Category Archives: Christmas

IMG_8151

Cinnamon Rolls

I love cinnamon rolls!  I used to love to fly with my family when I was younger just so I could eat at the Cinnabon at the airport (extra frosting please!).  Since we don’t fly on regular basis I had to come up with my own recipe for cinnamon rolls that are just like the ones at Cinnabon! In fact I think mine are better.

IMG_8118

Who doesn’t love butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon spread over a sweet and tender dough?

Continue reading

IMG_8205

Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies

Another chocolate and peppermint recipe??? But why not?  It’s Christmas time and the flavors together are just so great! These cookies are rich from the chocolate base with a kick of peppermint from the white chocolate and peppermint flavored kisses.

IMG_8210

These are so pretty and festive looking too.  Not to mention the taste!  The taste can’t be beat!

IMG_8168 IMG_8169

First you need to round up your little elves to help with the dough.

IMG_8181 IMG_8174

And get the littlest elf to unwrap kisses (and he did great! He unwrapped that whole bowl all by himself and didn’t even eat one!)

IMG_8175

Plop the cookie dough on the cookie sheets and bake them off.  Right when they come out place a kiss in the center of each cookie, pressing down to adhere it to the cookie. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely so the kiss will harden.  You can place them in the fridge if you would like.

IMG_8211

This is the last chocolate peppermint recipe I swear.  Maybe.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
Author:
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 12 oz bag or 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer cream the butter and sugars until nice and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add in the eggs one at at time, and then the extracts.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa.  Add to the wet ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Place scant tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately place a kiss in the center of each cookie, pressing down to adhere the kiss to the cookie. Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely.  Allow the kiss to harden.  You may place the cookie in the fridge to speed up the process.
  5. Eat!

Recipe inspired by Our Best Bites.

IMG_8131

Trio of Holiday Barks

Christmas is right around the corner and you need a quick treat to either take to a party or eat yourself and you don’t want to bake.  Well, these are perfect for you.  You can make all three or just one, but boy are they simple and delicious.

I don’t know why I don’t make more chocolate barks, they are so easy.

IMG_8131

The three I made are butterscotch with pretzels and peanuts, semi sweet chocolate with cashews and cranberries, and a white chocolate peppermint bark.  You can’t go wrong with any one of them.  Or all three.

Continue reading

IMG_8162

Gingerbread Milkshake

Mmmmmm, who doesn’t love a good milkshake?  And a gingerbread flavored one to boot?   When my local custard shop, Theron’s Frozen Custard, asked me to develop a holiday themed milkshake (which they call a concrete because the custard is so thick!) I immediately thought of gingerbread.  Who doesn’t love gingerbread?  It is such a universal flavor that screams Christmas.

IMG_8087

You start by making a gingerbread flavored simple syrup.

Continue reading

IMG_7795

Fried Turkey Tutorial

Yeah, I know, I know.  Thanksgiving is over.  But people still eat turkey for Christmas right?  Well at least we do in my family.  I know all the hype out there about how dangerous frying turkeys can be, but if you take the proper precautions you will be rewarded with a delicious and moist turkey.

First thing would be to buy a turkey fryer.  I would not suggest making your own.  Once you have your turkey fryer and turkey, take your turkey (still wrapped) and place it in the fryer and cover it with water.  Remove the turkey and mark the water line in the pot.  That is how much oil you will need.  We use peanut oil to fry our turkeys.

My dad is the deep frying master in our house, thanks Dad for the pictures!

IMG_7726 IMG_7728

Start by picking your marinade.  If you are a loyal reader you know my affinity with spicy food.  Well, that has to come from somewhere right?  My family is the same why.  Enter Frank’s Red Hot deep fried turkey.  It adds just enough kick to make this turkey awesome.  You can use any kind of marinade though.  We also did one with barbecue sauce.  You can use any store bought marinade or make one yourself.  Be warned though that the marinade needs to be really smooth.  If your marinade has any chunks in it, you will want to blend it up really well until its nice and smooth. Making sure to use a smooth marinade will ensure that your injector doesn’t get clogged! Inject your turkey with as much or as little marinade as your would like.  You better bet that we used a lot of hot sauce in ours!

Continue reading

IMG_7914

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I love peppermint at any time during the year, but especially during the holidays.  And in some white chocolate and you have a match made in heaven.

IMG_7917

These cookies are so tender due to the cornstarch in the dough, plus they use melted butter so you don’t have wait around for the butter to soften. Score!

Continue reading

IMG_7791

Holiday Cranberry Salad

This is another family gem that completes the holidays in my family.  This recipe is originally my aunt Diane’s, but now my mom has taken over the duties of making it every year.

IMG_7828

Start with your cranberries and sugar.  Plus the cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Combine with the sugar and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

IMG_7834

Then place the cranberry sugar mixture in a mesh drainer and drain for 2 hours. (I know a little time consuming, but not a lot of work, and its worth it! Trust me!)

Continue reading

IMG_7969

Party Ideas: Campfire Christmas

Having a holiday party this year and having trouble coming up with theme?  This idea for a campfire Christmas is so cute and very quick and easy to throw together.

How about we start with the decorations?

IMG_7967

Get yourself a lantern (I’ve seen them as Target, Ross, or any big chain store like that), then utilize your free labor (kids!) to help you collect some pinecones, pieces of pine, and some red berries.  (If you can’t find any of these fresh Joann’s has a great selection of fake garland for very cheap). You will also need some battery operated tea lights.

IMG_7969

Cover the tables first in a red plastic table cloth, then add a strip of butcher paper, and finally a festive scarf.  So simple!  I was able to find the scarfs at my local dollar store.  Put your lantern in the center of the table and arrange the pinecones, greenery, and berries around it.  Turn on your battery operated candles and your tables are done.

Now for the best part, the food!

Continue reading