February Bonus Post: Love You More Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s time for our February Bonus Post, and this month we are sharing a great treat you can make for the loves of your life.  Love You More Cookies combine the sweet taste of sugar cookies with a the chocolate flavor of Kerrygold Irish  Cream.

It’s a delicious combination that will make anyone you share these cookies with loving the cookies and wanting more!  Don’t take our word for it. Ask any of the 8 teenage boys who were at our house while Rhonda was baking and they will tell you how quickly the cookies disappeared.

To make these cookies we used an old handed down sugar cookie recipe.  This is the same recipe that we use during the holidays to make Christmas cookies.  To enhance the flavor of the cookies we added an ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream to the mix.  The added Kerrygold  gives the cookies a little extra flavor.  Now that we’ve tweaked our recipe, we are forever changed!

While prepping  our holiday gift baskets, we found this Color Flood Mix at Hobby Lobby.  Rhonda had always wanted to try to make royal icing, so she decided to try this mix.  The Color Flood Mix was very easy to use, and created a professional looking iced cookie. (Some friends thought that we had purchased professional cookies for our goodie basket… just sayin’.)  We used our color flood mix again for our Love You More Cookies enhanced with 1/2 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream. Yummo!

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Whether you share your love with our special cookies or in another way.  Enjoy Valentine’s Day and spread a little extra cheer in someone’s day.  If you receive roses from your love this week, don’t throw out those roses when they start to fade.  We have a great cocktail recipe you can make with those withered roses!  Stay tuned.

February series:  Roses Are Red…

Rosa Spritz

You Say Tomato… We Say Bloody Mary

The Love Triangle

  

Christmas Morning Bread

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One of the best things about Christmas is jumping out of bed early in the morning in anticipation of unwrapping presents under the tree.  Since our family usually has a big meal planned for Christmas, we don’t tend to eat a huge breakfast.  If you have guests staying with you, it’s nice to put your best foot forward at breakfast — especially on Christmas morning.  We are sharing an easy, tasty and fresh recipe with you that will delight all of the members of your family on that joyous holiday morning.  Your house guests will think that you went all out just for them.  You can smile graciously.  No need to tell them how easy this delectable breakfast was to make.

This recipe was a combination of a few recipes that we had found over the years.  One recipe was from Taste of Home December 2017 issue and the other was from Southern Living December 2009, and then we added in a little twist of our own. This great recipe can be prepped a day ahead and baked fresh in the morning or warmed in the oven.  To make Christmas Morning Bread you will need, sugar, cinnamon, frozen bread roll dough, Kerrygold butter, chopped pecans, brown sugar, Templeton Rye whiskey and semisweet baking chocolate bar.

First we started to thaw out our frozen rolls.  They were not completely thawed by the time we started to work with the dough, but we think it helped to have the dough slightly thawed.  You can make your bread from scratch like Grandma Ruth likes to do, but we opted for the frozen dough which was easier.

Next we combined the sugar and cinnamon.  We melted our Kerrygold butter in the microwave.  We sprinkled a few of our chopped pecans in the bottom of a sprayed bunt pan.  Next we made our whiskey caramel sauce.  We placed brown sugar, butter, and whiskey in a small saucepan; brought it to a boil;  cooked and stirred for 3 minutes. Then removed from heat to cool.

After about 5 minutes,  we poured about 1/3 of caramel in the bottom of the bundt pan with the pecans.  This gave the top of our bread a nice sweet glaze.

We prepped our area by having the rolls handy, along with the butter, sugar cinnamon mixture and bundt pan.  Next we took a roll.  Dipped it in the butter, and then rolled the top 1/2 of the roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.  We placed the roll in the bottom of the pan.  We continued until we had a fairly even layer of rolls on the bottom of the pan.  We drizzled caramel mixture and pecans over the first layer of rolls.  Then we continued layering the rolls and adding pecans and caramel drizzle over each layer until we had 3-4 layers. Our package of rolls was 3 lbs.  We thought, “What the heck.  The more the merrier, right?”  Wrong.  It was too much dough and our rolls overflowed in the oven.  Stop at about 2 pounds of dough. (wink)

Next we covered with plastic wrap and placed in a warm toasty spot in our kitchen to rise for about 45 minutes.  If you want to bake these Christmas morning, you can cover and chill them in the fridge.  We would suggest taking them out and letting them rise slightly before placing in the oven.

