Between decorating the tree, crafting the perfect cocktail and making sure the roast doesn’t burn, Christmas entertaining can be stressful. One part that shouldn’t feel like a chore is making a crowd-pleasing appetizer. This introduction to your party should mimic the vibe: welcoming, easy-going and of course, delicious. And when it comes to making an appetizer that meets all three requirements on top of being a cinch to throw together, our secret weapon is store-bought puff pastry. We love it for its versatility, ease to work with and quick cooking time. These five savory (and one sweet!) puff pastry apps will make you want to have a Christmas party every day of the year!
Whether you’re gearing up for Christmas dinner or you’re just hosting friends for the holidays, there’s no better way to wow your crowd than by serving a roast. Stick to classic holiday flavors or change it up with spices, glazes and even veggies. No matter which dish suits your fancy, it’s guaranteed to steal the holiday spotlight!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and stress levels were high.
You needed a quick cocktail; a drink– on the fly!
You’ve wrapped all the presents, boxes and bags,
So now it’s time to settle, sit down and relax.
Just four ingredients?! Nuh-uh, no way.
A true Christmas miracle, just like Santa’s sleigh.
Mix Bailey’s with rum, and a pinch of nutmeg,
To make it a true nog, don’t forget the egg!
So mix up a drink, you’ll need it– trust us
It captures the true Christmas spirit, without all the fuss.
Baileys Spiced Nog
2 ounces Baileys Original Irish Cream
1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 pinch nutmeg
Mix Baileys, Captain Morgan and egg. Pour into a sniffer. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.
More Festive Cocktails
Christmas week is finally upon us, and if you’re feeling an overwhelming amount of holiday stress, you’re not alone. Lighten your load this week with five fast and easy meals that will warm you up from the inside out. We’ve even come up with great solutions for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners! Even if you’re not celebrating, you’re sure to love this week’s delicious dinners.
Monday, December 22
This tabletop display sparkles with decorations you can eat: doughnut holes!
How to: poke the bottom portion of an S-shaped ornament hook into a plain doughnut hole; repeat with additional hooks and holes. Melt one package of chocolate chips or mini Candy Melts according to directions, then roll doughnut holes in the melted candy and coat in sanding sugar. Let dry on parchment until hard, about 15 minutes, then thread a Life Savers candy onto the hook to rest flat on top. Hang ornaments on a tabletop tree and, when dinner’s done, let guests help themselves to dessert!
‘Tis the season for gifting, baking and, above all, eating! But why keep the three separate when you can make delicious gifts from scratch? They say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, and the holidays are the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much you care. From the candy lover to the bacon aficionado, cross every taste off your list with these 6 festive treats.
For the animal lover: Ginger Pigs
Happy December! We hope you can find room among your post-Thanksgiving food coma for a little bit of sugar and spice. No holiday season would be complete without a baking session or two, and there’s no better way to combine the holiday spirit with delicious baked goods than by hosting or attending a cookie swap. These 10 recipes will appeal to any cookie recipient, regardless of age or palate. Plus, they’re all made to travel well, so you won’t show up with any smushed snowflakes or melted snowmen (okay, maybe one)!
Christmas time is upon us, and what better way to count down the days than with cookies? Over the next three weeks, we’ll be sharing 16 different cookie recipes. The best part? They all start with the same base dough, so you can mix and match flavors as you please! Holiday baking just got a whole lot easier.
For our inaugural #RRcookiecountdown post, we’re sharing the recipe for our Buttery Holiday Cookie dough that’ll be the base for the rest of your doughs. But don’t worry–if you want to stop here, the dough is just as delicious by itself or covered in frosting!
Buttery Holiday Cookies
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Beat in the yolks and vanilla until just combined.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and salt, then combine with the butter mixture on low speed until just incorporated.
3. Halve the dough, flatten into disks, wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour.
4. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies, transfer to cookie sheets and chill 15 minutes.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until golden, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on racks. Decorate with Easy Icing and sprinkles.
In a medium bowl, stir 2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 3 tbsp. whole milk and 3 tbsp. melted butter. Thin with a few drops of water to desired consistency.