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Sweet Holiday Treats

by Monday, December 12, 2016

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is holiday baking! It’s the perfect time to try new recipes, and share a few sweet holiday treats with those you love. Some people have tried and true family recipes that are a tradition to make each year, but my mom is more of a cooker than a baker so I’m always on the hunt for the best sweet treats.

 

This coming weekend I’m prepping to bake up a storm – I just need to decide what to make.

 

These Olive Oil Sea Salt Brownie cookies from Butterlust blog were by far everyone’s favorite last year, so I’ve been on a hunt for recipes that will just as beloved. These set a high bar.

 

Here are a few of my favorites up for consideration for this year’s holiday treat bag:

Chocolate Swirl Meringue 

Photo by Bakers Royale

Photo by Bakers Royale

Meringue is one of those things that looks impressive but is relatively easy to make. The chocolate swirl goes on top so you don’t have to worry about over mixing or messing the flavor balance. I also love how light these are – a nice reprise from all the holiday heaviness.

 

Nutella Sea Salt Caramels

Photo by Bellalimento

Photo by Bellalimento

I’m relatively new to the Nutella bandwagon, but after making Nutella fudge a few years back, I now get the attraction. I’m also for anything that is salty and sweet so I’m excited to try these. Caramels also fall into that category of surprisingly easy to make.

 

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

Photo by Two Peas & Their Pod

Photo by Two Peas & Their Pod

Not sure what to say here other than yes, please. Since I’m not a choc-o-holic, the fact that brown butter, salted and caramel are all in the same sentence is more than enough to get me excited.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Photo by She Wears Many Hats

Photo by She Wears Many Hats

A friend of mine introduced me to ‘Buckeye Balls’ several years ago and somehow they always make their way onto my holiday menu, in some form or fashion. Fair warning that these are a little time consuming and it took me a few tries to master the chocolate dipping. But the good news is that even if they look like total crap, they still taste amazing.

 

Vanilla Rum Eggnog Marshmallows

Photo by Butterlust Blog

Photo by Butterlust Blog

I’ve said this before but homemade marshmallows really are worth the work. Any flavor you add is usually subtle but is just enough to notice. How perfect would these be in a homemade hot chocolate gift bag? Easy to make, but can be a little messy. And, plan ahead because they set in the fridge overnight.  (P.S. Butterlust Blog is one of my favorites!)

 

Sparkly White Chocolate Lemon Truffles

Photo by How Sweet Eats

Photo by How Sweet Eats

So even though I’m not a huge chocolate fan, I’ve always liked white chocolate. But white chocolate anything is kind of risk because all those chocolate lovers out there tend to turn their noses up at it. I made these for our annual Christmas party last year and everyone liked them, even the chocolate snobs. They are pretty rich, but the little bit of lemon really complements the white chocolate. I think I might have even doubled the amount in the recipe and it still wasn’t too much. Truffles are easy to make in bulk and travel well, so thats’ why they’re on the maybe list for this years Christmas treats.

 

I’ll report back this weekend to see what made the cut!

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