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Christmas Goodies!

Goodies to make your Christmas merrier!

Grape Ice

Melt 2/3 cup sugar in 1 1/2 cup water. Add 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 cup (or a little more) grape juice. Freeze- then beat with electric beater and then freeze again.


Apple Pie

This recipe goes well with vanilla ice cream and hard sauce.


A. Graham cracker crust (you can make your own or use a pre-made one)

1 large egg white (slightly beaten);


5 Cups fresh peeled apples; 1/2 cup powdered sugar; 1/4 cup brown sugar; 3 Tablespoons whole wheat flour; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (we generally add a bit more)



3/4 cups whole wheat flour; 1/4 cup powdered sugar; 1/4 cup brown sugar; 1 stick melted butter (a bit over 1/3 cup); 


Brush egg white on crust, bake until light brown -- about 6 minutes (if store bought). Combine B -- mix well, spoon into crust. Mix C -- put on as the top of the pie in thin sheets. Bake at 375 for about 50 minutes. Cool for about 4 hours.


GingerBread Men


3 and 1/4 cups flour; 1.2 tsp baking soda; 1/4 tsp salt; 1 tsp ground cinnamon; 2 tsp ground cloves; 1 cup salted butter, softened; 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed; 1 large egg; 1/2 cup unsulfered molasses; 2/3 cup confectioners sugar; 1 - 2 tsp milk



Preheat oven to 325'. Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and cloves. Cream butter and sugar. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg and molasses and beat on medium speed until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add flour mixture, blend on low speed until just combined -- do not over mix! Separate dough into 2 balls and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. On floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/4" thickness. With floured cookie cutters cut into shapes. Gather scraps and re-roll dough until all is used. Place on ungreased baking sheets about 1/2" apart. Bake 9-11 minutes -- do not brown. Transfer to cool, flat surface and cool.

Preparing Icing:

Whisk sugar and milk until smooth but still liquid. Add extra milk if seems dry. Spoon icing into a pastry bag with small piping tip, or other icing dispenser. Decorate as desired.


Mini-Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

Bowl 1:

1.2 lb of cream cheese; 1 egg; 1/3 cup of sugar

Mix bowl 1 ingredients. Add 1 and 1/4 cups of mini chocolate chips.

Bowl 2:

1 and 1/2 cup of flour; 1 cup of sugar; 1/4 cup of cocoa; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 tsp. baking soda; 1 cup of water; 1/3 cup of oil

Mix bowl 2 ingredients.



Put chocolate mixture into mini-muffin cups. Add 1 tsp. of cream cheese mixture per mini muffin cup. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake at 350' for about 20 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.


Cinnamon Crinkles


2 and 2/3 cup of sifted flour; 2 tsp cream of tartar; 2 tsp baking soda; 1/2 tsp salt; 1 cup butter or margarine; 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar; 2 eggs; 2 T ground cinnamon; 3 T sugar; halved pecans or walnuts (optional)



Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt -- set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a a time; beat well after adding each. Add dry ingredients. Refrigerate 1 hour. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Press half a nut into center -- sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake at 350' for 12-15 minutes.


EggNog Cookies


2 and 1/4 cups flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon; 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg; 1 and 1/4 cups white sugar; 3/4 cups salted butter, softened; 1/2 cup eggnog; 1 tsp pure vanilla extract; 2 large egg yolks; 1 Tbsp ground nutmeg



Preheat oven to 300'. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well with wire whisk and set aside. Cream sugar and butter with electric mixer until forms a grainy paste. Add eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed just until combined -- do not over mix! Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets -- 1 " apart. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until bottoms turn light brown -- transfer to cool, flat surface immediately.



Holiday Punch


1/5 white rum; 1/5 white wine; 6 oz frozen lime juice; 6 oz frozen lemonade; 1 qt ginger ale; 1 qt club soda; chopped oranges, lemons & limes; large block of frozen strawberries


Mix and drink (slowly). Do not drive.

Alternative recipe:

1 qt rum; 1/2 gallon white wine; 3 x 6 oz cans lemon-lime juice; 2 qts club soda; 1 qt ginger ale; fruit



Spiced Tea


36 tsps loose tea; 1 T orange peel; 1/2 T lemon peel; 1/2 tsp. nutmeg; 1/2 tsp cloves; 1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together and store in a tightly closed container.



Chocolate Coffee


4 heaping teaspoons of cocoa mix; 1 scant teaspoon of instant coffee mix; cinnamon

Makes one serving.



Melting Moments Cookies


1 c. butter; 2 c. flour; 1/2 t. vanilla; 1 egg yolk; 3/4 c. brown sugar


Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and flour. Mix well and form into little balls, placing them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with a fork. Bake 15 minutes at 375'


Chocolate Silk


1 Pkg. (12 oz.) Chocolate Bits; 1 can sweetened condensed milk; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1/8 tsp. salt

Melt the bits in the milk and boil just slightly. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and salt. Pour into buttered pie pan. Put in refrigerator until set. Can be cut into pieces or rolled in balls. Nuts can be added. Also can roll in nuts, coconut or whatever you like.



Christmas Mix

In a large bowl mix together:

3 cups of rice chex; 3 cups of wheat chex; 3 cups of plain cheerios; 2 cups of tiny pretzel sticks; a pound of plain M&M's; 2 cups of peanuts (optional)

Melt one pound of white chocolate over LOW heat. When the white chocolate is completely melted, pour over the snack mixture in the bowl. Stir it all up until everything is lightly coated with the white chocolate. Spread mixture out on wax paper until it dries. Then break it into pieces and store in an air-tight container. Put ice cream in cup. pour soda on it. then add the whipped cream, cherries and candy.



Hot Spiced Christmas Punch


3 cups Pineapple juice; 4 cups cranberry juice; 2 cups apple cider; 1 cup water; 1/2 cup brown sugar; 6 cinnamon sticks; 1 orange, studded with cloves; 1 apple, cored and sliced


Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks, orange studded with cloves, and one cored, sliced apple. Simmer mixture for 4 hours. Serve hot. Serves 12. Recipe may be doubled.




2 - 8 oz bars of cream cheese (16 oz total); 3/4 cup sugar; 1/2 teaspoon almond extract; 3 eggs


Blend above ingredients in blender. You may have to scrape the sides once or twice. Pour into well greased 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool 20 minutes.

In small bowl, blend with spoon, the following: 1 cup sour cream; 3 Tablespoons sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour over cooled pie. Chill well in refrigerator.

OPTIONAL: Before serving, spoon 1 can chilled cherry pie filling over pie. You may use blueberry or other pie filling as well.

OR: You may decorate the top of the pie with slices of fresh kiwi fruit and strawberries.

Brush with glaze made with 1/4 cup apricot jam and 1 Tablespoon water brought to boil over medium heat, and boiled about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool glaze slightly.





2 Sticks margarine or butter; 2 cups flour; 2 Tablespoons sugar; 2 teaspoons baking powder


Mix above together and press on a cookie sheet (9 by 13 in). Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.


8 oz. cream cheese, softened; 2 cups 10x sugar; 1 package of prepared Dream Whip, or Cool Whip

Combine above ingredients and set aside. Spread on cooled baked crust. Top with 2 cans of pie filling. Mix the 2 cans of pie filling together beforehand to avoid having two shades of filling on top. You may use any type of fruit filling you wish.


Christmas Float


1 can coke or Dr Pepper; 3 scoops of ice cream - chocalote or vanilla; 4 cherries; 2 red and green gum drops; red and green M&M's; whipped cream topping

Mix all ingredients.


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