Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints will be Santa’s new favorite cookie! Red velvet peppermint dough filled and drizzled with white chocolate!

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints will be Santa's new favorite cookie! Red velvet peppermint dough filled and drizzled with white chocolate!

Happy almost weekend guys! How cute and festive are these Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprints?!

I am obsessed.

Okay, so do you do the Elf thing? You know, the one on the shelf?

The one that causes all sorts of trouble after the kids go sleep?

I am already over it. This is, like, year 4 for me and I am out of ideas. I reused one of last year’s ideas for day 1, threw him on the husband’s drums and muttered something about him being loud when the kids found him on day 2, and then reused another idea today.

So then I check Pinterest and these people have crafted some sort of basket for their elf and he’s hanging from balloons in the middle of their living room and I’m like, DO YOU HAVE A HELIUM TANK IN YOUR HOUSE?! Did you really leave your house after your kids were asleep just to have balloons filled? Do you not value your precious TV time after the kids are in bed?!

Help me. Give me ideas.

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Ambrosia Streusel Bars – a shortbread crust with a pineapple, orange, and cherry filling and topped with delicious coconut streusel!

Ambrosia Streusel Bars - a shortbread crust with a pineapple, orange, and cherry filling and topped with delicious coconut streusel!

Another Christmas cookie!

Errr… kind of.

These count, right?

Bar cookies are my absolute fave because there’s minimal hands on time.

I mean, with cookies, you have to bake batch after batch after batch and who can remember to come back to the oven every 10 minutes to pull cookies out?

Not me.

But we’re not gonna talk about how many cookies I’ve burned in my life.

Because we would be here all day.

Ambrosia Streusel Bars - a shortbread crust with a pineapple, orange, and cherry filling and topped with delicious coconut streusel!

Ambrosia Streusel Bars!

These Ambrosia Streusel Bars are perfect for people like me, who want dessert but don’t want to fuss with scooping cookie dough and using multiple baking sheets.

It’s a simple shortbread crust (which is my faaaaave kind of cookie) with a filling made of pineapple, orange, and cherries and then it’s all topped with a coconut streusel.

It’s also a great dessert for this time of year when fresh fruit is pretty bleh for the most part. This one uses all canned or jarred stuff.

I’m not a fruity dessert person – you know this about me – but I am all about these.

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Ambrosia Streusel Bars
adapted from Southern Living
Servings: 16 servings
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups cold butter cut into pieces
  • 2 large egg yolks
For the filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries coarsely chopped
For the streusel:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. To make the crust, pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor 2 to 3 times or until combined. Add 1 1/4 cups cold butter pieces, 2 or 3 pieces at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, pulsing after each addition. Process until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven to 10 minutes.
  4. To make the filling, bring crushed pineapple, marmalade, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring often, 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in cherries, and spread in prepared crust.
  5. To make the streusel, stir together 1/2 cup sugar and next 2 ingredients; cut butter into sugar mixture with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in coconut; sprinkle over pineapple mixture.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, covering with foil halfway through if the coconut starts to burn. Cool completely before removing from pan and slicing into bars.

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30+ Christmas Cookies! So many delicious Christmas cookie recipes in one place - you are sure to find something you love!

Happy Monday guys!

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Did you do the whole Black Friday thing? I did not. I ordered a bag and some new glasses – prescription, not sun – and then I spent the rest of the day doing all the millions of dishes we somehow created on Thanksgiving.

I did go for groceries on Saturday and found $5 turkeys so you better believe we have a freezer full of turkey right now.

And then I found a cat on the top shelf in our shed yesterday, talked Fat Baby out of calling it Potato, and sent my husband 57 photos of the cat while he was at the gym.

He was all, “Did you steal somebody’s cat?”

And then, “Where did the cat get a can of cat food?”

I don’t know, found it in the pantry, did you buy cat food?

Oh! We also put our Christmas tree up! Which means it’s time for me to start planning the ridiculous list of cookies I want to make on the 24th of December! If you’re like me, this list should be a big help. So many delicious ideas – I wish I had time to make them all!

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Have you started thinking about teachers gifts? Mailman gifts? Neighbor gifts? That lady that once watched your kid when your husband was in the field and you had pink eye again gifts?

I, as usual, am totally stressed and overwhelmed over all of it.

I really want to DIY most of those gifts but you know I’m not much of a crafter so I’m thinking food is my best bet. And who doesn’t like to get food?

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

I love the idea of a small gift basket of some homemade treats, a delicious bag of coffee, and a cute Christmas mug.

Dunkin Donuts® has delicious seasonal flavors right now and I spotted them both in Walmart recently. They have Pumpkin Spice and then the one you see in this post, White Chocolate Peppermint.

Oh. Em. Gee.

I have been waiting all my life for white chocolate peppermint coffee! You probably know it’s my go-to winter coffee shop drink and now I can make it AT HOME. So excited.

For this cute gift idea, I used the Dunkin Donuts® White Chocolate Peppermint coffee, a super cute snowman mug, and some homemade Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti. All items were purchased at Walmart, minus the biscotti!

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

If you are interested in trying out the seasonal Dunkin Donuts® coffee, download the Ibotta app before you shop and save $1 at Walmart!

Dunkin Donuts® also has k-cup pods and creamers so be sure to check those out as well.

As for the Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti, this is my new favorite cookie! It’s so perfect for Christmas because the red cranberries and the green pistachios are just so festive. And everything is yummier when dipped in white chocolate.

These go great with coffee so if you’re thinking of gifting some Dunkin Donuts® coffee this holiday season, make some homemade biscotti to give with it!

Cranberry, Pistachio, and White Chocolate Biscotti - perfect for holiday gifts!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hillshire Brands Company. All opinions are entirely my own. 

How do you take a holiday from good to great?

I’m pretty content as long as I have my family, my dogs (#crazydoglady), and really yummy food.

I make pretty much the same meal for each holiday and each time, I look forward to the cornbread dressing most of all.

It is absolutely in the top 10 list of foods. I love any variety, I love the baked ones, I love the ones made on the stove, I just love them all.

This Sausage and Cranberry Cornbrad Dressing is such a delicious version. It has the cubed cornbread, leeks (which I use in all my dressings – you have to try it if you haven’t already), dried cranberries, and pecans. Plus, the star of the show, Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage!

The savory sausage with the sweet cranberries is so delicious and then all the different textures… seriously, it doesn’t get better than this!

You can find the Jimmy Dean® Regular Sausage in the refrigerated meats section at your local Walmart and be sure to check out the Great Value products. I just love how easy Walmart makes shopping – especially this time of year when you’re constantly rushed and just need to get everything at one place. Walmart is perfect for that!

Check out joytothemeal.com for more recipe inspiration!

How do YOU bring #joy2themeal?

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