I missed the 19th because I was at Lincoln Park Zoo, drinking hot cocoa with some most excellent marshmallow vodka. Whoops.

Here are today’s recipes for ya!

First off, we have Grasshopper Cake, a recipe my Aunt Sally used to make for my cousin Jon, who’s birthday is on Christmas. The funny thing about this cake is that we literally couldn’t keep it on our plates, and not because we’d eat it too fast (we did that, too) – I think it’s a bit top-heavy, so it jumps off the plate, you know, like a grasshopper.

I’m not sure if this is the exact recipe, but it looks very close:

Creme de Menthe Grasshopper Cake

 

Grasshopper Cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake Mix with pudding in the mix
  • 1-1/4 c. water
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 oz. Creme de Menthe (liqueur or syrup)

For the topping:

  • 1 16-oz. jar hot fudge topping
  • 1 8-oz. container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 2 oz. Creme de Menthe
  • chopped Andes Mints for garnish, optional

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.

Grasshopper Cake

 

Photos courtesy of A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Next up we have Mini Tortilla Pizzas. I think I’ve told you about my love of mini meals, right? Ok, yep. So these are mini pizzas, made with torillas in a muffin tin. Yay!

Easy Mini Tortilla Pizzas

Mini Tortilla Pizza

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup pizza or pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup mini pepperoni pieces, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or basil, optional

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit The Comfort of Cooking.

Mini Tortilla Pepperoni Pizzas

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I made it halfway through December without missing a day of blogging. I feel like this is a true accomplishment (pats own back). So today I’ve got something sweet and something savory. First up are these little beauties:

Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased, I used Pillsbury)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional
  • ¼ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chip for decorating

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Spend with Pennies. 

Pecan Pie Cookies

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Next up are these bad boys:

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry,
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded (or a mix of your favorite cheeses)
  • 26-30 pieces thin cut bacon (or 18 pieces of thin cut bacon sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (may sub sage or thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Half Baked Harvest

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Taco. Lasagna. Taco Lasagna!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks so good, and easy, too. Made with taco ground beef, salsa, noodles and cheese.

Taco Lasagna

 

Taco Lasagna

 

  • 12 oven ready lasagna noodles (non-boil noodles)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz.) package Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (15-oz.) carton ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups (1 lb.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (24-oz.) jar chunky salsa
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, green onions, diced tomatoes

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit The Girl Who Ate Everything

Taco Lasagna

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Pizza – it’s what’s for dinner, probably a lot during the holidaze. If your guests are no longer impressed by your ability to place an online pizza order, plan ahead and serve them this (it’s really easy):

Pizza Pull Apart Bread

 

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 round or oval loaves of bread (doesn’t matter exactly what kind, just make sure it is something with a more firm crust)
  • 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup pepperoni slices, cut in half
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 2 cups marinara/pizza sauce

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Creme de la Crumb

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

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Okie dokie, these little dandies are making me pretty excited. I love Twix and I love cookie bars. This recipe just makes sense.

Twix Carmelitas

 

Twix Carmelitas

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 milk chocolate bars
  • 24 caramels
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 10 twix minis, chopped

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Oh, Sweet Basil

Carmelitas with Twix

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I’ve reached the point in my December diet where macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch make a grand reappearance in my life, after being basically banned through months 1-11. Oh, and I blog about turning dips into soups.

This Spinach & Artichoke Dip Tortellini Soup looks so delicious!

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Coming to you from Closet Cooking, this soup looks pretty easy and I’m guessing tastes wonderful!

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Tortellini Soup

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 8 ounces spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne to taste (optional)

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Closet Cooking.

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Images courtesy of Closet Cooking

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