Category: Holidays!

It Is GOOD To Give Thanks!

Growing up, my Mom and Dad instilled in me the importance of saying “thank you” to others…to express appreciation for acts of kindness, gifts given, an encouraging word, time spent with me, etc. They taught me it is GOOD to give thanks!Psalm 100 - Good to give thanks.
Being grateful is one of the character traits I value and aspire to most, which is ONE of the reasons for the name I chose for my blog when I started it. GRATEFUL.  GRATEFUL… I want that spirit of gratitude to envelop every part of me.

And just as important, I desire more than anything to acknowledge the GIVER.  When I sharply focus the lens through which I look at life, I can clearly recognize and acknowledge that behind every blessing (big or small) is the God I love, who loves me in spite of myself…because HE IS GOOD.

I have a sweet friend named Fran who calls this holiday “ThanksLIVING”… I love this concept. May we live a life of gratitude every day of the year, not just the one day “officially” set aside to “Give Thanks”. We are so blessed… infinitely more than we deserve!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends. Look around… there is always something to be grateful for.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta

Need a new vegetable dish for the holidays? Look no further! Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta is both delicious, sweet AND savory!Need a new vegetable dish for the holidays? Look no further! Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta is both delicious, sweet AND savory!
Are you on the search for a new vegetable side dish to serve during the holidays (or any old time, for that matter)? Well, here’s a sweet AND savory recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta.

This is one gorgeous side dish to look at, and a very tasty side dish to accompany various meals. This dish has so many different flavors going on…roasted butternut squash, creamy saltiness of feta cheese, and the “pop” of freshly roasted tangy cranberries.

The dish is topped off with the sweetness from honey being drizzled over the top of the ingredients… whoa! I am really glad I tried this recipe!

The recipe for roasted butternut squash is simple. Roast the butternut squash, add the fresh cranberries near the end of the roasting time, dish them up, garnish with the rest of the ingredients. That’s it… in a nutshell.

How To Make Roasted Butternut Squash With Cranberries, Honey & Feta

Get yourself a butternut squash. Got one? Okay.  You only need ONE, but here’s a photo of 2 (perhaps to inspire you to double the recipe if cooking for a small village?)

To make roasted butternut squash, you need to start with fresh butternut squash!
Peel and chop one butternut squash into small bite-sized cubes. (Peeling the squash is the toughest part of this recipe… really!)

The butternut squash must be peel and sliced before it is roasted.

Drizzle some olive oil onto a large baking sheet and put the cubed squash on it, turning cubes to coat with the oil.

Roasted butternut squash requires squash cubes, tossed in olive oil.

Sprinkle squash cubes with salt and pepper, and give them another light drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Once done, remove the roasted butternut squash from the oven, and add fresh cranberries. Return the pan to the oven; cook for 15 additional minutes.

Fresh cranberries are ready to add to the roasted butternut squash.

Fresh cranberries are added to roasted butternut squash, then placed back into oven.

When done, the cranberries should have popped a bit, and softened. Remove the roasted butternut squash and cranberries from the oven. Transfer the mixture onto a serving dish.

Roasted butternut squash and cranberries are removed from oven, and put on a serving platter.

To finish this roasted butternut squash dish, add a light dusting of cinnamon to top the veggies. Sprinkle the top with with crumbled feta cheese.

Feta cheese, cinnamon, and honey will be added to top of the roasted butternut squash.

Drizzle some honey over the top of the entire dish, then add crumbled feta cheese and a little bit of dried parsley! YUM!

Honey, feta cheese, parsley and cinnamon are added to top of the roasted butternut squash on platter.

That’s it! Serve the roasted butternut squash dish while hot!  Hope you enjoy the color and the variety of tastes in this simple, but delicious veggie side dish!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Feta & Honey on white platter, ready to eat!

If you enjoy butternut squash, be sure and check out my recipe for Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon. It tastes amazing!

Have a fantastic day, friends. May God bless and keep you in, and through, all you do.

