April 15, 2014

Mini Sausage Wreath & Other Kid Friendly Holiday Recipes

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Want to learn to make a Mini Sausage Wreath & other kid friendly holiday recipes? Here’s your chance.

I’m a firm believer in the K.I.S.S. rule around the holidays. Keep it simple stupid. Most of us have enough going on with relatives in-and-out, parties every weekend, gifts to buy, wrap and send, that if we get a chance to take it easy, we should! I’ve found that holiday foods don’t need to be especially elaborate or expensive, and it’s the one area that you can take a few short-cuts and still yield delicious results. 

Below are a few simple recipes that won’t break the bank or require hours in the kitchen. Bonus, because they are so simple, your kids can even lend a hand, and that makes for memories more precious than anything you could serve-up.  So grab the little ones in your life and get cooking! We’ll start with the Mini Sausage Wreath.

Mini- Sausage Wreath

Mini Sausage Wreath

 Ingredients:

Mini Sausage Wreat Directions

  • Mini sausages
  • Refrigerated crescent dough rolls
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • Rosemary for seasoning
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

 

 

 

  • Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the crescent dough rolls package.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together the remaining perforations in each rectangle.
  • With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 8 strips (for a total of 32 strips).
  • Wrap each mini sausage in a strip of dough. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages in a wreath formation with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the wreath is baking, combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.
  • Melt butter and brush the butter on top of the wreath. Sprinkle with rosemary.
  • Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish. 

 

Santa Pretzels

Santa Pretzels

Ingredients:

Santa Pretzels Directions:

  • Mini twist pretzels
  • White chocolate almond bark
  • Red sanding sugar
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Melt the white chocolate almond bark following the directions on the on the package.
  • Dip each mini pretzel halfway into the melted chocolate.
  • Dip each chocolate covered pretzel into the red sugar until only a “rim” of the chocolate is showing. Place on waxed paper to dry.
  • Cut the mini marshmallows in half and use dollops of melted chocolate to adhere a mini marshmallow onto the side of each pretzel. Allow the pretzels to fully cool before moving.

 

 

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

 

Cookie Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Food Coloring (optional)

 

Soft Sugar Cookie Directions

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.      Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

3.      Blend shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream in a large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients.

4.      Cover the mixture and cool in the refrigerator for at least 2hours.

5.      Roll out the cookie dough and bring in the kids. Use your favorite cookie cutters to create festive cookie figures.

6.      Place cookies on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes.

7.      While the cookies are baking, blend the frosting ingredients together until smooth. If you wish to dye the frosting, add drops of food coloring until you reach your desired color.

8.      Frost the cookies once they’re completely cooled.

 

These should be enough to get you started, and I hope you enjoy your Mini Sausage Wreath, Soft Sugar Cookies and Santa Pretzels! Have a happy and safe holidays!

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