One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas cookies. It was an annual tradition and we had a set menu: chocolate crinkles, cut-outs, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and probably a few others I?m forgetting. We also made fudge and divinity if it wasn?t too humid for the candy to set. When we made the cut-outs my siblings and I each got a pan of cookies to decorate, and then of course we got to eat them when they were finished! I always preferred the smaller cookies (especially the candy cane shaped ones!) because they were a little crunchier than the others. The cookies were, of course, left out for Santa on Christmas Eve and featured prominently on Christmas morning, when we ate cookies and candy for breakfast because my mom was too busy to make breakfast.
If you?re looking to have some fun at this year?s Halloween party, consider doing a spooky wine and dessert pairing party. With just a few tweaks to a traditional pairing party, you can give your guests a great time.
Do you have a go-to dessert? One you make when you just really need a sugar fix or you need to take a dish to a party and don?t want to experiment? I do. It?s brownies. These little chocolate squares are the perfect crowd pleaser: most people like chocolate (and if you don?t I?m not sure we can be friends. JK. Maybe); they don?t require a fork so they?re easy to eat when mingling, and they?re iconic. Most people grow up eating brownies semi-regularly, so there are no funny looks when you walk in with a plate of them and no one has to ask what they are or how to eat them. Trust me, it happens.