Ah! We just had a crazy four day whirlwind (and it’s not over yet!). We’re planning on getting to some “meat and potatoes” posts here in a bit, but for now we thought we’d serve up a bit of Nerd Nest dessert. Were those puns forced? I don’t care. Anywho, we don’t tend to make a crazy amount of sweets around here (because we’ll, you know, eat them all), so Christmas is the perfect excuse to make tons and tons of dessert. We end up going to 8-10 different places the week of Christmas, so there are plenty of opportunities to unload.
And you all know how much crazy toddler Jonas loves baking, so this was a dreamland project for him. Side note: so happy that Target sells our plates and bowls individually as well as in packs. We should also never be allowed to have things that break, because even though this one was Jonas’s fault, I’m the perpetrator just as often. Jake is the only non-klutz in this family.
Love that you can see Jake in the microwave in this photo.
Eliza was totally into the baking, too. She was a math expert: she found all of the right measurement spots. Cooking with kids is an AWESOME way to introduce the concept of fractions. It’s also good for addition and subtraction. (“We need 8 cups and this measuring cup fits two. How many more times do we need to pour in this ingredient?”) It’s way more fun than it sounds.
We didn’t get to our original 12 types of sweets goals, but we did make a crazy amount. The biggest hit were the white chocolate and Nutella truffles from A Beautiful Mess (we swapped the dark chocolate for milk chocolate). Those are dangerous and AMAZEBALLS. We made Oreo balls too (two rows of mushed up Oreos + one package of softened cream cheese, formed into balls and dipped in melted chocolate). We made snickerdoodles and molasses cookies from a mix (because it would have been super crazy to make this many things from scratch). Last up were s’mores bars, which I love so much that I have to make sure to make them for other people… because if I make them for us I’ll just eat them all. (They have cereal in them… that counts, right?)
And the kitchen was wrecked. (BIG thanks to my uncle Brad for doing most of the dishes!)
Do you love sweets? Do you bake often or just on special occasions?