Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thumbprint Cookies

¾ cup butter softened
½ firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg separated
½ tsp vanilla
1 1/3 flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts
Jam or jelly

Preheat over to 375. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt until well mixed. If desired chill dough for easier handling. Shape dough into balls using slightly rounded teaspoon full. Slightly beat eggs white. Dip balls into egg white and roll in nuts. Place 1 inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Press a deep hole in the center of each cookie with thumb. Bake 8-10 min until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool. Fill centers with jam or jellies. Makes 3 dozen

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Pie

1 9 inch double crust pie - double
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups thinly sliced apples
1 (2.5 ounce) package caramel apple circle
cinnamon and sugar OR turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Roll out pastry and set aside.
In a large bowl, blend cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Mix well. Add apples to cream cheese mixture and stir until apples are evenly coated. Add brown sugar mixture to apple mixture gradually, stirring after each addition.
Pour half of apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate. Place caramel circle over top, then pour in remaining apple mixture. Cover with second pastry. Seal edges and cut steam vent in top. Butter top slightly and sprinkle with coarse/turbinado sugaror cinnamon and sugar. Place pie on baking sheet covered with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. If you notice overbrowning after 25 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

As you can see, mine got a little drippy, but I used carmel CUBES instead of the rounds. I also did not seal my edges well enough and the filling lifted the entire top up.... but hey, it was YUMMY!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

1 Point Desserts

#1 Golden Haystacks

12 oz Hershey’s Cookies n cream candy bars
3 cups General Mills Fiber One

1. Unwrap candy and place in microwave-safe bowl. Melt candy in microwave on HIGH for 1 minute, stir and nuke for 1 minute more. Stir in cereal.

2. Drop mixture by 26 spoonfuls onto a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes or until firm. Store leftovers in the fridge.

#2 Fudge

15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup cocoa
¾ cup butter, melted
1 tbls vanilla
7 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup walnuts

In a microwave safe dish, mash beans with a fork until smooth; cover and nuke for 1 ½ minutes or until heated through.

Add cocoa, butter and vanilla. Mixture will be thick.

Slowly stir in sugar; add nuts.

Press into a square pan coated with non stick spray.

Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into 81 1 inch pieces.

1 point without nuts
2 points with nuts

#3 Pumpkin Cookies

1 Spice cake mix
1 15 oz can pumpkin
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix cake mix and pumkin well. Add chips. Bake in 350 oven for 10-15 min. Makes 46.

#4 Mock Turtles

1 13oz bag of rolos
60 checker board pretzels (or mini-twist)
60 pecan halves

Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place pretzels on cookie sheet. Unwrap rolos. Place 1 rolo on each pretzel. Bake for about 4 minutes. Remove from oven and gently press one pecan half into the top of each, gently spreading the rolo to the edges of the pretzel. Let cool for 10 minutes. Then place cookie sheet in fridge to set (about 30).

#5 Brownies

1 can black beans
1 fudge brownie mix

Drain beans and rinse in can. With bean still in can fill with water to the top. Pour into blender and puree. Add to cake mix and stir well. Pour into 9x13 pan or muffin tins. Bake at 350 until done. Makes 24 brownies.

Monday, November 5, 2007

WW Milk Shake

1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons fat-free, sugar-free pudding mix - any flavor
1 tablespoon Cool Whip
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ice cubes

Put all into a blender and process until smooth and thick.

Serves 1 - 2 WW points

Taco Chili Soup

1 pound ground beef
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can yellow corn, drained
1 can white or yellow hominy, drained
1 can Mexican tomatoes
1 package Taco mix
1 envelope Ranch dressing mix

Brown ground beef, then drain well. Put beef into a crock pot, then add remaining ingredients, blending well. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours.Serve over tortilla chips with shredded cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.

Friday, November 2, 2007

WW Egg Nog

8 cups non fat milk
1 4 serving box sugarfree fatfree white chocolate pudding
1/2 cup splenda
1 tsp nutmeg

In milk carton, combine pudding and 2 cups of milk. Shake and let sit for a few minutes. Add the rest of the milk, splenda and nutmeg. Shake and enjoy.

1 cup = 2 points