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Perfect Sugar Cookies

2014 December 18

Perfect Sugar Cookies Perfect Sugar Cookies

Is there anything more lovely than a plate piled high with sugar cookies? Cream-white pillows with a chewy center and slightly crisp outside…this is the stuff that dreams are made of. Sugar plum fairy, Christmas cookie dreams! AND because it simply wouldn’t be the holidays without out a batch of perfect sugar cookies, I felt it was necessary to include them in this years cookie guide.

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Last year I hosted a Christmas Caroling party for a group of our friends and family and enticed them to come caroling with the promise of lots of cookies, hot apple cider and boozy Peppermint Bark hot chocolate! My plan totally worked. You can always count on cookies and boozy hot cocoa to get your friends out of the house on a cold winter’s night.

While the caroling itself was a hilariously terrible…most of our group (including me) couldn’t hold a tune, the refreshments were definitely a success. I made a variety of Christmas cookies to snack on and these sugar cookies were gone in a flash!

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So, what’s the trick to make these sugar cookies perfect? Room temperature butter and shortening! While most cookie recipes call for room temperature butter, I have to admit, sometimes I fudge it a bit. I am definitely guilty of using cold butter and whipping it up for a few extra minutes in order to speed along the cookie making process. (Am I the only one?) These sugar cookies however, NEED room temperature butter to achieve that perfect fluffy dough and chewy quality.

Now, go set out your butter and shortening, make a batch of boozy hot cocoa, and get ready to be filled with Christmas spirit! You might just have the urge to go caroling.

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photos by Leah Bergman

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Yields 48
The perfect sugar cookie!
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
47 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
47 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp cream of tartar
  6. 1/8 tsp salt
  7. 3 egg yolks
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. (do not overmix)
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are set but not brown. It's ok if the middle still looks soft. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.
Notes
  1. These cookies are best served same day but if you need to store them...
  2. To Store: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Frosted Gingerbread Martini

2014 December 12

Frosted Gingerbread Martini Frosted Gingerbread Martini

Happy Friday! This weekend is my sister’s wedding and all week long it’s been last minute wedding details, family flying into town, and the general excitement leading up to the big day. It really feels like the holidays with family around and so many reasons to celebrate! I haven’t had much time to whip up cocktails this week but I do have a little something sweet up my sleeve. I made this Frosted Gingerbread Martini recipe last Christmas for Glitter Guide and to this day it’s just as delicious when served during the holidays.

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Rimmed with vanilla frosting, sprinkles, and tiny gingerbread man for garnish, this cocktail is definitely dessert! But don’t be fooled by that sweet icing smile…this cocktail really packs a holiday punch. Cheers to a fun and festive weekend!

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Photos by Joanne Pio

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Frosted Gingerbread Martini
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Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ parts Vodka
  2. 1 part Gingerbread Liqueur
  3. ½ part White Crème de Cocoa
  4. ½ part Cream
Garnish
  1. white nonpareils
  2. vanilla frosting
  3. mini-gingerbread cookies, optional
Instructions
  1. Dip martini glass in frosting to coat the rim and then dip in nonpareils. Set glass aside
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, gingerbread liqueur, white crème d cocoa and cream. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  3. Pour into prepared glass and serve.
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How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments

2014 December 11

How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments 1 How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments

My favorite thing to do during the Holidays is decorate my tree. I am always on the look out for simple and beautiful ornaments. A fun way to fix this is actually making the ornaments! This simple DIY is a fun way to make your Christmas a little more festive! Follow below to make your own!

Simple Paper Ornaments How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments

What you will need:
3 sheets of 12” x 12” paper
1 hole puncher
1 12” ruler
pack of gold brads
Fishing wire or ribbon

How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments Steps How to Make Simple Paper Ornaments

1. Cut your sheet of paper to 1” strips
2. Measure out 1 4” strip, 2 6” strips and 2 8” strips.
3. Line up the strips as 8”, 6”, 4”, 6”, 8”.  Make a hole in the middle of the end of the paper. Do again to the other side. (Make sure the smallest paper is included)
4. Fasten your brad through the first hole you made. Squish the paper so all of the holes on the other end line up, then fasten the second brad. Note: An easier way of doing this if you do not have brads is to staple the paper instead.
5. Cut your fishing wire (or ribbon) to 6”. Tie a loop knot through the middle of the ornament. Done!

