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Christmas Shortbread Bites!

Christmas shortbread bites

These Christmas shortbread bites (foreground) from All Foods, All Drinks, All Love, are festive and tasty – and they’re soooo easy to make..

At our house, at least, it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas,  with all the baking going on!

Rachel’s pictures at her blog are much prettier than mine, but the results are the same. Her shortbread bites are easy and delicious and very festive.

via Christmas Shortbread Bites!.

The soft cookies in the background are brown sugar cookies. They are also quite good. I used Grandma Brown’s Brown Sugar Drop Cookies recipe from Allrecipes.com for those.

I made these and the peppermint bark below (also from Allrecipes) during a midnight baking and candy making marathon because I had a sick teen in the house and was up anyway. However, they are also kid-friendly. They’d be great for teacher presents, or simply as a way to spend some time with your child or children, having fun.


Something different: an Easter Sunflower Peeps cake

Easter sunflower cake from al.com, whimsy from Sansense

This looks like Easter fun for the entire family

My husband *loves* peeps.  My son *loves* chocolate. This cake, courtesy of Plain Chicken on al.com and Taste of Home, looks like it will hit the spot with both of them.  I think I’ll use this recipe for the cake, and I’ll definitely spring for homemade icing, using the recipe below, and then adding chocolate chips to the top and Peeps on the sides.  Happy Easter, everyone!

Old-fashioned chocolate icing


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • four ounces unsweetened chocolate (usually four squares)
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk


  1. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter (or, carefully, in a heavy pot on your stovetop.) Mix sugar, vanilla and half of the milk in a bowl. Once the chocolate and butter are melted, slowly fold the sugar mixture into the pot. Add the remaining milk as needed, a little at a time. if you need more milk to thin the icing some more, add it sparingly, a tablespoon at a time.
  2. Let stand for twenty minutes to cool and thicken. Let cool completely before frosting.