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Author's signatureRecipe Adapted from Jenn Laughlin: http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/11/honey-roasted-butternut-squash-cranberries-feta.html

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Need a new vegetable dish for the holidays? Look no further! Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta is both delicious, sweet AND savory!
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted butternut squash
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 121 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large butternut squash (peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • Salt and black pepper (to season with)
  • 2 cups fresh (and not frozen) cranberries
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese , finely crumbled
  • 3-4 Tablespoons honey
  • ground cinnamon , to taste
  • dried parsley (can also use fresh, if desired)-for garnish
Instructions
  1. Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Pour 1 Tablespoonful of olive oil onto a large baking pan (with edges). Spread, to cover.

  2. Pour the cubes of butternut squash onto oiled baking pan. Drizzle the cubes with 1 additional Tablespoonful of olive oil. Lightly season squash cubes with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the baking pan onto the middle rack in the oven. Roast the squash at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Pull out pan; add the fresh cranberries to the roasting pan and put back in the oven. Continue cooking squash and cranberries for 15 additional minutes. When done, the cranberries will have softened, and will have popped (or burst) a bit.
  4. Remove baking pan from oven. Sprinkle squash lightly with cinnamon. Sprinkle the feta cheese all over the top of the squash. Drizzle the squash with honey (try to sprinkle evenly so all get that bit of sweetness). Taste. If you want it sweeter, add some more honey to the dish. Garnish with parsley. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries, Honey & Feta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 351mg10%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10000IU200%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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We Pause To Remember… Memorial Day 2015

We pause to remember… on this Memorial Day, 2015.We pause to remember on this Memorial Day

We pause to remember all the brave men and women who selfishly sacrificed their very lives for our freedom.

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
~Lee Greenwood

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CURRENTLY SERVE, HAVE SERVED, OR HAVE GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA… WE REMEMBER… AND ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE.

“Your silent tents of green we deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This Memorial Day 2015… we pause and remember.

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Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Four ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!4 ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!
The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are now in the history books, but I want to publish this recipe for Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce on my blog, so I will have it handy for the future.

My mom used to make this cranberry sauce (in a chunky version) as I was growing up, but I’d never made the recipe for our family until this Christmas. I found the index card the recipe was written on years ago in an old recipe box, so I decided to give it a try!

No More Gelatinous Blobs Of Cranberry Sauce For Us!

For years my “go to” for cranberry sauce was the blob found in a can (cranberry jelly), or the whole cranberry sauce (also found in the can). Guess I was just in the habit of grabbing a can while doing my grocery shopping for holiday meals and never gave it another thought.

Truthfully, I was always a bit grossed out as that gelatinous blob of cranberry jelly came sliding and wobbling out of the can… but that’s another story. I still bought it, and would always add just a tiny bit to my plate, because that’s what you’re supposed to do at Thanksgiving, right? Until NOW!

Making Fresh, Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce Is EASY To Prepare!

Well, my tastes have certainly changed. Enter this amazing, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce. Did I mention FRESH? Plus, there are only a few ingredients necessary to make it, which is a win-win, in my book.

The cranberry sauce is ridiculously easy to prepare (using a food processor), and the taste is light-years ahead of the canned stuff. No  comparison! I LOVE IT, and can eat it right out of the bowl (shhh… my little secret!)

Fresh cranberries and oranges are two of four ingredients needed to make sauce.

You don’t have to wait for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays to make this sauce. It would be a delicious accompaniment to top off pork or chicken dishes. It’s vibrant flavors will add to the taste of the meal!

Truthfully, I don’t know what took me so long to get on board with this, but now that I have, I don’t think I will ever buy canned cranberry sauce for a holiday meal ever again. EVER!

The zest of an orange is used to make homemade cranberry-orange sauce.

Use A Food Processor To Make Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce

This sauce can be made chunky or semi-smooth, using a food processor or heavy duty blender. All you do is process the ingredients together until it reaches your desired consistency!

It’s so simple, and so delicious! Once you make this cranberry sauce once, I’ll bet you will never go back to canned cranberry gelatinous blobs, either! Ha Ha!

Ingredients for homemade cranberry-orange sauce are pulverized in a food processor.

