Be Prepared For A Spontaneous Gathering With Holiday Treats

Beyond calendar commitments, it always feels like someone special is in town or wanting to get together in a moment's notice with a drop by during the holiday season. The best way to be welcoming to potential guests is to be prepared! I love to have holiday treats sitting in my favorite holiday tin, so I can easily sway a friend to pop by when they ask if we are home.  It's also nice to mix up my favorite standbys with some unique offerings:

Mexican Tea Cookies (not only because I am a lover of all the tea) 

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup Whole Trade™ powdered sugar, sifted, plus more for dredging 
  • 2 teaspoons Whole Trade™ vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup very finely ground pecans or almonds 
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Method: 
Cream together butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, flour, pecans and salt. Blend well. Gather dough into a ball, press into a flat disc, wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Scoop and roll dough into small teaspoon-sized balls and place on a non-stick baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake 8-10 minutes until barely golden. Remove, let sit for 1 minute then gently dredge cookies in sifted powdered sugar. Cool completely and recoat with powdered sugar. 
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 2 cookies150 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 12g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 4g sugar), 2g protein.


Ingredients: 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 (8-ounce) log Wellspring™ Creamery® Cranberry Orange Goat Cheese 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2 cups 365 Everyday Value® Organic 100% Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 
  • 24 fresh or frozen cranberries

Method: 
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in egg until well combined, and then beat in flour.  

Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and arrange 2 inches apart on a large, parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Use a fork dipped in water to flatten each cookie. Press a cranberry into the top of each.  

Bake until just firm and deep golden brown on the bottoms, about 15 minutes. (To make 4 dozen smaller cookies, use about 1 tablespoon dough for each, and bake 12 to 13 minutes.) 
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 1 cookie130 calories (50 from fat), 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 25mgcholesterol, 20mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, (1 g dietary fiber, 10g sugar), 3g protein.


Looking for more suggestions or a place to share you holiday traditions? Check out #MyHolidayTradish

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Disclosure, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post. Content is purely at my discretion. 

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