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Jan 022016
 

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Well, it’s another year gone by and I know some of you made resolutions about losing just a little of that weight we’ve all gained since Thanksgiving. Husband is moaning about getting fat and it’s all my fault but I’m not the one who made him go back for seconds and then top it off with dessert.

I am going to give the sweet treats a little break for awhile after I share this one. My daughter sent me the recipe for these wonderfully rich cookies and of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone, just had to alter and add to it a little bit, especially the pecans!

Coffee?  No..Milk! Milk?     No..Coffee!

Coffee? No..Milk!
Milk? No..Coffee!

 

5.0 from 2 reviews
Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Cookies
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ½ teas baking soda
  • ½ teas salt
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, or any favorite nuts of your choice
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the cocoa powder and vanilla.
  3. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each; stir in bourbon.
  4. Sift together the baking soda, salt and flour and stir into the mixture.
  5. Fold in the nuts.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet, 2 inches apart and bake in a 375 oven for about 12 minutes or until set.
  7. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Hope your New Year’s started off well and continues throughout the year. As for us, we had an outside fire in our pot belly stove on our back porch New Year’s Eve and enjoyed our neighbors putting of firecrackers in the distance. Of course, we brought in the new year with some homemade cornbread smothered with fresh cooked black eyed peas to bring us luck to which it did already. Husband won $130 dollars last night on a lotto ticket. One more number and it would have been, pack up our home because we’re movin’ out of Dodge……………………Enjoy!

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Dec 312015
 

Chocolate Crusted Peppermint Cheese Cake

Hot coco PLEASE!

Hot coco PLEASE!

First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New Year and hope everyone had a great Christmas! Christmas here was basically Sunday when all the kids came to celebrate and we got to spoil our great-grand kids. It has now taken me 3 days to recover as Ulric kept coming to Gram because I kept feeding him and consequently it was healthy food not JUNK food as all you’re devious minds might be thinking, ha ha! The reason for recovering was the fact that I kept picking him up and he is no light-weight by any means and Gram is not used to picking up about 25 pounds at a clip and he’s only 1 and 1/2 years old; gonna be a big guy like his daddy! Back pain out the ying yang this week but it was well worth the hurtin’….

Opening presents.

Opening presents.

We had a great Christmas.

We had a great Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let us get on with the cheese cake!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Crusted Peppermint Cheese Cake
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups of crushed chocolate wafer cookies
  • About 3 tbls softened butter
  • 2 pkg 8 ounces of cream cheese plus 3 more ounces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ teas vanilla extract
  • ½ teas peppermint extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Red food coloring
Instructions
  1. Generously grease an 8 inch spring-form pan with the butter and sprinkle with the crushed wafers; pressing crumbs into the bottom and sides of pan.
  2. Cream together the cream cheese and the sugar until light and fluffy; beat in extracts.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and finally fold in the sour cream.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and drizzle top with a little of the red food coloring.
  5. With a knife gently swirl food coloring around the batter being sure not to go through the crust.
  6. Bake in a 300 degree oven for about 1 hour.
  7. When cooled, top with crushed peppermint candy if desired.

All the men in the house said they were not that overly fond of peppermint, but the cheesecake sure was a hit!
Have a great New Year’s Eve, pray for our troops here and abroad who won’t be with family and friends, and for heaven’s sake have a designated driver if you’re gonna party hearty; we’ll probably be snug in our beds to bring in the new year, so we’ll not worry about getting home, ha ha! See ya all next year……til then, Ken and Regina wishing you all the best for the new year and always!

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