The Holidays are HERE!
There is a beautiful layer of white snow on the ground and Christmas music is playing softly in the background.
This truly is a time to reflect and be so grateful for all that we have and all that is yet to come.
Now is a also a time of crazy schedules: parties, shopping, get-togethers, more shopping and parties, parties, parties! And we all know what comes with a good party- good food! And we all know that our “good” food tends to be not-so-good for us.
Treats and SWEETS and SO much of it. Seriously, have you ever seen so many cookies in your life??? Ooey- gooey, super sugary concoctions with icing slathered to the moon.
For most of us, these sugar laden treats are nearly impossible to resist. And we all know what happens when we eat one- we eat two and then three, and before we know it we are drowning in a pool of guilt (not to mention calories).
Have no fear! All hope is not lost!
I am here to help. My own sweet tooth has gotten the better of me many, many times over the years. As with basically everything else in this life, I have found that it is best to be prepared. Instead of fooling yourself into thinking that you will avoid the sweets table at your next holiday party (let’s be serious!), contribute something that you know will satisfy that pesky sweet tooth and not leave you feeling cheated.
You will thank yourself and others will, too! You might wind up being the most popular person at the party…
I have perused my favorite blogs and recipe books and put together a sensationally sweet compilation of holiday cookies for you to enjoy and not regret.
Cheers to that, friends!
And happiest of holidays to you!
On my cookie plate here, I have ginger snappers, hermit cookies, chocolate snowflakes and snowballs. It would be nearly impossible for me to tell you which is my favorite. They are all SO tasty.
The Ginger Snappers are a twist on an ordinary ginger snap. In this version, I use three types of ginger: powder, crystallized and freshly grated, yielding a bit more zip than the original. I also added chopped pecans for added flavor and texture. I think of these as “grown up” ginger snaps.
The hermit cookies are from 101 Cookbooks. Heidi named these cookies after her friend, Sante, who introduced her to this type of cookie. To keep the Christmas spirit, I’m calling them Santa’s Hermit Cookies.
At first glance, you might mistake them for chocolate chip cookies with icing. But, oh, they are so much better than that! Once you take a bite, you will realize those chunks are no ordinary chocolate chip. Instead you will taste walnuts and currants with a punch of clove, allspice and cinnamon. Then the icing hits you. Ooh la la! If you are a fan of the ultra sweet cookie, these will satisfy that indulgent craving without that smack of guilt at the end.
For those of you that love brownies, these Cocoa Snowflakes are for you! I’ve used a natural cocoa powder here that will give you the chocolaty brownie flavor without being over the top. Also, the dusting of powdered sugar gives an extra bit of decadence and looks so pretty against the chocolate, almost like a dusting of snow.
I found Hit the Slopes Snowballs on Daily Bites. They are sweet and buttery with an unexpected hint of orange. Rolled in coconut flakes and formed into bite-size balls, these little guys are perfect for popping. And let’s face it, they are just cute!
Wishing you a very Merry Everything and a Happy Always!
And lots of yummy, yummy cookies!