Countdown to Christmas Dec. 9, 2016

Hi guys! Enjoying the countdown so far? Today’s recipe comes from Country Living. It’s super delicious and the best part is that it can be a delicious gift around the holidays πŸŽ„πŸŽ„. Enjoy !!

P.S. (I totally forgot to post this recipe yesterday 😬😬. Today I’ll be posting two Christmas recipes. Oops!)

P.P.S. (There’s a blog party going on!! You should check it out. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers and get more followers. Here’s a link to Steph J’s blog party. It’s only on until the end of today so go, go, go!Β https://scaleitsimple.com/2016/12/10/now-live-festive-feelings-blog-party/

 

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Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans

TOTAL TIME:

1:00PREP:

0:20LEVEL:

ModerateYIELD:

16 (4 gifts of 4 cheesecakes)

 

Ingredients

1 c. finely crushed shortbread cookies
β…“ c. finely chopped pecans
Β½ c. coarsely chopped pecans
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
13 tsp. fine salt
Β½ tsp. fine salt
1 tbsp. butter
2 package cream cheese
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. flour
2 large eggs
1Β½ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Meanwhile, line 16 standard muffin-tin cups with paper liners.

($3.50 for 60; layercakeshop.com) and set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, finely chopped pecans, brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in melted butter until mixture resembles wet sand. Evenly divide among prepared muffin cups and press down to form a solid bottom layer. Bake until set, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until blended. Beat in flour and remaining salt. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Divide filling equally among the muffin cups. Bake until set, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool completely, then refrigerate cheesecakes for at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

Meanwhile, oil a piece of parchment and set aside. In a small skillet over medium heat, stir coarsely chopped pecans and remaining sugar together until sugar melts and is bubbling, and nuts are coated. Transfer to prepared parchment; separate any nuts that are stuck together and let cool. Right before gifting, remove cheesecakes from refrigerator and top each with about 1 1/2 teaspoons candied pecans, to garnish.

Tips & Techniques

To Package: Place 4 cheesecakes in a 6 5/8-inch-diameter, 1 13⁄16-inch-high tin; place crumpled parchment between cheesecakes. Tie top of tin with tartan ribbon as shown before closing tin. Gift immediately.

Tin, $3.39; e-cookietins.com. For similar ribbon, $14.97 for 5 1/2 yards; 1 inch wide; tartan-ribbon.com.

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