Saturday, December 22, 2012

{Holiday Baking} .....yum

Merry Christmas All!! I hope you enjoy some of our favorite treats to make! 


Philadelphia sugar cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes plus refrigerating
Bake time: 15 minutes

1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
colored sugar, sprinkles and colored gels

BEAT cream cheese, butter, 2/3 cup sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Mix in flour. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

ROLL dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes; sprinkle with colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

BAKE at 350'F for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Decorate as desired with colored sugar, sprinkles and colored gels.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen


Philadelphia cheesecake brownies

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes

1 Package (19.8 ounces) brownie mix (do not use mix that includes syrup pouch)
1 package ( 8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

PREPARE  brownie mix as directed on package.
Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking pan.

BEAT cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix in sugar until blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix just until blended. Pour cream cheese mixture over brownie batter; cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.

BAKE at 350'F for 35 to 40 minutes or until cream cheese mixture is lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares.

Makes 2 dozen


Double Delicious Cookie bars

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25-30 minutes

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 cups (12 ounce)  semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (6 ounces) peanut butter-flavored chips

*Butterscotch-flavored chips or white chocolate chips can be substituted for the semi-sweet chocolate chips and/or peanut butter flavored chips.

1. Preheat oven to 350'F (325'F for glass dish). In 13x9-inch baking pan, melt butter in oven.

2. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over butter; pour Eagle Brand evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining ingredients; press down firmly.

3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.  
Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars

They really do present quite nicely.. don't you agree :)


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