Monday, January 5, 2015

Holiday Desserts!

For Christmas this year, we made three recipes: two new ones and one tried and true!  Chai Sugar Cookies, Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Peppermint Bark Popcorn!


1. Chai Sugar Cookies

I didn't follow a specific recipe for this one.  I googled a bunch and saw that a lot of people suggest just emptying a chai tea bag into a sugar cookie mix, which is just what we did!  Easy peasy:  just follow the directions on the back of the box, but empty a tea bag into the dry mix. 




Speckled batter:
The cookies have this interesting chai aftertaste; I think they would have been extra good with some frosting!

2. Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite cookies ever are these coconut oil cookies from Well Traveled Wife.  I found them on Pinterest and then I fell in love with her blog too! But seriously, these cookies are amazing!  The coconut oil + touch of salt are such an amazing taste!! I don't bake very often but I make these a lot!
Look how good that batter looks!!!
Yum yum yum!

3. Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Lastly, we made popcorn covered in chocolate and crush peppermint sticks!










Ingredients:
  • 1/2c popcorn kernels, popped
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • A couple peppermint candy canes or candies (we used 4 canes and it was perfect)
  • 1 handful of chocolate chips
  • Wax paper
  • Option: peppermint extract, sprinkles (next time, I'd add peppermint extract to the white chocolate to make it more minty!)

Directions:
  1. Lay down wax paper on a large surface
  2. Crush peppermints either by hand or in a food processor
  3. Pop the popcorn
  4. Melt the white chocolate according to the directions on the bag (we microwaved it in increments of 30 seconds)
  5. Once the white chocolate is fully melted, pour over the popcorn and mix well so that it's evenly coated (Here is where I would have stirred some peppermint extract into the white chocolate)
  6. Spread the popcorn on the wax paper
  7. Immediately, before the white chocolate hardens, sprinkle the crushed peppermint over the popcorn
  8. Melt the chocolate chips using your prefered method
  9. Spoon the chocolate into a sandwich bag, and snip the corner off to make a pipping bag
  10. Drizzle the chocolate all over the popcorn
  11. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container!!  And enjoy!


Did you make any delicious treats for Christmas?  My brother and I used to bake all day long with our Grandma to make Christmas cookies, but we don't get to do that any more!

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