Oh-so-yummy HOLIDAY Recipes

I spent most of the weekend at my dear sister’s house and we did a good bit of baking. (Disclaimer: SHE did a good bit of baking and I just helped as I could – I was the HELPER ELF! :))

Among the things we made were these delightful CHEWY MOLASSES-SPICE COOKIES. Neither of us had ever made these before but I found them on the Martha Stewart website and they just really appealed to me. After all, I love molasses cookies and anything spicy so this was the perfect fit, right? RIGHT!! They are oh-so-good! Wow! And easy too… try them!

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Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies

Makes 36
Prep time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup sugar; set aside.

2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in dry ingredients, just until a dough forms.

3. Pinch off and roll dough into balls, each equal to 1 tablespoon. Roll balls in reserved sugar to coat.

4. Arrange balls on baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake, one sheet at a time, until edges are just firm, 10 to 15 minutes (cookies can be baked two sheets at a time, but they will not crackle uniformly). Cool 1 minute on baking sheets; transfer to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, 3 to 4 days.

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The other thing that we had/ made that I think we would BOTH highly recommend is the PEPPERMINT PADDY hot drink. YUM! ALl it is is hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps in it and topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and garnished with mint sprigs. YUM! Wow! This drink is so easy to make and will warm you up in a second. The schnapps gives it a DISTINCT minty flavor and adds a lot of warmth to an already warm (and YUMMY!) drink. Try it! Mmmmmmm…..

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Got tried-and-true or brand new holiday recipes to share? Post them here! Would love to see any and all holiday eat treats! 🙂 Enjoy!

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