Monday Munchies: Holiday Goodies

I apologize for being off the radar for a while. Prepping for Christmas put me out of blogging commission for a while. Between homemade gifts, getting grades turned in, holiday get-togethers, and lots of baking, the schedule was jam-packed!

And now we’ve headed back to our hometown and things have quieted down. School’s out and presents are under the tree, and now I’m just really excited to see everyone open things up! I’ll share more on that post unwrapping time.

But I CAN share with you the treats I baked for my friends this season! I grew up watching (and helping) my mom bake tins of goodies for neighbors and friends. I love the tradition and wanted to become a part of it this year. Sadly because of the whirlwind of the past few weeks, I don’t have pictures, but I have links for you!

1. Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies: I was recently introduced to Food 52, a food site filled with fun unique products and delicious recipes. This was a last minute addition to my baking list, and I’m so glad it was! The name does these cookies justice – they are magical, marvelous, and oh so memorable. It’s a chocolate chip cookie with pretzels, pecans, and cereal (it called for granola but I used Honey Bunches of Oats). Sweet and salty – yum!

2. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies: The Pioneer Woman made a delightfully soft little chocolate cookie. It’s dipped in almond bark and then sprinkled with crushed peppermints. I used spearmint mints because they are my favorite – I love that crisp taste.

3. Sugar Sparkled Gingersnaps: I wanted to go back to a classic cookie with a nice kick of spice. This recipe is from Annie’s Eats and I love it! The dough is rolled in turbinado sugar, giving the cookies a nice sparkle. The cookies get hard and crunchy after they’ve cooled down, but Annie suggests you heat them in the microwave and they soften nicely.

4. Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles: I love buckeyes… you know, those tasty peanut butter and chocolate truffles that are oh so addicting!?! Well add crushed pretzels into the equation and you get a delightful sweet and salty combination.

5. Honey Lavender Caramels: I love caramel in anything, but have only ever made caramel sauce rather than the candies. I had gotten some culinary lavender buds from Williams-Sonoma a while back and have been waiting for an opportunity to use them. When I found this recipe, I knew it was just what I wanted. I wrapped little rectangular caramels in wax paper. They are super yummy!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

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