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Marshmallow Snowballs

This is a quick and easy treat that many Newfoundlanders will recognize. These are so easy to make, and perfect for making with kids.

MARSHMALLOW SNOWBALLS

What you will need:

4 oz cream cheese

2 cups icing sugar

2 tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, melted

3 cups colored mini marshmallows

3 cups coconut

 

Combine first five ingredients, beat together until smooth.

Fold in marshmallows, then shape into balls.

Roll in coconut, and enjoy.

Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

Cream cheese, in my oh so humble opinion, should be given it’s very own food group. I use it in more dishes, from chicken and potatoes to cookies and cakes, it’s tremendously versatile. And unsurpassed in keeping baked goods light and moist.

These cookies are all I can think of today. I made about eight dozen of these last Christmas, and I don’t think they lasted through Christmas Eve. Chickie calls them cheesecake cookies, and is adamant this is the only way to eat cheesecake. Smooth, silky, melt in your mouth deliciousness. I can’t blame her.

 

CREAM CHEESE COOKIES

What you will need:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 block cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1 small egg yolk (use only half a yolk if your eggs are large or extra large)

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

 

Preheat oven to 325. Very lightly grease cookie sheets.

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together in on low speed until light and fluffy. Beat vanilla and egg yolk in on medium speed. Stir in flour until well mixed, but do not overbeat as the dough can get a little tough. And no one wants tough cookies.

I use a cookie press to make these, and while it’s not necessary, it gives me the best result, and makes the prettiest cookies. If you have one, dig it out and use it. If you don’t have one, you can still make the cookies, just drop teaspoon measures onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes, keeping a close eye so the cookies don’t get too dark. The cookies should still be quite pale when they’re done.

To make these cookies even more special, try making a little indent in the center of the cookie and filling with jam, preserves, chocolate chips, halved cherries, or whatever floats your boat, really. I love blueberry jam with them, and green or red cherry halves look very festive.

Have fun, and enjoy!

Churro’s all around

These scrumptious sticks of Spanish pastry are unforgettably divine. A crunchy exterior dusted with cinnamon sugar, and a creamy, eggy interior that will melt in your mouth. And so easy to make, you can easily do a couple of dozen in under 30 minutes. And a couple of dozen can easily disappear in under 30 minutes, too.

CHURRO’S

What you will need:

1 cup water

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/3 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup flour

2 eggs, well beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

 Vegetable oil, for frying

Cinnamon, and sugar, for dusting

Combine water, brown sugar, salt and butter in saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately stir in flour until well combined. Beat eggs, add vanilla and stir egg mixture in. I generally use a hand mixer at this point, but it is possible to beat in by hand.

Transfer batter into pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Heat 1 to 1.5 inches oil in bottom of heavy frying pan, or dutch oven, to 375 degrees. Pipe in 4 inch long strips of batter, frying for approximately 1 minute per each side, or until churros are dark gold in color.

Remove from oil, drain on paper towels. Roll churro sticks in cinnamon sugar, or dust with icing sugar. Delicious served with ice cream, or served with warmed honey as a dip. Can be dressed up with drizzled chocolate for beautiful presentation.

Enjoy!

Here come the Rum Balls!

Nothing says Christmas to me more than rum soaked cream cheese! Just joking, but really, who can resist? Creamy, rich, and only mildly alcoholic.  These are ideal to serve for any occasion, and impress most folks. Or maybe that’s just the rum talking. Either way, they are so worth the little effort they take. And if you really want to impress your friends, co-workers or neighbours, make up a batch of these, fancy them up in some pretty foil cups and you have yourself a present that will be remembered.

Red & Green Christmas Rum Balls

Red & Green Christmas Rum Balls

CHOCOLATE RUM BALLS

What you will need:

 1 block cream cheese, softened

1 cup ground almonds

1 1/2  cup icing sugar

1 tsp powdered instant coffee

1/4 cup dark rum

5  squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

COATINGS:  chocolate sprinkles, shredded or toasted coconut, icing sugar, crushed almonds, cocoa powder, fancy colored sugars, or whatever your little heart desires.

Blend cream cheese, ground almonds, coffee, icing sugar and rum together with melted chocolate. Chill in fridge for twenty minutes or so, or until slightly firm. Shape into 1 inch balls.

Choose what you would like to coat the rum balls in, and place coatings on plates in front of you. Roll rumballs around in coatings fairly firmly, making sure you get nice full coverage on each rumball.