Fresh cranberries, an apple, an orange and a bit of sugar are the only ingredients necessary to make this delicious, homemade cranberry-orange sauce! And boy… does it ever taste GOOD!

The homemade cranberry-orange sauce is ready to serve!

Sure hope you’ll give this yummy homemade cranberry-orange sauce a try, and trust you will enjoy it, too!  If you enjoy this sauce, you might also be interested in my recipe for whole berry cranberry-orange sauce! Have a great day!

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Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Four ingredients and a food processor are all you need to make delicious, fresh, homemade cranberry-orange sauce in just a few minutes!

Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry-orange sauce
Servings: 8 1/4 cups per serving
Calories Per Serving: 60 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries (1 bag)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 medium apple (any variety), peeled, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (plus more to taste, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor (or heavy duty blender). Process until all ingredients are mixed and consistency is to your liking... chunky or semi-smooth.

  2. Taste. Add additional sugar, if desired.
  3. Place sauce into serving bowl; Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 cup per serving))
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies

Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.

Every time Christmas rolls around, I prepare lots of our family’s “traditional” must-have cookies and goodies. I also try a new recipe or two each year. This year I tried a new recipe I found (on Pinterest!) for Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies.

I think they’re so festive looking! And here’s the good news… they are delicious! A big shout out goes to Rachel at bakedbyrachel.com for the recipe for this yummy batch of Christmas cookies!

The cookies not only look good… they smell good, too. They have a light citrus aroma from the orange zest; and the filling in the middle is made from chopped cranberries, brown sugar and pecans, for extra flavor.

These are wonderful little holiday cookies! I gave away lots of them on plates of Christmas goodies given to our neighbors and friends this year. Sure hope you will give them a try!

How To Make Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies

Begin by chopping up the cranberries, pecans and brown sugar. This is very easy to do in a food processor or blender.

Cranberries, brown sugar and pecans are chopped in a food processor, for cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies.

The next thing to do is mix up the dough. The dough for these cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies sure smells good, because of the fresh orange zest!

The dough is mixed for the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies.

The dough is rolled out, and then the cranberry/pecan mixture is added to the top. That yummy cranberry brown sugar and pecan filling is then spread over it, “almost” to the edges.

The dough for cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies is covered with cranberry pecan filling.

The dough for the cranberry orange pinwheel cookies is carefully rolled up into a log shape. This cookie dough log is then tightly covered, and refrigerated overnight.

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies dough is rolled into a log, then refrigerated.

After refrigerating overnight, the dough for the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies is sliced into 1/4″ slices. See how pretty they look in the photo below?

The festive looking pinwheel cookies are then baked on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies, cut into 1/4" slices on baking sheet.

Voila! Here are the cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, right after they were taken out of the oven.  The cookies need to cool on the baking sheet for a minute before removing (this helps them firm up a bit).

You will need to transfer the cookies to a a wire rack to finish cooling, and then they are ready to eat!

Baked Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies, cooling on wire racks.

I hope you will consider making these cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies. The cranberry and orange filling tastes amazingly fresh and wonderful! They are always a big hit!

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Author's signatureOriginal Recipe Source: http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/a-tradition-cranberry-orange-pinwheels/

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time Overnight
8 hrs
Total Time
9 hrs 25 mins
 
Enjoy these festive looking and delicious cranberry-orange pinwheel cookies, filled with swirled cranberry, orange and pecans.
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange pinwheel cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 108 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Place cranberries, pecans and brown sugar in a food processor (or high-powered blender/chopper). Process until ingredients become small pieces. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), cream the butter and granulated sugar together until well combined. Add baking powder, salt, eggs, and orange zest. Beat on low/medium for one minute. Add flour (by spoonfuls) to the mixture, while mixing on medium speed, until all ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Once combined, cover bowl and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

  3. Divide chilled dough in half. Place one half in between sheets of wax or parchment paper. Roll dough out into a rectangle, approximately 1/4 inch thick. Remove the top layer of paper. Spread half of the cranberry-pecan mixture evenly over the top of the dough to within 1/2 inch of all edges. Roll up dough (begin with the SHORT side of dough). Guide the dough with your hands and use the wax or parchment paper to pull the dough up as you form a "log-shaped" roll. Pinch dough to seal ends. Repeat with other half of dough. Transfer each "dough log" onto a clean sheet of wax or parchment paper. Seal dough in paper. Tape shut. Refrigerate overnight. (Dough must be thoroughly chilled to cut clean, nice even slices).

