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3 Make-Ahead Holiday Treats!

16 Dec

Need some go-to recipes when family and friends come to visit? You’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re featuring Holiday treats…some are spicy, some are sweet! 

Being from Georgia, pecans are a Christmas staple at my house. These are a hit at parties and social gatherings! 

Spiced Pecans:
1 egg white
1 t. water
1 C. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1 lb. pecans
3 T. butter
Preheat oven on 275*. Bake time: 45 minutes.
In a medium glass bowl, beat egg white and water until foamy. Stir pecans in, coating with egg white. In another bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt, then pour over top of coated pecans and mix well. Melt butter in 9X13 baking dish.  Pour pecans on top of the melted butter and stir. Place in preheated oven. Stir every 15 minutes (3 intervals during cooking), and stir a final time when they are done or they WILL stick together! Cool completely. Store in airtight container.

These cherry cookies are so festive…and equally yummy! 
Cherry Cookies:cherry cookies
2 C. all purpose flour
1/2 t. soda
1 t. salt
1 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. butter
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 C. coconut, shredded
1/2 C. pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350*. Bake time: 12-15 minutes.
Cream together brown sugar and butter well. Then add all other ingredients and mix well. Spoon onto parchment paper-lines baking tray and bake. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container.
If sweets aren’t for you, we’ve got you covered. For a HOT and spicy snack, these cheese straws are sure to turn up the heat!
Cheese StrawsIMG_2743

3 C. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, softened and cut into 8 pieces
1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour, and extra for dusting
1 t. kosher salt
1 whole habanero (de-seeded to keep the flavor but tame the heat)
1/2 t. ground cumin
2 T. whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350*. In a food processor, combine cheese, butter, flour, salt, cumin, and habanero. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cream. Pulse again, until the dough forms into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use a lightly floured rolling pin and roll the dough into a large rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into long, thin strips, 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide. Stick the knife in flour after every few slices to ensure a clean cut. Gently transfer the strips to an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 1/4 inch between them. Make the straws any length you want from 2 to 8 inches. Bake the straws on the middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the ends are barely browned. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack. Store when room temperature in air-tight container.

Enjoy!

~ Jericha Kingston

 
2 Comments

Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Jericha Kingston, Recipe, Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “3 Make-Ahead Holiday Treats!

  1. Candice Sue Patterson

    December 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

    These all look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Pegg Thomas

    December 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I really need to try those cheese sticks!

    Liked by 1 person

     

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