Serving This Week 12-7 To 12-11-2020
Come and see what I will be cooking up on Marilyns Treats this week!
This is what I featured on my blog 12-7 to 12-11-2020. On Tuesday was Christmas Tree Pizza Pull Apart. Wednesday saw Sugar Plum Fairy Iced Cookies. Thursday was Red Velvet Iced Cookies. And winding up Christmas specials was Gluten Free Ranch Dip. Enjoy!
If you missed what I served up last week please click Serving This Week 11-30-to 12-4-2020.
What can you make with 5 ingredients in less than 30 minutes that everyone will find festive? This Christmas Tree Pizza Pull Apart that’s what!
Pizza dough, cream cheese, mozzarella and butter with spices create a great appetizer for a festive party.
This Christmas tree pull apart is a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love.
I took this appetizer to a family party and didn’t even get through the door before my niece squealed. “Pinterest”! Yes I made this recipe that I found on Pinterest by Eclectic Recipes.
I was surprised she recognized it right off by looking as I had made the pull apart into a Christmas Tree.
I did make a few changes from the Pinterest recipe to make it faster and easier.
First of all, the biggest change of course was styling for the Holiday.
It was so simple to make.
My granddaughter practically made the entire thing while I was figuring out how to style the dish.
I only had to roll the dough and place it on the pan.
I found that the recipe as written didn’t work with the amount of dough described. I had to use 3 tubes of pizza dough to get 35 balls.
Then I needed to keep the cheese for the center the same. Doubling it would have made it impossible to stuff the dough balls.
I also didn’t use the cloves of garlic or basil. I substituted Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning. It was delicious!!
My only regret was not having a backup for the dipping sauce.
Melted butter. Melted cheese or some type of fondue would have been delicious.
A great beverage would be a nice Red Wine or a sparkling water or champagne. I served Sangria to this particular crowd.
Everyone at the party thought the Christmas Tree shape was so cute.
And the smell of the garlic reminded me of my grandma at this time of the year.
I am thinking of making these for my New Years Eve Party. I will try shaping it like a champagne glass tipped on its side.
I will let you know how that turns out!!
I am sure this pull apart appetizer could be turned into any shape for all occasions!
Sugar Cookies, Cream Cheese Icing and Sprinkles are a combination that is tasty any time of year.
Want to know the BEST part of making these cookies?
The dough just needs wet ingredients.
And the icing just needs to be scooped.
Some people love to make all their cookies from scratch. I get it.
This recipe is for the times when you need to get a batch of sugar cookies made in a crunch.
If you make dough up to one day ahead of time you can refrigerate over night.Dough will get sticky as it warms to room temperature, so cook while still slightly cold.
You have all your cookie baking done.
All your cookie tins are already prepared for holiday giving.
The cookies for the church get together are made.
The cookies for the school party are iced and sprinkled and and ready to deliver.
Even your cookie exchange is marked off your list.
Then the husband comes home.
The office has decided to go ahead with their annual Christmas party after all.
He was selected to bring the cookies. 6 dozen. TOMORROW!
This ruins your sense of accomplishment being ready for the season.
But help is on the way.
These delicious, gorgeous, and easy to get on the platter are on your list.
Once in a while an almost already prepared recipe exists in your recipe box.
Go ahead. Invite the kiddos. They will eagerly offer to help daddy out.
It will be a pleasant memory they won’t forget.
And you can go back to wishing for for peace and tranquillity and some time in the tub alone with your thoughts.
Way to go mom!
I love to decorate cookies, but I am a very messy creative. Drop cookies are my favorite.
There is just something about rolling that dough and dropping the spoonful onto the baking sheet that makes me feel I am a part of the season.
Then spreading the icing and adding the final touches warms my heart and makes me smile. I am always glad no one is watching and wondering what is going through my mind.
Listening to the Holiday music makes me want to sing, but my family is very glad when I decide not to ruin the moment!
A lifetime of memories have been made in that kitchen. Mostly good and some not so good but worth making wishes upon.
Do you wish upon memories? My favorite wish is for the sugar fairy and Santa’s elves to come and do the dishes. What is yours?
Do you crave a cookie? Red Velvet. There is cream cheese frosting topped with coconut or sprinkles too!
Do I have your attention?
This cookie will get attention even though it is nestled among the more classic cookie.
Th homemade warmth of this cookie will release the aroma of a hint of cocoa, sugar, and butter.
When you take this cookie in your hand it will not crumble. You can count on a flavor that will wet your taste buds.
The texture of the cookie will also surprise you.
The moist and chewy cookie will stand up to any taste test. The flavor is not too sweet.
Red Velvet! Sitting in the center of your cookie tray. It won’t sit long.
This cookie knows your name and will whisper to you from across the room.
Do you enjoy colorful food?
For some reason it makes me smile.
To me, it signifies healthy and good tasting, fresh and well made.
I know I find it makes me want to eat more and take a bigger helping.
Red reminds me of fresh fruit, juicy, sweet and satisfying.
Red Velvet puts the holiday spirit in me and I just want to start cooking and baking and sharing. I hope these gorgeous cookies do the same for you!
These Red Velvet Iced Cookies are loved no matter where I take them.
They are the central part of my Toys For Tots Cookie Exchange.
They travel well and can be taken to bake sells and school bazars.
I know you will not only love making this cookie but also will enjoy eating them.
Whether you’re going on a picnic or just relaxing around the house, have some washed and cut veggies ready to go along with a tasty homemade dip.
Hidden Valley Ranch made famous the ‘Ranch’ dip and dressing with their original buttermilk secret recipe over 50 years ago.
I may not invented but its still pretty darn yummy.
I am all about saving time and money as well as serving a delicious dish.
The appetizer table is full of items to choose from.
Fruits, veggies, dippers and the dips themselves have to pass my muster.
If it isn’t delicious or present that WOW factor I am looking for, then the recipe simply won’t show up on my table again.
I am a dipper and dunker from way back.
One of my first memories of having company is the food my mother offered.
Back then warm cookies were my favorite.
If you saw a tall glass of milk, cookies rather homemade or from a package you could find me there.
As I grew up I evolved into a veggie and bread eater.
Sugar and carbs are my nemesis.
My goal now is to offer an array of items that satisfy everyone.
I have a few go to dips here on Marilyns Treats.
This one however is the most classic.
When serving a platter of colorful vegetables I like to get the best bang for my trouble.
Leaving the veggies cut into a size that is easy to grab but big enough to dunk in the dip is the best way to serve them.
And I also like to bring a twist to the offering while catching the eye of the passerby.
On this tray I put the dip into the well of my peppers. This is not only going to draw your guest to the platter but entice them to grab a bite.
It also leaves room on the table for the bowls of other dips and salads.
This Gluten Free Ranch Dip uses ingredients and spices to provide more subtle flavors than store bought options.
What could be better than homemade, inexpensive, delicious and easy?
You really need to try making your own Ranch Dip and start a new tradition!