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Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Brownies

With the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better way to get yourself and your family into the spirit of the season than with foods and desserts that suit the holidays. Practically everyone loves brownies, but there must be a way to spruce up your everyday brownie recipe, right? Yes! Pumpkins have always been a significant attribute to the fall and winter seasons, but why only use them for decoration? These Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Brownies is a delicious way of incorporating the sweet taste and aroma of pumpkin into one of your favorite desserts.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Brownies
Yield: 9-12 brownies

Ingredients You Will Need:

1/2 cup of light brown sugar
2 cups of all-purpose flower
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
(optional) your favorite chocolate chips

Before continuing further, preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Directions For Baking
In a large bowl, combine your sugar, (granulated and light brown) vanilla extract and eggs and mix well for about four minutes or until ingredients have a frothy texture. An electric mixer is best used if you have one. After you have reached the desired consistency, add your baking powder, salt and flour and beat for about one more minute or until you have thoroughly mixed the ingredients together. Now you can set this batter to the side for later use.

In a large pot on your stove, boil some water (about 2 cups will do.) Once the water is boiling at a high temperature, place a bowl which is heat safe on top of your pot of boiling water and add your butter and the chocolate you chose for this recipe. The boiling water in the pot will melt both the chocolate and the butter to a creamy texture. Until you have reached the desired consistency be sure to stir thet butter and chocolate so as to avoid a lumpy result and burning in the mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine and mix your pumpkin, cinnamon, oil and nutmeg until smooth. Your butter and chocolate mixture should be thoroughly melted by now you will be able to add it to your mixture of oil and spices. In a third bowl, add your peanut butter and microwave it for about 20 seconds or just until your peanut butter has melted.

Now you’ve reached the fun part! Evenly distribute your brownie batter among the three bowls of chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin mixtures. In your baking pan, add a little of each mixture at a time, swirling the batters together, until you have used your entire batch of brownie batter. If you desire a little more flair to your Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Brownies, sprinkle some of your favorite chocolate chips across the top layer of your batter.

For the best results, bake brownies for 40-45 minutes or until the center of your brownies are fully bakes. To test this, insert a toothpick into the center of your brownies. If the toothpick is clean as you remove it, your brownies are fully baked. Before cutting, allow the brownies to cool for about ten to fifteen minutes.

Each of the three distinct flavors in these brownies make a statement and are delicious. With it’s cake-like texture and indulging aroma, you can’t go wrong with this amazing treat.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Maple Whipped Cream

Hot chocolate is perfect on these cold winter evenings, so why not treat yourself to a warm beverage with one of your favorite flavors? Hot chocolate doesn’t simply have to be milk chocolate. With a little creativity and a few ingredients you can liven up your drink with all of the flavors of fall. Pumpkin is a commonly used in fall decor but can also provide a tasty flavoring to many recipes. Hot chocolate lovers will adore this delicious beverage. You may want to double your portion!

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Yield: One Serving

Ingredients You Will Need
Hot Chocolate:

1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of processed cocoa
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 cups of reduced fat milk
1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
Small pinch each of cloves, nutmeg and ginger

Maple Whipped Topping:

1/8 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Directions:
In a medium saucepan on your stove, whisk together your cocoa, pumpkin puree, syrup, spices and milk until thoroughly mixed. On medium heat, bring your ingredients to a point of steaming and pour into your favorite mug. In a separate small bowl, whisk together your maple syrup and heavy whipping cream until you’ve achieved a creamy texture with softened peaks. Top off your mug of freshly prepared hot chocolate with your maple whipping cream. To decorate your steaming beverage, top off your whipped cream with a small pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Variation: If you desire marshmallows in your hot chocolate, top your cocoa with 1/4 cup of miniature marshmallows before accenting with your maple whipping cream.

This is a great recipe that you can enjoy alone or with your loved ones on those cool autumn nights. The pumpkin spice adds a great fall flavor that will not only warm your body but your season spirits as well.

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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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Gingerbread Apple Christmas Cocktail

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
Agave Syrup
Orange Zest

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?


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Christmas Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies for Santa

When the holidays roll around, gingerbread cookies tend to get a lot of recognition, and for good reason. A great gingerbread cookies recipe can go a long way in delivering some Christmas spirit. The spiced aroma and elegant appeal of these snowflake gingerbread cookies is certainly a recipe that will warm the soul during the Christmas season.

Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies

You Will Need:

6 tablespoons of golden maple syrup
2/3 cup of butter or margarine
2 tablespoons of water
3 teaspoons of ground ginger
2 tablespoons of all spice
2/3 cups of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Edible Glitter

Directions:

For this specific gingerbread cookie recipe, the first thing that you will need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan over low-heat, combine your maple syrup, water, ginger, all spice and sugar. Stirring constantly, bring your ingredients to a low rolling boil. When you have reached the desired temperature, remove from the heat and add your butter and baking soda to the pan, mixing well. Add flour to your ingredients slowly until you have formed soft dough.

