It’s officially the holiday season. In less than two weeks it’s THANKSGIVING! I can’t believe it. We’ve already started to stock up on goodies for “turkey day”.
I love this time of the year – not only because I love to decorate and it’s great to be with family and friends – but because I love the food. Food is a big part of the holiday season.
I’m a really good cook, but baking is not really my thing. I like to bake – I just tend to burn things.
A few years ago I made Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies that turned out really good. Since then I have made them many times during the holiday season.
Here is the recipe I use. It’s from the Hershey’s website (the photo is mine).
- 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional granulated sugar
Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
Makes about 48 cookies.
If you want to make this a bit quicker simply use pre-made cookie mix (prepare according to directions) and push a chocolate “kiss” (or other chocolate) in the center. Try a chocolate cookie with a peppermint “kiss”. Mmmm!!!!
Another thing I love to make (it’s not necessarily cooking or baking – but it’s something family and friends love) is Fireside Coffee.
Fireside Coffee Mix
- 2 cups of non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
- 1 and a 1/2 cups of hot cocoa mix (I used Swiss Miss Cocoa for this batch)
- 1 and a 1/2 cups of instant coffee (regular or decaf)
- 1 and a 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (I used roasted Saigon cinnamon)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Place all of the ingredients in a very large bowl and mix well. Or you can put smaller batches of the mix in a blender.
Store in an airtight container.
To use add two heaping spoonfuls to a mug and add in hot water, stir and enjoy. You can adjust the amounts based on your preferences.
For an extra special treat top with whipped topping and crushed candy canes.
I give this away as gifts too. I put it in decorative jars and add some ribbons and a note with the directions.
Lastly another thing I love to make during the holiday season is Muddy Buddies. They are ooey gooey and messy but taste so good!
You can find the recipe for Muddy Buddies on the Chex website.
Do you love to cook and/or bake during the holiday season? If so, simply by sharing your recipe, family story about your favorite recipe and/or the recipe with a photo you can help fight hunger.
Dish Up the Love holiday campaign started on November 7, 2013. It’s a collaboration between Baker’s Secret, Pyrex and CorningWare benefiting Feeding America – a nationwide network of food banks leading the fight against hunger.
If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I support Feeding America as much as possible. While working with them in the past I had the opportunity to help out at a food bank and to visit the Feeding America food warehouse in Tampa, Florida. If you would like to learn more about my experience do a search on my site (upper right search box) for Feeding America and all those posts will come up.
Cookers, bakers, moms and dads are encouraged to share their recipe, family story about the recipe and photo (optional but always welcome) on either http://www.worldkitchen.com/dishupthelove.html or Facebook.com/BakersSecret. For ever dish that is shared Dish Up the Love will donate $1.00 (up to $50,000) to Feeding America.
I’m sure everyone reading this post has a great recipe they could share with Dish Up the Love. It will only take a few minutes of your time to upload it and share on either site. One dollar might not seem like much but Feeding America is able to turn that $1.00 into NINE (9) meals for a hungry child or adult.
To help encourage you to participate each recipe that is shared will be entered in a weekly sweepstakes where you can win fabulous products from Baker’s Secret, Pyrex and CorningWare.
In addition, Chef Antonia Lofaso will select one grand prize winning recipe and that winner will receive a trip for two to New York City during Valentine’s Day weekend (how romantic!) and a suite of Baker’s Secret, Pyrex and CorningWare products.
The contest ends on December 25, 2013 so you still have plenty of time to enter.
To learn more ways you can help Feeding America please visit www.FeedingAmerica.org.
I also have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. One She Scribes winner will receive a special prize package which consists of the following;
- Top Chef’s Antonia Lofaso new cookbook, A Busy Mom’s Cookbook
- Dish Up the Love apron
- Baker’s Secret Signature 9”x 13” Oblong Cook N’ Carry w/Plastic Cover
- Pyrex Easy Grab 3qt Oblong w/Plastic Cover
- CorningWare French White 2.5qt Baker w/Glass Cover
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on November 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on a special recipe – or a family story about a recipe – that you would like to share. PLEASE consider uploading it to Dish Up the Love for more chances to win great prizes.
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.
*I received a complimentary prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.