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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

super easy.....candy fudge

This one was awesome too, but we used Cherry Candycanes instead of Peppermint. Super easy and was really tasty!



We used cherry candycane's instead of peppermint and it was yum, pretty and different!

Ingredients

Crushed candy canes, to yield 1 cup
2 pounds white chocolate
Peppermint flavorings, optional
Directions

Place candy canes in a plastic bag and hammer into 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane chunks with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired.) Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle.)

Choc Chip cookies (w/ vanilla pudding)

My favorite choc chip recipe (has pudding in them so they stay fat and puffy). These double great AND once cooked, you can freeze them for future.


• 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 2 cups butter, softened
• 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
• 4 eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
• 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Oreo Balls

1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 package white almond bark
1 package chocolate almond bark
Directions
1Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together.
2Roll into walnut size balls.
3Chill for an hour.
4Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark.
5Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark.
6Allow to harden on wax paper.
7Takes about 15 min.
8While waiting, melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark.
9When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark.
10I just use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to drizzle the almond

tuxedo cookies....

Tuxedo Brownie Hugs Cookies
Tuxedo brownie cookies are the perfect "dress up" cookies for parties, birthdays and special occasions of all kinds. Even better: It only takes a few minutes to make these tuxedo brownie hugs cookies.
Ingredients:
1 22.5 oz. package brownie mix with syrup pouch
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 13 oz. package Hershey Hugs Kisses (black and white), unwrapped
Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the brownie mix, syrup packet, cocoa, water, oil and eggs together.

Drop by rounded teaspoonsful onto prepared cookie sheet, one inch apart.

Bake 8 minutes or just until set.

Remove from oven and let cool 1 minute. Press a Hershey "hug" in the middle of each cookie.
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Pretzels

10 ounces pretzel sticks (Pretzel RODS)
12 ounces milk chocolate chips (or melting disks)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
candy sprinkles (optional)
miniature M&M chocolate candies (optional)
mini Reese's pieces (optional)

Own it with color and texture!

christmas wreath's yummy!

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PREP TIME
5 Min
COOK TIME
10 Min
READY IN
30 Min
Original recipe yield 1 1/2 dozen
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INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter
30 large marshmallows
1 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups cornflakes cereal
2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candies


DIRECTIONS
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the food coloring, vanilla, and cornflakes.
Quickly drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper, and form into a wreath shape with lightly greased fingers. Immediately decorate with red hot candies. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, and storing in an airtight container.
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Peanut Butter Bars .... yummmy!!!!!!!

Makes about 24
1 cup butter or margarine, melted 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 4 tablespoons peanut butter
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 13" baking pan. In the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, melt the chocolate chips with the 4 tablespoons peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread on top of the mixture in the baking pan. Refrigerate for about 1 hour before cutting into bars.
Note: Yield depends on how big or small you cut the bars/squares.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Our Annual Cookie Baking Day!

Our annual cookie baking day began at 9:00 a.m. this morning and we accomplished 17 different flavors that averaged 3-4 dozen each (you do the math), 32 Total Platters of GOODS. We had a blast. Cocktails, good friends, great food! Left to Right, Nicole, Jen, Kimbo, Kim, Janet & Theresa. Yes, we look smokin hot after 10 hours of baking.....do you know how much sugar, eggs, flour & butter that is? enjoy the beautiful pictures below......................YUMMY!


































































Our First Christmas!!!

Our first Christmas at Uncle Brans and Grandpa Dave's!!! We had a blast! The kids decorated sugar cookies. Most pans looked better than the one below, but with "no rules", we added a litte too much suagar!!!!! YUCK!



















































































































Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like.........................

Christmas! Santa lists are in the mail, Tree is up, Lights are on the house, Cards are in the mail (all 125 of them), gifts are enroute as I did a LOT of online shopping this year, now on to those pesky gifts being wrapped! I LOVE this time of year. I love the hussel the bussel the stress, i love the smell, I love the crowds, I love running home to check the mail box, I love reading the night before christmas to the kiddos, I love this time of year. Stop, Pause and Breathe every memory of this season. It is special!