25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

25 Days of Christmas Cookies is winding down with only a few more days! It has been fun baking every day and sharing the recipes I have enjoyed this season.  I have to admit that I have never had a real whoopie pie before.  I have seen that there are special pans sold at kitchen stores, but this recipe didn’t call for one.  They were easy and delicious! The hint of lemon in the frosting was unexpected, but I truly enjoyed it.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pie

This recipe comes from Damn Delicious! : Gingerbread Whoopie Pie

 

Gift Ideas: Moscow Mule Kit – $50

The Tequila Tasting Kit I shared last week was a big hit, but today I am sharing another kit I made for a gift exchange this weekend.  My Moscow Mule Kit included all the ingredients needed for a Classic Moscow Mule: two copper mugs, two ginger beers, two mini vodkas, and 4 limes! I also included a handwritten recipe that is one I have fine tuned for the perfect balance. Tito’s is my personal favorite vodka and it worked so well in this kit with that copper lid!  There are so many ginger beer out there these days, but Crabbie’s is an alcoholic version that is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. So many of the ones without alcohol are way too sweet or way too spicy!  I did notice a couple more at Total Wine that I haven’t tried yet, so I plan to!

Moscow Mule Kit

I picked up a shallow wood crate from Michaels’ (with a 50% off coupon) and brought it home to sand and stain. The stain is optional, but it really elevated the gift. I chose to use two colors of the crinkled paper to add dimension.

Price Breakdown:

Copper Mugs: $40 (had I planned better, I could have gotten them 20% off)

Ginger Beer: $5

Vodka: $4

Limes: $1

Total: $50

Not included in total: Crate ($3), Crinkle Paper ($2), and the stain and sandpaper which were leftover from an earlier project. Who includes the cost of wrapping into the gift? Not me!

The recipe: The Perfect Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule Recipe

To make a festive Christmas Mule, add a spoonful of your favorite jam before adding the ginger beer!

Check Instagram to see how I wrapped it up: here!

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Salted Caramel Shortbread

Salted butter is key in this recipe, a key ingredient I almost missed. The corn starch in this recipe was surprising, but it definitely makes the cookies interesting and unique!  I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes to top the caramel. Salted Caramel Shortbread

 

Salted Caramel Shortbread Recipe