Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christmas Cranberry Cake with butter sauce

My friend and I were talking on the phone, and she was making a Cranberry Cake for Christmas, with BUTTER sauce! As she was telling me..... I was already looking up the recipe..haha!

I've made this once or twice many years ago after getting the recipe from a co-worker, and that butter sauce is ridiculous. Ridiculous GOOD!!! 

I had leftover cream and a bag of cranberries, so I made a small 9" pan with this recipe. The cake itself is very dense,with a bit of tartness from the cranberries, and once that sauce is poured on top, every bite is sinfully delicious!

Such a pretty dessert for the holidays!

Cranberry Cake

3 Tbsp.butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. evaporated milk
2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups FRESH cranberries, sliced in half

Cream the butter and sugar, stir in the milk. Add the flour,baking powder and salt and mix. Gently stir in the cranberries. Pour in a greased 9" pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Butter Sauce

1 stick butter
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add the sugar and cream. Bring to a boil and boil until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour warm over cake and enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Appetizers....Throwback Thursday

Christmas appetizers

Time for Throwback Thursday. Here's a fun idea for Christmas and New 
Years parties! Enjoy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

These were fun to make!

I used cookie cutters to cut out the trees and bells from bread
 slices, then
 spread the cheese mixture on top. I added some pepper strips for 
decoration and then broiled them.

They were delicious. Warm and cheesy with a bit of bite from the
 peppers, they were a hit!

Cheesy Christmas Trees
(Favorite Brand Name Holidays}

1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. dry ranch dressing mix
1 c.shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
12 slices firm white bread
1/4 c. red bell pepper strips
1/4 c. green bell pepper strips

Cut shapes from bread. Combine the cheeses, dry ranch, and mayo and 
spread on the bread. Decorate with pepper strips and broil  2-3 minutes
 or until bubbly. Serve warm.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dove Magic Cookie Christmas Bars

I have another classic recipe to share today... often known as 7 layer or Magic Cookie Bars. You can't EVER go wrong bringing these to any function. They disappear before you know it. You can pretty much put any toppings you have on them and they always turn out tasty!

This year when I made them for Christmas, I added some chopped Dove! They were delish!

Here's the recipe:

Dove Magic Cookie Christmas Bars

1 1/2 c. crushed graham crackers
1/2 c. butter, melted

Mix and pat in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. 

1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

Pour on top.

1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. flaked coconut
1 c. M &M's
12 Dove candies, chopped

Sprinkle all on top of the milk.

Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes, watch carefully!

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Here's a classic recipe!

I haven't had these in years, so I whipped up a fun to make and eat!


1 c. butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
1 c. chopped pecans

(1/2 c. powdered sugar for rolling in)

Cream the butter, 1/2 c. powdered sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the flour,salt and pecans. Roll into 1" balls and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 for about 15 minutes, do  not let them over brown. While hot, roll them in 1/2 c. powdered sugar. Let set, and when cooled roll them again in powdered sugar.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fannie Farmer Fudge....Monday's with Mom

I was NOT going to make fudge this year.

 It's not a safe thing to do....I'll eat the whole pan myself!

But....what if I just made a quick recipe, in a smaller pan, and I shared most of it with my friends?

It didn't take long to talk myself into it, as you can see!

I usually make a 9 x 13 pan of Fantasy Fudge, it's the the one my mom and I always made when I was growing up. She would store it in the back porch along with several other Christmas goodies. I would grab a knife on my way out the back door and cut a hunk every once in awhile. It was freezing out there, and I never stopped to put boots or a coat on! But the fudge was worth it. You know, she never said a thing when over half the pan was gone by Christmas Eve! LOL!

Sometimes on rare occasions during the rest of the year, though, she would let me make a small pan of fudge with ingredients we always had on hand. She would find this recipe in her book and dig out the ingredients, and before we knew it we had a 8" pan of chocolaty fudge! It was called, "Fannie Farmer Fudge."

I have never had the real Fannie Farmer fudge, so I have no idea if it's the same or not! But I have had plenty of Fannie Farmer boxed candies, and they are delish! I think this fudge is too.

So I dug out all the ingredients and made a pan. I thought about mom, and all the wonderful Christmases we had together making fudge. It was a great day!

Then the next day, I boxed it up and brought it over to my friends!

Fannie Farmer Fudge

2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp.butter
2/3 cup carnation milk
10 large marshmallows
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Boil the sugar, butter, milk, and marshmallows for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off the burner and add the chocolate chips,nuts, and vanilla. Stir until the chips are melted and pour into a buttered 8" square pan.