There’s something about a party that just gives you free reign to serve and eat way too many sweets. These two goodies don’t only taste fantastic, but the look pretty great as well.
I love to make Oreo Truffles for parties and gifts, but this Christmas my friend Heidi gave me a fun new toy. So, I made chocolate cake pops. I dipped them in red chocolate and topped each with a little sparkly gold sugar. These a perfect bight sized treat.
I also made Linzer cookies. My mom gave me a Linzer cookie cutter set, and I’ve had a lot of fun with it. I adapted the recipe that came with the cutters. I made these buttery cookies with almond extract and homemade raspberry jam (thanks to Lonnie’s mom). They are cute but dangerous, because you really want to eat more then one.
1 cup butter
2 cups cake flour sifted
1 tsp. Almond extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
With electric mixer cream the butter, almond extract and sugar. Mix is 1 cup of flour at a time. When the dough is fully combined, place in an airtight container and chill dough for at least 2 hours. Cut out cookies with Linzer cutter or other cutters. Make sure to cut out a bottom and top for each cookie. The bottom is whole and the top has the center cut out (I cut hearts out of mine). Bake in a 350 F oven for about 10-12 min. Watch them carefully, when they are just brown on the very edges, take them out. Cool on a wire rack. Place a tsp. of jam on the bottom cookies and top with a cut out cookie.
You can’t have a party without candy. I filled jelly jars with red hot’s and cinnamon hearts. What says vintage more then Grandma’s jelly jars? I tied a simple piece of twine around each.