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Chocolate desserts, cakes and cookies, cupcakes and…. Christmas spirit? You betcha! The arrival of the holiday season brings about a wealthy amount of Christmas desserts and other holiday recipes to be suggested for your holiday menu.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Red velvet cake and cheesecake have both long been favorites among many millions of people who appreciate cookies and cakes. This holiday season you can have the best of both worlds with this delicious red velvet cheesecake complete with a burst of Christmas spirit. The unique snowflake pattern on the topping of this cake and passionate colors combined with the delicately sweet taste is certain to have you coming back for seconds. With that thought, you better make two!
*Preparation: Approximately 45 minutes
*Bake Time: 1 hour
*Cooling Time: 1.5 hours
*Chill Time: 4 hours or more
1 pound chopped milk chocolate
1/2 cup of butter
1 (9 ounce) package of chocolate wafer cookies (you will need about 40-45 wafer cookies)
1 cup semisweet milk chocolate pieces
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of butter, melted
4 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (8 ounce) carton of sour cream
1/3 cup of fine granulated sugar
1/3 cup of buttermilk
1 (1 ounce) bottle of red food coloring (2 tablespoons)
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
Chocolate leaves (optional)
Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
Step 1: In a medium sauce pan over a low heat setting, melt your 1/2 cup of butter and chopped chocolate. Once your mixture has completely melted, remove from heat and transfer to a separate bowl so that it can cool. Reserve for later use.
Step 2:In a large food processor, combine your chocolate wafer cookies, semisweet chocolate pieces, chopped almonds and light brown sugar. Cover the food processor tightly and process until all of the added ingredients are finely ground and mixed thoroughly. Once this is done, add your other 1/2 cup of butter and process the ingredients again. When this is done, transfer the crumb mixture to a 10×3-inch pan that has a removable bottom. Press the mixture firmly to the bottom and along the sides of the pan, leaving at least a half-inch of space at the top of your pan. Set this aside and reserve for later use.
Step 3: For the filling of your red velvet cheesecake, you will need to beat together your cream cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, sugar, red food coloring and the cooled chocolate mixture that you prepared earlier. The best way to achieve the desired result is to use an electric mixer on medium or high speed. Once thoroughly combined, add your 4 large eggs and 2 egg yolks simultaneously and continue to beat with an electric mixer on low speed until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Step 4: Pour all of your combined ingredients into the cake pan that you set aside earlier. Set the cake on a shallow baking pan and place in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees. When you can gently shake the cake and the outside edges appear to be set for at least 2 inches, your cake is ready to be removed from the oven.
Step 5:Remove your springform pan from the shallow baking pan and allow your cake to cool on a wire rack for approximately 15 minutes. When the appropriate amount of time has passed, gently loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan using a spatula. Cool for an additional thirty minutes before removing the sides of the pan completely and cooling for a remaining 1 hour. When your cake has cooled sufficiently, refrigerate it for at least 4 hours before serving.
Step 6:To garnish your red velvet cheesecake with the snowflake, place a paper doily in the shape of a snowflake on the top of your cake and sift powdered sugar over your cake. Remove the paper and voila! You have a beautiful holiday cake ready to complete the finishing touches on your holiday meal.
You don’t have to look very far for a great Christmas tree wallpaper anymore thanks to the abundance of Christmas tree photos to be found throughout the holidays. Now you can have the best Christmas wallpapers for all of your favorite gadgets during the holiday season without having to search far and wide and pay high costs for mobile downloads.Christmas tree wallpapers are a great way to keep a burst of Christmas spirit at your fingertips.
How about a sushi Christmas tree? Sports fans this Christmas will love this Mets baseball Christmas tree wallpaper while those who enjoy baking cupcakes and other desserts will likely fall in love with a Christmas tree cupcake wallpaper.
If you’re a fan of the bokeh photo effect, you’ll love this pink Christmas tree that’s accented with white bokeh to give the appearance of Christmas lights. Are you a dinosaur fan? Check out this cute dinosaur that somehow found his way into a Christmas tree. But if you’re looking for a basic yet beautiful Christmas tree wallpaper, you can always download this Christmas wallpaper.
Again, all of these Christmas tree wallpaper downloads are completely free and make a beautiful decoration for your iPod, iPhone, psp, Android or computer. If you’re looking for even more Christmas wallpapers, check out these wallpapers for ipods and iphones.
