Have I got a holiday tip for you! It is one that is so easy that you'll kick yourself for not coming up with this on your own because it is a great time saver. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whip up a cup of heavy cream along with a tablespoon or two of granulated sugar, until stiff peaks form. With a soup spoon, scoop out portions of the whipped cream and drop it in mounds onto the parchment. If you want to get all fancy schmancy you can fill a pastry bag and pipe it into decorative mounds, but I prefer the natural look. Then pop the sheet into the freezer and keep it there until the mounds freeze solid. Once they do, place them into a lidded container and keep them in the freezer.
These are wonderful to have on hand at all times, but particularly for the holidays to use to top Irish coffee, hot cocoa, or eggnog. Customize dollops, if you like, by adding cinnamon or oil of peppermint to some for hot cocoa, nutmeg or rum to others for eggnog. Pop them into the fridge to soften for a minute or two and place them on slices of pie, dishes of custard, or alongside a piece of cake. Dust with confectioners' sugar, ground cinnamon, or espresso powder, as appropriate. Try this once and you'll wonder how you ever did without them.
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