Well it’s almost the holidays and maybe you’re thinking of what to make for all of those hungry, hungry relatives. In my family, the Christmas Eve party is always at my parents house and perhaps unlike normal family holiday parties, the definition of “family” is pretty all-encompassing. We have immediate family come, like my grandparents, great grandma, aunts and uncles. Then their siblings, children and spouses. At this point you’re probably saying, so what? that sounds pretty standard, well then there are my second cousins, third cousins, a great uncle’s remarried ex-wife and occasionally her new husbands family, roommates of second cousins and their adopted children. Oh and dogs, lots of dogs. If you haven’t guessed by my pictures, we have somehow become a Poodle family. I have two, my parents have one, my great-grandmother has one and then there is the poor harassed cat my grandparents own. Dr. Pepper (the cat) can certainly hold his own though and is often found on top of curtain rods and bookshelves.
Now have all of these people, related and not, and animals in one place. What do you feed them? The good news is that in a party this large someone will eat what you make. But I think I have found a few perfect holiday pleasers for family (large or small) and friends.
Found in: Bon Appetit Desserts
Slightly unconventional, yes. The first time I made this I was worried it was “too cold out” for ice cream. I was wrong. So, so, very wrong (the Warm Chocolate Truffle Sauce on the same page helps warm things up). After I made this once it became my assigned holiday dish every year. so be forewarned, if you like to change it up every year it may be hard to sell your family on something new.
Note: This does require preparation in advance (so that the ice cream can set up), so plan a day or two ahead!
Found in: Sprinkle Bakes
It’s pumpkin pie baked in a cheese cake pan! How clever is that? It’s perfect for those family members that Just can’t get enough pie. But If you’re more of a fruit pie person, Heather Baird has got that covered too!
Found in: Sprinkle Bakes Blog
A twist on the classic. These dense and intensely chocolatey cookies are GREAT for cookie cutters. They hold their shape incredibly well. I made these last Christmas and am certain I’ll make them again!
Found in: Food 52
Okay I haven’t had these yet but they’re on this years list. I’ve heard wonderful things about these sweet and salty fall snacks. The seem just perfect for accompanying your coffee in the middle of that post-turkey drowsiness.
Found on Brit + Co
Okay so technically this a link to 16 cocoa recipes but hey, I’m not picky! All forms of the warm and cozy beverages are welcome. I’m excited to try the Mexican hot chocolate or a holiday favorite of mine, peppermint hot chocolate.
Found on Sugar and Cloth
These little bites are perfect for a large crowd. If you follow Ash’s brilliant instructions and buy frozen macaron shells (she found hers at Trader Joes) you’ll have a quick, easy, and easily customizable dessert for as many as you like! For holiday specific options think of chocolate peppermint ice cream, pumpkin spice ice cream, or any other exotic seasonal ice creams you can find!