Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Peanut butter sandwich cookies

I attended a cookie exchange and these were made by another girl and my family really loved them. All they are are ritz crackers sandwiched with peanut butter in the middle then dipped in white(vanilla) chocolate. Drizzled with chocolate on top. YUM!

Baked Potato Soup

4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
3 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup bacon, chopped finely

Melt butter, stir in flour and add the chicken broth and milk. Whisk together to make smooth. Add bay leaves, pepper, potatoes and salt. Simmer over low heat 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and soup thickens. Right before serving the soup stir in the 4 toppings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Chocolate-Candy Cane Cookies

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
1 pkg. (6 squares) BAKER'S White Chocolate
12 hard peppermint candies, crushed

HEAT oven to 350ºF. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Blend in semi-sweet chocolate. (Dough will be stiff.)

ROLL tablespoonfuls of dough into 52 balls; roll each into 3-inch-long rope. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets, bending top of each slightly to resemble candy cane.

BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until puffed and set; cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Melt white chocolate; drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with crushed candies. Let stand until chocolate is firm.

I made these to take to a church Christmas party and they were a big hit, everyone asked for the recipe.