Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

10 Easy Appetizer Ideas for you next Holiday Party via lilblueboo.com

 

 

The holiday season is upon us. Here are 10 easy appetizer ideas that will surely impress your guests or party host!

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12 Easy Christmas Treat Gift Ideas and Printables

A yummy roundup over at Hey Look at Me!

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Christmas holiday food gift ideas with free printables via lilblueboo.com

Looks for some DIY ornament ideas? Here are some of my favorites from around the web. Click the image to view the gallery and links:

Easy DIY Ornament ideas via lilblueboo.com

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Contributed by Alaska from Scratch.

 

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

December has arrived and the holidays are in full swing. We’re wearing our scarves and boots and warm winter coats. We’re making Christmas cards and hanging stockings. We’re taking to the town with our shopping lists in one hand and hot, steaming seasonal coffee shop beverages in the other.

Holiday Dessert Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

In light of all this holiday cheer, here is one splendid coffee-shop inspired Christmas cookie recipe. These cookies are packed full of Christmas splendor. This simple shortbread is tender and buttery, full of chocolate and coffee flavor, and topped with an easy mocha glaze and crushed peppermint. You’ll absolutely want to add these to your Christmas baking list. They travel and package well for food gifts, too, for all the holiday-coffee-lovers in your life.

Holiday Cookie Idea: Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Alaska from Scratch via lilblueboo.com

Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

    • 18 Tablespoons (2-1/4 sticks) butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 Tablespoon finely ground coffee/espresso
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
For the Glaze/Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the cocoa, followed by the flour, ground coffee, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. The mixture will be crumbly at first. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and continue beating until it all comes together.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop the dough into equal-sized portions and roll them into a ball. Slightly flatten each ball into a disc-like shape (because they don’t spread out on their own much – I used the back of a spoon for this) and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until set and cracked on top, but still soft. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Place the cooling racks over parchment paper or newspaper to catch the glaze.
  4. To make the glaze, put a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the cocoa, powdered sugar, hot coffee, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes while the cookies finish cooling.
  5. Using a teaspoon, spoon the glaze onto the center of each cookie, allowing some of it to drizzle over the sides. Immediately follow with the crushed peppermint (don’t wait too long or the glaze will set and the peppermint won’t stick). Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow glaze to set about 30 minutes before serving/storing. Makes 3-4 dozen small cookies.
Recipe and Photography courtesy of Maya from Alaska from Scratch.

 

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Butcher Block Dinners

I thought I’d share this because it’s a huge part of our family……we eat butcher block dinners almost 5 nights a week.

Butcher Block Dinners via lilblueboo.com

I buy veggies in large quantities from Costco and we chop them up every night into finger food. Veggies vary by season but they typically include a variation of the following: celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli.  We sample cheese, fruit and crackers too. On the weekends I’ll add in a few sushi rolls. I use large platters that I get from the 99 cent store….and everyone gets their own platter because each plate is usually a little different:

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Easy Peel Eggs

I made “hard boiled” eggs this morning…..in the oven…..and they turned out perfectly…..with one variation: if you rotate the eggs halfway through your cooking time, you won’t get a dark spot on the bottom of the egg from the hot pan.

How to make easy peel eggs in the oven via lilblueboo.com

Make sure to check out the other 14 tips from yesterday!

15 Genius Cooking and Kitchen Ideas

15 Genius Cooking and Kitchen Ideas via lilblueboo.com

Some genius cooking and kitchen ideas I’ve come across! Enjoy! CONTINUE READING

10 Pin Worthy Summer Recipes

10 Pin Worthy Summer Recipes via lilblueboo.com

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Felt Cookies and Pastry Labels | A Free Printable

Felt Cookie Play Food and Free Sweet Treat Baked Good Printable Download via lilblueboo.com

I made these cute little felt cookies for Boo’s play kitchen and grocery store. Stephanie Corfee made the cute little “sweet treat” printables for baked goods and I used for the label!

Felt Cookie Play Food and Free Sweet Treat Baked Good Printable Download via lilblueboo.com

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5-Alarm Spicy String Beans

These spicy green beans are a wok favorite around the Lil Blue Boo house. I serve them with Trader Joe’s jasmine rice (cooks in 3 minutes in the microwave) and it’s a super fast dish to prepare for a vegetarian meal!

Ingredients:
2 to 3 cups of green beans
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp chili oil
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp of any Asian sauce that has ginger and rice vinegar in it (I use a Gyoza dipping sauce from Trader Joe’s)

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Spice Markets

I love spice markets.
But my OCD wonders:
What if a strong wind comes along?
Or a toddler?
What if someone trips and falls?
Or sneezes?
Does it matter if they get mixed together?

 

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