Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hershey Candy Cane Blossoms

Ingredients

  • 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Cane Mint Candies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar
Prep Time:
20 Minutes

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.

  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.

  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Cookie Balls

1 pkg. (350 g) Chips Ahoy! Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
2 pkg. (8 squares each) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate

REMOVE 1 Tbsp. cookie crumbs. Mix cream cheese and remaining crumbs until well blended. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Refrigerate 30 min.

MELT chocolate squares as directed on package. Dip balls in chocolate; place in single layer on parchment- or waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Kraft Kitchen Tips (Wish I had known these sooner!)
How to Easily Dip Cookie Balls
To easily coat cookie balls with melted chocolate, add cookie balls, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Then, use 2 forks to roll cookie balls in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove cookie balls with forks and allow excess chocolate to drip back into bowl before placing cookie balls on prepared baking sheet.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Apple muffins

1/4 jar of leftover applesauce (if you have it)
250g cream cheese (I used apple cinnamon)
2 eggs
2 diced apples with skin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
pinch of clove
1 cup sugar (I only used 1/2 because I used sweetened applesauce and flavoured cream cheese)

blend well

Add to:
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix well.
Bake at 350 on a top rack.
I used muffin cups but would make a good loaf too.

As a topping I used some leftover chocolate caramel fruit dip from a fruit tray!

"Bon Appetit!"

Mandarin Orange Muffins

2 can mandarin orange sections
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp clove
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup sugar or substitute (I used 1/2 and 1/2)

Blend lightly or you will lose the shape of oranges.

Add to:

3 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup milk

Mix well. these are dense muffins that rise pretty well.

With some leftover jello and fruit cocktail that I heated on the stove, I pureed the mixture and dipped the muffins into it for a jellee coating. (How iron chef is that?) LOLOL

"Bon Appetit!"

leftover jello and fruit cocktail???

take some leftover jell-o and leftover fruit cocktail and puree over heat. Set aside to cool.

grind up some leftover cookies add 1/2 cup sugar and a little butter to make a cookie base. Press into muffin cups.

when jello starts to cool, pour over cookie bases and top with a sprinkle of cookie.
refrigerate until set.

"Bon Appetit!"

This came because I made this jello concoction to top some mandarin orange muffins I made. I used tropical fruit jello and the concoction smelt of mangoes!!!! yummmmmmm

Pumpkin Loaf

2 cup pumpkin (I used the meat from a halloween pumpkin gutting)
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar or sweetener replacement
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg or allspice
1/2 tsp. salt

Blend well then add to:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups chocolate chips or pecans
2 tbsp cointreau liqueur or 2 tsp orange peel
1 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Bake in a greased pan
Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Brush top of loaf with melted butter.
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar, maple sugar, turbinado sugar or white sugar.

Can be eaten plain, buttered, or with cream cheese

"Bon Appetit!"