Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pickle Rolls

A Jansen Family Christmas Eve tradition.  I have been making these since about 1979.

Pickles (long)

4 oz cream cheese
5 drops Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t horseradish
1t grated onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

12 slices thickly sliced Boar's Head Pastrami

Mix all cream cheese and spices together.  Spread on pastrami slice.  Roll pickle up into the pastrami.  Chill.  Slice into 1/2" coins.  Serve. Enjoy.  Repeat. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Peanut Butter Blossoms


  • 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup 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 (I used Red and Green)
Suggest using at least that much PB since they can be dry.


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. 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.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. 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 48 cookies..

Grandma Conrad's Christmas Cutouts

This recipe from Delia Shirmer Conrad dates back to the 1920s.  It has been a Jansen Family staple for generations.  The decorations on the cutouts become more creative and outrageous each year!

1/2# butter
1C Sugar

Cream the above until fluffy.

3C flour
2t cream of tartar
1t baking soda
1/3 t salt

whisk the above together in separate bowl.  Add 2T of the whisk-mixed powder to the butter mixture, then beat in:

2 eggs
1t vanilla
2T milk

Blend in remainig flour mixture on lowest speed so it doesn't blow all over the kitchen.

Chill for 1 hour.  Roll-out with lots of flour on the cloth.  Make the cookies a bit thicker for kids decorating. 

Bake at 350F for approximately 8 minutes. 

Whisk together powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Thinner the better for kids especially.