Christmas is coming up quickly and time is running out to get your hands on the best perfume for her this Christmas. In 2010, many new perfumes for women hit shelves and have been a huge success. One such perfume was Beyonce Heat by Beyonce. The commercial for Beyonce’s perfume may have been banned, but the success and love for her new fragrance has soared to new heights and has become a hit perfume for her.
This Christmas, show your love and treat her like a princess with the new Vera Wang Princess perfume gift for her. Combinations of vanilla orchid, cashmere wood, orange blossom and sugar marshmallow make this perfume for her a delicious holiday treat that she is sure to fall in love with.
The great thing about giving perfume for her this Christmas is that you are giving her something that says “I Love You” in a sexy scent that you can both enjoy this holiday season and for months to come. 212 Sexy Perfume by Carolina Herrera is a great choice if you’re looking for a sensual and warm perfume for her that will entice the romance this holiday season. Blends of cotton candy and florals make this perfume a great Christmas gift for her that could only be appropriate for a woman as sweet as she is.
Christmas is coming up fast and bakers everywhere are in the kitchen creating all of the best Christmas desserts. One favorite Christmas dessert recipe is Christmas cupcakes. Of course, the best party about a Christmas cupcake is the Christmas decorations. When it comes to cupcakes, Christmas cupcakes are among the most highly loved because of their Christmas spirit. This is one of the many reasons that cupcakes make a great addition to any Christmas party and are always a huge hit.
The best Christmas cupcake ideas are of course those that express Christmas cheer and creativity. Cupcake decorating possibilities are endless when you allow your imagination to run free. No one says your cupcakes have to be boring. In fact, they don’t even have to resemble a traditional cupcake! Instead of using a traditional pan for baking your Christmas cupcakes, try using a giant cupcake pan. You’ll have more room for cupcake decorating and you’ll certainly have a unique cupcake.
Create a winter wonderland with your Christmas cupcakes by using a snowflake cake mold rather than traditional baking pans. Once you’ve finished baking the cupcakes, decorate the snowflake design using white icing and a decorative applicator tip. Finally, sprinkle edible glitter over the top of your Christmas cupcake.
Christmas cupcake decorations have no limits when it comes to possibilities. You can decorate them as simple or as extravagant as you’d like. In the end, the important thing is that you have fun as you’re baking cupcakes because you never know when you may be creating a life-long Christmas memory.
Gingerbread Apple Alcoholic Christmas Drink
Apple cider and gingerbread cookies have long been holiday favorites and are especially common around the Christmas season. This year, you can have your favorite flavors with a kick and a splash of Christmas spirit with this Gingerbread Apple Christmas Cocktail.
You Will Need:
2 ounces of Domaine de Canton
1 ounce of Vanilla Vodka
2 1/2 ounces of Apple Cider
A Few Drops of Lemon Juice
Coat the rim of your cocktail glass with the agave syrup and follow with spiced crushed graham cracker crumbs. Leaving the orange zest aside, vigorously shake your remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker for twenty seconds. Strain the mix into the prepared cocktail glass and garnish with the orange zest.
If you’re a fan of alcoholic Christmas drinks and are seeking a little inspiration from your favorite holiday flavors, this holiday beverage guide will leave you with beautiful Christmas cocktails that you can enjoy year after year.
What are some of your own favorite ingredients to use in your alcoholic Christmas drinks?
When shopping for Christmas jewelry, one popular style that is adored among many is the the white topaz ring. Since it is the purest form of topaz, with no impurities, it is often used in the place of a diamond. Since it is so beautiful, yet much more affordable (usually within $100 – $400) than diamonds are, you may often find that white topaz is used as a common replacement for the birthstone of those who were born in the month of April. But it certainly isn’t the imitation factor that makes white topaz rings so desirable. In fact, it is instead the meaning behind the gem.
Whether it is for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just because, giving a white topaz ring is an excellent way to say “I love you” with genuine emotion. There is perhaps no other gem that is so capable of expressing trust, love, communication and warmth than with white topaz. In fact, there are even those who hold the belief that the gem itself has the power to protect against misfortune and calm the soul. For this reason, the popular gem has become a common placement in promise rings for those who wish to say something that will forever be remembered.
Another great feature of this type of topaz is that when there is a thin layer of titanium placed underneath the topaz, there is an ending result of “Mystic Topaz” which results in a shimmering burst of many colors when light strikes the gem in a particular way. In truth, it doesn’t matter what occasion calls for these beautiful rings or even if there is an occasion. When it comes right down to it, these particular gems make a wonderful gift that will ultimately be treasured for an entire lifetime to come. That’s the kind of gift that essentially becomes priceless.