by Kelly Holck
on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 5:23pm.
The holidays are a time for family, relaxation, and lots and lots of unhealthy food.
That's why this week's blog post is covering one of my absolute favorite activities to partake in during the holidays: baking/making cookies!
Last night, a few girlfriends and I got together and made a plethora of holiday desserts. I showed up with the intention of making beautifully decorated sugar cookies and absolutely no idea of what I was doing. After loosely following the recipe and tripping over a few hurdles, like forgetting flour and a few trial and error runs with the rolling pin, I was able to produce these festive masterpieces (see below).
The only step left at this point, was to pop them in the oven.
Many lessons were learned last night, but the biggest is that I am not a natural baker (see below). The good news is, the house is still standing.
Despite my lack of talent in the baking scene, I still LOVE to eat cookies and other holiday desserts, like any normal human being. Therefore, I'd like to share some recipes of cookies and desserts that are fairly easy and quick to make/bake!
Feel free to direct message me for my home address so you can send me some. I'm always accepting sugary donations.
This is the easiest recipe ever (college Kelly could make it) and a crowd favorite.
What you'll need: 36 Oreos (there's 39 in a pack so that leaves a few for snacking while baking) 1 package AKA 8oz brick of cream cheese, softened 4 packages AKA 16oz baking chocolate
How to make: 1. Crumble Oreos - if you want to get creative, use several different Oreo flavors for a large assortment. 2. Use hand-held or bowl mixer to combine softened cream cheese and cookie crumbles. 3. Line baking sheet with wax/parchment paper or aluminum foil. 4. Shape into 1-inch balls (should make about 48) and set in freezer for 10 minutes. 5. Melt baking chocolate - I like to melt a variety of baking chocolates i.e. white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc. for a large assortment. 6. Dip (now) frozen 1-inch Oreo balls into chocolate and lay on wax paper or aluminum foil lined pan. 7. Refrigerate for 1 hour. *Keep refrigerated until you're ready to eat.
My best friend made this last night at our cookie baking party and it really does live up to it's name.
What you'll need: 40 saltine crackers 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup butter 2 cups chocolate chips, your choice of variety - use Ghirardelli or Guittard, not Nestle
How to make: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and non-stick cooking spray. 3. Lay single layer of saltine crackers on baking sheet. 4. Put brown sugar and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 3 minutes. 5. Pour mixture over saltine crackers, spread evenly, and place in oven until it starts bubbling, about 4 minutes. 6. Remove from oven and immediately pour your choice of chocolate chips over top of bubbling saltines. 7. Throw back in oven for another 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is melted. 8. Spread melted chocolate evenly. 9. Let sit to cool OR throw in refrigerator if you're impatient, like me.
This recipe is absolutely hilarious to me and SO easy.
What you'll need: 1 bag white chocolate chips 1/2 cup marshmallow bits 3 cups chow mein noodles 1 bottle chocolate syrup 1 jar rainbow sprinkles
How to make: 1. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. 2. Once melted, throw into large mixing bowl with marshmallow bits and chow mein noodles. 3. Mix! 4. Line baking sheet with wax/parchment paper or aluminum foil. 5. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto paper/foil. 6. Decorate with fudge sauce and sprinkles. 7. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. *Keep refrigerated until you're ready to eat.
This one seems to be a bit more time consuming than the rest, and I've never actually made it, but it looks too delectable not to share.
What you'll need: 1 1/2 sticks of butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 large egg 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup crushed potato chips 1/3 cup chopped pretzels 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons festive sprinkles Sea salt, for garnish
How to make: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Line baking sheet with wax/parchment paper. 3. Use hand mixer and large bowl to mix butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. 4. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until evenly distributed. 5. Grab another bowl and whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together. 6. Combine wet and dry ingredients! The dough will be thick so don't jump to the conclusion that I gave you a bunk recipe. 7. Fold in the crushed potato chips, chopped pretzels, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. 8. Take tablespoon sized balls of dough mixture and put onto baking sheet. Learn from my personal mistakes and leave room between the dough balls so the cookies can grow. 9. Gently press down each cookie with a spoon and sprinkle some sea salt on top. 10. Put into oven and bake about 7-8 minutes, or until the edges look golden. 7. Remove, let cool for a couple of minutes, then throw onto cooling rack.
The internet is a magical and glorious place so, if my chocolate and sugar filled recipes aren't good enough for you, then do what I do: type "delicious recipes" into Google's search bar and Voila! And, if youhave a cookie or dessert recipe that you absolutely love, send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm always looking for new, mouthwatering treats to impress my family with.
As always, if you decide to start looking at homes this holiday season, feel free to reach out.
From the whole team at Madison Neighborhoods - Keller Williams Realty: Happy Holidays!