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The Best Christmas Tree Dip

The Best Christmas Tree Dip

You know those amazingly delicious Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes? Picture them in a delicious cream cheese/cool whip dip! Christmas Tree Dip is THE dip you need to be snacking on leading up to Christmas. I originally saw this on Tik Tok and obviously had to try it. The original was a little too sweet so I made a couple little changes. Scroll down for the best Christmas Tree Dip.

The Best Christmas Tree Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes of Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (if your stores are sold out, click here to get a 2 pack on Amazon).
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • sprinkles (optional)

The Best Christmas Tree Dip

Directions:

  1. Unwrap the Christmas Tree Cakes and break up in smaller pieces, putting in a large bowl.
  2. Add in the cream cheese and milk then blend together.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with sprinkles.
  5. If not eating right away, or you want to save leftovers, put in a container and freeze.
  6. Serve with some things for dipping. I got some cute snowman graham crackers from Aldi. I also like to serve it with sliced apples, or pretzels.

The Best Christmas Tree Dip

 

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The Best Christmas Tree Dip

The Best Christmas Tree Dip

If you love those Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes, then you NEED to make this! This is the best Christmas Tree Dip for the holidays! Serve with some cookies or fruit.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 boxes Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (if your stores are sold out, click here to get a 2 pack on Amazon).
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 container cool whip
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • Unwrap the Christmas Tree Cakes and break up in smaller pieces, putting in a large bowl.
  • Add in the cream cheese and milk then blend together.
  • Fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and top with sprinkles.
  • If not eating right away, or you want to save leftovers, put in a container and freeze.
  • Serve with some things for dipping. I got some cute snowman graham crackers from Aldi. I also like to serve it with sliced apples, or pretzels.

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12 In decor/ DIY

DIY Christmas card or photo display

DIY Christmas card or photo display

I love receiving Christmas cards from all of our friends and family. I made this DIY Christmas card display as a way to hang all of our holiday cards so that we can enjoy them through the season. It also makes a great photo display as well. Scroll down to see how to make this DIY Christmas card or photo display.

DIY Christmas card or photo display

This is super easy and neutral so you can leave up all year long! We don’t have many photos displayed throughout our home so I think I’m going to print some and leave it up in our living room. I also think this would be beautiful in a nursery.

DIY christmas card or photo display

To make this DIY Christmas card or photo display

You will need:

DIY Christmas card or photo display

Directions:

1.) Start by cutting two pieces of twine, making them the same length.

2.) Tie each piece of twine one to each end of the branch. Bring up each piece so that you make a triangle and tie at the top. This will be how you hang the branch.

DIY christmas card or photo display

3.) Next you will assemble your greenery. If using a garland, cut into 3 separate pieces. If using faux eucalyptus stems, tie a few stems together to make a longer strand of eucalyptus. You will need 3.

4.) Take a piece of twine and tie to the end of the eucalyptus strand. Tie the other end of the twine to the branch so that it dangles down. Do this with the other two stands.

DIY christmas card or photo display

5.) Use clothespins to hang your cards or photos.

That’s it! Now you can enjoy looking at all of your holiday cards all season. And when the holidays are over, use to hang some photos throughout your home!

 

Here are some more ideas to inspire you or maybe you prefer to Amazon your own Christmas card display 🙂

christmas card display

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For more holiday ideas check out:

My Peppermint Espresso Martini

The BEST Christmas Tree Dip

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And if you’re still doing your holiday shopping

See all of the GIFT GUIDES

 

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6 In Christmas/ kids

12 Days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas ideas

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This year I’m starting a new tradition for the holiday season – The 12 Days of Christmas. I have so many awesome memories of how my parents made the holidays magical for us growing up and I want to do the same for my boys. So this year, the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we are going to do something fun and festive every day.

For more fun Christmas ideas follow me on Instagram

Below I’m sharing how we are celebrating The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a fun way to count down to Christmas. We do the traditional chocolate advent calendars too but this is more exciting! (If you’re looking for advent calendars, I’ve got some I rounded up here).  Now the goal is just to have fun and make memories with your little ones, not to add more stress to your already full plate. You can be as simple or as creative as you want.

How to plan your 12 days of Christmas

1.)  First, think of 12 fun activities that you want to do with your kids.

If you’re in need of ideas, check out our holiday bucket list below. (And if baking cookies is on your list, check out this list of 16 of the best Christmas treats!)

Christmas bucket list

 

2.) Write those ideas down or type them up on 12 separate pieces of paper.

3.) Next I got 12 boxes and placed a piece of each paper with an idea in each box. Then I wrapped them like presents.

4.) I numbered 12 gift tags and put them on each corresponding gift box and placed them under the tree.

 

How it works:

Starting on December 13th, each day leading up to Christmas we will open one of the gifts and do the activity inside. That’s it! It’s all about having fun with your kids and giving them something they will remember in years to come.

 

I’m linking some fun things to help celebrate the 12 days of Christmas below:

5 more sleeps til Christmas color your own Christmas cookies felt Christmas tree for kids christmas pajamas for the family

 

For more holiday ideas check out:

My Holiday Gift Guides

This delicious Christmas Tree Dip

Homemade Irish Cream – makes a great homemade hostess gift

Homemade salt dough ornaments

 

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18 In holidays/ Recipes

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below

 

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For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip

 

Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch

 

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