Wednesday, December 4, 2013
If you've been following me for a while, you know I love swirled cookies. I've got so many different flavors and am always looking for more--mint and fudge, almond and sugar, cinnamon and cranberry, peanut butter and chocolate. I just love these cookies because they are so much fun to make. It might seem like a lot of steps, but I still think they are easier than regular roll out sugar cookies, and there's the bonus of tons of flavor. These cranberry and orange swirls are stuffed with fresh cranberries and pecans, sweetened with brown sugar. It's a lovely combination and I'm really glad I picked up this recipe for my swirls this year. Sweet and nutty with a nice sugar cookie base. Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite holiday flavor combinations, and the addition of pecans works so well. These are officially on the holiday cookie list.
Monday, December 2, 2013
How pretty are these little guys? Of course these are dressed up for holiday cookie tins, but you can use any color sugar you like for your special occasion. But more important than being pretty, these cookies are exactly what a Christmas sugar cookie should be--crisp and airy and perfectly sweet. A mixture of cream cheese and butter gives these sugar cookies a consistency I haven't had from other drop sugar cookie recipes I've tried. I'm thrilled with how these turned out and they were super easy. Let's see: pretty, delicious and easy. Yeah, that equals a win.
Friday, November 29, 2013
These truffles were a mistake actually. Well, not a mistake so much as they weren't supposed to happen. I wanted to make a different truffle but I couldn't find the components I needed to make it happen. However, a bag of Spekulatius cookies and a jar of Speculoos cookie butter said I had everything I needed to make these little balls of spiced cookie heaven. Smooth, creamy, full of flavor and dressed up in white chocolate and topped with a piece of those delicious spiced windmill cookies. These truffles are perfect for sharing. In fact, I shared them right away with my November Foodie Pen Pal!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This is by far one of my favorite "fancy" ways to prepare broccoli. Now, Dave and I love broccoli and will have it just steamed, maybe with a little salt and butter, but even just plain is great for us. But toss a creamy cheese sauce on top and broil it for a bit of crispy gooeyness and I'm sold. I love everything about this broccoli and made it for the very first Thanksgiving we hosted. I really should make it more often, because it's simple and can easily be added to a weeknight meal.
Monday, November 25, 2013
There's just something about pumpkin and cream cheese that's delicious. Simultaneously light and indulgent, it's a combo I really like, whether in these muffins or this cake. So I figured these bars would be an excellent way to get my fix. These bars are made of a soft, sweetly spiced pumpkin cake with a cream cheese topping, swirled with more pumpkin batter for a simple bar dessert full of pumpkin flavor and creamy filling.We had game night with some friends and a pumpkin roll bar was definitely the delicious dessert we needed to end the night. They'd be a perfect dessert to put on your Thanksgiving buffet or take with you to your holiday gathering. I'm pretty sure I'm making these again for our holiday meal, but let's be honest--my menu is usually a moving target.