Monday, December 4, 2017

Cake Mix Confetti Cookies

 I just can't believe the nice weather that we've been having here, and it's still warm enough for treats outside.  Would you like a cup of Twinings Christmas Tea? 

I know I shouldn't have, but when I saw this old-fashioned looking Christmas teacup at HomeGoods, I couldn't resist!  The teacup is Stechcol, by Gracie Bone China.


 Here's another Santa that my daughter bought for me, years ago.  Don't you love the cardinal on the birdhouse, and his little lantern?



When Cissy came over after school this week, she mixed up these wonderful cookies up all by herself.  Oh my, if you're not opposed to cake mix, these little morsels are so yummy.  They stay fresh for days and taste like little cakes. Her family sure did love them!



Yield: about 3 dozen

Cake Mix Confetti Cookies

I can see making these cookies for different occasions by varying the sprinkles that are used. They really are easy, fun, and oh so good!

ingredients:

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 box white cake mix
1/4 cup green, red and white candy sprinkles
1 container vanilla frosting (or homemade)
1 tablespoon green, red and white candy sprinkles

instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese and softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until well blended; scrape side of bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. On low speed, beat in cake mix until blended. Beat in 1/4 cup sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes;   remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  • Using knife, spread slightly less than 1 tablespoon frosting over top of cookie, and immediately top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in airtight container at room temperature.(These keep well!)

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cranberry Apple Crisp

We've had some warm days, almost to the 80's, here in Texas, and dessert can be shared out on the patio.  Some of you may remember the McKenzie Childs look alike tea kettle that my son, Mike, painted for me.  Would you like a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream on your crisp?  You can see some of the berries from my evergreen East Palatka Holly tree in the background.


My daughter and I used to buy Santas for each other, and this Santa slipper-clad one is a favorite.  I thought the trim on his outfit, mimicked the check of the tea kettle.


Yield: around 8-10 servings, or more depending on portion size

Cranberry Apple Crisp

This is a perfect dessert for the holidays and is such a pretty color. I cut the recipe in half, but am giving you the full recipe. You can make the topping and the filling ahead of time, if you'd like and then bake before needed.

ingredients:

Topping
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted (I used salted)  butter, cut into 1/2" pieces and chilled
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
Filling
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries (about 4 cups)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 and 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 5-7 apples), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 and 1/2 pounds Braeburn apples (I used Golden Delicious apples) (about  5-7 apples), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons Minute tapioca

instructions:

For The Topping
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat  oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Pulse the flour, sugars, cinnamon, and butter in food process pr until the texture is like coarse crumbs.   Transfer to a medium bowl, stir in the oats, and use your fingers to pinch the topping into peanut-sized clumps.  Refrigerate while preparing the filling, or store in a food safe bag, until needed.
For The Filling
  1. Bring the cranberries, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and water to a simmer in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until the cranberries are completely softened and the mixture is jam-like, about 10 minutes.  Scrape the mixture into a bowl. 
  2. Add the apples, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and dried cranberries to the Dutch oven and cook over medium-high  heat until the apples begin to release their juices, about 5 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, stir the cranberry mixture and tapioca into the apple mixture.  Pour into a 13 x 9" baking dish set on a rimmed baking sheet and smooth the surface.  (If making later, cover and refrigerate this without the topping). 
  4. When ready to bake, scatter the topping evenly over the filling and bake until the juices are bubbling and the topping is a deep golden brown, about 30 minutes.  (If you have refrigerated the filling and topping, when ready to bake, assemble the crisp, cover the topping with aluminum foil for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes.)
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Pretzel Rolo Turkeys


Cissy and I did a fun edible treat recently.  Aren't these Turkey candies adorable?  Let's enjoy a couple with a cup of tea, shall we?



Pretzel Rolo Turkey

I saw these cute turkeys somewhere on the internet, and Cissy and I had fun making them. They're a little messy to do, but aren't they cute?

ingredients:


  • Small round  pretzels (we used leftover pumpkin shaped ones)
  • Rolos
  • Googly candy eyes
  • Yellow (we used orange and red, too) M&M's or Reese's Pieces

instructions:


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 
  2. Place the pretzels on  a parchment lined baking sheet.  Unwrap the Rolo candies  and place one on each pretzel. 
  3. Put the baking sheet in the oven for about 1 minute, just to get the Rolo a little melty.
  4. Place  the googly candy eyes towards the upper part of the Rolo.  Add the M&M, or Reese's Pieces for the beak, and then place three Candy Corn in the back of the Rolo for the feathers.
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Look what Cissy was able to take home to her family!

I recently had the happiness of attending the Thanksgiving Lunch with my daughter and Cissy.

I also was happy to watch Harper's adorable Thanksgiving program and Feast, with my daughter-in-law.  Baby Hayden was busily sleeping away!


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