Category Archives: Winter/Christmas

Cranberry Pecan Muffins

I’ve been so glad to see fresh cranberries at the grocery store these past few weeks! I just had to make something with fresh cranberries and muffins seemed like a good idea. I added some orange extract to give these muffins a subtle orange flavor. You could also add some orange zest if you wanted to.

These muffins bake up with nice rounded tops and have lots of cranberries and pecans in every bite! These are great for a Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast or brunch, or for anytime in the fall or winter, for that matter. They also make a nice snack or dessert if you’re wanting something a little less sweet. You could probably substitute dried cranberries for the fresh, but I’ve always made these with fresh–I like their slightly sweet, tart flavor!

CRANBERRY PECAN MUFFINS by NancyC

Makes 24 muffins

  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh cranberries (or substitute dried cranberries)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.

In large bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In medium bowl, mix milk, butter, orange extract, and eggs. Add this mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just combined, then fold in chopped cranberries and pecans and stir until evenly distributed in batter (be careful not to overmix). Batter will be thick!

Spoon batter into the lined muffin cups. Bake at 350˚F for 22 to 25 or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool muffins in pans for a few minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack, or serve warm.

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu planned out? Are you making anything with fresh cranberries for your special meal? Whatever your plans are, have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Let us be thankful…. HEBREWS 12:28

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Easy Corn Casserole

It’s not often that you find a recipe that is wonderful comfort food, inexpensive, and easy to make–like this Easy Corn Casserole. Friends have told me about this recipe and I also did a search in the web comparing recipes, and most of them have these ingredients in common: a can of corn, a can of cream-style corn, corn muffin mix, butter, and sour cream. Most recipes call for anywhere from one to three eggs, but some don’t. Since this kind of casserole is so widely made, I guess you could call this a well-loved comfort food classic.

When I made mine, I decided to use two eggs, and it turned out really well. This is a creamy, full-of-corn casserole that has a delicious corn muffin-like crust on top. A perfect side dish for a big meal. If you’re looking for something to add to your Thanksgiving menu or any holiday meal, this would be a great dish to add! It makes a 9×9″ pan, or about 6-8 servings, but you can easily double it and bake it in a 9×13″ pan for a larger crowd.

EASY CORN CASSEROLE

Makes a 9×9″ pan, or 6-8 servings

  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.75-ounce) can cream style corn
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) box Corn Muffin Mix (I used Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream, light sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (you can omit eggs for a denser casserole, or you can use 1, 2, or 3 eggs)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 9×9″ baking pan with butter or cooking spray; set aside.

In large bowl, combine the corn with the cornbread muffin mix, then add melted butter and sour cream. Add in the eggs, mixing everything well. Pour into prepared 9×9″ baking pan.

Bake at 350˚F for 45 minutes, or until casserole is set. Remove from oven and serve while hot or warm.

I’ve also seen some recipes that just use an 8-ounce can of corn and an 8-ounce can of cream corn, with 1 or 2 eggs and 1/4  or 1/2 cup butter. One even used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. So, there are lots of variations on this recipe! Have you ever made corn casserole as a side dish for any of your meals?

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Jumbo Ginger Molasses Cookies

jumbo-ginger-molasses-cookies-nancycI like these gingery molasses cookies so much, I think I will make them every fall and winter! I first made them during this past Christmas season and think they’re a great cookie to munch on during the cold weather. They’re flavored with lots of ginger and Continue reading

White Chocolate Peppermint Scones

white-chocolate-peppermint-scones-nancycI like making at least one peppermint-flavored recipe each year for the holidays. This year, I decided to try scones. These White Chocolate Peppermint Scones have crushed candy canes both in the batter and sprinkled on top. White chocolate chips are mixed into the batter too. They might be a little too sweet for early in the morning, but they’re perfect for a holiday brunch, a holiday tea, or a dessert –with a scoop of ice cream on top…make that peppermint ice cream! 🙂

WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT SCONES by NancyC

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

PEPPERMINT GLAZE:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Half & Half
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 Tablespoons crushed candy canes for sprinkling on top
  • Optional: 1/2 Tablespoon coarse sugar for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In large bowl, blend the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender until the flour/butter mixture is crumbly. Stir in the crushed candy canes and white chocolate chips.

In medium bowl, mix yogurt, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Blend yogurt mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until clumps of dough form (dough will be a little sticky).

Sprinkle some flour over the dough in the bowl to make it less sticky, and with floured hands, knead a few times and shape dough into a ball. Place dough on your parchment-lined baking sheet and pat into an 8-inch circle, about 3/4-inch thick. Use a knife to score into 8 wedges, then bake at 375˚F on your center oven rack for 18 -20 minutes, until golden. The scones may puff up as they’re baking, but they’ll settle down as they cool.

Cool scones for at least 20 minutes, or cool completely, and then add the glaze and topping.

To make glaze, mix powdered sugar, Half & Half, and peppermint extract until smooth. Drizzle glaze over scones with a small spoon, then sprinkle some crushed candy canes over the glaze. Let glaze set, then cut scones into wedges where scored, and serve.

Peppermint-flavored goodies are great for the holidays–they’re so fun and festive. Plus, it’s a great way to use those extra candy canes. Have you made any peppermint recipes this year?

Wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas!

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Jumbo Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jumbo Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies @ NancyC

I start thinking about making recipes with cranberries as soon as the fall season comes around. Cranberries, whether they’re fresh or dried, are such a classic autumn and holiday ingredient. It just wouldn’t seem like Thanksgiving or Christmas without Continue reading