My favorite Holiday Cookies

I thought I’d post a list of my favorite Holiday cookies. Every year, I’ll try some new ones and this year I found some that I really liked including the Candy Cane Blossoms, White Chocolate- Cherry Shortbread cookies, and Cranberry bliss bars. From last year I really liked the oreo truffles, aka oreo truffles and peanut butter ritz cracker cookies. My mom found that recipe. It’s ok to use really simple cookie recipes during the holidays. I don’t think everything has to be homemade either. :) The more cookies you can keep on knocking out of that oven the better and the even better cookies are ones that don’t require any baking. Sometimes, I’ll try and make homemade caramels but didn’t get around to it this year. Cookies are fun gifts to give and I have fun making them, especially with a double oven…

1. Oreo Truffles

2. Cranberry Bliss Bars (I used marischino Cherries)

3. Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwich cookies

Take two ritz crackers and put some peanut butter in the middle of them like a sandwich. Dip in chocolate. (It’s that simple) :)

4. White Chocolate – Cherry Shortbread Cookies

5. Candy Cane Blossoms

Pizza Rollups

Sorry I haven’t made anything in awhile.  It’s been a multiple number of reasons. 1. Because I’m a camera snob. My little Olympus camera just doesn’t compare to my Nikon. and 2. I haven’t been finding very many new recipes to try lately. Pinterest seems to have all the same recipes posted over and over again. Have to go back to the old recipes books and Food Network again. :)

This recipe is actually from pinterest. It’s so good, the first time I didn’t have a camera charged up to take the pictures. It almost reminds me of stromboli, if you’ve ever had that before and it’s really simple. If you don’t want to wait for frozen bread dough to defrost then you could always make your own. Use whatever pizza toppings you like. I did try making one with pulled pork and pineapple. I thought the pulled pork pizza roll was going to explode in the oven from all the ingredients. Pulled pork and pineapple are very wet ingredients and it made the dough kind of soggy, so I wouldn’t suggest it. We just love having pizza this way and Ben thinks they’re so good even without the marinara dipping sauce. (He’s weird.) :)

I do have the week of Christmas off and hope to be posting a lot of recipes then to make up for slacking this week. :)

Ingredients:

1 jar of marinara sauce
16 oz of mozzarella cheese
pepperoni
2 frozen bread dough loafs
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning or favorite spice blend

Directions:
Roll dough out to 11 X 11 in square. Top with pepperoni slices and cheese. Roll up into a log and place on a baking sheet. Use a pasty brush to brush the butter on the top of the pizza so that it helps to turn a nice golden brown color. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of the dough. Bake at 375 for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.