3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate in 3 Minutes

While there’s always a spot in my heart for hot cocoa mix or Nutella hot chocolate, my favorite hot chocolate is made using this method, involving warm milk and high-quality chocolate. The peskiest problem most people face when making homemade hot chocolate is emulsifying (blending) the chocolate and the milk. Forget whisks or blenders – […]

Festive Christmas Dinner Menu Options That Put the “Happy” in Happy Holidays

Find yourself preparing Christmas dinner with no clue what to cook? This dinner plan, covering the whole enchilada from appetizers to dessert, is a great place to start. When guests try your herb and apple bread pudding, roasted red pepper beef tenderloin, and molten chocolate cakes with caramel sauce, they’ll fondly remember all over again […]

A Guide to Making the Cutest Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Arguably the most fun part of Christmas parties is pulling out your beloved ugly Christmas sweaters. The more puffs, decor, and sequined appliqués, the better. However, take things a step further by icing cookies, inspired by these notoriously bad Christmas sweater designs. Gaudy snowmen? Check. Bright, blazing Christmas trees? Check. Naughty or nice? Check (the […]

The Dessert You Never Knew Your Crock-Pot Could Make

During Christmastime, Aunt Cammie always without fail busts out tins upon tins of her famous crockpot candies (chocolate clusters stuffed with nuts). They’re served at every family gathering, and we end up taking home at least a dozen. My aunt has tinkered with the recipe through the years and has always envisioned making it with […]

How to Decorate Christmas Cookies With Royal Icing

Before beginning to decorate your sugar cookies this Christmas season, you’ll want to learn how to properly ice them. Christmas Cookie Swap! has a reliable recipe for royal icing and a step-by-step process to help you pipe the icing with success. Royal icing creates a smooth surface on decorated cookies. It’s made with either whipped […]

The 50 Most Beautiful Christmas Cookies You’ll See This Year

A successful holiday season wouldn’t be complete without whipping up a batch or two of cookies; these bite-size beauties really make this time of year feel special. We’ve rounded up the prettiest sugar-laden treats, guaranteed to get your pulse racing and your mouth watering. Before you head into the kitchen and get to work, check […]

ATK Claims Its “Reverse-Creaming Method” Yields the Perfect Cookie

America’s Test Kitchen’s latest book The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars ($23) includes a recipe for Foolproof Holiday Cookies. How did ATK achieve such a feat? Well, it starts with a “Reverse-Creaming Method” (explained down below) and a key secret ingredient: cream cheese. This recipe and its unique, somewhat […]