2013 Red Hot Holiday Trends from Betty Crocker – Giveaway

 

Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la la la la la!

I love the holiday season and all of the yummy goodness that comes along with it. That’s why I’m so excited to partner with Betty Crocker to share some delicious holiday trends with you, AND I’m giving away a fun Betty Crocker baking essentials gift box to give someone an even happier holiday. My kids and I dove right into our kit and made gingerbread cookies for the first time ever. It was so easy for the kids using the Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix, that we’ve declared tonight as sugar cookie night. (photos coming)

 

Exciting, right!

 

There are so many tasty treats from the trends list to be made this holiday season and I have Merry Mashups at the top of mine.  Check out the Top Ten Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends:
 

Sweet & Savory Cookies

 

The Chatty Momma Betty Crocker Chocolate-Dipped Olive Sablés

A biscuit-shortbread hybrid from France, sablés have been named the cookie of the year in our test kitchens. For a salty-sweet flavor contrast, we added an unusual savory element—Kalamata olives!—and dark chocolate chips. The result? Mind-blowing, melt-in-your mouth goodness. 

 

The New Fruitcake

 

A modern take on a Christmastime classic, this luscious two-layer cake, studded with whiskey-soaked fruits and filled with sweetened mascarpone, will be the belle of any holiday ball. 

 

Crafty Cookies for Kids

 

Bake your way to fun family memories with our super-easy DIY (Decorate-It-Yourself) Cookie Tree. With infinite possibilities for personalization, it’s as fun to make as it is to eat. (Almost!) 

 

Global Flavor Flights 

 

In search of a fresh holiday party staple? Look no further than our crowd-sized flight of mini cheese balls. With bases made from both cream cheese and goat cheese, it’s the globally inspired mix-ins that turn these small bites into something truly memorable. 

 

All-American Pastries

 

From doughnuts to shortcakes, our love for all-American pastries is a year-round affair that never gets old. For a quick upgrade to your brunch-bread basket, try these light-as-a-feather popovers, made easy with help from Bisquick.

 

Popcorn Reinvented

 

From cupcake toppings to fro-yo mix-ins, bakers and bloggers have been adding popcorn to sweets in quite creative ways. This semi-homemade fudge features store-bought caramel corn, a thick layer of dulce de leche, a generous sprinkling of sea salt and – what else?—more crunchy caramel corn.

 

Jam Cocktails

 

No longer just toast-toppers, jams, jellies and preserves are making a splash in the craft-cocktail scene. For this interpretation of a classic Manhattan, shake up some bourbon, bitters, vermouth and your favorite cherry preserves with some ice, strain… and drink up. 

 

Copycat Candy

 

A dead-ringer for our favorite chocolate peanut butter cup, these peanut butter cookie-filled brownies are poised to be the hit of the holiday baking season. Bonus? Made in a big batch, they freeze perfectly. 

 

Merry Mash-ups

 

Why settle for one dessert when you can have two? We combined rich blondies with a chewy macaroon topping to create a crowd-pleasing bar that epitomizes a modern dessert mash-up. 

 

Communal Food

 

To us, the best part about party food is enjoying it with loved ones. Ideal for holiday open houses and impromptu gatherings, these fully loaded spicy pull-aparts can be baked in batches as company (or hunger) arrives. 
Do you know about “Ask Betty Holiday Help?”
Novice or pro, everyone could use a little help when it comes to high-stakes holiday meals.Betty’s Kitchen experts are on standby to answer consumer’s urgent kitchen questions this holiday season. Submit questions via email and Facebook (responses guaranteed within 30 minutes) between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  CST daily, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 20 -23. Test Kitchen experts will also be hosting a live Twitter chat Nov. 21 from 3 – 4 p.m. CST and Dec. 4 from 3 – 4 p.m. CST.
 
Enter my “Betty Crocker Baking Essentials” Giveaway
The Chatty Momma Betty Crocker Baking Essentials Giveaway
Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes
Cookie Cutters
Betty Crocker Oven Mitt
Betty Crocker Mixing Spoon
To enter:
Tell me your favorite kind of cookies in the comment section.
Winner will be announced on December 25th (Christmas Day)
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