When you are ready to bake, place them in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.  Make sure to place a baking sheet covered in foil on the bottom oven rack. (Believe us, you do not want to skip this part.  We saved ourselves from cleaning up a huge mess by doing this!) Bake bread for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes, and then invert on a serving plate.

To make the chocolate whiskey glaze you will need to melt the chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl.  We melted ours in small bursts of 30 seconds, so we didn’t over cook.  When chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 cup of whiskey and stir until smooth.  Drizzle the chocolate whiskey glaze over the top of the bread.

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When we made our bread in our test kitchen, it did not last long.  Blind Piglets #2 and #3 and their friends finished it off pretty quickly.  We had a few left overs for the next day, and we think it tasted better on day 2.

Are you going to treat your family Christmas morning?  Do you need to impress your mother-in-law?  Whether you are staying in or headed out, Christmas Morning Bread will be sure to become one of your family’s holiday favs.  Let us know if you try it out.  We love hearing what you think!

   

Saucy Gift Ideas for the Holidays

We are so glad to see many of you sharing and commenting our latest posts: Golden Mint Crinkles and Yum Rum Balls.  ‘Tis the season to share and give, so keep on sharing.  This week we have another great idea for giving and sharing this season.  

If you are looking for an easy treat to share in a goody bag, with your child’s teacher, the mail man, or just a little something special to add to a gift, Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce is a great place to start.  

Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce is a great addition to a holiday gift basket.

This sauce is a great topping for a variety of treats and desserts.  Drizzle some over a sponge cake for a little extra pizzazz.  Serve over a bowl of fresh berries.  Use it for a yummy ice cream sundae.  Warm it up and place in a fondue pot with lots of fun fruit, brownies, marshmallows, or angel food cake dippers.  Drizzle some over a pile of pancakes or french toast on Christmas morning.  Get creative, and let us know how you used the sauce.

Getting organized took longer than actually making the sauce.  First decide how you want to package the sauce.  Rhonda went to Hobby Lobby and found a variety of cute little jars and bottles.  We have also seen bottles similar to this at World Market, or you can purchase small canning jars at the grocery store.  Make sure that the bottles are safe for food, and not just made for decoration.  Bring the bottles home and wash them thoroughly.  We put ours through the dishwasher on high heat to make sure they were well sanitized.  We (Rhonda) found some fun tags, bows and ribbons at Hobby Lobby to dress up the bottles and jars for a festive flair.

You can find a variety of jars and bottles at Hobby Lobby.  Make sure they have been thoroughly washed.

Next start the process of making the sauce.  You will need a package of unsweetened chocolate baking squares, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and Kerrygold Irish Cream. We have a variety of variations to this recipe that we will share with you below.

Place the chocolate and butter (We used Kerrygold butter, of course.) in a small saucepan over low heat stirring constantly.  Add the sugar and cook for an additional 30 seconds.  Add the milk stirring constantly and cook for an addition 3-5 minutes until the chocolate sauce is smooth and creamy.  You want to keep the heat on low and do not let the sauce boil.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt and Kerrygold Irish Cream.  Yes, it’s that quick and easy!

Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients:
1 -8 oz package of unsweetened chocolate baking squares
1/2 cup of Kerrygold butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt

Melt unsweetened chocolate baking squares and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Add 2 cups of sugar and continue to stir for about 30 seconds. Add milk to saucepan and continue to stir until sauce is smooth and creamy. Make sure sugar is dissolved, but do not allow the sauce to boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and Kerrygold. Cool before placing in container.

Can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. Reheat sauce in microwave prior to serving.

Makes approximately 3 cups.

The sauce is good for up to two weeks when stored in the refrigerator.  It is  best served warm, so you will want to include that information on your instruction tags to your friends.  We made sure to remind our friends to place the sauce in a different container before placing in the microwave.  

We love choices and variety, and there are several variations you may choose from for your sauce depending on your taste.  For a coffee flavor with your chocolate sauce, substitute the Kerrygold Irish Cream with Cafe Bourghetti Espresso Liqueur.  Want a little mint and chocolate?  Add Branca Menta in place of the Kerrygold.  Caution:  Branca Menta is strong, so we would only include half as much Branca Menta as Kerrygold.  Feeling a little frisky and want some whiskey?  Replace the Kerrygold with Templeton Rye Whiskey.  Zaya Rum and chocolate complement each other nicely, as well. So now you have choices to satisfy the range of the taste buds in your rainbow of friends and family.  