  4. When ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a very sharp knife, cut cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices 1-2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or just until bottoms of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cookies "rest" a few minutes before removing from baking sheet. Let cookies cool completely on wire racks. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Don't be scared away from making these due to the long refrigeration time. I made the dough up the day before I wanted to bake them. Then I baked them up the next day... no trouble!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. Ever. This recipe for Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake is one of my favorites! Creamy AND fudge-like… cheesecake AND chocolate? How could you NOT love this dessert?

How I Created This Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake Recipe

Years ago, I was trying to come up with a recipe for chocolate cheesecake. I read through several recipes (none of which I remember 20+ years later), and combined various elements from 3 of them to create this recipe.

I’ve made this chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake with a chocolate graham cracker crust for so many special occasions over the past 2 decades, I can’t even count them.

I made this absolutely delicious cheesecake again for some friends who came over for dessert about a week ago, and decided it was time to put the old Chocolate Fudge Truffle recipe on my blog.

So here ya go… sure hope you enjoy it! I know we do!

How To Make Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake

A chocolate graham cracker crust is made (easy). A crust is formed by patting down the crumbs firmly in the bottom of a springform pan.

Here is the crust, ready for the chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling to be added on top.

Chocolate graham cracker crust in pan, waiting for cheesecake filling.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling is poured onto the chocolate graham crust. Now the cheesecake is ready to be baked in the oven!

The chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake filling is added to springform pan to bake.

This is what the cheesecake looked like, immediately after it came out of the oven. You can tell it has risen quite a bit during the baking. Let it cool, in the pan, on a wire rack.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake, right out of the oven after baking.

The next thing to do is mix up the sweetened sour cream topping for the cheesecake while it is cooling. This topping is spread on top of the baked and cooled cheesecake.

Mixing the sweetened sour cream topping up, for the chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake.

Topping has been spread over top of cooled chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake. This dessert is already looking good, so far.

Now it’s time to drizzle on some more chocolate, to fancy it up a bit! A simple melted chocolate glaze is prepared in a snap, then drizzled on the cheesecake in a decorative design.

Sweetened sour cream layer is added to top of chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake, after baking.

Here’s the finished chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake! It has been drizzled with chocolate, and topped with a holly leaf garnish!

The cheesecake has been chilled until it is nice and cold, and now it’s ready to slice… yum. Want to have a piece? It’s GOOD.

Chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake on platter, with Christmas candle and picture.

You can also drizzle the serving plates with caramel and chocolate sauce if desired. The only thing left to now is slice a piece, and dig in!

A slice of chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake on a plate.

We LOVE this rich, creamy decadent cheesecake, especially during the holidays! Hope you enjoy it, as well. Have a great day!

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Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Refrigeration (inactive time)
8 hrs
Total Time
10 hrs
 
