One of the things I enjoy about the holidays is entertaining. It’s a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. Every year we hold an Eggnog & Dessert Party for our families. It’s one of the few times both families get together during the year. This year, I spent the week before baking and preparing for the party. You may remember I spent a good amount of time trying to decide what to make this year? I finally decided I would make cranberry walnut bread (since Eric had been asking for some, salted chocolate cake balls (because I really wanted to do something with sea salt and chocolate) and old-fashioned butter cookies (why not?). Of course, each year whatever I make seems to be a new experiment as more often than not, I’ve never made these things before.
I was really happy with how everything turned out, with the exception of the butter cookies. I had intended to use a cookie pan for these that has holiday shaped forms to press the cookies into. Well, batch number one was undercooked (so Eric ate those – he can’t stay away from cookie dough) and batch number two was overcooked. At that point I just scratched the idea of using that pan and just made drop cookies, which Eric helped me decorate with sprinkles. They tasted good, just not what I had in mind.
The salted cake balls were delicious! And OMG I got so many out of this recipe. I decided to make half salted and half unsalted (because our families are not known for being adventurous). Well, the salted ones were a total hit and now I’m wishing I’d just done them all that way. Live and learn! The recipe I used for these fortuitously came from a tweet and subsequent blog post by symigoddess. I can’t thank her enough, these were delicious!
And ever since we’ve started having these little shindigs each year, I’ve wished I had holiday napkins. Well, guess what. This year, I finally took matters into my own hands and swore that I would have holiday dessert napkins if it killed me. So, half an hour before our guests arrived, I was still sitting at my sewing machine, pedal to the metal, making napkins. But, damn are they cute!
I bought yardage of Kate Spain’s 12 Days of Christmas fabric and my little napkins turned out about 5 inches square once folded – the perfect dessert size!
Of course, with all this baking I thought of one more thing I really should have added to my list for Santa…
Maybe next year…