Thursday, December 18, 2008

Party Cheese Balls

Party Cheese Balls 
2 cheese balls

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 jar (5 ounces) sharp cheese spread
1 jar (5 ounces) pimiento cheese spread
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
dash garlic salt
dash minced onion
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
assorted crackers

Combine first eight ingredients; beat until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until easy to handle. Shape into two balls; roll one ball in pecans and one in parsley. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers and enjoy.

During the holidays, I like to serve cheese balls with Pepperidge Farms Entertaining Quartet crackers. :-)

Christmas Candy - Buckeyes

Buckeyes5 dozen
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate. Melt shortening and chocolate together in microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Enjoy!

Christmas Coffee Bean Chocolates

My chocolate Christmas candies are a little different this year. ;-)
Can you guess why?
Mr. H. told me that Starbucks was selling
chocolate covered coffee beans... I dropped a coffee bean in each mold
as I was making candies! :-)

Sweetest Christmas Puppy

~ Miss Daisy~
So happy under the school room Christmas tree...