Entertaining for the holidays? You will LOVE this creamy Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake with chocolate graham cracker crust and chocolate drizzle garnish!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudge truffle cheesecake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories Per Serving: 475 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Crust:
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers , crushed into fine crumbs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted
For The Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 - 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese , softened, at room temperature (important!)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips , melted, then cooled slightly
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted, then cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For Cheesecake Topping:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
For Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make the crust: Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, cocoa, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl, until well combined. Press this mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9" springform pan. Press tightly into pan to form solid crust. Set aside.
  3. Make the cheesecake filling: Mix all cheesecake filling ingredients together. Beat with electric mixer until mixture is smooth and well combined. (Make sure cream cheese is room temp before making filling... this will help ensure no lumps...) Pour cheesecake mixture over the crust. Spread to level out the mixture. Bake the cheesecake for 55-65 minutes in 325 degree oven, until center is set on the cheesecake. IMPORTANT: Place a cake pan filled half way up with water, on the oven shelf below the cheesecake while it cooks!
  4. When cheesecake is done, remove to a wire rack. Let the cheesecake cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully release the sides from the springform pan. Let cheesecake completely cool to room temperature.
  5. While cheesecake is cooling, make the Cheesecake Topping: Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl (you can use a spoon for this... doesn't have to be beaten). Once cheesecake has completely cooled, evenly spread the topping over the top surface.
  6. Make the chocolate drizzle: Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat again for 30 seconds. Stir until completely smooth. Do not overcook or burn the chocolate. Let the smooth chocolate cool just a bit, then decoratively drizzle the chocolate over the Cheesecake topping.
  7. Refrigerate (uncovered) cheesecake for at least 8 hours or overnight. Slice and serve. Enjoy!.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Fudge Truffle Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 307mg9%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Holiday Goodies Collection!

I LOVE making Christmas goodies, to give to friends and family. Here’s a Holiday Goodies Collection of 20+ recipes posted this year… each recipe is tried and true… and DELICIOUS!Holiday Goodies Collection / The Grateful Girl Cooks!If you’re still looking for something yummy to make over the holidays, I would humbly ask you to give these recipes a look, with the hope that you might be able to find a new recipe or two, for your holiday celebration.  Each picture (below) has the link to that particular recipe directly above it.

I really hope you have a wonderful holiday season, as you celebrate with family and friends. I love to give gifts to others at Christmas, but remain most grateful for the amazing gift God gave me, by sending His only son, Jesus, to this crazy old world as a baby in a manger. The God of the entire universe became a tiny baby who would grow up and die for my sins… wow! It still boggles my mind… I firmly believe that many times, the very best gifts come in small packages!  Merry Christmas!

Click on title of each recipe for a direct link to that particular recipe!

Chocolate-Orange Truffles

Chocolate-Orange Truffles

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Pecan Squares

Pecan Squares

Candied Citrus Peels

Candied Citrus Peels

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons1

Date Roll Cookies

Date Roll Cookies

Orange Meringue Kisses

Orange Meringue Kisses

Raspberry Chocolate Meringues

Raspberry Chocolate Meringues

Maple Cream Bon Bons

Maple Cream Bon Bons

Sprinkle Bars

Sprinkle Bars

Orange Almond Biscotti

Orange Almond Biscotti

Carrot Zucchini Bread

Carrot Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

Mocha Truffles

Mocha Truffles

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge

Mom's Old-Fashioned Fudge

Dipped Gingersnaps

Dipped Gingersnaps

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Mom’s Famous Cream Cheese Ball

Mom's Famous Cream Cheese Ball

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange CookieshollyHave fun in the kitchen this blessed season!
And, from our home to yours… Merry Christmas!

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Snickerdoodles

It’s easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!
I recently tried a new recipe for Snickerdoodles. I’ve been baking snickerdoodle cookies for years and years with the same old recipe, and love them! Recently I  saw a “new” recipe on a website I love that looked interesting, so I gave it a try.

The blogger I got this snickerdoodles recipe from  is Chris Scheuer, at The Cafe Sucré Farine. She found this recipe in a cookbook from a famous bakery in London, England.

Bakeries tend to get things right in the cookie baking department, so I knew THESE snickerdoodles just HAD to be delicious, so I made a batch. The result? Outstanding! So very good.

Do you know the story behind the humble snickerdoodle cookie? It’s pretty interesting. Find out here. It’s become such a well loved American classic cookie!

Typical Recipes For Snickerdoodles Produce A FLAT Cookie

My tried and true recipe for snickerdoodles are delicious, but usually come out fairly flat in appearance, like these pictured below.  They’re absolutely wonderful, but flat in shape.

Snickerdoodles, cooling on a wire rack.

These Snickerdoodles Are Soft And PUFFY!

Not these NEW beauties! The snickerdoodles puffed up quite nicely! These cookies have a delicious cinnamon/sugar topping. The inside of the cookies are soft and fluffy, making these the perfect snickerdoodles, in my humble opinion.

