My Favorite Sweet Recipes for Gifts
The kids and I are just finishing frosting and decorating our Christmas treats for the year. We have sprinkles and powdered sugar to kingdom come around here! We usually split the cookies up for decorating; we keep the kid’s and give mama’s to neighbors, friends, and family. But I have to say, the kids out do me every year; they are so creative and their cookies have a festive flare I can’t deny.
Aren’t they lovely! I love their creativity.
These two are Hopes. She named them Rudolph and Rudolph’s Girlfriend
Growing up, I remember our family receiving plates of special treats at Christmas time. My favorite was from our sweet friend Georgia; she must of spent hours in the kitchen! It was something we always looked forward to, and it made us feel special. It’s just a little gesture, but I think it’s nice to carry on traditions like these.
Here are a few go to recipes that I use year after year.
This year I added homemade marshmallows to the list of treats. I saw a Pinterest post a while back about homemade marshmallows, and I’ve been wanting to try them ever since. Wow, I wish I would have tried making them sooner. To my surprise the recipe was simple and the marshmallows turned out amazing. They are like little fluffy clouds of sugar. Everything about this time of year is magical, and these cute little marshmallows added a touch of charm to our cookie tin this year.
I found this recipe from Ina Garten on the Food Network. It is simple and delicious! I’ve never gone wrong with one 0f her recipes so I thought I’d start there. I’ll continue to use this recipe as it turned out great and was simple. Here’s the link to the recipe along with a video. Marshmallow Recipe You can’t beat that! The vanilla and sugar combo is perfect, but I wanted to try two flavors. I just added about a 1/4 cup of raspberry puree and food coloring to the second batch of marshmallows. The pink color was pretty and the raspberry pares great with hot chocolate! Although the puree worked okay, I’m going to try raspberry extract next time as the puree seemed to make the marshmallows a little sticky. I just dusted them with extra powdered sugar and they were fine. The flavor options are endless, and I can’t wait to try a few new combos.
Short Bread Cookies
We made Shortbread Cookies this year as well. I make these cookies all year long. They adapt to every holiday. They do best with simple cookie cutter shapes like hearts, circles, or stars. We did doughnut shape this year because my kids are obsessed with them. Animal shapes don’t do well as you will probably loose a leg or two from the shape. They are rich and not too sweet; by far my favorite cookie! I tend to go to this recipe rather than sugar cookies. The kids can still frost and decorate them just as they would a sugar cookie. Here’s a link to a previous post I did about these little pieces of goodness. Short Bread Cookie Recipe
Of course we did Gingerbread Cookies as well. Gingerbread cookies scream Christmas. My favorite go to recipe is from the one and only Ree Drummond. Gingerbread Cookie Recipe I’ve never had a bad experience with any of her recipes. I alter the recipe a bit: 1. I double the spices: Clove, Allspice, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg. I like a lot of spice though! 2. My oven runs hot. I lower the heat to 325 degrees and I only bake for 10 minutes. This makes the cookies not soft but a little chewy. These have a nice “spicey” bite to them and they hold together nicely.They remind me of a Ginger Snap cookie and are not too sweet. I tend to like cookies that aren’t too sweet, and that balance out sweet frosting. Since these cookies aren’t super soft, gingerbread men and animal shapes work great.