Holiday Mint Creme Dessert
3/4 cup butter, divided
1 package (16 ounces) chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies, crushed
8 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Chocolate syrup and red and green sprinkles, optional
In a microwave, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in cookie crumbs. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Spread ice cream over crust; return to the freezer until firm.
In a large saucepan, combine chocolate chips, confectioners’ sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until thickened. Cool to room temperature. When cool, spread over ice cream; return to freezer until firm.
Spread whipped topping over ice cream (dish will be full). Cover and freeze for until firm or overnight.
Remove from freezer 15-20 minutes before serving. If desired, drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Yield: 24 servings.
1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup eggnog
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, eggnog, cream and remaining butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; cook until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat. Stir in chips until melted. Stir in the marshmallow creme, walnuts and vanilla.
Spread into prepared pan. Cool to room temperature. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Yield: about 3-1/4 pounds.
Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog. It is recommended that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Festive Holiday Cheesecake
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
Place an ungreased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, pecans and brown sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and 1-1/2 inches up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour into crust. Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and sugar until smooth; spoon over hot cheesecake and spread to cover. Bake for 5 minutes longer or until topping is just set.
Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with candies. Yield: 16 servings.