Try it out this week and let us know if you will be in the spirit of giving some Kerrygold Hot Fudge Sauce this season!  It’s time for our December Bonus post this week, so be on the lookout for our Merry Margarita!

Holiday Treats Worth Their Weight in Gold

Welcome back Blind Pig Friends.  How was your Thanksgiving? The big question is did you serve the Prosecco Peas?  We know some of you considered it, but did you follow through?  We had a great time eating turkey with family in the Show Me State!  We always enjoy visiting the Midwest to see family during the holidays.  We returned with a vehicle for Blind Pig #2.  You can see more about that on Instagram.  With our tummies full of turkey and Templeton Pecan Pie our sights now turn to the Christmas holiday season.  We have lots of great ideas and recipes lined up to share with you from now until NYE.

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To kick off the season, we have a special, golden, sweet, treat for you.  This cookie recipe has been in Rhonda’s stash for years and has long been a family favorite.  These cookies easily make their way into the friends and family goody basket each season, but this year they are new and improved.  When you put these goodies on Santa’s plate, they will not disappoint!

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What makes these cookies so special?  We slipped a little extra something in the dough by adding Kerrygold Irish Cream.  We’ve shared other recipes that featured Kerrygold  before, such as, our Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies.  We dressed these cookies in their finest glittery holiday attire to add a festive flair. Our harshest critiques, Blind Pig #2 and Blind Pig #3 got in on the action of helping with this post by taste testing the results.  Both piglets agreed that the Golden Mint Crinkles are better than the original recipe. (No Blind Piglets were harmed in the making of this post.)

To start you will need the following ingredients: flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, sugar, brown sugar, Kerrygold butter, vanilla, Kerrygold Irish Cream, eggs, package of Dove Dark Chocolate and Mint Swirl Chocolates, and gold sugar crystals. We found gold sugar crystals in the baking aisle at Kroger.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Blend well.

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In a large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs; beat well.  Add Kerrygold Irish Cream and mix through.  Add flour mixture slowly and mix well.

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Chill the dough for about an hour.  Do not skip this step.  It is very helpful to have well chilled dough for the next step.

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Chill the dough for at least an hour

After dough has chilled and you have thoroughly washed your hands, unwrap the chocolates and place nearby in a bowl.  In order to easily prepare the cookies, make sure chocolates, cookie sheets, golden sugar crystals poured into a saucer and a tablespoon are in close proximity.  Before forming cookies, spray your hands with cooking spray.  This enables you to form the dough around the chocolates while avoiding a clumpy, sticky mess.  (We have learned this the hard way after years of making this recipe.)  Scoop a spoonful of dough and place a chocolate inside the dough.  Using your fingers, form the dough around the chocolate.  Dip the dough in the sugar crystals and place on a cookie sheet.  Continue until 12 cookies have been placed on the sheet.  (We place our dough back in the fridge in between filling the trays.)

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Ready for the oven

Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.  You do not want the cookies to be  over baked.  It is better to pull them from the oven looking a little under baked. You want the cookies to have a slightly crinkled or cracked look.  Leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes after removing from the oven to continue the baking process.  Next remove cookies from sheet and place on parchment paper to continue to cool.

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Cookies will be slightly cracked

The yummy creaminess of the Kerrygold Irish Cream complements the chocolate cookie, and who can resist the melted minty goodness surprise on the inside?

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These treats will delight family and friends throughout the holiday season, and have them begging for the recipe.  Golden Mint Crinkles are a hit at cookie exchanges.  If you are a lucky recipient of a Blind Pig Holiday Goody Basket, you may be receiving some of these goldies.

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Try out the Golden Mint Crinkles.  We would love to hear what you think!

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We’d Like to Propose a Toast!

Hey friends, so how is your holiday shopping going?  We haven’t really started yet, although Rhonda finally got our Christmas cards in the mail.  We are moving down that holiday checklist, which brings us to talk about holiday traditions.  What traditions do you hold dear during the holidays? We told you last week about how we like to drive around and look at lights and then end the night with some yummy hot chocolate.  Craig’s family always woke up early on Christmas morning to unwrap presents. Rhonda’s family attended midnight mass, so Santa always magically came while we were at mass.  We found our presents under the tree after getting home around 1:30 am.  We would oohhh and aaahhh and then sleep in on Christmas morning.  Funny how that happened, right?

