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!!