M&M Holiday Cookies

December 3rd, 2018 · 2 Comments

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So, I don’t want to sound all melodramatic or anything, but here is the deal.

These are the BEST.  HOLIDAY.  COOKIE.  EVER.

Seriously, I kid you not.  When it comes to baking, I love the classics.  There’s nothing better than those recipes that you make year after year, party after party, because they’re just so delicious that you can’t imagine the holidays without them.  Which is exactly these: the perfect, gooey sugar cookie, topped with some melty, chocolatey M&Ms. 

And even cuter: these custom holiday MY M&M’s designs!  You can create your own custom designs on MyMMs.com — in keeping with the classic theme of these cookies, I went with the quintessential holiday picks, red, green and white, with little snowmen and Happy Holidays messages!  But I’ll be repeating this recipe with little blue and white ones when the new baby comes along (you can order those too)!

M&M Holiday Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups M&Ms

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and baking soda to the creamed mixture and blend until smooth.

Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silipat.  Bake at 375 degrees F for about 9 minutes.  When the cookies are out of the oven, but before they’ve cooled, gently press three M&Ms into the top of each cookie.  Serve!

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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What a year this one has been.

If I could capture with words my gratitude for all the wonderful moments in the last 12 months, I’m pretty sure I would explode the internet.  (Take that, Kim Kardashian’s butt.)

This year has opened my heart in ways that I couldn’t have imagined, challenged me in ways that I’m so grateful for, and given me more joy than I ever believed possible.  It has been a year of growth in every aspect of my life, of forcing myself every single day to be better than I was the day before. 

2014 gave me more knowledge, insight, and pure love than would have thought possible twelve months ago.  It was both the toughest and the single happiest year of my life. 

Merry Christmas to those of you who’ve been with me every step of the way.  There were two million eyes on this blog in 2014, and that’s a number I can’t even wrap my head around. 

I don’t say it enough, so for those of you who are reading, please know: Of all the things I’m grateful for, you guys are right at the top of the list.  You’re my companions on this this crazy journey we call life, and you guys are way more than just readers, or even friends.  You’re our giant extended family, and a huge part of our lives.  Thank you so much to each and every one of you for your support, encouragement, and advice throughout the year. 

I’m going to be taking a few days off to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but I can’t wait for 2015.  If this year was any indication, it’s going to be a wild and wonderful ride.

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new year’s eve party planning!

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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New Year’s Eve: The pinnacle of the entire holiday season!  Whether you’re celebrating with a few friends at home or headed out for a night on the town, New Year’s Eve is the perfect way to ring in the new year with a fabulous outfit, friends galore, and, of course, fun cocktails!

So if you’re thinking of hosting some guests this New Year’s, here are a few ideas to get your party off on the right foot!

First, pick your start time carefully.  If you’re having an evening affair, think about starting later than usual — think, 9 p.m. or even later — so that everyone can be fashionably late and still see the ball drop!  Three or four hours is the perfect amount of time for a party to last, so accommodate the early birds and the late night-ers with a carefully picked start.

Next, set up a few small stations where guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers at their own pace.  I like to have a dish of canapes right when guests come through the doors, but I keep our main bar on the other side of the house.  That way, people have to mingle and you don’t wind up with a crowd by the door and crickets everywhere else in your house.  Especially if you’re having a large group over, this keeps things from getting too cramped!

Finally, put some thought into your cocktails!  We spend so much time picking menus and choosing decor, and then forget to be creative when it comes to the most important part of a party: the cocktails!  Wine is always great, but amp your party up a notch with unique holiday cocktails like Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha — trust me, when this bottle is on your bar, no one will be able to resist!  Serve it with freshly made espresso (my recipe is below!) to keep the party going till midnight and beyond!

One last cute idea from the Kahlua Holiday website: before your guests arrive, decorate some of your glasses with peppermint rims to serve Kahlua Peppermint White Russians!  I loved their easy DIY video for this beautiful, creative idea — what a fun way to make your holiday party extra special!

2015 is going to be an amazing year, and with these tips, you and your guests will be ringing it in with style! 

Kahlúa is best when sipped responsibly.  Stay safe this holiday season and don’t drink and drive!

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Kahlúa Mocha Espresso

INGREDIENTS
1 part Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha
1 part Espresso
1/4 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Mix together Kahlua, vanilla and a fresh brewed espresso. Shake vigorously, and strain into your preferred serving glass.

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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