No matter where you are, don’t you just love cuddling up and enjoying the comforts of home during the Winter holidays?
Well, here’s just what the doctor ordered: a favorite winter holiday tradition, my favorite winter cookie recipe, and a Comforts of Home giveaway!
The Comforts of Home giveaway will run from Monday, Dec. 2 – Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Enter to win below. 3 Winners will be randomly selected on Dec. 9.
I have teamed up with a dynamic group of bloggers to offer you several easy ways to win one of 3 fantastic prizes, including:
- a Keurig K65 Special Edition Brewing System
- a 5-quart Artisan Series KitchenAid stand mixer (winner’s choice of color)
- a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader
One of My Favorite Winter Holiday Traditions is…
my Annual Holiday Treat Making Party. Every year, I invite 8-10 friends over to make their favorite holiday treats. It’s a jovial time of sharing food, cocktails, sweet treats and catch-up time with those I do not get to see as often as I’d like.
This simple yet charming gathering is so simple to prepare, it practically runs itself! I whip up a cookie or holiday bar recipe in my KitchenAid stand mixer ahead of time and throw it in the fridge, ready to finish off the day of the event. Then I make a quick appetizer, buy a few bottles of wine, and we’re ready to roll!
The best part of this tradition? Each guest has plenty of time to socialize with friends, make (and taste!) treats, and takes home dozens of diverse holiday treats for sharing with family and friends. How cool is that?
Each guest brings the following items:
– prepared batter/dough/cut-outs, etc. (enough for 12 treats per guest) of a favorite holiday recipe, ready to finish off. Be sure the hostess maintains and communicates an accurate headcount to her guests for this purpose.
– printed copies of recipe(s)
– cookie sheets
– cooling racks
– containers/plates/wrapping to hold the dozens of goodies shared at the end of the party
– a tasty appetizer to share
– a favorite beverage to share
Having each guest arrive with a pre-prepared recipe works beautifully. The pre-preparation gives us more time to eat, drink and be merry together. We rotate turns using the counter space and oven to prepare our treats. All the treats are ready to pack up in 2-3 hours’ time.
Every December, I hear, “My Goodness! How do you have time to make all these holiday cookies and treats?” (wink, wink). Yep, I adore coming out smelling like a rose.
One of My Favorite Winter Holiday Cookie Recipes…
** Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
KitchenAid stand mixer
knife or food processor – for chopping nuts
large mixing bowl
non-stick spray or flour for coating cookie sheet
1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional) – pecans, walnuts or a blend of them are great!
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
seedless strawberry, raspberry or apricot jelly
1. In your KitchenAid mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the vanilla extract. Fold in the chopped nuts with a wooden spoon.
2. In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix the flour and salt.
3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in the KitchenAid mixing bowl and mix on low until the dough is crumbly but holds together when pinched. A Play-Dough-like consistency is perfect.
4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
5. Prepare two cookie sheets – either line them with parchment paper or lightly grease and dust them with flour.
6. Take a walnut-sized piece of dough in one hand. Roll the dough into a ball and place onto the lightly greased cookie sheet. With your knuckle or thumb, press a well into the center of the dough ball.
7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes.
8. Transfer to wire cooling racks and allow cookies to cool completely.
9. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of jelly into the thumbprint well of each cookie.
10. Store the cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Yields: 6 dozen cookies
Enter here to have a chance to win one of 3 fantastic prizes. 3 winners selected on December 9th. Earn your first entry by answering this question in the Comments below this post:
Which item would you most like to see under your tree this holiday–a KitchenAid mixer, a Keurig Brewing System, or a Kindle Paperwhite?
Song du Jour: Winter Wonderland by Jason Mraz
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