Chocolate Pie

Ingredients: 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature 1/3 cup dutch process cocoa 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 8 inch chocolate graham cracker crust Directions: In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add milk, vanilla, and cocoa […]

Fig and Ginger Hamantashen

Fig and Ginger HamantashenIngredients:1 egg, at room temperature1/4 lb butter, at room temperature8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature2 cups flour1/2 cup sugar3/4 cup fig and ginger preserves*1 teaspoon baking powder Directions:Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. In an large bowl, cream together butter and […]

Marble Chiffon Cupcakes

Marble Chiffon CupcakesIngredients:2 tablespoons PLUS 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided2 tablespoons PLUS 1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided1/3 cup cocoa1/4 PLUS 3/4 cup cold water, divided2 cupsflour1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt7 eggs, separated2 teaspoons vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Directions:Preheat oven to 325. In large measuring cup or small bowl, […]

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie Ingredients:14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk (fat free is fine)3 egg yolks1/3 cup key lime juice*2 1/2 teaspoons key lime zest9 inch round graham cracker crust Directions:Preheat oven to 300. In a large mixing bowl, using your electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and zest until […]

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 1/2 cups of flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 18 oz miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, unwrapped (I used the dark chocolate variety but they can be difficult to find) OR homemade […]

How to Host a Cookie Swap

How to Host a Cookie Swap I hosted my first cookie swap party this weekend and I think it went pretty well. Some tips I have come up with are: Send out invitations early-the holiday time is busy for everyone. Decide how many cookies each person will bring. 1 dozen […]

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel CookiesIngredients: 4 1/2 teaspoons butter , melted3/4 cup sugar1 egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup cocoa1/2 cup butter, at room temperature Directions:WARNING: this needs to be done the day before you want to bake the cookies.In a large bowl, cream […]

Peppermint Marshmallows

Ingredients:3 tablespoons unflavored powdered gelatin1/2 cup cold water2 cups granulated sugar2/3 cup corn syrup1/4 cup water1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon peppermint extractConfectioners’ sugar for dredging Directions: In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Allow to seep for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, […]

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding   Ingredients: 1/3 cup white basmati rice 14 oz can coconut milk (not cream of coconut) 1 1/2 cups milk 1/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoons lime zest* 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 lime, quartered (optional) Directions: In a small bowl soak rice in about 2/3 cup of cold […]

Chocolate-Macadamia Sour Cream Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Sour Cream CookiesIngredients: 2 eggs, at room temperature2 2/3 cups flour2 cups semisweet chocolate chip/macadamia nut mix* 1 cup butter, at room temperature1 cup light brown sugar2/3 cup sour cream1/2 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon baking soda Directions:Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine […]