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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Sparkling Chewy Molasses Cookies

Post holiday greetings! I tried out a few new cookie recipes this year. It was a mixed bag of awesome cookies with a few dud recipes. I'll be sharing the great ones here at the blog. First up are these oh so cute Sparkling Chewy Molasses Cookies, which I found at Mountain Mama Cooks. Kelley calls them the "Perfect Molasses Cookie," and I would have to agree, they are perfect!


To get them nice and 'sparkly,' be sure to use coarse sugar, like the Turbinado sugar I used. If you absolutely couldn't get your hands on some, regular sugar would work but it won't be nearly as pretty or noticeable in the finished product. It is worth picking up a bag for this recipe. Enjoy!


Soft and Thick Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Here we have the best sugar cookies I've ever made. The recipe is courtesy of a wonderful blog, Dimples & Delights, written by April.  I did make them a bit thinner than the recipe calls for, but they were still plenty thick and soft. The dough is just sweet enough, has a fantastic texture to it and rolls out easily.


The gorgeous sprinkles on the purple and blue cookies is from Sweetapolita's Sprinkle Shop. That particular sprinkle medley is Mermaid Magic. Rosie has the most wonderful sprinkle collections I've ever seen. If you know a cookie baker and need a special gift, buy a collection of fun sprinkles from her shop.

The food coloring is from Wilton, in a set like this. I really love the quality of the Wilton food coloring products. Their red coloring has no taste, which is a very good thing for frostings.


I love this recipe! This is now my go-to sugar cookie recipe. It is perfect.


If you prefer crispy sugar cookies, be sure to try my mom's recipe for Crispy Sn…

Cherry or Apricot Kolacky Thumb Print Cookies

Besides the famous Snowflake Sugar Cookies, another Christmas cookie staple at our house are Kolacky Thumb Print Cookies. They are tender and sweet and one of our favorites.


We also make these using an apricot filling but we decided to be lazy this year and only make cherry.


Enjoy!

Mint Crinkles

This pretty mint green cookie is perfect for green themed holidays. Christmas and St. Patrick's Day, I'm looking your way.


Super cute and delicious. Enjoy!

Soft Gingerbread Pudding Cookies Dipped in White Chocolate

Soft and flavorful gingerbread cookies, dipped in white chocolate. This recipe is wonderful for two types of eaters. First, for people who enjoy gingerbread but don't love rock hard cookies. Second, for folks that think they'd enjoy gingerbread if it were perhaps a little more mellow of a flavor.

This recipe is both soft and mellow, but it still has enough of that wonderful gingerbread flavor a lot of us crave around Christmas. I find this recipe to be great for kids as well, they love the flavor and the fact that it is dipped in chocolate.


I had originally planned to dip half of the batch in white chocolate and the other half in semi-sweet, but I melted too much white chocolate from the get go. So instead of wasting it, I just went ahead and dipped the entire batch of cookies in white. Gingerbread goes really well with milk chocolate or semi-sweet, so be sure to try that out sometime.


I found this recipe at the website SNAP! Many thanks to them for this winner of a recipe. E…

White Chocolate Dipped Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a holiday staple as far as I am concerned. I sweetened things up a bit by dipping the cookies in melted white almond bark and garnishing with holiday sprinkles.


If you have never tried almond bark, it is sold in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. It melts really well, easier than regular chocolate I have found. If taste is your ultimate priority, compared to the convenience of easy melting, you could stick with regular white chocolate instead.

Williams Sonoma Dresden Stollen with Cranberries

My gosh you guys, if you like giving out baked goods during the holiday season, you need to add these to your list of things to make. Dried fruits are soaked overnight in Brandy to give a wonderful flavor.

Now if you are familiar with the Williams Sonoma catalog you may be thinking why not just buy a Stollen from them directly. Well for one, they are expensive! $35-$55 per loaf is pretty pricey. Secondly, homemade is fresher and you get three loaves instead of one.

Initially I was afraid the bread might come out dry, but it has such a great texture and best of all it has so much flavor. I had a lot of doubts about how this would turn out and I was taken aback at how delicious and perfect it turned out. Enjoy!



Eggnog Layered Pie

Kay folks, today I have a really simple and pretty pie, Eggnog Layered Pie that I found from On Cupcake Moon. It is very easy to make, but do note that it does need a few hours to chill in the fridge so plan ahead. Enjoy!

Snowball Cookies

These delightful cookies are a staple for many families cookie platters. They are pretty little cookies rolled in powdered sugar. Basic, but delicious.


I prefer these cookies with no nuts. They are probably my favorite holiday cookie. Even though they only have a few ingredients, the texture and taste is outstanding.

Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!