‘Twas the night before Christmas…
Christmas Eve is the perfect night for story telling. Read all of those classic titles you’ve collected over the years. For families with kids, have everyone put on their favorite pjs, make some hot cocoa and snuggle up! Hey, even if you don’t have kids, I would totally do this myself! Another tradition of many families is to go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas. If it were me, I’d go to church first then go home and get comfy.
For those that enjoy baking, here is another scrumptious recipe you can share with family & friends:
You will need:
For shortbread cookie layer:
- 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1.5 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- red food coloring
For peppermint cheesecake layer:
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1.5 c. cool whip, thawed
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract
For pudding layer:
- 2 x 3.9 oz. box white chocolate instant pudding
- 3 c. milk
- green food coloring
- 1.5 c. cool whip
- 2 c. mini marshmallows
- red & green sprinkles
- M&M candies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter 9×13 baking dish, set aside.
- In small bowl, mix together flour, salt & cocoa powder.
- In large bowl, beat butter & sugar until smooth. Add red food coloring & mix well. Mix on low speed & gradually add flour mixture. Mix until combined.
- Press mixture into bottom of baking dish, bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, cool completely.
- To make cream cheese layer, beat softened cream cheese & powdered sugar until smooth. Add cool whip & peppermint extract, mix to combine. Spread over cooled shortbread layer. Place in the freezer to firm while preparing pudding.
- To make green pudding layer, whisk together white chocolate pudding mix & milk. Add green food coloring, whisk until smooth. Spread over cream cheese layer. Set in freezer for 5 minutes.
- Spread cool whip over pudding layer, top with mini marshmallows & sprinkles. Place in fridge for 3-4 hours until set.
Too busy? Try this instead:
I certainly hope you’ll have some time away from work. If not, leave for work early and see what happens.