I know, I know. I haven’t posted a blog-post in FOREVER. Well a month to be exact. But, I have a perfectly reasonable excuse for it.
I was sick. Really sick.
It was pretty terrible. I basically lived in my bed for a couple of weeks. And what’s worse is that I got sick during the Winter HOLIDAYS!
But that doesn’t mean I didn’t bake anything, cause everyone in my family knows that I’ll be the one making Holiday desserts for them to eat. Unfortunately, because I was asleep half the day, and I was exhausted or in a coughing fit for most of the other half of the day, I didn’t get to bake as much as I’d wanted to. But I couldn’t just not post a couple of holiday recipes for you guys. Right?
So here are a few recipes on making some holiday treats. And even though I’m posting this after the holidays, these desserts taste great at any time of the year. 😉
The first treat I made was pretty much the easiest thing I’ve ever made. I made PEPPERMINT BARK!
And if you didn’t know already, both my mom and I are obsessed with anything peppermint chocolate. Both of us love biting into those Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares, but they’re only sold during the holiday season, so why not make a homemade version that’s equally as delicious (maybe even more!).
12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
1 tsp. of peppermint extract
Crushed candy canes
1. Line a metal tray with parchment paper.
2. Using a microwave or a double boiler, melt your semi-sweet chocolate. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. If using a microwave, melt in 30 second intervals.
3. Once melted, stir in 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract. Pour chocolate onto lined tray. Bang the tray against the table top to even out the chocolate. Put the tray into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, or until chocolate is completely hardened.
4. While the tray is in the freezer, melt the white chocolate just like you melted the semi-sweet chocolate.
5. Stir in the other 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract. Once the semi-sweet chocolate is hardened. Pour the white chocolate on top. Don’t worry if the white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate layers don’t match up perfectly.
7. Before the white chocolate starts to set, sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top. Put tray back into the freezer until chocolate is completely hardened.
8. Once hardened, use a sharp knife to cut peppermint bark into individual pieces and enjoy!
The next treat I made was a Christmas classic for our home. A buttery, delicious rolled sugar cookies! My brother always loves to bake Christmas cookies with me (I’m pretty sure he helps just so that he could sneak in pieces of cookie dough to eat 😉 ). But this year I didn’t have enough time to make and decorate the cookies with cookie icing, so my brother had a blast sprinkling colored sugar sprinkles on top of the cookies. The recipe I used was my easy, eggless sugar cookies with an extra 1/2 cup of powdered sugar added since I didn’t frost them.
I also made vegan sugar cookies for a friend who’s allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts. I made them by replacing the butter with non hydrogenated vegan butter and the cookies were already eggless so I didn’t have to make any other changes.
Just like last year, I also made gingerbread men cookies that were decorated with cookie icing that I made.
The last thing I made were these tasty little peanut butter blossoms with Hershey kisses pressed into the center. I got this recipe from the Hershey’s website, but instead of shortening, I used all butter. Also, I not only put Hershey kisses into them, but also mini peanut butter cups and Rolos for a bit of a twist. They were so good and just melted in the mouth.
So there you go, 5 simple and easy holiday recipes that you can still make year round! 🙂
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