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