Ending on a Yummy note

Woo hoo it’s November 30!! I was surprised at how easy NaBloPoMo was in the first half of the month, it seemed like I had so much to write about! After that it was a streeeeetch, but I made it, with only one or two craptastic fill-in posts.

So what am I giving you on this last day of NaBloPoMo? Well, what I know best! Recipes!!!

Besides the awesome Apple Crisp that I made for Thanksgiving Dinner, on Wednesday night I made Cranberry Pecan Biscotti. This is a recipe that you can give as a gift in a jar, and I love making them for myself because they’re usually one bowl recipes. Less mess!!

Cranberry Biscotti

From Christmas-Cookies.com
– 3/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
– 3/4 cup pecans
– 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 2 teaspoon baking powder
– 2/3 cup sugar
– 1/3 cup butter
– 2 eggs

Beat 1/3 cup butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add 2 eggs and beat on medium until well combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in contents of jar just until combined. Divide into 2 loaves on cookie sheet, chilling if necessary to make dough easier to handle. Each loaf should be about 9 inches long and 2 inches wide. Bake at 375°F for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on sheet for 1 hour. Cut each loaf diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices using a serrated (bread) knife. Place slices on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325°F for 8 minutes, then turn over and bake for 8-10 minutes more or until dry and crisp. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

And for the party we went to on Saturday, I made Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Cheesecake Bars. At first glance the title of the recipe is slightly misleading, as the only chocolate and peanut butter in the cheesecake bars is in the chips that you put in it.

Out of the oven

Recipe from Very Best Baking.com
– 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
– 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
– 1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Swirled Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Morsels, divided
– 2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325° F. Combine crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl. Remove 1 cup mixture and reserve for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup morsels over crust.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, flour and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Pour over crust and morsels in pan. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping and remaining morsels.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.


Words cannot describe how amazing these are. I brought leftovers to Dave’s mom’s house tonight (the third time we had turkey this weekend), and his sister has demanded that I make these for Christmas dessert. I guess I’ll have to comply!


  1. Some days were better than others for me for NaBloPoMo. But then, some days I did nothing at all. But it’s over! LOL!

  2. Yay for Nablopomo! I failed miserably but will try again next time! Your recipe looks sooo tasty… I might have to try it!

  3. nicoleantoinette says

    Mmmm, I so wish that could be my midnight snack right now.

  4. A Margarita says

    Dude! You have to come cook in our apartment. Lil won’t mind.

  5. You just made me even more hungry than I already was…

  6. that last picture is.. amazing

  7. Oooh that Biscotti looks AMAZING and easy. Can I link to my food blog?

  8. These look SO GOOD! You need to send me some of your favorite cookie recipes – I want to try some new ones for the holiday this year!

  9. I just made myself a cup of tea. Could you please bring over some of those brownies to go with my Earl Grey?

  10. ooops, was focusing too much on the pictures and not the words…cheesecake bars…better then brownies!!!


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