Thursday, December 13, 2012

{Christmas in the Kitchen}

Indulge in...

Holiday Goodies

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth and fill your stomach with the most delicious of foods! Whether at work, home or a friend's, I am constantly surrounded by endless goodies (homemade banana bread, oatmeal cookies, chocolates, you name it I've eaten it). I don't feel guilty either. I enjoy eating, and I really like to try new recipes when I can. I had fun making apple pie and sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, but sometimes it's nice to add new things to the holiday grocery list. So in addition to the traditional foods I indulge in at Christmas (king crab legs on Christmas Eve, monkey bread on Christmas morning, etc.), I'm planning on incorporating these simple yet tasty treats as well:
Rolo Sugar Cookies
I did a test run on these and they turned out great! To make a traditional sugar cookie even sweeter, just put a rolo in the middle of the cookie dough ball, bake 7-10 minutes in the oven and voila! Deliciousness.

Pomegranate Sparkling Wine
I've already stocked up on champagne, so this little number looks fabulous. Just take your flute, add pom seeds and a splash of pom juice, fill the rest of the glass with your [champs of choice] and there you have it...a tasteful toast!

Cheese Tree
Who doesn't like cheese? I prefer havarti, swiss, brie, mozzarella, cheddar...okay, I prefer most cheeses! So why not add baby tomatoes, olives, a little garnish and put it all into an adorable Christmas tree formation? Done and done.

Chocolate-covered Fortune Cookies
Yummy! I always love finding out what my fortune is, so why not make the experience even more scrumptious? I'm planning on adding this to our family "cookie decorating" night coming up!

Cocktail Sausage Wreath
Just looking at this makes me hungry! Wrap cocktail sausages in Pillsbury crescent roll dough, bake accordingly, place them in a circle, add some slices of red pepper for a bow and serve with your own toppings/dipping sauces. Mmm!

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
I'm a huge cheesecake buff (did I mention I like cheese?) and this is an enticing spin on your traditional recipe! Why not combine two delicious treats into one? Check out how to make these bars here. Bon appetit!

 Happy Baking!

Images via Pinterest 


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