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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

~ sweet, minty, and melt-in-your-mouth creamy!

8 ounces soft cream cheese
6 tablespoons soft butter
3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (NOT mint extract)
2 pounds sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 drops red food coloring

Combine and push mint mixture into a pastry bag, icing syringe or squeeze bottle with a decorative tip. Create desired shapes for mints. Let set 1 hour.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santa Strawberries

Oh my goodness........These are so cute!!
Keep this one for Christmas!!!!!

✿♥✿ Santa Strawberries ✿♥✿

1 dozen strawberries
1 cup whipped cream
a handful of chocolate sprinkles

Using a paring knife, slice the leafy end off each strawberry so they stand up evenly. Then slice the tip off to make a little hat.
Using a spoon or a large icing tip, place a large dollop (about 1-2 tsp) of whipped cream on top of the strawberry base. Plop the little hat on top. Add another small dollop of whipped cream to the tip of the hat to make a mock pom-pom.
Place two chocolate sprinkles in the Santa’s "face" for the eyes. Using a toothpick, place two very small splotches of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry for buttons.

You're done! It's that easy. If you don't eat them right away, store them in the fridge to keep them cold. Santa doesn't do well with heat.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pecan Tarts

Don't want to make a whole pie for Thanksgiving?? How about individual servings...

☆•♥✱ Pecan Tarts ✱♥•☆


3 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup flour


1 egg
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
Dash of salt
⅔ cup pecans, chopped

For the crust, mix cream cheese and margarine/butter. Stir in flour. Chill one hour. Shape into two dozen balls and press each one into a tart pan to conform to the shape of the pan. Do not grease or spray pans.

For the filling, beat the egg, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Pour half the pecans on the crust. Pour filling into tart shells. Put remaining pecans on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.

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Chocolate Acorns

Chocolate Acorns


  • 36 whole Hersey's Chocolate Kisses
  • 36 whole Bite Size Nutter Butter Cookies
  • ¾ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preparation Instructions

1. Unwrap the Hersey Kisses and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, melt 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes on 50% power. Stir until smooth.
3. Using the end of a knife, dab the melted chocolate onto the top of each Nutter Butter. Push the flat bottom of the Kiss into the chocolate and onto the cookie. Place it (cookie side down) onto a baking sheet to harden. Repeat with remaining Kisses.
4. When finished “gluing” the Kisses and cookies together, use the remaining melted chocolate, in the same process as above, to stick the remaining chocolate chips onto the top of the acorns to create stems (see photo).
5. Pop one in your mouth and ENJOY!!!

Others have suggested using peanut butter for the "glue" instead of melting chocolate chips. Someone said these are really good, especially if using the caramel kisses.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Cheese Dip That Will Make You Famous!

The Cheese Dip That Will Make You Famous!

I call this The Cheese Dip that will make you famous because it’s guaranteed to be the hit of the party! Serve it at your Super Bowl Party, serve it at a cocktail party, serve it anywhere and you’ll get rave reviews! It’s super easy, and you’ll have everyone asking for the recipe. Try it with jalapeño jack or chipotle seasonings, if you like a kick…otherwise, stick to the cheddar.

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese OR grated jalapeño jack
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small purple onion, diced (you can use chopped green onions as well or omit onions if you don’t like them)
◦Serve with Wheat Thins or Frito’s Scoops for dipping or even Veggies

1. Place all ingredients in a shallow baking dish (a 9″ square pan or round quiche pan will be perfect!)
2. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes or until the ingredients are melted enough to stir together.
3. Stir until combined.
4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Serve with Wheat Thins or Frito’s Scoops for dipping... Or celery, my favorite! ~cathy


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Onion Ring Loaf with Copy Cat Outback Steak House Dipping Sauce

Onion Ring Loaf with Copy Cat Outback Steak House Dipping Sauce


4 to 6 mild white onions
1 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
About 2 cups pancake mix
Oil (for deep frying)
Parsley (optional)

Directions of Onion ring loaf:

Slice onions crosswise and separate into rings.
Soak rings in mixture of milk, eggs and salt for 30 minutes.
Dip each onion ring into dry pancake mix and fry until golden brown in oil heated to 375 degrees F.
Press the fried onions down solidly, without crushing, into a Bundt pan.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.
Turn onto a serving plate.

Copy Cat Outback Steak House Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 teaspoons creamed horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 dash black pepper
1 dash cayenne


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread - (lightened up)

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread - (lightened up)

Yields 8 mini loaves (or 2 larger loaves)

A lightened up Pumpkin Cream Cheese bread that everyone will love!!

Pumpkin Bread

2 cups canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1 egg whites
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t baking soda
2 t pumpkin pie spice

Cream Cheese filling

8 oz reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature or softened slightly)
4 tbsp sugar
1 egg
2 tsp flour
1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350

Prepare one mini loaf pan (it should hold 8 loaves) or 2-9x5 loaf pans with nonstick spray

Bread Layers

In the bowl of your stand-mixer or hand-mixer combine pumpkin, eggs and egg white until smooth

In a separate medium bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda & pumpkin pie spice

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until just smooth, set aside

Cream Cheese Layer

In another bowl either for your stand-mixer or hand-mixer combine all ingredients until smooth

Bread Assembly

Pour or spoon half of the pumpkin bread mixture into the bottom of the mini loaf pan or the large loaf pans

Evenly divide the cream cheese mixture over the pumpkin bread mixture and smooth out using the back of a spoon

Pour the remaining pumpkin bread mixture over the cream cheese mixture, covering as much as you can

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

Let cool for about 10-15 minutes and then remove from the pans

Each mini loaf is 9 WW+ points, so divide as needed based on how many slices you get from the loaf.

♥´¯`*•.¸¸♥ Calories: 324 - Total Fat: 2.8 g - Saturated Fat: 1 g - Trans Fat: 0 g - Cholesterol: 85.2 mg - Sodium: 397.4 mg - Total Carbs: 65.2 g - Dietary Fiber: 2.5 g - Sugars: 42.7 g - Protein: 10.4 g


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

apple-slice-and-caramel-dip turkey

Will there be a kids' table at your Thanksgiving gathering this year? If so, surprise them with this apple-slice-and-caramel-dip turkey!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

Each tree requires … 2 miniature PB cups, 1 snack size PB cup & 1 chocolate kiss

peanut butter cups (snack & miniature sizes)
chocolate kisses
white chocolate (or candy melts)
white non-pariels

Melt the white chocolate (this will be the “glue” that holds each layer together) and put it in a squeeze bottle or ziptop bag with a tiny cut off corner.

Set up an assembly line …

  • Tree trunk – upside down miniature PB cup – white chocolate “glue”
  • 1st layer – upside down snack size PB cup – drizzle white chocolate around the edges & sprinkle with non-pariels
  • 2nd layer – upside down miniature PB cup – repeat drizzle & sprinkle
  • 3rd layer – chocolate kiss – repeat drizzle & sprinkle


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The Holidays are upon us & this means lots of baking & candy making...These are so easy make a wonderful gift! Just try not to eat them lol... If you do, just 1 or 2...Remember...All in Moderation!!!


32 oz dry roasted peanuts
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
4 oz German sweet chocolate
32 oz white chocolate candy melts

Place ingredients in a crockpot as listed. Do not stir. Cook on low for 1 1/2 -2 hours - do not open the lid!

After cooked, stir and drop by spoonfuls on a parchment paper or silpat lined pan.

Allow to harden and store in a closed container...Enjoy!


(you can substitute any nuts that you like)


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