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10 Tips for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't believe there is a recipe for a perfect chocolate chip cookie.  Everyone has their own opinions about what makes a chocolate chip cookie great.  Some people like soft, some chewy, others flat and crispy.   But there are a few tips that can make your favorite chocolate chip cookie even better.

Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate

It has been really warm hear in Austin, so our Hot Chocolate consumption is way down.  The temperature is supposed to dip down this weekend, so it is the perfect time to post one more hot cocoa recipe.  This was my husbands favorite new flavor of 2016, Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate! 

Mini Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Last week I shared these fun Mini Christmas Shortbread Cookies over at Tatertots and Jello.  It was fun to guest post for Jen.  I have loved her blog for a long time.  I wanted to share this super easy and really yummy cookie recipe with you in case you were looking for a last minute holiday treat to take to a party or give as a neighbor gift!

Christmas Gift Wrapping

The bulk of my Christmas gifts are wrapped late in the night on Christmas Eve, right before Santa arrives.  Lots of wrapping paper, tape, and store bought labels and bows.  But there are the special few that are wrapped ahead of time. Gifts for teachers and neighbors that get a little more attention and are fun to dress up with ribbons and tulle.   I am not really great at making bows with fancy ribbon, so tulle has become my go to ribbon tying material of choice!  This year, Oriental Trading sent me some fun Christmas wrapping goodies to try out.

Snowman Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of our must have treats once the weather gets cold.  From the first cup we sip while driving around to look at Christmas lights, to the large batch we make to keep everyone warm while setting off fireworks on New Year's Eve, we consume a lot of hot cocoa during the winter.

You can serve our favorite hot chocolate dressed up like frosty.  All you need is whipped cream, some chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth, an orange spice drop nose, and our very favorite, very simple  homemade hot chocolate recipe.