Christmas Treats!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Got a sweet tooth? This post is for you :)

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Oreos


candy canes
white chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips
dab of vegetable oil

Put your candy canes (3-4) in a plastic bag, seal, and then hit candy canes with a rolling pin until they are in small pieces. Be careful not to crush them into powder. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small sauce pan and place a glass bowl on top (large enough to seal the steam inside the pot). Pour your chocolate chips into the bowl and heat until melted, stirring often. Stirring often will ensure the chocolate does not burn. Add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it out a bit. Once the chocolate is melted, begin dipping your oreos, making sure they are coated on all sides, and place them on a cookie sheet that has been covered in wax paper. The next step is great for little helpers. Sprinkle your peppermint on all of the cookies while the chocolate is still melted. Place cookie sheet in the fridge to cool for a bit and then INDULGE! Yum!

Get a festive Christmas cookie tin and share with your coworkers or neighbors. These would be a great gift!

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

Every year the girls and I make sugar cookies (OK, I admit it- they are slice and bake) and decorate them with icing and tons of sprinkles (a few cookies get decorated with M&M's, but most of those end up missing :) This year we decided to invite a few friends over who also have this Christmas tradition and make it a baking party! We got lucky this year and had a great recipe for homemade sugar cookies that our friends helped us make. Kids or no kids, it's fun to bake and decorate cookies at the holidays!


2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Chef Ansley, Chef Ava, Chef Harper, and Chef Stella

Thoroughly mix sugar, shortening, orange zest, & vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Add egg and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the milk. Sift together dry ingredients and blend in creamed mixture. Divide dough in half and chill for one hour in the refrigerator. Cover dough and counter lightly with flour. Roll dough to 1/8 of an inch. Use your Christmas cookie cutters to cut dough into shapes. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet 6-8 minutes (do not let cookies brown on top). If your cookie shapes vary drastically in size, seperate the smaller cookies and larger cookies onto 2 different baking sheets because the smaller cookies take less time to bake. Make your icing glaze while the cookies cool.

(Harper wanted to wear her Minnie Mouse dress while baking :)


1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk- maybe more

In a small bowl, combine ingredients (add milk at a constant drizzle). Ice cookies and add sprinkles right away.

Christmas Wreaths

Who doesn't like rice krispie treats? Click HERE to get the full recipe, but check out the pictures below to see just how fun this treat is to make!

Happy Holidays everyone!

~ Emily
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