Blogmas Day 16: Holiday Recipes!

As promised, Blogmas day sixteen will be all about some holiday recipes! Most of these recipes come from recipe books or the internet, and one comes from my family, and they are sure to make your holiday season a bit merrier! With some of them, mainly the ones that come from my family, I’ll be sharing the ingredients as well as how exactly to make the recipe, but for recipes that come from the internet, I’ll be sharing the list of ingredients, and then a link that will detail how to cook said recipe! Hopefully that makes sense! Anyways, let’s get into it!

Hot Chocolate Cookies

My sisters and I made this one last week, and these are surprisingly really good! We got it from the Best of Holiday Baking edition of the Taste of South magazine. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these since I’m not that big of a fan of marshmallows, but they were definitely worth making! Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted, softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of powered whole milk (the recipe calls for this, but we actually did just find without it!)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Large marshmallows

Instructions:

These cookies will be baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, so go ahead and set your oven to that. First, beat the butter and sugar together until they’re nice and fluffy, then add in the egg.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, powdered milk, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together. Add this mix bit by bit to the wet ingredients, and make sure to mix it together in between bits of adding the dry ingredients. Once it’s all mixed together, add the vanilla extract.

Take your cinnamon and another 2/3 cup of sugar and mix that together in a separate bowl. Once you’ve made little balls of dough, you can roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture and put them on a baking sheet. The book says to make 1-inch balls and to place them 2 inches apart, but we weren’t too exact with those measurements.

Anyway, bake them for about eight minutes. While that’s happening, take out your marshmallows. The book says to cut them in half, but we decided our cookies were too small for that and cut them into quarters instead. You can do what you want though! After eight minutes have passed, take out the cookies and press the marshmallow pieces into each one (be quick about it, too!), then put the cookies back in the oven. The book says to leave them in there for another 3 minutes, but we just did it until the marshmallows had a nice golden color. Also, watch out for the marshmallows sliding off while they’re in the oven, because that happened to us a few times, haha! Watch those marshmallows like a hawk so they don’t burn!

My sister added some sprinkles to the cookies (the recipe doesn’t call for this, but every good hot chocolate has sprinkles!), and it made them SO cute! This recipe is incredibly easy and the cookies taste really good!

(This recipe belongs to Taste of South magazine, Best of Holiday Baking issue)

Sugar Cookies

Most of the time we make sugar cookies for decorating, but this recipe isn’t intended for that! These are by far the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had, and you can see the entire recipe on the blog Life, Love and Sugar. For just a rundown of things you’ll need, here’s the ingredients list:

  • 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (for rolling the dough in before baking)

The recipe says to roll the dough balls in sugar before cookie them, but during the holidays, I like to roll them in red and green sprinkles!

(This recipe belongs to Lindsay at Life, Love, and Sugar)

Yule Log

There’s a tradition in my family where my grandmother and I make a Yule Log for Christmas Eve. I always look forward to it, and I take my job as the Yule Log baker very seriously. It takes forever to make, and I’ve come to realize that mistakes can be made easily. But they are so good! My grandma’s recipe that I had been using is missing somewhere, but this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar will work just fine (in fact, I may have used this one last year, but I can’t remember!). Check it out!

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 8 ounces of softened mascarpone cheese

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • cranberries and rosemary is optional!

If any of you guys end up making this one, let me know, because if I can’t find my grandma’s recipe I may resort to this one, haha!

(This recipe belongs to Lindsay at Life, Love and Sugar)

Sausage Balls

Every Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, my mom makes these sausage balls, and they are delicious! It’s another one of our little traditions that we look forward to eating! I’ll be using the recipe from Plain Chicken, since my mom said it’s pretty similar to how she makes them. Check out the ingredients list, then go to the link to see the instructions!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of uncooked sausage (a lot of recipes call for it to be hot, but my mom just uses it cold)
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup of Bisquick
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot, and it’s easy to make! Another thing is that some recipes will call for more Bisquick than that, but my mom doesn’t like to use more then 1 1/4 cup! And just a side note, there is a major cream cheese shortage going around, so if wherever you live is being affected by that, just know you can totally make this without cream cheese and it’ll turn out just fine!

(This recipe belongs to Stephanie at Plain Chicken)

If you guys end up making any of these recipes, please let me know how you like them! Baking/cooking is always fun during the holidays, so I hope you all make some fun memories! I hope you enjoyed this post! God bless y’all and have a wonderful evening!

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