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There couldn’t be a better time than the holiday season to share your most prized recipes with families and friends, especially for those homemade deserts that everyone can’t wait to get their hands on! This holiday season, McCormick has partnered up with Kim Ima, a cookie expert and author of the new The Treats Truck Baking Book, to provide recipes for the most delicious cookies for the holidays. In addition to her holiday favorites, Kim’s book includes an array of other goodies like brownies, cakes, pies, frostings, and much more.   Below are McCormick and Kim’s recipes for the perfect holiday cookies this season, and don’t forget to visit the McCormick website and Facebook page for more holiday baking recipes! Little Peppermint Crispy Rice Squares
When reading through the ingredient list in a recipe, most bakers generally check off the basics that live within the household pantry- sugar, flour, baking soda, etc. Not so fast. You may want to rethink your choice of flour, which makes up the structure and texture of your baked goods. After stepping into the role of flour scientists at Smucker’s Ohio headquarters, I learned that when it comes to baking, flour equality does not exist. Flour contains various levels of protein that range from 8% to 16%. This large composition variation tells the tale of how two people making the same recipe may find themselves with entirely different end products. Many other factors affect the hard or soft make-up of the flour such as the time of planting, hardness of the kernel, and red versus white wheat.
Hosting a holiday party never fails at overwhelming even the most organized planners. Whether preparing your own party, or simply heading to various gatherings as an attendee, holiday schedules leave little free time for baking the gorgeous trays of cookies that those few “superhero” Moms seem to whip up. End your cookie envy this season with Crisco’s Holiday Cookie solution. I personally love spending an enjoyable afternoon baking cookies with holiday music playing in the background and the aroma of holiday scents filling the air. The problem arrives when my event schedule transforms this winter tradition into a repetitive chore. The new Crisco recipe has thus earned its place as a staple in my holiday baking as it creates a homemade cookie mix that quickly transforms into my cookie-baking sidekick.
Cake Batter Truffles
Sometimes I get baking cravings. My exploration to satisfy this sweet tooth begins by reading a few recipes, choosing one as a basic guideline, and finding a few of my own twists to throw into the mix. My goal for this baking adventure - Funfetti Cake Batter Truffles. Recipes for cookie dough chocolates and Oreo truffles had caught my eye before, but I specifically wanted to use cake batter with rainbow sprinkles. Every kid knows that Funfetti consists of much more than vanilla cake mix with a few sprinkles stirred in. It brings back the memory of elementary school birthday parties when mom carries a batch of frosted cupcakes to school for all of your friends. Or those special occasions when the Funfetti pink frosted cake would show up at the front door followed by friends and family. Just like the cake itself, these truffles turned out fun, delicious, and far more than a spoonful of rainbow sprinkles. Cake Batter Truffles Ingredients:
heart shaped cookies
When it comes to cooking with with my kids, I like to keep it simple even though they’re old enough to cut up vegetables and measuring out ingredients. Sometimes it’s more about having fun than sharpening our culinary skills. That’s why this Valentine’s Day cookie recipe from McCormick is perfect. All you need is a package of your favorite sugar cookie mix, some McCormick® Red Food Color, a rolling pin and a few heart shaped cookie cutters. And don’t forget to include your imagination and a good dose of fun and giggles! Tender Heart Cookies Makes 3 dozen or 18 (2 cookie) servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 9 to 10 minutes per batch Ingredients: 1 package (17 1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix 20 drops McCormick® Red Food Color Directions:
Indulging on sweets and goodies makes the holiday season that much more exciting- and best of all has to be making cookies with my kids. Spending time in the kitchen, whipping up batter (and tasting it of course!), rolling out cookie dough and picking out our favorite cookie cutter shapes has enabled us to bond while making a holiday tradition. This season, Crisco shares the best of their holiday treat traditions by providing delicious cookie recipes to amaze your friends and family. Crisco came up with a wonderful idea for users on their site to create their own jars of Homemade Cookie Mix and give it as a gift to their friends and family. All of the recipes include the Homemade Cookie Mix so once you mix up a batch, the rest of the recipes are quick and easy to create. The recipes range from classics like Chocolate Chip Walnut and Peanut Butter to exciting flavors like Frosted Banana Nut Cookies and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bites. Here’s the Cookie Bites recipe: Prep time: 20 mins Cook Time: 10 mins
gingerbread men
Holidays are supposed to be a time for giving - but sometimes figuring out what to give can be a stressful task. As office holiday parties and family gatherings fill up my calendar, I often struggle with what gifts to buy to show my appreciation for the past year. This year I plan on making the majority of my gifts for those on my list. DIY gifts are great on your budget and you can turn it into a fun family event. Your kids can be making something for the teacher, while you are working along side making something for your coworkers. Check out some “sweet” ideas I found that will surely be a wonderful surprise!
Tropical Dessert Bars
I just found out that we’re going to a friends’ home for Christmas dinner. Luckily, all I have to bring is the crock pot ham that I was planning to make anyway. But if I was asked to make dessert, these tropical dessert bars from the folks at Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk would certainly be a hit. Plus, they’re easy to fit into my hectic holiday schedule since they take less than an hour to make and cook. Win at kitchen makeover from Eagle Brand Ingrid Hoffmann, celebrity chef and host of Cooking Channel’s Simply Delicioso, has teamed up with Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk to search for the signature dessert recipes that make your holiday table shine, for the chance to win $10,000 towards a kitchen makeover. 
Donsuemor cookies
There exist few inherent joys in life. The type of moment that makes you stop and say to yourself “this is really what living is.” It’s almost as if the whole world slows down and you honestly appreciate each breath, each sensation accumulated by your body, and you swear you’ll never take a moment – large or small – for granted again. I felt that way during my first kiss, during the 2004 Red Sox World Series win, and the first time I tasted a Donsuemor cookie. I don’t mean to sound dramatic or appear to be making these claims for the sake of a review – Donsuemor cookies are literally the greatest thing I have ever tasted. Every member of my digestive system thanked me profusely every time I took another bite.