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Cookies, Candies and Cocktails 2015! [Seventh Annual Party]

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I realize that I am bit behind on getting some of these post up, but whatever, I’m going to assume it doesn’t really matter. I mean in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t, right? Anyway, on with the post!

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I cannot believe I have hosted this party for seven years now. This was the first time outside of Brooklyn, I missed a couple years while I was in transition. But now it is back and just as awesome as it was all those years before with an entirely different crew. Not to say that the old group was not missed or on my mind that day, (I do love all my New York friends! Thank you for starting this party with me!), but we had a great time. I named it “The Three C’s Party,” for Cookies, Candies, and Cocktails. It was later brought to my attentions that it should have been “The three C’s and No Seamen Party.” Next year.

I didn’t do anything crazy for appetizers this year, just chips and salsa and cheese and crackers, but I did have some awesome cookies prepared. The weekend before over Thanksgiving, we made candy cane cookies at home that I shared and I made angeletti cookies too. Now that I have the secret recipe, (EC, I PROMISE TO NEVER SHARE IT!!), I can share my favorite little cookies with my friends in Montana.

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I did spend some time making a couple awesome drinks for us. The first was a Spiked Chai Latte  and second was Caramel Hot Chocolate. I’ll share the Chai Latte below. The hot chocolate drink is just that with caramel vodka. Peppermint schnapps is also great to mix in your hot chocolate. I didn’t mix the alcohol in the drinks to start so people could mix them as they wished. MK brought over a strawberry champagne drink for us too. We were set on drinks.

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There were a lot of different things made this year. I went with my traditional chocolate cover peanut butter balls, peanut butter sandwiches  and oreos balls. One friend made some adorable snowmen on a stick with oreos, there were sugar cookies, chocolate cookies and fruit cookies/shortbreads. Everyone did awesome. My favorite was these frosted peppermint brownie cookies that I will be making in the future. They were not too sweet and perfectly pepperminty.
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After the party, most of us headed downtown to the annual Christmas Stroll. We packaged up the extra treats and shared them with the boys that have yet to be invited to the party. I can’t wait to see what people come up with next year!
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Spiked Chai Lattes (via)
Makes 8 servings

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 3 cups chai tea
  • 3 cups milk (I had almond and whole milk on hand)
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • ice
  1. Make honey syrup: Combine honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature. (Cover and keep extra refrigerated for up to 2 weeks)
  2. In a glass with ice mix 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz honey syrup, with 3 oz each chai tea and milk. Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Enjoy!

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Alabama Eggnog

I will admit that I am not the biggest eggnog .  I have been warming up to it over the past couple years, especially when it contains alcohol.  When I came across a post on Four Pounds Flour for Alabama Eggnog, I immediately thought of the progressive dinner and Melissa’s cocktail portion, but she didn’t seem too excited about it.  
I then thought of my dad who is always drinking eggnog at this time of year.  I emailed them the recipe and was correct.  He was ready to try it and was very concerned about which whiskey to use.  They called me from the store asking what kind to get, he has normally had it with rum in it, not whiskey and it had to be right.  We ended up Woodford Reserve Bourbon.  In the Four Pounds Flour post they doubled the amount of whiskey.  We has some family stop by for the event, and almost everyone thought they were sipping a shot of bourbon, not eggnog, so I don’t know how they could have doubled the amount.  I actually thought it was pretty good.  I think my dad and I drank most of it.  Everyone else got at least one glass down.  Next time I might mix a few more spices into it and halving it for a much smaller batch. 
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Alabama Eggnog
makes 12 to 14 servings

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey
  • 1 pint cream
  1. Separate egg whites and yolks into two separate bowls; add half the sugar to each bowl. 
  2. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; add to a large punch bowl. 
  3.  Next, beat egg yolks until very light in color. 
  4.  Fold together egg whites and yolks. Add whiskey. 
  5.  Whip cream until soft peaks form, fold into egg mixture. 
  6.  Serve with a sprinkle of fresh grated nutmeg.
Enjoy!