day 19: {sausage balls}

for as long as i can remember every year on Christmas morning my mom has made sausage balls and cheese grits for breakfast.  so today i’m sharing this simple recipe that works for breakfast, a Christmas get together, or just a yummy snack!

Sausage Balls

what you’ll need

1 lb. sausage, raw

{you can use spicy sausage if you want a little more flavor}

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups bisquick

instructions:

mix ingredients together with hands.

roll into 1 inch balls.

bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

enjoy!

day 10: {homemade funfetti cupcakes- christmas style}

ok, i made these homemade funfetti cupcakes from How Sweet It Is back in the fall and they were so much fun.  i figured if they were fun with rainbow sprinkles, surely they would be fun with Christmas colored sprinkles.

so, i tried it. and it was kinda fun.

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 whole eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup milk

1/3 cup assorted brightly colored sprinkles + more for top of frosting

instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cream butter and sugar in electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Add eggs and vanilla.

4. Combine dry ingredients and sift together in a bowl

{or over a piece of wax paper}.

5. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients.

6. Fold in assorted sprinkles.

7. Scoop batter into cupcake pan and fill 2/3 of the way full.

8. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

9. Let cool, then frost.

 

Buttercream Icing

2 sticks butter, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon milk

instructions:

1. Beat butter in mixer until silky and shiny.  I usually beat mine for about 7 minutes.

2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.

3. Add vanilla.

4. If needed add milk for consistency.

enjoy!

day 9: {big soft sugar cookie cakes}

i love sprinkles. now i realize i’ve said i love alot of things. but, i really, really, really like sprinkles.  alot. which i believe, can therefore be translated into a love of sprinkles. i came across the bakers confections on esty awhile back.  they have so many fun baking things.  i’ve order cupcake liners and sprinkles from them before and was pleased.  however, i just received my second order from them and i was ecstatic when it arrived.  i ordered all kinds of fun Christmas sprinkles and cupcake liners and i cannot wait to use them.  and in fact, i didn’t wait.  as soon as the mail came today i busted out to the mailbox for my goodies that were arriving.  and yes, it was all as fantastic as i’d hoped!

so, today, i bring you fun Christmas sprinkled sugar cookies.  i personally am a fan of soft and chewy cookies and these big soft sugar cookie cakes hit the nail on the head.

what you’ll need:

 1 cup butter, softened

2 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

sprinkles

 instructions:

1. In electric mixer, cream butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

3. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with the milk.

4. Drop by heaping spoonfuls {or you can use medium size scoop} onto ungreased cookie sheets.

{space at least 3 inches apart so cookies have plenty of room to spread}.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.

6. Remove from cookies sheets to cool on wire racks.

7. When completely cool, frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles.

{see below for buttercream frosting recipe}

Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks butter, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk

instructions:

Beat butter in electric mixer until fluffly.

Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.

Add vanilla.

Add heavy cream or milk.

Beat on high for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

enjoy!

day 8: {homemade-ish pretzel bites}

i don’t know about you, but typically when i think of Christmas goodies, i tend to think of sweets.  however, while i do love sweets, i also love salty little treats.  a couple of months ago i came across these homemade-ish pretzel bites on {you guessed it} Pinterest.  and, boy, are they yummy.  i personally like a salty pretzel over a sweet pretzel, but you can make these fellas salty or sweet.

what you’ll need:

1 bag frozen Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed

sea salt or garlic salt

or

 cinnamon and sugar

directions:

1. thaw dough and then cut into four pieces

2. place dough bites onto parchment lined cookies sheet and let rise

3. once your dough bites are double in size, bring a large
pot of water to a boil

4. preheat oven to 375 degrees

5. place kitchen towel on cookie sheet and cover with paper towel

6. drop about 10 dough bites into the water for about 45 seconds, toss gently making sure all sides are shocked in the water

{sorry for the crummy photo. it’s hard to get a picture of boiling water when the only thing you know how to take a picture with is your iPhone}

7. remove bites from water with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain

8. at this point you dough bites are going to look a little pruney and be kinda sticky.

9. let bites cool on paper towel for about 2-3 minutes or until you can touch them

10. place on greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown

11. once out of the oven butter generously with melted butter and sprinkle on some sea salt or garlic salt. or if you want them sweet roll in cinnamon sugar mix.

enjoy!

day 7: {pecan sandies}

my grannie makes these every Christmas.  i think they are delicious.  they’re one of my favorites. and one of my dad’s favorites.

Pecan Sandies:

2 cups flour

dash of salt

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 cups pecans, chopped

{flour & sugar & salt are just not as much fun to instagram}

directions:

cream butter.

add sugar and salt.

add flour.

add vanilla.

add chopped pecans.

mix well.

roll dough into little balls.

place on parchment lined cookie sheet.

bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

let cool.

roll in powered sugar.

yields about 4 dozen

 enjoy!