During Christmastime, two years ago, I introduced you to Caroline Kennedy’s “over the moon” Cranberry-Coconut Balls Dipped in White Chocolate. Caroline recipes have appeared many times in this column, and if you’ve tried them, you already know that any recipe that comes from Caroline is a keeper. Her cranberry-coconut confection recipe has become such a favorite, that I’ve selected it to be one of just two treats that will be left at my house for Santa this year, with the other being Barbara Freitag’s Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti. Barbara, who is also from Bluffton and an excellent baker, shares a recipe for biscotti that is baked with the flavors of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate chips and is then dipped in vanilla white candy-coating and covered with crushed peppermint candies. (For a “real chocolate fix,” Barbara recommends dunking the biscotti into hot cocoa, so you ‘ll find a favorite recipe of mine for hot cocoa here, too.) Barbara’s biscotti is as visually attractive as it is addicting, so if you plan to give some away, be sure to have extra copies of the recipe on hand – believe me, folks will ask for it. Treats like these, made from the recipes of others, reminds us that the true spirit of the holidays lies in the delight of giving and sharing. May your heart and home be filled with all the joys of a sharing season. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, one and all.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at email@example.com.