Monday, December 20, 2010

Be Jolly By Golly! Blogfest

Hi all, I'm joining in on the Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest, hosted by Jen and Melissa.  And I'm getting it in under the wire.  I was working/interviewing, getting physical therapy for my arm, fighting off snow and taking the family out to eat.  So it's a busy season.

Obligatory festive decorations.  My camera is dying and I don't get very good pictures (or maybe that's just my excuse for a really crappy camera eye).

I've posted about my springerle before, so I thought I would try a different twist and post a different cookie (well, candy) recipe.  This was my favorite treat at my grandmother's house.  She was the kind of person who made 6 dozen each of twenty different kinds of cookies and fudge (I am not kidding), but this was the standout for me.  No matter what else I ate, I had to eat one of these.  Maybe it was the total of two sticks plus two tablespoons of butter in it.

Napoleon Creams

1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. flaked coconut
1/2 c. chopped nut meats

Combine first four ingredients in a double boiler.  Heat over simmering water until butter melts. (you must do this, it will not work otherwise)  Add egg, cooking until mixture thickens (add in a thin stream to stop the egg from curdling), about 3 minutes.  Blend in crumbs, coconut, and nuts.  Press into a buttered 9 x 13 in pan.  Chill.

1/2 c. butter, softened
3 Tbsp. milk
1 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. vanilla instant pudding
2 c. powdered sugar

Cream butter with pudding mix, milk, and powdered sugar until creamy and fluffy.  Spread evenly over bottom layer.  Chill.

1 6oz. pkg. of chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. butter

Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl (follow the melting directions on the package for melting the chocolate chips in the microwave, this worked well for me).  Spread over vanilla layer.  Chill and cut.

Now for the beverage, which doesn't necessarily go with the cookie, but that's just fine and dandy.  One of my good friends is Irish and she introduced us to hot whiskeys, which are excellent on cold nights.  This is the best warm alcoholic drink I've had.  I also like spiced wine, but this takes the cake on a cold night.  Sorry we don't have a lovely picture.  We usually drink them up fairly quickly.

Hot Whiskey

Whiskey (preferably Jameson)
Boiling water
Scant teaspoon of sugar (white works best, or a sugar cube is good)
Lemon, sliced
Whole cloves

Pour a bit of whiskey in the bottom of a heat proof glass (Irish coffee glass is a good one for this, though we also just use wine glasses).  Pour according to taste, I can't tell you exactly how much, I do it by sight and feel.  Add the sugar at the bottom and stir a bit to mix it up some.  Cut the lemon slices in half and stud each section in the slice with a whole clove.  Drop it in the bottom of the glass.  Pour the hot water over all, filling about half to two-thirds of the way up the glass.  Stir with a spoon.  Let cool a bit and enjoy!

Be Jolly By Golly, and check out the rest of the participants here and feel full of holiday cheer!


Carol Riggs said...

Haha, love your comment instructions. LOL Also, that Napoleon Creams recipe sounds soooo scrumptious! Yummers. Thanks for sharing your decorations, too! I like the way the lights are reflected in the shiny (table?) surface in the stockings photo. Merry Christmas!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Your pictures make me feel as if I'm a welcomed Christmas guest. You have lovely decorations. The cookies sound great.

I wish you a speedy recovery with your arm -- and may all your Christmas dreams come true, Roland

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Oh, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog commenting and following. An agent rejected me today, and your arrival helped ease the sting. Roland

tulpen said...

Hot Whiskey sounds AWESOME. Just may have to put Jameson on my liquor store list....

Stephanie Thornton said...

Ohh... That sounds totally awesome, but then anything with that much butter has to be amazing!

And I'm totally intrigued- another Roosevelt & Egypt loving person? I didn't know there was anyone else like me out there!

Merry Christmas!

RaShelle said...

Yummy! Those napolean cremes sound delicious.
Take care and have a Merry Christmas.

Jennie Bailey said...

That DOES look amazing! I'm going to try my hand at Napoleon Creams. Yummy! Have a Merry Christmas!!

Aliceson said...

Hey, we have that same NOEL sticking holder! Except when my brother comes over, he rearranges it to LEON. Silly guy!

Ooh, the hot whiskey sounds great! I might have to make those at the end of the night on X-mas Eve for our guests.

Mary Vaughn said...

I didn't see anything wrong with your pictures. What's that say about me? Lol

Loved the post. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Pretty tree. Merry Christmas!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Love your tree. I really want a fireplace. Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Love your tree, and those cookies sound so good!

alexia said...

Love your pics! Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Those candies look awesome! I really want to eat them!

I love how big the lights on your tree are! They are awesome.

Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

Merry Christmas!

gideon 86 said...

You have such a cozy home and your decorations are so nice.

The Napoleon Creams sound and look yummy.

Happy Christmas to you and your family.


Tara said...

Great tree, and great photos.

Happy Holidays.