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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great.


Cherry (or Raspberry...or Lime) Divinity

Divinity is another one of my favorite Christmas treats. This is not for the faint of heart. It is sweet and much loved at our house. Most divinities have nuts which I omitted out of preference.

One note about the recipe. It says to heat to 250 to 265. We tried it on the higher end towards 265 and it was just a bit too hard. Next time around I will do 255. Enjoy!

Cherry (or Raspberry...or Lime) Divinity
Makes about 2 dozen

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cherry flavored Jell-O® mix (Use whatever flavor you prefer)

1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir just to blend, then bring to a boil. Heat to 250 to 265 degrees F (121 to 129 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball.

2. Meanwhile, whip egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy. Sprinkle in the gelatin powder, and continue whipping until peaks form when the beaters are turned off and lifted.

3. When the syrup reaches temperature, pour in a thin stream into the egg white mixture, mixing constantly on low speed. Increase to high speed once the syrup is in, and whip until the candy is stiff and loses its gloss. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Once it sets, transfer to a Tupperware or cookie tin.

Slightly adapted from Allrecipes


  1. I made Divinity for my mother last yr for Christmas and it took me a few tries to get it right. She has loved it since she was a little kid. She doesn't like it with the nuts either. Turns out my mother isn't the only one that loves it - my husband and son also love it. I will have to try it with the jello flavorings and mix it up to see how that goes over.
    Thank you for the idea and the recipe.

  2. I'm sorry if I missed it in the post, but what is the buttered baking dish for?

  3. Melinda - Sorry about that. You don't need the dish and I updated the recipe.

  4. Thank you! I am headed off to make these now :)

  5. My family has been making this with strawberry Jello for as long as I can remember. Just a piece of advice, do NOT use sugar free Jello, it doesn't seem to set up. =o)

    1. Thanks for the tip! I bet the strawberry is delicious =)

  6. My Mom used to make this when we were kids. Glad to have found it. I think I might try cranberry.

  7. In our family it was Cherry .....with or without nuts. But Cherry only.....its so sweet. My mom used to let the weather determine whether this precious gift could be made.


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