Everyone loves cheese balls so make sure you have this blue cheese ball at your next party. But instead of a round ball make it snowman shaped!
Party time means dip time. And no party is complete without a big ol’ ball o’ cheese. This recipe was originally adapted from recipe I received from one of my parent’s friends. Turns out it is very similar to the blue cheese ball I already shared which was such a hit you would have though I was a magician doing a disappearing act. In addition to blue cheese and green onions, this version has black olives, walnuts, and optional banana peppers mixed in. And in case those differences weren’t enough, instead of making a regular cheese ball I went the festive route and made it snowman shaped! Apparently I like eating things with cute faces because this is the second adorable recipe I have made this month that has a face (first was the cone head cupcakes). This phenomenon does not follow for meat however, at least not in it’s natural state. But add a cartoonish face and we’re okay (just take these octoweenies for example).
One year ago: Orange Cut-Out Cookies with Orange Cardamom Icing
Instead of buying from the store, try your hand at homemade hot chocolate mix. This version highlights dark chocolate and would make a great gift!
Christ mas is about a week away! Can you believe it? I certainly cannot as I’ve just started feeling the holiday-baking pull. There are too many festive things I want to make in such little time! The most important thing I made every year is hot chocolate mix. To date, I have made six different kinds of hot chocolate mix: Regular, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, and now Dark Chocolate. Homemade hot chocolate mix makes great gifts if you’re looking for some last minute ideas!
This dark hot chocolate is not as sweet at the others I have created due to the use of dark and semisweet chocolate – no white chocolate in there this time. But the flavor of the dark chocolate truly shines. I thought it was exceptional, but if you know someone who prefers sweeter hot chocolate (like my dad), throw a healthy handful of marshmallows in there.
One year ago: Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls
Two years ago: Buttermilk Biscuits
Turn your pizza into a Christmas wreath with the help of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Stuff with your favorite pizza toppings for a tasty and festive appetizer.
When it comes to making homemade pizza I’m all about homemade pizza dough, as made evident by the many different pizza dough recipes I have shared. It’s just too easy! In the time it takes my oven to preheat, the dough has risen. However, I have yet to try my hand at homemade crescent dough – now that intimidates me. So to make this festive pizza ring resembling a Christmas wreath I went ahead and bought 2 cans of refrigerated dough.
This Christmas wreath pizza ring would be a great idea for a holiday party. I brushed it with pesto to give it a green hue and cut the bottom of a bell pepper out to look like a red ribbon. Inside it’s stuffed with cheese, pizza sauce, and three meats: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Place a bowl of pizza sauce in the middle and it’s ready for the table!
One year ago: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies
Make your own mini quiche complete with a mini homemade pie crust. Then dress it up using your favorite quiche fillings. Perfect for one or double for two!
I realize that only two months ago I shared a single serving quiche recipe baked inside of a bagel but I enjoy eggs for breakfast and am sharing another single serving quiche recipe (and admittedly not the most photogenic food item). This time it is baked in a mini homemade pie crust, so it’s just like a traditional quiche but miniaturized. And it’s the same pie crust I used for the bourbon pecan pie for one. What other mini pies would you want to make using this since serving pie crust?
Two years ago: Gingerbread Oreo Snowman Truffles
Three years ago: Jalapeno Cornbread
Simple chocolate brownie bites are topped with frosting that tastes just like hot chocolate. Don’t forget the marshmallows on top!
I may not be the biggest chocolate fan when it stands alone and neither do I enjoy a glass of cold chocolate milk. However, if you place a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows in front of me, nothing can prevent me from draining it (except maybe if it’s made with water instead of milk). So when I discovered that my friend Heather created a hot chocolate frosting I could not wait to try it – it quite literally tastes just like hot chocolate and it therefore spoon-worthy. Seriously, other than cream cheese or peanut butter frosting I rarely have the urge to eat frosting alone off a spoon but this stuff rocks. I have already used Dollop Gourmet Hot Chocolate Frosting on top of Greek yogurt thumbprint cookies and now I’ve been caught in the act of dolloping again. This time on top of brownies.
P.S. It’s also National Hot Chocolate Day, so if you live in the northeast you better run out and buy some of this frosting. I know I plan to snag a bunch (including the other 3 flavors) when I am home in Rochester for the holidays. Heck I’m tempted to mix it into some hot milk to make frosting-hot chocolate!
One year ago: Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts
Two years ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies
Have any leftover pumpkin puree in your possession? Make breakfast! These pumpkin pecan waffles are not only seasonally appropriate, but delicious.
If there’s any chance you have pumpkin puree still lying around, do what we did and throw it into your breakfast. My dad always makes his own pumpkin puree and normally around this time of year my dad makes pumpkin pancakes, which we’ve had plenty of, but this time he mixed it into waffles with pecans. I love the texture and flavor of the little bits of pecan throughout the waffle.
One year ago: Dark Chocolate Chunk Eggnog Cookies
Two years ago: Creamy Ricotta Spinach & Shells
Weeknight meals don’t have to be boring. Try this apple cider glazed chicken served with browned butter rice and toasted pecans. Ready in the time it takes to cook rice.
If you are a ZipList user, you should have received an e-mail notifying you that starting tomorrow they will no longer be supporting their recipe box and shopping list platform. If you haven’t already you can transfer your saved recipes to the Epicurious Recipe Box and save all your shopping lists and recipes to your computer. Visit http://www.ziplist.com/savemyziplist to save your shopping lists and recipes.
What does this mean for The Spiffy Cookie? As you may have noticed, I have stopped adding the ZipList button to my recipes. However, I have always included a “Print/PDF” button at the bottom of every recipe as an easy way to print or save as a PDF. I have a file folder on my computer with subfolders for various food categories as if it were a digital version of a recipe box on my desktop, but instead it is filled with recipe PDF files. There are also options at the bottom of each recipe to share via various social media. Pinterest is a useful tool for organizing a virtual recipe box as well and it’s accessible from anywhere.
Feel free to practice saving, printing, and/or sharing on the recipe I am sharing today. It’s an easy weeknight meal for chicken with an apple cider glaze and rice tossed with toasted pecans and browned butter.
One year ago: Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix
Three years ago: Breakfast Pizza