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DIY by Melanie Abrantes / Photographs by Dan Nakamura

These modern paper ornaments are so beautiful and simple. It is a great DIY for every age! You can make several or a few to add to your tree! Have fun experimenting with different sizes as well. Enjoy!

 

Almond Biscuit Cookies

2014 December 10

Almond Biscuit Cookies Almond Biscuit Cookies

Christmas cookie recipes are one thing you can never, ever have enough of. You have your family staple (Spritz for my clan), you personal fave, the fancy newbie you found in a magazine this year…so let’s add another!

5 Ingredient Almond Cookies Almond Biscuit Cookies

I’ve been obsessing over super-simple Italian almond cookies. You know the kind: Chewy, barely any ingredients, sweet but slightly salty. Honestly, there’s nothing better! I already planned on adding these almond cookies to my Christmas spread this year but then I realized there’s an EXTRA bonus that might be interesting to some of you—they’re gluten free, too!

Now here’s the thing, if you aren’t gluten-free these are just the chewiest more amazing cookies ever. If you ARE gluten-free, these are pure magic. None of that dusty weirdness. No funky taste. They’re just delicious.

Almond Cookies Steps Almond Biscuit Cookies

The star ingredient: Almonds, duh! You can easily transform blanched slivered almonds into homemade almond meal. Don’t bother buying almond meal at a store, it’s insanely expensive. All you need is a coffee grinder or spice grinder to create a fine, soft flour-like powder. You’ll have to grind the almonds in batches but it’s worth it for getting that delicate texture. You could use a food processor but your meal will be a lot more coarse. The recipe will still work but I definitely prefer the texture of coffee-grinder-ground almonds.

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photos by Erin Phraner

One last thing—toppings! For a rustic, homespun look you can top these cookies with move slivered almonds (or sliced almonds). Personally I prefer sprinkles, so I used those instead. They add color and happiness and awesomeness…need I explain? Happy holidays and happy baking! xo

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Yields 24
Chewy Italian almond Christmas cookies that happen to be gluten-free!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups blanched slivered almonds, plus more for topping (or you can use sprinkles!)
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 4 egg whites
  4. 2 teaspoons almond extract
  5. 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  6. PANTRY STAPLE: Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. 2. In batches, pulse the almonds in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder, until very finely ground. (You can use a food processor if needed, it just won’t make the almond meal as fine as a spice or coffee grinder and your cookies will be a bit more piece-y.)
  3. Transfer the almond meal to a large bowl. Whisk in the sugar until combined. In another small bowl, whisk 3 egg whites until frothy; add to the almond mixture along with the almond extract and jam. Stir together using a spatula until totally combined.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake until just golden around the edges, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 egg white in a small dish until frothy. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. One cookie at a time, lightly brush with a very thin layer of egg white and top with more nuts or sprinkles. Return to the oven for 1 to 2 more minutes.
  6. Let the cookies cool 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then use an offset spatula to transfer to wire racks to cool completely. The bottom of the cookies are sticky, so hold the spatula flat and slowly shimmy underneath to release.
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Peppermint White Chocolate Krispies

2014 December 9

Peppermint White Chocolate Krispies Peppermint White Chocolate Krispies

If you are a Rice Krispies Treat purest, I suggest you avert your eyes. If you are like me and will take a chewy, buttery and gooey krispie just about any way you can get it, then by all means read on!

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Some days I stand in the kitchen with my cabinets open, staring at my overflowing shelf of baking goods, nuts and candy, sprinkles and chocolate chips just waiting for inspiration (or a sweet craving) to strike! Tell me I’m not alone in this. Recently, a full jar of white chocolate chips and a box of mini candy canes seemed to jump right off the shelf yelling krispies! Peppermint White Chocolate Krispies to be exact.

