This isn’t a typical post for me; but, I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately (pretty out of the norm for me), and I thought it might be fun to share links to a few of the recipes I’ve tried – and enjoyed – recently… Tis the season for gaining weight, right? 🙂
I made these Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies for Sam’s school performance and “cookie party” on Monday, and they were a huge hit. Jeff isn’t usually much of a sweets guy, but even he has been sneaking the leftovers and requested another batch be made for his office. They basically have everything delicious in them (peppermint, cream cheese, Oreo, dark chocolate) and turned out SO soft and delicious. I’m definitely adding these to my holiday baking repertoire for good! (P.S. I couldn’t find the Andes Crunch the recipe calls for, so I just broke up Ghirardelli peppermint bark instead. It was perfect!)
I also made a variation of these Candy Cane Kiss Cookies to put on the tray for Sam’s school (I just used a bagged double chocolate cookie mix and added the kisses). They looked cute, tasted yummy, and Sam loved putting the kiss on top. He was very proud to share these with his friends. 😉
Today’s Advent Activity is to “serve the community” so Sam and I baked up a couple batches of cookies to take to our neighborhood fire department this afternoon. We made these super simple Reindeer Cookies and a these Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies yesterday using just a bagged PB cookie mix. They both turned out yummy and were easy for Sam to help with. (Opening little candy wrappers proved to be an excellent – and time consuming – activity for him in both this recipe and the one above with the candy cane kisses.)
And last but definitely not least, Oreo Truffles (basically just Oreo cookies in the food processor combined with cream cheese, chilled, and dipped in white chocolate) are a Christmas staple at our house. (The neighbors and Jeff’s co-workers usually start asking for them in early December). I plan to tackle these later this week, and this year, I’m going to use this cute idea and decorate them to look like melting snowman – shown below. The best part about this? I look creative and the mess at the bottom of each truffle looks like it was “on purpose.” 😉
So, what’s your favorite thing to bake at the holidays? Do you give food gifts?