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Another in our fun hoiliday "back of the box" recipes. This is slightly more than a back of the box recipe, I admit that, but it's still easy and kid friendly with some adult supervision in the kitchen.

Published in Sweet Stuff

It's National Cookie Day! So, why not go with a classic Christmas and Holiday cookie recipe!

The Hershey's Christmas Peanut Butter Kiss Cookie is easy to make, perfect for kids to help with, and you can't beat eating a few of these tasty cookies. Simply put - Try this classic cookie recipe from Hershey's! I have to be honest - I think I ate just about everyone of these cookies shortly after Ally whipped up a batch.

The recipe was amazingly easy, perfect for kids to help out with, and the end result is... a great tasting cookie!

Makes 4 dozen

  • 48  HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1  egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar


  • Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
  • Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Makes About 4 dozen cookies.

Nutritional Information from Hersheys
per serving (1 cookie):
Calories: 90, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 75mg,
Total Carbohydrate: 10g, Dietary Fiber: less than 1g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0%DV*,
Vitamin C: 0%DV*, Calcium: 0%DV*, Iron: 2%DV*
*%DV= %Daily Values are calculated based on a 2000 calorie diet
Photo and recipe via Hershey

Published in Sweet Stuff

Easy Christmas Holiday Treats! Have you ever struggled to find a quick and easy Christmas Holiday Recipe? Sometimes we pick a recipe that's old and familiar to us without thinking about it. If you want to try something quick and easy and add to your Christmas Holiday Recipe collection then it may be time to turn to your local grocery store shelf.

Here are a few recipes that are from products and brands many of us know. I admit that these may not be considered culinary classics by many foodies but they are tasty, easy, affordable and often kid friendly! Enjoy this selection of Christmas Holiday Recipes straight from the grocery store shelves.

Hershey's Peanut Butter Cookies (shown Above)

You can bet that the first thing that starts off this article is Hershey's Chocolate. This recipe combines an easy cookie recipe with the famous Hershey Kiss! You can tweak as you see fit, but the recipe is pretty darned good by itself!. Check out the recipe from Hershey's HERE

Kraft Melted Snowman Cookie Balls

Really... HOW CUTE are these? This is a fun recipe that is kid friendly and tasty. Perfect for a school treat, Chirstmas Holiday snack and they can easily be done in a Halloween style as Ghost Cookie Balls. A pretty versital bite sized recipe from Kraft. You can view the entire recipe and Directions HERE.





Betty Crocker Cheese Ball Four Way

I loved this idea from Betty Crocker. They offered up four suggestions four one cheese ball recipe. Just mix the simple list of ingredients together and go from there. It's a pretty neat idea and would apply to any cheese ball recipe including your own. I know it's called a cheese ball... but wh does it have to be a ball? Thanks to this informative and fun recipe that's quick and easy with four variations. Read more HERE..




Published in Deck Chef Blog

Who says you have to use bourbon? Why not Whiskey made in Chattanooga?

Welcome to Chattanooga! Here is the official Kent Whitaker twist on the traditional bourbon or rum ball. But... in this case I'm using Chattanooga's own Chattanooga Whiskey for the main ingredient. So far Ally and I have managed to make barbecue sauce, baked beans, cedar plank salmon glaze and more with Chattanooga Whiskey.

More information on Chattanooga Whiskey

This recipe is almost too easy. The main twist, besides using Chattanooga Whiskey, instead of your normal bourbon / whiskey is the fact that Ally and I really love almonds but we used mixed nuts for this recipe. You can use your choice of nuts. Pick them and place them in a zip close bag and bang them with a spoon! Or place them in a grinder. The message is... Grab some nuts of your choice and break them up into tiny pieces.

Read on, tweak this recipe as you wish and enjoy some classic tasting whiskey holiday balls from the Scenic City otherwise known as Chattanooga and Chattanooga Whiskey.

Kent's Chattanooga Whiskey Holiday Balls

2 cups crushed vanilla wafer crumbs
2 cups finely chopped mixed nuts
2 cup confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup Chattanooga Whiskey
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons light corn syrup
confectioners sugar, divided
Addition water as needed.

Thoroughly combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped mixed nuts, confectioners' sugar, and the cocoa. In a separate bowl, blend the Chattanooga Whiskey, water and corn syrup. Stir this mixture into the dry mix and blend well. Cover and chill for  two hours. Sift some confectioners sugar onto a cookie sheet or plate. Shape small bits of the dough into balls and roll them in the confectioners. You may need to add a few drops of water as you go. Store in refrigerator in tightly covered containers. Make these a few days in advance for best flavor, and roll in confectioners' sugar again before serving, if desired. These can also be frozen for longer storage.

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Looking for a Few Leftover Turkey Ideas? - Do you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey in the fridge? If you can't think of anything to make with the leftovers besides a turkey sandwich on white bread with mayo then keep reading. I have a few ideas that may help you turn those scraps of leftover turkey into a tasty dish that will please everyone.

Published in Deck Chef Blog

Can Food be Sexy? Are you looking to be a cool as Cary Grant in the kitchen during Valentines Day? Here are a few foodie suggestions for adding some sizzle to any meal.

Published in Deck Chef Blog