I love any excuse to be extra-festive, merry, and eat desserts. Birthdays, major holidays, new hires, retirement, kids’ fifth grade graduation… you get the point. It’s relatively easy to bring a little festive cheer into the work place with a pleasant attitude and maybe a desk decoration or two, however, as I mentioned, I like desserts. Desserts for major Holidays like Christmas and Halloween are pretty straight forward (red and green or orange and black decorations, pies…), but, it can be difficult to come up with work appropriate desserts for holidays like Valentine’s Day. Sure when you’re a kid at school you can bring candy-grams and lollipops or conversation hearts and pink heart cookies in to your classmates, but XOXO and hearts may not be the most professional approach in the job place. You do not have to skip holiday fun because it trends towards mushiness and expressions of love; you can wish your colleagues well and be thankful for their friendships and show it through some work appropriate Valentine’s Day desserts like Oreo Cookie Balls and Iced Cake Donuts.
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Oreo Cookie Balls
Iced Cake Donuts – coming soon!
I received a batch of Oreo Cookie Balls from a dear friend for Christmas a couple years ago and that same day I asked for the recipe! I’ve changed it up a bit, added a few more steps and punched up the decor for an extra-chocolatey kick. You can eat these at home (they will not last long), share with friends and neighbors, or take to a work party. Everyone loves this dessert. If giving as a gift, dress it up on a festive plate or in a paper dessert box. These do get a little ‘melty’, so keep them refrigerated until ready to be devoured! I think the best way to serve these is to have a combination of flavors in a batch (mint, chocolate, strawberry) and different finishing decorations (crumbs, sugar, chocolate, sprinkles, etc.) so that everyone can enjoy the many flavors that are packed into one dessert. Continue reading
If you are looking for some easy and delicious ways to tell a friend, neighbor or loved one that you are thinking about them during the holiday seasons, there is no better way to do so than with homemade baked goods. Easy enough to do on your own, but lots more fun if you have family or little helping hands with you, these five full-proof recipes and decorating ideas are sure to be a big hit. You only have to worry about having enough left over after taste-testing to give away! Continue reading
If you are looking for a warm, chocolate dessert or for a great homemade holiday gift, look no further. These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are easy for anyone to bake and the ingredients make for a colorful and festive Gift in a Jar. Continue reading
Traditional flour, sugar and walnut cookies like the Italian Wedding Cookie are a staple in holiday festivities in many countries around the world. There are numerous variations on the recipes from the sugary sweetness to the extracts used (like almond, lemon and vanilla). Some variations that became popular with the success of the Hershey Kiss are the ‘Kiss Blossoms’ with a hershey kiss on top of the cookie and the ‘Hidden Kiss’ or ‘Secret Kiss’ cookies with a Hershey Kiss tucked inside. I prefer the Secret Kiss version because the kiss is baked inside the dough, giving the inside of the cookie a warmer, gooier feeling, which is heaven when combined with the flaky exterior of the more traditional Italian Wedding Cookie dough. It’s a delicious treat, suitable for cooks of all skill-level, and a fun way to let kids help out in the kitchen. Continue reading
The holiday season is upon us, a time for gathering together, thankfulness, and expressions of friendship and love. We have been invited to a neighborhood Thanksgiving Day celebration and though each family will bring a dish to contribute to the potluck affair, I never like to enter a private home, for any occasion, without providing the host/hostess a small token of my appreciation. Even if a host/hostess does not prepare every dish, he/she still has opened their home and has probably spent hours shoving clutter into closets and cleaning house. A nice way to provide a personal gesture of appreciation, without breaking the bank, is to make a Fall Hostess Gift in a Jar Recipe. My favorite this time of year is Oatmeal Spice Cookie Mix. Read on for the recipe, decorating tips and photos.