Friday, December 14, 2018

Blogmas 2018 - Day 14 - Favorite Recipes

I've already shared a few recipes along the way this Blogmas, but, today, am sharing a few more! 


(It's been a few years since I've made one, but this recipe has always been a favorite at family holiday gatherings.)

2 cans crescent rolls
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded Monterey cheese
1 can of chicken or 1 to 2 cups cooked chicken,

Leaving a 3-inch circle in the center, form a sun with crescent rolls on a pizza stone. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place on rolls around the center. Tuck points of rolls over meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until rolls are brown.


(This sugar cookie recipe is the best that I've ever tasted and it is the one that our family has used for generations. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my mother and I making these cookies to give and share with others at Christmas. Now my children and their children are carrying on the tradition.) 

1 c. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
5 c. flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Add milk, baking powder, salt, eggs, and vanilla. Blend well. Add flour a little at a time until all the flour is mixed in. If dough is sticky, extra flour may be added. Being extra generous with the dusting flour, roll dough out about 1/4-inch thick and cut with cutters. Bake at 375 degrees until cookies are slightly browned on the bottom and are a little spongy on top. Ice with Wilton's Buttercream Icing (below).


1/2 c. solid vegetable shortening
1/2 c. butter or margarine
4 cups powdered sugar
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add coloring if desired and beat until mixed evenly. Yield: 3 cups. 


2 pkg. (16 sq.) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 cup Teddy Grahams
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Microwave chocolate in microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in 3/4 cup each of Teddy Grahams and marshmallows into bowl with chocolate. Spread on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Decorate with remaining grahams and marshmallows. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Makes 15 servings (4 1-inch pieces per serving)


(This recipe was shared with me many years ago by my friend, Carla, and they are delicious!)

1 pound powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups peanut butter

Mix well, chill, and roll into 1-inch balls. Roll in almond bark


(This recipe was shared with me many years ago by my daughter, Amanda, and they are delicious, too!)

1 pkg. Oreo cookies, crushed
1 pkg cream cheese

Mix and beat until a smooth paste; chill. Roll into 1-inch balls;
chill again. Dip in white chocolate; chill.


Makes 13 cups.

2 teaspoons whole allspice
2 teaspoons whole cloves
6 cinnamon sticks
2 quarts apple cider
2 cups sugar
2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 cup water

TIE first 3 ingredients together in a piece of cheesecloth or coffee filter. BRING cider and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan. Add spice bag; reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Remove spice bag; discard. STIR in orange juice and remaining ingredients; simmer 5 minutes or until heated. Serve hot.

(Note: Fresh orange and lemon slices floating on top add a really nice touch, too.)

Until next time...

*Joining in with Jean over at So Not Organized and linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas 2018

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  1. Thanks for sharing. I just may have to try those sugar cookies this year. Looks good!

  2. They really are the best, Krista! Blessings! <3

  3. I LOVE these recipes! I especially like the name of the "Dirty Snowballs".

  4. I'll have to try your sugar cookie recipe. My oldest son said sugar cookies were his favorite Christmas cookies and I've been looking for a good recipe.

  5. Those Dirty Snowballs are good, Tamy!

    And, let me know what your family thinks of the recipe, Jean, if you end up trying it! It's the best one that I know of. Of course...I'm kind of prejudice! :D


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