This Christmas, expand your kids' surprises from under the tree all the way into the kitchen. We've found a slew (17 to be exact) of festive, fun seasonal recipes that make Christmas sweets and eats so much more special. Click through, and find your favorite way to celebrate — morning, noon, and night!
Most will admit that cookie dough is the best (if only) reason for making cookies, but these incredible cookie dough truffles from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook skip the whole nonsensical baking part.
There's no egg in the batter. Instead, heavy whipping cream helps bind the dough together.
To shape the truffles easier, pop the dough in the freezer to firm it up. Also, try wearing powder-free gloves while rolling the balls to prevent your hands from warming up the dough.
It will be difficult not to scoop up little bite-fuls while making, so plan on doubling the recipe so you can snag some guilt-free.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
Now that we are officially in the Christmas season, it's time for a time-honored celebrity tradition — the annual Kardashian Christmas card. E! revealed the new family portrait on Sunday following a special holiday-themed edition of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. While previous editions of the card have included shots of the sisters' significant others, this year's version, photographed by David LaChapelle, doesn't include Kanye West, Scott Disick, or Lamar Odom. Meanwhile, Rob Kardashian and Kim's young daughter North West are also noticeably absent from the family fun. However, Kris Jenner's estranged husband Bruce Jenner does make an appearance trapped in some sort of futuristic tube.
Of course, the card isn't without controversy. The entire scene is staged in a trashed shopping mall, with cutouts of different photos plastered all over the background. One photo, located behind Kylie Jenner, shows a full naked woman while another, located nearby, displays a bare-breasted woman cradling a child. While nudity isn't exactly something that most people associate with the holidays, it's only fitting that the Kardashians stay a little on the naughty side for their special card. Keep reading to see Kendall and Kylie's NSFW shot from the Christmas card.
It's never (we repeat, never) too early to spread holiday cheer far and wide. Who wouldn't want to sniff pine candles or wear holiday socks right now? Take the initiative and shower your girlfriends with gifts that scream "ho, ho, ho!" In other words: get your jingle on, girl.
- She'll stay cozy with these supercute faux fur mittens ($36).
- This iPhone case ($40) will keep her clinking all season long.
- A geometric gold ornament ($9) is the perfect addition to her Christmas tree.
- She'll be rocking out to this Christmas CD ($10) day and night.
- Panties that look like candy canes ($9) are too cute to pass up.
- Don't wait to give her this great-smelling pine candle ($68).
- Nothing like some colorful felt garlands ($24) to kick spirits into high gear.
- She definitely won't want to hide these festive Christmas socks ($8).
- Some pink Christmas lip gloss ($10) will be her best friend when she's party hopping.
- Tell her you'll only give her this jingle sign ($7) if she promises to live up to its message.
'Tis the season of ice-skating dates, fireside kisses, and twinkling lights. There's something about the cold Winter that warms the heart, making the holidays the most romantic time of the year. So it's no surprise that some of our favorite Christmas movies have love-filled moments, and some of our favorite rom-coms take place during the season of snow and Santa. As we cuddle with our loved ones by the fire this December to watch classic Christmas-y flicks — from Christmas in Connecticut to The Holiday — let's get in the mood for mistletoe with our favorite lines on love from holiday movies!
Did you grow up counting down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar? The holiday tradition has taken on an entirely new life of its own, thanks to the creativity of some very design-savvy moms and crafters. Whether you prefer to DIY or click and buy, we've rounded up 14 absolutely beautiful Advent calendars to add a beautiful spin on the December countdown for your little ones!
Starting off a vacay with a flight delay or cancellation can turn things upside down — especially if you have limited time to visit with family and friends over the holidays. Instead of freaking out, here's how to handle the situation without having to be forcibly removed by airport security.
Check in early! Make sure to check in online or via phone at least 24 hours ahead of time. Sure, that doesn't mean things are always going to be perfect, but if you have already checked in before arriving at the airport, then all your flight information is secure, and your seat is confirmed.
Plan for it: While you're packing your carry-on, prep for delays, and make sure to include your phone charger, a good book, a small bag of toiletries, and even fresh undergarments. You can also pack a few of your favorite snacks to nibble on. That way, if there actually is a delay, you're already mentally prepped — and well fed.
Take a deep breath: Getting news that your flight won't be leaving for another six hours can feel like being dumped over the phone by your eighth-grade boyfriend. Take a deep breath, and compose yourself before taking action. These things happen, and there's not much you can do about it. It's best to focus on staying calm, even if you're totally freaking out.
With a dainty name like the gingersnap, one might assume that this cocktail is best reserved for ladies' night, but think again. Smooth and spicy, this warming tipple manages to steer clear of syrupy-sweet territory thanks to a heavy-handed dose of bitters and is an all-around crowd-pleaser, perfect for sipping throughout the holiday season.
If you need further convincing, it's one of those rare-gem restaurant recipes (an adaptation from a cocktail served at Momofuku Ko) that neither requires obscure ingredients nor intimidating technique. All in all, a win. So what are you waiting for? Get
If the ridiculously cute cheese-ball shapes from Michelle Buffardi's Great Balls of Cheese ($17) haven't caught your eye, then surely the triple-chocolate cheese ball will do the trick. Semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa powder swirled into cream cheese make for one powerfully rich chocolate cheese ball.
This particular cheese ball is massive. If you're going to a smaller holiday party, then plan on cutting the recipe in half . . . that is, unless you want to divide the cheese ball into two smaller ones and hoard the extra for later. This cheese ball tastes like dark chocolate cream cheese frosting, making it an excellent vessel for graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and strawberries.