Holiday Dessert Cheese Balls with Assorted Shortbread Cookies and Sugared Pastry Twists


Holiday Dessert Cheese Balls with Assorted Shortbread Cookies and Sugared Pastry Twists

Holiday Dessert Cheese Balls with Assorted Shortbread Cookies and Sugared Pastry Twists

White Peppermint Candy Dessert Cheese Ball

1 8oz container whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract

6-7 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
1 tbsp butter melted

2 tbsp crushed peppermint candies

In a small bowl or ramekin lightly spray with cooking spray. Press into the ramekin plastic wrap, making as smooth as possible, leaving overhang of plastic wrap.

In a small together mix together cookie crumbs and butter together until well blended. Set aside

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese with powdered sugar, add extract and beat on high. Pour into prepared container, top with cookie mixture, pressing lightly. Cover with plastic overage and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
To serve, unwrap plastic. Pull up gently on plastic to release. Invert on to serving plate. Gently remove plastic and smooth surface with a lightly damp knife if necessary. Top with crushed candy cane and serve with assorted shortbread cookies, chocolate wafer cookies and pastry twists.

Serves 12

Egg Nog Dessert Cheese Ball

1 8oz container whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp rum extract
Pinch of nutmeg

6-7 shortbread cookies, crushed
1 tbsp butter melted

In a small bowl or ramekin lightly spray with cooking spray. Press into the ramekin plastic wrap, making as smooth as possible, leaving overhang of plastic wrap.

In a small together mix together cookie crumbs and butter together until well blended. Set aside

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese with powdered sugar, add extract and beat on high. Pour into prepared container, top with cookie mixture. Cover with plastic overage and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
To serve, unwrap plastic. Pull up gently on plastic to release. Invert on to serving plate. Gently remove plastic and smooth surface with a lightly damp knife if necessary. Serve with assorted shortbread cookies, and pastry twists.
Garnish with frosted cranberries and mint if desired.

Serves 12

Cookie Butter Dessert Cheese Ball

1 8oz container whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp cookie butter, biscoff cookie spread, smooth or crunchy

6-7 speculous cookies or ginger snaps, crushed
1 tbsp butter melted

In a small bowl or ramekin lightly spray with cooking spray. Press into the ramekin plastic wrap, making as smooth as possible, leaving overhang of plastic wrap.

In a small together mix together cookie crumbs and butter together until well blended. Set aside

In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese with powdered sugar, add cookie butter, and beat on high. Pour into prepared container, top with cookie mixture. Cover with plastic overage and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
To serve, unwrap plastic. Pull up gently on plastic to release. Invert on to serving plate. Gently remove plastic and smooth surface with a lightly damp knife if necessary. Garnish with frosted cranberries and mint if desired. Serve with assorted shortbread cookies, and pastry twists.

Serves 12

Sugared Pastry Twists

1 sheet puff pastry , thawed
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar

1 egg
1 tbsp water
Crystal sugar for topping

Heat oven to 400 degrees

In a small bowl, whisk together egg and water. Set aside

On a lightly floured board, smooth pastry to a rectangle, with a rolling pin. Evenly spread butter over the top, sprinkle with sugar. Cut in half, place one half over the top of the other, butter sides together. Cut into 1/2 inch strips. Twist and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with crystal sugar.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 2 dozen

Recipes by Amy Richardson

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