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Festive Nibbles

Forget sugarplums dancing in your head. One taste of our Bacon Cheese Log, Olive Puffs, Spiced Nuts, Baklava and Pumpkin Spice Cookies, and you’ll see the holidays have never tasted better. Your friends and family will love them, and each recipe is perfect for holiday parties both at home and the office.

For a fun twist to this year’s holiday party, ask your guests to bring their favorite nibbler to the party along with copies of the recipe to hand out. You won’t have to do all the cooking, everyone gets to try delicious new dishes and your guests all leave with a gift. Perfect!

Guest-pleasing & fuss-free nibblers

Bacon Cheese Log

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time
Serves: 12

8 – 10 slices bacon
2 (8 oz) pkgs Food Club Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles or 1 cup cheddar cheese
4 Tbs green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

In a skillet, cook bacon until it is crisp. Once bacon has cooled, crumble. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, green onions and garlic. Place cream cheese mixture onto wax paper. Roll cream cheese to make a log and then roll log in bacon crumbles. Place wax paper and log into the freezer. Keep log in freezer for one hour or until firm.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 173, Fat: 16 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 52 mg, Sodium: 277 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 5 g

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 14

1 (1 lb) box frozen phyllo sheets
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups walnuts or blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp Food Club Ground Cinnamon
3/4 cup Food Club Sugar
3/4 cup Food Club Honey
1 cup water
1 Tbs lemon juice

Thaw phyllo pastry and separate sheets according to package directions. Keep pastry not being used covered with clean, damp dish towel to keep it from drying out. Place half of pastry sheets in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan, one by one, brushing each sheet quickly and all over with melted butter. Combine nuts, powdered sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over buttered pastry. Place remaining sheets on top, brushing each with melted butter. Cut baklava pastry into 2-inch diamonds. Bake at 350° F until brown and crisp, about 30 to 35 minutes.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, honey, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Boil baklava syrup for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. Cool and pour over baklava.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 488, Fat: 19 g (5 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 17 mg, Sodium: 311 mg, Carbohydrates: 74 g, Fiber: 2 g, Protein: 9 g

Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 30

2 1/2 cups Food Club Flour
1 tsp Food Club Baking Powder
1 tsp Food Club Baking Soda
2 tsp Food Club Cinnamon
1 tsp Food Club Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Food Club Brown Sugar
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract


4 oz Food Club Fat-Free Cream Cheese (1/2 of 8 oz pkg), softened
2 Tbs 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients with pumpkin mixture. Place cookie dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, milk and vanilla extract. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Once mixed well, ice cookies with cream cheese frosting.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 151, Fat: 5 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 19 mg, Sodium: 116 mg, Carbohydrates: 26 g, Fiber: 0 g, Protein: 2 g

Olive Puffs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 24

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
24 pimento-stuffed olives

Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Roll out puff pastry with a floured rolling pan until thin. Sprinkle cayenne pepper onto dough and press cheddar cheese into dough. Slice dough into 1/2-inch wide slices. Place olive on dough and roll dough to cover olive. Cut dough and pinch at the edge of dough and olive. Place olive puff on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 72, Fat: 5 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 2 mg, Sodium: 79 mg, Carbohydrates: 5 g, Fiber: 20 g, Protein: 1 g

Spice pecans
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 16

1/4 cup butter
1 lb pecan halves
1/2 cup Food Club Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Food Club Cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 275° F. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and stir until butter is melted. Stir pecans into melted butter. Pour pecans onto baking sheet and sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 239, Fat: 23 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 239 mg, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 3 g

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