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Christmas parties are happening every day! Friends, families, companies and churches are all throwing parties for their people. To help you make your parties easier, we have compiled some of the best yule-tide recipes on OnlyInArk.com. Then keep scrolling because we included TWO bonus recipes from“What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 1,” our cookbook that is no longer in print.
Vol. 1 of the “What’s Cookin’ at First Security Bank” cookbook was published in 2011, and its first printing sold out in less than a month. Like vol. 2, employees and customers of First Security Bank contributed their favorite recipes to benefit Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Vol. 2 is still available at any First Security Bank location for $20 while supplies last.
Hot Spiced Holiday Tea
This recipe was submitted by Courtney DuCharme, a former First Security Bank employee in Northwest Arkansas.
This recipe is missing one thing to be lovingly embraced by this raised-on-sweet-iced tea girl: sugar. For my taste, I added roughly 1 tsp to my 8oz cup.
To add sugar to the whole crock pot, I would add 2-3 round tablespoons of sugar.
I poured this up into a pitcher and refrigerated it overnight to taste it chilled. It is good this way as well.
1 cup orange juice
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup cranberry juice
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cups of brewed tea
Mix all ingredients together over a hot stove or in a crock pot. Best served warm. Let settle for 30 minutes to absorb the flavors. Serves 8.
This recipe was submitted by Amy Garofalo, a former First Security Bank employee in Gassville; in Memory of Iona Hayden
Finding chocolate stars in my hometown of Searcy was like looking for a polar bear down in an Ozark holler. After visiting two Walmarts, a Dollar Tree, a Dollar General, I managed to find some at a second Dollar General outside of city limits, of course.
Hershey’s Kisses works just as well, or chocolate chips as the recipe suggests.
The directions say to place the star on the dough ball, but I’d like to suggest you press the star into the dough a little bit.
I added gold star sprinkles to make the cookie more festive. If you’re ever helping organize a sheriff’s election, bookmark this page!
I managed to get one dozen cookies from these measurements. To wash one less dish, buy the 16oz jar of peanut butter and double everything else.
1 pkg chocolate stars
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
Hand mix the sugar, peanut butter, and egg until well blended. Roll the mixture into medium size balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place chocolate stars in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 for 5-6 minutes. If you can’t find Chocolate Stars, 5 to 6 Chocolate Chips will work.
We hope all your holiday parties are extra special. Merry Christmas!
Amber Walker is a workaholic head over heels in love with her husband, Will, and her Searcy community. When she’s not binge-working, she writes, paints, draws and sings. She enjoys being outside and discovering new places. Will and Amber own Yesteryear, a personal historian and media conversion business in downtown Searcy. Together, they are intentional about making a difference in their hometown. By day, Amber is the social media marketing coordinator of First Security Bank. In the evenings, they are both greeted at the door by their dogs, Kiara & Bubby, and their cat, Jerome the Kitty Tot.