Peanut Butter Blossom {reboot}


Prior to Thanksgiving I had all this gusto when I thought about all the Christmas cookies I wanted to make this year. I planned to dedicate Black Friday to cookie making. Then Thanksgiving happened. I mean I cooked and cleaned all day long. It was exhausting. So I didn’t much feel like making Christmas cookies…

Caramel Chocolitas


As the holidays grow near I find myself yearning for all things holiday (like being off work, food and Christmas cookies). I go back and forth between being very festive and not festive at all. This year I’m feeling festive. Which means I will take the holiday by storm with food. For some people, Black…

Sea Salt Buckeye Fudge Bars 


In the beginning of December during an all-hands video teleconference, our VP was talking about how she had made fudge over Thanksgiving break. Which led me to think about fudge (of course). And how I should make some. Flash forward a couple weeks and lots of stress about my dog’s health later and … I…

Salted Butterscotch Blondies


Most years on the day after Thanksgiving I will do one of a handful of things: Black Friday shopping (on-line, people -not in the stores!), nab a Christmas tree and decorate the tree and/or my place or spend the entire day baking Christmas cookies. To be honest, it’s been a few years since I spent…

Mixed Berry Oat Bars


A few weeks ago on Talking With Our Mouths Full, we talked about a few elements of baking (flour and eggs) and discussed some shortcuts, tips and tricks. It sort of helped get me ramped up for holiday baking. The truth is, I hadn’t even really thought about starting my holiday baking until talking about…

Peanut Butter Balls


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies. Every year when I was growing up, my favorite cookie to eat this time of year was my mom’s peanut butter balls. They are the best! I’m still not quite sure why we only make and eat these at Christmas, but it’s been…

Spritz Cookies


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
These cookies are a Christmas-time tradition in my house and millions of homes all over the world. This is the recipe my mom always used  – you can find it in any vintage GE Cookbook, if you have one lying around. ingredients. 1 c. butter ½ tsp. almond extract ½ c.…

Brown Butter Seven-Layer Bars


The only way to improve upon a classic (and favorite!) family Christmas cookie? Use brown butter in place of melted (regular) butter. ingredients. 1 1/2 c. butter, browned 1 box graham crackers, crushed with a rolling-pin 2 14-oz. cans sweetened condensed milk 3 c. butterscotch flavored chips 2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 c. flaked…

Christmas Caramels


After seeing a recipe for Gingerbread Caramels on the back of a recipe that my grandma sent me, I decided to give homemade caramels a try. Unfortunately thr recipe my grandma sent me wasn’t one she intended for me to try as part of the directions were cut off. I found a similar recipe by…

Chocolate Covered Pretzels


Every year when making Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas-time, I have copious amounts of leftover melted chocolate sitting in my double boiler just waiting to be put to good use. Let’s get one thing straight: I’m not one to waste perfectly good chocolate. I get this from my mom who used to pour her leftover…

Peanut Butter Blossoms


A few years ago I made these cookies a part of my regular Christmas cookie repertoire. I tend to undercook these cookies in order to get a softer result. ingredients. 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolates 1/2 c. shortening 1/2 c. butter, room temperature 1 1/2 c. peanut butter 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar 2…

Spritz Cookies


These cookies are a Christmas-time tradition in my house and millions of homes all over the world. This is the recipe my mom always used  – you can find it in any vintage GE Cookbook, if you have one lying around. ingredients. 1 c. butter ½ tsp. almond extract ½ c. plus 1 T. Sugar 2-1/2 c….

Seven-Layer Bars


My mom makes this recipe every Christmas. Since moving away from “home,” I’ve taken over the tradition. These are my second favorite Christmas cookie, and they go over extremely well at the office or at any party.

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup Mint Filled Brownies


I was first introduced to these mint brownies in high school. Since my friend first made them for me nearly 17 years ago, I have since incorporated them into my annual Christmas cookie repertoire. They were a huge hit in the office last Christmas.