Add Fa­vor to Hol­i­day Fes­tiv­i­ties

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NEWS -

T he hol­i­day season brings gath­er­ings, get-to­geth­ers and par­ties of all kinds, mean­ing dishes that can feed a crowd are all too im­por­tant for suc­cess­ful en­ter­tain­ing. From ap­pe­tiz­ers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more mo­ments with loved ones.

For ex­am­ple, th­ese dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive fla­vor for feed­ing fam­ily and friends with­out keep­ing you cooped up in the kitchen. Ap­pe­tiz­ers and snacks such as Hol­i­day Baked Brie, Roasted Gar­licWhipped Feta Cros­tini and Cheese Buds help hold over hun­gry guests un­til the main course is served, while Peppermint Short­bread Cook­ies make for a per­fect way to cap off the night.

Find more recipes for hol­i­day gath­er­ings at milk­means­more.org. Peppermint Short­bread Cook­ies Recipe cour­tesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on be­half of Milk Means More Prep time: 15 min­utes, plus 30 min­utes freeze time Cook time: 15 min­utes Serv­ings: 40 2-2 1/2 sticks un­salted but­ter, soft­ened 3/4 cup pow­dered sugar 1 tea­spoon pure vanilla ex­tract 1 tea­spoon salt 2 1/3 cups all-pur­pose flour 3/4 cup peppermint crunch

bak­ing chips In stand mixer fit­ted with pad­dle at­tach­ment, cream but­ter, pow­dered sugar, vanilla and salt un­til smooth. Grad­u­ally add flour and mix on low un­til com­bined. Add bak­ing chips and con­tinue mix­ing on low un­til fully com­bined.

On wax pa­per or parch­ment pa­per, form dough into 12-14-inch log and freeze at least 30 min­utes, or un­til firm. Heat oven to 350 F. Cut short­bread dough into 1/4-inch slices; bake 13-15 min­utes on parch­ment­lined bak­ing sheets.

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