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RICOTTA AND SPINACH CALZONES

Author: KITSCHEN CAT
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 4
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons water, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lbpizza dough
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Combine spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, oil, egg yolk, garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes in a large bowl.
  3. Place dough on lightly floured surface and divide into 4 even pieces.
  4. With a rolling pin or your hands, flatten each piece into a 7 inch round on a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Spread half of spinach filling evenly over half of each dough round, making sure to leave a 1 inch border around the edge.
  6. Brush the edges with the egg wash and then folkd the other half of the dough circle over spinach mixture, leaving the bottom ½ inch border uncovered.
  7. Press edges of dough together and pinch with fingers to seal.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut 5 steam vents in top of calzones and brush tops with remaining egg wash.
  9. Transfer calzones onto parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, brush with any remaining egg wash and sprinkle with grated parmesan, then bake for another 7 minutes.
  10. Move to wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almondt extract
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
FROSTING
  • 1 c. butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp. water or milk
  • Green gel icing color
  • 2-3 tbsp. red and white pearl sprinkles
  • 16-18 yellow star sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla and almond extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
  3. Make three sizes of cookie dough balls: 1 teaspoon, 2 teaspoons, and 3 teaspoons. (You should have an even number of each.) Place medium and large cookies on a cookie sheet and press down slightly on each. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 7 to 8 minutes. Place smallest balls of dough on another cookie sheet and press down slightly. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. When cookies are done, remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cookie rack to finish cooling.
  4. Make frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons water and mix until smooth. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add green gel icing color to frosting and mix until your desired shade of green.
  5. Assemble cookies: Get one size of each cookie. Fit a piping bag with a medium sized star piping tip (I used Wilton 32) and fill bag with green frosting.
  6. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto the largest cookie, then add the second medium sized cookie on top. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto the second cookie, then top with the smallest cookie. Pipe a swirl on top of the final cookie and decorate with a star and round ornament sprinkles. Continue building cookie trees, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Christmas Tree Cookie Stacks

INGREDIENTS

COOKIES
  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almondt extract
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
FROSTING
  • 1 c. butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp. water or milk
  • Green gel icing color
  • 2-3 tbsp. red and white pearl sprinkles
  • 16-18 yellow star sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla and almond extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
  3. Make three sizes of cookie dough balls: 1 teaspoon, 2 teaspoons, and 3 teaspoons. (You should have an even number of each.) Place medium and large cookies on a cookie sheet and press down slightly on each. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 7 to 8 minutes. Place smallest balls of dough on another cookie sheet and press down slightly. Bake until center looks mostly cooked, 5 to 6 minutes. When cookies are done, remove from oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cookie rack to finish cooling.
  4. Make frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons water and mix until smooth. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add green gel icing color to frosting and mix until your desired shade of green.
  5. Assemble cookies: Get one size of each cookie. Fit a piping bag with a medium sized star piping tip (I used Wilton 32) and fill bag with green frosting.
  6. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto the largest cookie, then add the second medium sized cookie on top. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto the second cookie, then top with the smallest cookie. Pipe a swirl on top of the final cookie and decorate with a star and round ornament sprinkles. Continue building cookie trees, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Spiral sugar cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tube gel food coloring (any color)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions:
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugars in a food processor and process to mix. Add butter and process until the mixture has a cornmeal consistency. Add the vanilla and process until mixture just forms a ball.
  2. Divide the dough in half and return one of the halves to the food processor. Add the almond extract, food coloring and 2 tablespoons of flour to the processor and process until just incorporated.
  3. Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of waxed paper into an 8×11-inch rectangle, with ¼-inch thickness. Stack the dough, leaving in the wax paper, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  4. Pour the decors into a shallow rectangular dish. Remove the dough from refrigerator and peel off the top pieces of wax paper from each dough half. Lift one and flip it over onto the other half so that the doughs are touching. Remove the top sheet of wax paper and trim the long edges with a sharp knife so that the sides are straight.
  5. When the dough becomes just pliable, roll the dough beginning with a long end into a log. Gently curl the edge with fingertips and try to avoid creating pockets of air. Carefully lift log into the dish with the decors and roll until outside is completely coated. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Slice log into ¼-inch-thick discs and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15-17 minutes, or until the cookies are no longer shiny.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe

Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe

Ingredients:
BROWNIES:
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 11 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 ( 12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
PEPPERMINT BARK TOPPING:
  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars, melted (or 1 (12 oz.) bag white chocolate chips)
  • 6-7 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving enough overhang on the sides and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and water. Bring to boil and remove from heat.
  3. Add chocolate chips and vanilla extract; stir until chocolate melts.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, beating after adding each egg.
  5. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  6. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes.
  7. Place brownies on wire rack. Pour melted white chocolate over top of brownies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy canes. Let brownie cool completely before cutting them into squares.


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Spiral sugar cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tube gel food coloring (any color)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions:
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugars in a food processor and process to mix. Add butter and process until the mixture has a cornmeal consistency. Add the vanilla and process until mixture just forms a ball.
  2. Divide the dough in half and return one of the halves to the food processor. Add the almond extract, food coloring and 2 tablespoons of flour to the processor and process until just incorporated.
  3. Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of waxed paper into an 8×11-inch rectangle, with ¼-inch thickness. Stack the dough, leaving in the wax paper, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
  4. Pour the decors into a shallow rectangular dish. Remove the dough from refrigerator and peel off the top pieces of wax paper from each dough half. Lift one and flip it over onto the other half so that the doughs are touching. Remove the top sheet of wax paper and trim the long edges with a sharp knife so that the sides are straight.
  5. When the dough becomes just pliable, roll the dough beginning with a long end into a log. Gently curl the edge with fingertips and try to avoid creating pockets of air. Carefully lift log into the dish with the decors and roll until outside is completely coated. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, at least 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Slice log into ¼-inch-thick discs and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15-17 minutes, or until the cookies are no longer shiny.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe

Peppermint Bark Brownies Recipe

Ingredients:
BROWNIES:
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 11 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 ( 12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
PEPPERMINT BARK TOPPING:
  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars, melted (or 1 (12 oz.) bag white chocolate chips)
  • 6-7 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving enough overhang on the sides and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and water. Bring to boil and remove from heat.
  3. Add chocolate chips and vanilla extract; stir until chocolate melts.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, beating after adding each egg.
  5. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  6. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes.
  7. Place brownies on wire rack. Pour melted white chocolate over top of brownies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy canes. Let brownie cool completely before cutting them into squares.


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