We’re so excited to be partnering with BJ’s Wholesale Club to share some of our favorite holiday tips for entertaining. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Today we have some holiday entertaining tips for simplifying the holidays and a soft, chewy, Gingersnap Cookies recipe for white chocolate gingersnaps.
I love entertaining friends and family during the holidays. I look forward to our big Christmas party every year, and then there is my work Christmas party, and my girlfriends and I usually get together one night to exchange gifts, and that doesn’t even include the family dinners and celebrations. It’s a month of food, fun, and festivities.
One of the most important things I’ve learned about hosting during the holidays is that you can’t do it all. At least not if you want to have time to enjoy yourself. I start baking Christmas cookies early and my freezer is already full of cookie dough and baked cookies including my new favorite recipe for Gingersnap Cookies (where have these been all my life?!). Last weekend I hit up BJ’s Wholesale Club for Christmas party supplies. I love cooking a big fancy dinner for friends but with 20+ people to cook for, and one little kitchen, something has to give. I focus on the main course and sides and I let BJ’s handle appetizers and dessert. BJ’s has everything from fresh meat and deli platters to frozen appetizers, as well as wine, beer and liquor. I also stock up on disposable plates, cutlery, cups, etc. because seriously, who wants to spend the whole day after a party washing dishes? Not this girl!
You know how you go into a store with a list of things and then come out 2 hours later with a cart full of stuff you didn’t realize you needed until you saw it? Yeah, that’s how my BJ’s trip went. OMG guys they have some of the cutest stuff for holiday entertaining!! Check out this Small Talk Party Dish set that spells out “JOY”. Super cute for any holiday table.
This Berkley Jensen 11-Pc. Slate Cheese Board Set was an awesome find. It is only $14.99 and it includes everything you need to serve cheese at a gathering: cheese knives, soapstone chalk and markers to label the various cheeses and a big round slate cheese board with a simple, elegant design on it. I picked up Wellsley Farms Steak and Cheese Spring Rolls (these are amazing!!!), and a Wellsley Farms Cheese Cube Party Tray, 48 oz. to fill it and it’s going to be perfect for my Girls’ Gift Night.
I also found this cool Berkley Jensen Ceramic Interchangeable Icon Tray with 6 Icons. It’s a 16″ x 10″ tray and you can swap out the icon in the corner for different seasons. Cute, right? I’m filling mine with slices of cheesecake from the Wellsley Farms 14-Flavor Cheesecake Sampler. With 14 different flavors of cheesecake there is something for everyone. I also picked up Berkley Jensen Serving Bowls, 4 pk. and I’m filling the white bowls with nuts, candy, and a sweet snack mix. All of that along with my homemade Gingersnap Cookies keeps dessert simple but delicious.
These soft gingersnap cookies are drizzled with white chocolate for a beautiful and delicious holiday cookie.
- 2 c All-purpose flour sifted
- 2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Ground ginger
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Ground cloves
- 3/4 c Shortening
- 1/2 c + 3 tbsp Sugar
- ½ c Light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c Dark molasses
- 2 c White chocolate finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp Shortening
In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer add shortening, ½ cup white sugar and all of the light brown sugar. Cream them together until fully incorporated.
Add egg and molasses continuing to mix until combined.
Add the dry ingredients a ½ cup at a time until the mixture comes together into your gingersnap dough.
Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
When dough has chilled remove from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls, about 1 ½ tbsp of dough each.
Roll dough balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar coating each one in a light dusting of sugar.
Place balls on lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and use the bottom of a mixing cup to light press down on the top of the cookie flattening it slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tops crack.
Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Place white chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Place in microwave and heat in 10 second intervals until chocolate has melted.
Drizzle cooled cookies with the white chocolate and let it harden fully before eating.
Don’t feel like you have to do it all during the holidays. They really are about enjoying time with friends and family. Make some of your favorite dishes and let BJ’s do the rest from holiday decor and party supplies, to simple desserts and appetizers.
This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of BJ’s Wholesale Club.