Sunday, December 2, 2012

Happy Holidays Blog Hop!!!!


Hello everyone, and welcome to the Joy's Life DT Happy Holidays Blog Hop!!!!  If you just hopped here from the very talented Staci, you're in the right place.  To start from the beginning click HERE.

Oh, I am so excited that the holidays are here, and that Christmas is right around the corner!  One thing that I love to do around Christmas is bake!  The cookies that I used in this project are soooo delicious, and I will share the recipe for them at the bottom of this post!  I thought it would be cute to stack the cookies in a jar to give as a gift.  I love using jars!  On this project I used both of Joy's Christmas stamp sets:  Wintery Puns & Oh Christmas Puns!

Storybook- label cut at 1.82", 2.29"
Joy's of the Season- holly branch cut at 2.53"
Joy's Life Stamps- Wintery Puns on label, Oh Christmas Puns on the lid
1.5" circle punch

You're next stop on this awesome hop is Laura!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!  :)

Here's the recipe for the cookies I used in this project!  YUMMO!  :)

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • White nonpareils and/or red edible glitter (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
3. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1-1/2-inch rounds.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
5. In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set. Makes about 60.



Karons Krafty Korner said...

Fabulous decorated jars - awesome gift idea. The cookies look yummy too:-) Have a great day.

snappy scrappy said...

Yum...too pretty! Lee-Ann :)

June Houck said...

Beautiful jar...the faux stitching is perfect!

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

What a fabulous idea to stack them in a jar! I love the rosette on the top!

DT sister

DebC said...

Such a pretty gift jar! Papers are pretty, cute way to give cookies. Great job
Deb C

Sarabeth aka Sarita said...

another great gift idea and it's super cute! thanks for sharing the recipe too :)


Joy said...

Stacking the cookies in the jar is so cute and smart! I just LOVE your project and the stamps look AWESOME! I super love the "fa la la" on the top. That's such a cute touch. Thanks so much for being part of the Happy Holidays Blog Hop!
Super Hugs,

Kimberly Clark said...

yummy cookies - love your card

Got2BCrafting said...

I think you jar looks amazing Amy!! The label is just gorgeous, and I love the rosette on top! Super fun and yummy gift idea. :)

jennyplace2 said...

What a pretty jar all jazzed up, great gift for anyone.....hint hint! Those cookies sound so good, I can taste them just melting in my mouth! I am going to make them for sure this Christmas! TFS!

Lisa said...

This is so creative and awesome!! What a fabulous project!!

A Mermaid's Crafts

Patty B said...

So, I hopped to your page and thought oh, neato, and YUM! Love the jar..would be great to receive and the cookies...gonna have to try to make some! :)

Shar said...

Oh love!!! What a super cute idea using a rosette on top of the jar. I love the punny sentiments in these stamp sets. And thanks too for sharing the delicious recipe! :)

Rachel W K said...

great idea! the tag looks so adorable

bird said...

Very cute. Now going to have to try your cookie recipe.

Kathy's-Krafts said...

What a great gift this would be to receive...I love using jars too

Sarah Biswabic said...

Very cute treat jar!

Creative M said...

Cute & Yummy!

Sue D said...

Very festive jar--I like the rosette on top. thanks for the recipe.

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Gorgeous!! Love the rosette!

Maria Matter said...

what an adorable way to package your yummy cookies Amy! great job!!

lynnw said...

too cute ill have to try it...

Kimberly Jensen said...

These look amazing!! I love how you embellished the jar and shared the recipe!! Thanks ;)
DT sister

Sherrie K. said...

Great project Amy! These look delish too! Thanks for the recipe!
Sherrie K

Diana Fernandez said...

Beautiful project! And mmmmm yummy recipes!

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards said...

Awesome cookie jar creation. Love that you did a jar! I will have to give this a try. TFS AJ-

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards