Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sausage Balls

1/2 cup finely chopped
4 cups shredded sharp
cheddar cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped
1 1/2 cups
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
2 lbs Jimmy Dean

  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Form into 1 inch balls.
  • Bake at 375 degree for 15 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. May also be baked individually in a mini-muffin pan.

These may be frozen for later use. Freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then place in freezer bags. They may be put into the oven frozen, but the cooking time will be longer.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Brownie Batter:

3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Cheesecake Batter:

6 oz cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each ground ginger and ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8x8" square metal baking pan.

For the Brownies:

Beat together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla, then beat in eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients and then gradually stir into butter mixture by hand.

For the Cheesecake:

In a separate bowl, beat together all ingredients.

To assemble:

Spread about 2/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan. Spread the pumpkin batter over it, distributing evenly. Drop the remaining brownie batter over cheesecake batter. To make the swirls, run a butter knife back and forth through the pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely and chill before cutting and serving.