Gingerbread Snowflakes

I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is MTV’s Catfish, not only is it entertaining but it’s where I learned about Google’s reverse image search! On the show they use it to see if people are misrepresenting themselves online, well I decided to give it a try on some of my photographs just to see if they were floating around anywhere. This was a shot I took quite a few years ago during one of my holiday baking sessions and posted on Flickr, much to my surprise I found that it is all over weheartit, Tumblr, Pinterest and other similar sites, so I thought I should give it a proper home here and include the recipe with it.

These cookies are one of my go to recipes for gingerbread cut-outs, they keep their shape very well, have a great spicy flavour and actually get better after a few days which makes them a great make ahead cookie for the holidays. Here I have used a set of snowflake cutters but you could use the traditional gingerbread man cutter or any shape you like!

What’s your go to holiday cookie?

Find the recipe here: Martha Stewart’s Gingerbread Snowflakes 

 

2014 Holiday Cookie Roundup + Peppermint Bark Troubleshooting

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DSC_6702Holiday baking is one of my fondest childhood memories, every year my Grandma and I would spend hours in the kitchen creating all kinds of amazing treats, and testing new and old recipes. Today I live about a 6 hour drive from my Grandma so while we don’t get to bake together too often anymore, it’s still something I absolutely have to do during the holiday season and it’s a tradition I can’t wait to pass on when I have a family of my own. One of my all time most requested recipes is Peppermint Bark, which is so easy you don’t need a recipe, but sometimes things can go wrong since chocolate is temperamental, below I will share a few of my Peppermint Bark disasters over the years and how to fix or avoid them!

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Hot Cocoa Bar + Homemade Marshmallow Recipe

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With the Holiday Season in full swing, so many of us have entertaining on our minds. A really fun, simple, and interactive way to add to your event is with a Hot Cocoa Bar! I set mine up this past weekend for a Holiday/Housewarming party!

We kept our Hot Cocoa Bar very simple but you can add as many elements as you like. Ours included hot cocoa kept warm in a carafe, Baileys to spike it with, homemade marshmallows (recipe below), white chocolate chips, crushed candy canes and chocolate wafer straws. We also found some to go cups with lids at our local grocery store which kept us from doing dishes (yay!).

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