Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - Day 10 - 12 Days of Christmas Desserts!

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 Three chocolate peanut butter balls sit on a small pedestal. The one in front has a large bite out of it. In the background, you can see a can of tipped over peanuts and peanuts sprawled across the marbled countertop.

 

It’s getting down to the wire folks, there are only two more sleeps until Christmas! I can hardly contain my excitement. It’s nice to have something to look forward to, after the year we’ve had. Since there’s not a ton of time left, I’ll give you an easy one. And most likely (fingers crossed) you’ll have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry to make them. So, without further ado, today we are making Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – YUM!!!

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 9 - Wassail Mulled Cider!

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An antique teacup on a saucer, filled with wassail, a cinnamon stick and one star anise. It is in a marble counter, surrounding the cup are more spices, cinnamon sticks, clove, allspice berries and star anise.

 

Are you familiar with the traditional Christmas song “Here We Come a-Wassailing”? Wassailing is an old British tradition in which people would visit the orchards and fruit trees, leading up to Christmas, while singing and banging on pots and pans. This was in order to ward off bad spirits and ensure a bountiful harvest in the new year. The owners of the land would then offer up a spiced cider (usually spiked with some sort of alcohol) to the Wassailers as a thank you.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well today I am sharing my Wassail recipe with you. Just like the Brits used it when warding off the bad spirits in the orchards, maybe we can all use it to ward off the bad spirits of 2020, and hope we get a better 2021! Alright, so I know I'm stretching the "dessert" title just a little bit today, but in my opinion, dessert beverages are just as important as any other dessert. Now, the recipe I am sharing with you today is non-alcoholic, but if it suits your fancy, you can definitely add in some spiced rum or bourbon to get your blood pumping.

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 8 - Crème Brûlée!

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Crème Brûlée is one of my all-time favorite desserts. It's honestly something I really miss about going out to eat at a restaurant. You see, for almost all of my birthdays from middle school through college, I would order Crème Brûlée at a restaurant for a special occasion. Whether that be a birthday, graduation or any small victory in between. Crème Brûlée not only tastes great, but when you get it in a restaurant, oftentimes, they'll torch the top right in front of you. And I'm all for dinner and a show. As much as I love supporting restaurants right now, Crème Brûlée is probably not going to work for a takeout order. But I'm here to tell you, YOU can recreate this incredibly creamy, decadent dessert at home! And guess what, it's waaayyyy easier to make than you think. Usually, I make Crème Brûlée every year on New Year's Eve. However, this year I feel like we deserve to have it early (and possibly for both holidays)!

 

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 7 - Chocolate Truffles!

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Woohoo! It’s Day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas Desserts. 7 is a lucky number and it just so happens to be YOUR lucky day, because I’m sharing my Mom’s Chocolate Truffle recipe with you! With her permission of course. These have always been a huge crowd pleaser at any holiday event we bring them to. It’s one of those treats that keeps people coming back for more and then, inevitably, asking for the recipe. They’re always shocked to find out that these truffles are actually super easy to make – as long as you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty.

 

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 6 - Snowman Cake Pops!

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Three snowman cake pops with top hate made from mini oreos and mini reese's peanut butter cups. They have black pearl sprinkles for "coal" eyes, an orange candy chip for a "carrot" nose and a mouth drawn on with food safe markers. They are also wearing scarves, piped on with melting chocolates and sprinkles.

 

It’s Day 6 of my 12 Days of Christmas Desserts and I am dishing out yet another cake pop! Can you tell cake pops are sort of my thing? These cake pops are great for a few reasons, they look just like Frosty the Snowman, and it’s an excuse to add some extra nummies to your already delectable cake pop!

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 5 - Peppermint Swirl Macarons!

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 A peppermint macaron tower of 4, surrounded by peppermints and their wrappers.

 Macarons have gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. My guess is, this is in part due to the tasty treat’s naturally gluten-free composition, and the fact that it is delectably bite-sized. It’s just enough of a dessert to feel indulgent, but not enough to make you feel guilty. Not that you should feel guilty eating dessert - you do you!

 

12 Days of Christmas Desserts - Day 4 - Candy Cane Chocolate Blossoms!

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I’m sure many of you are familiar with the classic holiday cookie, the Peanut Butter Blossom. It’s a tried-and-true favorite that is always sure to please. Well today I’ve taken my own festive spin on the classic cookie, with my Candy Cane Chocolate Blossoms.