I don’t think anyone outgrows a taste for cookies, do you? A milk and cookies bar is a fine dessert table idea for a kids’ party, but a more urbane way to enjoy holiday fun with adults is to host a coffee bar…with cookies. It’s casual and it’s an easy way to catch up with friends during the holiday season. I love a no-pressure get-together!
I had a few of my friends in for a quick afternoon gab session this week. We have an open floor plan so setting up a coffee bar on my kitchen island worked great. Our tree is already up so all I had to do was add a little décor on the island.
I filled a pair of hurricane globes with ornaments, mainly in burnished copper, gold and silver but I couldn’t resist a few black and leopard print accents. A glass-glittered reindeer and a small, naked silver tree added just enough festivity. My new Keurig Brewing System was the star player. I love how sleek and uptown it looks. It even coordinated with my décor!
I pulled out my white and gold dishes for the afternoon. Gold is a little elegant but the stripes and dots make it more like wearing a tuxedo shirt with jeans — love it. I couldn’t resist adding the faux fur to the display. Isn’t it fun?
There are over 500 beverage pod varieties available for the Keurig System. I have a good selection that includes coffee, tea, hot cocoa, chai and mochas. Don’t they look good displayed in my black and silver geometric pattern boxes? Guests love choosing their favorites. You can brew a single cup or a four cup carafe with just the touch of a button.
The brewed coffee smelled (and tasted) divine. Two favorite beverages of the afternoon ended up being the Salted Caramel Cappuccino and Peppermint Hot Chocolate. The extra whipped cream, mini gingerbread men, and the cute marshmallow snowmen produced appreciative “oohs”.
Is there any better holiday scent than coffee and gingerbread? Guests seemed equally happy with the gingerbread cut-outs. Want to try them? Here is my recipe:
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and molasses and mix on medium speed till fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices until well combined.
- Slowly add to wet mixture on low speed.
- When combined, put dough in fridge for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Use gingerbread man and tree shaped cookie cutters and place cut out cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 11 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.
Ready to invite a few friends over for the holiday? Try a coffee bar. It seems sophisticated but it brings out the kid in everyone — and it’s easy on the hostess—a little bit of merry for everyone!
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Check out more of Stephanies’s holiday ideas at Spaceships and Laser Beams.