Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love cooking for a crowd. Each year the masses meet at my house for a sit-down dinner.The masses usually total from 20-25 persons. *Since, each person from the age of 1 to 80 draws a job to do as they walk in, having a dessert menu sure helps the "Dessert Server."

A dessert menu you ask? Well, a person can never be too organized besides with this many people all talking at once; simple questions can go unheard.  Therefore, a menu where they can select from just made sense and is a lot of FUN.

Below is a copy of last years menu. 

*Will explain this more when I open my House up hopefully!
The menu varies from year to year but the favorites
remain on the list. Below are some of the favorites from
the list that Lil' Net and I cook up. Some of these recipes were invented by accident ((grin)), but you would never know it as they make the list year after year.

Some of the recipes from above can be found on my site already. I
will reference to where you can find them for your convenience.

Strawberry with Oreo Crust Pie
This is Real STRAWBERRY-EE, and not a Gelatin Recipe!
1 prepared Oreo crust (Not Chocolate)
1 quart Strawberries, hulled & quartered
2 cups frozen Whipped Topping
2- 8 oz pkgs. Cream Cheese, softened
1 Box (1-lb.) Strawberry Powder Sugar
1/2 pkg. Libby's Strawberry Frost Drink Mix
3 Tablespoons Hershey Strawberry drink syrup
1 Tablespoons sugar

Line the bottom of the Oreo crust with quartered strawberries
in a single layer.  The dryer the berry the better; otherwise the 
crust has a tendency to be soggy. Sprinkle with sugar. Reserve
remaining strawberries to garnish with.
In a Medium bowl mix together softened cream cheese and
powder sugar until smooth. Add drink mix  and syrup. Fold in
whipped topping until blended well. Pour
into pie pan. Garnish with extra strawberries.

This Recipe can be made ahead and frozen up to a week.
Late BREAKING NEWS I just found out today
11/28/00 that the strawberry confectioners sugar is no longer available.
I will have to modify the recipe and post additions to it.

M&M Cookies
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Crisco Shortening
3/4 cup granulated Sugar
3/4 cup dark brown Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 (16 oz) pkg. M&M plain candies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter,
shortening, sugars and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually
beat in the flour mixture.  Add M&M's and mix by hand.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
I use this same batter to make my chocolate chip cookies.
The shortening gives the cookie more body and a richer taste.

Iced Holiday Cutouts
This is the SAME recipe I use for my Halloween cutouts.
Lil' Net did a WONDERFUL JOB last year of decorating these.
I sure wish I had taken a picture. I knew her artistic training would
pay off. I will have to PHOTO them this year.

Tender Hugs Cookie
This is a Cookie I invented to go along with the Kiss Cookies.
It is a Chocolate , light, cake-like cookie. Delicious!!
3 squares Bakers unsweetened chocolate
1 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pkg. Hershey Hugs

1. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes on
high or until melted. 
2. Add sugar to the butter and chocolate and blend well.
3. Stir in egg and vanilla
4. Mix in flour, salt and soda.  Mixture will be soft.
5. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until dough is pliable enough to make
into a ball without breaking apart.
6. Shape into walnut size balls. Roll in additional sugar .
7. Place on a ungreased cookie sheet, Bake at 375 degrees for 
10 minutes.
8. Allow to slightly cool on cookie sheet, 3-5 minutes.
9. Insert hugs in to center of each cookie, pressing down just
until they start to split.

Holiday Wreath Cookies
This recipe comes from Kellogg's. They are Little Nets favorites.
1/3 cup margarine
1 pkg. (10 oz) regular marshmallows
1 teaspoon green food coloring
6 cups Corn Flakes
red cinnamon candies
cooking spray

In a large saucepan melt margarine over low heat.  Add marshmallows
and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat .  Stir in food coloring.
Add corn flakes and stir until well coated.
Using 1/4 cup measuring cup coated with pam, evenly portion warm cereal
mixture. Using buttered fingers, quickly shape them into individual wreaths.
Dot with cinnamon candies.

Makes 16 cookies

World's BEST Cheesecake (Mine)
This cheesecake is Light & Easy to make, It uses 3 different cheeses.
Sure to bring you RAVE reviews by anyone that likes cheesecakes.
Recipe is on Father's Day cooking site as it is Net's Favorite.

World's BEST Brownies (Mine)
Chocolately Good... More like a Fudge then a Brownie.
This Recipe appears in my cooking section of the site under Desserts.
You can also find a recipe for the Kiss cookies there also.

Great Pumpkin Roll
This recipe is one of my favorites, recipe is located on
my Thanksgiving food page.

1 package of Cream cheese (8 oz.)
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 packages (12 oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate melted
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Coconut, Sprinkles, Nuts and Cocoa for coating.
Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually add sugar, beating until well
blended.   Add melted chocolate and vanilla; mix well.  Refrigerate 1 hour.
Shape into 1" balls.  Roll into desired coatings.  Keep Refrigerated.
To melt chocolate ... Place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high
3 to 4 minutes; stirring 1/2 way through cooking time. Use caution when
removing it from microwave.
These last a LONG time in the Refrigerator.

Will enough for now  I had better get COOKIN if any of this 
is going to get baked this year.


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