Candy Cane Blossoms and Yule Log

Monday, December 13, 2010
By Tricia Stevens

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Mmmmmmm… we’ve got yummy desert recipes this holiday! Show off the holiday colors with classic Hershey’s Kisses or go for a healthy treat with Cypress Grove Chevre.

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Kisses Candy Cane Blossoms
Ingredients:
48 Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Mint Candies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
Red or green sugar crystals, granulated sugar or powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove wrappers from candies.
2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in red sugar, granulated sugar, powdered sugar or a combination of any of the sugars. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookie is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press a candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Cypress Grove Chevre Yule Log
(Recipe developed by: Sandra Levinson, Cypress Grove Chevre)
Ingredients:
8 oz. fresh Cypress Grove Chevre
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp.
1 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
Dried cranberries and mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Directions:
1. Stir fresh chevre, cream cheese, sherry and pepper until smooth.
2. Turn out onto a sheet of wax paper; wrap and place in freezer for 10 minutes.
3. Roll into a log and cover in plastic wrap.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

About one hour before serving:
1. Combine chopped nuts and place in a large shallow baking pan.
2. Remove the log from refrigerator and remove plastic
3. Roll the log in the nuts.
4. Cut a small end off of the log (about four inches.) Attach this to the remainder of the log to look like a branch.
5. Garnish with mint leaves and dried cranberries.
6. Serve with: fresh sliced bread, fruit and nut crackers, sliced apple or pear.

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ann fennessey
ann fennessey
10 years ago

this is a sweets lover’s dream come true.