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Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

I wish I could properly put into words how amazing this chocolate chip snack cake is. Or how decadent it is. Or how something so simple could taste so darn good. But I’ll do my best.

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I should start by telling you that I’ll admit, I’ve always loved a classic, buttery cake. Give me a sour cream or pound cake any day over something overly sweet. There’s something about that rich sour cream taste in old-fashioned cake recipes that I can’t get enough of. My husband, on the other hand, loves anything swirled in sugar, covered in sugar, dripped, stuffed, and drowned in sugar. Which makes this chocolate chip snack cake delightfully surprising, and quite literally, the best of both worlds. We both absolutely love it.

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This chocolate chip snack cake is so simple, and so good. It’s a classic, soft, buttery, heavenly, moist cake, with the perfect hint of vanilla-goodness; then it’s amplified times about a thousand with little flecks of chocolate chips studded all throughout it. Every inch is warm, gooey, and incredible, especially with those mini chocolate chips bursting through every bite. We’re talking warm, gooey, and incredible. Because although the cake is soft, fluffy and so moist at any temperature; served warm, every bite is filled with a heavy smattering of melty chocolate chips. It’s positively scandalous. Seriously, good luck trying to let this cake cool before you dig in for a thick slice of heaven.

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That’s the beauty of a classic recipe I suppose. Without being overly complex or very involved at all, the end result is one of the most delicious cakes around. I’m not sure how something so simple can taste SO good, but it just does. It’s easily a favorite cake recipe of mine.

And there’s a bit of nostalgia to this cake. The little squares remind me of childhood. Aside from the sweet memories of my mom baking up a delicious cake, all warm and melty out of the oven, I love the “snack” like quality of this cake in particular. It’s the perfect lunchbox cake, in perfect little squares.

Because it bakes up thick and fluffy in a square 8×8 inch baking pan, it’s best to cut the cake into small, thick squares; perfect for snacking. Sneak a square into your little one’s lunchbox, and you’ll be the coolest mom in town. Then, once everyone is off for the day, serve yourself a square with a big cup of coffee and pat yourself on the back for being a baking wizard. (Even though, I promise you, this cake is not hard to make.)

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Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Ingredients

Snack Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Vanilla Glaze (Optional)

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or water
  • 1-2 drops of vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8×8 inch square baking pan with either butter or baking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Once all of the eggs have been added, beat on high until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Add in 1/2 of the greek yogurt or sour cream and mix until just combined. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients and mix on low to just combine. Add in remaining yogurt or sour cream and mix to just combine. Scrape down the sides of your bowl and add the last of the remaining dry ingredients and beat on low just until there are no lumps in your batter, being careful not to over-mix.
  • With a spatula fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and top cake batter with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and the center of the cake springs back to the touch. Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.
  • Allow the cake to cool for at least ten minutes (I know it's tough!) and then cut and serve in squares. The cake really is incredible warm out of the oven, so we never really let it cool for very long. 😉
  • OPTIONAL Vanilla Frosting: Whisk together icing sugar and water until smooth. You want a fairly runny, pourable consistency, so add more water or icing sugar to achieve that. Pour the glaze over top of the cake and allow it to set while the cake cools a bit.

Recipe adapted via The Sweet and Simple Kitchen

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This chocolate chip snack cake stores really well – be sure to keep it in an airtight container to lock in all of that moisture.

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Just look at all of that chocolate!

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I’m probably going to have to make this again. As in, right now.

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You can also add a vanilla glaze to this cake, though I typically make it without it (mostly because everyone wants to dig in the second this cake comes out of the oven!). A dusting of powdered sugar works beautifully on this cake – because it’s plenty sweet and moist all on it’s own. If you’re dreaming of that vanilla glaze, just whisk together 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water, and a couple drops of vanilla, and pour over your warm-out-of-the-oven cake.

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You really can’t go wrong here.

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If you make your own chocolate chip snack cake, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Love this cake? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’re whipping up in the kitchen!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Fudgy Red Wine Brownies

If you love brownies, and you love wine – because, who doesn’t love BOTH of those things? – you are going to love, love, love these fudgy red wine brownies.

Oh yeah, you read that right: red.wine.brownies.

Rough Monday? Have a brownie. Celebrating a special occasion? These brownies. Dreaming up the perfect treat for Valentine’s day? Seriously, for ALL of the occasions, it’s this ridiculously perfect brownie.

When it comes to fudgy red wine brownies, it’s two decadent worlds colliding – fudgy chocolate brownies and rich red wine – and it’s worth every chocolate-y wine-infused dreamy calorie. Dark chocolate is the star of the show here, but a subtle red wine flavor shines through in each heavenly bite.

