Warm Christmas Treats

Posted: Dec 15 2014

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are just so cute to not want to bake! And they make a great gift to give to someone.
There’s a little bit of cocoa powder, flour, egg, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and regular sugar. Typical chocolate cookie ingredients. However, I reduced the cocoa powder and replaced it with flour. I added a touch of milk to bring moisture to the dough, as well as used more brown sugar than white sugar. I also slightly increased the vanilla extract so the vanilla flavor is as prominent as the chocolate flavor. The chocolate chips make the cookies even chocolate-ier.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Whether you're at home or at an intimate Christmas get-together, you can sweeten up you hot chocolate even more! 
2 cups milk, preferably whole
1/4 - 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I recommend Ghirardelli)*
1/2 cup caramel sauce, recipe link follows
Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla marshmallows
Grated chocolate for garnish, optional
Caramel Sauce, recipe and step by step tutorial HERE (just leave the salt out if you don't want salted)

Prepare caramel sauce according to directions listed and allow to cool slightly. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once milk is warm, stir in chocolate chips and caramel, and cook whisking constantly until chocolate has melted. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm topped, topped with sweetened whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, drizzle each serving with 1 Tbsp caramel sauce and garnish with grated chocolate if desired.
*For a richer hot chocolate, you can use up to 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and mix in more caramel sauce as well if desired.

(source: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/01/caramel-hot-chocolate/)
Okay so we wanted to get a little more creative with you guys..
Krispie Treat Christmas Treats! 
These are soo cute! And such a cool desert if you are hosting a party! Not to mention, its a super easy treat to make!
6 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
3 tbsp Butter
10.5 oz Marshmallows
Green Food Coloring
12 Miniature Reese’s Cups
1/3 cup M&M Minis
12 Candy Stars
3 cup Powdered Sugar
3 tbsp Milk
3 tbsp Corn Syrup

To help in forming the cone shape, I took the foam that comes in a waffle cone pack to protect the cones and cut it to make a form to help shape the trees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium to large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
Add enough food coloring to make mixture dark green (it will lighten when cereal is added).
Remove from heat.
Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.
Allow to set about 4 minutes.
Butter a your hands and form mixture into cone shapes.
Place cones onto prepared pan.
Allow to cool and firm up for several hours.
Mix powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup in a bowl until smooth.
Transfer to piping bag or zippered bag to pipe onto cookies.
Pipe like a garland around each tree.
Space M&M minis like ornaments onto the garland.
Pipe a dab of icing on top of tree to act as glue and attach star.
Place a Reese’s upside down on pan. Pipe icing on it and place tree on top.
Allow to set before serving.

Wish you all a beautiful and safe Holiday season with lots of love and warm treats :)
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