Do you find yourself in charge of making something in particular for the holidays? I’m usually in charge of desserts.
No complaints here.
Since none of these calories count, here was the opportunity to really go overboard.
My mother-in-law asked if I could make something for their annual Christmas lunch where all of us get together. Does an alligator pee in a swamp? Of course.
But, what to make? The family LOVES cheesecake, and I knew there would be over 30 people at the gathering and one cheesecake won’t cut it. So what do you do in a situation like this?
Make two cheesecakes.
And a cake.
And two types of cookies.
And another cake.
What about my side of the family for a Christmas gathering? Several people on my side are weirdly picky about what they like, so something that will easily make everyone happy is the way to do it.
So, here’s the Christmas dessert lineup to stuff our families like Hansel and Gretel:
Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake: rich, chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo crust and Oreo chunks packed throughout the cheesecake, topped with chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream and a mini Oreo cookie.
Tiramisu Cheesecake: coffee cheesecake with a Nilla wafer crust, ladyfingers dipped in coffee and kahlua, and a mascarpone-cream topping with sprinkled cocoa.
Boston Creme Pie: two layers of fluffy vanilla cake filled with vanilla pastry cream, covered with chocolate ganache.
Red Velvet Cake: two layers of moist red velvet cake smothered with cream cheese icing.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: thick, soft, and chewy chocolate chip cookies. No further explanation needed.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies: two Ritz crackers sandwiching a thick layer of creamy peanut butter, dipped in white chocolate.
We had to make sure we saved chocolate chip cookies for Santa. He’s so needy.
The only promise I can make right now is to avoid eating any more desserts…for a couple days. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!