Thursday, December 9, 2010

12 Days of Christmas. Day 5.

Day 5 (December 9th)-Holiday recipes and/or entertaining tips

I won't overwhelm you with all of my favorite recipes. Instead I will share my top three I look forward to every Christmas season:

1: Marshmellows
Reagan helping Mommy make marshmellows

2: Grands cinnamon pull apart bread

cup granulated sugar
teaspoon ground cinnamon
cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
cup packed brown sugar
cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
  • 2In large plastic food-storage bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into a total of 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan. Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
  • 3Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.
For the best results, keep the biscuit dough in the refrigerator until just before you use it. Warm dough might get sticky and be hard to handle.

3: Cranberry Pepper Biscotti (Awesome recipe, great with whatever add-ins you choose)

Makes: about 2 dozen (24) biscotti


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter (or hard margarine), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs


Put first 6 ingredients into large bowl. Stir. Make a well in center.
Cream butter and sugar in medium bowl. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add to well. Stir until soft dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead 6 times. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 8 inch long log. Place logs crosswise on greased baking sheet about 3 inches apart. Flatten logs slightly to 3/4 inch thickness. Bake in 350ºF oven for about 25 minutes until edges are golden. Remove from oven. Let stand for about 10 minutes until cool enough to handle. Using serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Arrange, cut-side down, on greased baking sheet. Reduce heat to 275ºF. Bake for about 20 minutes until bottoms are golden. Turn slices over. Turn oven off. Let stand in oven for about 30 minutes until dry and crisp.

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