I am glad I found this recipe and will happily make these yummy cookies again. Snickerdoodles would be perfect for gift-giving over the holidays or for a special occasion!

They are easy to make… and let’s be honest here… who doesn’t love to eat cookies over the holidays? Wait, wait… who doesn’t like a good cookie ANYTIME???

Once the dough is made, the snickerdoodles are rolled into balls, coated with cinnamon and sugar, and then are ready to bake!

Snickerdoodles dough balls on parchment paper covered cookie sheet, ready to bake.

Once the cookies have baked, they look like THIS!  Behold… the humble little snickerdoodle! Can you tell that it is puffy?

Snickerdoodles are baked with a cinnamon sugar topping.

Maybe you can see how puffy and pillowy these cookies are in the photo below.  Yum… you need to run and grab a cup of coffee… and help me eat these cute snickerdoodles!

Snickerdoodles are piled up on a plate, ready to eat!

Hope you will give these delicious cookies a try… I know you’re gonna LOVE them!

Would You Like More Cookie Recipes?

Here are a few cookie recipes on my blog. You can find these and other yummy cookie recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2012/06/snicker-doodles-from-londons-famous/#_a5y_p=1383068

Snickerdoodles
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 
It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!
Category: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: snickerdoodles
Servings: 18 (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 213 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 4 oz. butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For coating the dough balls:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs to the mixture. Mix well until combined.
  4. Add the rest of the cookie ingredients to this mixture a little at a time. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together for the coating.
  6. Form cookies. Use approximately a 2 Tablespoon size scoop of cookie dough, and roll it between your (clean) hands to form a ball. Place the dough ball into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and roll it in the mixture until all sides of the dough ball are coated.
  7. Place each coated dough ball onto parchment paper (or wax paper) lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart from each other.
  8. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 12 minutes (or until the cookies are a light brown color). When done, let cookies cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then remove cookies and place them on a wire rack to cool. Cookies will crack a bit... don't worry... it's ALL GOOD.
Nutrition Facts
Snickerdoodles
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's easy to make these absolutely DELICIOUS snickerdoodles! These classic cookies are soft and puffy, and are coated with a cinnamon sugar topping!

 

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Cranberry Cashew Clusters

Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!

Easy. Quick. Yummy. That explains this recipe for Cranberry Cashew Clusters, in a nutshell. Well… not really IN a nutshell, but you know what I mean, right?

This recipe is made with only 3 (count ’em… 3!) ingredients… white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and cashew pieces!

Semi-sweet chocolate OR white chocolate can be used, depending on your taste. I love using white chocolate, because the cranberries show up a little bit better in the candy!

Making Cranberry Cashew Clusters Is EASY!

Anyways… this cranberry cashew clusters recipe is as simple as melting the chocolate, stirring in the dried cranberries and cashews, and placing mixture by spoonfuls (or spreading out) onto was paper.

The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen of these delicious cranberry cashew clusters. You should store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, to keep the chocolate firm.

Cranberry cashew clusters on wax paper lined Christmas platter.

Cranberry Cashew Clusters are perfect little goodies to make when you are pressed for time! It’s so easy to make these delicious goodies to give to others, or have on hand for your ravenous family.

The chewy cranberries, crunchy cashews, and the sweet chocolate coating combine to make cranberry cashew clusters a wonderful treat! Sure hope you will give them a try!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-clusters

Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cashew clusters
Servings: 24 clusters (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 90 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz.) white chocolate chips (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup cashew pieces
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. If microwaving, heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat on high for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. If not completely smooth, heat on medium power for 15 seconds more, then stir until smooth. Do not burn the chocolate!
  2. Stir the cranberries and cashews into the melted chocolate and stir well, to coat.
  3. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls (OR spread out into a solid piece, then break up into bite sized pieces later) onto wax paper lined baking sheet. Let stand until they set up (firm).
  4. Serve and enjoy. Keep leftover candies refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 cluster)
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!

 

 

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Chocolate Orange Truffles

Do you enjoy Christmas goodies?  Some of my favorite Christmas goodies to make are Chocolate Orange Truffles. Creamy orange flavored chocolate centers, covered with more chocolate… oh my goodness! They taste wonderful, and are perfect for gift giving!Chocolate Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate Orange Truffles are delicious treats to enjoy during the holidays! Creamy orange flavored chocolate centers, dipped in chocolate to cover. YUM!
Rich, creamy, chocolate truffles infused with just the right amount of orange flavor…YUM… what a taste treat!

I’ve been making these for as long as I can remember. I don’t even remember where I found the recipe from. I copied it down on a 3×5 card many, many years ago and have been making these for family and friends ever since!

I’ve made them with semi-sweet chocolate topping with only orange zest for a garnish…

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I’ve dipped them in white chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate drizzled on top…

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
And I’ve dipped them in semi-sweet chocolate and garnished with white chocolate drizzle (my personal favorite way to make them)! Trust me… any way you make them, they are delicious!

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Don’t let the Prep Time scare you away from making these… most of the prep time is not active prep time… it’s just letting the truffles cool off in the refrigerator before dipping them in melted chocolate coating! Go wrap presents or put Aunt Edna’s fruitcake by the front door to use as a doorstop… whatever YOU like to do with some “hurry up and wait” time!

The pairing of chocolate and orange remains one of my top flavor combos… it’s so GOOD! These truffles are easy to make (really… trust me!), and are a delicious and pretty treat on a gift of homemade goodies to bless friends and family with. They are absolutely delicious, and I think you will LOVE them!

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Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Original recipe source: unknown

Chocolate Orange Truffles
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 33 mins
 
Rich and creamy, these delicious chocolate and orange truffles are sure to delight friends and family!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate orange truffles
Servings: 24 truffles
Calories Per Serving: 117 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Truffles:
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips , finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liqueur (I use liqueur, but orange juice may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel (I use a zester for smaller pieces)
For coating the truffles:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (for drizzling over the truffles... this is optional)
  • Additional orange peel zest (for sprinkling on top of truffles... this is optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the truffles: Bring the butter and the cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat. Immediately add the chocolate chips, orange liqueur, and grated orange peel. Stir well until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Place saucepan in refrigerator and chill chocolate mixture for 2 hours. When totally chilled, remove pan from refrigerator. Using a teaspoon (mixture will be semi-hard by now), remove chocolate and shape into 3/4 inch balls by rolling the mixture between your hands. Your hands will get a bit messy...don't worry about it! Place chocolate ball onto aluminum foil or wax paper covered baking sheet once formed. Once you have the chocolate balls (approx. 24) formed, place baking sheet back into the fridge for 30 minutes to re-harden the chocolate. When chocolate has firmed up again, make the chocolate coating.
  3. To make the chocolate coating: Place 1 cup chocolate chips and the vegetable shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir. Put back in microwave and repeat for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir. The mixture should be smooth after stirring, but if it still has some lumps, place back into microwave for 15 seconds. Remove and stir. Do not overcook the chocolate chips or they will burn.
  4. Remove truffles from refrigerator, and one at a time, place them into the warm chocolate. You may use two forks to hold the truffle. I like to use a toothpick stuck down into the middle of the truffle to coat them. Once coated, let excess drip off back into chocolate, then place onto foil to dry. Carefully remove toothpick, cover hole with a bit of chocolate, to cover, and continue coating the rest of the truffles in the same way, until done.
  5. Allow chocolate coating to harden, then if you want, drizzle some melted white chocolate over the top of each truffle to pretty them up. Garnish with a tiny bit of orange zest onto the white chocolate before it firms up. Once chocolate toppings have hardened, place truffles into individual decorative paper wrappers, then place into a sealed container.
  6. Keep truffles refrigerated. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Most of the prep time listed is not active "cooking time"... it's just letting the chocolate truffles cool off in the refrigerator before finishing them off with the coating.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chocolate Orange Truffles are delicious treats to enjoy during the holidays! Creamy orange flavored chocolate centers, and covered in chocolate. YUM!

 

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