I just need to get through three more fun days of holiday craziness and then we are homeward bound! I really can’t wait to be nestled in the snowy hills of New Hampshire. It’ll be the first time we’ve all been together for Christmas (because my brother left to serve a mission for two years the week after Ben and I got married).Before my friends and I all go our own ways for the holidays, I wanted to have a little get together as part of a gift to them. It was a full morning of baking, but it was nice to spend an hour or two with my favorite ladies (and their darling children who I contemplate kidnapping on a regular basis).
I wanted something casual, cute, and holiday friendly without being a Christmas party and so I went with the color red: red napkins, red straws, red socks in gift bags, red cake stand, red flowers, and red pants. The food was all for snacking and I have most of the recipes below, but it all revolved around the classic M&M candy. We had brownies, scones, cookies, and plenty of candy pieces. I loved the scones right out of the oven, and the chopped peanut m&ms in the brownies were a fun twist.
^^this little boy is always my favorite – when he crawls up on my lap and hands me a book, there is no resisting.
^^the brownies got these young women’s approval 🙂
^^this little girl is better dressed than I am… if only our clothes were the same size 🙂
^^a little blurry – but casey+baby are too cute
^because naturally I wore red pants to my red party 🙂
^scones with homemade whipped cream 🙂
^^I share the recipe below … but guys, the peanut butter frosting is amazing.
^^I like taking pictures of food. It doesn’t complain. It sits perfectly still. It can’t close its eyes.
m&ms: walmart // straws: minted.com // cake stand, napkins, hanging decor: Target
- 1 C butter, softened
- 1 C sugar
- 1 C brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 C flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/3 C rolled oats
- 1/3 C chopped chocolate chips
- 1 C M&Ms
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Stir in eggs and vanilla.
- Separately, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add dry mixture to wet mixture.
- Stir in oatmeal, chocolate chips, and M&Ms.
- Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
- 2 C flour, sifted
- 8 tbsp butter, frozen
- 1/3 C sugar
- 1/2 C greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 C M&Ms
- Mix dry ingredients in bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, M&Ms).
- Cut in butter (I chopped mine on a cutting board which worked well because it was frozen).
- In a separate bowl, whisk yogurt and egg until smooth (I used greek yogurt, but feel free to substitute any kind of yogurt or sour cream).
- Stir in yogurt mixture to dry ingredients. Use your hands and combine into one ball (it might take awhile).
- Roll into a circle 1/2 – 1 inch thick.
- Cut into triangles.
- Bake at 400 degrees until the edges are golden (approximately 15 minutes).
- Serve warm with a dollop of fresh whipped cream!
- 1 1/4 C butter, softened
- 4 eggs
- 2 C sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 C cocoa powder
- 1/2 C chopped Peanut M&Ms
- powdered sugar
- creamy peanut butter
- 4 tbsp butter (for frosting)
- Whisk butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa powder until smooth.
- Stir in chopped Peanut M&Ms
- Pour into greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean (appox. 20 minutes).
- For the frosting: 2 C powdered sugar, 4 tbsp butter, a large spoonful of peanut butter, and 1 tbsp of water until smooth. Add a little more water or powdered sugar here to get desired consistency.
- Frost brownies by drizzling frosting over pan of brownies (for this make a thinner frosting by adding a bit more water) or piping frosting over cut out brownies as shown in pictures. Top with an M&M and serve!
**for those who asked: the wall painting was a gift from my Grandfather (a very talented artist) and our stemware shelf was built by Ben (and contains bottles of sparkling cider)