Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Desserts!

In all honesty, the highlight to any gathering is always the dessert, especially around Christmas time. Tonight I am going to share with you some amazing seasonal recipes that you will definitely want to have on your Christmas table. And your dolls may want to partake in some of them too.

First off are another gift from me to Harper for her dolls. She had requested some doll sized cookies, and I was more than happy to whip some up. Polymer clay cookies are so much fun to make. I used little Playdough tools to cut out the shapes, and "frosted" them with paint.
Here is an actual recipe for chocolate caramel danishes. They use packaged puff pastry and can be served hot or cold, making them a great party dish. You can even make them smaller to serve a crowd.

chocolate caramel danish

Chocolate Caramel Danishes
makes 6
2 frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Roll out the puff pastry sheets into two fat rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 3 equal squares. Divide the cream cheese mixture between the pastries, and spread it in the center of them. Leave about 3/4"-1" space around the edges. Place a some chocolate chips in the center of the cream cheese. Push in the edges of the pastries to resemble a danish. Spread them out on a large baking stone and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes before drizzling ½ a tablespoon over each danish.
Aren't these thumbprint cookies so cute? I was in a peanut butter and jelly mood, but a sandwich just wasn't going to cut my craving. Luckily these cookies hit the spot.

PB&J Thumbprints
makes 13
1 cup quick oats
1 cup peanut flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. milk
1/4 cup strawberry jelly
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the oats, peanut flour, salt, and sugar. Mix the peanut butter, milk, egg, and syrup together in a separate bowl. Add the wet and dry ingredients. Once everything is combined, scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough at a time onto a nonstick baking pan. Make an indent with your thumb into each one, and spoon about a teaspoon of jelly in the hole. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Last of all, this is probably the easiest dessert ever. We threw it together right before company walked in the door this afternoon. It only uses three dishes including the spoon you use to stir. Everyone gave it rave reviews, and even Harper who was a little leery about the pumpkin being in it loved them.

Pumpkin Brownies
1- 10 ounce package brownie mix
1- 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients together until smooth. Spray a 9"X9" pan with oil, and spread the batter evenly into it. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Slice into squares and serve.

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