Holiday Goodies

Before you start reading, just go ahead and make this amazing hot cocoa. It’ll put you in the mood and it takes 5 minutes.

This is hands down the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. Make it exactly as written (although I leave out the espresso powder just because I don’t drink coffee). It’ll be really, really rich. After a few sips, you’ll think, “Oh no! I have to preserve this forever!” and then you’ll constantly water it down with milk. It’s fantastic.

I also love it because it uses evaporated milk. I’m constantly throwing away almost entire packages of the stuff. I will never ever throw away evaporated milk again thanks to this recipe. Not only that, but we don’t have chocolate chips here. I buy bars of chocolate, chop them into chunks, and then a lot of it ends up too small to use in my cookies. I normally set it aside for ganache, but I rarely make ganache, meaning I have loads of little chocolate sprinklings left. Not any longer!

These taste way better than normal Rice Krispie treats and they don’t have any funky HFCS. Come on! It’s peanut butter and chocolate. They’re my absolute favorite candy. And it’s super super easy so you have to make these. Your life will be infinitely better.


Because I can’t get enough of peanut butter and chocolate, I also made these. Just as quick and easy as the above recipe. We loved these! And you have to have truffles during the holidays. You just have to.

Peanut Butter Truffles
Chocolate & Carrots

You know how when you make stuff with alcohol, it usually just has a subtle hint of alcohol? Not this fudge. The Bailey’s intensity is just perfect. This fudge doesn’t use any candy thermometers or fancy equipment. You simply warm up the ingredients. That’s it!

Irish Cream and Pistachio Fudge

I haven’t made this one yet but it’s on my list! You need sugar, water, and the orange peel you’d just throw away anyway.

Candied Orange Peel

I made this last night! I took some to work and made people try it because I don’t really know what eggnog is  supposed to taste like. It was well enjoyed. :)

Egg Nog
Epicurean Mom

With my leftover eggnog, I’m going to make this cake. You prepare it the night before and then pop it in the oven in the morning. It sounds and looks amazing!

Overnight Eggnog Coffeecake with Eggnog Glaze

This is pulla. Pulla is Finnish sweet bread and this version has cinnamon, butter and sugar. I also haven’t made this yet, but it’s on the list. And if you haven’t checked out this blog, you need to. Right away. The pictures (and everything else) are amazing.

The last three aren’t what you’d typically call Christmas-y, but I’m making them anyway and sharing. And butterscotch is perfect for every holiday throughout the year. In case you didn’t know.

Here we have some cookies. But they’re special cookies. And I just realized that they’re the only cookies on my list which is kind of crazy. But these cookies have no added sugar. None. Not even honey! I’ve made the cranberry orange version and they’re fantastic! I kind of cheated and added white chocolate.

Despite there being no butterscotch recipes on my blog, butterscotch is my favorite flavor. And you know something really sad? There’s no butterscotch in Germany. It just doesn’t exist. So I have to ration my butterscotch chips.

These blondies are pretty neat. They have butterscotch AND white chocolate. And they’re quite gooey which I’m a huge fan of! We absolutely loved them.


Mr. Texanerin actually requested that we split these. And he really never does that. I only made half so we only got three each. It was sad, but I take comfort in knowing that I’m making these again soon.

All of the pictures were taken from the posts linked to above. Please visit all their lovely pages for the recipes and other awesome goodies that will enrich your life. :)
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8 comments on “Holiday Goodies” — Add one!

  • Erin says
    December 19, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    Sonia – It's an honor for me. :) Too bad they're all unhealthy (except your recipe!).

    Shelly – I should thank you! I was pleased to include them because they are butterscotch and gooey. Two things that can never be wrong.

  • cookies and cups says
    December 18, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    What a fun round up! Thanks so much for the feature, we love those bars!

  • Sonia The Healthy Foodie says
    December 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Wow… What a great post. These are gorgeous recipes, all of them! Thank you so much for including my Oatmeal Cookie Recipe amongst that pile of goodie good goodness. It's a true honor!

  • Erin says
    December 17, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    So people really like the orange peel. Yay! :)

    Miryam – No problem! And you know I had to restrain myself from not adding more than two of your goodies to my list. I just got an awesome idea today – I'm going to make your Irish Cream fudge like normal, but also again with this German egg liqueur stuff (also called Advocaat). I think it's going to be amazing! I'm so excited. Thanks for creating that recipe. It's the best fudge recipe out there and so easy!

  • says
    December 17, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Thanks for adding two of my goodies in your post :-) That orange candy covered with chocolate looks really good and tempting to make

    Thanks for the mention and merry Christmas!

  • Iamonewithmuchope says
    December 17, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Ahhhh so much deliciousness!!! That candied orange peel looks so tasty!

  • Erin says
    December 16, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    Sorry about that. It took way longer than expected to make this post and then I wanted to make most of the things in the post before I posted them. But then I was just too slow. I hope you're able to make at least one or two things from the list. :)

  • Becca says
    December 16, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    Wow. So basically the month of December needs to be extended by another 2-3 weeks if I want to get all of this holiday baking done! I want to make so many of the things posted here.


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