It’s the jolliest time of year! How many of you are deep into the season of Christmas parties? Maybe one per week? More? I have two recipes that I love to bring to Christmas parties with me. One is if I planned ahead, spent the time making something wonderful, and wanted a wow factor. The other is my “Oh my goodness, how is that today???” dish. We’ve all had those moments right? You get caught up in work, family, shopping, Netflix, etc….life. Then all of a sudden you realize that you are supposed to head to someone’s house or have people over, like that day. It’s not just me right?
Make Ahead Dish
One of my favorite recipes are these Cheesecake Buttercakes. They are a yummy cheesecake on top with a nice chewy butter cake crust. I make them throughout the year, but they are extra cute with a dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry on top for a Santa Hat. Go the extra mile and whip your your whipped cream from scratch!
How To Make the North Pole:
- Place a dollop of whipped cream in the center of each Cheesecake Buttercake.
- Gently place a halved strawberry in the center.
- Top strawberry with a dot of whipped cream.
- Break off the crook of a mini candy cane & gently slide it in next to the Santa hat.
- Use a tiny drop of icing or whipped cream to “glue” a notecard that says North Pole to the candy cane. (I printed these out on paper. If you are super talented, you can make them out of white chocolate.)
- Notes: Whipped cream does not hold it’s shape long so do these right before you serve them or at least keep them refridgerated. You can also do them with piped icing instead of the whipped cream, but in my opinion it was too over powering with sweetness. I prefer to use whipped cream so that you really get the taste of the Cheesecake Buttercake.
Last Minute Appetizer
Sometimes life doesn’t go as smoothly as we’d like. Sometimes I don’t have time to make an amazing creation. Sometimes you have to pull something together at the last minute. You can do this even if you don’t have a chance to stop by your house. Traffic does not always make that a possibility. Due to this, I think it’s totally magical that grocery stores now have a legit cookware section. Pots, ramekins, platters, whisks, you can usually find at least something to make it work. I have definitely stopped in to a grocery store, picked up cream cheese, pepper jelly, crackers, and a plate, fixed this up in the car, then breezed in like I am totally put together and prepared. Life’s not perfect. Having these sort of “go to” ideas in your back pocket can really make your life easier.