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...]

Holiday Dessert Idea | Melting Snowman Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

melting snowman hot cocoa cupcakes recipe

When I'm in the grocery store I often wander down the baking aisle just to see what's new and different. Occasionally I find something new on the shelves that I just have to try. It so happens when I was in Walmart last week I ran into a Betty Crocker Hot Cocoa Cupcakes mix that even has the marshmallow frosting included. I thought they would be the perfect base for a melting snowman. Each cupcake is full of chocolaty goodness and a few bits … [Read more...]

Holiday Hideaways Cookie Recipe

Holiday Hideaway Cookies

When I first started baking cookies with my mom every holiday season she always whipped out her favorite sugar cookie recipe. It was part of a little pamphlet that was older than the both of us combined. The pages had become brittle, the colors faced and even some missing altogether. The recipes it contained were timeless and perfect. Every time she brought out the pamphlet we would make the same cookie recipes it contained time and time … [Read more...]

Recipe | Holiday M&M Blondies

Christmas M&M Blondies

Growing up, holiday baking was something I cherished. It was uninterrupted time with my mom who spent most of her days working to support our family. There were always piles of flour and sugar floating around the kitchen, cracked eggs splattering and sticky finger prints on almost every surface you can imagine. It was messy, but fun and tasty! Now that I'm a mom I've taken that mother-daughter tradition to my own kitchen except I learned from … [Read more...]

Recipe | Holiday OREO Stuffed Cupcakes

Holiday Stuffed OREO Cupcakes

A few days ago I got a surprise delivery. I had entered a few blog giveaways including one hosted by Liz at A Nut in a Nutshell where she asked the OREO kit winners to recreate a dessert from the OREO Play Up Dessert recipe booklet. Inside the booklet there are a lot of really cute Fall and Winter dessert ideas all using my all-time favorite cookie ... OREOS. Since Fall and Thanksgiving have already passed I thought it would be fun to turn … [Read more...]