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You know when you stumble upon an idea, especially in cooking or baking, and it just works. As in, it REALLY works. These red wine brownies are one such recipe. The brownies turned out to be so fudgy and delicious – and of course, you can even taste the hint of red wine in all of the right ways!

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This dessert would be oh so perfect for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day … ahem, remember last year’s ridiculously cute Galentine’s Dessert Party?), or even a girls night or special romantic date night.

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Moist, rich, with just the right crispness to the top and edges – this recipe takes a truly brilliant brownie and infuses it with extra wine goodness.

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Fudgy Red Wine Brownies

Red wine brownies combine the best of both worlds - fudgy chocolate brownies and rich red wine. You're going to LOVE these.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup red wine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8"x8" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. After the butter has melted, turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the butter.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix together the brown sugar and sugar. With the mixer still running on medium speed, slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter mixture into the sugars. Continue to mix and add in the eggs, one at a time. Beat for 30 seconds, until the color of the batter lightens.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract, and wine. Beat for an additional 30-45 seconds.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for roughly 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool before cutting.

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Love these fudgy red wine brownies? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen! And if you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try the perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy!), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!), DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macaronsbig and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

If you make your own boozy brownies, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

Frosted Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Looking for an incredible new favorite shortbread cookies recipe? Look no further than these frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies!

Christmas is NEXT WEEK, and we’ve got this fantastic (and festive) cookie recipe that will fit right in to your celebrations and beyond. Shortbread cookies are perfect for gifting because they hold up so well; and also, everyone loves them. It’s a pretty universally adored cookie.

We just made them better.

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If you’ve never made homemade shortbread, the holidays are the perfect time to start. Despite how rich and delicious homemade shortbread is, it’s actually surprisingly easy to make. Seriously.

And today, Hope, our awesome food contributor, is sharing a twist on classic buttery shortbread with a yummy recipe for a frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe that you’re going to just love!

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Shortbread cookies are so versatile and can be dressed up for any time of the year, but green pistachio crumbs and ruby red dried cranberries make these an especially pretty and festive treat during the holidays. The buttery shortbread combines with a rich, nutty flavor from the pistachios. Dried cranberries add a bit of extra sweetness to each bite and provide some chewiness in the midst of the crisp cookie.

And of course, that simple glaze takes these shortbread cookies up a notch.

So without further ado, here’s how to make the most decadent frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe.

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Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, divided in two
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup Craisins (dried cranberries), coarsely chopped

Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, place the sugar and ½ cup of the pistachios. Pulse together until the pistachios are finely ground.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and the pistachio-sugar on medium speed until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the vanilla and salt. Beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together but there is still flour visible. Pour in the craisins and mix until the flour is just incorporated.
  • On a floured cutting board (or on a piece of plastic wrap – this is sometimes easier), roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a cookie cutter (mine was about 2-inches across) to cut the dough and place the cookie cutouts on your prepared baking sheet. Cover the cookies with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Distribute the cookies so there are 12 cookies on each tray and bake for 8-12 minutes. They will stiffen and continue to cook after you take them out of the oven, so the edges should not be golden yet when you take them out. If you have more cookies than will fit on both sheets, place them back in the fridge while the other cookies bake. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and milk together in a small bowl. Place a piece of parchment paper under the wire racks and use the whisk to drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. Sprinkle the pistachio crumbs over the glaze and drizzle glaze over the cookies again.

Courses Dessert, Snack

Cuisine Cookies

I mean, don’t these look great?

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That glaze, and the extra sprinkle of pistachio crumbles just takes them to a whole new decadent level.

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Be sure to make plenty for sharing.

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The pretty cookie cutters made these extra festive and pretty.

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Yum.

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Love these frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own shortbread cookies, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint

Goodness, I’m excited about today’s recipe. Let me start by saying that if you have never experienced the bliss that is a fluffy homemade marshmallow, it is time to hop on that sweet treat bandwagon. (Remember these big and fluffy raspberry marshmallows?) Truly, homemade marshmallows are SO much better than store-bought and making homemade marshmallows is the coolest thing ever. There’s something totally magical about watching sugar whip up into marshmallow fluff, and then just a few hours later, the marshmallow sets into this giant squishy pillow. You sort of feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen and the end result is too much fun.

Dipping these fluffy homemade marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint is just the icing on the cake … errr, marshmallow.

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Psst … Looking for other party-worthy recipes for the holidays? Check out our super popular holiday dessert charcuterie snack board, the cutest easy Christmas tree browniesmarbled peppermint barkclassic graham cracker cracksugared cranberries (to top cakes and cocktails), and sparkling pomegranate punch.

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So as you can imagine, when Hope, our food contributor, shared this awesome holiday recipe with me, I couldn’t wait to share it!

