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Red Velvet Cheesecake

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!

Baking Notes
*Preparation: Approximately 45 minutes
*Bake Time: 1 hour
*Cooling Time: 1.5 hours
*Chill Time: 4 hours or more

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:

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.


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Christmas Cupcake Decorations for Kids and Adults

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.

 

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Best Gingerbread House Ideas: Gingerbread House Pictures

Gingerbread House Pictures and Ideas

One of the greatest things about Christmas is that it’s the perfect time to build a gingerbread house. And what makes a gingerbread house wonderful? The creativity, of course. The possibilities when making a homemade gingerbread house are absolutely endless, limited only by your creativity and ideas. Some gingerbread houses are small, some are large. Some are simple while others are elaborate and intricately detailed.  Because there are so many possibilities, sometimes just knowing where to start can seem overwhelming. For that reason, I’ve gathered up some of the best gingerbread houses pictures to give you a head start on some great ideas for your gingerbread house decorations.

I absolutely adore this gingerbread house cabin. With the red roof and the beautiful detail, just looking at this photo has me wishing for a winter getaway in a beautiful log cabin.

If you’re looking for gingerbread house ideas that have a little more Christmas spirit in them, this peppermint gingerbread house packs a lot of inspiration. With a candy cane walkway and peppermint roof tiles, this one sure is one minty holiday treat.

I love how creative this particular gingerbread house is. It provides a simple yet unique design idea that you could easily create at home on your own. Using your favorite cookies and starting with the largest, stack a few cookies on top of one another to create your tree. Then, drizzle white icing over the top of the cookies and let it run down the sides of your “Christmas tree”. Voila! You’ve got a unique gingerbread house idea that’s packed full of sweetness :o)

Having a Christmas wedding? This particular gingerbread house design is certainly fit for a princess and if you or someone that you know is going to be having a Christmas wedding, consider creating or custom ordering a gingerbread house centerpiece to accent the big day.

The great thing about gingerbread houses is that there are no limitations, leaving you free to create a unique, colorful gingerbread house like the one pictured here. With so many colors and interesting shapes, kids and adults can all enjoy creating a great gingerbread house.

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