Can you believe Christmas is only a few days away? I’m hoping you didn’t get fooled by the title of this post and came here hoping to get 5 original HKB recipes 😉 I love baking but in the past have stuck to the same few recipes. Over the last year, I tried to branch out and make “harder” things that were outside of my comfort zone. Last week I finally had the balls to make some fudge (with Bailey’s of course) and it was a hit!
Instead, I’ve decided to compile a small list of my favorite recipes that I’ve either previous baked and loved, or plan to try this Christmas. Do you have something special to bake every year, perhaps it’s a family tradition? If so, I would love to read about it in the comments. I’m always looking for a new recipe to try.
- Mix & Match Mama’s Gingerbread Muffins: I love love love making muffins. Mainly because you can play with the ingredients and end up with a variety of different tasting options. Muffins are also a great treat to bring to a birthday party or potluck because they are all individually separated and you don’t have to worry about
- Chocolate Saltine Toffee AKA Christmas Crack: Why is this so delicious? I love that you only really need 4 ingredients that are probably already sitting in your pantry at home. I made this a few weeks ago but am planning to make another batch tonight to bring into the office tomorrow for everyone to munch on.
- Chocolate Peppermint Macaroons: You guys, my coconut addiction is too real. This is another great recipe from Mix & Match Mama that has very few ingredients with simple instructions. Macaroons is one thing that I’ve never made because I always thought they would be much more complicated but after reading her instructions, I’m excited to whip some up.
- Red Wine Hot Chocolate: Girrrrrrrrrrl, don’t even get me started. I’ve made this latest Instagram worthy craze once before and it was magical. My mom is a big red wine drinker so I plan to make it for her as well, perhaps a Christmas Eve treat as we finish wrapping all of the Christmas gifts. The key is you want to use nice hot chocolate not crappy stuff that you can get at Walmart that’s $3 for a huge tub. When making it for mom, I plan to follow the above stove top recipe and topped it with whip and marshmallows!
- Peanut Butter OatMeal Cookies: Definitely a favorite all year long! Chewy, delicious and chances are, this is another recipe that you will already have 99% of the ingredients already sitting in your pantry. My little sister loves these cookies and always asks me to make them with her when I am home. Although these cookies are not entirely on the “festive” side, they will for sure be a favorite with everyone.