Hot Brie Kisses

We are under the two week mark until Christmas! How does the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas go so fast but the rest of Winter drags on?    I am nowhere near ready.  I thought with very few activities and social gatherings that I would be ready and bored waiting on Christmas but that has not happened.  If you are like me, you are starting to finalize your Christmas menu.  If you are looking for the perfect one bite appetizer, these Hot Brie Kisses are perfect.  Heck, they are perfect even if you weren’t looking for that kind of recipe.

If you love to do the brie en croute for an appetizer, then you will love this recipe.  This is kind of a take on that appetizer but they are individual bites.  They really are perfect this year since we want to be extra careful about spreading germs!

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Cowboy Cookies

I can’t let the Christmas season get by without sharing a cookie recipe.  After all, that’s what everybody leaves good old Saint Nick!  I feel like December is the month of baking.  I would guess there are more cookies baked in the month of December than possibly the rest of the year combined.

It is hard to beat a chocolate chip cookie but I think these Cowboy Cookies do!  It’s like a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.  The addition of coconut, oats and pecans really make this cookie good.  But there is a secret ingredient that you wouldn’t expect.  Cinnamon.  These Cowboy Cookies don’t taste cinnamon-y but it does give the cookie a flavor that you can’t quite put your finger on.  It is very subtle.

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Captain’s Cheese Bake

It’s December!  I know I say this with each month, but where has time gone?  We have officially entered into the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  I love Christmastime so much!  There is something magical about the decorations, lights, music….just everything!  Today, I’m kicking off  my holiday recipes with one of my favorites.  Captain’s Cheese Bake is a delicious appetizer that would be the perfect addition to any holiday party or Christmas Eve!

This baked dip is a great combination of salty, slightly sweet and just a little kick of heat.  Cream cheese, mayo, green onions and cheddar cheese are the base of this dip.  But what really sets this recipe apart from others is the Captain Rodney’s Original Boucan Glaze that goes on top.  This glaze is sweet with a slight bit of kick.  People that don’t do spice still really like this recipe, so don’t let that scare you!  You can find this glaze at specialty stores and gift shops.  In SO ILL Dream Baskets in Harrisburg carries it. Make sure you check out all of their cute merchandise and grab some lunch while you’re there !

Captain’s Cheese Bake recipe is great to take to parties because you can mix it up ahead of time and it is ready to pop in the oven whenever you need it.  If you are going to make it up ahead of time, just crush up the crackers that go on top and place them in a ziplock.  If you put them on the dip and then refrigerate it, I’m afraid they would be a bit soggy.

This dip is great for last minute company as well because I almost always have the ingredients on hand.  It’s easy to whip this up and your guests will think you’ve really gone all out.

You are going to want to pick some of this Captain Rodney’s Original Boucan Glaze up or order it to have on hand to make this great appetizer.  It’s seriously one of my favorite and most requested appetizers!  I think you’ll love it!

Captain's Cheese Bake

This warm cheese spread has the perfect sweet/savory balance with just a little kick of heat!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c grated sharp cheddar
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 15 butter crackers, crushed
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled or 1/2 c. real bacon bits
  • 1/2 c Captain Rodney's Boucan Glaze (aprox)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a pie plate with nonstick cooking spray

  2. Mix mayonnaise, cream cheese, cheddar and onions until combined. Spread in prepared pie plate.

  3. Top with cracker crumbs and bake for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven and top with bacon and drizzle with glaze. You want the glaze to cover the whole dish but you don't want it too thick.

  5. Serve with Club Crackers.

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