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Favorite apps/dessert recipes for Christmas party?
Old 12-07-2019, 05:43 AM
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I'm having a Christmas party with appetizers and desserts! What are your faves? Bonus points if it's easy and can be prepped ahead!


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Old 12-07-2019, 05:48 AM
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I made these this week for a holiday thing.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/26...d=cardslot%205

They were easy and made a lot! Not too many ingredients. You could make them more holiday with white chocolate chips and a hint of crushed peppermint if you wanted. Or you could even sprinkle some holiday sprinkles on top.
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Old 12-07-2019, 07:01 AM
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Cannoli dip- I canít find the exact one Iíve used before... but Quick and easy to make ahead.

I always make hummus- quick and easy, cheap, and makes a large quantity. This is the recipe Iíve used forever (I leave out the salt). Hummus keeps well! https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci...p?recipe=85813

And this red velvet cheese ball looks so pretty and holidayish! But Iíve never made it 😜
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Old 12-07-2019, 07:05 AM
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I think I need to make these beauties soon! Yum.
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If you have diabetic friends
Old 12-07-2019, 08:10 AM
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...they would probably appreciate some sugar-free brownies. They come in a mix, easily prepared ahead, and shows thoughtfulness.


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Old 12-07-2019, 08:32 AM
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Andes Mint Brownies

18.3 oz. fudge brownie mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. canola oil
3 T. water
Andes Mint Baking Bits (or 28 count Andes Mints package)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add brownie mix, eggs, oil, and water to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
3. Unwrap Andes Mints and chop into small pieces. Then divide pieces into two small bowl. (If using Andes Mint Baking Bits, add half the package to the brownies.)
4. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan.
5. Bake for 19 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with remaining mint pieces. Bake for three more minutes.
7. Let cool and cut with a plastic knife when ready to serve.

Just a Note: You could also make chocolate chip cookies and use the Andes Mint Baking Bits instead of the chocolate chips.
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Roz Olson's Mix
Old 12-07-2019, 08:35 AM
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Roz was a former teacher in my district. She came up with this munchy recipe. It makes a bunch and is in the oven within fifteen minutes. I put it in holiday plastic bags and use it for gifts too.

Roz Olson’s Mix

2 batches popped corn (I use two bags of microwave and pour in a separate bowl to remove old maids.)
l large can string potatoes
l large can cashews
1 bag cheddar cheese fish crackers
Ĺ bag tiny pretzels
Place these ingredients in a metal turkey-size pan. Mix.

Melt:
2 sticks butter
Add:
2 tsp. dill weed
1 tsp. garlic salt or ľ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion salt or ľ tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. lemon pepper
2 tsp. Worcestershire
butter salt (optional)
Pour over mixture in turkey pan. Stir. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Stir once. After removing from oven, sprinkle with butter salt (optional). Cool and place in large covered bowl.
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Oriental Crispix Mix
Old 12-07-2019, 08:37 AM
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This recipe is a little more fussy, but works well as gifts too.

Oriental Crispix Mix

2 boxes Crispix and 1 can mixed nuts
or
1 box Crispix, small bag pretzels, and 1 can mixed nuts
Place these ingredients in a metal turkey-size pan. Mix.

Melt:
Ĺ c. butter
3 T. soy sauce
Ĺ c. light Karo syrup
ĺ c. sugar
Ĺ c. oil
Cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour over cereal mix.

Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Cool on wax paper. Break apart as needed because when poured onto wax paper, it comes out in large chunks. Store in airtight container.
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:15 AM
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I like Swedish meatballs for an appetizer. You can serve from a crockpot or display in a platter with toothpicks. Deviled eggs are a great appetizer as well.
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:51 AM
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Iím making a cheeseball for the party next week. Yum!


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Old 12-07-2019, 11:56 AM
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I've made this holiday cheese ball (which can be done ahead of time), and it's so yummy and cute! https://www.familyfreshmeals.com/201...eese-ball.html

This cranberry salsa can also be made ahead of time (and you can leave out the cilantro if you're afraid some won't like it): https://thestayathomechef.com/cranberry-salsa/
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Old 12-07-2019, 01:29 PM
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I love all of these! Thank you!

That snowman cheese ball is almost too cute to eat!

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Old 12-07-2019, 06:17 PM
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It can't be made very far in advance, but it's really good!

https://www.mygeartools.com/articles...FBQUFBRjNzWFBJ
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Easy to do...
Old 12-07-2019, 06:19 PM
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Not sure this is the exact recipe I used, but they were welll received!

Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
These mini bacon ranch cheeseballs are a great party appetizer. Serve on a pretzel stick or with chips on a platter. Small plates with individual portions would make a great display. You guests will love this popular holiday snack. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween - any reason to throw parties! This is a make ahead recipe!! Leave out the bacon and its vegetarian

PREP TIME
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME
10 minutes
Ingredients
12 ounces softened cream cheese
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon dry ranch seasoning
1 cup finely chopped bacon (1 pound bacon)
1 tablespoon parsley
pretzel sticks
Instructions
Add the softened cream cheese to a medium bowl and smooth with a spatula or a hand mixer. Add the cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning and mix until combined.
In a small bowl, combine the bacon and parsley.
Use a melon baller to scoop out a ball of the cheese mixture. Use your hands to make sure it is in a ball and then roll it in the bacon mixture. Set aside.
Repeat until all of the cheese balls are made. Place a pretzel stick in the middle of each cheese ball and serve.
Notes
If you are watching your sodium intake, use low-sodium bacon and half of the ranch seasoning.
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