You had me at "welcome." Such a good, kind, comforting word. And a great way to make loved ones forget overpriced airline tickets or a long drive to see you through traffic and tolls. Not everyone has a welcome wedding reception sign, of course. Those toddlers in tuxedos will be just as charming and the silver fountain dripping with twenty five pounds of Belgian milk chocolate just as impressive. But for those who do have one, your warm and generous greeting makes me feel like including you in birthdays, barbeques and every important celebration in my life that's festive and fun.
I love easy and elegant Christmas desserts. Especially those made with the help of tiny hands. Budget plays a part too - I can't afford a beautiful silver fountain dripping with 25 pounds of Belgian Milk Chocolate and supply my loved ones with booze and craft beer too. Here are my favorites - fun holiday food that is affordable and a joy to behold.
Holiday Tree Brownies - A kid-friendly dessert made super easy with the help of boxed brownie mix and Betty Crocker rich and creamy vanilla icing.
Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites - Only five ingredients to make this quick and easy dessert, flavored with International Delight Gingerbread Latte Creamer.
Christmas Pretzel M&Ms - Looking to please a small army at your annual Christmas brunch? Or something sinfully delicious to tuck in those gift boxes for co workers and casual friends? Think 70. Seventy square pretzels, 70 Hershey's Hugs chocolates (love the stripes they make when they melt) and 70 red and green milk chocolate M&Ms. Only 4 to 5 minutes in a preheated 200 degree oven, add candy and you're done!
Christmas Cake Batter Truffles - Chances are you already have everything you need in your pantry to make these easy cake truffles. Except for the Christmas sprinkles and white chocolate chips. You will have to refrigerate the cake balls for about 30 minutes before dipping in the melted white chocolate for best results.
No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecakes - "No bake" and "cheesecake." Rhyming words that make my heart sing. This easy recipe is created from all or most of my guilty pleasures: Oreo cookies, cream cheese, white baking chocolate, peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.
Christmas Popcorn Crunch - Another tasty recipe using only five ingredients that makes a large batch. This sweet and salty mix is made even more perfect drizzled with microwaveable Wilton vanilla candy melts.
Jingle Bell Holiday Bites - Miniature Christmas shortbread cookies dressed up in red and green nonpareils. Beautiful for gift giving or Christmas cookie exchange!
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