Candy Cane Fudge Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (a make ahead dessert)

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

 

The other day we talked about getting healthy in January, but today we’re going to serve up a little more elf food.  This is how my brain works.  I want to be healthy, but I want fudge more.  Oh the battle!

Anyway, this is the time of year for sweets, so we’re going with it.

It’s also the time of year for unexpected company and impromptu get togethers.  This dessert is perfect to keep on hand for that.  It can be made ahead of time.  You can bring out the whole cake or just serve up pieces of it, saving the rest for another time.  And there are several pretty ways that you can plate it to make it look even more special.

The best part is that it’s very easy to make.  It’s really just an assembly process.  But before we get to that, let’s talk about serving it.   [Read more…]

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels and PBJ Grahams

Easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

 

We’ve got a new Costco in town.  I’m not much of a shopper, but I kind of love this store.

On my most recent trip, I found this big container of peanut butter filled pretzels.  And I knew they would be meeting up with chocolate at the first possible moment.

chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel ingr

 

These would make a great, simple gift idea.  Package them in a cute jar and you’ll make someone very happy.

I also made Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Grahams and Chocolate Covered PBJ Grahams.  No surprise, I liked the PBJ Grahams best.  They are so good!

Easy Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter and PBJ Graham Crackers

 

There are a few extra steps needed for the grahams, but it’s still such an easy process.  These would make great gifts too.

I decided to use almond bark to coat these treats.  It’s very easy to use.  Just melt it in the microwave.  But I have to say, I really like the flavor of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips better.  The darker chocolate isn’t quite as sweet.  Next time, I’ll melt the chips and use those.

For the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels, it’s really just a matter of melting the almond bark and dunking the pretzels.  Place them on waxed paper until the chocolate firms up.

chocolate covered pretzel dunking

 

For the grahams, I spread them with peanut butter, adding raspberry jam to some of them.  Then I popped them in the freezer for several minutes before dunking them in chocolate.

PBJ graham assembly

 

That’s all there is to it!  They disappeared pretty fast at my house!

Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas treats.  This year, I had the idea to roll them in finely crushed candy canes, along with the powdered sugar.

The result is a deeply chocolate cookie with just the perfect hint of peppermint.  Small flecks of red candy cane make them pretty on the cookie plate.

I baked these up using Pampered Chef products for their 2012 Cookie Swap.  I love Pampered Chef.  The products are affordable and made for real people cooking at home.

I have quite a few Pampered Chef products already, but I was happy to try some new ones out.  The adjustable measuring spoons are fantastic.  I didn’t know if I would like them or not, but they’ve already become a favorite.  The cookie scoops are fantastic too.

And one thing really surprised me – the cookie sheet.  I’ve always baked my cookies on a baking stone.  That works great, but this time I used the cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.  The cookies turned out perfectly.  No sticking.  No burning.  Just sweet perfection.  I’ll definitely be doing that again.

Below, you can see the assembly process for these cookies.  I didn’t roll the dough into balls, but just scooped it into the candy cane powdered sugar and rolled it around.  It made the process much quicker and easier than rolling all those balls.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Candy Cane Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.   [Read more…]

Gingerbread Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread and orange pair up so well.  Something about the deep, molasses and spice flavor with the bright citrus tastes like the holidays.

This recipe is a mash up of two other recipes: Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Filling from Recipe Girl and my Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce.

I wanted something cake-like that would feed quite a few people.  The Orange Cream Cheese Frosting was perfect for topping it off.  [Read more…]

Holiday Cookie Swap & Cookie Cookbook Giveaway

I’m so excited to host this cookie swap with Liz from Hoosier Homemade and Melissa from Stockpiling Moms.

We love cookies at our house, but I have to admit that at Christmas I focus more on making candy rather than cookies.  This year, I want to change that up.  I can’t wait to see what kind of recipes you have for me to try.

Here are a few of our favorites:

CocoNot Cookies – Not a speck of coconut, but you’d never know it. Fun secret ingredient.

Aunt Gerry’s Pineapple Drop Cookies – A family favorite

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies – Very Christmasy!

Amish Oatmeal Cookies – Brown sugary yum and rolled in powdered sugar.  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Cranberries

It’s cranberry season!  I love these little gems.  Not only do they taste wonderful, they also look so pretty in holiday desserts.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes with cranberries:  [Read more…]

Recipes for Christmas – Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Sweets and Gifts to Share

If you’re still looking for recipes to make this season, this post is for you.  I’ve gathered Holiday recipes from this past year so you can quickly find inspiration.

If you want more Christmas recipes, see the 2009 Big List of Holiday Food.

Breakfast and Brunch

Dinner Side Dishes [Read more…]

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

Last year, I saw recipes for cookies like this floating around the internet.  A friend brought some to my house and they were so good.  How can you go wrong with white chocolate chips and cranberries?

I decided to make them yesterday, but didn’t want to look up the recipe.  Googling is so hard, you know?

So I tweaked the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe from the back of the Walmart brand oat box.  As soon as I finished making them, I noticed the recipe on the back of the Craisin package.  Oh well.  My tweaked recipe tasted buttery, with the sweet-tart flavors of the white chips and cranberries.  And the recipe made a lot.  Enough to munch and freeze some for later.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

This is a guest post from Dawn Farias.  She is going to be sharing her favorite low carb dishes with us in a new monthly series.

Cranberry sauce is a staple around the holidays and is a snap to convert to a more low-carb version.  You simply find a recipe you like and substitute your artificial sweetener of choice.  The trick is not adding too much because doing so can make your final product fairly bitter.  But in the final analysis, I suppose it’s all a matter of ‘taste’.  (Yes, I went there!)


At any rate, here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Dark Chocolate Cranbery Walnut Clusters

This is a guest post from Christine at Random Hangers.  If you’re interested in guest posting on Eat at Home, contact me.

Dark chocolate, dried cranberries and walnuts all contain antioxidants, which have been known to reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tasty treat out there that contained all three? Read on! [Read more…]
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