Friday, December 14, 2012
Earlier this month I decided that I wanted to make little baskets of goodies for all our neighbors. Genius! I thought to myself. We really only know a few of the childless neighbors. The ones with children keep to themselves. What better way to introduce ourselves than with a little sweet surprise?
We've already been slowly transforming our floor (yes, I give us all the credit). For Halloween, I put decorations on the door. We're the first door when you get off the elevator so people see these things. I was thrilled when we also had a few trick or treaters. For Thanksgiving / fall, I made a gorgeous autumn wreath that hung with honor until we got our act together and took it down (last week). This week, surprise! Another neighbor has put a wreath on their door! I added my Christmas wreath to my door! We're really getting into the spirit over here!
The best way to cap off a great year is with sweets. On Facebook, I've been talking a lot about John's love for eggnog. I thought about making eggnog cookies but I couldn't figure out how to get the taste to really shine through. I have more great eggnog recipes next week for breakfast / desserts but I wanted one quick and easy that would be a good addition to our baskets without a lot of work...enter, my newest creation - eggnog cinnamon bark. If you ask me, this should be even bigger than peppermint bark. But who's asking, really?
Eggnog Cinnamon Bark (made by The Growing Foodie)
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil. Set aside. In a small saucepan combine white chocolate chips and eggnog. Stir until melted. Meanwhile, microwave cinnamon chips, until melted. Pour the white chocolate chip/eggnog mixture onto the cookie sheet. Drizzle melted cinnamon chips on top. Dust with cinnamon and nutmeg. Place in the fridge to firm up, about 10-25 minutes (or freezer for 1/2 the time). Break it lightly with your hands (I like to use a hammer...get out some aggression) and store in plastic bags until ready to use.
Welcome! I'm Dani (aka the Growing Foodie), just a girl balancing her career and passion for all things edible in NYC. I hope you'll join me in my adventures in life, through food. (Click for More)
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