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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Customize your sprinkle cookies for any Holiday...



Problem: I love lemon sprinkle cookies, but want to serve them for Thanksgiving. How could I make them festive for this Holiday?

Answer: Use different colored sprinkles to make these lemon sprinkle cookies suitable for any Holiday!


Lemon sprinkle cookies always catch the eye because of the various colors of sprinkles that surround each one.


For Christmas, use red and green sprinkles.
For birthday sprinkle cookies, use multiple colored sprinkles.
You can also use chocolate sprinkles for a Thanksgiving look or orange and brown sprinkles for a Halloween themed cookie.

Go beyond the sprinkle! Try using small Holiday shaped candies to roll your cookies!



Lemon sprinkle cookies

         ¾ cup margarine

         1 cup sugar

         2 eggs

         ½ tsp salt

         ½ tsp baking powder

         2 to 2 ½ cups flour

         1 ½ tsp vanilla

         1 box instant lemon pudding mix

         Colored sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350*.

Line 2 cookie sheets with non-stick foil.

Cream together margarine and sugar.

Add eggs one at a time.

Add flour, salt and baking powder.

Add vanilla and pudding mix.
Pour sprinkles onto a paper plate.

Spoon a teaspoon at a time into sprinkles and coat each cookie.

Place on cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes.

Check out these Christmas themed sprinkles!

Alcoholic drinks: Coquito


Coquito = Puerto Rican eggnog

Coquito is a Christmas drink that originated in Pueto Rico and is similar to eggnog. Coquito means little coconut in Spanish and as you can see, this recipe is loaded with coconut flavor!

A friend of mine served this during the Holiday season several years ago and I fell in love… so much that I had to have her recipe.

Not only do I make this during the Holidays, I make it any time I have a taste for it.


Coquito recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a blender.

Serve over ice.

Refrigerate leftovers and drink within several days.


Tips:

Coquito is best served cold. Refrigerate before serving if time permit, otherwise serve over ice..

Top with grated nutmeg for an extra spicy treat. Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for more creaminess.

More articles from me:

Eggnog: Oh, how we love thee 

White Russian Kahlua shake recipe

Cranberry Vodka drink: perfect for any Holiday

Christmas cookie rules


Top 10 Christmas cookie rules (taken off the Internet)

If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

If a friend comes over while you are making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free (see rule #1). It would be rude to let your friend sample alone, and being the friend that you are, makes your cookie calorie free as well.

Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have 3 and green ones have 5 - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

Cookies eaten while watching Miracle on 34th Street have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

Any cookies consumed from a plate belonging to someone else has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!

And finally...Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

Christmas cookie recipes:

Mounds bite recipe

Holiday truffle recipes

Eggnog crisp recipe

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Are parchment paper sheets good for baking?




Msphebs reached out to me and asked if I was interested in trying their non-stick, pre-cut, unbleached parchment paper sheets and I agreed!


The sheets come 120 per package, are easy to use and truly are non-stick! I love using them. They saved me time by allowing me to easily line my cookie sheets and baking dishes. Clean up was a breeze and now I am hooked.

To take a look at the parchment sheets, click here. Be sure to enter the code fierywhisk by December 25th, 2019 for a 10% discount on your order!



More reviews from The Fiery Whisk:

Bite Club: Extract Review

Zyliss product review

Tovolo product review

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving punch recipe



Ready to serve up punch that will have your guests begging for the recipe? This punch is flavorful, tasty and super simple to put together.

Thanksgiving punch recipe

  • 2 liters of Sprite or Ginger Ale
  • 1 large can pineapple juice
  • 1/2 gallon of Sherbet, any flavor
Combine soda and juice into punch bowl.
Add Sherbet. Serve right away.

More drinks:

How to order coffee

Coquito: Puerto Rican eggnog recipe 

Lemon water: drink it

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

photo: google images
I know, I know, you see the title, "Best ever sweet potato casserole" all over the internet. But, I can not tell a lie. This is truly the best I have ever had! I make the same exact recipe every year...I never deviate.

I am a firm believer in Boston Markets sweet potato casserole...but this one I love just a smidge more!

Now, here is the question of the ages....is this a side or a dessert? It is a great debate. I say...it is a sweet side, so enjoy with dinner!

Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

Casserole
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
Topping
  • 2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pecan bits
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

Boil potatoes until tender (or used canned sweet potatoes).
Preheat oven to 400*.
Spray 9x13 baking dish with butter spray.
In an extra large bowl, mash up potatoes then add the remaining casserole ingredients.
Mix together well and pour into prepared baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients.
Spread topping over casserole.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes...until bubbly.

More great recipes:

Tender turkey breast recipe 

Thanksgiving punch recipe

Easy turkey gravy recipe

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Thanksgiving side dish: balsamic roasted brussels sprouts

Photo taken from Food Network
My mother-in-law makes this recipe and every time I just can't get enough. I could eat these sprouts as the main dish!

The salt and zestfulness form the balsamic adds amazing flavor to an otherwise not so tasty vegetable. The edges of the sprouts get toasty and a touch blackened which is my favorite part.

Roasted balsamic brussels sprouts

  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 375*.
Line baking sheet with no-stick foil.
Trim brussels sprouts by removing any dry leaves and cutting off bottoms, then slice lengthwise.
Toss sprouts in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper to coat.
Place sprouts on baking sheet.
Roast for 30 to 45 minutes.
Remove and taste. You can add additional seasonings or balsamic if desired.

A few more Turkey Day recipes:

Easy stuffing recipe

Tender turkey breast recipe

Green bean casserole recipe