REVIEW – Sweet Treats for the Holidays Cookbook – With Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

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Sweet Treats For The Holidays

Sweet Treats for the Holidays: Edible Creations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and More

  • Author: Norene Cox
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462114180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462114184
  • Cover price $18.99

About Norene:

When Norene’s sons grew up, she realized how much she missed being a room mom. Making sweet treats with the kids and throwing classroom parties were all a thing of the past. As a result, she created a popular website where she could blog about her cute food and budget-friendly party ideas. Her adorable desserts have been praised by Family Fun magazine, Seventeen magazine, Taste of Home and even Martha Stewart herself! She is a frequent guest on “New Day Northwest,” a morning television show in Seattle, where her easy dessert demonstrations get rave reviews. Norene lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two sons and a beagle.

The beginning of this book contains some helpful decorating tips. Then come the recipes.

Recipe chapters include:

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Reindeer Games
  • Kwanzaa
  • New Year’s Party

Tutorials is probably a better word then recipes. When I started looking for cooking and prep time and found none, I took a closer look. Most, if not all, of the actual food used in these creations is already made. That’s right, the ingredients are all store bought. Desserts not being my strongest suit, this pleases me. Basically the author teaches folks like me who aren’t very crafty and creative how to look like they are. Or you could say it might help people find their inner creative self. TomAYto, tomAHto.

The tutorials are very easy to understand and follow. Every single one comes with detailed step-by-step decorating instructions and a color photo. The creations are colorful, cute and fun. There isn’t one in the book that I wouldn’t be thrilled to have on my table. If you enjoy entertaining then this cookbook is a must.

Here’s a recipe from the cookbook, reprinted with permission of the publisher.

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookie recipe

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookies

It’s kind of surreal when Martha Stewart actually says what you made is “adorable.” My hot cocoa marshmallow mug cookies won her over, and believe me, it is “a good thing.”


  • Approximately ¼ cup white candy coating
  • 4 mini candy canes
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chocolate frosting
  • 12 Jet-Puffed mallow bits
  • 1 (7-oz.) pouch store-bought white cookie icing
  • 4 store-bought tea cookies
  • 40 small tree sprinkles
  • 4 large tree sprinkles


Melt candy coating in small microwave-safe bowl according to package instructions.
Cut candy cane at the curve. Dip ends into melted candy coating and push into side of marshmallow. Hold in place until coating hardens and candy cane is secure.
Using a small knife, spread a small amount of chocolate frosting on top of marshmallow, leaving a small rim. Top with 3 mallow bits.
Frost cookie with white icing. Place marshmallow in middle of cookie.
Place 10 small tree sprinkles around cookie perimeter.
Attach large tree sprinkle to front of marshmallow using candy coating.

Makes 4 cookies.

What’s your favorite holiday treat?


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About the Author

I'm a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I'm a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. Oh my! How cute is this coco cup.. I love it!!!! Love this book, thanks for a great review and this will be awesome for some of my Elf ideas this Holiday Season, need to check it out.

  2. Oh my goodness those marshmallow cup cookies are adorable! I just love the idea of this book, I am sure it will be filled with so many great ideas!

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