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Holiday cookie squares recipe

holiday chocolate squares recipe

This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday cookie squares

One of our favorite holiday traditions is baking sweet treats and watching holiday movies. (Home Alone is the best hands down!)
Last weekend the kids and I were in the spirit to do some baking. We decided to make these holiday cookie squares topped with Ghirardelli chocolate. We got all of the ingredients from Walmart and had it delivered right to our house in under 2 hours! I’m sharing the recipe below.

Holiday cookie squares

Ingredients


Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Then set aside.
  2. Using mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one mixing completely. Add the vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed wet mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Press gently into a flat disc. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, remove from the refrigerator. Dust a clean countertop with flour and remove the dough from plastic wrap and place on the floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a square cookie cutter or use the Ghirardelli chocolate square to cut the dough into the appropriate shape and size.
  8. Transfer the cookies onto sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving about 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are slightly firm and center is soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square. Eat right then and there or store in an airtight container.
2 In Christmas/ DIY

How to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!

 

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

 

This morning was a rainy and chilly one.  A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.

Homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
  3. Add in 1 cup of water
  4. Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
  5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
  7. Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
  10. Let cool. String with twine.

 

For more Christmas DIYs check out

DIY Christmas garland

My Homemade Irish Cream (this is a family favorite)

 

 

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homemade scented salt dough ornaments

0 In Christmas/ Gift Guides

Gift Guide for Him

holiday gift guide for him 2020

The 2020 Gift Guide for Him is here! Lots of great ideas for those men that are so hard to shop for! Click the links and photos to shop.

This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

Gift Guide for Him

 

Nitro Cold Brew Maker – if he’s a coffee snob and loves his nitro cold brew, this is for him.

cold brew coffee maker - gift guide for him

Back and neck massager – great for after a long day and to help with headaches.

shiatsu neck and back massager - gift guide for him

Wood phone docking station – a place for him to charge his phone and keep all his stuff in one place. Both my husband and my dad need this since they just plop their stuff all over the counters and dresser.

wooden docking station - gift guide for him

Modal PJ Pants – no more grandpa sweatpants. These will have him feeling a little more luxurious.

modal pajama pants - gift guide for him

Grown up lunch box – I love this one by Yeti.

yeti daytrip lunchbag - gift guide for him

Self cleaning water bottle – if your guy is anything like mine, he leaves his water bottle around and never cleans it (gross). This water bottle contains medical grade UV light to kill 99.9% of bacteria.

lavone self cleaning water bottle - gift guide for him

 

Sous Vide – our friends turned us on to this when we went over for dinner. Awesome for the guy who loves to cook and also likes his gadgets.

sous vide - gift guide for him

Wallet Ninja – for the guy who likes his gadgets. This thing has a bottle opener, ruler, wrench, screwdriver and more for over 18 uses.

wallet ninja - gift guide for him

Patagonia Better Sweater – my husband has one and it is soooo cozy! Fleece interior makes it a great jacket as well.

patagonia better sweater - holiday gift guide

Google Nest – we have one and it’s great. Works with Alexa.

Google nest - gift guide for him

Weighted blanket – if he’s a restless sleeper, these are supposed to help. The description recommends getting 10% of body weight.

weighted blanket - gift guide for him

Tile – if he’s always losing his keys, phone, wallet, etc. then this is for him. It’s also compatible with Alexa.

tile - gift guide for him

 

Amazon Echo Show – this makes a great gift for grandparents! The 8 inch screen is perfect for video calls.

Amazon Echo Show - gift guide for him

Brickell mens revitalizing cream – if your guy is into skincare, this is an anti-aging cream for him to protect that handsome mug.

brickell revitalizing cream - gift guide for him

Shop the rest of the 2020 Gift Guides below

Gift Guide for Her

holiday gift guide for her 2020

Gift Guide for Kids

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Gift guide for Her

holiday gift guide for her 2020

My picks for the 2020 Gift Guide for Her. Whether you’re shopping for mom, your sister, grandma, friend or yourself (because you deserve it), there’s something for everyone!

Click the links and photos to shop. This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission.

 

Gift guide for her 2020

Chappywrap a nice quality blanket made by a mother-daughter team. Easy to clean, durable and snuggle-worthy.

chappywrap blanket - gift guide for her

Wine glasses – these premium crystal glasses are so chic, whether you’re drinking red or white.

wine glasses - gift guide for her

 

Cozy Earth pajamas – these are made with a soft bamboo to keep you cool and cozy.

cozy earth pajamas - gift guide for her

cozy earth pajamas

CBD bath bombs – Each bath bomb contains 50mg of CBD and essential oils to calm and soothe. I NEED these!

cbd bath bombs - gift guide for her

 

Pura diffuser – I just ordered one of these for our home! Use my code OURTINYNEST for 15% off your order.

pura diffuser - gift guide for her

 

Bedside smartphone vase – a more aesthetically pleasing way to charge your phone.

smarphone vase dock - gift guide for her

 

 

Core Meditation Trainer – for the person in your life who needs to reduce some stress. This orb-shaped trainer uses heart rate sensors and vibrations to help you practice mindfulness and reach a state of zen.

core meditation trainer - gift guide for her

 

Gardeners Basket – Many people took up gardening in 2020. This is the perfect basket for them to collect their harvest.

Gardening basket - gift guide for her

 

Grow your own lavender kit – because 2020 was a dumpster fire and we could all use more calm.

grow your own lavender - gift guide for her

Mama bracelet – the beads on this are so pretty! Super cute for the new mama or your mom friends.

little words mama bracelet

Corkcicle mug – holds 16oz and will keep your drink cold or hot, whichever you prefer.

corksicle mug - gift guide for her

 

Air BnB online experiences – Treat your loved ones to virtual experiences like making cannolis with a Sicilian chef and diving under the sea with a shark expert.

air bnb online experiences - gift guide for her

 

Mackenzie Childs Casserole – I adore this pretty pattern with the flower knob. And this dish can go right from oven to table.

mackenzie childs casserole dish - gift guide for her

Kindle Paperwhite – If she loves to get lost in a book, then this is the gift for her! Thin and lightweight with a glare proof display.

kindle paperwhite - gift guide for her

Miracle sheets – no more hot flashes or night sweats. These Miracle Sheets are legit. They will keep you cool and are infused with silver for anti-bacterial, self cleaning properties.

miracle sheets - gift guide for her

Love/Friendship lamp – ok hear me out. This may look a little funky but essentially it’s a great gift for those who are long distance. Touch the lamp and the other person’s will light up letting them know that you are thinking of them.  They also have a love/friendship picture frame option as well.

friendship lamp - gift guide for her

 

Check out the other 2020 gift guides

Gift Guide for Him

holiday gift guide for him 2020

Gift Guide for Kids

holiday gift guide for kids 2020