Perfect Recipes for Holiday Baking – Mocha Brownie Bites and Sugar Cookies with Peppermint

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Holiday Baking Recipes for Gifting

 

I like to bake holiday goodies  for my family and friends.  Holiday baking is one of our favorite traditions. The way the house smells is reason enough to fire up the oven!  Plates of sugar cookies are always featured at our family parties. The holiday treats have to be delicious, easy to make, and appealing to the eye.  If you are planning on giving the treats as a gift, other considerations are that they have to be package-friendly and stay fresh for several days.  Both of these recipes meet all of the above criteria – they taste scrumptious and appeal to the eye.    

Perfect for Holiday Sharing - Double Chocolate Mocha Brownie Bites
Double Chocolate Mocha Brownie Bites

 

The Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe
Sugar Cookies with Peppermint

If you want to keep some of the stress out of your holiday, you should consider making extras and freezing them when you do your holiday baking (both of these recipes work well for this).  When unexpected guests show up –  just remove from the freezer, decorate or add toppings and serve on festive tableware or paper products.

Double Chocolate Mocha Brownie Bites and Sugar Cookies with a Peppermint Twist

Double Chocolate Mocha Brownie Bites

You will need:

Mini Muffin Tin

Mini Muffin Tin Paper Liners

20 ounce Double Chocolate Brownie Mix – I used Ghiradelli  Dark  Chocolate Brownie Mix.

¼ cup Strong Brewed Coffee (cooled)

1 Egg

½ cup Vegetable Oil

Whipped Cream

Cinnamon

Mocha Brownie Bite Ingredients

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Line muffin tin with paper liners
  • Combine the oil, coffee and egg 
  • Add the brownie mix and stir until well mixed
  • Fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes (until inserted toothpick comes out clean)

Topping:

  • Once the Brownie Bites have cooled, top with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon. 

 

You can also freeze the bites (without the toppings) in an air-tight container for a few weeks to use later.

 If you are packaging them for gift gifting, nix the toppings and include the whipped topping and cinnamon along with a gift if you wish.   To keep the Brownie Bites fresh,  you may want to first place them in a ziploc bag and then place them in your festive packaging. This bakery box came with it’s own label to seal the box – too cute!

Holiday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Espresso Brownie Bites Package

Mocha Brownie Bites for Holiday Giving

Now on to the family favorite – Sugar Cookies! 

This is a great sugar cookie recipe – I have made it several times and it’s always a winner.   I nixed the nutmeg this time and used peppermint in the cookies, frosting and the decorations instead –  to put a twist on it.  The recipe makes 3 dozen cookies or more  (depending on how thick you roll them out). They are soft and fluffy and kids can’t stop eating them.   (Did I just say “kids”?) 

Ingredients

1 cup butter – softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring

1 cup milk

5 cups flour (sometimes I have to add more if the dough is too sticky)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until well mixed
  • Add eggs and flavoring and then add milk slowly (mixture will not be really smooth)Holiday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Sugar Cookies
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl
  • Add the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar in about 3 batches.  If the dough seems sticky add a little extra flour
  • Seal the bowl with Saran wrap and refrigerate for two hours.Holiday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Rolling Pin
  • On a floured surface, roll-out the dough, at least 1/4 inch– don’t make it too thin .  Use cookie cutters to cut out.
  • Place parchment paper on baking sheetHoliday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Cut Out Cookies
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes – until the edges just begin to brown. Let cool before frosting.

Frosting

 2 cups of powdered sugar

1 tablespoon softened butter

2  tablespoons milk

Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

1/4  teaspoon peppermint flavoring 

Optional –  food coloring

NOTE: This recipe is not an exact science – if the frosting is too runny just add more powdered sugar (you will want it kind of stiff but spreadable).  It will harden on the cookies so that you can stack them and they won’t stick together.

If you are giving your baked goodies as gifts there are countless packaging options (see below).  There are festive holiday tins, bakery bags and bakery boxes.   I used sparkly ornaments and colorful ribbons to dress up my cookie boxes. You can pick your style and run with it.  Here are a couple of my favorites:Sugar Cookies in Holiday Packaging #BIGSeason #BigLots

Holiday Cookie Gifts

How about this one – in a air tight container with a see through lid. 

Holiday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Packaging Sugar Cookies

Holiday Baking #BIGSeason #BigLots Sugar Cookie Gift Box

 

I found every ingredient for both recipes (with the exception of whipped cream), and every item I used to beautifully package my treats at Big Lots.

Holiday Baking Recipe for Sugar CookiesThe aisle were chocked full of quality baking ingredients, cookie sheets, mini muffin tins and tons of food packaging options.    

Holiday Baking Packaging Ideas #BIGSeason #BigLots

In addition I also found a few holiday decorating items for around the house.  Note: Styles and assortment vary by store. 

Holiday Baking and Decorating Items #BigLots #BIGSeason

 

You can connect with Big Lots on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram for great holiday ideas and inspiration. 

What are some of your families favorite holiday traditions? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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