Last days of the food storage sugar fun for December. Do you have your supply of sugar yet? Perhaps after all of your baking this month you have realized like I have, that what I thought was a year supply, is probably only a few months..scary! It is a miracle I have not gained 20 lbs. this month (I hope not anyway..I am a little nervous to check)! I have practically lived in my kitchen this holiday season and made more treats and sweets than I think I have in my long legged life. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you, in case you have a few more desserts in you before the new year. Or perhaps you need a dessert to WOW your friends and family this weekend. Some recipes are my own and others I have adapted from some of my favorite food blogs. Enjoy!!
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cheesecake–I took a delicious recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe blog and made a minor change to add a peanut butter twist to it (in the cookie dough portion I did 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. peanut butter. I then sprinkled crushed up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top). I loved the peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake combination. My friend, who is a cheesecake connoisseur, said this was one of his all-time favorite cheesecakes. That is saying a lot! It was really quite divine! (To save time, I just used a pre-made graham cracker crust and it still tasted great!)
This is another recipe I got from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (Melanie..I love you!) and it was really spectacular! I am a sucker though for caramel and apples. Anything with brown sugar and butter together is love at first sight with me. So, no surprise I loved this recipe! Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars The only change I made to this recipe was I used my bottled apple pie filling instead of using the apple portion of this recipe. It worked really well, but wasn’t quite as pretty as hers was.
Cake mix cookies are one of the easiest cookies to make. They are also really fun because you can experiment with different cake and frosting combinations: chocolate cookie & cream cheese frosting, german chocolate filling, peppermint frosting, lemon cookies with lemon frosting, spice cookies with cream cheese, etc. The possibilities are endless!
- 1 pkg. chocolate (or any flavor) cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 c. oil
- Mix the ingredients together until combined (batter will be thick). Place 2 inch cookie balls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 8-9 minutes (don't over bake!). Remove from the pan and cool. Once cookies are cool, fill cookies with frosting of your choice. **Don't worry, your cookies will look a little different than mine. My cute 3 yr. old son thought it would be fun to dump some flour in my batter. Your cookies will be more fudgy textured and that is how you want them 🙂
As I mentioned above, I love caramel and apples. For Thanksgiving, I made the most delicious apple pie (in my humble opinion). Sometimes I get bored with apple pies that have too much crust. Making a crumb topping for the top of an apple pie is my favorite way to serve this dessert. I also like to drizzle my apple pie with extra caramel. Use our favorite homemade pie crust, apple pie filling and a crumb topping of 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 c. oats, 6 T. butter and a dash of cinnamon and salt. Oh..yum!
My last dessert of the month is our family’s favorite Christmas treat. We make Holly Berry Cookies (it’s not really a cookie..I am not sure what to call them?) every year with all of the cousins and aunts. My sisters and I have been making these holly berry cookies since we were little, and so it is fun to get together now with our own kids and pass on this unusual recipe. It’s fun that such a bizarre treat has been around for so long. I am not sure where my mom found this recipe, but they are easy to make and the perfect holiday treat. I apologize this recipe is coming after Christmas, so tuck this idea away for next year, or enjoy making one more Christmas treat before the year is over 🙂
- 1 stick butter
- 1 pkg. mini marshmallows (16oz.)--or 30 large marshmallows
- 4-5 drops green food coloring
- 3-4 c. corn flake cereal
- Red hot candies (3 per cookie)
- Melt the butter and marshmallows together until smooth. Add the food coloring and stir. Pour in the corn flake cereal and mix until incorporated, being careful not to crush the flakes. Grease a large cookie sheet and drop spoonfuls of the marshmallow cereal on to the pan. While the cookies are hot, place three red hots in the center of the cookie (for the holly 'berries'). Let cool and then serve.