December 1st. The most wonderful time of the year! I just feel giddy and joyful this time of year for no reason in particular other than the promise of time with family and friends and some of my favorite yearly traditions drawing near. I plan to share as many sweet treats with you from now until Christmas day as possible!
I am beginning this festive month with some cookies that Santa himself would be excited to eat. These Candy Cane Cookies with Chocolate Mint Centers would be the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter and they would also ship well if you are looking to send some Christmas cheer to family or friends who you cannot be with this holiday season. I love the idea of homemade gifts and you know that if you give gifts that are edible, you will not need to worry whether or not the person needs the gift or will use the gift. You know that if you send something yummy and adorable, it will get eaten and will be appreciated.
These cookies come from the cookbook Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites by Sara Wells and Kate Jones.
I love this book. It is broken up into the four seasons of the year and not only provides recipes from breakfast to snacks, but it also provides small food craft projects like making Thanksgiving Turkeys with candy and cookies or Penguin Cupcakes. It provides great colorful images with all of the recipes and for some techniques such as how to make swirled, multicolored frosting to top a cupcake.
I love tutorials with step-by-step photos so that you can be sure you are doing something right along every step of the way. There are fun and festive drink recipes such as for Apple Cider Floats and S’mores Hot Chocolate. The main reason this book gets an “A+” from me in all ratings is that it provides at least one huge, glossy photograph of every recipe.
I love to see a finished product so I have something to aim for as I cook or bake. Also, while there is a great variety of recipes, they all call for ingredients that you would most likely already have in the house. No need to order online or seek out a specialty food store, you can whip up these impressive, yet humble recipes in no time.