Holiday Sweeties!

I'm dying to have a Christmas party and I really only have a few days left so... if it doesn't happen, maybe others will benefit from the plans I had to make the following items!  
Yummies!
Christmas is hectic, ya'll.  You really only need only to serve up one goodie and why not make it interactive?  That's why this year I'd love to make ginger bread cookies.. they're so much easier than houses!  
here are my 2 favorite results for
"gingerbread girls"
I've found this simple little recipe on food.com to share:
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

~What you'll need~
1 (8 7/8 ounce) package butterscotch pudding mix or 1 (8 7/8 ounce) package Vegetarian butterscotch pudding mix
1 1/8 cups butter
1 1/8 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 egg
3 3/8 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 ~Instructions~
1
Cream pudding and pie filling mix with butter and sugar; add egg, and blend well.
2
Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon; blend into pudding mixture.
3
Chill dough for 1 hour or until firm.
4
Roll dough on a floured board to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutter.
5
Place on greased baking sheets; use a straw to make a hole in the top of the cookie for hanging on the tree, if desired.
6
Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes.
7
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
8
Decorate if desired. (& I hope you desire to decorate!!)
Now, I'm not the type of girl that has to have a drink to have fun but... let's face it, Christmas parties can be awkward, especially when you're "home" and you haven't seen the people at the party all year long.  So I've scavenged the net for some savory holiday libations:
You've got your classics:
-Egg Nog
-Hot Chocolate
... check.
NY Times' Cocktail list is divine this year! 
Here's my favorite item on the list (because it's so easy!):









2 cups hot chocolate
3 tablespoons green Chartreuse
3 tablespoons Cointreau






Mulled wine has been a holiday/winter favorite of mine and Julia's since discovering it during Julia's one year stint in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Slovenes drink mulled wine like water.  And why not? What could be better than wine that keeps you warm?!
~What you'll need~
1 bottle red wine
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
1 orange, halved
1 dried bay leaf
60ml/2fl oz sloe or damson gin (optional)
~What to do~
-Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices.
-Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. 
-Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste.
-Off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin if you are using it.
-Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.



Posted on December 21, 2010 .