Since I've already shared tutorials for my favorite holiday recipes, I'll talk about them here and link to the full tutorials for you.
These tasty bites only take 7 ingredients and everybody loves them!
They keep well so they're excellent to make ahead, pack up in small cello bags or little treat boxes (drop one each into mini cupcake baking cup liners before putting in box), and then hand them out to friends, co-workers, neighbors, unexpected drop-in visitors, etc through out the season. I add in some of the super easy Candy Cane Kisses Pretzel Melts (I made a few hundred of those this morning!) to add some color to and stretch our gifts of handmade chocolates even further.
The best part is that you can easily change the filling flavoring extract and use your favorite(s). My preference is to make them peppermint (these do not have the toothpaste-like flavor/texture that some peppermint candies can get!). Jake's mom always makes her family's favorite flavor - maple. You can also split up the filling dough before you add the flavoring extract and make multiple flavors from one batch.
Go here for a full tutorial and you'll learn all the Jordan family secrets to making these yummy chocolates. :)
These are fun to make and kids of all ages love them. Jake's mom always makes these for her annual cookie swap party. I've made them a few times now and they've been a party hit. I did a Moose Cupcake version with brown M&Ms and chocolate animal crackers this summer.
Please go here for the Rudolph tutorial.
Head over to Kelly's Korner and link up your own favorite holiday recipes this week. Plan to come back next week and join the 2011 Christmas Tour of Home hosted by Kelly and The Nester.
I love seeing how every one dresses up their home for the holidays. So far we have our Christmas tree up (a real Fraser Fir again) and decorated it but I haven't had a chance to take photos yet. It looks pretty much like last year's tree though since I used the same ornaments. I think everything else will be out of our Christmas bins by the end of the weekend. Have you decorated and/or started your holiday baking yet?