Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

I have to say, ever since visiting last March, I have quite the love affair with Prague going on. Prague is this beautiful, fairy-tale city, untouched by war, so all of the buildings and structures are original to the city. I happened to be visiting during Easter, when the Easter markets were in full swing, and I was taking full advantage of the cheap hot wine. Yes, by the way, Prague is very cheap to visit, so if you want to go to Europe and not spend a TON, visit Prague. Hey, my friend Becky lives there, and she’ll probably let you stay with her. Think of all the money you’ll save.

Today’s recipe is Vánočka, a braided brioche bread with raisins, typically served during Christmas in the Czech Republic. I haven’t actually tried this, nor have I made it, but I love Prague so much, that maybe I’ll whip this up for the C-Family during Christmas. I mean, how hard is it to braid 6 different raw bread dough ropes together? Psshhh, I got this, particularly when I have to wear a white apron and headscarf and not talk to anyone while I’m making it. And don’t mind me while I’m jumping up and down while the dough rises. All in a day’s work, according to Czech traditions, according to 196 Flavors, who is helping me bring this tradition to your house.

So let’s get down to business, and start making the brioche. Besides, jumping up and down will be the most activity I’ve done in a couple of weeks.


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Here we are, ten days into December, and I’m still blogging. Yes, even I am shocked, but it’s been so fun! I’ve been having the best time featuring some of Chicago’s best bloggers on Dining at my Desk!

Today we have Hilary of Embellishmints, with an amazing white chocolate crunch Christmas popcorn. With very few ingredients required, this should be an easy and pretty snack to have for your holiday guests. 

Christmas Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn


  • 1/2 cup popping popcorn kernels, or 2 bags tender white popcorn
  • 1 {10 oz} vanilla bark
  • 1-1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 1 {12 oz} bag green and red Mint M&M’s
  • Red, green and white sprinkles {Nonpareils add a fun crunch}

Thanks to Hilary for this awesome recipe. Visit her awesome blog, Embellishints, for the full recipe, and enjoy! 

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

Christmas Crunch White Chocolate Popcorn

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Averie Cooks has been one of my favorite blogs for…just about forever now, but oddly enough, I’ve never made anything from her site. But I sure do like to look – look and wonder how she gets the most amazing-looking cookies ever. Seriously, her cookies are so beautiful!

25 Holiday Cookie Favorites


There are so many in here I’d like to make, including:

Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies:

Reese's Pieces Cookies


Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies:

Molasses Chocolate Cookies

Andes Mint Chip Soft Fudgy Chocolate Cookies:

Andes Mint Cookies


For all 25 cookie recipes, please visit the original post on Averie Cooks.

Images courtesy of Averie Cooks.


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Ok, I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of holiday Oreos. I think the Christmas ones and the Halloween ones are just kind of strange. Oreo filling should be white and double-stuffed. However, when holiday Oreos are mixed in solid chocolate with a bunch of candy…well, now that’s something I can definitely get behind.

Christmas Candy Bark

Today’s recipe for Christmas Candy Bark comes to us from the Gingerbread Bagels blog. It looks truly festive and delicious, and would look cute in a jar as a Christmas gift.

Christmas Candy Bark

8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces milk chocolate chips
5 ounces red candy melts
5 ounces green candy melts

1/2 cup Christmas Oreos, cut in half
1/4 cup red and green M&Ms (you can use regular M&Ms, peanut, peanut butter, whatever you like!)
1/4 cup Holiday Corn
1/4 cup Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, cut in half

Measure out the candy. Cut the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses in half and the Christmas Oreos in half. Set the candy aside.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper. You’ll use this to make the Christmas Candy Bark on.

Put 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips and 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate but be careful not to overheat the chocolate.

Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper into an 8 by 11 rectangle. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

Melt the red candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Place dots of the melted red candy melts on top of the melted chocolate.

Melt the green candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Place dots of the melted green candy melts on top of the melted chocolate.

Using a knife, swirl the candy melts and chocolate up and down. Then swirl the candy melts and chocolate back and forth.

Place the candy and cookies on the melted chocolate. Press down lightly.

Allow the Christmas Candy Bark to dry for at least 3 hours. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

For step-by-step photos, visit Gingerbread Bagels.

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