Melting Snowmen #ChristmasCookies

Melting SnowmenMelting Snowmen cookies melt your heart! Kids will love these easy to make cuties! Adults will too!

First, I want to share a bit about the 12 Days of Cookies event!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Melting Snowmen use a basic chocolate cookie and dress it up a bit!
melting snowmen

Frost the cookies with white chocolate. Add mini peanut butter cup pieces for the hat, mini chocolate bits for eyes and orange sprinkles for a carrot nose. Easy, right?

Here is a recipe for the cookie. I’d love to see your version of a melted snowman!

Melting Snowmen

Yield: 20

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 flour
  • 1 bag vanilla candy melts
  • 1 bag mini peanut butter cups
  • 1/4 cup mini choc chips
  • orange sprinkles

Instructions

  • Cream together shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Add to creamed mix.
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla.
  • Shape dough into 20 balls. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until set.
  • Melt white chocolate candy. Frost cooled cookies and add peanut butter cup pieces for hats, sprinkle for a nose and mini chips for eyes.
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Food for Thought…Do you make comical cookies or only traditional cookies at Christmas? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

Enjoy Day one of the 12 Days of Cookies bloggers. A bit of something for everyone!

Anginetti from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Candy Cane Cookies from The Freshman Cook
Christmas Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table
Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Making the Most of Naptime
Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread Cookies from Feeding Big
Cookie Butter Crisps from Palatable Pastime
Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cuppa Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies from Simple and Savory
Melting Snowmen from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Meyer Lemon Cookies from Caroline’s Cooking
Pizelles from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Red Velvet Snowballs from The Chef Next Door
Snowday Cookies from Jolene’s Recipe Journal

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Easy Sweet Asian Brussels Sprouts

Easy Sweet Asian Brussels Sprouts

Easy Sweet Asian Brussels Sprouts sweet and tangy glazed. Ready in 15 minutes.

Easy Sweet Asian Brussels Sprouts

Do you love Brussels Sprouts? Me too. Roasted, steamed, fried, shaved into salad, you name it, I’ll try it!
I recently had the pleasure of sampling a sweet Asian sauce version over these little cabbage cousins when I was in Alabama. Now this sauce was thick like glaze, sweet yet tangy with a hint of heat. A bit of onion dotted the plate.

Let me tell you, these were some of THE best Brussels Sprouts I’ve ever eaten!

I vowed try to make something similar back home.

These sprouts come close to the original with a bit of help from bottled Sweet Sour Sauce. You can find this sauce in some grocers and Asian markets. You can make your own with pineapple juice, ketchup, cornstarch, sugar, salt, rice vinegar and mustard.

Either way you’re in for a treat.

sweet-asian-brussels

Start by cutting sprouts in half and coat with oil. spread evenly on a cookie sheet and roast at 350 for about 10 minutes, turning once until tender and charred.

Toss in Sweet Sour sauce and sprinkle with black sesame.

That’s it! Easy right? Enjoy!

Easy Sweet Asian Brussels Sprouts
Food for thought…What is your favorite way to enjoy Brussels Sprouts? I’d love to hear your ideas in a comment below!

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Cranberry Almond Quick Bread Mix #SundaySupper

Cranberry Almond Quick Bread Mix makes a thoughtful gift for bakers of any skill level. Assorted flours create this fiber-rich loaf.
Cranberry Almond Quick Bread

Welcome to a special Sunday Supper gift-giving food idea recipes event. I say it’s special because homemade gifts, especially food are gifts from the heart.

Kits are an easy way to share your best recipes with family and friends.

Cranberry Almond Quick Bread Mix

I like to include key ingredients like special flours or blends that I grind myself. It saves your recipient from crawling the shelves of a health food store or specialty shop just to make your recipe.

A new loaf pan, potholder, wooden spoon, dish towel or other kitchen gadget is always a welcome addition too. You may be surprised to learn that all your friends and family don’t own every size baking dish, pie plate or cake pan out there. Who knew, right?

Grease a 9x4-inch loaf pan. Line with parchment allowing enough paper to cover sides and extend about 1 inch above rim. Set aside. Whisk together flours, psyllium and salt. Add cranberries. In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, milk, honey and vinegar. Temper eggs into wet mixture. Stir together wet and dry ingredients. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 375 for

Add as many ingredients as you can to the kit. I add the dry ingredients including the flours (you can substitute entirely all-purpose flour if you like), a small jar of honey, craisins and nuts. You can add the salt to the flour, just remember to label it that way.

Don’t forget to print out a nice recipe page or recipe card.

Here is the recipe. Just cut and paste it into your word program.

Cranberry Almond Quick Bread Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup teff flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup psyllium
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Grease a 9x4-inch loaf pan. Line with parchment allowing enough paper to cover sides and extend about 1 inch above rim. Set aside.
  • Whisk together flours, psyllium and salt. Add cranberries.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together melted butter, milk, honey and vinegar. Temper eggs into wet mixture.
  • Stir together wet and dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake at 375 for 30 to 35 minutes until bottom is solid when tapped and inserted pick comes out clean.
  • Cool with paper in place on bottom on a wire rack. When completely cool, remove paper and wrap tightly.
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Food for Thought…Do you enjoy giving and receiving homemade food gifts? Have you ever decided to skip trying something someone made for you because it was homemade? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

Thank you Christie from A Kitchen Hoors Adventures for hosting today. Thanks to Cricket from Crickets Confections for organizing our event.
Cranberry Almond Quick Bread

Enjoy all these great food gift ideas from the #SundaySupper Tastemakers!

Baked Goods

Candy

Chocolate

Jams, Syrups, Drinks

Mixes and Spices

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Cranberry Grains Power Bowl #CranberryWeek

Cranberry Grains Power Bowl

Cranberry Grains Power Bowl for #CranberryWeek packs protein and Omega3 from tuna, pepitas and hemp seed hearts, antioxidants from cranberries, blueberries and fiber from barley and quinoa. Served on a vitamin rich spinach base.

Welcome to Day 5 of #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline’s Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We shared cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day. Search #CranberryWeek to keep up to date and follow the #CranberryWeek Pinterest board for more cranberry inspiration.

Power Bowls are taking over breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. What’s a Power Bowl? Answering that is the easy part. A power bowl is a nutrient dense meal that fits in a single serving.
Most offer a high amount of fiber, antioxidants, Omega3 and protein.
My version for cranberry week has several proteins in the forms of tuna, quinoa, pepitas and hemp seed hearts. Fiber and vitamins from barley, pepitas and spinach. Antioxidant rich cranberries fresh and dried and blueberries dot the bowl.
Cranberry Grains Power Bowl
Substitute and lean protein for the tuna or skip it altogether. Drizzle with a balsamic vinegar reduction to bring out the flavors.
Cranberry Grains Power Bowl

In case you missed out, here are the links for this week. Each day’s link has many delicious #CranberryWeek offerings to try!

Day one: Cranberry Cornbread

Day two: Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

Day three: Cranberry London Broil

Day four> Cranberry Blondies

Enjoy these great cranberry recipes to end your week from #CranberryWeek bloggers!

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