Holiday Baking Extravaganza

Note: This is the last of my holiday baking posts, I swear.

By this time, it might be clear that I baked a ton of stuff in the days after I got home from law school and before our big family Christmas party. Part of this was because I live in a glorified dormitory for law students, meaning I have no kitchen and thus miss cooking. And the other part of this was because we had a lot of people coming over and just needed a lot of stuff.

In the end, I think my mom and I grossly overestimated how many goodies we’d need. We sent platefuls of cookies home with family members and we still have a ton left. Seriously, if you live in southeastern Michigan, I will deliver a platter of cookies to you. (Kidding. Stranger danger is real, y’all).

In addition to the afore-blogged (see what I just did there?) chocolate chip cookies and marshmallow reindeer, here’s a look at what I made.

M&M and Hershey Pretzels:

I don’t know if these have a real name, but they’re basically the easiest thing you could ever make – put some Hershey’s kisses atop pretzels, pop them in the oven for a few minutes, and then plop some M&Ms on them immediately once you remove them from the oven. Super simple, super cute, and super tasty.

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macarons:

I’m generally not a fan of coconut, but these turned out to be one of my favorite treats. The recipe is technically from Weight Watchers, but I figured out that if you followed the WW portion size, you would end up with what I can only imagine would be Hershey’s Kiss-sized macarons. So, I cheated and made them a little bigger (okay, a lot). It had to be done, in the name of Christmas.

Candy Cane Bark:

These were fun to make – I felt kinda like a chocolate artiste as I swirled around the two different melted chocolates to make a pretty pattern. They are also delicious but insanely rich – you might want to have more than one piece, but you will regret it, I swear. Also, I think my family began to hate me while I was making these – I put candy canes in a Ziploc bag and hammered them to get the peppermint bits. But really, is there any other way? Also, hammering candy canes is kinda fun.

Molasses Crinkles:

I was not jazzed about making these, but they’re a favorite of my Grandpa’s. I still have yet to eat one, but everyone else assures me they’re delicious. My major takeaway from this recipe is that molasses, straight out of the jar, is gross. Seriously, have you smelled it? It’s like something died inside there. And if that doesn’t make you want to bake this cookie, I’m not sure what will.

Cake Pops:

I think these might’ve been my favorite treat of all. They are simple to make but incredibly delicious. Also, not to brag (which means I’m about to brag), but all my aunts and uncles kept saying they looked professionally made. They turned out so cute!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:

These were also in the running for best Christmas treat. I love red velvet anything, so that’s why I chose to make them. You don’t add much peppermint extract at all, but the flavor still comes through really strongly. So delish.

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