.christmas recipe round-up.

Is there anything more wonderful than Christmas?  The lights, the presents, the food…it’s all just too much.  Though I typically don’t indulge in sweets, that all goes out the window during the holiday season…my bikini body will still be here, ready for some routine maintenance when January rolls around.

For this recipe round-up, I focused on the Four C’s of holiday goodies:  a cookie, a candy, a cake, and a cracker. I’ve also included links on where you can buy dupe treats if you’re not the holiday baking type.

First up:  the most fool-proof, wonderful, perfect chocolate chip cookie known to man.  If you have ever eaten a Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookie, you know I’m telling the truth.  If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing, run (don’t walk) to the store, and treat yo self.

If you’re looking for an indulgently crunchy cookie, this is your go-to recipe.  They’d be perfect to take to a Christmas Cookie Swap or as a gift to your office mates or neighbors.  And honestly, if you’re not the baking type, just buy a couple of sleeves and put them on a platter and you’re set.

Next up:  buttery, rich Seat Salt Caramels that are fun to make and the perfect sweet and salty treat for your child’s teachers.  I’ve made these several times and I would definitely recommend having a candy thermometer and having all of your supplies ready to go because this process is speedy quick.

Emily, the genius behind Jones Design Company also has cute little labels and packaging suggestions in her shop available for downloading (and it’s my favorite price…free).  She actually posted an Instagram Story earlier this month about making the caramels which inspired me to bake a ton of stuff for Josh’s co-workers.  If you’re not into a little basic science, you can just grab these at Trader Joe’s.

The perfect pound cake is a staple in the Southern home and Ina Garten (though decidedly NOT Southern) has the most wonderfully foolproof pound cake recipe of all time.  It’s quite labor intensive, but it has never failed me.  It has this wonderful, thick crust and pairs perfectly with macerated strawberries and freshly whipped cream.

If you don’t have the time or energy to make a pound that has to be sifted three times (Ina is the most extra of all time), just order one at your local deli.  Pound cakes are a great Christmas gift or even hostess gift to give.

Lastly:  crackers.  Last Christmas I tried these Fire Crackers at the Shealy Family Christmas gathering and I couldn’t control myself.  They are so good and they are so, so easy.  I tried them over the weekend with homemade pimento cheese and it made me practically melt into a puddle of goo.

If you don’t want to spend the time creating your own mix, you could easily just try this.  This would be a great accompaniment to a cheese ball or even potato soup.

What about you?  What are your favorite holiday treats?



PS:  these are my favorite cookies to order for special occasions.

PSS:  Ina made these yesterday on Food Network and they were beautiful.



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