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I’m so happy to have Sandy guest posting and sharing her delicious recipe and sparkling personality with y’all today! Without further ado —
Hello, Friends! Sandy Coughlin here from Reluctant Entertainer. I’m so honored to be a guest at Rachel’s today, and to be a part of the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew-a-Long.
Today I want to share a little about holiday baking and easy ways of giving to others.
The beauty of the holidays is that you can embrace nostalgia on your own terms. Over at Reluctant Entertainer, I encourage my readers to put their hesitation aside and reach out to others, by either inviting people into their homes, hosting a small dinner party or a casual get-together, or even what I call, “taking your hospitality with you,” … reaching out to others by giving small gifts of love.
The holidays can be a very emotional time for many, because our pasts creep in, creating feelings both bittersweet and beautiful.
But today I’d love to encourage you to reach deep, and to think of a fun holiday cookie that you enjoyed as a kid.
Embrace those happy memories (or create some new ones if you can’t find “happy”), and think of ways to give out this year.
There’s nothing better than giving. Keep your ideas simple and sweet. Think of those who mean a lot to you, new and old friends, and remember that food is a great way to say, “I love you.”
Embrace the beautiful and the good.
I’m so happy to share with you a childhood recipe that my mom made every year, as far back as I remember as a little girl, up until the year she passed away. Snowball cookies were a part of our Christmas diet. They melt in your mouth and they provide comfort.
Today I’m sharing a new version that has a little secret inside … Dove Chocolate-Covered Almonds. Oh, boy! A little treat inside a big treat.
Christmas doesn’t get any better than packaging up a few classy treats, and then giving them away.
It’s the thought that counts. Small, simple, inexpensive, yet festive, wintery and tasty – is what I love to give.
Ideas on how to package Christmas cookies:
Dollar Store plates
Dollar Store or Clearance baskets
Canning quart-sized jars with a cute, cut-out Christmas top (over the lid)
Decorated brown lunch bags
- 1½ cups butter (3 sticks)
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tbsp. ice water
- 1½ cup Chocolate Covered Almonds (I use Milk and Dark Dove Chocolate Covered Almonds)
- Turn oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter.
- Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Work in the flour and ice water.
- Shape and roll into balls.
- Push 1-2 almonds into each ball, making sure the chocolate is completely covered.
- Bake 30 - 35 minutes
- After baking, roll in sifted powered sugar while hot.
- Cool and roll again in the powdered sugar.
Speaking of nostalgia, I’d also love to share with you something I did to remember my mom after she passed away a few years ago.
I took her handwriting off of an old Christmas box, and I copied it over onto beautiful plates for myself and my sisters, so we could remember this beautiful woman who raised us and taught us so much about the true meaning of Christmas.
(You can read more about this craft idea over at my blog, HERE.)