12/24/09

Day 13: Big Batch Kris Kringle Cookies


It's the last day of our Christmas Treats Countdown, I can't believe it's Christmas Eve! I am so excited!! And what better cookie to have on Christmas Eve than Kris Kringle Cookies. I had never heard of these, but as I was searching for treats I saw these on http://www.allrecipes.com/. I thought they would be perfect, so last night I made them, and wow! They are so delicious. And since the have dried cranberries in them, I figured they were healthier than regular cookies, so I gave myself permission to eat as many as I wanted. :) I hope you enjoyed our '12 Days of Treats' as much as I have, and I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas!

This is not my picture, my pictures did not look too appealing. So, I used the one from the internet. I did do a few things different from the recipe. One reason my cookies didn't look as good as these is, I think I need to add a little more flour. I added extra flour after the first batch, but I think they still need more. It also asks for white chocolate, chopped, but I just used white chocolate chips, and I also didn't have as much pecans as asked for, so I just sprinkled a few into the batter.
When I read this recipe before making these, I was a little worried that I wouldn't like them. I am a chocolate chip cookie kind of girl, but believe me, you HAVE to try these, they will surprise you. Enjoy!!
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12/23/09

Day 12: Cheesecake Ball

I'm sorry, my recipe today doesn't have a picture. Yesterday was one of those days, where nothing goes right. I had planned to make my treat for today, but I never got a chance to make it! So, I am posting a different recipe without a picture, how sad. :( And if you have noticed today is day 12. Yeah, I messed up on that. When I decided to do '12 days of Treats' I thought to myself, 'I'll start on the 12th because 12 plus 12 is 24. Well, No. It doesn't work out that way, so I guess we'll have 13 days of treats. Haha
Back to my recipe for the day: I got this recipe from my Sister's ward cookbook. I made this last Christmas for a Christmas Party and it was really really good! Here it is:

Cheesecake Ball
From Linda Houghton

1 Cube butter, softened (no substitutes)
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 C. Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/3-1/2 C. Pecans, Chopped
1/2 C. Mini Chocolate Chips

Beat first five ingredients together and stir in nuts and chocolate chips. With a spatula push mixture into a ball shape. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours. Roll semi-firm mixture into a ball and serve on a platter with graham crackers. (Honeymade Chocolate Sticks are good.)

Variations: 1- Leave out chips and roll ball in them when semi-firm. 2- Add 1-2 Tbsp. of cocoa powder when beating together for more chocolate flavor.

*When I made this, I didn't have pecans, so I omitted them. And I think I added chocolate chips into the cream cheese and rolled it in them also. Delicious!! When I make this, I will post the picture. I am planning on making it on Christmas or New Year's.

12/22/09

Day 11: Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints

These look Delicious! This is another cookie recipe from Shannon that I haven't gotten to try. But I hear, from my niece, that they're really good. So, sometime soon I'll have to try these. Thanks again Shannon for another delicious Recipe!!


Here are some tips from Shannon: For the filling, I didn’t have cream so I used milk instead & the filling turned out fine. I also used butter instead of shortening for the chocolate drizzle. I doubled the cookie batch and the filling; however, I think you could double the cookie batch but use only the regular amounts for the fillings. For the chocolate chips and shortening, I halved what the original recipe called for and I think it was plenty for the double batch.
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12/21/09

Day 10: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Squares

So here's another Peanut Butter recipe for you to try. Sunday was actually a busy day, so at 6:30PM I realized I didn't have any treat for my post. I had come across this recipe on http://www.browneyedbaker.com/ and thought it looked good. So I looked at my recipe, and decided since I had all the ingredients and it was easy I was going to try it. Yum! It is really yummy!! Next time I'm going to be sure to add more peanut butter (I didn't measure to make sure it was 1/2 C.). Thanks again Michelle for another delicious recipe!!


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Enjoy!!


1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
5 Oz. Marshmallows
1/2 C. Creamy Peanut Butter
3 Cups Crisped Rice Cereal
2 C. Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Shortening

Grease an 8X8-in. pan. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add in the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add the peanut butter and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the cereal until completely coated. With buttered hands, press the mixture into the greased pan and place in refrigerator for
at least 1 hour, or until set. Remove pan from refrigerator, run a knife around the edges and turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into 36 squares.

Using either a double boiler or a microwave heating in 30 second intervals, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together until completely melted and smooth. Working with one square at a time, drop a square into the chocolate and, using a toothpick, turn it over so it is completely covered in chocolate and them remove it to a baking sheet lined with a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with all squares.

Refrigerate until chocolate has set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for
up to a week.

12/20/09

Day 9: Peanut Butter Blossoms & Peanut Butter Temptations

This is another cookie that I remember always eating around this time of year. Our school always had a Christmas Program and each person was in charge of bringing a dozen cookies for refreshments. These are the cookies that my Mom always made. They are so delicious, and the hershey kiss makes it that much better! I am sure everyone has had these, but these had to go on my Christmas Treats Countdown.

