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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:22 am

Peanut Butter Christmas Mice

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut halves
2 tablespoons green and red M&M's miniature baking bits
4 teaspoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Cake decorator holly leaf and berry candies
60 to 66 pieces red shoestring licorice (2 inches each)

In a large mixing bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. (Dough will be soft). Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Pinch each ball at one end to taper. Insert two peanut halves in center of each ball for ears. Add one M&M baking bit for nose and two chocolate chips for eyes. Arrange holly and berry candies in front of one ear.

Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Gently insert one licorice piece into each warm cookie for tail. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:32 am

Old-fashioned Holiday Candy

3-3/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
2 to 3 drops red food coloring or color of your choice
1/4 teaspoon watermelon flavoring or flavoring of your choice
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Butter two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and food coloring. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).

Remove from the heat; stir in flavoring. Immediately pour into prepared pans; cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar; break into pieces. Store in airtight containers. Makes 2 pounds.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:35 am

White Christmas Fudge

1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup milk
12 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate, chopped
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Line a 9-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until combined. Bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Reduce heat to low; stir in white chocolate and extract. Cook and stir until chocolate is melted.

Remove from the heat. Fold in the almonds, apricots, cherries and cranberries. Immediately spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator. Makes about 2 pounds.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:56 am

Candy Christmas Tree

1 cup vanilla frosting
Green liquid or paste food coloring
Styrofoam cone (12 inches high)
15 hard peppermint candies
15 hard spearmint candies
19 large red gumdrops
19 large green gumdrops
25 to 35 pieces crimped ribbon candy
23 pieces cut rock candy

Tint frosting green. Place cone on a 9-in. plate; frost the sides and top of cone. Starting at the bottom, alternate peppermint and spearmint candies around the cone in a single row. Alternate red and green gumdrops in a row above candies.

Arrange remaining candies in rows around the cone until reaching the top. Position a mint candy on the tip of the cone; top with a gumdrop. Makes 1 tree.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:59 am

Maple Cream Bonbons

1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons maple flavoring
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and maple flavoring until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Freeze until firm.

In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt the chips; dip balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 5 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:01 am

White Candy Bark

1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) vanilla or white chips
1-1/2 cups walnut halves
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with foil. Brush with butter; set aside. Place the chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, at 70% power for 3-4 minutes; stir until smooth. Stir in the walnuts, cranberries and nutmeg. Spread into prepared pan. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. Makes 2 pounds.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:04 am

Cherry Bonbon Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
24 maraschino cherries

Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
Additional confectioners' sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

Divide dough into 24 portions; shape each portion around a cherry, forming a ball. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For glaze, combine the sugar, butter and cherry juice until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Makes 2 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:06 am

Christmas Village Houses

19 whole graham crackers
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
Life Savers, M&M's and Cake Mate snowflake decors

Using a serrated knife, cut 10 graham crackers in half, forming 20 squares; set remaining whole crackers aside. Diagonally cut four squares in half, forming eight triangles. Fill a pastry or plastic bag two-thirds full with frosting; cut a small hole in a corner of the bag. Insert a round #4 pastry tip if desired.

For each roof (make four), pipe a strip of frosting on the short edges of two triangles. Pipe a strip of frosting on three sides of two graham cracker squares. Join the frosted edges of the triangles and squares to form roof. Let stand until set (about 1 hour). Frost roof and decorate with candies as desired.

For each short house (make two), pipe frosting on two opposite edges of four graham cracker squares; press frosted edges together to form house.

For each tall house (make two), pipe frosting on two opposite long edges of four reserved whole crackers; press frosted edges together to form house. Let stand until set.

For doors, cut the remaining whole cracker into two 2-1/2-in. x 1-1/8-in. rectangles (discard remaining pieces or save for another use). With frosting, attach large rectangles on the front of tall houses and small rectangles on short house. Pipe frosting around outer edge of each door.

Attach roofs to houses with a thin strip of frosting. Pipe eaves and doorknobs, using a star #24 pastry tip if desired. Pipe windows on sides of houses and above doors. For wreaths, pipe frosting into a circle; attach snowflake decors. Let stand until set. Makes 4 houses (2 tall and 2 short).

