I love the holidays, because there is a never-ending list of activities you can do to celebrate. You can watch movies, decorate a tree, go caroling (tangent question: does anyone actually carol anymore?), wrap gifts, and bake cookies. Most holiday activities are done in groups, too, so they always have the potential to turn into sweet memories with the people you care about. If you're planning on having a holiday party, why not make it a cookie decorating party? Here are some tips to help you create a holly, jolly, fun time for all.
Sometimes I'll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, "Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??" The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. The results? Success! Holiday ice cubes - oh yeah!
'Tis the season for all things peppermint and I am HERE FOR IT! If you're a kid at heart like me, you know that it's never too cold for ice cream, so these homemade peppermint Christmas cookie ice cream sandwiches are the perfect way to celebrate the season. Made with homemade chocolate peppermint sugar cookies cut into scalloped circles, you can use ANY ice cream flavor for the filling and roll the finished ice cream sandwiches in crushed peppermint. Try them with traditional vanilla or cookies & cream ice cream for delicious combos!
I never believed in Santa Claus.
I was raised in a pragmatic and practical household. My parents were, and are, no-nonsense folk. Keen on traditions, but not fond excess frill. This was true during the holidays, too. From the very beginning, there was no Santa. He was just a story, a nice idea. Instead of the jolly man in the red suit, there was gratitude for one another, and drawn-out appreciation for gifts received (we were only allowed to open two gifts a day - one in the morning and one at night - for the duration of the twelve days of Christmas, or until the gifts ran out). I don't feel like I missed out having a childhood without Santa. If anything, I'm kind of glad I got to skip the heartbreak of realizing he was just a fantasy. You know where I did miss out, though? In the Christmas cookie department. Big time.
Valentine's Day is next week, which means it's time to get busy with the treat making! We're here to help with 25 simple, homemade treat ideas that will make perfect "thinking of you" gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, play-date parents, kids, or anyone on your V-Day list!
Bahaha... "Insta-Graham" cookies. Pure silliness, but so nerdy, I just might have to make some.
In case you hadn't heard, Halloween is right around the corner! We've decided to eat our way to the finish line with some of these sweet and savory -- and oh-so-spooky -- treats! Happy haunting!
Bake a batch of gluten-free cookies with this green tea shortbread recipe that tastes good and is good for you, as far as cookies go anyway.
What's the secret material to this DIY dessert (aside from food coloring)?
Cinco de Mayo is next week (holy cow, how is it May already??) and these colorful, treat-filled piñata cookies are perfect for kicking off the festivities!
Wow... drool-inducing, right?? I've always wanted to learn how to make macarons and this tutorial has not one, but three different flavors: pumpkin, pear, and apple. That's a flavor explosion, folks!
Bad manners? Psh! Playing with your food is art. At least when Massachusetts-based artist Judith Klausner does it. I mean, have you ever seen such an intricately-carved, cookie cream cameo?
If you're looking for a fun Christmas Eve day activity the whole family can enjoy, look no further. Make these 3D gingerbread trees today and have fun decorating them all weekend!
Some of us don't have the time or the inclination to roll out cookie dough come Christmas time. If you fall in to that category I'm here to absolve you of any guilt you might be feeling. Stop it! Not all of us are Just Desserts contestant wannabes. SO, for this Christmas cookie/treat roundup, I found ideas that require MINIMAL work on our part as they start with store bought cookies, snacks and candies.
Starting at the top is Miss Candi...
It's been a regular ol' glitter fest up in here recently, so I thought it only appropriate to extend our new obsession into Foodie Fridays!
How cute are these little guys?! And so easy to make too. Some melted mini chocolate chips, Hershey's Kisses and mini
Sara ripped the clothes (and skin) off her gingerbread men and created the cheekiest gingerbread cookies ever. Although she calls them gingerbread, they're actually
Frosting, marshmallows, marzipan. All together, these melted snowman treats were just waiting to be made.
The ones pictured
Shagbark Hickory Syrup is made only in one place in the entire world; Nashville, Indiana. The extract is distilled from the bark of the hickory tree and dates back to the Native Americans from this region. It's all the rage among chefs and home gourmets. "Its smoky, nutty flavor is less sweet than maple, more complex, and hauntingly unique." Doubting Gourmet magazine even went on a fact checking adventure back in 2001 and found out that Hickory Works is in fact the only producer of Shagbark syrup in the entire world.
Homemade sweets that look like turkeys but taste like heaven...now that's some fowl I'd like to devour! Any of these exceedingly clever recipes would be a fun addition to the Thanksgiving table.