Food: Spiced Maple Mini Cheesecakes with Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Dough

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These Spiced Maple Mini Cheesecakes feature a gingerbread cookie crust and a ginger cookie, pecan and maple syrup crumble on top. Super yummy!!

This post is written in partnership with Nestle Toll House. All stories, recipes and opinions are 100% my own.

Have you seen the new Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough Sheets? They come in Sugar, Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookie Flavors. Makes making cookies so simple and you can focus on how you are going to decorate them instead of making the cookie dough from scratch! I decided to use the Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Gingerbread Cookie Dough Sheets in my Spiced Maple Mini Cheesecakes. Cut down on my prep time and I could focus on getting my cheesecake flavor just right! :) Baking around this time of the year brings back a lot of happy memories for me. My mom and grandmother would bake up a storm just before Christmas. Divinty, chocolate chip cookies, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers…the list goes on and on. I have enjoyed baking my fair share of goodies around the holidays and these Spiced Maple Mini Cheesecakes are no different. Here’s the details on this recipe:

Ingredients

2 packages of Nestle Toll House Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough Sheets – Gingerbread
2 – 8 oz. packages of Cream Cheese, softened
1 egg
2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon All Spice
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
Cupcake Liners
6-8 Gingersnaps or Ginger Cookies
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Place the sheets of gingerbread on some wax sheet of paper. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out 24 circles out of the cookie dough.
3. Place the cookie dough circles in the cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Press the cookies down into the liners.
4. Beat the softened cream cheese for a couple of minutes until smooth. NOTE: If your cream cheese isn’t quite soft, place it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds at a time until soft.
5. Add in the egg and beat into the cream cheese until fully incorporated.
6. Add in the sour cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Beat until fully incorporated.
7. Add in the brown sugar and cornstarch and beat until fully incorporated.
8. Using a tablespoon as your scoop, add the cheesecake filling into cupcake liners, filling 3/4ths full.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the middle of the cheesecake is set. (Repeat with your 2nd batch)
10. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
11. While cooling, crumble the cookies, mix in the pecans and then add the syrup to bind the ingredients. Add a spoonful to each mini cheesecake.
12. Place mini cheesecakes in the fridge to finish cooling/setting up.

Enjoy!!

These Spiced Maple Minicheesecakes feature a gingerbread cookie crust and a ginger cookie, pecan and maple syrup crumble on top. Super yummy!!

Here’s some behind the scenes pics…

Behind the scenes Spiced Maple Mini Cheesecakes

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NYE Party Ideas – Part 2

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This post is written in partnership with Minted. All thoughts, stories and opinions are my own.

I’m back with a couple more NYE Party Ideas for you. An Alice in Wonderland NYE Party and a Black Tie Themed NYE Party. Again, I’ve outfitted you with a Mood Board to help you gain inspiration for your own version of the Alice in Wonderland party or the Black Tie party, right down to what the guys and gals should show up wearing! From invitations to pillows, I’ve got everything you need to transform your party space into the perfect NYE Party!! If you missed my first NYE Party Ideas, check them out here. Cheers!

Looking for a fun NYE Party Idea? How about an Alice in Wonderland Themed NYE?

Shop the Alice and Wonderland Theme:
Invitations * Playing Cards Bunting & Decorations * Cake Plate Stand * Teapot Set * Teacup * Pink Patterned Tablecloth * Mad Tea Party Coasters * Rabbit Hook * White Rabbit Clock * Rabbit Plates * Rabbit Tea Cups * Bar Cart (option 1) * Bar Cart (option 2) * Garland (option 1) * Garland (option 2) * Teapot Set (option 1) * Teapot Set (option 2) * Mini Tea Set * Wire Chandelier * Rabbit Paper Plates * Floral Dinner Plate * Bread Plate * Solid Yellow Accent Pillow * Solid Emerald Green Accent Pillow * Blue Patterned Accent Pillow * Velvet Pink Accent Pillow * Pinwheel Pendant Light * Wrought Iron & Crystal Chandelier * Whimsical Side Table * Fuchsia Dome Chair * Black & White Chest * Tea Cup Set * Linen Dining Chair * Polka Dot Dinner Set * Table Clock * Table Clock * Table Clock * Table Clock

Shop the Women’s Attire:

Shop the Men’s Attire:

Looking for a fun NYE Party Idea? How about a Black Tie Affair Themed NYE?

Shop the Black Tie Affair Theme:
Invitation * Table Tents, Straws & Party Decor * Cocktail Napkins * Midnight Black Martini Glasses * Scallop Dinner Napkins * Black & White Bench * Bar Cart * Let’s Eat Cake Topper * Bar & Party Serving Dishes * Silver Rimmed Champagne Flutes * Tuxedo Napkin Rings * Mustache Napkin Rings * Linen Gray Barstool * Accent Coasters * Bar Cabinet * Top Hat Ice Bucket * Horse Head Bottle Topper * Pedestal Tray * Dessert Plates


Shop the Women’s Attire:


Shop the Men’s Attire:

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Cocktail: Bacon Bloody Mary

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Want a fun new twist to the Bloody Mary? Try out this Bacon verison...a play on the B.L.T. if you will. Try out my Bacon Bloody Mary!

I’ve been playing around with this B.L.T. cocktail idea for awhile. I decided to go the route of the Bloody Mary because basically the Tomato component of the B.L.T. is the star. To bring in the B and the L, I used some of my homemade Bacon Vodka and added some Romaine as the garnish. The Creamy Horseradish gives this drink a definite bite to it. I could also see this being served with Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp. OMG…that would be delish! (I didn’t have shrimp and didn’t think of the bacon-wrapped shrimp until just NOW! haha!) On to the Bacon Bloody Mary…

Ingredients:
2 oz. Homemade Bacon Vodka
4 oz. Bloody Mary Mix (recipe below)
Ice

Directions:
Combine in a cocktail shaker and serve over ice. Garnish with crispy bacon and 1 romaine lettuce leaf.

Bloody Mary Mix:
2 cans Tomato Juice (about 24 ounces)
1 lemon, juiced
2 limes, juiced
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tablespoon Creamy Horseradish
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon celery salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients and chill for at least 2 hours, covered.

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