Ack!! I just realized that it has been 2 months since I last posted. I guess that is what happens around Christmastime. I was too busy baking that I totally forgot to take pictures of all the wonderful things I made.
For Christmas gifts, I made homemade cheddar crackers, sugar plums, Mississippi Mud cookies, cake truffles (of course), butter rum caramels, pecan pralines, among other things that are slipping my mind at the moment.
I think the sleeper hit was the Mississippi mud cookies, which my mom has declared her new favorite cookie. So much so that I had brought some home with me for Christmas, and she made me make two more batches while I was there. The first because she wanted more and the second so she could watch me and make sure she knew just how to make them.
I got the recipe from Southern Living and these are double chocolate cookies with chopped pecans and topped with mini marshmallows. What could go wrong there? Absolutely nothing. And the best part is that these cookies are unbelievably soft and chewy, just the way I like them. I always prefer chewy cookies over crunchy ones.