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White chocolate and peppermint are such a classic holiday flavor combination so why shouldn’t they be perfection paired together in chewy rice krispies treats? Plus, this time of year I am all for working candy canes into as many recipes as possible! And like any good krispies recipe, these are a piece of cake to make. The only trick, melt your white chocolate and marshmallows on low heat to keep the white chocolate smooth and mixable. Sure, it means you need a wee bit of patience but I promise, it will be worth the wait!

Are you a Rice Krispies purest or do you like to experiment with flavors and mix-ins? What’s your favorite?

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photos by Leah Bergman

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Serves 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  3. 1-10 oz bag Miniature Marshmallows
  4. 1/3 cup crushed mini candy canes, plus more for garnish
  5. 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside.
  2. Place mini candy canes in a large ziplock bag and seal tightly. Crush with a rolling pin and set aside. (Crushed candies should measure 1/3 cup)
  3. In a large pot melt butter over low heat. Add in marshmallows and stir until just starting to melt. Add in white chocolate chips and stir regularly until mixture is completely smooth and melted together.
  4. Remove from heat and immediately fold in krispies and crushed candy cane.
  5. Press into greased pan and sprinkle with more crushed candy cane pressing into the krispies. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
Notes
  1. *You could also use peppermint candies or full sized candy canes however minis are easier to crush!
  2. *Keep heat on low during cooking to avoid white chocolate seizing up.
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Vintage Christmas Ornaments

2014 December 8

Vintage Christmas Ornaments Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Growing up our Christmas tree was a colorful mix of ornaments including family ornaments, our childhood favorites, and even a few very old (and very delicate) mercury glass ornaments from when my Mom was little. I always loved the look of those vintage mercury glass ornaments, even with their peeling paint and missing glitter they evoked another time and a feeling of nostalgia. Each year it felt special hanging them delicately on the perfect branch!

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This year, I bought some great vintage mercury glass Christmas ornaments on Etsy (from here and here) to add to my own tree. They arrived in beautiful condition and I couldn’t be happier at the way they look mixed with my modern balls and ornaments. The mix of old and new gives such character to a Christmas tree, don’t you think?

While I was searching for ornaments, I bookmarked a whole bunch of great finds along the way. It’s amazing what treasures you can discover if you do a little digging. Here are a few ornaments I found and loved and that are still up for grabs. Happy decorating!

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Oodles & Oodles: Box of 12 Vintage glass indent ornaments, made in Poland.

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Relics and Rhinestones: Icicle Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments.

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Blue Moon Collectibles: Set of 12 Vintage Mercury Glass Ornaments

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Northern Scout Vintage: Magenta and Red Large Glass Balls, Indent Drops, and Bells.

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Retro Kombinat: 1950’s Colorful Flocked Pinecone Ornaments

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Oodles & Oodles: Collection of 19 vintage glass Christmas ornaments, shades of pink, including indents and hand painted designs.

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Retro Kombinat: Large Silver Flocked Pinecone Ornaments

 

Santa-Size Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

2014 December 4

Frosted Gingerbread Cookies Santa Size Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

I have a Christmas confession to make. Last weekend I was very naughty and ate three, yes three, of these Santa-Size Frosted Gingerbread Cookies and completely ruined my dinner. One hadn’t even been frosted yet! Three cookies doesn’t sound like a lot to you eh? Well when the cookies are basically the size of a baby’s face, it’s pretty bad. I sure hope Santa wasn’t watching!

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Just one bite and you will see why this is my naughty-little-secret. My newest favorite cookie. My ultimate weakness! It’s spicy and sweet with plenty of good old fashioned gingerbread flavor while remaining super moist and chewy. Creamy vanilla icing finishes off these cookies like the perfect frosting on a cake. The balance of creamy sweetness mixed with spicy-chew. Oh, how I adore this cookie!

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After the gingerbread cookies have completely cooled (if you can wait that long), frost with a big dollop of icing or drizzle it on and allow to dry completely. Don’t worry, no one will notice if you sneak one for taste testing, just don’t eat three…trust me on this one! In fact, you may want to make a double batch as these cookies don’t last long despite their enormous size.

