Friday, November 29, 2013

Hermann Hill Christmas Cookies

The upcoming Christmas season is officially upon us, and for most
it means baking cookies with friends and families.  Baking cookies around the holiday season dates back to the 16th century and since the early 1930's children in the U.S. have been leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. Our guests always comment on our gourmet cookies that we deliver to their room each night at the Vineyard Inn and stock in our Riverbluff Cottages, so we thought we would share the recipe so you can make them as part of your family tradition and enjoy the Hermann Hill experience at home this holiday season.


This is our most frequently requested recipe. Experiment with different flavors of cake mixes and ingredients. We have stopped adding nuts and Reese’s Pieces due to guests with peanut allergies. Avoid using too many chocolate raspberry chips, as they have a very powerful flavor. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. Best when served with vanilla ice cream topped with our Hermann Hill Port Chocolate-Raspberry Sauce. Makes about 20 heart shaped cookies.
· 4 heart shaped pans - 6 cookies/pan
· Pam spray
· 1 Box Chocolate cake mix
· 1 Box Yellow cake mix
· 1 cup vegetable oil
· 2 eggs
· 1 cup chocolate chips
· ¼ cup Heath bar chips
· ¼ cup Reese’s Pieces chips
· ¼ cup butterscotch chips
· ¼ cup chocolate-raspberry chips
· 1 cup chopped nuts
· ½ cup flaked coconut
· powdered sugar
Using an electric mixer on a stand, Combine 2 eggs and 1 cup of oil. Mix thoroughly. Add cake mixes and blend at medium speed, then slowly add the rest of the ingredients at slow mixer speed. Spray pans with Pam. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute dough into the 20 cookie molds. Using a large spoon, press dough into molds. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Watch for hot spots in oven and adjust cooking time accordingly.
Allow cookies to rest on baking rack for at least 10 minutes before removing to wire cooking rack. (Hint: You may put heart shaped pan in freezer for 15-45 minutes before attempting to remove cookies. Makes 20 heart shaped cookies.

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Monday, November 25, 2013

All Aboard the Hermann Trolley

Renee & Nick, and their wedding party boarded the Hermann Trolley for a few photos in the beautiful town of Hermann.  There are great photo spots on the grounds at Hermann Hill and in the town of Hermann, itself.  What better way to travel to those spots than on the Trolley.  While the wedding party is out and about, guests at Hermann Hill can enjoy some great food and drinks.  Fun for all!

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Clark Takes his First Steps Out the Doggie Door!

 All of us at Hermann Hill are so proud of Clark who has learned to use the doggie door with a little assistance from a landscape tile.  We can't wait to see what kind of expeditions he and Lewis will go on next! 

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn