Christmas Plate Favorites…

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Isn’t Christmas the best time of year to go all out in decorations? It has been killing me to not put up my decorations this year. Darn move! At least I can decorate my blog with this cozy Christmas picture.

The next couple posts will be posts that I’ve prepared ahead of time, due to the big move. So let’s see, today I’ll be traveling to Newport Beach to meet the movers and have some fun times unpacking all of our stuff! I hope we can squeeze in a little time at Disney.

I figured this will be a great time to recap some of my favorite recipes on Picky Palate. What better place to start than with some great goodies for your Christmas plates. Check out some of my top picks below. I’ll be back to report all about our new home soon!

Crispy Caramel Brownie Treats

1 brownie mix of choice 9×13 size

¾ Cup caramel ice cream topping

3 Cups Mini Marshmallows

2 Tablespoons butter

3 ½ Cups rice crispy cereal

1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

2 Tablespoons coconut oil (you can also use heavy cream)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. As soon as they are done baking, remove from oven and drizzle with caramel ice cream topping.


2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter until puffed up. Stir in cereal until well combined. Quickly place over brownies and gently spread evenly over top. Place chocolate chips into a medium microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. Stir in coconut oil or heavy cream until shiny and smooth. Pour and drizzle over top of brownies. Let cool then cut into squares.

12 large brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies

1 Cup creamy peanut butter

1 Cup sugar

1 egg

12 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

36 mini marshmallows

1 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips

2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1/4 Cup mini M&M’s

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place peanut butter, sugar and egg into a large bowl and mix until well combined. Scoop dough evenly into a 12 count mini cheesecake pan or mini muffin pan. Cook for 13-15 minutes until almost done. Remove from oven and press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie until flush with cookie top. Top each cookie with 3 mini marshmallows and return to oven for 2-3 more minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Remove and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

2. Place chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted smooth. Stir in 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream until silky and smooth. You can return back to microwave for 15 seconds to get a thinner consistency. Spoon chocolate over top of puffed marshmallows and sprinkle with mini M&M’s.

12 cookie cups

“Perfect For Fall” Chocolate and Cinnamon Chippers

2 sticks butter

1 Cup brown sugar

½ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 Cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

1 Cup cinnamon chips

1 ½ Cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla slowly until well combined. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet mixture along with the chips until just combined. Scoop onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes or until cooked through to your liking. Cool on cooling rack and serve.



About 36 cookies




Thin Mint N’ Chip Crispers

1 Cup softened butter

1 Cup packed light brown sugar

½ Cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 Cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ Cups all purpose flour

3 Tablespoons instant jello French vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

10 oz bag Andes Mint Chips/pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugars. Slowly beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.


2. Combine flours, pudding mix, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Slowly add to mixer along with the mint pieces until just combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop batter onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet, do not press cookies down. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges of cookies just start to turn golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.


Yield about 36 cookies

Have A Great Week! See you soon with my all time Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe!!

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29 Responses
  1. j & j dish it out

    Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for stopping by. Quick question…speaking of chips…which kind did you use? Hershey’s or like a gourment kind? What are your thoughts on the Hersey’s kind? I have been reading some reviews and they have mixed feelings. Should I use Hershey’s or order gourment chips off the internet? You can email me at jaimeandjen@gmail.com or just respond here. Thanks bunches!

  2. j & j dish it out

    Hi Picky Palate…you have to go to my blog and read about my cookie disaster. I came to your blog and saw your cinnamon chocolate chippers and immediately ran to the kitchen to make them. I made a major boo boo. Check it out.

  3. Doris

    Just wanted to share the highlight of my December move 7 years ago.
    I was terribly upset that I would not have time to decorate the new place in time for Christmas, and then my best friend showed up with a string of lights, a vanilla scented candle and chocolate – one of my fondest Christmas memories:)
    Good luck!

  4. CookiePie

    WOW – so many yummy treats — I can’t decide which one I like the best! Best of luck with the move and hope you’re having wonderful holidays!

  5. Bunny

    Every one of those recipes is fantastic Jenny, I hope the moving before Christmas doesn’t run you ragged!! Pace yourself!!

  6. That Girl

    You remind me of my family. We moved to Orange County in December of 1996. The day after we moved we headed to Disney to get annual passes.

  7. Catherine Wilkinson

    Jenny…lol…I saw that picture and thought “wow…that girl is FAST!” I hope the move is going so well and boys are excited! Disneyland for sure!!! Take care!

  8. Terah

    i love your blog!!! always the best recipes! i’m still hooked on the “take me to the milky-way cookies”! those rock! i’m going to try the crispy brownie treats tonite!!! thanks so much for sharing and good luck w/your move!

  9. Stephanie

    They all look just as yummy as they did before! Especially the brownies with rice crispy treat on top!

    I know what you mean about Christmas decorations and moving! You should check out my family blog (lifeat-ourhouse.blogspot.com) for my recent post on our lovely Christmas decorations, or lack thereof…

  10. ALISHA JOY

    I never make dessert . . . I have a hard enough time making dinner!! But when I feel an urge to give me and the kids something sweet. . . Your blog is where I come to for help. Thanx for all the good ideas. I’m going to make those Crispy Caramel Brownie tonight.

  11. carol

    All your treats look so yummy, Jenny-what a cookie tray those would make all together!
    Good luck with the move-as you say, what a time of year to do it! Hope you can find some time to go to Disney-your boys would have a ball!

  12. Barbara Bakes

    I want to have Christmas at that house too! I have to say you’ve got me addicted to the cinnamon chips. I look for them every time I’m at the store now. Good luck with the move!

  13. Girl Japan

    Yes.. so delish and festive.. OMgosh.. is that your house.. “wink” Looks like right out of a Thomas Kincaid (sp)? painting…

  14. HoneyB

    Look at all the delicious cookies!! What one to choose???

    I hope you do get to squeeze some fun time at Disney in with that move!

  15. Cristine

    Lots of yummy treats! I made those cinnamon chippers a while ago and loved them! Great recipe!

    Hope everything is going smoothly with the move!

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