Villadom Times Weekly Newspaper Online - December 24, 2008 Issue
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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES II & IV • Page 13 Last Minute GIFT GUIDE The recipe for bite-sized holiday baking (ARA) The holidays supply an endless array of mouth- watering treats. Miniature versions of favorite desserts are perfect for holiday entertaining, especially when grouped together on a dessert buffet. This season try bite-sized, scrumptious cookies and candies to share new ﬂ avors with your friends and family. Instead of baking massive batches of cookies, your des- sert buffet can inspire awe with three to ﬁ ve bite-sized versions of different types of desserts: an array of small cookies, candies, bars and cupcakes. It is easy to make existing recipes bite size -- simply cut bars into one-inch square portions or prepare cookies in smaller shapes and reduce the bake time accordingly. Feel free to experiment with recipes that feature trendy or unusual ﬂ avors since the small treats are perfect for ﬁ rst- time tastings and give nibblers permission to sample more than one. Be sure to use only the best ingredients, such as real butter and premium chocolate because you only cel- ebrate the holidays once a year. The following bite-sized recipe from America’s Dairy Farmers pairs coffee with a buttery chocolate layer that kicks up these rich, cheesecake-like Espresso Chocolate Squares. Espresso Chocolate Squares Makes two dozen bars Ingredients: Crust: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose ﬂ our 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips Filling: 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose ﬂ our 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 2 eggs Glaze: 6 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1/2 tablespoon butter 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil; butter bottom of foil. Whisk together 1 1/4 cups ﬂ our, confectioners’ sugar and cocoa together in medium bowl; add 3/4 cup butter. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until butter is the size of small peas. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips; press into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean; cool slightly. Meanwhile, stir 1/4 cup cream and 1 tablespoon instant espresso together until coffee is dissolved. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon ﬂ our and allspice; beat until blended. Slowly beat in cream and coffee mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Pour batter over crust. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are slightly puffed and center is set; set pan on a cooling rack. Glaze Melt 6 tablespoons chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon W Susan Witney This Holiday Season ������������������������� ������������������� Practice in Massage Therapy for Over 15 Years ������������������������������������������� �������������������������������� hether you would like a relaxing massage or have muscles that need special attention, Susan has the knowledge and experience. • Spider Vein Removal • Laser Hair Removal • Microdermabrasion One Body Wellness Center 400 Rt. 17S, Ridgewood, NJ $65 including tax With This Ad • Facials, Chemical Peels • Botox/Juvederm • Massage Therapy ��������������������������� 201-788-5018 One Hour Massage cream, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring con- stantly. Drizzle over bars and refrigerate until set. Cut into bite-sized squares. Cover and store bars in refrigerator for up to one week. C OSMETIC V EIN C ENTER , LLC Gift Certiﬁcates Available ~~~~~ John Chuback, M.D. Naweed Majid, M.D. In-Home Appts Available 265 Ackerman Avenue, Suite 203, Ridgewood • 201-445-8820 ��������������������������������������� Ridgewood YMCA Squirrels will call you “Scrooge” ® Ruin their holiday with the durable, machine washable, impenetrable, ultra-affordable Squirrel Buster Plus bird feeder. It’s the perfect gift for the “Grinch” in your family. STOP IN AND SEE US FOR: • BIRD SEED • BIRD FEEDERS • BIRD HOUSES • BIRD BATHS • WIND CHIMES • UNIQUE GIFTS NEW LOWER SEED PRICES • NATURE MUSIC • MUCH MORE ! 32 G ODWIN A VE , M IDLAND P ARK , NJ • 201.444.1043 ( ACROSS FROM W ENDY ’ S ) H OURS : 10-6 M ON -F RI -, 9-5 S AT , 12-4 S UN Gift Certificates Membership • Swim Lessons • Water Exercise • Strength Training • Fitness Classes • Sports • Art/Dance Classes Available in person or by phone. 201-444-5600 ext. 335 or 333 The Squirrel Buster Plus 112 OAK STREET, RIDGEWOOD • www.ridgewoodymca.org