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Menu Plan Monday Dec. 23 ~ Candy Cane Shortbread Blossoms

Ah, it’s finally the week of Christmas.  Oh wait, holy cow! it’s the week of Christmas.

I was really sure I had so much more time.

The holiday week means less meal planning for me.  So I decided to share a cookie recipe.  We made some cookies for Ian’s school party and I decided to try a new one.

These cookies are inspired by the peanut butter blossoms.  You know the ones with the Hershey’s Kisses placed in the warm cookies?

During the holidays Hershey’s makes a Candy Cane Kiss.  They are super scrumptious.   I’m not gonna lie, I have taken a bag (or two) to ‘share’ (with myself) before.


Candy Cane Shortbread Blossoms

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

  • Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped
  • 2 1/2 c. Flour
  • 1 c. Butter, softened cut into cubes
  • 6 Tblsp Sugar (6 tablespoon= 1/4 c. + 2 tablespoons)
  1. In a mixing bowl combine flour and sugar.  Cut in butter using a pastry blender or a blade attachment for your stand mixer.  Add butter squares one at a time and blend until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.
  2. Form into a ball and knead until smooth.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on cookie sheet and flatten.  (shortbread doesn’t behave like other cookie dough so it will not flatten out when bakedMS_CandayCaneShortbreadBlossoms_01
  4. Bake in 325° oven for 20-25 minutes, until center starts to set.  While cookies are baking unwrapped enough kisses for the number of cookies.MS_CandayCaneShortbreadBlossoms_02
  5. Immediately press a Candy Cane Kiss into center of cookie and let cool on cookie sheet for five minutes.MS_CandayCaneShortbreadBlossoms_03
  6. Transfer to a wire rack, let cool until kisses harden.


Menu Plan 12/23-12/29

Mon: Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken with Rice

Tue: Christmas Eve ~ out with family

Wed: Christmas dinner at my Sisters.  We will be having ham, potatoes, rolls, caramelized carrots. 

Thr: Hopefully we will be out going to see our Zoo Lights

Fri: Aunt & Uncles Christmas Party

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun: Do I really have to start cooking again?

Happy Cooking


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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 6

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Can you say COOKIES!!!


Of course we have a Christmas Cookie Tradition.  Although it used to be me and my sister making cookies.  In the past she has been known to make a ridiculous amount of cookies.


We need to make cookies for Ian’s school Christmas party.  So I enlisted the help of Ian.  And of course that meant Sid had to join the fun.


They each got to roll some out and use the cookie cutters.

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But they got bored soon, and I had to finish the project.

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We didn’t end up frosting them.  The boys got sick and we ended up running out of time.  But then again, no frosting might be better for a room full of preschoolers.



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What are your Christmas Traditions?

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Oreo Cookies in Rice Krispy Treats…Genius!

Crabby boys, sleepy mama and working on two different projects meant this post didn’t get finished yesterday.

Tis the season for baking!!  I could really go for some Christmas cookies right now.  Wink, wink.

It is apparent the holiday season is upon us if you have been to Pinterst lately.  There are all sorts of wonderful Christmas cookie/dessert recipes and decorating ideas.

I found one last night that I just HAD to share!  Peppermint Oreo Krispy Treats, that’s right Oreo cookies in marshmallow goodness.  Can you say super yummy!  I haven’t made them yet, but I plan to this weekend to take to our friends house when we get our Christmas tree.

I don’t repin recipes to Pinterest, I just save them in my Plan to Eat recipe book.  That way when I want to cook them it is easy to add to my meal plan and shopping list.


Since I haven’t made them yet I don’t have a picture to show you and I didn’t want to steal the authors, so here is my mixer which will get plenty of use this holiday season.

Happy Baking