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for Tablespoon: chocolate peppermint patty cookies

chocolate peppermint cookies

I love these. I suppose that lacks humility to say, but I love these. The cuteness, the chocolate-ness, the minty-ness. Everything. And… I’ve found my newest chocolate cut-out cookies. I came up with the recipe from a box of chocolate cake mix, so it’s easy to whip up in minutes. Did I mention I love these?

To make chocolate peppermint patty cookies, visit Tablespoon. 

 

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sanity-saving graham cracker houses for Christmas

graham cracker houses

I like making gingerbread houses as much as the next person… but it’s just. So. Much. Work. Especially the assembly part. And sawing down imperfections. And the balancing act. It’s harder than making a house of cards. On a boat. In rough water. So I cheated. I made 2D graham cracker houses with the illusion of 3D. But they are so much easier to make. I made all these houses in less than an hour. Oh, and did I mention kids? Kids can decorate these, too, which will save a parent’s sanity.

 

graham cracker houses

I decorated these simply, but you could do a lot more with them. Cover the base with white frosting and top with white sprinkles. You could add candy decorations to the base, too, such as a “door mat.” Create a whole village to use as your Christmas table centerpiece. Or serve them at parties. Or decorate the mantle. Or, or, or, there are a lot of options with these. Make an apartment building, town house, condo, split-level, ranch, colonial, Victorian, bungalow, Arts and Crafts style … (I used to want to be an architect).

 

graham cracker houses

 

how to make 2D graham cracker houses

you will need:*

graham crackers
serrated knife
white icing
variety of candies

*For the icing, use either your own royal icing in a decorating bag or just use the store-bought decorating icing. For candies, use sprinkles, gum drops, red hots, candy canes, whatever you like.

 

graham cracker houses

 

step one: cut your graham crackers. Place a graham cracker on a cutting board and cut the top to resemble a roof. (Or, snap the cracker in two first for smaller houses.) Don’t saw the knife, just press down with a rocking motion.cing to adhere candies to decorate the houses. Let the houses dry for at least an hour or two.

 

graham cracker houses

 

step two: decorate your houses. Pipe white icing along the roof line for “snow.” Use dabs of icing to adhere candies to decorate the houses. Let dry several hours or overnight.

 

graham cracker houses

 

 

step three: prop up your houses. Snap a graham cracker in half. One half will be the base. Snap a half into two rectangles and cut one of the rectangles in half to make a small square. This will help support the house. Squeeze some icing on the graham cracker base. Prop the house in the frosting, using the small square to support the house in the back. Let dry.

graham cracker houses

 

graham cracker houses

 

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for Tablespoon: deep-fried cookie dough

deep fried cookie dough

Deep-fried cookie dough. How can you not want to try these? This is the time of year you can get away with indulgence. And it’s a lot easier to deep fry stuff than you’d think.

To make deep-fried cookie dough, click HERE to visit Tablespoon.

 

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how to make easy gumdrop fudge

gumdrop fudge candy

Have your toothbrush handy after making this, because I don’t want to be responsible for the cavities. This gumdrop fudge is delicious, smooth, soft, colorful, easy-to-make, and… sweet. Sinfully sweet. And I can’t stop eating it (possibly because of the addictive qualities of sugar). It takes minutes to whip up, a couple hours in the fridge and you have an unusual dessert to bring to parties.

gumdrop fudge candy

I started from this recipe at Taste of Home and adapted it for the microwave for lazy types like me. Not lazy, I mean, stressed out, always in a hurry types like me.

gumdrop fudge

 

how to make gumdrop fudge

you will need:*

1 12-ounce package of white candy melts
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (this is less than a 14 ounce can)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 to 1 1/4 cup of mini gumdrops

*Find the candy melts in the craft store. Make sure to purchase sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk (they are not interchangeable).

gumdrop fudge candy

Grease a 2-quart square baking dish well and set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the candy melts, condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Continue microwaving at 15 second intervals until the melts are fully melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in the gumdrops and immediately pour into the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours until set. Cut into squares. Makes: 25 squares.

gumdrop fudge candy

 

gumdrop fudge candy

 

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BFF gingerbread people

BFF gingerbread men

 

So I have this leftover gingerbread cookie dough from my gig over at Tablespoon. (If you visited me yesterday, you’ll note the silly gingerbread men.) Naturally, it was handed over to my seven year old daughter. She invented these BFF gingerbread people by smushing together the hands before baking. She wanted to be sure I told you she invented it.

 

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Boy and boy, girl and girl, boy and girl, BFFs, significant others… I won’t judge who you choose to smush together.

 

BFF gingerbread men

 

These are crazy easy to make, too. I have my own gingerbread cookie recipe, but from now on I’m cheating and using the Betty Crocker gingerbread mix. It’s so so much quicker to make, it rolls out really well, and it tastes delicious. And even though I do create fun food for General Mills now, I promise they didn’t pay me to say that and they have no idea I’m even writing this post.

Because it’s a Limited Edition, I had a hard time finding the gingerbread mix. I went to two Targets and four grocery stores until I discovered their Product Locator page. Then I found it at the Walmart just a few miles away. Ugh. Needless to say, I bought more than one.

Here is my daughter’s couple. I know, right? Genius in the execution.

bff gingerbread men

 

To make BFF gingerbread people, prepare the Betty Crocker gingerbread cookie dough according to package directions. I then chilled the dough for at least an hour. Roll the dough out on a floured surface, cut out your gingerbread people, then smush the hands together when you put them on the baking tray (lined with parchment paper, I suggest).

 

BFF gingerbread men

 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes until the edges are well set. Let cool completely and decorate. To decorate, I just used the Betty Crocker white icing with the round tip, some red hot candies and some candy eyes.

 

BFF gingerbread men

 

My daughter also made this Little Red Riding Hood with a heart basket:

 

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