There is something so magical about the holidays. Maybe it’s all the sugar we’ve consumed over the past month—but we’re feeling all the love. And it’s not even over yet! December was a big month for us here, from turning nine as a company, celebrating Allyson and Caitlin’s birthdays (fun fact: they share it!), our annual holiday party, of course, and all the little things here and there that we’ve done this month, the best part was doing it together. Keeping in the spirit, we’re sharing how we each do the holidays, including our holiday themed rapid fire. Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!
Allyson, Founder & Principal What is your favorite holiday tradition? Crab legs, mussels, fries (with fancy sauce, naturally), and Moscow Mules with Michael on Christmas Eve!
How do you stay grounded during the hustle and bustle? Early bedtimes. I’m notorious for hitting the sack early year-round, but this holiday season it’s been even earlier than usual (you know if you’ve texted me after 7pm).
What’s on your wishlist this year? My Pinterest board has loads of gift ideas for all you last minute shoppers. Wink wink.
What cause is near and dear to your heart that you’d like to spotlight? The National Eating Disorders Association. As someone who has struggled with disordered eating and body image issues for most of my life, this cause is very close to my heart. They’re doing good work to support those affected (and their families), and I’m proud to officially announce that come 2020, ACPR will begin making annual charitable donations to support their efforts.
What’s your favorite ACPR holiday tradition? The cookie competition for sure. Each year keeps getting yummier and yummier!
Rapid Fire:Holiday Edition My favorite holiday song is... ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Judy Garland White Christmas or Beach Christmas? White Christmas Red lipstick or red nail polish? Red nail polish — Olive & June ‘CV‘ or Zoya ‘Haley‘ My favorite holiday movie is… The Family Stone Real tree or artificial tree? Artificial, but I dream of a real tree. My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is… Birthday cake. My birthday is three days after Christmas! One thing I plan to do during my vacay is… Finish my Astrology 101 course!
Caitlin, Junior Publicist What is your favorite holiday tradition? My immediate family and I always make a fancy meal for Christmas Eve. This year is Moroccan themed!
How do you stay grounded during the hustle and bustle? I have a BIG family which I love, but it also means a lot of catching up and small talk. To stay grounded and decompress, I make sure I have some alone time each day to watch TV, scroll IG, take a nap, whatever I feel like doing.
What’s on your wishlist this year? I’m hoping Santa will bring me The Claremont Camera Bag from Lo & Sons and maybe a few new vinyls to add to my collection.
What cause is near and dear to your heart that you’d like to spotlight? One of my favorite places to give back to is Austin Pets Alive! My college roommate used to foster cats from there, and they’re super active in the community. P.S. They’re available as a charity on Amazon Smile, so it’s super easy to support them!
What’s your favorite ACPR holiday tradition? Our cookie bake-off! As an avid baker and watcher of GBBO, it’s fun to try out a new recipe and taste everyone else’s creations, too.
Rapid Fire: Holiday Edition My favorite holiday song is… Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton White Christmas or Beach Christmas? White Christmas (although I’ve never actually had one!) Red lipstick or red nail polish? Both? My favorite holiday movie is… Love Actually. Hands down. Real tree or artificial tree? I’m a real tree convert. My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is… Broccoli Rice Casserole One thing I plan to do during my vacay is… Celebrate my birthday in New Orleans!
Sarah, Business Development Manager What is your favorite holiday tradition? Well, we started a NEW tradition this year that is so much fun! The National Forest near us allows you to go and chop down your own Christmas tree, so we made a day of snow shoeing, sledding, had a mountain picnic and came home with our best tree yet!
How do you stay grounded during the hustle and bustle? This is a tough one for me and I struggled with it this year. But, through all the craziness I made sure to still wake up early to have my first cup of coffee in quiet before the rush to school and work started, it clears my head for the day.
What’s on your wishlist this year? I’m usually the pratical wish list maker, but this year I’ve really splurged! I’ll be treating myself to a weekend in San Francisco to see Hamilton, a wish that has been on my list for years.
What cause is near and dear to your heart that you’d like to spotlight? This time of year we always participate in the local Adopt-A-Family. Helping already stressed families during the holidays is truly what the season is all about and it allows my son to be involved in helping those in our community.
What’s your favorite ACPR holiday tradition? DUH, the Cookie Exchange! It’s even sweeter when you have bragging rights for the next year!
Rapid Fire: Holiday Edition My favorite holiday song is… Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt White Christmas or Beach Christmas? White Christmas Red lipstick or red nail polish? Lipstick — Sour Cherry by BITE (a new fave) My favorite holiday movie is… Love Actually Real tree or artificial tree? Real Tree My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is… Homemade Chex Mix One thing I plan to do during my vacay is… Read a fun book for relaxation!