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:09 am

Marzipan Christmas Trees

1 cup almond paste
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 cups confectioners' sugar
Green gel food coloring
8 ice cream sugar cones
Additional confectioners' sugar

In a mixing bowl, combine the almond paste, marshmallow creme and corn syrup; mix well. Beat in the confectioners' sugar until combined. Turn onto a waxed paper-lined work surface; knead in food coloring. Divide marzipan in half. Roll each portion into a 10-in. circle between two pieces of waxed paper. Remove waxed paper; cut each circle into four wedges.

For each tree, place tip of marzipan wedge at tip of ice cream cone; wrap around cone and pinch edges to seal. With kitchen scissors at a 45° angle pointed toward the top of the tree, cut "V" shapes into the marzipan. Work from top to bottom of tree, then continue around the tree until completed.

Place a small amount of food coloring in a bowl; thin with water if desired. Brush over marzipan trees. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Use to trim holiday cakes. Makes 8 trees.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:10 am

Homemade Almond Paste

1-1/2 cups blanched almonds
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg white
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, egg white, extract and salt; cover and process until smooth.

Divide almond paste into 1/2-cup portions; place in airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. Makes 1-1/2 cups.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:19 am

Christmas Meatballs

2 eggs
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

Sauce
1 can (16 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

In a bowl, combine eggs, soup mix, bread crumbs, cranberries and parsley. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 12 to 14 balls on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with waxed paper; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs.

In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine sauce ingredients. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until heated through, rotating once. Gently stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Makes about 3 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:22 am

Stollen Ring

5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped candied fruit
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Filling
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Red and green candied cherries, halved

In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the butter, milk and water to 120°-130° Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Stir in the raisins, candied fruit, walnuts, and lemon and orange peel. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle; spread butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Place, seam side down, on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With a scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of the ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips lightly; twist to allow filling to show, slightly overlapping with the previous piece. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

For glaze, combine the sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm stollen. Decorate with candied cherries. Makes l loaf (18 slices).

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:25 am

Miniature Christmas Fruitcakes

1/2 cup light molasses
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (15 ounces) raisins
1 pound candied fruit, chopped
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup milk
1 cup chopped nuts

In a saucepan, combine molasses, water and vanilla; add raisins and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fruit; cool.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in fruit mixture; mix well. Fold in nuts. Spoon into paper-lined miniature muffin tins, filling almost to the top. Bake at 325° for 22-24 minutes or until cakes test done. Cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers. Makes about 6 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:33 am

Crispy Christmas Trees

2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
2 cups pastel miniature marshmallows
3 cups crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Green decorator's sugar
Confectioners' sugar

In a heavy saucepan, melt butter. Stir in marshmallows; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal and pecans. Let cool just enough to handle. With greased hands, shape into trees. (Work quickly as the cereal hardens quickly and becomes difficult to form.) Roll in green sugar. Place on a serving tray; dust with confectioners' sugar. Makes about 1-1/2 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:36 am

Christmas Sandwich Cremes

1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
Sugar

Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Food coloring

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, cream and flour; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

Divide into thirds; let one portion stand at room temperature for 15 minutes (keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll out). On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 1-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place cutouts in a shallow dish filled with sugar; turn to coat. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Prick with a fork several times. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks.

For filling, in a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla. Tint with food coloring. Spread about 1 teaspoon of filling over half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Makes 4 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:46 am

Cherry Almond Wreath

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
3 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Filling
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1/2 cup chopped red and green candied cherries

Glaze
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon water

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk and water. Add the eggs, butter, sugar, salt, lemon peel, cardamom and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.

In a small mixing bowl, beat butter, flour, sugar, extract and lemon peel. Stir in almonds and cherries. Refrigerate. Punch dough down. Turn on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 30-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Crumble filling over rectangle to within 1/2 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. With scissors, cut lengthwise down the middle of the roll; carefully turn cut sides up. Loosely twist strips around each other, keeping cut sides up. Shape into a ring and pinch ends together. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until browned. cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm coffee cake. Cool completely. Makes 20 servings.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:51 am

Special Fruitcake

3 cups coarsely chopped Brazil nuts or other nuts (walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts)
1 pound pitted dates, coarsely chopped
1 cup halved maraschino cherries
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the nuts, dates and cherries. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add to nut mixture, stirring until nuts and fruit are well-coated.