Dust some loose flour onto a cutting board and roll it out until it is approximately 1 cm in thickness. You can opt for rounded gingerbread cookies for this recipe or choose instead to use a snowflake cookie cutter. Once you have cut out the desired shape for your cookies, place them in the oven and allow to bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool before decorating.

To achieve the beautiful design of these cookies, fondant is the recommended ingredient. Although the picture here features pink fondant, you can choose any color of your choice. For the snowflakes, a snowflake fondant mold is likely your best option for achieving the desired look.

Finally, dust your gingerbread cookies with edible baking glitter and your cookies are ready to be served.


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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe for Santa

 

Decorative Sugar Cookie Holiday Hats Santa Will Love

The Christmas season is an excellent time for baking festive cookies, but this sugar cookies recipe certainly has an extra dose of holiday cheer. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect cookie recipe for Santa, he’ll love these Santa hat cookies just as much as you will love baking them. With vibrant red icing and coconut garnish for the fur, these Christmas cookies are as much fun to look at as they are to eat and may even earn you a little something special from Santa himself this year.

You Will Need:

1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of salt
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 batch of your favorite frosting (recommended: buttercream)
red food coloring
coconut flakes
miniature marshmallows

Directions:

Using an electric mixer set on a medium-high heat setting, whip the butter until creamy and then gradually add the sugar. Beat in the large egg until your ingredients are thoroughly mixed, then add the pure vanilla extract and the salt. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir your flour into the mixture until all of the ingredients are blended evenly and you have formed a soft dough.

Roll out your dough and, cutting into thirds, place each of the three portions onto a sheet of plastic wrap and allow them to chill for about two hours, until the dough has become firm and cold, yet not rock solid. One portion at a time, use a rolling pin on a floured surface to roll out your dough to measurements of about 1/4″ thick and 4.5″ in width. Place the dough onto a baking sheet and allow them to chill for about 15 minutes while you preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Remove your dough from the refrigerator and, trimming off the longer sides of the dough, cut out 4-inch tall triangles and pinch the corner to create a “fold” in Santa’s hat. Using one baking sheet at a time, bake your Santa hat cookies for approximately 10-13 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool before you begin decorating them.

Separate your icing into two small separate bowls and add a few drops of red food coloring to one until you have achieved the desired shade of red. Using a butter knife, spread the red icing onto the tops of your cookies, leaving the furry rim of the hat uncovered. Next, use your uncolored icing to decorate the white furry band of Santa’s hat. To finish this sugar cookies recipe for beautiful Santa hats, garnish the band with shaved coconut and press a miniature marshmallow to the tip of Santa’s hat.

If you’d like a little more pizazz to your sugar cookies, consider dusting them with edible baking glitter.


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Christmas Cocktails: Sugar Cookie Martini

 

During the holidays, Christmas cocktail recipes can be a great alternative to the traditional tastes of wine and beer that may often be found throughout the rest of the year. That’s why this Sugar Cookie Martini is next up as one of the best Christmas alcoholic drinks. What really makes this Christmas cocktail a holiday delight is that it contains many of the tastes and flavors of the winter holidays. There’s little wrong to be done when you combine Irish cream, vanilla, sugar cookie and butterscotch. These flavors, combined with a beautiful creamy color and taste, make this Sugar Cookie Martini a major holiday success, earning its place as one of the top alcoholic Christmas drinks.

Sugar Cookie Martini

You Will Need:
1 crushed Sugar Cookie
2 ounces of Irish Cream
1 ounce of Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce of Butterscotch Schnapps

Take a chilled martini glass and coat the rim with water. Next, dip it into the sugar cookie to garnish. In a cocktail shaker, combine the rest of your ingredients and shake vigorously for twenty seconds. Strain into the glass and garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg or chocolate shavings.

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Candy Cane Christmas Cocktail

Who doesn’t love candy canes? Better yet, who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Second on the list of best alcoholic Christmas drinks, this candy cane Christmas cocktail is a great holiday treat. These candies are popular throughout the Christmas season and are often used to decorate Christmas trees as well as in favorite holiday recipes such as cookies and cakes, dessert bars and, yes, alcoholic Christmas drinks. This candy cane Christmas cocktail puts a new twist on two of your favorites.

Candy Cane Christmas Cocktail

You Will Need:
1 ½ ounces of Vanilla Vodka (recommended: Smirnoff)
1 ½ ounces of White Chocolate Liqueur
¾ ounce of Peppermint Schnapps
Grenadine

With a chilled cocktail glass, dip the rim of your glass into a shallow dish of grenadine. In a cocktail shaker, combine your vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur and peppermint schnapps with 1/3 cup of shaved ice nd shake vigorously for at least twenty seconds. Strain the cocktail into your glass and garnish.

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