Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Treats!

One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. There are a few that I always enjoy - for example, Coconut Snowballs (recipe to come) and Peanut Butter Balls. But every year, I also like to try a few new recipes. 

Here are two recipes that I recently made for an office treat - the first is a new one and the second, an old favorite. I definitely recommend making both :)

Holiday Blondies 
Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

One stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup holiday-theme sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter with sugars. Next, stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined. Then, stir in the sprinkles. 

Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing blondies from the pan and cutting into squares.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Recipe by Katie Lee

Two sticks unsalted butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
8 oz dark chocolate, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter. Stir in the vanilla, then remove from heat. Carefully mix in confectioners sugar until a stiff dough forms. While still warm, shape the dough into small balls - about the size of a ping pong ball. Place balls on the prepared baking sheet. 

Add the chopped chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and melt in 25 second increments. Be sure to stir after each increment to ensure the chocolate does not burn. 

Spoon a bit of melted chocolate on top of each of the peanut butter balls. Then, place the tray in a refrigerator and allow to chill until set - about one hour. 

My questions for you:
  1. Did you do any holiday baking this year? If so, what did you make?
  2. What is your all-time favorite holiday cookie/treat?

I hope you are all having a delicious week :)

- ST


  1. All my holiday baking is coming up this weekend! Those bars look really yummy. Last year I made chocolate chip cookie bars that were a Martha Stuart recipe and I made some adjustments to those as well...I like to think it's because she's a little secretive and wants everyone to think she's the perfect baker ;) My favorite holiday treat is probably butterscotch fudge, but there's so many good things to choose from.

    1. Butterscotch fudge?! That sounds amazing. I think I need that recipe :)