Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eggnog Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups

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Classic sugar cookies baked in miniature muffin tins and topped with an eggnog cream cheese frosting and extra nutmeg - a wonderful sweet Christmas treat!

This morning we were all excited because it was Wesley's Thanksgiving program at his preschool! After seeing it, I sort of feel bad that last year I didn't research enough to find him a preschool for 3-year-olds. Silas had attended both 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool in our old town, but that was partially because I was still working out of the home at the time.

Just seeing him in his Thanksgiving program made me get all choked up - I'm just so happy that he has this wonderful preschool so close! He played an American Indian who showed the pilgrims how to hunt... rabbits to be precise! He was so serious it was hilarious! And then when it was time to recite a few Thanksgiving poems and sing some songs with his teacher and the whole group, I think I saw his lips move once or twice.

He's so funny at this age around other people - especially an audience. The funny, mischevious side of Wesley leaves and the shy, kind of stoic one emerges!

After spending some time with our family, he helped me make these amazing Eggnog Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups as a treat. They were incredibly easy to make - especially because the recipe calls for Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie Mix - you KNOW how much I love shortcuts like that!

Eggnog Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups

  • 17.5 oz pkg Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie Mix pouch
  • 1 cup room temperature butter, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons eggnog
  • nutmeg
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together cookie mix, 1/2 cup softened butter, egg, and water until a soft ball forms.
  2. Roll into one-tablespoonful balls and place in greased miniature muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 7 - 9 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
  3. Remove from oven. While cookies are still warm, using a soda bottle cap or the bottom of a K-cup, lightly press an indentation on the tops of all the cookies. Allow to cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  5. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar. Add in eggnog.
  6. Pipe frosting onto sugar cookie cups and sprinkle with nutmeg. Refrigerate leftovers.

These make amazing appetizers for any holiday party you may be hosting this year!

I really love that Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie and Peanut Butter Cookie mixes are so affordable and make baking so easy and simple, leaving me time to enjoy our favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions with my family! 

I'd hate to be stuck spending hours in the kitchen when I can be making new memories with my kids this Christmas season. Plus, it's so each to just pick up a pouch or two in the baking aisle at Walmart so that you can Spread Cheer with Simple Surprises! Click here for a special coupon!

What recipes are you planning on using to spread cheer this holiday season? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cranberry Apple Dump Cake

The classic "dump cake" recipe gets a festive holiday twist with fresh cranberries, chopped apples, pecans, and cake mix. The perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert!

Back when we were dating, Paul and I went to church in Philadelphia. It was actually the first church we attended together and we loved the people there! It was tiny, literally in the middle of a block or row homes in the Port Richmond section of Northeast Philly. If you're familiar with the city, we would literally park our cars under I-95 on Sunday mornings! 

It was, and still is, a wonderful little church. Despite its size, there were TONS of activities to enjoy throughout the year, especially at Christmas time. And of course, the food was always amazing! Those ladies down there know how to cook!

One of the favorite desserts that would always be out on the potluck table was classic dump cake. It was Paul's FAVORITE, and that's saying something - he pretty much hates dessert unless it's ice cream or peanut butter flavored. So of course I had to get the recipe!

I think by now everyone knows and loves that classic recipe. This Cranberry Apple version? OH MY. It is easy, as usual, but perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It's so festive and I love the color, too!

Cranberry Apple Dump Cake

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 15 oz box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • whipped cream
Cooking Directions
  1. Spread cranberries, apples, and pecans in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle sugar and cake mix on top.
  2. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix, being sure that as much cake mix as possible is moistened.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

This cake is great warm or cooled, but you absolutely can't forget the whipped cream! Vanilla ice cream would be even better!

Here are some more of my favorite cranberry recipes:

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Party Meatballs

These meatballs are the perfect appetizer or main dish on hoagie rolls for all your guests this holiday season!

I'm not sure what it is about the holidays that gets me motivated to get in the kitchen and make a mess! Any other time of the year, I always hesitate to make certain dinners and desserts if I know I'll have to tear apart the whole kitchen to get it together. I think the flavor of the food trumps any kind of mess you could possibly make!

One of the traditional recipes we make this time of year is meatballs. My mom and grandmom have made homemade tomato sauce and from-scratch, not frozen meatballs every year for as long as I can remember. In fact, even though we all go to different churches on Christmas Eve and we live 20 - 30 minutes apart, we all manage to find time and eat a plate of meatballs or meatball sandwiches that night! We even usually leave a meatball sandwich along with Santa's cookies and milk for him as a snack. Santa always left crumbs on the plate, so I think he liked what we left! :)

I would say that when you're mixing these meatballs that you could use a large wooden spoon or spatula, but mixing these by hand is just the best way to incorporate all the ingredients throughout the meat. And you know what that means... MESS! I was talking with my mom about this and how gross and gunky the faucet always gets when she makes meatballs because of it caked all over her hands. 

I'm beyond the moon excited for our new Delta Touch20 Technology faucet specifically for making meatballs! When our hands are all messy, all you have to do is touch it with the back of your hand and the water turns on - no more gunky faucet. My new favorite kitchen gadget!

Make your own tomato sauce recipe, or use store bought jars (you'd need about 2 jars to cover this batch of meatballs) - whichever you prefer. These meatballs are honestly perfect for your next holiday get-together!

Holiday Party Meatballs

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • splash milk
  • prepared tomato sauce
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, combine ingredients.
  2. Add a splash of milk or two if needed to further moisten meat.
  3. Roll into 2 inch balls and place on cookie sheets. B
  4. ake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until browned. Transfer meatballs to prepared tomato sauce using a slotted spoon.

I love that it's already the time of year to start baking and making batches of these delish meatballs - yum!

I'm sure we'll all be making lots of messes in this kitchen this season, what messes will you be making? What holiday traditions will you be celebrating? Let me know in the comments, using the hashtag #HappiMess! As a leading faucet manufacturer for 60 years, Delta provides quality products and innovations for kitchens and bathrooms and they encourage everyone to get in the kitchen and make a mess - all a part of #DeltaLiving. To learn more about Delta's HappiMess Campaign, click here!

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