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I found the Peanut Butter Temptations recipe just a few years ago. I had bought a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and the recipe was on the back of the bag. I decided that I needed to try these. And I am glad I did. They're very similar to the Peanut Butter Blossoms, but instead of just a chocolate kiss, you have chocolate and peanut butter! Mmmm.... You have to try these.
I made both of these for a Church Christmas Party last night, and there were none left at the end!
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12/19/09

Day 8: Mary's Sugar Cookies

This recipe comes from Shannon's Mother-in-law, Mary Moake. I haven't gotten to try these yet, but I think I'm just going to have to get over my dislike of the work that goes into making sugar cookies, because these look delicious. This is what Shannon said about this recipe, "This is a recipe I received from Mike’s mother, Mary Moake. It is the best sugar cookie recipe I have come across so far. The cookies are never crispy but light and fluffy, like the ones you buy in the store. They aren’t just for Christmas—my kids love to have them for Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.




--sorry the candy cane looks pink! I ran out of red food coloring so we ended up with pink frosting not red! : )

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12/18/09

Day 7: Snickerdoodles

I found this recipe a few years ago, I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I know that it is really good. I have tried a few other recipes and they never have turned out right, so this is my go to Snickerdoodle recipe, at least for right now. :) These cookies are cripy on the outside, but oh so chewy on the inside. My nephew said that the only thing wrong with the recipe, is that it doesn't make enough!!



Shannon made these and gave me a few things to add. She said that when she baked these, she didn't think that they were quite done at 11 minutes, but took them out anyway. She said she was glad she did, because if she had let them cook any longer, they probably would have been hard and crispy. So, just a warning, at 11 minutes they might not look quite done, but they are. Don't overcook these, unless you like crispy cookies. Hope you enjoy these!!

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12/17/09

Day 6: Ooey Gooey Bars

Oh Ooey Gooey Bars. I know you aren't very good for my figure, but I just can't resist you. You are insanely delicious! Chocolate, coconut, with a graham cracker crust, irresistable! I'm such a nerd!!! But seriously, these are delicious. Luckily, this time I made these, I gave almost the whole batch away, these were the last 2 left. So I guess I'm safe this time. But the next time I make these, I may just eat them all!


If you're looking for a delicious and chocolately treat give these a try.
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Ooey Gooey Bars
1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups crushed Graham Crackers
1 (14 Oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Butterscotch Chips (You can add as little or as much as you want)
1 Cup Sweetened Flaked Coconut (I usually add a little more)
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the butter into thick slices and place in a 9X13 baking
dish. Melt the butter in the oven. Once the butter is melted, sprinkle the crushed graham
crackers over the melted butter & stir well. Once it has cooled a little, press onto the
bottom of the dish. Pour the Sweetened condensed milk over the graham crackers. Then
sprinkle the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and then the nuts & press down.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

12/16/09

Day 5:Muddy Buddies and Peppermint Bark

I know everyone has that one recipe that brings back family memories everytime you make it. Muddy Buddies is one of mine. My Grandmother used to always make these around this time of year, but she called it Puppy Chow. Every year our whole family would gather at my Grandparents' house. They had a huge dining table that was always filled with food. There was also a seperate table specifically for pies. Oh, how I love the holidays. And Oh, how I love Puppy Chow! It's a very simple recipe and I'm sure everyone has made this, but I had to include this in our 12 Days of Treats! Enjoy!


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And now for the peppermint bark! A few weeks ago I had lunch at the Golden Elk, here in Hailey (Delicious!!). Anyway, they had free samples of Peppermint Bark. Oh my!! It was sooo good. So I did a search for a recipe online and found this one from http://www.joyofbaking.com/. It turned out good, but the only problem I had was with the chocolate. After you put it all together, you have it sit in the freezer for 5 mins. But if mine is out of the freezer for a few minutes, the chocolate starts to become soft. Hmmm.... I don't know if it's the chocolate I used or just the recipe. But that doesn't change the taste! So maybe someday soon I'll try a different recipe and let you know. If anyone has a good recipe for this, Please share it.


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12/15/09

Day 4: Chewy Coconut Cookies

A few years ago I found this recipe on http://www.allrecipes.com/. It is one of my favorite cookies. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I read some reviews from others who have made these cookies. Some people added chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, or butterscotch chips. Some said to add extra coconut. Next time I may try the chocolate chips. All I know is everytime I have made these cookies I can't stop myself from having another!

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12/14/09

And the Winner is....

Anna Davenport!!

Anna, I hope you enjoy your new cookie cookbook and your cookie dough scooper. Please email me at sheena_perron@hotmail.com and leave me your address. Thanks everyone for participating in our very first giveaway. And don't forget to check our blog for more delicious holiday treats.
I used www.random.org to choose today's winner.

Day 3: Rolo Cookies

My friend, Lindsay, told me about these cookies a few years ago. We were playing games (wow, life before kids, we actually could play games!:)) Her husband was telling us about these delicious cookies that she makes called Rolo Cookies. They sounded so good, but I never got the recipe from her. So, a few Christmases ago, I decided to look up this recipe and try them out. And sure enough they did not disappoint.




