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Hooray! Saturday (aka December 26) is National Candy Cane Day. I’m celebrating this special occasion the best way I know how to–by eating. Join me and give your post-Christmas peeps a peppermint twist. The even BETTER part about this is that the work has already been done for you. I’ve put together 10 outstanding recipes to help you commemorate this remarkable day!

How adorable is Evermine OccasionsChocolate Gingerbread Men with Candy Canes recipe? This gingerbread man is (almost) too cute to eat…almost!

 

Kick start the night with A Night Owl‘s Candy Cane Shooters recipe. It’s festive AND delicious.

 

 

Shine the spotlight on dessert with The Food Charlatan‘s Candy Cane Brownie Trifle tutorial.

 

Take a look at this decadent Candy Cane Snowball Cookies recipe. Thank you My Baking Addiction!

 

Nothing says “National Candy Cane Day” quite like Sweet and Crunchy‘s Peppermint Bark Candy Cane Hearts recipe.

 

 

If cheesecake is your thing, then take a peek at Lulu The Baker‘s Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake recipe. It’s tasty to eat and beautiful to admire.

 

 

Searching for the perfect December birthday cake? Look no further because we’ve discovered The Tough Cookie‘s RAD Chocolate Cupcakes with Candy Cane Buttercream recipe.

 

 

Enjoy your next Netflix binge with a festive cinema treat! Cooking Classy‘s Peppermint Bark Popcorn recipe is a cinch to make and easy to eat!

 

Go ALL OUT with these festive DIY Peppermint Candy Spoons (courtesy of Princess Pinky Girl).

 

Merry Christmas!

 

xxmadison


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!

Holiday Entertaining Recipes

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.

Christmas Party Decor Ideas

Fresh Coffee with Keurig

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!

Elegant Holiday Mugs

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?

Keurig Pod Storage Ideas

Keurig Pod Storage Ideas

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.

Delicious Hot Drinks

Fresh Coffee with Keurig

Fresh Coffee with Keurig

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”.

Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Easy Gingerbread Recipe Ideas

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:

GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 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

Homemade Gingerbread Recipe

Directions

  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and molasses and mix on medium speed till fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices until well combined.
  3. Slowly add to wet mixture on low speed.
  4. When combined, put dough in fridge for one hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  7. Use gingerbread man and tree shaped cookie cutters and place cut out cookies on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 11 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.

Homemade Gingerbread with Coffee

Mint Hot Chocolate with Snowmen

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!

For more information on Keurig brewers, visit their website here.

Check out more of Stephanies’s holiday ideas at Spaceships and Laser Beams.


Sarah Bates is the creator and author behind The Chef Next Door blog. She’s a passionate baker and home cook who loves sharing food with family and friends. A mother to two teenage sons, she keeps busy with school and sporting events, and loves spending time with family and friends. Most days you’ll find her in the kitchen creating new recipes, but she also enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Pie

Happy Holidays! I’m Sarah from The Chef Next Door, and I’m so excited to be a guest here at Delish Dish today! I love to cook, but baking is my true passion, and over on my blog you will find lots of sweet treats. I also share quick and easy (and of course delicious!) meals for you and your family. Stop by when you get a chance and say hello!

Since I’m a baker at heart, it’s no surprise how much time I spend baking during the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas cookies to pass out to friends and family, or decadent pies and cakes for our holiday gatherings, I couldn’t be happier than when I’m in kitchen. I have a lot of recipes in my repertoire that I turn to year after year, but I also love coming up with new creations. The cherished family recipes are a must have, but who doesn’t love baking something brand new?

This Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Pie is a twist on BHG’s Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie. Pecans are a favorite around my house, but I also adore hazelnuts. They are crunchy, mildly bitter, and pair perfectly with the creamy milk chocolate. To make this pie, check out the original recipe here, then make these substitutions: use a store bought pie crust, one cup of milk chocolate chips in place of  the dark chocolate, and hazelnuts in place of the pecans. It’s the perfect holiday dessert!

Whether you’re hosting an elegant holiday dinner party, holding a gathering for friends, or you just want to make a delicious dessert for your family, this Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Pie is a definite must make this holiday season!


Happy Holidays! I’m Courtney of Pizzazzerie.com, and I’m thrilled to be visiting Delish Dish to share my Festive Keurig Coffee Bar! Tis the season for a warm cup of coffee with all your favorite mix-ins. Whether you’re inviting neighbors over for a night of caroling or just enjoying a little family time on a cozy weekend morning, there are lots of reasons to be inspired to set up a coffee bar in your home this season. You can keep it stocked with treats like the ones I’ve listed below. No more scrambling when last-minute guests pop in over the season! You’ll have a fresh cup of coffee, hot cocoa, or tea waiting for them!

