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20 Christmas Treats for Kids

by Ann-Marie on December 8, 2014

Christmas Treats for Kids

At such a magical time of year, it fills my heart with joy seeing my kids’ excitement, like when our older children pick up one of our many Christmas books and read to their little sister, or even little things like changing the day on our Christmas countdown ornament.

Normally when I’m in the kitchen, I prefer to go it alone, practically scatting the kids away with a broom. But Christmastime is different. I want each of them to have memories of sharing time with me baking cookies, decorating treats and packaging up delicious gifts to share with friends.

Enjoy this season with your children, and spread some cheer with these 20 Christmas Treats for Kids!

 

Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies1. Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies From Shugary Sweets

2. Snowman Cupcakes From Sweet Simple Stuff

Reindeer Cupcakes3. Reindeer Cupcakes From Hoosier Homemade

4. Oreo Truffles Christmas Trees and Santa Hats From Love From The Oven

5. Personalized Christmas Ornament Cookies From Bake at 350

Snowman Hats6. Marshmallow Frosty Hats From Inside BruCrew Life

7. Frosty Snowman Pretzels From Hungry Happenings

8. Melted Snowman Cookies From Somewhat Simple

Elf on the Shelf Cookies9. Elf On The Shelf Cookies From Bake at 350

10. Peanut Butter Christmas Trees From Sweet Simple Stuff

11. Frozen Hot Chocolate From Six Sisters Stuff

Candy Cane Kiss Cookies12. Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cookies From Inside BruCrew Life

13. Reindeer and Snowman Donuts From Love From The Oven

14. Santa Claus Cupcakes From The Domestic Rebel

Melting Snowman Cupcakes15. “Melting” Snowman Gingerbread Cupcakes From Erica’s Sweet Tooth

16. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer Treats From Hungry Happenings

17. Reindeer Feed From Hoosier Homemade

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies18. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies From The Domestic Rebel

19. Chocolate Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies From Six Sisters Stuff

20. Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites From Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Which treats might you try this Christmas?

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Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

by Ann-Marie on November 15, 2014

Brown Sugar Shortbread

I discovered this recipe in a Christmas with Southern Living cookbook, and despite it only having 3 ingredients, it is now one of my favorite cookies! It’s easy to make, and if time were a concern then instead of cutting shapes with cookie cutters, you could just roll out the dough and cut into squares, then cut on a diagonal for a traditional shortbread look.

Brown Sugar Shortbread Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • sparkling sugar (optional)

Easy peasy directions

*Note: Allow 30 minutes to chill, baby!  Place softened butter into mixing bowl and beat at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Slowly add flour, beating at low speed until smooth. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Brown Sugar ShortbreadRoll dough to 1/4″ thickness on a lightly sugared surface. Cut with cookie cutters and place 1″ apart on lightly greased baking sheets (or use parchment paper). Sprinkle evenly with sparkling sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 min or until edges are golden. Cool pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield 12-18 cookies.

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Basil Tomato Bisque Recipe

by Ann-Marie on October 10, 2014

Basil Tomato Bisque recipe

Tomato soup can run the gamut. Some are on the salty side and brothy, some are chunky (personally? = ew), some are so perfectly smooth you think it’s tomato-flavored soup instead of the real deal.

I’ve always loved tomato soup, the creamier bisque-style especially; and I’ve tried it at nearly every restaurant that serves it. One that was fabulous was at Midtown Grill in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, but sadly the restaurant closed its doors a couple of years ago.

After tweaking a few variations of Tomato Bisque recipes, I’ve come up with one that I really, really like. It makes enough to share with another tomato soup-loving friend or neighbor, and it’s easy to fraction down for a smaller family.

Basil Tomato Bisque Recipe

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