Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Easy Chocolate Croissants

Olivia had a sleepover last night, no school today due to a Jewish holiday. Her and her girlfriends were headed to the beach but I wanted to make them something quick and tasty. I remembered I had a can of crescent rolls in the fridge and some chocolate chips in the pantry....done! The girls gobbled these up so quickly and then headed out the door to the beach.

1 can crescent rolls
1 c milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Unroll dough into triangles, place a small handful of chocolate chips at large end of triangle. Roll up and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Take remaining chocolate chips and place in small ziploc bag and melt in microwave for about a minute. Snip off one end of bag and drizzle melted chocolate over hot croissants!
Serves 8

Friday, September 14, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Dip

We had a huge group of college students to the house last weekend and they devoured this dip. I'm always wary of trying a new recipe for a party, but this one didn't disappoint. I could have quadrupled it and we still would have run out. The heat from the buffalo sauce was mellowed by the ranch dressing. Now that football season is in full swing, it's time for you to make this for your next party! 

3 cups cooked and shredded chicken ( I had leftover smoked chicken in the house) 
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup Buffalo wing sauce 
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
blue cheese crumbles

Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Make sure to break up the chicken so there are no big chunks. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in shredded cheese. Pour into a 9x13 dish and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and place in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted. (15 min) Serve with chips, and celery for dipping; sliced baguettes would also be good for dipping.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tailgate Cookies

It's football season again and what does that mean??? Tailgate time! These cookies are the perfect ones to bring along, there is something inside for everyone. Who doesn't love numerous kinds of chips and chocolate candies wedged into every corner of their dessert?!?!?! I found this recipe over on this fun blog and instantly had to make them, and my daughter's cheer team gave them two thumbs up. Now I'm making another DOUBLE batch for the fundraiser at school tomorrow! I decided that if I was going to make these I might as well really make them, so I doubled my recipe, but the one listed below is the single version.

1 c butter, softened
3/4 packed brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 (3.5 ounce) instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c milk chocolate chips
1 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 white chocolate chips
1/2 butterscotch chips
1/2 c M&M's
1/2 Reese's Pieces

Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars together. Add pudding, eggs and vanilla and combine. Mix flour and baking soda then add to creamed mixture and mix until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and candy.

Drop by TBSP onto a prepared cookie sheet ( I either line mine with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Slightly flatten balls of dough with hand and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Easy Cherry and Cream Cheese Danish

Cherry pie is my absolute favorite pie flavor...well if you don't count chocolate!! This is a fun and easy way to get your cherry fix in. These Danishes are quick and easy to make and boy do they taste good!
2 cans of crescent rolls
1 8oz package of cream cheese at room temp.
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sour cream
Cherry Pie filling (canned)
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp softened butter
Preheat the oven to 350.
Open the crescent rolls carefully to avoid unrolling or tearing the dough. You'll need to leave it in it's cylindrical shape. Slice the dough into pieces about 1/4 inch thick (as though you're slicing cookie dough). Place the slices on a cookie sheet and with your fingers press the center in to make an indentation for the cream cheese filling.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream. Add a TBSP of pie filling, inside the indentation that you made to the dough, then add a TBSP of the mixture on top of the cherries.  Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
While the danish are baking, you can make a quick royal icing to drizzle over the tops. Mix together the confectioner's sugar, milk and butter in a small bowl.  Use a spoon to drizzle it over the tops of the danish. Take the danish out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before icing.
Slice crescent roll dough into 1/4 inch slices
Make a well in center with finger
Fill with a small amount of pie filling
Next add a tbsp of cream cheese mixture
Ready for the oven
15 minutes later they are golden  and ready
Mix up frosting
Drizzle over cooled Danishes