Holiday Cooking and Fun Recipes

The holidays always mean to me that wonderful food is shared with family and friends.  Bringing people together to remember the past season while creating new memories of the current Holidays, I love the planning and preparing each recipe we will serve.

Should it be something tried and true that everyone asks for? Or should we be bold and whip up something new? Perhaps with chilies?  And chocolate? Hmmm, I do love chocolate!

So in keeping with my holiday planning, I will be posting Holiday recipes for all to enjoy. Let me know what you think?  And Happy Holiday Eating!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

12 Oreos – crushed
2 T melted butter
3 Squares Bakers White Chocolate, divided
2-8 oz cream cheese – softened
1/2 C sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 C red raspberry preserves

Heat oven to 350. Mix cookie crumbs and butter, press into bottom of 8″ square pan. Melt 2 chocolate squares as directed on package.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add metled chocolate, mix well. Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust

Bake 25-28 min or until center is almost set. Cool 5 minutes; spread with preserves. Melt remaining chocolate square, drizzle over cheesecake. Cool. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Cut into 18 bars

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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