Dec 26, 2015

25 Best Recipes of 2015

I can hardly believe it is time for me to write up another yearly best recipes. Time is going by so fast! I'm happy to be bringing you my favorite recipes of 2015.

Best tasting doesn't always mean the most popular in terms of going viral on Pinterest, but you can trust me that these are the best of the best. Click "continue reading" below to view the collection. Enjoy!

Dec 25, 2015

No-Bake Oreo Truffles

These little truffles of pure bliss are coming in just under the wire for my top 25 recipes of 2015. I wasn't able to get very good pictures of them but you can take my word and those of my family that these truffles are, in a word, incredible.

I have to admit that I've never made or tasted cake balls, so I can't compare them one way or another to that style of dessert.  The idea of baking a cake, crumbling it up and mixing it with sweet frosting never appealed to me.

These truffles though are blitzed up cookies mixed with cream cheese. That piqued my interest in a major way. You wouldn't think that two simple ingredients could make something special, but they do. One taste tester said that they were like satin, smooth and rich.

My first instinct now is to buy every flavor of Oreos I can get my paws on and make different flavored versions of these. I will try to resist, but don't be surprised to see these little treats on the blog again soon.

Dec 24, 2015

Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon was one of the big hits of our family Christmas party this year. I've been wanting to make them for a long time now, as crab rangoon is one of my favorite foods. I wasn't sure how difficult it would be, but as it turned out, it was a cinch.

Prepared rangoon are kept fresh by keeping a just barely damp towel pulled over the sheet pan. Keep them covered as you prepare the remaining rangoon.

The recipe provides a delicious homemade dipping sauce, but I can't have rangoon without some type of hot mustard. For the party, I used sweet hot mustard, but hot chinese mustard is also wonderful. Do what I do and try dipping in multiple sauces at once. Sweet hot mustard and sweet and sour? Delicious. Chinese hot mustard and soy sauce? Fantastic.

There is a bit of Sriracha sauce in this recipe, but it doesn't provide really any heat at all. It gives it a hint of flavor, but no heat. My daughter doesn't like spicy food whatsoever and she adored these. So don't let the fact that it has Sriracha in it deter you. It provides just a hint of flavor.

I doubled the recipe as I thought this might be a popular party food and Lordy was I right. It was a hit. Enjoy!

Dec 23, 2015

Peppermint Eggnog Christmas Punch

If you are anything like me, you might think to yourself, peppermint and eggnog? What the heck?! I was unsure of this combination but this punch was the best I've ever made. Everyone who tried it loved it and went back for more.

Before I forget, the cute Christmas punch bowl set is Hazel Atlas, which I found on Etsy. Very retro and festive.

I photographed the punch shortly after I added the peppermint crunch ice cream, but I found that it tasted best when the ice cream had mostly melted. It was amazing!

The eggnog that we buy is light in consistency, pretty much as thin as milk. That is my preferred style of eggnog, so that is what I went with for this punch. If you buy a very thick and sweet style of eggnog, you might consider using club soda instead of 7Up to cut down on the sweetness. I did try this punch using both club soda and 7Up, and I found the 7Up to be much, much better.

If you don't have a holiday punch for Christmas, please try this one out. It is wonderfully festive and delicious. Enjoy!

Christmas 2015 Roundup

I think we outdid ourselves this Christmas. It was a great meal with family, enjoying fantastic foods and exchanging presents. I'll have recipes for all these goodies going up before the end of December. For now, enjoy the pictures!

Dec 22, 2015

Soft Gingerbread Pudding Cookies Dipped in White Chocolate

Soft and flavorful gingerbread cookies, dipped in white chocolate. This recipe is wonderful for two types of eaters. First, for people who enjoy gingerbread but don't love rock hard cookies. Second, for folks that think they'd enjoy gingerbread if it were perhaps a little more mellow of a flavor.

This recipe is both soft and mellow, but it still has enough of that wonderful gingerbread flavor a lot of us crave around Christmas. I find this recipe to be great for kids as well, they love the flavor and the fact that it is dipped in chocolate.

I had originally planned to dip half of the batch in white chocolate and the other half in semi-sweet, but I melted too much white chocolate from the get go. So instead of wasting it, I just went ahead and dipped the entire batch of cookies in white. Gingerbread goes really well with milk chocolate or semi-sweet, so be sure to try that out sometime.

I found this recipe at the website SNAP! Many thanks to them for this winner of a recipe. Enjoy!

Dec 21, 2015

Soft and Thick Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Here we have the best sugar cookies I've ever made. The recipe is courtesy of a wonderful blog, Dimples & Delights, written by April.  I did make them a bit thinner than the recipe calls for, but they were still plenty thick and soft. The dough is just sweet enough, has a fantastic texture to it and rolls out easily.

The gorgeous sprinkles on the purple and blue cookies is from Sweetapolita's Sprinkle Shop. That particular sprinkle medley is Mermaid Magic. Rosie has the most wonderful sprinkle collections I've ever seen. If you know a cookie baker and need a special gift, buy a collection of fun sprinkles from her shop.

The food coloring is from Wilton, in a set like this. I really love the quality of the Wilton food coloring products. Their red coloring has no taste, which is a very good thing for frostings.

I love this recipe! This is now my go-to sugar cookie recipe. It is perfect.

If you prefer crispy sugar cookies, be sure to try my mom's recipe for Crispy Snowflake Sugar Cookies. Both recipes are wonderful. Enjoy!