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Taste-Test Tuesday – Cream Cheese n Herb Cucumbers

My friend Robyn gave me this recipe. I decided to make it for my Christmas party on Sunday. It’s simple. Just don’t touch your mandolin blade!! (ask my poor pinkie finger!)

Cream Cheese n Herb Cucumbers

1/2 cup shredded carrots, divided
1/2 cup PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Light Cream Cheese Spread  (I used a store brand)
2 medium cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, seeded

REMOVE 2 Tbsp. of the carrots; set aside. Mix remaining carrots with the cream cheese spread until well blended.
SPOON evenly into hollowed-out cucumbers.
SPRINKLE with the reserved carrots. Cut each cucumber half into five pieces to serve, if desired.









Filed under Appetizers, Taste-Test Tuesday

Taste-Test Tuesday “Cake Bites”

I got this week’s recipe from I’m in the middle of making holiday cookies for at least 16 families. I love to bake and make cakes so I figured I’d give these a try.

Tasty Cake Bites

Makes 40-50 Cake Bites (I must have made some small balls, because I came up with a LOT more than that!)

Recipe by Kathy Oaks

1 devil’s food cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup butter
6 ounces cream cheese
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Milk, enough to make a good frosting
Dipping chocolate


Make cake according to directions on box and bake as directed. While baking mix together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make a frosting. When cake is done dump immediately into a large bowl with the cream cheese frosting (or store bought frosting) and mix it all together while still hot (it will be a little mushy). Refrigerate overnight. Roll into balls and dip in melted dipping chocolate. If balls are sticky I put them in freezer bags and flash freeze them until I’m ready to dip. They will freeze beautifully for months before they are dipped, just let them thaw for about 5 minutes before dipping to prevent cracking. Once cake bites are dipped do not refrigerate or freeze, just eat them!

*You can also use cream cheese frosting that you buy at the store.

**German chocolate cake mix mixed with german chocolate frosting and dipped in milk chocolate is also very tasty.

Cake Mixed with frosting

Rolled balls

My helper this week

“Frosted Fingers”

Finished Product

Three sets of Frosted Fingers enjoying the treat (well 1 set didn’t get any)

I had a bunch of balls leftover so I put them in a freezer bag to dip sometime in the future

If you try this recipe out, please rate it at the top of the recipe so that we can have a contest at the end of the year of the best recipes! 🙂

(someone please remind me next time to have laundry folded and put away before taking pics!) 🙂


Filed under Desserts, Taste-Test Tuesday