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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Favorite Treats

At holiday time it's fun to sample the seasonal foods. By seasonal, I mean variations on chocolate, cookies and peppermint. So here are a few of my favorites. I do hope you'll weigh in (pun intended) with your favorites!

We just got a few sample bags of Pretzel Crisp's new dark chocolate and peppermint snacks. Yum! We also got to try the white chocolate version. I prefer dark chocolate, but the kids prefer the white. They dark chocolate bag is now hidden in my pantry where only I can find it. The downside is the bag only contains 4 official servings, so it's not very big. They're only out this time of year.
Trader Joe's. So many wonderful holiday foods at Trader Joe's. My favorites:

Trader Joe's chocolate-covered shortbread star cookies. Love these. Also hidden from my family. My TJs was sold out very early this year - I'm expecting a mailed shipment from a friend.

Trader Joe's chocolate-covered candy cane Joe-Os. So imagine a candy cane cream Oreo, covered in chocolate. Yep, that's it. They have their own Facebook page.
And this year, a box of 4 favorite seasonal covered Joe-Os. Includes ginger, peanut butter and double chocolate, in addition to peppermint. Yep, you guessed it. Hidden from the family.

Melting Moment Cookies with Icing - these have neither chocolate or peppermint, but I associate them with Hanukkah. I haven't made them as an adult, but I remember them from growing up. I can't guarantee this is the same Melting Moment recipe but it looked close. Make the icing with a cup of powdered sugar and a little bit of lemon juice (if you like tart) or milk. Add food coloring to the icing. It's just not the same if you use powdered sugar and no icing. They look more like these, but use color.

Check out these really cute North Pole cupcakes and peppermint popcorn from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. Her stuff always looks amazing!

And last, but certainly not least, we got some homemade Irish Cream from my dear friend Cheryl. It's so delicious. I don't have her recipe, but this homemade Irish Cream recipe has similar ingredients that she mentioned to me (she didn't say anything about almond extract).

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