Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Ingredients

BASIC DOUGH
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
CHOCOLATE
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
PEPPERMINT
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1⁄2 cup crushed candy canes or 1⁄2 cup peppermint candy
  • Red food coloring (optional)
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This Nashville Bar Turned Into A Christmas Wonderland For The Entire Month Of December

Also in the decked-out, floor-to-ceiling-festive space: inflatable Santa Clauses, penguins chilling in helicopters, and candy canes, plus wreaths, because of course. Even the food and drinks got a makeover, with Christmas-themed cocktails like Jack’d Skellington and Red Ryder Rosé.

Check the bar’s website for more information on special events; There are Christmas costume parties, ugly sweater parties, and more coming up before December ends. And on December 29, the last night of Reindeers Games’ run, there will be a farewell closing party starting at 8 p.m.

 

Christmas Tree Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Gradually add flour and salt to sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
  3. Roll the dough out between parchment paper. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  4. Using a Christmas tree cookie cutter, cut out cookie shapes and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place into oven and bake until edges are golden brown, about 8-12 minutes depending on thickness of cookies.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  7. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add powdered sugar, beating just until incorporated. Add vanilla and milk. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and fully, about 1-2 minutes.

Turn Dollar Store Tea Lights Into the Cutest Snowman Ornaments

Blogger Debbie Chapman of One Little Project created the too-cute craft after trying to figure out another use for the faux-flame candles taking up space on her mantel. Noticing that the “flame” resembled a snowman’s carrot nose, she rounded up a few craft supplies, and—in a matter of minutes—the precious, pint-sized Frostys were born.

This delightful (see what we did there?) craft works as a decoration for your tree, mantel, or really anywhere that could use a little holiday cheer. Wherever you do decide to display it, we know you (and your wallet) will love the dollar store DIY ornament so much, we’re officially calling it the must-make craft of the season.