From Hope:

Pillow soft, fluffy homemade marshmallows seem like such a luxury. They look fancy without taking much hands-on time to make. Dipped in chocolate and crushed peppermint, homemade chocolate covered marshmallows become the perfect treat for your evening hot cocoa, or a beautiful, simple gift perfect for visiting house guests, hostesses, teachers, and more!

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 packages plain gelatin powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 6-8 candy canes, crushed (can also buy crushed peppermint at the store)
  • Optional: In addition to rolling the marshmallows in crushed peppermint, to make the marshmallows themselves peppermint flavored, substitute 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract for the vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Spray a 9×13-inch pan or a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, pour ½ cup of the cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the next steps.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining ½ cup of water, the sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then stop stirring. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to 240 degrees F, using a candy thermometer to check. If you don’t have a candy thermometer you might be able to use a clean meat thermometer. (My parents sent me this candy thermometer spatula earlier this year and it has been perfect for marshmallow and caramel making.)
  • Once the mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove it from the heat. Turn the electric mixer with the gelatin mixture on a low speed and carefully stream the hot sugar mixture into the bowl while the mixer is running. Beware of hot sugar that might splatter if you pour it too quickly or into the whisk! Add the peppermint extract and gradually increase the speed of the mixer to high. Beat on high for about 8-10 minutes, or until white and very fluffy. The mixture should have tripled in volume and will look like marshmallow cream at this point.
  • Spread the marshmallow fluff into your prepared pan. Dust the top of the marshmallows with powdered sugar and let rest for 8 hours, or overnight.
  • After they have set, coat a sharp knife with nonstick cooking spray (this makes cutting cleaner and easier) and cut the marshmallows into cubes. Roll each marshmallow in a bit of powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to each other. If you are not coating them in chocolate and peppermint right away, store the marshmallows in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour your crushed candy canes or crushed peppermint in a small bowl.
  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, melt your chocolate by heating it for 1 minute in the microwave, stirring halfway through. Continue to heat the chocolate and stir in 10-second increments until it is fully melted.
  • Tap the powdered sugar off of a marshmallow and dip it in the melted chocolate. The powdered sugar can prevent the chocolate from sticking to the marshmallow. If you are having trouble with the chocolate sticking, try spreading it onto the marshmallow with the back of a spoon. Holding the chocolate-dipped marshmallow over the peppermint bowl, sprinkle crushed peppermint on all of the chocolate covered areas. Place the finished marshmallow on your prepared pan. Repeat these steps with all of the marshmallows you want to cover.

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Aren’t these chocolate covered marshmallows just so darn pretty?

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Pro tip: top your hot cocoa with one of these fluffy chocolate and peppermint covered marshmallows for the yummiest decadent holiday treat. And of course, don’t forget to Instagram!

(Side note: the Molly Hatch mugs in the pictures are from a few season’s back at Anthropologie, but these mugs … SO cute.)

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These peppermint and chocolate covered marshmallows also happen to make great gifts. Stack a couple of your fully cooled marshmallows, wrap them in a bit of cellophane and tie it off with a ribbon and you’ve got the sweetest holiday gifts to hand out.

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Love these fluffy homemade marshmallows covered in chocolate and crush peppermint? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own holiday chocolate covered marshmallows, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.

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How to Make The Cutest Easy Christmas Brownies

You may have noticed on the holiday dessert charcuterie snack board that there were the cutest Christmas brownies. I mean, come on … they’re really, really, really stinkin’ cute. And in the season of holiday parties, a really stinkin’ cute Christmas tree shaped brownie is going to win you lots of brownie points. Get it?! Yeah, I’m slap happy from lack of sleep. (Hi, I’m Lexi and I have a nine-week-old. And a toddler. I’m, like, really tired.)

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But also, since we’re talking tired here, this Christmas brownies dessert is easy. Yep, these adorable brownies are surprisingly simple to make, and they’re absolutely perfect for your holiday parties.

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And when I say easy, I mean EASY. Just cut the Christmas brownies into triangles, add a candy cane trunk, squeeze on some icing, and sprinkle on your favorite sprinkles! They travel well (keep them in an air tight container once you’ve made them) and take them to your next Christmas party, give them as gifts, or bring them to your kiddos’ school for a treat.

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But I can’t take the credit here. I found the adorable design on One Little Project, and then recreated my own. The Christmas brownies turned out so cute, and I got so many requests for details after sharing that jam-packed dessert board, that I figured I would share the easy how-to here.

The secret to such a widely loved holiday dessert is brownies. Brownies in any form are delicious, if you ask me. My Dad and I are HUGE brownie fans, and I’ll pretty much never turn down a brownie. Really, who would? I honestly don’t care whether it’s homemade from scratch or some variation of a box brownie mix*; they’re all delicious in my book.

*By the way, since we make a lot of vegan recipes around here, I thought I’d share an awesome vegan boxed brownie mix we recently stumbled across. This box whips up a pretty delicious vegan, gluten-free brownie. Oh, and frosting in a tub, and frosting in a tube; they’re both dairy-free. Woohoo!! (Scarlett is allergic to milk protein, so we’re always experimenting with vegan and dairy-free recipes.)

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The holiday spin on these easy christmas brownies, combining peppermint, chocolate, frosting and sprinkles … ummm, heaven. But I digress.

You want to know how to make these adorably cute and easy Christmas tree brownies, of course.

You’ve got it!

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Easy Christmas Brownies

Ingredients

  • baked brownies (you can use your favorite homemade recipe, but boxed brownies work great here too)
  • colored frosting or white vanilla frosting with food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • candy canes

Instructions

  • Line an 8"x8" baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the packaged brownie mix according to the package directions and bake as directed OR make your favorite homemade brownies.
  • Allow brownies to completely cool; at least 1 hour.
  • Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles. (Cut in three rows, then cut in alternating diagonals. Some will be smaller than others. It's no biggie.)
  • Unwrap the candy canes, and use a sharp knife to gently cut/break the candy canes into pieces that are about 1.5" long.
  • Press one end of the candy cane into the bottom of the brownie triangles.
  • Spoon out approximately ½ of the tub of icing into a bowl.
  • Use either a tube of colored frosting (we love these) or add green food coloring to white frosting until you're happy with the color, spoon the green icing into a ziploc bag, seal the bag and cut off a small corner of the bag with sharp scissors, and pipe using the bag.
  • Starting at the top of the brownie triangles, gently squeeze out the icing in a curvy zigzag as you go down the tree.
  • Top with sprinkles.

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Looking for other party-worthy recipes for the holidays? Check out our marbled peppermint bark, classic graham cracker crack, sugared cranberries (to top cakes and cocktails), and sparkling pomegranate punch.

Be sure to let me know in the comments or on social media (@glitterinclexi) if you make these Christmas brownies! I’d love to see how they turn out (and if you’re just as obsessed as I am!)

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Cocktails

I’ve got holiday parties at the forefront of my mind and I can’t stop planning menus. I’ve always loved having a great signature cocktail for a party (ahem; strawberry watermelon prosecco spritzers, pumpkin ginger bourbon punch cocktails, and sparkling blackberry lemonade spritzers) – and holiday parties in particular, in all their festive glory, totally deserve a memorable cocktail. Which is why, this sparkling pomegranate punch has me doing a little spiked happy dance. I mean, for starters, look at it!

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It’s perfectly merry and bright and has the holiday color scheme on lock. But then of course, there’s the whole delicious factor.

Hope, our food contributor, sure knows how to whip up an incredible cocktail.

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Hope, on her sparkling pomegranate punch cocktails:

As a hostess, I love serving a pretty, tasty, hands-off punch during the holiday season so I have more time to visit with friends and family. This sparkling pomegranate punch satisfies all of those categories. The pomegranate juice and orange slices create a beautiful, jewel-toned punch, while the delicious orange ginger simple syrup gives it a little tang and just the right amount of sweetness. With a splash of rum, the pomegranate punch is party ready!

This recipe easily multiplies, so you can make enough for a crowd of any size!

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

  • 3 1/8 cup (25 ounces) orange flavored sparkling water*
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ginger beer
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup to 1 cup Cointreau, or other orange liqueur, to your liking
  • 4 tablespoons orange ginger simple syrup (recipe to follow)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • seeds from ¼ of a pomegranate

*My favorite right now is the Trader Joe’s cranberry clementine sparkling water

Orange Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • peel from 1 orange

Instructions

To make the orange ginger simple syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, ginger root, and orange peel and bring to a boil. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and simmer for 1 to 2 more minutes. Set the simple syrup aside to cool to room temperature. You can make this ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few weeks. If you make it ahead of time, store the ginger and orange peels in the same jar so they can continue to flavor the mixture.

To make the sparkling pomegranate punch:

  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a pitcher or large liquid measuring cup. If you are making this ahead of time, leave out the ginger beer and sparkling water until you are ready to serve.
  • To serve, add a few orange slices to each glass, fill with ice, pour in the punch, then top with pomegranate seeds. Cheers!

Courses Cocktail

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This punch also totally works without the alcohol. The combination of fresh pomegranate juice, homemade orange ginger simple syrup, and bubbly sparkling water is tangy and sweet and makes for such a yummy mocktail.

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Love this party-perfect punch? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own sparkling pomegranate punch cocktails, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your boozy creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi