Eggnog Snowball Cookies

Eggnog snowball cookies

Can you ever have too many cookies over the holidays?

I say no!

These delicious and addictive little cookies are soft and chewy with the taste of cinnamon and eggnog. Perfect for dunking in your hot chocolate !

For cookies

  • 1 Cup margarine
  • 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Cup eggnog
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

For the coating

  • 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

  1. In a large bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. then add eggnog and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.Slowly add your dry mixture into your wet ingredients 1/3 at a time.
  3. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in size and place on your baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes or util the bottoms start to brown.
  5. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  6. While cookies cool mix together your coating ingredients.
  7. Roll cooled cookies in the sugar mixture and place on a wire rack to cool completely. If sugar melts into cookie you can re roll them in the coating once completely cooled.

The holidays are such a special time and is it really even Christmas without stuffing your face with delicious treats??

Enjoy!

Fran

 

Perfect Peppermint Icing

Peppermint icing
So the countdown to the holidays is definitely on!

In only a few days it will be Christmas!

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you probably don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen making homemade treats from scratch. This icing will add a special homemade touch to any boxed cake mix!

With only a few ingredients its super simple and can be made in minutes!

  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Cup butter (softened)
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  1. In a mixer add your butter and sugar, mix on low until the butter and sugar are well incorporated.
  2. Add your milk and once fully incorporated check consistency. It may seem a little dry, if so add another tablespoon of milk.
  3. Add peppermint extract and mix until well combined.
  4. Make sure to taste your icing, if too thick add more milk a tsp at a time.

Top with crushed candy canes or sprinkles for an extra festive touch!

The perfect addition to you cakes, cupcakes and cookies and no one will know it only too 5 minutes to make!

Enjoy,

Frankie

 

Santa’s Favorite Vanilla Cookies

Vanilla Cookies
Our family has a well guarded secret, but since we’re all friends here… I’ll let you in on it!

These are Santa’s favorite cookies!

Seriously, they are amazing!

I promise if you whip up a few of these, you’re guaranteed to be on the nice list!

That is of course, if you have any left over for the jolly old guy. These cookies are so soft and chewy, you might not be able to control yourself!

They’re quick and easy to make and would be perfect for a cookie exchange with friends, holiday get together, or hiding from your kids in the laundry room and stuffing your face…. no? Just me? Ok….

  • 1 Cup of butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 Cup of white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla ext
  • 2 3/4 Cups all purpose flour
  1. pre heat your oven to 350 and grease two large baking sheets
  2. In a large bowl, mix your butter until fluffy and then add 1 Cup of your sugar, mix until combined. Then add the remaining sugar
  3. Add your egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix until just combined. Add your flour to the mixture one third at a time. Your dough will look crumbly.
  4. Using your hands press and knead dough until it forms into on big mass.
  5. Taking 1 tbsp of dough at a time roll into balls and place them 1 inch apart on your baking sheet.
  6. Gently flatten cookies with either a fork or drinking glass and top with sprinkles of your choice.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cookies begin to brown along the edges.
  8. Let cool on baking sheet.

We’ve started some family traditions of our own over the past few years and these cookies have become a Christmas Eve staple in our house!

Enjoy,

Fran

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

The Snow has fallen here!

We’re enjoying it while it lasts, and spending time in our little winter wonderland!

What’s better than coming in from playing in the snow to find some delicious hot chocolate waiting for you?

This recipe has been so helpful on those cold days, when you come inside and your fingers haven’t quite defrosted yet. It’s also great at a family gathering where people can help themselves. Set out the marshmallows and whipped cream, along with some other yummy toppings and people will love it!

  • 1 1/2 Cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 Cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Cups milk chocolate chips
  1. Add all the ingredients to your crock pot and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is hot.
  3. Whisk well before serving.

Another easy recipe that will make you look like a superstar as the little (and not so little) ones come in from the cold winter weather!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Quinoa and Sausage Minestrone

There’s no doubt about it, the cold weather has arrived!

After a day of braving the not so nice weather it’s always good to sit down to some cozy comfort food!

Bonus if it only takes 40 minutes to make!


Our family loves this twist on classic minestrone and Frankie is always quick to point out any left overs are definitely reserved for his lunch the next day!

  • 3 Italian sausages, removed from casing
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 Carrot peeled and sliced
  • 1 Celery stalk, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes (796 ml)
  • 1 Container of chicken broth (900 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 Cups fresh spinach
  1. In a large saucepan, crumble sausage meat and cook on medium heat, until no longer pink.
  2. Add onion,carrot,celery and garlic. Cook until onion begins to soften.
  3. Add your tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning and quinoa. Cook at a low boil until quinoa is cooked.(about 20 mins)
  4. Stir in spinach, and cook until just wilted. (approx 1 min)

A cozy comforting meal in the middle of the week, that you don’t have to slave over the stove for!

Enjoy,

Fran