Monday Mélange: Sweets for Santa

I am the youngest of four children, and seeing as we have all reached our twenties – some of us living our own lives away from home – you’d think some of our traditions would have changed. We would have stopped coming down the stairs in age order to see our presents; stopped having a slumber party the night before; stopped the routine of watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Eve. There’s a certain magic that comes with this time of year, one that I don’t think any of us are ready to give up as we face the “real world” and one that I think we’ll cling to until we start having kids of our own with whom we can share it.

Though it might be silly, we still do a ton of baking this time of year, a plate of which is ceremonially left out for Santa.

Merry Christmas to all; I hope some of these treats can enable the magic to carry on for you, no matter your age.

Raspberry Oat Bars

Raspberry oat bars | netflix & nutella

Homemade Cocoa

Homemade Cocoa | netflix & nutella

Apples to Apples

Apple turnovers | netflix & nutella

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies | netflix & nutella

Candied Cinnamon Sugar Almonds

Candied cinnamon sugar almonds | netflix & nutella

 

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Candied Cinnamon & Sugar Almonds

I recently discovered the beauty of candied nuts. Last Christmas, I saw Kelsey Nixon make some on the Cooking Channel and had to try them. From then on, I’ve been hooked, but have always associated them with wintertime. It was only until recently when I took a cooking class at Sur la Table (which was AMAZING) that I realized they really are great all year around. The chef who was teaching my class made cinnamon candied walnuts that I devoured (even shamefully licking my finger to gather the excess sugar at the bottom of my bowl!). I decided this weekend to make some of my own and used an amazing recipe. Here’s my step-by-step guide of making candied almonds! Enjoy!

Recipe via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe