Recipes for Hosting a Holiday Cookie Party

Host a Cookie Party Cookie Tray

When our family gets together for a Christmas Eve dinner one of the traditions we always take part in is a cookie exchange. It's a fun way to try new holiday desserts that everyone can take home and enjoy later. Between my mom, my sister and I we always have about 12 different cookie or desserts to share. Some are old favorites while others are completely new to us. This year, I sampled a few new cookie recipes for HostACookieParty.com. It's a … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Rum Raisin Rice Pudding Recipe

Of all the desserts I've ever made, rice pudding has never been one of them. I'm more of a tapioca pudding kinda person but knowing how much my mom loves rice pudding, I thought I'd give it a try. It's quite honestly a really easy and cheap dessert to make for the holidays. If you really want to save time, you could even used a boxed pudding mix but I wouldn't recommend it. The few extra minutes it takes to make a homemade pudding is worth it. … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Chocolate & Vanilla Italian Pizzelle Cookies

chocolate and vanilla Italian pizzelles recipe

I was about to write ... this is my favorite holiday cookie ... but I think I've said that with every cookie recipe I've ever shared. Truth is, they're ALL my favorites. I have so many holiday memories that involve cookie baking with my mom that it makes it hard to narrow down just one favorite. So instead, I'll just say that making Pizzelles are one of my many favorite holiday cookies. Growing up my mom had an ancient pizzelle iron that I … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Chocolate Dipped Caramels

Christmas chocolate dipped caramels

Remember a few weeks back when I made those delicious vanilla bean caramels? Well, I also turned them into a sweet treat for holiday gifting. You could even add some of your favorite nuts to make them a really indulgent treat. All you need is that caramels recipe, some good quality dipping chocolate and holiday sprinkles.   Since I had already made the caramels and packaged them in wax paper, all you need to do is flatten them a … [Read more...]

Winter Snowflake Soft & Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

Winter Snowflake Soft and Chewy Iced Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies have been a long-time favorite of mine. It's the one cookie we bake for every single holiday whether I'm doing cut-out sugar cookies or soft drop cookies. It was also the very first kind of cookie my mom taught me how to make. I'm not one to discriminate, I like them crispy, soft, chewy and even raw right out of the mixing bowl. But these soft & chewy version are close to the top of my favorites list. You don't need to do any … [Read more...]

Organic Valley Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Organic Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

Organic labeled foods are something I first discovered about a year ago. I was very overweight, tired and fed up with my lifestyle. I started searching online for ways to eat healthier and exercise. That's when I started learning about the benefits of organic foods, especially organic dairy, meats and produce. Slowly I started introducing my family to organic milk, eggs and chicken. From there we found ways to incorporate organic vegetables and … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Lightened-Up Gingerbread Cookies with Truvia Baking Blend

Gingerbread Cookie Men

Ever since Thanksgiving I've packed on a few extra unwanted pounds. Stepping on the scale this week was a bit of a wake-up call for me. Like most people, I've been indulging in my favorite holiday sweets a bit too much. As much as I don't enjoy the few extra pounds I tend to pack on during the holidays I also know it's impossible to avoid the treats my kids look forward to every Christmas. Rather than not bake with my kids, I've pulled out my … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe | Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Drizzle

red velvet cookies with a white chocolate drizzle for christmas

There are a lot of things I love about the holidays but the food is really close to the top of my list. Every Christmas our family gets together for a dinner and everyone brings a variety of cookies to exchange and sample. There are a few staple cookies I always whip up but I also like to try new (and easy) ideas. To make your cookie exchange easy and still full of tasty cookies, you don't have to pull out the flour and beat a bowl of dough. … [Read more...]