Easy & Delicious Christmas Cookies

Happy Holidays to you! These are some of my favorite go-to cookie recipes, click the title for the full recipe.  Happy baking! My Grandma Maxine’s Gingersnaps  My Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies (perfect for rolling dough and cutting with cookie cutters) Softest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Perfectly Soft Peanut Butter Cookies  Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches Sugar Cookies (customize icing and sprinkles for the season!) Continue reading Easy & Delicious Christmas Cookies

Rosemary Roasted Almonds

This is a simple, five ingredient recipe that’s perfect for a hostess gift or to set out for your guests when entertaining.  Fresh rosemary gives the almonds a delicious flavor and fragrance. I make a large batch and keep them in the freezer.  What to buy: 3 cups raw almonds one bunch of fresh rosemary 5 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 pinched of sea salt or more to taste What … Continue reading Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Baked Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

This is a delicious recipe for creamy risotto studded with delicious roasted butternut squash and sweet dried cranberries. Roasting squash is simple; just cube, toss with olive oil, spread evenly on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and cook until it’s reached your desired consistency.  Roasting sweetens the squash’s flavor, making it perfect to eat on its own or to pair with risotto.  Baking the risotto in … Continue reading Baked Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes

When I saw this recipe from Food & Wine I knew I had to try it and I was not disappointed! This is my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes and is as simple as can be.  My picture doesn’t do it justice because you can’t quite see the specks of vanilla bean (just like in real vanilla ice cream.) They’re sweet but not too sweet … Continue reading Vanilla Bean Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Mint Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

I’m so excited my sisters have come up to visit us for a few days before we all head south for Christmas and to welcome them I made these Mint Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies.  I can’t resist when the grocery store is stocked with holiday themed products like these “winter” morsels: I wasn’t in the mood to roll out sugar cookies or gingerbread men (and I … Continue reading Mint Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

This loaf cake, loaded with pears, cinnamon and chocolate is my homage to the final lyric of the Twelve Days of Christmas: “And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”  It is a dense loaf cake, perfect for Christmas time gifting or enjoying yourself.  The inspiration was this cake in Better Homes and Gardens.  After I saw this picture of the sliced loaf I knew I had to … Continue reading Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

Hearty Beer Cheese Dip {with Christmas MSU Edam Cheese}

Last Thursday I posted a recipe for Spicy Hot Cheese and Sausage Dip and today I’ve got another cheese dip for you, this one with with beer and lots of cheese.  I was inspired to make this dip after my Aunt sent us an awesome Mississippi State University Edam cheese ball for Christmas.   The cheese is produced at MSU’s dairy plant, a teaching and research laboratory for students studying dairy … Continue reading Hearty Beer Cheese Dip {with Christmas MSU Edam Cheese}

Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies

I did it! My freezer is now stocked with batches of Maxine’s Gingersnaps, Peanut Butter Cookies, McHoward Cookies, and today’s recipe: Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies. As you might have guessed from the name, the recipe for Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies was passed down from my maternal grandmother (and namesake) Sally, a wonderful woman who passed away before I was born.   Everyone says she was a great cook and a … Continue reading Grandma Sally’s Christmas Cookies