Do you host or attend game day parties? Either way, you are likely making some game day food. If you’re like me, you search the internet, your favorite blogs or Pinterest for snacks and game day food. Some of my blogger friends and I have gathered some of our favorites for this game day round up. Although we are posting them during the football playoffs, they would be perfect for any game day gathering, basketball, NASCAR, hockey or your favorite sport. I hope you enjoy this collection of 21 recipes from some fabulous bloggers.
This post is sponsored by Stirrings All Natural Cocktail Mixers and I received complimentary product to create a holiday cocktail. This post may contain affiliate links.
Being in the wine and spirit business for 20+ years, I accepted the challenge for a holiday contest that involved Stirrings mixers. I requested their blood orange version because I thought it would pair deliciously with a cranberry vodka. Well, I was spot on! Not only does it look pretty, but it is fresh and delicious cocktail. I rimmed the glass with Stirrings Margarita Salt. I made one for both myself and my husband and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do too! Plus it’s fun to have a “signature” cocktail for parties.
- 2 ounces cranberry vodka
- 2 ounces Stirrings Blood Orange Mixer, plus more in a dish for rimming
- 2 ounces Sprite
- Stirrings Margarita Salt
- 3 fresh cranberries
- 1/2 sprig rosemary
- Dip rim of rocks glass in Stirrings blood orange mixer. Dip rim of glass in Stirrings margarita salt and fill glass with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker, filled with ice mix all ingredients except margarita salt. Gently shake and strain into prepared glass. Skewer fresh cranberries with a rosemary spring as garnish.
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No better time than now, because it’s strawberry season in Florida AND it’s Christmas, to make this white chocolate strawberry tree. Last year, while perusing the internet for Christmas ideas, I stumbled upon the Florida Strawberry Growers Association site and a photo of Strawberry Sue making a strawberry tree. I decided it would be perfect for our family Christmas celebration.
This is so simple to make that I made it Christmas day after all the presents were open. Honestly, I hate to melt white chocolate but I got a candy melting gift and tried it. Worked like a charm. It is now my favorite way to melt white chocolate, or any chocolate for that matter.
I will say, my guests (and family) were so impressed they didn’t want to eat the strawberries. So I ate one first to get the party started. Whatever your holiday occasion, Hanukkah, Christmas dinner, a holiday open house or brunch, your guests will not only be impressed but enjoy the chocolate dipped strawberries.
- If you want to make it for Christmas you will need:
- A styrofoam cone covered in aluminum foil
- 2 - 3 (16 ounce) containers of whole strawberries (the amount you need depends on the size of the styrofoam cone and the size of your strawberries) Rinse and dry berries well.
- 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips (I prefer Hershey's) or 12 ounce bag white (vanilla) candy melts (Wilton)
- Toothpicks for strawberries
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate chips or candy melts according to package directions. Dip berries individually into white chocolate and insert toothpick into stem end. Set berries on parchment lined baking sheets to set.
- Set styrofoam cone on serving plate or platter. Starting at the base of the cone, insert toothpick with strawberry into the cone. Work around in rows, working up the cone to the top. Place strawberries as close together as possible to conceal the cone. Use different sizes next to each other for interest. Repeat with all strawberries until cone is full.
- Display and serve.
I have wanted to post this recipe for a long time. I love the “different” chips that Nestle offers and by different I mean the combinations like dark chocolate and mint. These minty dark chocolate delights are perfect for the holiday. Plus, that little bit of mint green peeking through the chocolate is festive.
You’ve probably noticed that I’ve posted a lot of chocolate chip recipes these last 12 days. That’s because my family ADORES chocolate chip cookies. All kinds of chocolate chip cookies. Years ago when I asked my kids what type of cookie we should leave out for Santa and, without hesitation, both blurted out “chocolate chip”! Every year it’s what me make on Christmas Eve and I’m sure it will be the same this year.
As the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies comes to a close, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the delicious cookies from me and my blogger friends.
Happy Holiday Baking!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.
- Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from www.verybestbaking.com
Bullas (Caribbean Spice Cookie) from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Cinnamon Bun Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Cranberry Bliss Cookies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Eggnog Snickerdoodles from Palatable Pastime
Gingerbread Crinkles from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Minty Dark Chocolate Delights from Family Around the Table
Norwegian Pecan Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Pecan Balls from The Chef Next Door
White Chocolate Gingersnaps from Making the Most of Naptime
Red velvet is quintessentially Southern and when I found these cookies in the new Simple and Delicious Cookbook from Taste of Home I knew I had to make them for my holiday cookie tray. In the mix of all the other cookies on the tray, I just knew the red would stand out and look festive. Especially with the white chocolate.
I made these for the girls in our orthodontist office. I don’t think many people bring them treats because they were absolutely thrilled. They raved about the cookies and also thought they would be a nice treat for the holidays.
The flavor is truly red velvet. If you are a red velvet fan, this will be your new favorite cookie. These cookies freeze well if you need to make them in advance of a party. You might even try adding pecans, well, because they are southern too!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white baking chips
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, food coloring and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in baking chips.
- Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Freeze option: Freeze cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving.
From: Taste of Home
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big