Brown Butter Chocolate Snickerdoodles

This is a sponsored post.  I received product from Nielsen-Massey for use in this recipe.  All opinions are my own. It's the most wonderful time of the year- holiday baking time! I've been making cookies for our family gathering for over 20 years, and I'm constantly hunting for something new and different.  I found these Brown Butter Chocolate Snickerdoodles on the Nielsen-Massey website, and I couldn't wait to give them a try. 

I used Nielsen-Massey's Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract in this recipe, which is available by itself or as part of their Holiday Flavors Bundle. I used my trusty cookie scoop to portion the dough, because it's a huge time saver.  All the cookies come out uniform size and shape and cook much more evenly.

I initially only baked up half the dough, and planned on freezing the rest to make the week of Christmas, but they were devouring them so fast I wasn't going to have enough to photograph! They're deliciously crunchy …

Snowy Mountain Cookies

I'm happy to be joining the Baking Bloggers for December's theme- snow!  Mother Nature must have thought I needed some inspiration because we got nearly two feet of the white stuff over the last week. 

I chose this recipe from Taste of Home because I loved the story that went with it. Stephanie B. went to school where she could see the Alps from her window.  New Hampshire's White Mountains are one of my favorite places to visit, but I also thought of our summer trip to Alaska, and how beautiful Denali was, covered in snow even in July.

I did make a few changes to the recipe.  I left out the nuts due to allergies.  I also used a powdered sugar glaze for the snow because my guys don't really love white chocolate. I used about 1/3c of powdered sugar and 2t water to get the consistency I wanted.   I couldn't get my hands on a triangle shaped cookie cutter, so I used a ruler and a pizza wheel.

They didn't all turn out exactly the same shape, but I think that on…

Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes

I am a fan of all things gingerbread, desserts, coffee, you name it.  I've got quite the stockpile of recipes in my to-try file, but when I ran across these Caramel Gingerbread Cupcakes from Taste of Home, they went directly to the top of the list!

The only things I changed was to use whole milk instead of 2%, that's what we keep on hand. I also ground the nutmeg, cloves, and ginger fresh in a spice mill.  The smell was amazing! 

I'm going to be upfront and say, my piping skills are terrible.  I have such beautiful designs planned in my mind, but they rarely make it to the item that I'm decorating.  That's when I bust out the sprinkles!  Sprinkles just make everything more attractive.  In this case, I used Sweets and Treats Reindeer Food Mix.

Aren't they adorable? And I just want to put that caramel frosting on every single thing I bake now, it's so good.  Thanks so much to Delanie S. for sharing her recipe!  These definitely will be making an appearance …

Angel Sugar Crisps

Really excited to be participating in #ChristmasSweetsWeek 2019!  If there's one thing that I know that my guys will always enjoy, it's holiday goodies.  I'm kicking things off with a cookie that's become an instant family favorite, Angel Sugar Crisps.

I found this recipe on the Taste of Home website, and only made a few small changes.  First up, I used a cookie scoop to form the balls. I just find it so much easier than doing it freehand, and consistent cookies always bake much better.

I rolled my cookies in raw sugar, but you can also use granulated or colored sugars.  Based on the size of my scoop, I got 30 cookies, and they took about 10 minutes to bake. The crunchy, sparkly sugar outside and the delicious vanilla flavor will make these the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays. Thanks so much to Annabel C. for sharing her recipe!

Thank you so much to Terri and Christie for hosting #ChristmasSweetsWeek! Be sure to check out all the awesome recipes the othe…

Holiday Food Recipe Round Up

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

All the joys & feels the holiday season brings! Celebrating what the season truly means to each of us, decorating our homes, finding or creating thoughtful gifts for those we love, spending time with family & friends and of course all the food.

If you're baking cookies for everyone you know - or maybe just Santa - we have lots of cookie ideas this month. If you're making a holiday dinner, or just bringing a side dish - we got you covered. Oh, and if you need something a little more "festive" we have some drinks too.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa - Happy Holidays! Whatever you celebrate, we hope you have a joyous holiday with the ones you love!

Cookies for Santa...
Christmas Crinkle Cookies from Blogghetti

Lemon Snow Drops from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Chocolate Espresso Brown Sugar Cookies from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies from Cheesecurd In Paradise

Molasses Cookies fr…