holiday cookies

Kristin Porter

Best of Holiday Baking: Peppermint Cream Bites

There are two reasons why I’m excited to share the recipe for Peppermint Cream Bites with you today:

1. Now that Thanksgiving has passed (sniff!) holiday baking season has officially begun. Having an excuse to make festive cookies, bars, and pies for an entire month? I am not mad at that!

2. Today is National Cookie Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with one of BHG’s most popular holiday baking recipes.

Peppermint Cream Bites have a crispy, chocolate sandwich-cookie crust (the best kind of crust, if you ask me!) and a snappy, bittersweet-chocolate shell sandwiching a creamy, peppermint-flavored filling. The taste is decadent and cooling – a unique addition to your holiday cookie plate that will leave your family and friends buzzing.

Although I like to experiment with my baking around the holidays, I always come back to cookies. They’re total crowd-pleasers and this recipe in particular is great because it’s virtually no-bake and can be made ahead of time.

Start by making that chocolate sandwich cookie crust. Simply process the cookies with melted butter in a food processor then press into an 8x8x2″ pan and bake until set.

Spread a thick, peppermint extract-spiked cream filling over the cooled crust then freeze for 45 minutes.

Finally, spread a luscious layer of melted chocolate over the top then freeze until hardened and slice. Easy!

Make a batch to enjoy on this day celebrating all things cookie then stash the leftovers, if you have any, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Happy holidays!

Click here for the Peppermint Cream Bites recipe >> 

 

 


Lauren Brennan

Let’s Party: Low Stress Holiday Parties

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for parties and more parties. Are you planning on throwing a shindig? Well, if you are or even if you’re not, I’ve searched the BHG recipe archives for some of the tastiest and easiest party recipes that are sure to be a hit with family and friends no matter what the occasion is.

Appetizers: I think for the most part, holiday parties are made up of mostly appetizers. It’s so much easier to throw some of these together than a sit down dinner and you can have more of a variety laid out for your guests. All of these can be made in advance so you can keep things as organized and low stress as possible.

1. Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix/ 2. Roasted Garbanzo Beans/ 3. Wrap & Roll Basil Pinwheels/ 4.Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives/ 5. Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies/ 6. Mini Puffs with Goat Cheese and Herbs/ 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta/ 8. Stuffed Mushrooms/ 9. Crab Cakes

Drinks: Any party you go to or throw is bound to have a tasty drink or two! These are some of the more popular options I found on BHG:

1. Hot Scarlett Wine Punch/ 2. Raspberry Mojito Punch/ 3. Rosy Cheeks/ 4. Citrus Cider/5. Minty White Chocolate Egg Nog/ 6. Chocolate Blitzen

Main Courses: If you choose to do a main course for your party, here are some festive and easy meat options:

1. Easy Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin/ 2. Holiday Roast Goose/ 3. Cherry Stuffed Ham/ 4.Pecan Parmesan Pork with Port Sauce

Dessert: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some sort of cookie!  Here are some fabulous options perfect for any party that can all be made days in advance:

1. Eggnog Kringla/ 2. Gingersnap Logs/ 3. Giant Ginger Cookies/ 4.  Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies/ 5. Chocolate-Peppermint Meringue Kisses/ 6. No Bake Lemon Drops/ 7. Spritz Blossoms/ 8. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies/ 9. Almond Biscotti

 Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!


Naomi Robinson

In-Season Eats: Cranberry-Almond Cookies

Hi everyone! I’m Naomi Robinson, author of Bakers Royale, a baking blog that features sweet treats that range from everyday to party-ready desserts. Like most of you, I’m always pressed for time, so from-scratch desserts aren’t always possible. On those occasions I love getting creative with ready-made components that can easily come together for something fun and delish.

Today, I’m sharing a fast and easy recipe for Cranberry-Almond Wedges that utilizes ready-made sugar cookie dough for the base and features an in-season eat: cranberries. Toasted almonds add a nutty-tasting bite that that balances the bright burst of tart and sweetness from the cranberries.

If you are in the throes of Thanksgiving prep and need one more dessert, or if you’re headed to someone’s home for the day and need to bring something quick—this is it. This holiday cookie takes 20 minutes to prep  and less than twenty minutes to bake. Best of all, you can make this two days in advance.

To start you will need ready-made sugar cookie dough (or your own recipe if you prefer), almond extract, and to step up the nutty flavor even more – I added crushed toasted almonds along with slivered almonds. In keeping with its simple prep, there’s no need to roll out the dough, just drop it into a tart pan, or any pan for that matter, and press the dough out with some lightly floured fingers. Of course you don’t have to be a perfectionist like me, but I did use a pizza roller to give the dough a few quick strokes for an even surface. Once you’re done lining the pan with the dough, sprinkle the cranberries and almonds on top and your prep is done.

Simple right? I thought so too!  Click here for the recipe, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out some other delicious cranberry dessert recipes.