I needed to bring in some treats for my daughter's Christmas party at school this week. It seemed that all the other mom's were bringing in cookies, so I though I'd change things up a bit. Waffle sticks are usually a hit with the kids. Earlier this year I had made some Sugar Cookie Waffle Sticks that they loved, so why not some Peppermint Eggnog Waffles Sticks. I even found some candy cane candy melt to dip them in.
I really love the flavors of gingerbread, the molasses, the brown sugar, and all the spices. I don't know why I only use them for the holidays. Maybe because they are so addictive. I know I ate more than my fair share of gingerbread cookies the other weekend when I was decorating them with the kids. But this past weekend we had a party to go to and I knew I wanted to make something with gingerbread flavor. So I found a recipe for gingerbread cookie bars which I stuffed with Gingerbread Twix Bars, baked it on top of a pretzel crust and topped it with a salted caramel cream cheese frosting. What? Yup! It's a Sweet and Salty Gingerbread Pie to die for.
Are you tired of eggnog yet? I'm not! I used some in my pancakes the other morning and boy were they good. I really can't drink more than a sip or two because it's so super sweet, but it's a perfect addition to baked goods. It makes everything taste better, like these Eggnog Funfetti Cake Cookies. There are only four ingredients in this recipe. It can't get much quicker or easier. Plus, your kids can help you make and decorate these. They are perfect for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. I'm bringing mine to a party this weekend. That is if my husband and kids can stop eating them.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We spent ours with some kind and generous neighbors this year. There was a ton of food and all of it was delicious. My plate was quite full. I also was able to get my Christmas tree up and decorated while my husband decorated outside. To get myself in the full Christmas spirit, I whipped up a batch of this Peppermint Eggnog Fudge. There's nothing better than combining two of the most popular holiday flavors for a creamy, smooth fudge that fills your mouth with delightful mintiness.
It's muffin time! Time for me to make some more healthy muffins to snack on, so my husband and I have something sweet to eat with our coffee without feeling guilty. Last time I made some Maple Pumpkin Banana Muffins based off of the recipe for my Strawberry Coconut Banana Muffins. This time I opted for zucchini, since that's what was in the fridge this week. These Maple Zucchini Banana Muffins are just as flavorful as the other two. I even increased the ratio of wheat flour to all purpose flour in the recipe to make them even more healthy. Although, you could probably use just whole wheat flour. The real key is the coconut oil, that's what make them so light and fluffy.