Christmas Cookie Party

It’s finally Christmas time! This is my favorite time of the year. I love going all-out with decorations (yes, I’m one of those people with reindeer antlers in their car), gifts, and of course–dessert.

Ever since I moved back to Miami four years ago, my friend Karina and I have hosted a Christmas Cookie baking day. Basically we just go crazy and bake hundreds of cookies so that we can “gift them” in pretty christmas tins. But to be honest we have never actually gotten to the part were we wrap them and gift them–we usually end up eating most of them ourselves.

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Some of last year’s cookies

This year we’re switching up tradition, and instead of baking all the cookies ourselves, we’re having a Christmas Cookie Party. Every guest has to bake a batch of cookies–from scratch–and then we swap cookies so that everyone gets to try every flavor. Less work, more fun.

I’m obviously very excited, I already bought my cookie tin, and I’m between making cranberry and pistachio biscotti (the green and red makes it festive) or something more chocolatey. Maybe I’ll get crazy and do both. Either way it’s going to be a fun time with good friends, and more importantly yummy cookies.

Happy Holidays

Thanksgiving and the day after

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night was so fun! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday so I was really excited that we got to host it this year. We had like 25 people over and, like most Thanksgivings, we were rushing until the last-minute to get everything done. I’m usually on dessert duty, but Thanksgiving is the exception; this is the second year that I’ve been officially in charge of the turkey–no pressure.

But my loyalty is always with dessert–I’m thankful for my family, friends, and the blessings in my life, but I can’t lie– I’m also thankful for cream cheese frosting. Fittingly,my sister made an amazing red-velvet and we also had pumpkin cake, pecan pie, apple pie, and ice cream. I was so busy I forgot to take pictures, but I promise they were to die for.

So to redeem myself (and to satisfy my constant need to bake) I made some strawberry mini-muffins this morning. Perfect for a post-thanksgiving breakfast– they were light, tangy, and delicious.

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