Courtney, Public Relations Assistant What is your favorite holiday tradition? Christmas morning! We have a wonderful Nespresso, and we gather around and open presents (from oldest child to youngest) and drink lattes. It’s the best day of the year in the Miranda house, truly.
How do you stay grounded during the hustle and bustle? Outdoor adventures! I love to ski, snowshoe, and ice skate in the winter. Working up a good sweat is my version of the reset button.
What cause is near and dear to your heart that you’d like to spotlight? Toys For Tots. Every child deserves a joyful holiday season. It’s a simple way to give back, and it can make the world of difference to a kiddo in need.
What’s your favorite ACPR holiday tradition? The annual holiday party! We all get dressed up and laugh all night long, it’s such a wonderful way to the end the year together!
Rapid Fire:Holiday Edition My favorite holiday song is… ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor White Christmas or Beach Christmas? White Christmas Red lipstick or red nail polish? Red nail polish! My favorite holiday movie is… White Christmas, it’s a classic! Real tree or artificial tree? Real, always real. My favorite thing to eat during the holidays is… My mom’s homemade tapioca! One thing I plan to do during my vacay is… Read my book, I’m reading Diana Vreeland’s biography right now!
How do you celebrate the holidays? Drop a comment below!
We’re spreading some holiday cheer during our favorite time of the year—and one cookie at a time! That’s right, we took a few minutes to jot down our current favorite cookie recipes for you. And trust us when we say that they’re all winning recipes. If you follow us on IG, you’ll know that each made their debut this year at our Annual Cookie Competition! Enjoy!
Ingredients + 3/4 cup of salted butter (softened) + 1 cup of brown sugar + 1 large egg + 1/4 cup of molasses + 2 1/4 cups of flour + 2 teaspoons of baking soda + 1 teaspoon of cinnamon + 1 teaspoon of ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves + 1/4 teaspoon of salt + 1/4 cup of granulated sugar (for rolling cookies)
Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Cream for one minute, or until fluffy. 3. Add in the egg and beat until smooth. Next, add in the molasses and mix until combined. 4. Place the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt into sifter (if you don’t have a sifter, whisk in a bowl), and then add to the butter mixture. Mix with a spoon, just until combined. Be careful not to over mix. Refrigerate dough 10-15 minutes. 5. Using a medium cookie scoop (or about 1.5 times tablespoons), roll the cookie dough into a ball. Place the granulated sugar into a shallow bowl and then roll the dough into the sugar. Place on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. 6. Bake 8-10 minutes and let cool on the pan 5 minutes before moving to a cooking rack. Enjoy! 7. Option to halfway dip cookies in melted white chocolate.
Ingredients + 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon baking soda + 2 teaspoons cream of tartar + 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + 1 cup unsalted butter cut into tablespoon pieces + 1 1/4 cups brown sugar + 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt + 18 caramels cut in half + Flaked sea salt for sprinkling on top of cookies + 1/4 cup of granulated sugar + 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (for rolling cookies)
Instructions 1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. 2. To brown the butter, heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter, whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter until melted. The butter will start to foam and browned specks will begin to form at the bottom of the pan. The butter should have a nutty aroma. Watch the butter carefully because it can go from brown to burnt quickly. Remove butter from the heat and let cool to room temperature. 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown butter and sugars. Mix until blended. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and Greek yogurt and mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. 4. Form the dough in a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight or for up to 2 days. 5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Flatten the ball slightly with the palm of your hand and place a caramel piece in the center of the dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the caramel, making sure the caramel is completely covered with dough. 6. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place dough balls on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Make sure the cookies are about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle the cookie tops with sea salt. 7. Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. The centers will still be soft. Don’t over bake. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, or until set. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Ingredients + 1 cup butter2 1/2 cups flour + 1 teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt + 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar + 2 eggs + 2 teaspoons vanilla + 3/4 cup butterscotch chips + 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1 cup coarsely chopped pretzels + Flaked sea salt (optional)
Instructions 1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, then bring it to a boil. Once the butter starts boiling, swirl the pan constantly until the butter passes the foamy phase and becomes a deep amber color. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the butter to cool for 20 minutes. 2. While the butter is cooling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside. 4. Add the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla into the cooled butter in the saucepan and stir to combine. Pour this mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture. Stir using a a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the dough comes together. 5. Stir in the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pretzels. 6. Using a medium (2-tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. 7. Allow the cookies to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 8. If desired sprinkle with a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt on top of the cookies while cooling.
Ingredients + 1 cup butter, softened + 2 1/3 cups sugar, divided + 1 egg + 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract + 1 cup eggnog + 4 1/2 cups flour + 1 teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon cream of tartar + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. 3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. 4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the eggnog. The dough will be thick and slightly sticky. 5. Mix together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg in a small bowl. 6. Shape the dough into rounded tablespoons; roll in sugar and nutmeg mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are just set and starting to crack.