Beat eggs until foamy. Stir in vanilla; fold into nut mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan. Bake at 300° for 1-3/4 hours. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Makes 24 servings.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:54 am

Bacon Cauliflower Salad

1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
2 to 4 teaspoons sugar

In a large salad bowl, combine the cauliflower, bacon, cheese, green pepper and onion. Combine the mayonnaise and sugar; spoon over cauliflower mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Makes 4 servings.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:55 am

Antipasto Platter

1 jar (32 ounces) pepperoncinis, drained
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups halved fresh mushrooms
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian vinaigrette dressing
Lettuce leaves

In a large bowl, combine the peppers, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, olives and pepperoni. Pour vinaigrette over mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Arrange on a lettuce-lined platter. Serve with toothpicks. Makes 14-16 servings.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:57 am

Cherry Christmas Slices

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups red and green candied cherries, halved
1 cup pecan halves

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans. Chill for 1 hour.

Shape dough into three 10-in. rolls; wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months or until ready to bake. To bake, cut frozen rolls into 1/8-in. slices.

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 11 dozen.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:59 am

Holiday Pinwheels

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 package (.4 ounces) ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup minced sweet red pepper
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
3 to 4 flour tortillas (10 inches)

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth. Add red pepper, celery, onions and olives; mix well. Spread about 3/4 cup on each tortilla. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1/2-in. slices. Makes 15-20 servings.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:02 am

Baked Spinach Dip Loaf

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons dill weed
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
Raw vegetables

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise. Stir in the spinach, cheese, water chestnuts, bacon, onion and seasonings.

Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of the bread; set aside. Carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and set aside. Fill the shell with spinach dip; replace top. Wrap in heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 375° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until dip is heated through. Open foil carefully. Serve warm with bread cubes and vegetables. Makes 4-1/2 cups.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:05 am

Christmas Cookie Bowl

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Icing
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Food coloring
Cookie cutters—one 1-inch tree (optional) and 2-1/2-inch gingerbread boy and girl or shapes of your choice
Assorted candies (we used gumdrops and snow caps).

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and water; mix well. Combine flour, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

Spray the outside of 1-1/2-quart ovenproof glass bowl with cooking spray. Invert bowl and place on ungreased baking sheet. On a floured surface, roll out chilled dough into a 1/4-inch-thick circle. Gently transfer dough circle to the outside of the bowl; press dough firmly around bowl. Trim edge of dough 1 inch above bowl rim with a pastry cutter or knife. Cover and refrigerate remaining dough to use for cookies.

If desired, use the 1-inch tree cookie cutter to cut out shapes around dough bowl. (Be sure to invert the cookie cutter so that when bowl is turned right side up, the shapes with be right side up also.) Chill for 20 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool gingerbread on bowl. Gently twist bottom of gingerbread bowl until it releases; invert and carefully remove bowl. Place bowl on 9-inch plate or platter. Add candy around bottom of bowl.

On a floured surface, roll out reserved dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-inch cookies cutters. Place cutouts on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Tint as desired. Decorate cookies as desired and serve in bowl. Makes 1 bowl and 1 dozen cookies.

Crafter thoughts: —If you cut out shapes in the sides of your bowl with a cookie cutter, like we did, you'll want to line the bowl with a bright napkin. The cloth will add color to the outside by showing through the cutouts and keep the goodies on the inside. —With the dough that's left after you've made the bowl, you can cut out cookies just as we did. Or try shaping little containers by forming the dough over custard cups. Once they've baked and cooled, you can fill the cups with nuts or candies.

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Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:07 am

Christmas Morning Pie

1 pound bulk pork sausage, cooked and drained
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 unbaked pastry shells (9 inches)
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/3 cup chopped green pepper

In a large bowl, combine sausage and cheese. Place half of mixture in each pastry shell. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, onion and pepper.

Pour half over sausage in each shell. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Makes 12-16 servings.

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Re: Christmas Recipes

Post  justmecookin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:10 am

Cheddar-Bacon Dip

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
5 green onions, thinly sliced
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jar (16 ounces) taco sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
Tortilla or taco chips

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream. Spread in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. dish or on a 12-in. plate. Combine onions, tomatoes and green pepper; sprinkle over the cream cheese layer.

Pour taco sauce over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Refrigerate. Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with tortilla or taco chips. Makes 10-12 servings.

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