Almond Coated Jam Cookies

Ingredients: 4 oz butter 3 oz castor sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 oz self rising flour Almond meal for coating Raspberry preserves Method: Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside In a bowl beat sugar and butter together.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla… Continue reading Almond Coated Jam Cookies

Mini Phyllo Cup Cheese Cake with Hazelnut frosting

  Ingredients: 4 oz semi sweet chocolate broken into pieces 1 teaspoon butter 30 (2 packages) baked miniature phyllo shells ( 1 1/2 inch shells) 6 oz cream cheese room temperature 4 tablespoons sour cream 4 tablespoons powdered sugar 2 teaspoons raspberry extract 2 teaspoons milk To decorate red writing gel and Chocolate Hazelnut frosting… Continue reading Mini Phyllo Cup Cheese Cake with Hazelnut frosting

Rotini with Broccoli and Croutons

Ingredients: 4 zo Rotini 8 oz broccoli florets 1/3 cup dried navy beans 1/2 cup black olives 2 teaspoons pesto sauce 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 sprig fresh basil leaves chopped 2 whole wheat bread slices Ground pepper salt to taste Parmesan cheese (optional) Method: Cook pasta, drain and set… Continue reading Rotini with Broccoli and Croutons

Minced Fruit Pies

Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners (powered) sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 5 oz cold butter cut into pieces 1/2 teaspoon orange essence 4 tablespoons iced water 1 1/2 cups minced fruits (mincemeat) 1 egg lightly beaten powdered sugar for dusting Method: Sift flour, sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl Rub… Continue reading Minced Fruit Pies

Praline Topped Cheesecake Squares

I saw this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens website which is one of my favorite websites (  When made, most of their recipes come out extremely good and in perfect shape.  So when I saw this recipe, I kept thinking of making and this weekend was the perfect timing since my friend had a… Continue reading Praline Topped Cheesecake Squares

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Ingredients 1 lb green apple (2 medium, preferably granny smith for its tart taste) 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries Zest and juice of one orange 1/3 cup brown sugar For Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup walnuts ground ¼ cup rolled oats ¼ cup brown sugar 5 tablespoons cold butter ½ teaspoon cinnamon  … Continue reading Cranberry Apple Crisp

Mixed Nuts & Herb Swirls

Ingredients: 1 17.3 oz. Package Puff Pastry sheets (2 sheets – Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets) 1 egg lightly beaten ¼ cup walnuts ¼ cup blanched/slivered almonds (almonds should not have any skin) ¼ cup Cashew nuts 4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese ¼ teaspoon dried thyme ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon ½ teaspoon… Continue reading Mixed Nuts & Herb Swirls

Quick Apple Tart

Ingredients 1/2 of 1.1lbs pkg, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet) 2 small green apples (granny smith) 3 teaspoons sugar about 1 teaspoon butter melted Confectioners sugar for dusting Flour for dusting Method Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for about 45 minutes, or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel… Continue reading Quick Apple Tart