If Santa is anything like me (which he might be considering we both have belly laughs), then he might be getting tired of plain old milk with his Christmas Eve cookies. Since I’m sure we all want to keep your household Santa(s) happy, you should try setting out these Christmas cookie ice cream shots this year. And in case cookies aren’t your type of hat, you can also try my reader favorite peppermint eggnog milk shake shot recipe here or my salted caramel cake shots here.
A few things to keep in mind if ice cream shots are new to you, be sure to prep the rims of your shot glasses in advance so that all you have to do is blend and serve when guests arrive. To make the mini straws, simply cut regular paper straws to the appropriate size; and lastly, each ice cream shot recipe makes four shots, so just multiply the recipe by however many you want to make.
- Two scoops of Christmas cookie ice cream
- White sprinkles
- Simple syrup
- 1 ounce white creme de cacao and 1 ounce creme de menthe (for alcoholic)
- 5 drops of green food coloring and two ounces of milk (for non-alcoholic)
I can tell that the number one most asked question will be “What if I can’t find Christmas cookie ice cream?” If that’s the case, you can make your own! Mix crushed sugar and snickerdoodle cookies into vanilla ice cream with a swirl green icing and red sprinkles.
To make the shots, rim your glasses with white sprinkles by dipping the glasses in simple syrup and then into your sprinkles.
Blend the rest of the ingredients by choosing either the adult or kid friendly version and then pour and serve immediately.
Funny story: this post was originally going to be title 10 Must-have Golden Holiday Entertainment Items, but somehow that turned into fifteen and that’s only because my collage skills aren’t honed enough for twenty. All of that to say that I’m obsessed with all these gold, as proven by my home tour and just about every other DIY I make (like yesterday).
Luckily for all of my family members, I just did their Christmas shopping for them by rounding up these fifteen golden items you should purchase (for me) right away. –
west elm gold servingware // west elm gold flatware // U.O. prisma golden wall decor // C wonder polka dot cake stand // C wonder Ikat dessert plates // kate spade salt and pepper shaker // anthro ginkgo leaf candelabras // anthro golden cocktail shaker // anthro gold confetti paper napkins // anthro monogram mugs // patterned champagne flutes // CB2 pinch bowls // gold striped straws // scalloped baking cups // west elm gold napkin ring set
I’d like to confess that sometimes I try way too hard to save pretty wrapping paper. I don’t want you to think I belong on that show Extreme Cheapskates or anything, I just really love a good presentation. Lucky for you, and moms all around the world, you can make DIY monogram gift tags are both cute and keepsake worthy without causing you to be considered strange. Perfect!
- Plain ornaments (mine were $1.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- Gold leafing sheets
- Gold leaf adhesive pen
Using your adhesive pen, write your letter or message on a bulb and let it dry for five minutes. Next, place a gold leafing sheet over the adhesive and rub gently to adhere it.
Peel the sheet off and lightly dust away excess leafing. String a piece of ribbon through to tie it onto your gift, and you’re all set!
Lastly, I’ve officially decided that everyone needs golden disco ball ornaments. That sounds legitimate right?
photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics
Prepare yourselves everyone, ’cause this may blow your mind. It certainly blew my mind when I first heard that such desserts were possible. What is it? Ice. Cream. Bread. Yes!
All you need to do is combine your favorite ice cream flavor, some flour, and voila! You’ve got a dense, moist bread that goes perfectly with tea or coffee, and with winter fast approaching, I decided a seasonally flavored bread was in order. This Hot Chocolate Bread with extra marshmallows is perfect for the rainy/snowy day in, wrapped in warm blankets with a piping hot cup of coffee or milk.
- 1 pint hot chocolate ice cream, softened (or whatever your favorite ice cream is!)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
Start off by preheating the oven to 355 degrees F. Mix together softened ice cream and flour. It will come off as kind of crumbly, and that is totally fine! Pour into a greased or lined loaf pan and top off with marshmallows.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the edges are pulling away from the sides. And… you’re done!! Easy as cake.