This recipe for chocolate mint crackle cookies has been a long time coming to the blog, because I wrote it up in the midst of LAST year’s holiday season, but by the time I had it all figured out my blog schedule was already full of other holiday recipes, with no room to squeeze in these cookies. As a result, the Southern daughter (who is perfectly happy to bake holiday goodies all year round) has asked me about one billion times for the recipe. Which I keep sending her, but now here it is for posterity…for her and anyone else who likes a little peppermint in their chocolate cookie. Ready for some sweet deliciousness? Let’s make them!
This recipe for an all kinds of festive Christmas Tree Fruit and Cheese Platter is so easy that it almost doesn’t seem fair to use the word recipe when describing it…it’s more like a ridiculously easy, completely merry take on the usual cheese and fruit board. Some cubes of your favorite cheese, some cheery red and green grapes, a little sprig of thyme here and there to give it that extra Christmas tree look and your favorite Christmas platter and you are in holiday business! Let’s make it!
This super easy, super dramatic recipe for a peppermint plate – and yes, that means a plate made out of peppermints – comes to you courtesy of my mama. While she is full of artistic surprises all year round, she goes into overdrive during the holidays. And so last Christmas she appeared at my door with this plate made out of peppermint candies. It’s all kinds of merry and bright, and a snap to put together…let’s make it!
Christmas cookie, oh Christmas cookie, how ever sweet you taste! Especially if you happen to be maple walnut butterballs, which are easy little concoctions just begging to be enjoyed with your favorite cup of Christmas tea. They are those delectable little melt in your mouth type of cookie, made with ground walnuts and butter and just enough maple syrup to sweeten them up. I promise that you won’t even mind when the powdered sugar that they are rolled in gets on your shirt, because the dreamy taste is all you will care about. Let’s make them!
Okay, we are heading straight into the home stretch of Tis The Season, and one of things I am always doing this time of year is looking for the perfect combo of show-stopper and easy when it comes to that big holiday dinner dessert. You know, the one that is going to get you a round of oohs and aahs when you bring it out, and then has your dining room settle down to delirious quietness because everyone is eating in happy holiday bliss…but also the one that is not going to keep you in the kitchen for hours. Welcome to that dessert!
It’s Christmas cookie time…the most wonderful time of the year! I do love making cookies at this time of year, not only because, well, COOKIES, but also because it is a traditional part of how we ring in the the holidays at our house. From the chocolate chip cookies that I’ve been making for my brothers and sister since we were all kids, to the peanut butter cookies that Grandma makes for the Santa cookie jar, cookies are an essential part of Christmas around these parts. And we always love to add new ones to the list. I’m particularly happy about these buttery, sugary, easy, peppermint snowballs!