Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Hola mi amigos!! I’ve missed you guys! I had a fabulous little Christmas at home with Brett, my brother, his family, my Mom and our fur babies. It was great to relax and eat. Eat. Then eat some more. Phew, there was too much food. I actually live in my yoga pants now. And I don’t feel guilty in the slightest. It was all worth it. Every last bite. And this pretty little Vanilla Bean Shortbread made an appearance. Oh Vanilla Bean Shortbread, how I heart you.

I found the recipe for this a while back on Cooking Light, and tucked it away for a special occasion. I know that my family drinks a lot of coffee, so besides the Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls that I made, I thought this Vanilla Bean Shortbread would be amazeballs with our coffee too.

And it was. Emphasis on was. It’s long gone folks. But I think you guys should make some of these sweet little dudes, like now. The vanilla bean is scrumptious and mellow, and the cookie part just melts in your mouth. If you know a coffee drinker that loves a sweet little snack in the morning with their beverage, then you should show them how much you love them and whip some of these up! They’re a cinch to make you guys. Make em’!

Oh and I hope that all of you also had a happy and safe holiday, because you guys are awesome. I’m sure all of you had a wonderful time with your loved ones, but if you stayed home and drank too much egg nog all by yourself, well then that’s cool too. Whatever tickles your pickle, man. I’m not judging here. However, I do hope that everyone has a fantastic New Year. I think we’re in store for one hell of a year you guys, and I’m so thankful that you’ll be sharing it with me! Next time I talk to you guys, it will be 2014…holy crap.

 OMG wait! I almost forgot! I had my “Blog-iversary” while we were all away! December 27th marked the first year of Niki’s Sweet Side. I cried. Not gonna lie. I love you all so much, and your support has been overwhelming. All of you mean the world to me, and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know a lot of you. You guys rock. And to show my appreciation, I will be hosting 2 giveaways in January! One will be for the Porterville Ca locals, and it will be a free cake made by yours truly, of course. The other giveaway is still undecided right now. I’m trying to figure out what to buy for those of you that are not in my area, but it will be awesome. Also, the second giveaway will be open to U.S. and Canadian residents this time, instead of just the U.S., so yay!

And I will keep y’all updated as to when and where you can enter to win. I love giveaways! You guys gotta promise me that you’ll make this Vanilla Bean Shortbread though, it’s really delicious and yummy. So go check it out would ya? Oh and anticipate some lighter recipes from me. I’m still gonna throw in the usual horrible-but-delicious desserts, but I’m working on some lighter recipes so we don’t completely explode some day.

 Click here to get the recipe!


Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

We’re hereeeee!! Our last post before Christmas! I’m unsure if I’m going to be able to post next Tuesday, so I decided to post this Puff Pastry Cinnamon Roll recipe today! Instead of a candy or cookie recipe, I thought I’d change it up a bit and share a simple yet scrumptious recipe for Christmas Eve brunch, or Christmas morning! Holla!

These little beauties are not only golden and gorgeous, but from start to finish, they’re ready in about 35 minutes. Perfecto. These flaky/buttery rolls are packed with a cinnamon-sugar mixture and fresh chopped OPTIONAL nuts, ahem. I’ve also included a cream cheese icing recipe, in case you want to drizzle these bad boys.

I created this recipe yesterday when I didn’t know what to do with some puff pastry that I had bought. And to my amazement, they were light years better than I had hoped! So good in fact, that these rolls are what I’ll be baking for Brett and the fur babies on Christmas Eve! Yes my fur babies occasionally get some of my baked goods. And just a tiny bit, so don’t go calling PETA on me, snitches get stitches!

I know you want to check out the recipe already, so why don’t you head on over and see just how easy these are to make! Oh and like I said, there’s a possibility of me posting next week, but in case I don’t….I’d like to say from our family to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! May all of you have a fabulous and safe holiday, eat until your hearts are content, and be good to one another! Thank you for an AMAZING year here at Niki’s Sweet Side, I’m so grateful to have each and every one of you here with me! You’re the greatest! Merry Christmas everyone! Love you guys!! 😀

Click here for the Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls!