White Christmas Punch, Red Velvet Cake Truffles & More

Here are some additional recipes from A Few of my Favorite Things event.  Enjoy!

g9 (1 of 1)White Christmas Punch

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract (I use vanilla extract because I simply don’t like almond)
  • 2 (1/2 gallon) cartons vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 4 (2 liter) bottles carbonated lemon-lime beverage, chilled

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.  Stir in evaporated milk and almond extract. Allow to cool. Chill until ready to serve. Combine ice cream, milk mixture, and lemon-lime beverage in a large punch bowl just before serving.  Stir gently, breaking the ice cream into small pieces.  Recipe may be halved for smaller gatherings.

g22 (1 of 1)Red Velvet Cake Truffles

  • 1 Red Velvet cake mix (when I make Red Velvet cake, I make it from scratch but for this, well, it’s much easier and tastes delish!) & ingredients listed on the box
  • 1 can prepared cream cheese frosting (Before now, you wouldn’t catch me even walking down the aisle toward a can of prepared frosting, but this time, it just works)
  • 1 lb. vanilla Candiquick (I had to use more than one package)

Preheat oven and prepare cake as instructed on the box.  Bake in a 9×13 baking dish and cool completely on wire rack.  Crumble the cake into a large bowl.  Spoon 3/4 of that canned frosting into cake mixture and stir until combined.  It should be moist but not greasy.  Scoop out small balls and roll between palms until round.  (I just shaped them into balls with my fingers because they kept sticking to my palms).  Place on baking sheet covered with foil.  Refrigerate while preparing candy coating (and to give those shoulders a little rest).  Prepare candy coating per directions.  Coat each ball with the candy coating.  I use a fork to dip them.  Let dry on the same foil covered baking pan.

oreoOreo Truffles (so, so easy)

  • 36 Oreos 
  • One 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • One package vanilla Candiquick (I should get a commission from Candiquick, just sayin)

Crush Oreos into a mixing bowl.  I crush them with my hands but you could use a food processor if you would like.  But I’m not about to have to wash the mixing bowl AND the food processor bowl.  Add the cream cheese and turn your mixer on low and let that mixer do all the hard work.  (Original recipe says to stir).  When it is all mixed together, form into balls.  Refrigerate for about an hour.  Melt Candiquick and dip the Oreo balls.  Let dry.

g21 (1 of 1)Lemon Squares (Daughters #1, 2 & 3’s favorite)

  • One lemon cake mix
  • One stick butter, melted (I never use margarine when baking.  Correction:  I’m a margarine snob.  Everything’s better with real butter)
  • Three eggs
  • One 8 oz. pk. cream cheese, softened
  • One box conf. sugar
  • One tsp. vanilla
  • Dash salt

Mix cake mix, butter and 1 egg together.  Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan. Cream 2 eggs and cream cheese together.  Add conf. sugar, salt & vanilla.  Mix together until combined.  Spread over cake mix.  Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.  Cool slightly before cutting into squares.

gingerGingersnaps (my favorite)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups veg. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 T. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Additional sugar

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil; mix well.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in molasses.  Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Shape into 3/4 inch balls and roll in sugar.  Place balls 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes (mine take 11 minutes exactly).  Remove to wire racks to cool.  (I let them cool about 2 min. in the pan, on a wire rack and then remove the cookies and place on a wire rack to finish cooling).

 

 

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