The holiday season is upon us, and no holiday would be complete without the addition of a few pounds!!  We thought we would contribute to the weight gain with some wonderful recipes.

Candy Cane Dip

 

Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients

·         8 oz Cream Cheese

·         13 oz Marshmallow Creme

·         5 to 7 Candy Canes

Instructions

1.     Mix well the soft cream cheese and marshmallow creme together.

2.     Crush the candy canes in small pieces and add it to the mixture. Mix all together and serve.

 

PUMPKIN GINGER WAFFLE Bites

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

·         1 cup almond flour

·         2 tablespoons coconut flour

·         ½ teaspoon baking soda

·         ½ teaspoon cinnamon

·         1 teaspoon ginger

·         2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

·         2 eggs

·         ¼ cup almond milk

·         ¼ cup pumpkin puree

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·         3 tablespoons melted brown butter (or regular melted butter)

·         2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.     Preheat waffle iron.

2.     Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3.     Whisk together all wet ingredients in a separate bowl until smooth.

4.     Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together with a spatula.

5.     Pour batter into the middle of the waffle iron but only allow it to spread about of the way (about 3 tablespoons of batter) to form the “bites”. If you want a regular waffle just pour the necessary amount of batter into the iron.

6.     Cook according to the waffle iron’s directions and remove when cooked and edges are crispy.

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters

  • Yield: 18 to 20 large or 30 to 35 small candies
  • Prep 40 mins
  • Bake 5 mins to 10 mins
  • Cook 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups pecan halves (1 pound)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup vanilla baking pieces
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate pieces (2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1/3 cup vanilla baking pieces
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

1.     In a shallow baking pan, spread pecan halves in a thin layer. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until pecans are a light golden brown, stirring once or twice. Remove from oven. Set aside. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or greased foil.

2.     For caramel mixture, in a 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar, 1-1/2 cups of the whipping cream, the corn syrup, butter, and salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat to boiling.

3.     Keeping mixture boiling, very slowly add remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream. Clip a candy thermometer to side of the pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over entire surface.

4.     Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 244 degree F (firm-ball stage). Keep an eye on the mixture so it doesn't boil over. Remove from heat immediately. Remove candy thermometer. Pour into a 4-cup glass measuring cup.

5.     For large candies, mound pecans in 20 groups, 3-1/2 inches apart on the baking sheets. For small candies, arrange 3 or 4 pecan halves 2 inches apart.

6.     Quickly pour half of the caramel mixture over pecans. (If caramel is very hot, it will run more. Just push caramel back to pecan mound with a small spatula.) Repeat with remaining caramel mixture. (Caramel will have cooled enough to mound.)

7.     In a small saucepan, melt the 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces over low heat. In another small saucepan, melt the 1 cup vanilla baking pieces over low heat. Spread half of the caramel mounds with semisweet chocolate and the other half with vanilla baking pieces.

8.     Using the same small saucepans, melt the 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate pieces and 1 teaspoon shortening in one saucepan and the 1/3 cup vanilla baking pieces and 1 teaspoon shortening in the other. Drizzle semisweet chocolate over vanilla-frosted candies; drizzle the melted vanilla baking pieces over the semisweet chocolate-frosted candies. Drag a toothpick through the drizzle, if you like. Let stand until set. Makes 18 to 20 large or 30 to 35 small candies.