Here’s how to set up a coffee bar like my festive Keurig coffee bar!

  • Pick a location like a corner of your kitchen, side table, console, or even a bar cart! This will house your Keurig brewer and all your favorite festive extras. Choose a location near an outlet to ensure you’ll have power.
  • Pick a color scheme! Whether you love burlap and rustic touches during the holiday season or a more preppy approach with Christmas tree green and black and white stripes, pick your theme and color scheme.
  • Coordinate your extras to match your theme! Tie coordinating ribbon around glass mugs, fill apothecary jars with mix-ins adorned with a bow and mini ornament. Wrap a few extra gifts for a pop of color and add in a small boxwood wreath nearby. Re-purpose an extra picture frame with “coffee bar” to make your guests feel welcome to help themselves to a delicious cup of coffee or cocoa! Be sure to have to-go cups too! These are perfect for heading outdoors to see the Christmas lights or go caroling.

  • Provide a tasty assortment of treats and mix-ins like mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, caramels, cookies, holiday syrups, biscotti, cream, and sugar! Your guests will love creating their own perfect cup to enjoy. Plus, Keurig makes it easy to only brew what you need so no messy coffee pots to deal with. Just make as many cups as you need for your guests and get back to the festive fun!

Here’s to hosting a festive holiday coffee bar party! I hope you’re inspired this holiday season!

For more information on Keurig brewers, visit their website here.

Cheers!

Courtney Whitmore
Pizzazzerie.com


Pumpkin pie (and bread, and cookies, and bars) are timeless desserts that have been gobbled up by holiday guests for years. But this year, bloggers are mixing things up. These pumpkin-flavored treats are anything but typical.

Grown-up kids’ snack. These Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are the perfect to-go breakfast or snack. Plus, the pastries, from Cooking Classy, can be made in advance and frozen—perfect to serve to overnight guests during the holidays.

Sophisticated sweet. Feasting On Fruit’s Vegan Pumpkin Crème Brulee is both elegant and delicious–great for an upscale holiday party. Besides pumpkin puree, the main ingredient is hemp tofu, which makes the custard super silky.

Good for gifting. Wine and Glue combines egg-free cookie dough with pumpkin puree and coat with melted chocolate to make this Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bark. It’s even easier (and yummier) than it looks!

Early-morning treat. Baked Pumpkin French Toast Casserole from Chew Out Loud is packed full of pumpkin spice. And because this mouthwatering marvel is French toast, yes, you can definitely eat it for breakfast.

Layers of goodness. Sure, this dessert from Beyond Frosting, make look somewhat similar to pumpkin pie. But Pumpkin Pie Lasagna, with its layers of graham crackers, pumpkin mousse, and whipped cream, is unlike any pie you’ve had before.

Party favorite. Oh, Sweet Basil’s no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is great for holiday potlucks. For a sweet-and-salty contrast, serve with pretzels. Or for a slightly healthier twist, slice up some apples.

Bite-size confections. Impress guests by setting out bowls of homemade candy. With only six ingredients, these White Chocolate Pumpkin Cups, from OMG Chocolate Desserts, are much easier to make than they appear.


Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with quick and easy Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

While I’m all for the convenience of store-bought candy, it’s hard to avoid going the DIY route when it’s as easy and customizable as this Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels. I’ve swapped the spicy candy additions in the original recipe for a little something salty and a little something sweet. But before we get to the toppings, let’s talk chocolate.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

If there ever was a time to splurge on high-quality chocolate, this is that moment. Aim for the best bittersweet chocolate you can find, as it’ll be the primary canvas upon which you scatter a colorful array of toppings, so you want that canvas to be as pleasing to the palate as possible.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

And then it comes time to top the melted chocolate with all of your favorite snack items, from salted pretzels and sour gummy O’s to heart-shaped sprinkles and any other festive or flavorful odds and ends stashed in your pantry.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

The final touch to your confectionery canvas? A swift drizzle of pink candy melts that lend a pop of color to your Valentine’s Day dessert dream. You can purchase candy melts in large grocery stores or craft stores, or find every color of the rainbow by purchasing them online.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

Ready to woo your special someone with homemade Bittersweet Chocolate Bark? Check out the recipe then find inspiration with a few more of my favorite Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


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