Video: Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

The Christmas countdown is on, and today I’m celebrating all things holly and jolly with a video tutorial for how to make festive reindeer marshmallow pops. If you’re a fan of reindeer cake pops, then you won’t want to miss this easy update starring marshmallows, chocolate and pretzels. Tune in above then check out the recipes below for more marshmallow pop inspiration.

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NYC Food Blogging Class

NYC Food Blogging Class with Kelly Senyei #blogging

Looking to increase traffic to your food blog? Stumped on food styling? Wondering how to make money blogging? Join me on Tuesday, January 28 at the Center for Food Media at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City for a 3-hour intensive course on taking your food blog to the next level.

I’ll be providing individual blog consultations as well as group instruction focused on growing, refining, marketing and profiting from your food blog. Tickets are $75 and on sale now, so head over to ICE for more info and to sign up!

What: Taking Your Food Blog to the Next Level

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City

Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

Sprinkles are to cookies what sequins are to dresses. They mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. Subtle and sublime. “I attended the party” and “I am the party.” These buttery Christmas tree shortbread cookies are the party. And the after-party.

There’s just something about sprinkles that enables them to make any dessert the center of attention. Cookie pops. Mini doughnuts. Fortune cookies. Homemade lollipops. You name the confection, sprinkles have upped its star power.

It doesn’t take much to jazz up classic shortbread cookies. With a festive new shape, a chocolate drizzle and yes, a sprinkle shower, Christmas tree shortbread cookies just might give Christmas Tree Cupcakes some competition for Best Dressed dessert.

Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

When it comes to show-stopping holiday desserts, a Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake dripping with vanilla glaze is hard to beat. But for all those who don’t like big bundts (and they cannot lie), consider this quick and easy alternative: Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies.

This recipe for soft ginger cookies is made with molasses and plenty of ground ginger, cloves and cinnamon. The result is jumbo-sized cookies that deliver big on the flavor front and don’t disappoint when it comes to texture. Put simply: They’re gingersnaps, minus the snap.

And in the event you’re willing to take your holiday indulging to the Big Leagues, I’d recommend making the most of not one, but two cookies by sandwiching them together with vanilla bean ice cream. Who needs New Year’s resolutions when you have Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches?  

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies from justataste.com #recipe

Video: Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

This week marks the launch of a new Just a Taste video series on iVillage, where I’m sharing recipes, tips and tricks to help you entertain with ease. And what better way to kick things off than with festive Christmas pinwheel cookies?

Pinwheel cookies have long been a favorite of mine because they’re so easy to customize for any given holiday or event. I’ve shared a variety of color combinations over the years (all made with my favorite sugar cookie dough), so tune in above for the technique then check out the recipes below. Simply switch up the food coloring to make pinwheel cookies with two or three color combinations!

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