Thursday, December 13, 2007

Foodie Love

We had our annual MOPS recipe exchange tonight. I just have to share this little delight that one of the girls brought:

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

1 lb bacon

2 (80z) cans water chestnuts

1/3 c packed brown sugar

1/3 c mayonnaise (Miracle Whip works best)

1/3 c chili sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cut each strip of bacon in half. Wrap one strip around one water chestnut. Secure with a wooden toothpick. Place in shallow baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes.
While the wraps are baking, in a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, mayonnaise, and chili sauce to make barbecue sauce. After the wraps have finished baking, transfer them (removing them from the grease) to a second shallow baking dish. Pour the sauce over the wraps.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 15 additional minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve hot out of dish with toothpicks.

Oh my...sooo yummy. The same idea as this:

These are Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos that I found on the blog, The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

And this is the decadent thing I brought to share:

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

1 package (18 oz) refrigerated ready-to-bake sugar cookie dough

1 package (10 oz) cinnamon-flavored baking chips

3 packages (8 0z each) cream cheese, softened

3/4 c sugar

1 t. vanilla extract

1 c solid pack pumpkin

1 t pumpkin pie spice

3 eggs

Arrange 15 of the cookie dough pieces in greased 9x13-inch baking pan; pat out to cover bottom of pan. (Reserve remaining dough for another use.) Sprinkle chips over dough. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned. In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add pumpkin and spice; beat at low speed until blended. Beat in eggs. Pour batter over cruse. Bake for 30-35 minutes until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack to room temp. Chill for several hours before cutting into squares to serve.

(I sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the top to make them look pretty.)

Makes 18 squares.


sofistikated1 said...

I might have to make both of these for Christmas this year (since I am hosting my family). Brad and I enjoyed your yummy goodies last night! Very chocolatey! Yum! said...

I love your ambitiousness! (Is that a word? :) I think I may try the bacon thingies this Christmas for a little shindig I'm hosting... I'll let you know how they turn out!

Maegan said...

I think I am stealing this recipie for my christmas goodies