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Countdown to Christmas: 7 recipes to bake something different for Santa
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Christmas is only five days away, and the holidays are not complete without desserts. If you're looking for different recipes than the traditional chocolate chip cookies, we have what you need.

Here are seven unique holiday-themed dessert recipes to try this year:


White chocolate peppermint cookies

This take on white chocolate cookies is the perfect way to jazz up Santa's cookies. Filled with the deliciousness of white chocolate with a kick of peppermint, this will be your favorite cookie recipe this holiday season. This recipe is quick and easy, only taking 25 minutes to make. Add some hot chocolate in the mix and you have yourself a merry, sweet Christmas.

You can find the recipe for white chocolate peppermint cookies here.

Hot chocolate cookies

Is there anything better than hot chocolate on a cold December night? How about hot chocolate with hot chocolate cookies? Although it's a chocolate supreme treat, make your holiday a little sweater by trying these at home. This recipe makes regular chocolate chip cookies look boring, and is equally as easy to make. It will only take you 30 minutes to make these hot cocoa cookies and you will probably finish eating them quicker than that. Try making these oozy, mouth watering cookies this holiday season.

You can find the recipe for hot chocolate cookies here.

Pecan pie truffles

Pecan pie is a holiday favorite, so try making pecan truffles that will surely impress your guests. Filled with pecan pie flavors, these little truffles can be made for a Christmas dessert, a fun gift or midnight snacks while you're watching your favorite holiday movie. This recipe will take less than an hour to make, and you can freeze them for an anytime snack.

You can find the recipe for pecan pie truffles here.

No bake coconut snowballs

This recipe is perfect for coconut lovers and anyone low on time this holiday season. If you have five minutes to spare, try making these for a healthier Christmas treat. These coconut snowballs are filled with coconut and dipped in chocolate for a no bake version of cookies your whole family will love.

You can find the recipe for no bake coconut snowballs here.

Pumpkin cheesecake muffins

We aren't sure when muffins became breakfast food, but we are so glad they did. These pumpkin cheesecake muffins are sugary goodness for any pumpkin lover. With cream cheese filling and brown sugar crumb cake topping, it will be the most tempting breakfast for Christmas morning. The comforting feeling of eating pumpkin during the holiday season should be reason enough to make these. This recipe will take you 50 minutes.

You can find the recipe for pumpkin cheesecake muffins here.

Cinnamon roll sugar cookies

A perfect combination of two of your favorite treats, it doesn't get any better than this: cinnamon roll sugar cookies. This recipe will take you 50 minutes to make. And the best part is you can make them year round. Forget tradition, try making these cinnamon roll sugar cookies this year.

You can find the recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies here.

Baked apple cider donut holes

Apple cider and donut holes? Count me in! This sweet treat is exactly what you need Christmas morning. Filled with apple cider flavor and covered in cinnamon sugar or an apple cider glaze, this fall-inspired dish is a perfect snack. This recipe will take you 42 minutes to make, so round up your family and friends for a fun baking night. If you're a fan of apple cider and donuts, miss the opportunity to make these.

You can find the recipe for baked apple cider donut holes here.


This is part of a holiday series counting down to Christmas so make sure to visit Austonia tomorrow, as we reach four days until Christmas.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway