Holiday Cookie Friday: Angeletti

Each Friday from now until Christmas, a cookie recipe will be posted!  These are perfect as hostess gifts or to keep stored in the freezer for when an unexpected guest arrives.  This recipe makes 36 cookies.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze:

  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons colored sprinkles

What you’ll do:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs until blended.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined (do not overmix).
  • With floured hands, roll level tablespoonsfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until puffed and the bottoms are pale golden, 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a rack to cook completely.
  • Make the glaze:  In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons water and the vanilla until the mixture forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more water if needed).
  • Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set on a rack over a piece of parchment paper.  Sprinkle the colored sprinkles on top.  Allow the glaze to set, about 20 minutes.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon makes everything better…in moderation, of course.  This 3-ingredient main meal couldn’t be easier.  Serve with a simple side of wild rice and green beans.  Recipe serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 3 slices center cut bacon

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove any silver skin and excess fat from the tenderloin.
  • Sprinkle the tenderloin with the seasoning and wrap with bacon, securing with toothpicks.
  • Place the pork on a wire rack that’s placed on top of an aluminum wrapped roasting pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.  Set the oven to broil and broil until the bacon is crisped, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe and image from Southern Living.

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Chicken and Pepperoni

Craving pizza?  Don’t order take-out.  Make this easy crock-pot dinner that’s family-friendly.  Add some green to the side with a salad.  Makes 6 servings.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 3 1/2 – 4 pounds skinless chicken (breast, thigh, drumstick)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted black olives
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Place chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker (3 1/2-5 quart).  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Cut pepperoni slices in half and add to the slow cooker along with the olives.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, tomato paste and Italian seasoning.  Add to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3 – 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and pepperoni and olives using a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving plate.  Sprinkle the chicken with cheese.  Cover with foil and let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe and image from diabeticliving.com

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Ham and Cheese Turnovers

Pre-made pizza dough saves you time tonight!  This kid-friendly, 4-ingredient meal serves 4.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package refrigerated pizza dough (crescent rolls would work, too)
  • 8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into thin rings

What you’ll do:

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roll the pizza dough out and cut into 8 triangles.
  • Stack a slice of ham, cheese and a few onion slices on the bottom of each triangle.  Roll the dough up around the filling.
  • Place the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until browned and crisp, about 20 minutes.

Recipe and image from Real Simple.

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Canadian Cheese Soup with Croutons

This soup hides the veggies from your kids but the cheese will make them want seconds.  Recipe serves 4.  Feel free to use store-bought croutons in a pinch.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 (1-ounce) slices pumpernickel bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans vegetable broth
  • 3 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until toasted.
  • While the croutons bake, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the vegetables, saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, gradually add 1 can of broth to the flour, whisking well.
  • Add the flour mixture to the saucepan.
  • Stir in the other can of broth; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium, and cook 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in the milk, salt, paprika and pepper; cook 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the cheese and stir until cheese has melted.
  • Serve with croutons on top.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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Turkey Philly Sandwiches

Tons of leftovers?  Use your leftover turkey to make these “cheesesteak” sandwiches.  Recipe makes 4 sandwiches.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound leftover turkey (freeze for about 20 minutes, then thinly slice)
  • 4 sandwich rolls
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pepper.
  • Divide the onion mixture and turkey among the bottom halves of the rolls.
  • Top each with a slice of cheese and the top halve of the roll.
  • Bake for 5 minutes on a baking sheet or until cheese has melted.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

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