And just like that, it’s December 1st! While I can’t believe that the year has flown by, I am so excited for what December brings. Mainly, holiday parties, more holiday parties, Christmas, New Years and even more holiday parties!

I’m happy to be partnering up with Walmart Canada today to share two super easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for those aforementioned holiday parties. One is a perfect cookie recipe for dessert or cookie swaps, and the other is a great last-minute appetizer that is sure to be a crowd favourite.

Best of all, both are made using ingredients found at Walmart. Not only are you making one stop for all of your shopping needs, but you’re saving money at the same time (both mean you can buy yourself a little present while you’re there!). PS, if you’re really pressed for time, you can even order online using Walmart’s Grocery Pickup service and pick up directly from your local Walmart store – they will even put the groceries right into your trunk!

I loved making these ginger molasses cookies because the dough was really easy to put together and the cookies were tasty, but not overpowering. Have kids? Try adding some pretzels and decorations to instantly transform them into little reindeer!

The Puff Pastry Canapes were a breeze to make. I’ll be sharing two variations below, but the combinations are endless! I’m partial to the prosciutto and arugula combo, but my mom loved the version with pear and ricotta! Serving a little something for everyone is always a good idea around the holidays – not everyone eats meat, so a vegetarian option like my mom’s choice is a great addition!

Read on for the recipes and Happy Holidays! If you have any favourite recipes that you like to make for the holidays, comment below – I’d love to know what they are!


Ginger-Molasses Cookies

Makes 35 cookies
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min




Heat oven to 325F (160C). Line two baking sheets with parchment.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cloves.

In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 min. Add egg and molasses, mixing until fully combined. In 2 equal parts, add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

Roll dough into 1 tbsp. (15 ml) balls and place on prepared baking sheets 1-½ inches (4 cm) apart, pressing down lightly with palm. Bake in batches just until set, about 12 min. Let cool 4 min on sheets before cooling completely on racks. (For Reindeer Cookies, before baking, place two pretzels next to one another ¼ inch (0.5 cm) inside the edge of each cookie to resemble antlers; press pretzels lightly to adhere to cookie dough. When cooled, use cookie icing to draw eyeballs and noses.)

My tip? Make sure your measurements are exact when rolling out the 1 tbsp balls! This ensures your cookies will be exactly the same size!

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Puff Pastry Canapes

Serves 8 (4 canapes each)
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 45 min



Heat oven to 400F (200C). Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.

Unroll one sheet of pastry. Cut pastry evenly into 4 strips. Cut each strip evenly into four to make 16, 2-1/2-inch (6.5 cm) squares. Place on a prepared pan, score 2 or 3 times with a fork and brush with egg wash. Baked until golden and puffed, about 14 min. Repeat with remaining sheet. Cool 5 min.

Spread each square with 1-½ tsp (7 ml) ricotta cheese. Top half with pear slices, walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Top remaining evenly with arugula, prosciutto and sundried tomatoes.

My tip: You can make your puff pastry ahead of time and just warm up right before your guests come. This saves you some time and stress!

This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Canada Amazing Apps program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own

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