I can't think of anything I've ever made that was more fun, or more exciting to serve! This Cheese & Bacon Christmas Tree is perfect for holiday entertaining, and also a fabulous idea for a north woods or outdoor themed party.
These homemade Danish Butter Cookies are not your regular butter cookies! Super buttery and soft, tender and irresistible, and filled with vanilla and almond flavor, these are the best ever! Easy as can be to make by piping the cookie dough, and extra-fancy when you dip in melted milk, dark or white chocolate and add some holiday sprinkles or sparkling sugar! You can always pack these in colorful holiday tins for gift-giving!
I just love the weeks before Christmas...it's my happy time and place! The kids are all at home celebrating no school, the shopping is done and the house is all decorated. But my favorite part is the memories that come with baking and cooking our holiday favorites! So many memories of people and years past, and so many new memories to be made. Good times!
This year our littlest was so excited to help with the holiday baking, and you can only imagine how big his eyes got when I told him to run and get his Little Tikes hammer so that we could start! He donned his "Christmas Cookie Helper" apron and chef hat lickety split, and the fun began!
These decadent Brownie Turtle Cookies taste even more wonderful than they look! Chewy, fudgy brownie cookies made fresh from scratch. These are good enough to eat alone – but truly decadent with soft caramel filling, pecans and a drizzle of dark chocolate ganache.
A family favorite always, but pretty spectacular on a holiday cookie platter - always the first to disappear!
Soft and chewy, our old fashioned Big Soft Ginger Christmas Cookies are always a favorite at holiday time! I have to hide these in top-secret locations - but you can find my recipe at SNOWFLAKESandCOFFEECAKES.com. Enjoy!
Ahhhhhhhh….where to start with these beauties? Sometimes you want an almond shortbread cookie, other times some velvety smooth Nutella chocolate is what you're craving. Combine the two, and it's bliss in a bar! Almond Roca Bars are so easy to make, and they melt in your mouth!
One of the most favorite cookie recipes on my blog are these wonderful Rainbow Kiss Cookies! And if you have a hard time choosing between Peanut Butter Blossoms and Chewy Fudge Brownies, or even Peppermint Bark Brownie Bites, your life just got a whole lot more difficult. Are they a brownie, or a cookie? I guess it really doesn't matter what you want to call them, because they are just simply fabulous and a real crowd-pleaser!
More wonderful than a cup of hot cocoa, these delicious Hot Cocoa Cookies are everything in a cookie that you least expect! Thick and chewy milk chocolate cookies, stuffed with milk chocolate chips and topped with melted mini-marshmallows, and finally drizzled with even more milk chocolate....these disappear so fast! This is another popular holiday cookie recipe that you request the most often!
It used to be that every time we visited Amish country, I would always see homemade Cashew Brittle. It's so good - but so crazy expensive! A small baggie-sized portion sells for almost $5.00! And as much as I had a picture in my mind of a young Amish lass making up batches of this in her farmhouse over an old-fashioned stove, I started thinking that it can't be any harder to make delicious homemade Cashew Brittle than it is to make Peanut Brittle or Pecan Brittle!
And so this was born. It's a method - and in less than ten minutes makes homemade Cashew Brittle that is the absolute best we have ever had!
These buttery Almond & Jam Shortbread Cookies, filled with delicious apricot, raspberry or your favorite jam, are perfect for a tea party or the holidays!
Truth be told, these are one of my FAVORITE Christmas cookies - I much prefer the delicate shortbread to all of the peanut butter and chocolate cookies that are so loved by everyone else in the family!
The holiday baking season has officially kicked off, and this week we'll be making all of our favorite Christmas candies! My little ones have insisted that we start with their favorite Marshmallow Dream Bars - and it's the perfect treat to start with.
Smooth and silky chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter and loaded with fluffy little marshmallows - these Marshmallow Dream Bars truly are a dream!
With only five ingredients and five minutes of your time, you'll see why these are the perfect treat for your kiddos to help you make, and kids LOVE these. A sprinkle of holiday M&M's makes the easiest and most festive holiday treat ever!
With a name like "Snowflakes & Coffeecakes", you know that it is ALWAYS going to be about the snowflakes! And today was the most wonderful baking day...making my favorite Gingerbread Snowflakes while all the kids were in school, there was snow falling outside my French patio doors the entire day, and Christmas music was playing in the background. I think I was singing and smiling all day long!
Everyone I know absolutely ADORES these gingerbread cookies! Loaded with flavor that comes from butter, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cloves, allspice and cinnamon - these are one of those rare cookies that actually gets softer and more flavorful after a couple of days! And with the slightest sheen of Easy Royal Icing and a sprinkling of white sparkling sugar? These are as beautiful as the real thing!
It wouldn't be Christmas without Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark! This is so easy to make, and the perfect blend of dark chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint. Homemade Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark is so pretty and so much better than anything that you can buy!
Many peppermint bark recipes call for simply melting the chocolate and slathering them together - but you won't have the snap or shiny bark that you'll have when you take the time to temper the chocolate first, which really just involves a few extra minutes during preparation. Easy peasy!
WHAT EXACTLY IS "TEMPERING" CHOCOLATE?
The best chocolate bark should be shiny and "snap" when you break or bite into it - and the secret is "tempering" the chocolate - a simple heating and cooling process that ensures melted chocolate will be shiny and have just the right "snap" to it once it hardens again.
Oh. My. Heavens. Tiny, little bite-sized snowflakes that melt in your mouth! And as much fun as trying to catch snowflakes with your tongue!
Now that the holiday baking season is kicking off, I wanted to share a perfect little cookie with you. This is the first of several fabulous recipes that I will be sharing for our annual month-long holiday cookie & treat celebration.
It seems like there has been a lot of chocolate and caramel going on at our house lately, and I wanted to give you a special little something filled with a touch of pure vanilla and almond flavor that will just melt your heart...
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