Tasty Thursday: Holiday Desserts

Okay, I must admit to you that today is hectic for me, so I am typing lightning fast and heading south (is Portland south?). I know that this is the time of year that everyone tends to have their Christmas and holiday parties, so I decided to share some tasty/easy recipes with you. Everyone loves a good cook, and these desserts are great to bring along to the next party! Sooooo, here we go!

Sugar Cookies

I can't think of a better tradition than making sugar cookies, cutting out different festive shapes and then decorating them with icing and sprinkles. I love decorating tree shaped cookies with a bit of green icing and some tasty red hot candies to make it look decorative. Generally speaking mine come out hideous, but they still taste good! Decorating cookies is also a great activity for children! Just make sure you monitor how many cookies they eat. You'll have tons of kids bouncing off the walls!

Peppermint Kiss Cookies

I think this is a swell idea! Often times peanut butter cookies are made with a chocolate kiss in the middle (or if it's me, I put PB cups in mine). If you want to put a spin on the classic, make some cookie dough, and instead of a chocolate kiss, put a peppermint kiss on top! If you want to get really creative, take the dough and use a few drops of red and green food coloring to add to the Christmas theme. They are tasty, easy to make and sure to please your party crowd!

Fruit Cake

I don't know if I've met someone who likes fruit cake, but heck, it wouldn't hurt to have the old staple at your next party! It's filled with lots of fruits that you have probably never used before, and if you play your cards right, it just may get eaten. I found a fairly simple recipe here! If no one eats it, don't fret. I'm sure you have a Yankee Swap to go to in the near future.

Peppermint Martini

If you aren't 21...well this has no bearing on your life. I know that many people like to have adult beverages at parties, so why not have a fun drink to go with it? Sure, we all (well not everyone...I know some nay sayers) enjoy a glass of Eggnog, but how about a peppermint martini? Here's how I do it. I get my martini glasses, melt some dark chocolate (or white if you prefer) and dip my martini tops in it. I also crush a candy cane or two and use the crumbles to put around the rim. After that, it's off to the freezer they go for chill time! Generally speaking, I would say add one part vodka to one part peppermint liquor and shake it up! If you want to make it even more like a dessert, add some chocolate liquor (Godiva is lovely) and change the recipe as necessary. Pour into your chilled glasses and you've got a nice little dessert beverage! Here's an actual recipe if you want to follow directions.

So there you have it! A few quick and easy desserts you can bring to your next outing!

What are your favorite desserts?

Seth P.