New Year’s Treats!

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and you know what that means? Parties! Everyone goes to a New Year’s Eve party and instead of bringing the same old queso dip, how about trying something new? Here are a few recipes to liven things up a bit and make sure that you’re the star of the party!

New Year’s Cookies

Ingredients

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Recipe makes 60 cookies
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 3 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 quart oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon warm water
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Stir the yeast mixture, milk, and eggs into the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the raisins. Cover and let rise for about 2 hours.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. To prepare the glaze, mix the melted butter and 1 teaspoon warm water in a small bowl. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, cream, and vanilla.
  4. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil. Cook 2 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and cool slightly. Dip each cookie into the glaze and set aside to completely cool.

New Year’s Cookies (n.d.)
Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/New-Years-Cookies/

 

Bourbon Balls II

Ingredients

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Recipe makes 4 dozen
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration

Directions

  1. Combine wafer crumbs, finely chopped pecans, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and cocoa.
  2. Blend the bourbon and the corn syrup together. Add the crumb mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in confectioners’ sugar. Refrigerate.

Bourbon Balls II (n.d.)
Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bourbon-Balls-II/

 

Eggnog Cake

Ingredients

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Recipe makes 1 – 8×4 inch loaf pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavored extract
  • 3/4 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, butter, and shortening until light and fluffy. Blend in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the rum extract. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Eggnog CakeI (n.d.)
Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Eggnog-Cake/

 

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