Salted Chocolate Shortbread with Peppermint/Pistachios/Coconut

Chocolate dipped shortbread

It’s “A pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots/ Is the wish of Bonny and Ben/ Dolls that will talk and go for a walk/ Is the hope of Janice and Jenn!” …was my response to my coworker’s question, “who even knows those lyrics anyway?!”

I was then affectionately (I hope) deemed a Christmas nerd who probably has elf ears ready to wear at a moment’s notice :)  While I don’t have elf ears, I do have the banisters wrapped in holly garlands, a centerpiece of gold pinecones and nutcrackers, and seasonal soap, of course.

What can I say? I love the Christmas season. I often feel just as excited as Buddy the Elf. All the decorations, the music, the family time, the movies, and obviously the COOKIES. Oh! Remember these Spiced Molasses Cookies?! Or the Chocolate Walnut Sandwich Cookies with a Salted Caramel Filling? YES. Make them all.

Christmas shortbread cookies

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Creamy Pistachio Cardamom Pops

Let’s talk pops.

Creamy Pistachio Pops

Growing up I always used to have popsicles in the summer – the perfect reprieve from the heat. (Wait, can we just take a moment to recognize how OPPRESSIVE this heat is?! I hope it’s not as bad where you live, but DC is just oppressive right now. I felt like I was going to pass out on a simple 30 minute walk yesterday…at 7:30PM.)

Anyway! As a kid, we would always have the fresh fruit pops in my grandparents’ house in Florida, we would chase the ice cream truck down the street in our other grandparents’ neighborhood in Maryland, and our parents would treat us to a pop of our choosing at the ice cream carts lining the walkways around the monuments in D.C. – usually a chocolate and vanilla cone or one of those red, white, and blue Firecracker popsicles (remember those?!).  Needless to say, I used to love popsicles and making them occasionally with my mom, but sadly, I’ve dropped off in my pop consumption in the second half of my life so far.

Creamy Pistachio Cardamom Pops

But I’m here this summer to change that! I bought some popsicle molds, and we’re gonna go crazy! I’ve already made two different kinds (more comin’ at you next week), and I hope you’re just as delighted with this creamy, dreamy pop as I am!

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