Whether you’re entertaining or just cozying up by the warm, crackling fire this holiday season, sweet and spicy, creamy and frothy coffee drinks and desserts are the perfect ways to unwind, relax and enjoy all the season has to offer. Be sure to keep plenty of coffee and spices on hand. You never know when the mood will strike or the doorbell will ring.
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When friends and family surprise you, surprise them with this quick and easy holiday drink dessert. Sweet and creamy, it’s also the perfect winter wonderland warm-me-up.
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Prepare coffee according to manufacturer's directions using 3/4 cup ground coffee and 4 cups water. Stir sweetened condensed milk into coffee, and serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream, a stick of cinnamon and a maraschino cherry.
Holiday Flavored Coffee Spoons
Who wants to lick the spoon? Your family and friends will. And they’re so easy and fun to make!
Melt chocolate, being sure not to scorch or burn it, until it is liquefied. Mix well. Add flavored extract or liquor. Mix together. Take spoon, and dip up and down in mixture, until spoon and the lower part of the handle are coated in chocolate. You want the entire spoon portion filled completely. Once full, lay spoon on wax paper and allow to dry completely. Once dry, wrap in saran wrap. These spoons are now ready to be served to your guests along with their coffee.
This fruity and festive drink will get you in the spirit of the holiday.
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Slowly heat all of the ingredients except the coffee in a saucepan. The brandy will begin to release its aroma after a few minutes. At this point, ignite the brandy and allow the flames to burn for 15 to 20 seconds. Next, ladle the brandy mixture into your hot mug of coffee and stir.
Chewy chocolate espresso cookies
Pairing two of the world's finest delicacies... it's an espressolate piece of heaven.
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Preheat oven to 350°F and grease 2 large heavy baking sheets. In a double boiler, melt the 3 1/4 cups chocolate chips and butter together. Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a mixer with a whip attachment, mix the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and ground espresso, then add the chocolate mixture. Mix in the dry ingredients and the remaining 1 1/2 cups chips. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to set up.
Scoop onto parchment lined sheet pans with a medium ice cream scoop then freeze. Bake from frozen in a preheated 375 degree F for 7 minutes. You can par-bake them for 5 minutes then bake an additional 2 minutes at the time you serve them so they're warm.
Want even more recipe ideas? Check out any of these articles:
Holiday Coffee - from http://www.recipezaar.com/Holiday-Coffee-270686
Holiday Flavored Coffee Spoons - from http://www.essortment.com/all/coffeerecipe_rxcr.htm
Dante's Cafe Inferno - from http://www.pioneerthinking.com/coffees.html
Chewy Chocolate Espresso Cookies - from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/chewy-chocolate-espresso-cookies-recipe/index.html
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