Archive for January, 2012

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

I was looking for this recipe ALL OVER today and I am soooo glad I finally found it filed away in my email.  I must have sent it to someone.  I thought I better post it before I lose it again – it is one of my favorite. 


1 cup butter flavored shortening
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (11 ounce) package white chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup Craisins 


1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Cream the butter & add the sugars.
3. Beat in the vanilla extract& eggs.
4. Add dry ingredients, mix well.
5. Add in white chocolate chips, nuts, and craisins.
6. Combine mixture until well blended.
7.  Drop one heaping tablespoon of dough on ungreased baking sheet (or however large or small you want your cookies to be).
8. Bake for 10 minutes.

Ellen’s Ridiculous Cheesecake

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

It’s ridiculous because it is so dang GOOD!


5 bricks of cream cheese
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Optional: Cherry pie filling

1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick butter, melted


Mix butter and crumbs and press in to pan (springform works best).  Bake crust at 350 for 5 minutes.  Cool.

Mix all filling ingredients except cherries.   Pour half of the filling in pan over cooled, prepared crust.  Pour in cherries and filling (to taste).  Pour the other half of the filling on top and swirl with a fork.

Bake cheesecake in a 300 degree oven for 45-50 minutes.  Turn off oven and leave cheesecake to cool overnight.  Chill and serve.