Winter Whiskey

 

Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.  

My last recipe for my “25 Days of Christmas Recipes” is a cocktail to celebrate!  I’m celebrating the succesful completiton of 25 straight blog posts which was an exciting challenge.  And of course I’m celebrating a lovely holiday season with my wonderful family and friends.  Thank you all for your unconditional love and support.  Cheers!

Ingredients:
1 orange, juiced
1/3 cup whiskey
1/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves or jam
Club soda

Place ice, orange juice, preserves, and whiskey in a shaker and shake.  Pour into glass with ice and top with the soda.  Garnish with a slice of orange if you’d like.  Enjoy.

Raspberry “Kringle”

  
I’ve taken some artistic license in calling this a Kringle, hence the ” “.  You may not know what a Kringle really is, I didn’t until I started dating my fiance and his family served one!  It is a delicious pastry treat with all sorts of fillings topped with icing.  But bad news is you can only get them in Wisconsin, which is why I created my version of the “Kringle”. 

The flaky puff pastry, perfectly tart raspberry preserves and sweet glaze are a delicious combination.  Its not too late if you still need a brunch or dessert idea for Christmas tomorrow.  Try this out for New Year’s too!  The layered pastry looks fancy, but only you will know how easy it was!

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Apple Strudel Pinwheels



Here’s a great recipe for Breakfast Christmas morning!  Frozen puff pastry is such a great product and just takes any dish to the next level.  Obviously these classic flavors go perfectly together, you just can’t go wrong with apples and cinnamon.  I also like that the apples retain their shape and don’t become absolute mush.  These pinwheels have amazing flavor and great texture!

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Eggnog Sauce

   

If you like eggnog you will LOVE this sauce!  Make it and just put it on something, anything, this week!  Its so creamy and sweet with that distinct eggnog flavor.  Bring your Christmas breakfast to the next level by pouring this over french toast, pancakes, or bread pudding!  Look like the star at your Christmas dessert by ladling this over ice cream or cake! Yummmm!

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Heath Chocolate Chip Cookies

  
Christmas baking continues with these delicious cookies!  My friend Kendall told me how she made Heath Chocolate Chip Cookies by just adding in the Heath bits to the dough.  I said that’s genius, don’t be shocked if you see it on the blog!

And here you have it, Heath Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Sooooo good!  The toffee bits can be found in the baking asile (didn’t know that) and they are awesome!  They add a chewy extra sweet element to the standard Chocolate Chip Cookie and its wonderful.  Thanks again for the idea Kendall!

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Dip Day! Pepperoni Dip

   
This recipe is often found at my family gatherings and parties.  It is one of our all time favorite dips and a total crowd pleaser!  The ingredients seems very strange but trust me, it works!  This dip is so cheesy and savory and a little spicy from the pepperoni, just amazing.  The bread is the perfect accompaniment.  Crackers just don’t cut it for this dip!  Make Pepperoni Dip this week and everyone will thank you!

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Bonus Gag Gift! Edible Coal

  

I’m sure there’s someone fresh in your life you’d really enjoy giving coal to!  And you don’t have to feel guilty because its delicious rice krispy treat coal!

What a fun gift to give to your sassy friend or little brother, watch out Frankie ;)  I packaged the coal in a cellophane bag I got at Michaels and a cute ribbon.  Its also fun to include a tag with this poem on it!

“I heard you have been naughty not nice,
And Santa even checked his list twice.
So all the way from the cold North Pole
all you’re getting is a bag of coal.”

And the kicker is the coal will dye your recipients tongue black, ha!

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