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Top 5 Holiday Recipes

1. Parker House Rolls

Yield: 24 rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 to 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • more melted butter

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2. Million Dollar Fudge

Yield: 2 pounds fudge

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1-2/3 cups light cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ounce square unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired

Preparation:

Butter a 13×9″ pan and set aside. In heavy saucepan, combine sugar and light cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly – and I mean CONSTANTLY. This mixture burns very easily. You may notice little brown bits starting to float in the mixture – that’s okay. As long as the bits aren’t black, you’ll be fine. Just stir harder! When the mixture comes to a boil, boil for 10 minutes, stirring, yes, constantly.Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. When the sugar mixture has boiled for 10 minutes, pour it into the large bowl over the other ingredients. Beat and blend until mixture is melted and smooth. Pour into prepared pan, and let cool. Cover and let sit for 8 hours before cutting.

3. Pecan Pie

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 9″ pie shell
  • 2 cups small pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup large pecan halves

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4. Nutmeg Cookies

Yield: Makes 48 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream

Preparation:

In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and sugar with brown sugar until fluffy. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla and egg and beat well. Stir in flour, nutmeg, and salt. Cover dough and chill in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into logs, 3″ long and 1/2″ in diameter and place on ungreased cookie sheet 2″ apart. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-16 minutes until light golden brown. Cool well on wire racks.

For frosting, combine 6 tablespoons butter, powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 Tbsp. heavy cream. Beat well, adding more cream if necessary to reach spreading consistency. Frost tops and sides of cookies, and sprinkle each with a bit of cinnamon, if desired.

5. Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a medium size bowl, mash cream cheese. Mix dressing mix and Cheddar cheese into the cream cheese. Shape the mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in the chopped nuts. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. Yum!
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