 x 19 x 2 inch baking pan. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting on to a wire rack to cool completely.

For Filling: In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. In a small sauce pan, heat milk to 140 degrees F, cool for 2 minutes. Gradually add to the creamed mixture. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla and defrosted strawberries if using.
Split cake into two horizontal layers, spread filling over bottom cake layer. Top with remaining cake layer.

For topping, 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping thawed and 4-5 drops of green food coloring. Combine the whipped topping and food coloring. Spread over cake. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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