Holiday Baking Bonanza
On the menu:
- Bourbon Caramel Sauce from Minimalist Baker (via A Cup of Jo)
- Coconut White Hot Chocolate from My Invisible Crown
- Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies from oh joy!
- Peppermint Bark Brownies from Thriving Wife Emilia
|Looks like we will need more bourbon.|
Look how cute it is in this little jar we upcycled!
Next, I made some whipped cream from scratch for the hot chocolate - this really is super easy so there is never a reason to buy it from the store as long as you have a bowl and a whisk.
|Hard at work|
|Just pop in the fridge until you need it!|
|Don't forget the nutmeg!|
|Drizzling that yummy bourbon caramel, look at it overflow!|
|Cream moustache approved!|
|Left: Nutella dough. Right: Cookie Butter dough. Equally delicious.|
Finally it was time for Em to take over and show me how to make her Peppermint Bark Brownies. I'll let her tell you all about this one:
Each year I do some serious Holiday baking to show some love to my colleagues at school. Since I am in education I know how important it is to keep the custodial staff and secretaries feeling loved and appreciated. I mean, more often than not it is these people that keep the school running smoothly and make sure I have what I need. So, why not shower them with a homemade sugary treat to show my gratitude? My go to quick recipe is for Peppermint Bark, super easy to make and super delish. All you need is Trader Joe's white chocolate chips and some candy canes. Melt those suckers down nice and slow (either using a double broiler or the microwave), spread it nice and think on wax paper and sprinkle crushed candy canes (I pound them with a mallet in a double zip lock baggy) on top... done! Let it harden, break into shards and bag. So quick, so few ingredients and yet oh so holiday-ish!
The past few years however, I have decided to take it up a notch and just do that bark right on top of a decadent fudge brownie. Same basic idea, but for some reason, I started to like the idea of giving people a perfectly square, gorgeous brownie instead of the usual bark. All you need to do is cook the brownies as you would normally (I am using box mix, please don't judge). As soon as you pull the brownies out of the oven, take the chocolate chips and dump evenly across the top of those hot hot brownies.
The chocolate will start to melt and using a spatula, you just smoooooth it out. I like to make it a bit thick, so I use about 3/4 to a full bag of white chocolate chips.
Once those are all melted I take my crushed candy canes and sprinkle evenly across the top. Once that is done, I usually spice it up with some red and green sprinkles to really make it full blown Christmas-ed out.
Let those puppies harden over night and cut the next day. You have to be pretty careful when cutting or the chocolate will crack and leave you with some not so pretty ones (which is perfect to give to my TH who is usually drooling and waiting for me to make a mistake as I cut). Once cut, gingerly place in a cellophane bag, add pretty ribbon, personalized tag and viola, you are done!!
Got any holiday treat recipes you can't wait to try? I know I still have a few left, but I am always looking for more!
P.S. Thanks to all the bloggers who shared these yummy recipes with the world!