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the ultimate roundup: 40 treats to make for Christmas and winter

Christmas treat roundup

As you’re reading this, we are probably cutting down our Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving, we go out to Maryland to a cut-your-own farm and then stop for BBQ on the way home. It’s when Christmas officially starts. I mean, for the rest of my family. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks now.

A look at my archives is proof of my love for the holiday. Check out all the Winter and Christmas treats in that Seasonal button up there. But here are a bunch of my favorites.

 

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Naturally, number one on the list is the original MELTING SNOWMAN COOKIE!! I’m seeing melting snowmen everywhere, and I’m convinced I’m the cause. (If you’re not convinced, let me preserve my ego.)

 

The standards: DECORATED COOKIES!

Christmas cookie roundup

Rudolph cookie sticksstep-by-step guide to decorating Christmas cookies —  simple wreathssparkly bright snowflakesChristmas presents —  easy sparkly ornaments  —  frosty cranberry cookies  —  candy canes —  Santa’s belly pops —  Rudolph pops —  Christmas tree pops —  “peppermint” cookies.

 

Snowmen, snowwomen, snowfamilies.

snowman treats

Snowman place holders —  snowman and snowflake cookie pops   —  Assemble-your-own-snowman gift  –  snowman marshmallow pops  —  Oreo Cakester snowmen  —  mustachioed snowmen

 

TREATS FOR THE SEASON

Christmas dessert roundup

fruitcake-on-a-stickwhite chocolate cranberry cookiesHershey’s toffee fudgeNorth Pole cupcakeshot cocoa stirrerschocolate Christmas tree popschocolate candy cane popspetits fourswhite chocolate cherry clusters

 

LOTS O’ GINGERBREAD

gingerbread roundup

gingerbread whoopie piespeppermint gingerbread cookiesbite-size gingerbread cookiesgingerbread kidsgingerbread house popsgingerbread wreathsgingerbread sewing cottagegingerbread swizzle sticksgingerbread snowflake sandwiches.

 

STUFF IN JARS

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Candy stick cookies —  bite-size holiday cookies —  snowman hot cocoa gift.

 

 

 

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the easiest baking you’ll do this season: white chocolate cranberry cookies

white chocolate cranberry cookies

Um, sugar cookie mix plus white chocolate chips plus dried cranberries. That’s the awesome combination that will get you through your baking this season. Add some walnuts if you feel like getting crazy.

Find the how-tos to make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies HERE at Tablespoon.

 

 

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the easiest way to make mini chocolate chip cookies

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

The best invention ever–after Roku, boxed wine and elastic waist pants–is disposable decorating bags. I use them for everything I can. Not just icing, but piping pancake batter and cupcake batter, melting candy melts, stuffing pasta… Everything. Now I’m adding chocolate chip cookies to the list.

 

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

 

I’m a big fan of small versions of food. Small means portion control and cuteness, and it’s kid-friendly and party-friendly. I wanted to make a bunch of tiny chocolate chip cookies to bring to a party, but scooping consistent, tiny lumps of dough with a spoon would have taken forever. And so enters the Disposable Decorating Bag.

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

 

While I cut the bags big enough to fit the chips, mini chips would have been a wiser choice (shaking fist). Next time. MINI CHIPS! But these are still pretty small. about 1 1/2 inches across.

 

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

 

 

how to make mini chocolate chip cookies with a decorating bag

Prepare your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. I’ve been using this one, a la my mom, since I was born. Without the nuts. Fill a disposable decorating bag. Twist the top and close tightly with a rubber band if you like.

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

 

Cut 1 1/2 to 2 inches from the tip. Pipe dollops of cookie batter on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. (When the bag is empty, simply spoon more cookie dough into the bag or use a fresh bag.) Bake according to the recipe, though you may need to reduce cooking time by a couple of minutes. Yields: 1,000,000 cookies. Or about 140.

