Anyhow, I have been firing up the oven a lot these last few days, prepping for the marathon of sweets, savories and everything in between that is about to commence in T-minus 6 days....and I would LOVE to share with you two AMAZING recipes!
The first: Cheddar Chive Biscuits have been a staple in my house for at least 10 years. I found this recipe one night shortly after my husband and I got married and have used it in every Thanksgiving meal I have prepared. But, it's not just for Thanksgiving -- these biscuits come together quickly and can be made any day of the year!
3 cups Flour
1/4 cup Grated Parmesean Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Tbs Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup Chilled Unsalted Butter (cut into cubes)
1/4 cup Chopped Green Onions/Chives
1 cup Milk (at least 2%)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and black pepper.
Next add the butter -- using your hands squeeze the cubes of butter into the flour mixture until all of the butter has been broken up into the mixture. The idea is to not have any cubes of butter left -- it should all be blended into the flour after you squeeze and squeeze :).
Next, add the cheeses and green onions, stir to incorporate.
Gradually add milk, tossing the mix with a fork. *Remember, biscuit dough DOES NOT like to be handled! The fewer times you can toss/stir as the milk is being added, the better your biscuits will be. You want the dough to come together, but it does not need to be totally formed, like a bread or cookie dough -- crumbly is ok!*
After adding milk, flour a flat surface and dump the biscuit dough onto the surface. Gently press the dough out with your hands to form about a 1-2 inch thick dough....again, DON"T overwork the dough!
Next, using a floured biscuit cutter (or small glass, cup or bowl) cut out biscuits from the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet. Form scraps of dough into a new dough form and cut remaining biscuits.
Bake in oven for about 15 min until golden -- enjoy!
Adapted From: Keep It Sweet Desserts
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 X-Large Egg, room temperature
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Chocolate Chips (or chunks)
1 cup FRESH Cranberries, washed and dried
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Place butter and sugars in a large bowl. Mix on high speed with a hand or stand mixer until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla, mix well to incorporate.
Next add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to incorporate. Your dough will be thick, once it comes together in a ball stop mixing.
Now here's the tricky part: finally, you will want to add the chocolate chips and cranberries....but I am sure you will read this while looking at the dough and say to yourself 'uhhhh, there's no way....the dough is too thick.....' Well, that's what I thought too! But, put down the mixer and pull out those two hands and gently knead the chocolate chips and cranberries into the dough....yeah, when was the last time you kneaded cookie dough, right!? It will feel silly, but it works. Just use your hands to fold in the chips and berries so that they are fairly even throughout.
Next, using a scoop or a large spoon, place cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 17 minutes until golden -- enjoy!