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This week we are sharing an easy, tasty and fresh recipe for you to serve for breakfast Christmas morning or if you have holiday guests staying at your house.  This recipe is tastes complicated and delicious.  Whether you are trying to impress houseguests or just want to make a special breakfast for your honey, it is sure to delight.  The best thing is that it is soooo easy! You will feel a little guilty when your loved ones keep bragging about the delicious breakfast they had.

Rhonda found this recipe on the kerrygold usa site.    We know.  We know.  Another Kerrygold recipe?  It is just so hard to resist, because Kerrygold Irish Cream goes well with so many things!

You make this recipe much like most French toast recipes. The big difference is a tablespoon of Kerrygold in the egg mixture that the bread is soaked in and a Kerrygold sauce that you drizzle over the top when serving.

To start you will preheat your skillet over medium heat and add butter.  Of course we added Kerrygold butter, because once we started using it for baking and cooking none of the other butters can compare.

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Do you have a cast iron skillet?  We love ours.  Rhonda requested it for Christmas a couple of years ago.  We know it is not very romantic, but it has been one of her favorite gifts ever.  Yes, ever!  It is so easy to use when cooking and it helps food cook very evenly.

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While melting the butter, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar and Kerrygold.  Dunk each bread slice into the mixture for about 5 seconds and then place in the skillet.  We used some French bread that we had on hand.  The thicker the slice the more decadent your French toast will taste and look.

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Cook each slice of bread for about 3-4 minutes and until golden brown on each side.

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You can make the sauce while the toast is cooking.  Whisk together Kerrygold, powdered sugar and cornstarch.  That’s it.

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Serve your toast with a pat of Kerrygold butter on the top and drizzle the sauce. So easy!  Right?  Now do you see why you will blush when friends and family are bragging on your delicious breakfast or brunch Christmas morning?  You will make it all look so easy.

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Kerrygold French Toast

  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold Unsalted Butter,  plus extra for serving
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 4 1″-thick slices french bread

Preheat large skillet over medium heat and add butter.  

Whisk together milk. eggs, sugar and Kerrygold.  Dunk each bread slice in mixture for about 5 second per side and place in skillet.  Cook each slice for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on each side.

Irish Cream Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Whisk together until smooth.

Serve with two slices of French toast topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with sauce.

We hope you will try our French toast recipe.  Perhaps it will be a new tradition for your Christmas morning like waking up in new PJ’s or unwrapping loads of presents at the crack of dawn.  We can’t wait to share more holiday ideas with you next week!

 

 

 

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

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This week we have a perfect treat for fall harvest parties or just watching October baseball on TV.  It is a delightful mix of sweet, salty and a twist of rye whiskey.  Our distinguished team of teenage boys taste testers gave this treat two thumbs up.  This truly is some of the best caramel corn that we’ve ever tried.  We knew that it was going to be tasty, but we were pleasantly surprised just how tasty it is.  We aren’t sure if it is the Kerrygold butter, the twist of rye whiskey, the roasted pecans or the sea salt.  Try it and you decide!

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We originally found this recipe on www.kerrygoldusa.com.   We tweaked a few of the ingredients a bit to fit our pantry and our tastes.  As usual, this recipe is easy to make.  You can have this whipped up for trick-or-treaters in no time.

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Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

  • 10 cups of unbuttered popped corn
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup of Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Pop popcorn.  We used 2 packages of microwave popcorn.  Place in a large bowl.  Sprinkle pecan halves over the top.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray and set aside.

In a 3 quart heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat.

Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt.  Stir until it starts to boil.

Boil for 4-5 minutes without stirring.  Make sure not to cook the caramel too long or it will burn.

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Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, whiskey and baking soda.  The mixture will bubble.  Stir until smooth, then quickly pour over pecans and popcorn.  Toss the popcorn and pecans to coat evenly, then spread half in an even layer in one prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the other.

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Bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until it has reached desired dryness.  Every 15 minutes, rotate pans and toss the popcorn a bit, breaking up any big pieces.

Remove from oven and cool.  Break pieces apart and serve.  Yumm-O!

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Did you try out the Booberry Martini we posted last week?  Will you serve Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn to your ghosts and goblins?

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