Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve in the kitchen

Every year my family and I spend a great deal of time over the holidays in the kitchen. Whether we are cooking our meal or baking for friends and family, we typically have a great time turning simple ingredients into great food. 

This year I made sweet potato fries to keep us fueled for our long day ahead. 

We made most of the deserts that we are giving away today, including homemade peppermint bark, Linzer cookies three ways, and "Zebra Cookies." Tomorrow we will make cream puffs and put our holiday plates together to give as gifts. 

These are my favorite cookies. I love biting into them and having the delicious, flavorful jam burst out. They are just the right hint of sweet and fruity. I made sure we made extra of these so we would have plenty to keep after we give away our plates. 

Last year I got my wisdom teeth removed a week before Christmas. On Christmas day I still could not eat solid food, and I missed the chance to eat all of the amazing holiday treats. To make up for my missed chances last year, we made a lot of cookies and peppermint bark. The snowflake cookies above are drizzled in chocolate and topped with crushed candy cane that was left over from our peppermint bark. We made them on a whim, but they turned out great. 

In order to make the most out of the dough, we split our batch into thirds and made one the jam, another the snow flakes, and the last one we chopped up dried cranberries and added them in. We finished them with a light drizzle of orange icing (made by simply adding juice from a fresh orange to powdered sugar until we liked the consistency). 

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend as much as I am. Merry Christmas.

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