Surprise Santa With Mini Milk and Cookie Cups

12/19/2013 at 12:31 PM ET

Andrea Correale Cookies and Milk
Courtesy Andrea Correale

The problem with leaving these milk and cookies out for Santa: By the time he gets his plump, red butt down the chimney, there may not be any left!

Surprise St. Nick—or guests at your holiday party—with this cute spin on the Christmas Eve classic by celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, who served the passable sweets at an NBC holiday event to the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan.

The trick: While the cookies are still warm from the oven, poke straw-size holes in their centers. Then, just before you’re ready to serve, fill several shot glasses or small tumblers with ice-cold milk, top each with a cookie and pop in a straw.

“There isn’t a human alive, not even a celeb, who wouldn’t love [this],” says Correale, who works with and owns catering biz Elegant Affairs.

Use your favorite cookie recipe, store-bought dough or Correale’s recipe, which includes peppermint extract for a little extra holiday cheer. Bonus: This recipe is easy enough for little hands to help make. When the batch is just out of the oven, let your kiddos enjoy one or two while still warm, then leave the rest by the tree on Christmas Eve.

Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Milk
Makes 2 dozen

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp.  salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. pure peppermint extract
1 egg, room temperature
1 egg yolk
1½ cups semisweet chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. Using an electric or stand mixer, mix melted butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Beat in the peppermint extract, egg and egg yolk. Continue mixing until light and creamy.

4. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined, then stir in the chocolate chunks.

5. Using your hands, roll about 2 tbsp of dough into a ball and place on a baking sheet. Continue rolling until you have approximately 24 cookies. Bake 10-13 minutes, or until golden.

6. Using a straw, poke a hole into the center of each cookie. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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