It's always nice when friends drop by.
Let me rephrase that, it's nice to have friends that are so comfortable with you and your home that they feel they can just drop by even if there are dishes in the sink and you haven't showered yet...speaking hypothetically of course...ah hem...moving on...
While my sweet friend was sitting at my breakfast bar just visiting with me this week, I made a variation of Miz Helen's Cranberry Sausage Cookies.
This was a new-to-me recipe and we liked them a lot although we thought they were decidedly more similar to drop biscuits than cookies, but that may have been because of my chosen cooking method.
Here is the basic recipe adapted from Miz Helen's Country Cottage with some variation ideas.
Basic Sausage Biscuit Recipe
3 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2c. (Stick of) Cold Butter (cut into cubes)
1 lb. Sausage Meat, browned & drained
1c. Cheese, shredded
1c. Dried Fruit
3/4c. Nuts, chopped & toasted (optional)
Put all dry ingredients in your mixer's bowl and give it a whirl a time or two just to mix ingredients.
Then put the butter in the mixer with the dry ingredients and turn it on medium so that the butter gets "cut" into the mixture.
Pour in all other ingredients and mix until combined. It doesn't take long at all.
Drop by ice cream scoopfuls onto a tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
These are tasty cold, but fantastic hot. :)
Because I have a fiddlin' issue, I wanted to see what other variations I could come up with:
Spicy Biscuits - Use Hot (Spicy) Sausage, Sharp Cheddar, Candied Jalapenos, and Chili flavored Peanuts
Christmassy Biscuits - Use Mild Sausage, Mild Cheddar, Raisins, replace 1/4c. Milk with Apple Butter, and Pecans
Italian Biscuits - Use Italian Sausage, Mozzarella Cheese, 1/2c. Sundried Tomatoes, and Pistachios
Greek Biscuits - Mild Sausage, Feta (crumbed), 1 tsp. Oregano, Kalamata Olives, and Almonds
Sweet & Savory Biscuits - Maple Sausage, Monterrey Jack Cheese, Cherries, and Almonds
American Biscuits - Bacon (cooked, drained, & crumbled), Pepperjack, Apples, and Pecans
This is part of Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday.