Hot Cocoa Cookies

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Hot Cocoa cookies are chewy chocolate cookies with various toppings just like sipping on a cup of hot cocoa in a cookie form.

Plus as a bonus recipe, we even included a Hot Cocoa Cake made from scratch for the holiday Christmas dessert table you may also like!

These Hot Cocoa Cookies are as much fun to make and decorate as they are to eat.

The cookies looked so pretty frosted with white or chocolate ganache icing with some colorful sprinkles to match the holiday theme.

These chocolate cocoa cookies stay soft and chewy and keep for a few days stored in an airtight container or you can easily freeze them.

If you're a hot cocoa fan try our delicious Amaretto Hot Cocoa to go along with these marvelous chocolate hot cocoa cookies.

These chocolate cookies are super easy to make with just a few steps all chocolate cookie lovers and hot cocoa lovers will enjoy them throughout the holiday season.

For a festive Christmas cookie just frost and decorate them with colorful holiday-themed sprinkles, cane canes crushed, and mini marshmallows on top.

The cookies are great to bake for that last-minute party your invited to and perfect for bringing to a cookie exchange.

Scroll down to the recipe card and don't forget to try our Hot Cocoa Cake below and read my tips, and topping suggestions.

frosted hot cocoa cookies


Lasagna Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

Saturday, November 19, 2022
Lasagna Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms are a delicious baked stuffed extra large mushroom cap that can be an appetizer or a whole meal layer with everything but the pasta!

Of course, mushroom lovers are going to be astounded by this all-in-one meal, and the substitutions and fillings can be endless on whatever you like in your pasta lasagna.

We chose to go with a layer of ricotta, tomato sauce, crushed meatballs, and/or sausage topped with lots of mozzarella and provolone blended and grated cheese.

Although you're very familiar with the traditional lasagna, we use the meaty-tasting portabello as a substitute.

When it comes to lasagna, every family makes it different, so adapted the filling to however you're used to making it.

Mom always used ricotta in our lasagna, but you can also substitute cottage cheese if that's what you prefer!

If you have a mushroom lover in your crowd, not a meat lover, keep it all vegetarian by adding spinach or artichoke hearts.

Whatever you decide, our recipe card below for stuffed lasagna-style portabello is just a guideline for you to follow and just get your own spin on this dish.


meatball and ricotta stuffed portabello mushrooms


Italian Calamari Sauce

Thursday, November 17, 2022
This Italian Calamari Sauce is one of the best vintage recipes we usually make around the Christmas Holiday season.

Today we made it with the addition of calamari rings with tender tentacles cooked in a rich wine tomato sauce, very easy to prepare and full of Italian garlicky flavors.

Served over your favorite cooked pasta, or rice or just served with Italian bread, this is a quick sauce that is adored by any seafood lover.

My late grandmother's recipe for this calamari sauce is most asked for on Christmas Eve as part of the 7 Fishes in our family, however, is typically served in warmer weather seasons since it's a perfect light meal.

The ingredients are bursting with fresh herbs and garlic of course, and a good-tasting drinking red wine added with chunky tomatoes.

For a little heat added to your sauce, just add some crushed red pepper flakes to spice it up.

If you're a big fan of calamari in red sauce, this is a great recipe for you to add to your collection.

Scroll down to get this easily printable recipe with step-by-step instructions.



this is a pot of calamari sauce for pasta