My 2010 Holiday Tray
For some, making holiday treats might seem like a chore, but I LOVE it. It’s so much fun. I’ll probably have to curtail my efforts a bit this year, but if I had infinite amounts of time and butter, here’s what I’d make.
Birthday bark (I also make white chocolate with crushed peppermint sticks…so good!)
Sausage balls (secret ingredient: cream cheese)
Spiced nuts (salty, spicy, sweet, or all of the above!)
I like to round out a sweets tray with at least one thing with real fruit in it. I’ve made these Apple Cinnamon Bars with this cinnamon icing for the past two years. They can be a little crumbly, but they’re really good.
Hmm…something chocolate…like these truffles.
Gooey butter bars are a favorite. I tried to make them last year, but I didn’t let them set enough before trying to cut them. #failure!
Cherry cordials for my dad (don’t tell!) – We have a running tradition/joke that involves giving my dad gross amounts of chocolate covered cherries. I think he eventually eats them all, but I don’t know how. Last year, a coworker made a homemade version, and you know that’s right up my alley. I’d love to make these for him, and I might even try one (or a few) myself.
I like to have some kind of cake on my tray. The one pictured above was yellow cake and buttercream from scratch in the XL cupcake pan. I got adorable little gift package cake pans from my MIL a couple of years ago so last year I made a buttermilk bundt recipe in them with lemon glaze (lemon juice and powdered sugar). They were a hit!
Of course I have to have something peanut buttery for Mr. J. How about these peanut butter balls? I could dip them when I’m coating the truffles.
I could go on and on and on…