In the Kitchen – Snowball Cookies

So my work schedule is back to Monday through Friday which means less time to bake, but I may have just found the easiest cookie ever!

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I have always loved these cookies, but never tried my hand at making them myself. Who knew that it could be so easy and quick! I seriously now consider these the best cookie swap cookies around!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds (I chopped mine in my Ninja)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. Cream butter
  3. Slowly add sugar and continue creaming until fluffy
  4. Add nuts and vanilla
  5. Gradually sift in flour & mix well
  6. Shape into balls
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  8. Let the cookies cool completely before putting in ziploc baggie with 1 cup powdered sugar and coating generously

That is all you have to do! Plus these cookies get better the older they are so I recommend waiting at least a day or two before eating them, hence the perfect cookie swap cookie! I’d love to hear what your favorite holiday cookie is so I can add it my Christmas Eve dessert table!

In the Kitchen – Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Usually for Christmas Eve we have dinner at my house, but this year due to downsizing our house before we move my sister volunteered to have it at her house. This was her first time ever doing it and it was a huge success and a wonderful evening. Mr. H and I went over first thing in the morning to help out as much as possible so I volunteered to make breakfast for everyone. Of course I decided that I wanted to make breakfast for all of us the day before so I didn’t have very much planned. Thankfully I hopped on Pinterest and knew I had a few things that I could try. I made a cinnamon roll casserole that was absolutely delicious. There are definitely a few things I’d like to tweak on the recipe the next time I make it but really you can do whatever you like to this and it will still taste fantastic! Mr. H already said that he wants sliced apples on it next time.

cinnamonroll

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or baking spray
  • 2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2  teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (I did not measure this out, I just poured some over the rolls)
  • Icing from cinnamon rolls
Directions:
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan.
  • Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; place pieces over butter in dish.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in cream, cinnamon and vanilla until well blended; gently pour over roll pieces.
  • Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  • Place icing in microwave 15-30 seconds until warm enough to pour over rolls. (REMEMBER TO TAKE METAL TOPS OFF, I almost forgot)
  • Pour icing over rolls, serve & enjoy!

 

I hope you all had a lovely holiday & a happy New Year! Follow me on Pinterest & pick what I make next!

Coffee Filter Wreath

Apparently I am one of the last people in the blogosphere to find out about using coffee filters to make wreaths, but boy am I glad I finally stumbled upon them! I’ve seen all the different kinds of mesh wreaths you can make and I will admit that I am a little frightened when it comes to trying to make those. I wanted to start off small, with something easy & you literally cannot get easier than this project. The finished product of this project is so beautiful you’ll want to make one for everyone on your Christmas list. I followed the directions I found on Recaptured Charm.

 

coffeefilterwreath

You’ll need:
200 coffee filters
Foam wreath form
Glue gun & glue
Ribbon
Ornaments/any decorations

Scissors

 

You want to fold the coffee filter in half and then run it through your hands scrunching it up. After that I folded it into threes and created a small triangle on the bottom to place some hot glue on. You want to start placing the filters on the inside of the wreath and work your way around. At first I started placing them very close together & then I eventually got bored and started spacing them out more. Pick a space and stick with it to make your wreath look more uniform (I loved the way it looked packed close together & wish I stuck with this) You don’t need to place coffee filters on the back of the wreath since you want it to lay flat against the door. Once you are done putting all the coffee filters on the wreath you can take scissors and trim the filters since some will be further out than others. Once you are done with that you can add your ornaments and decorations however you want. Lately I have been really into gold, which is strange for me because I usually hate it & we don’t own anything gold, so I decided to go with all gold decorations. Mr. H also insisted we get nutcrackers so of course my nutcracker has gold glitter all over it! Needless to say Mr. H wasn’t very happy with that choice.

 

There are a couple of different ways to hang your wreath, most people suggest putting the ribbon on before you glue on the coffee filters but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use so I waited until I was done. I just took some ribbon I had from Dollar Tree and hot glued it to the back. If you add enough and make sure it dries 100% you shouldn’t have a problem with it falling off (at least I haven’t…..yet). Also sidenote: these cannot go outside! I just hung mine outside to get a good picture because our house has NO natural light, the wreath lives happily cornered on our bar.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday & I am very happy to be back! I can’t wait until my next project. Follow me on Pinterest & pick what I make next!