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Whether left out for Santa with a big glass of milk, boxed up and given as gifts, or devoured in the privacy of your own kitchen, all will delight in these perfect Christmas cookies! Just don’t say I didn’t warn you about their naughty powers.

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Yields 9
Chewy & frosted gingerbread cookie perfect for leaving out for Santa!
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  7. Dash ground cloves
  8. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  9. 1 cup packed brown sugar
  10. 1/2 cup mild-flavor molasses
  11. 1 egg
  12. Powdered Sugar Icing (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and molasses. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg until combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1/3-cup portions of dough into balls. Place four or five balls 4 inches apart on each cookie sheet. Flatten balls slightly.
  4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges of cookies are set. Do not overbake. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Spread cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing. Let stand until icing is set.
  5. Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tsp milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 tsp at a time to reach a thick but spreadable consistency.
Notes
  1. This makes 9 extra large sized cookies! You could always make smaller cookies if desired however the baking time may need to be reduced slightly.
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Cookie Gift Guide 2014

2014 December 3

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s holiday cookie baking time! One of my very favorite family traditions is the making of Christmas cookies. I come from a long line of Christmas cookie baking ladies on all three sides of my family. That’s right, I have three sides of my family tree. My Grandma Elaine (Dad’s side), My Grandma Shapop as I call her (Mom’s), and my Grandma Charlotte (Step Mom’s side) all are and were fabulous bakers. From traditional Christmas Fruitcake Cookies, to Sugar Cookies, and Nutty Filbert Cresents, my Grandmothers sure know a thing or two about cookies. continued…

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photo & graphics by Leah Bergman

So, this time of year, I feel it’s only right and traditional that I carry on the cookie baking legacy. I love handing out tins of homemade Christmas cookies to family and friends. It’s such a nice way to spread a little bit of holiday magic!

A couple of years back, I shared my first Cookie Gift Guide here on Freutcake and this year I’m starting that guide back up again with 4 weeks of holiday cookie recipes! Each week (starting tomorrow)  I’ll share a Christmas cookie recipe from my own recipe collection, perfect for gift giving, or leaving out for Santa. I promise, you won’t want to miss even one recipe! So, do you bake cookies each year for Christmas? What are your favorite family cookies?

GET SOCIAL: If you make any of the cookies from this year’s cookie guide, or holiday cookies of your own, make sure to share a picture on Instagram @freutcake #FreutcakeCookieGuide and it might be featured on my account!

Festive Birch Log Candle Pillars

2014 December 2

Meet Melanie Abrantes, my friend and the very talented owner of Melanie Abrantes Designs. You absolutely must check out her shop for beautiful handmade gift ideas from hand-turned cherry wood cake stands, to cork bud vases and more! Melanie will be guest posting all December long, sharing holiday DIY projects perfect for gifting or decorating your home. Lucky us! Take it away Melanie…

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I am always trying to find a new and simple way to dress up my table for the Holidays. I know that everyone is looking for that extra special something to have your party and dinner stand out. A simple way of doing that is having a candle centerpiece. Having an intimate and loving dinner with friends and family during the holidays, will make your dinner party one to remember. I wanted mine to feel very holiday oriented and thought that the birch trees would make the perfect candle pedestals and the silver leaf foil would bring it up a notch! Follow along and see how I made them…

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What you will need:
3 Birch Logs
Packet of Silver Foil
Silver Foil Adhesive
Silver Foil Sealant
3 3” Pillar Candles
1 Sponge Brush
1 Bristle Brush

Birch Log Pillar Candle Holders Steps Festive Birch Log Candle Pillars

1. Dust off any dust or residue on your birch logs
2. Tape the top of the birch log if you want clean edges.  Shake the adhesive can and spray an even amount on to the top of the birch log.
3. Wait around 40-60 mins to dry.
4. With dry hands, gently remove the foil from the package. Lay on top of the bark where you added the adhesive and smooth over with your fingers. Gently finish with a bristle brush, and remove any lingering pieces with brush.
5. Spray on the sealant and wait about 2 hours to dry. Wash brush immediately with warm water.
6. Top birch logs with pillar candles and light them!