 

easy-to-make MINI chocolate chip cookies

 

 

 

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how to make marshmallow snowmen place holders

marshmallow snowman jar Place holder, decoration, however you use them… aren’t these plastic spoon snowmen-in-a-pot from Crafts by Amanda the cutest thing in the universe? Cuter than puppies, baby pandas and even this. So I took the snowman challenge and make my own cute snowmen-in-a-pot, marshmallow style. marshmallow snowman jar Attach a name and you have a place holder for your Christmas table. (Oooh, use red and green candies in the jar for that, yes?) Or Hannukah table. Or winter party table. Or, pop a bunch of them on the dessert table at any of those parties. Or, wrap the whole lot in a cellophane bag with ribbon, attach a gift card and you have an adorable gift to give. I ended up using mini marshmallows for my jar filling because it was the cheapest, but you could use gum balls, gum drops, Whoppers, whatever you want. marshmallow snowman jar marshmallow snowman jar

marshmallow snowmen place holders

you will need:* marshmallows 6-inch lollipop sticks edible writers (black, orange and pink) craft felt scissors small mason jars (8-ounce) candy to fill the jars white card stock and a brown and black markers (optional) *Find the lollipop sticks, felt and jars in the craft store. You may also find jars in the supermarket or hardware stores. Find edible writers in the craft store, online or specialty stores. My favorite brand is Americolor Gourmet Writers. Find lots of information on edible writers HERE. marshmallow snowman jar   step one: decorate the snowmen Skewer the marshmallows with the lollipop sticks and draw the snowman faces. First, use the black to draw the eyes. Then make an orange triangle for the nose. Make two pink dots for the cheeks and use the black to draw the mouth. snowman marshmallow   step two: add the scarf Cut srips of felt 7-inches by 3/4-inch. Snip each end to make fringe. Tie the scarf tightly under the marshmallow. snowman marshmallow   step three: arrange your snowman Pour candies into the jars and insert the snowman. If you like, add a place card. Cut a strip of cardstock, draw brown stick hands and write the name. Adhere to the stick with a small piece of tape. snowman jar   TIPS: Keep the marshmallows in a sealed container until right before serving to preserve freshness (then pop them in the jars). To give as a gift, insert the jar and marshmallow into a cellophane bag and tie at the top with ribbon. marshmallow snowman jar   SUPPLIES:

 

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GIVEAWAY: The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook (and some awesome granola)

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COOKIE BUTTER!! I feel it’s important to open that way when describing this spread made not from nuts (joy to those with allergies!) but from cookies. And I’m happy to say my friend Katrina, of In Katrina’s Kitchen, has helped spark this awesome trend of baking with cookie butter when she made the switch after discovering her son was allergic to peanuts. AND she has a book out now. It’s called The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook, published in November by Countryman Press. AND, you can win a copy. (Scroll to the end for the GIVEAWAY!)

 

Biscoff-Buckeye-Truffles

 

Want to know what you can do with cookie butter? (Aside from eat it right from the jar when you sneak into the kitchen at midnight?) You can make breakfast, cookies, bars and brownies, cakes and cupcakes, bread and muffins, candies, and frosting and fillings.  Buckeye truffles, as seen above, Donut Holes, Pudding Cookies, Gooey Caramel Brownies, Tiramisu, Custard Cake, Scones, Soft Pretzel Nuggets, Toffee, Fudge … I could go on, you know. I’m stunned by the number of recipes in this book.

 

Biscoff-Granola

 

I chose to make the very first recipe in the book. Granola, or, more specifically and accurate in each adjective, “Easy Biscoff Granola.” The image above is from the book. The image below is mine. The granola is all mine. (Except my kid ate some, ugh.) And I want this granola every morning for the rest of my life. I mixed this batch with some almonds and dried apricots. Now, isn’t that the perfect snack while you’re waiting for your Thanksgiving dinner?

biscoff granola

 

Easy Biscoff Granola, straight from the pages of The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook, by Katrina Bahl.

1/2 cup Creamy or Crunchy Biscoff Spread
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups old-fashioned oats
Cinnamon sugar (1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar), optional
Dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, or seeds, optional

Preheat oven to 325º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone baking mat. Don’t skip this step–granola may stick to the bottom of your baking sheet and burn.

Microwave Biscoff Spread, honey, and brown sugar in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-60 seconds, or until creamy. Alternately, warm over medium-low heat on the stovetop, stirring constantly.

Pour wet ingredients over the oats in a large bowl. Mix and spread onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes; stir. Bake for another 8-10 minutes.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar when still warm if desired. Make a trail mix by adding your favorite mix-ins when the granola is completely cooled: raisins, dried cranberries, chopped Biscoff cookies, chocolate chips, and/or seeds.

Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

 

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GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win a copy of The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook,

leave a comment here before Sunday November 23, 2014, midnight EST.

Winner will be drawn randomly and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is drawn.

Ships from publisher to US addresses only.

 

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