So Adam & Lindsay, thankyou for sharing these cookies with us. I have no idea where I got this recipe from, but if it is different from yours, PLEASE share it with all of us! When I made this batch of cookies, I had to half it because I didn't have enough rolos. When the first sheet came out of the oven I realized they had spread too much, so I had to add more flour. I later read in a Cookie Cookbook that you should never half a cookie recipe unless it says you can. Just a little info. that I learned. Enjoy!
Print the recipe Here!

12/13/09

Day 2: Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

These are delicious! Coconut and Chocolate how can you go wrong with that? When I searched for a macaroon recipe, I noticed that there was more than one way to make them. Some had a little flour in them, some only used egg whites, some had almond extract. I decided to make some from http://www.joyofbaking.com/. They were so easy to make, just a bowl and a spoon, a few ingredients and they were done. That made them even better. But as I was writing my post I wondered what the recipes with sweetened condensed milk tasted like, so I stopped typing and went to the kitchen and made another batch. These came from http://www.browneyedbaker.com/. Though they may have a slight difference in taste, they are both definitely worth making.



The recipe from brown eyed baker that used Sweetened Condensed Milk, had a stronger flavor. And I liked the chocolate ganache from the joy of baking recipe, so I made the cookies from Brown Eyed Baker and did the chocolate from Joy of Baking. I used bittersweet chocolate on my Macaroon, and I noticed that when I made the first batch of macaroons (from joy of baking) They were much better after sitting in the fridge for a day. I know, How did I manage to let them sit in the fridge for a whole day??? I have no idea! So, PLEASE go and get the ingredients and make these wonderful treats, and if you want to be nice you can share them with some of your friends.
-So, I woke up this morning and decided to try the macaroons that I baked last night, after they sat for awhile, and this is my opinion. They are both very very delicious, the macaroons with the sweetened condensed milk, did give it a stronger flavor, but I think I like the ones from joyofbaking better. The condensed milk almost seemed too strong for me, but that is only my opinion. The first batch I made, from joyofbaking, almost tasted like a Mounds bar, which is one of my favorites!!
Try both and let me know what you think.

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12/12/09

Day 1: Sugar Cookie Bars & Giveaway

Our first day of our 12 days of treats begins with a very Yummy and very easy treat! I love sugar cookies, but I really wish they weren't so much work. So when I saw this recipe on www.realmomkitchen.com, I knew I would love it. So, I finally made them, and yes I loved them! They were so delicious and very easy. Visit Laura's wonderful and delicious website for some more tasty treats. And definitely make this one!
Just click Here to print the recipe!


Now for the giveaway!

Since we're doing 12 days of Treats what better thing to giveaway than a Cookie Cookbook! We are giving away one 'Christmas Cookies Are for Giving' Cookie Cookbook.This is more than just a cookie cookbook. It includes stories, recipes, tips on baking and more.




But I wanted to give away something that you could use while making all of these delicious cookies. So, the winner will also receive One "Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop"

These are so nice to have around for those times when you are making cookies. You cookies will come out the same size and will cook more evenly. I have been making cookies this week and I had to borrow my mother in law's cookie scoop. I know, I'm giving one away and I don't even have one! Don't worry, I ordered one for me also! :) So you have 3 chances to enter our 12 Days of Treats Giveaway:

1. As a comment leave your name and tell us your favorite cookie/treat.
Sheena Perron: tough decision...Chewy Coconut Cookies, because
I love coconut and these are so chewy and delicious.

2. Become a Follower of our Blog
Comment: Sheena Perron: Follower

3. Tell a friend about our giveaway.
Comment: Sheena Perron: I told my Mom!

So, there you go! You have today (Saturday) and tomorrow to enter our giveaway. On Monday morning one winner will be randomly selected. Good Luck!

Also, if anyone has a cookie/treat recipe they would like to share leave a comment or email us. We will post it on the blog and proper credit will be given for any recipes that are shared.

12/9/09

12 Days of Treats and our First Giveaway!!!

Tis the season for....cookies! Even though Christmas is such a hectic time of year, many people take the time to bake dozens and dozens of cookies for friends and loved ones. As I was looking through recipes I came across some that looked delicious! And the thought came to me, why not have a '12 Days of Treats' and a Giveaway! So, starting Saturday, December 12 we will be posting a new cookie everyday until Christmas Eve. Now my sister, Shannon, and I had so many cookies that we couldn't decide on just 12, so we'll probably be posting more after Christmas. Some of these cookies I have made before and some are new ones that I have recently found. So come join us for 12 days as we enjoy these delicious treats. And for anyone that lives in Idaho, you may receive some of these. If I don't give them away I would be tempted to eat them all!!!
For the giveaway, visit our Blog this Saturday, Dec.12 for our first cookie and for our Giveaway. You will have Saturday and Sunday to enter. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 14.
I am so excited and I hope you will try some of the delicious cookies/treats.

12/2/09

cute address stamps

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