Thursday, December 27, 2018

New Years Eve Holiday Central Part One

Ideas for a family friendly New Years Gathering

Expand on the Reindeer Bar idea (Ever Ready previous postings)  or try
Hot Chocolate Bar

Pizza Making Station 
Milk and Cookie Toasting Bar
Ring in the new year with a family-friendly milk-and-cookies toast. Prepare the glasses in advance by dipping the rims of cocktail or champagne glasses (or buy some inexpensive ones from Dollar store) in melted chocolate, then cover with colorful sprinkles. Ar midnight (or whenever you decide "midnight" is), serve the milk and the fortune cookies. Toast to the new year and read your fortune!

Almond Joy Cookies
The perfect match for a milk toast. Amazing crisp cookies loaded with mini chocolate chips, toasted coconut and almonds. Recipe makes 32 cookies and they taste quite reminiscent of the candy bar. 
  • 1 /2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup each white sugar and brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 of a 12 oz. bag of mini chocolate chips (semi-sweet or bittersweet)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped almonds (sliced almonds)
  • Toast coconut and almonds 3-5 minutes at 350 watch carefully so mixture does not over brown, stir a few times.  Set aside to cool. 
  • In a bowl cream butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt together. Add in flour and mix well. 
  • Stir in chips, toasted coconut and almonds. 
  • Chill dough in refrigerator 1 hour or freezer 1/2 hour.
  • Heat oven to 375 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  • Bake cookies 10-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.  

A New Years party favor sure to please your guests- Midnight Kisses
This New Year's Eve party favor is such a cute take on the kissing thing at midnight! To make it part of your decor, you can arrange these bags in a basket with a large bow to greet guests. What an easy party favor to make. free printable link.
Add some funfetti to your New Years Day Breakfast
Funfetti Pancakes
Cook's note: A fun easy way to brighten the start of the day with these pancakes. 

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