Santa Hat Brownie Bites

My husband and I love hosting our friends and family at our house. It’s always nice to gather with people you care about to catch up and enjoy eats and drinks together. The dishes afterwards are the worst, but the memories make up for cleaning off any grime (I’m so cheesy). This past Saturday we had some close friends over for a casual Christmas gathering and had a blast. My in-laws graciously watched our children overnight, which meant we were free birds. It was glorious. We got to be loud and didn’t have to worry about anyone but ourselves. I mean, even without the kids, we were still exhausted by 10 p.m., but the drinks and merriment kept going until past midnight – crazy!!

IMG_1544

IMG_1551

We normally do Friendsgiving with the group we invited, but decided to host something in December  this year because our newborn would be a little bit older. It definitely worked out, and we were all in agreement that doing a Christmas party was more fun and less stress. Plus, having turkey three times in one month was enough for me the past couple of years.

IMG_1550

For the party, we served apps, desserts and drinks and our wonderful friends all brought multiple eats and drinks for us all to enjoy. I loved doing appetizers and desserts because the prep was so much easier and I love snacking on finger foods at parties! I made the Santa hat brownie bites pictured in this post (recipe below) and the rest of these yummy foods:

These santa hats are the perfect festive treat to bring to your next Christmas gathering! If you end up making them, don’t forget to tag your photos with #marinamakeseats.

IMG_1546

Brownie Bites with Strawberry & Mascarpone Frosting

Makes about eight brownie bites

Ingredients

  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 store-bought brownie bites
  • 8 strawberries, green stems and leaves removed

Directions

Using a hand mixer, mix the mascarpone, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until combined and smooth.

Spoon a tablespoon of the mascarpone frosting on each brownie bite and top with a strawberry (large side down). Place a tiny dollop on top of each strawberry and enjoy.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s