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Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Sweeten your valentine’s day with gourmet-style confections made fresh in your kitchen. Quick and easy to prepare, these time-honored treats are the ultimate Valentine’s Day indulgence.

Made with minimal ingredients, they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. When ready to serve, roll again in confectioners’ sugar, if desired. For the best flavor, allow truffles to come to room temperature before serving.

With rich chocolate goodies like these, Cupid is sure to strike. Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Here are more Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes.)

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

2/3 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
12 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
In a medium saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add chocolate. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Drop 24 portions by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Shape into balls. Roll 12 of the balls in cocoa powder; place in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Roll the remaining 12 in confectioners’ sugar; place truffles in a container with a tight-fitting lid; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Makes 24 truffles.

Mini Orange Loaves

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Mini Orange Loaves

Mini Orange Loaves

Refreshing with a hint of citrus, this tender bread is as welcome as a ray of sunshine. Similar in texture to pound cake, it’s the perfect wintertime treat.

And you can easily double the recipe, too. Enjoy some now and store the rest in the freezer to savor at a later date.

One thing is certain: A slice of this zesty bread will brighten a winter day.

MINI ORANGE LOAVES

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottoms of two 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in orange zest. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Makes 2 miniature loaves.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate is a delightful indulgence on its own, but the addition of cinnamon makes it extra tasty.

Similar to Mexican-style hot chocolate, this recipe makes it easy to whip up a flavorful beverage with a spicy twist. And it makes good use of pantry staples so there’s no need for specialty shopping or exotic ingredients.

Top with light, freshly whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Whether it’s to enjoy on a snow day or anytime, this soothing sipper will warm you up from the inside out.

CINNAMON HOT CHOCOLATE

3 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream (optional)
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine chocolate, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup milk. Cook over low heat until chocolate melts, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add the remaining 3 1/2 cups milk and sugar. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. (Do not boil). Whisk in melted chocolate mixture until well blended. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs; top with whipped cream and serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Similar in taste to brownies, these mouthwatering cookies are filled with rich chocolate goodness. Simple to prepare with on-hand ingredients, the microwave makes it easy to melt the chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk.

By adding the remaining ingredients to the melted chocolate mixture, a decadent batter is ready for baking. Pair with a glass of milk and savor the ultimate in homespun comfort.

CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 cup chocolate chips, butter, and condensed milk. Microwave on HIGH until chocolate chips have melted, about 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through; stir until smooth. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Add flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Lemon Fruit Dip

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Lemon Fruit Dip

Lemon Fruit Dip

Brighten your day and savor the fresh taste of lemon by whipping up a zesty dip everyone will enjoy. A luscious addition to a wintertime brunch menu, this crowd-pleasing recipe appeals to both children and adults.

Perfect for time-crunched cooks, it can be prepared in a matter of minutes and also is ideal for making ahead. Just cover and store in the fridge up to two days in advance.

Serve with a variety of fresh fruit—and savor a light and refreshing recipe that’s as welcome as a ray of sunshine in the heart of winter.

LEMON FRUIT DIP

1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 (6-ounce) carton non-fat lemon yogurt
1 (8-ounce) carton regular or light frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Lemon slices and/or finely grated lemon zest (optional)
Assorted fresh fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, cantaloupe, for dipping
For dip, in a large bowl, combine vanilla yogurt, lemon yogurt, whipped topping, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, and lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slices and/or lemon zest before serving, if desired. Serve with assorted fresh fruit. Makes 24 servings.

Cranberry Martini

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Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini

Add an elegant touch to New Year’s Eve celebrations by whipping up a colorful cocktail that will toast the evening in style.

By combining a few ingredients, a refreshing drink can be ready to serve in no time. You also can add a dash of vermouth, if desired. And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Make it even more festive by adding a skewer of fresh cranberries to the drink.

Sophisticated, romantic, and always in good taste, a martini is a delightful choice when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers!

CRANBERRY MARTINI

Crushed ice
5 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
3 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Fill a martini shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Cover and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Makes 1 serving.

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

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Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Easy Chocolate White Chip Cookies

Running out of time but still would like to bake cookies for Santa? Then head to the store and pick up a box of cake mix and a package of white chips, combine with a few pantry staples, and you’ll be on your way to batches of homemade cookies in no time.

By not having to roll and cut out dough or frost when cooled, it’s easy to get out of the kitchen quick. And Santa will surely be pleased to have a plate of fresh-baked cookies to welcome him. All that’s needed is milk and perhaps some food for the reindeer. Now this is one sugarplum of a shortcut that’s perfect on a long winter’s night.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

EASY CHOCOLATE WHITE CHIP COOKIES

1 (16.5 ounce) package plain devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
3 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, water, egg, and vanilla. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Stir in white chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until centers are almost set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Brandy Eggnog

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Brandy Eggnog

Brandy Eggnog

Get into the holiday spirit by indulging in a glass of eggnog spiked with the velvety goodness of brandy. Ideal when friends come to call, this quick and easy recipe is perfect for preparing at the last minute.

For the ultimate in flavor, be sure to whip the cream just until soft peaks form. And use fresh nutmeg, if possible, to grate over the top of the lightly whipped cream.

Whether it’s an impromptu visit from family and friends or a planned celebration, toasting the Yuletide with this time-honored indulgence will help make the season bright. Here’s to a happy holiday season. Cheers!

BRANDY EGGNOG

1 quart regular or light eggnog
1/2 cup brandy
Fresh, lightly whipped cream
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium pitcher, combine eggnog and brandy; stir well. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Stir well before serving; top each serving with lightly whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Makes 6 servings.

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

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Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Hearty loaves of fresh-baked bread are welcome additions to holiday celebrations. And when they include merry-red cranberries, tasty applesauce, and aromatic spices, they’re even better.

Ideal for passing at the table, enjoying on Christmas morning, or to give as a hostess gift, this flavor-packed bread is a seasonal delight. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar just before serving to add the look of new-fallen snow.

Whatever the occasion, sharing home-baked bread with those near and dear is a delicious way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE BREAD

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Divide batter amongst prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 33 to 38 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is good enough on its own, but the addition of cloves and cinnamon makes it even better. By simmering ruby-red cranberries in brown sugar syrup with a couple sticks of cinnamon and an orange slice that’s dotted with cloves, a dish of cranberry sauce is elevated to a new level.

A welcome addition to the Thanksgiving Day table, this side dish is an excellent choice for holiday entertaining. Perfect for making ahead, it can be prepared up to five days in advance and stored, covered, in the fridge. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest just before serving for a refreshing finish.

Here are more Thanksgiving holiday recipes from The Harried Housewife’s RECIPE BOX.

From my family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 medium orange
6 whole cloves
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 (3 to 3 1/2-inches) cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon sugar
Finely grated orange zest (optional)
Using a wooden skewer, poke 6 evenly spaced holes around the center of the orange; insert cloves into holes. Cut a slice out of the orange to include all of the cloves. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and orange slice. Squeeze juice from ends of orange into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, until most of the cranberries have popped, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Remove orange slice and cinnamon sticks. Stir in sugar; mash with a potato masher. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest before serving, if desired. (May be prepared up to five days in advance; store covered and refrigerated.) Makes 8 servings.