I love this time of year, when fall begins turning into winter. I’m not a huge fan of the cold, but any excuse to make hot chocolate is fine with me.
I’m now the proud owner of my first (fake) Christmas tree:
We decorated that bad boy on Monday night, and I think it looks pretty good. I’m allowed to say that, right?
It wouldn’t feel like the holiday’s without some sugar cookies, so these happened:
If you’re looking for a good sugar cookie recipe, I used this one from my roommate, and it’s quite good.
Also, did you know that basically every brand of regular store-bought frosting has hydrogenated oil? If there are “natural” brands out there, I couldn’t find them. Anyone have suggestions? So for the frosting, I thew this together:
Simple Butter Creme Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softend
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 -4 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
As long as your butter is softened (but not melted) this is pretty easy. I didn’t even use an electric mixer. Just a fork, and some bicep (tricep?) muscles. Stir until smooth. Add sprinkles if you’re feeling extra festive.
Oh, and you know what goes well with cookies? Hot chocolate. Hey, I don’t make this stuff up.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 3/4 cup water or milk
- 3 tbsp hot chocolate mix
- 2 tbsp peppermint schnapps (optional, obviously)
- Whipped cream + crushed candy canes
Heat up the first two ingredients, add some schnapps, (or peppermint extract!) and top with whipped creme and crushed candy canes. Doesn’t get more festive than that.