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Buttery Spritz Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners’ sugar glaze; dip and decorate as directed.

Recipe found here: Buttery Spritz Cookies

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Mocha Yule Log

Ingredients
5 eggs, separated
1/2 cup cake flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

FILLING:
1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

FROSTING:
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon brewed coffee, cooled
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions
Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. pan with parchment paper; grease paper. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together twice. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour mixture.

Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 12-15 minutes (do not overbake). Cool 5 minutes. Invert onto a tea towel dusted lightly with cocoa. Gently peel off paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For filling, in a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in cream; beat until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Unroll cake; spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again, without towel; trim ends. Transfer to a platter, seam side down. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.

For frosting, beat all ingredients until smooth. Spread over cake. Using a fork, make lines in frosting to resemble tree bark. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Mocha Yule Log

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White Chocolate Christmas Torte

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
3/4 cup water
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM FROSTING:
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon rum extract
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup seedless raspberry jam, divided

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine butter, water and white chocolate; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in the buttermilk, eggs and extracts.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour and pecans. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, baking soda and remaining flour. Gradually beat in butter mixture. Stir in pecan mixture.

Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a microwave, melt white chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Gradually beat in melted chocolate and extracts. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

To assemble, spread 2 tablespoons of jam over one cake layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers twice. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of torte. Warm remaining jam; drizzle over dessert plates. Top with a slice of torte. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Christmas Torte

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Roast Pork with Apples & Onions

Ingredients
1 boneless pork loin roast (2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large Golden Delicious apples, cut into 1-inch wedges
2 large onions, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; brown roast on all sides. Transfer to a roasting pan coated with cooking spray.

Place apples, onions and garlic around roast; sprinkle with rosemary.

Roast until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 145°, 45-55 minutes, turning apples, onion and garlic once. Remove from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing roast. Serve with apple mixture. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Roast Pork with Apples & Onions

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Caramel White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
1-1/2 qt. (6 cups) plus 3 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 pkg. (3.3 oz.) JELL-O White Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
18 KRAFT Caramels
3/4 cup COOL WHIP Rich & Creamy Refrigerated Whipped Topping

Directions
Beat 1-1/2-qt. milk and pudding mix in large saucepan with whisk 2 min. Bring just to a simmer on medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Microwave caramels and remaining milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec. to 1 min. or until caramels are completely melted and sauce is well blended, stirring after 30 sec.

Reserve 2 Tbsp. caramel sauce for later use. Whisk remaining caramel sauce into pudding; pour into 6 mugs.

Recipe found here: Caramel White Hot Chocolate

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Mini Neapolitan Baked Alaskas

Ingredients
4 foil muffin liners
4 chocolate wafers
1 cup reduced-fat strawberry ice cream
3 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Flatten muffin liners; place on a baking sheet. Place a wafer on each. Scoop 1/4 cup of ice cream onto each wafer; freeze.

Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar; beat on low speed with a portable mixer for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until mixture reaches 160°, about 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes.

Remove baking sheet from freezer; immediately spread meringue over ice cream, sealing to edges of wafers. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 1-2 minutes or until meringues are lightly browned. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Mini Neapolitan Baked Alaskas

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Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
Additional confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add pistachios; mix well.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press a deep indentation in center of each with your thumb; fill each with 1/2 teaspoon jam.

Bake until bottoms are light brown, 13-16 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. If desired, dust with additional confectioners’ sugar. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe foumd here: Raspberry Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

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