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photos by Adrian Clutario

I was so happy with how this festive centerpiece turned out.  I used marble circle cuts outs to ground the logs and added fir branches for an extra touch of holiday charm! Let me know where you guys used your candle centerpieces in the comments below! 

Baked Camembert Bread Wreath

2014 December 1

Cheese is a beautiful thing, wouldn’t you agree? Nothing, and I mean nothing, in the world is more delicious than freshly baked bread to accompany it, especially when said cheese is melted, bubbly and topped with fresh herbs. (Gasp!) Ok, so it’s fair to say that I am head over heals in love with this Baked Camembert Bread Wreath.

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When Président Cheese asked me to share one of my favorite holiday entertaining recipes using their cheese, I knew I had to share this show-stopping bread wreath. It’s a great recipe to have in your holiday repertoire and no-one with know how easy it is to make thanks to pre-made frozen Parker Rolls. Just let them rise, brush with butter and bake along with a round of Camembert cheese right in the center. You will have a delicious crowd-pleasing appetizer that works double duty as an eye-catching centerpiece for your holiday table in no time.

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 Here’s how you make the wreath, and of course the directions and recipe will follow:

How to Make a Baked Camembert Bread Wreath Baked Camembert Bread Wreath

Guests can pull off steaming hot pieces of bread to dip into the gooey-herbed Camembert center. And while a wheel of melted Président Brie would also do the trick, I prefer the stronger earthier flavor of Président Camembert, which pairs nicely with the rosemary. Dressed up with sprigs of more fresh rosemary and dotted with pomegranate seeds or cranberries, this is one festive appetizer! I dare you to find a more fabulous holiday appetizer recipe. I promise, this is the only one you will need.

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photos by Leah Bergman

Also, if you’d like to enter to win $50 worth of Président cheese (who wouldn’t?), visit ArtOfCheese.com, where you can download a coupon and enter the Pinterest sweepstakes, plus find more holiday recipes including my recipe for Brie & Berry Strata perfect for serving guests on Christmas morning. It ain’t easy being cheesy…but it sure is delicious!

 

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Baked Camembert Bread Wreath
Wreath Recipe Card Baked Camembert Bread Wreath
Serves 10
A festive pull-apart bread wreath with gooey herbed Président Camembert cheese center!
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Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
3 hr 45 min
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
3 hr 45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-Président 8-oz. Camembert
  2. 1-25oz bag Parkerhouse Style Frozen Rolls Dough
  3. ¼ cup butter, melted
  4. 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
  5. ¼ cup pomegranate seeds for garnish
  6. Flaked Maldon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare a large baking sheet by covered it in parchment paper.
  2. Using the Président 8-oz. Camembert as a guide in the center, arrange frozen dough rolls in two circles around the cheese leaving a 1/2” space between rolls and between circles. Note: As the dough begins to rise it will expand and form one solid wreath.
  3. Remove cheese and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Brush frozen rolls with melted butter and allow to thaw 1 hour in a warm draft free area of your kitchen and then an additional 2 hours to rise or until doubled in size. Note: this will depend on the temperature of your kitchen.
  5. Once dough has doubled in size and formed a “wreath” bake at 325 degrees for 7 minutes to par-bake.
  6. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the top layer of rind from the Camembert wheel. This will allow for easy dipping!
  7. Remove par-baked rolls from the oven and fit Camembert wheel in the center. Continue to bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until rolls are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  8. Using the parchment paper slide wreath off of baking sheet and onto a serving platter or board. At this time you can cut away excess parchment for a cleaner presentation.
  9. Brush rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with flaked Maldon sea salt. Sprinkle Camembert with minced rosemary.
  10. Garnish wreath by inserting small 1” long pieces of fresh rosemary and clusters of pomegranate seeds between rolls. Serve immediately.
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