5 Festive Cookies to Bake This Holiday Season

The Holiday season is described as the most wonderful time of the year for a myriad of reasons. From the time spent with friends and family, to the beautiful lights and decorations, to the spirit of magic and giving that seemingly emanates from us all, to the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, to the feast we will then enjoy surrounded by our loved ones we all love this wonderful time of year for something unique.

For many of us some our favorite childhood memories of the Holidays stem from the enjoyment of our favorite Holiday desserts with our family and friends. Whether it’s frosting cookies, helping the Grandparent’s with the pumpkin pie, leaving out fresh cookies and milk for Santa, or just enjoying a piece of peppermint bark and hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree we’ve all enjoyed some of our favorite festive treats during the Holiday’s. In fact cookies are almost as synonymous with the Holidays as Santa.

Holiday Cookie Intro

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It should come as no surprise that people are looking for new cookie recipes to carry on the tradition of creating Holiday memories with their own children.

So here are 5 recipes for Holiday cookies that you can share with your family this festive season:

1) Peppermint Snowballs

These peppermint snowballs are very simple to make with dough made from scratch or your favorite packaged sugar-cookie dough. Adding in the peppermint pieces and a smidge of powdered sugar make these cookies a true Holiday delight.

Holiday Baked Goods Peppermint Snowballs

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2) Macadamia-Almond Christmas Cookies

White chocolate chips, pistachios, cranberries, and a candy cane striped Hershey’s Kiss make this cookie an embodiment of the holiday season. It doesn’t hurt that it tastes fantastic either.

Holiday Cookie Macadamia Almond

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3) Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

This healthier take on the Holiday staple is a great way to have your cake and eat it too this Holiday season. This simple substitution cuts out fat and a little bit of sugar while not eliminating any of the flavor or fun that are ideal for creating lasting memories.

Holiday Baked Goods Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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4) Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel

This peppermint twists on a traditional holiday staple is equal parts festive and delicious. It will be a  sure fire hit at your gathering with peppermint mocha lovers and haters alike.

Holiday Cookie Peppermint Pinwheels

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5) Swiss Rolls

While not a traditional cookies, they will certainly look like one sliced on a holiday platter. And will help provide a nice variety when it comes to your holiday desserts. And after all who doesn’t love cookies and cake?

Holiday Baked Goods Swiss Rolls

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Are there any holiday cookie recipes that you love? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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TRICK Your Guests with These 5 Spooky Halloween TREATS

When Halloween comes to mind there are two things we immediately think of, tricks or treats. Which makes this one of the busiest times of year for bakeries and chefs looking to make the most this haunted time of year with spooky treats of their own. After all generic, store bought candy may be the most common treat you see on Halloween, but that doesn’t make it the best and certainly not the tastiest. With that in mind here’s 5 spooky treats that will certainly make your bakery the place to go for Halloween treats or your party the highlight of your guests Halloween.

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1) Poison Candy Apples

This creepy twist on the traditional candy apple makes for an equally spooky and tasty Halloween treat. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Poison Candy Apples

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2) Chocolate Bat Cookies

These bat shaped chocolate cookies are so delicious they’ll be sure to make your guests frightened about how hungry they are. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Chocolate Bat Cookies

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3) Boo Berries

These strawberries dipped in almond bark to look like ghosts will certainly taste better than the cereal we all remember from when we were kids. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Boo Berries

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4) Chocolate Pumpkin With Cupcakes

Pumpkin flavored anything is all the rage these days so combining pumpkin and chocolate to make a cupcake in the shape of a witch is sure to make your monster mash the standout of the holiday. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Witch Cupcakes

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5) Graveyard Cake

This haunting cake will be the centerpiece of any Halloween celebration and it tastes so good that your guests will be sure to devour it despite it’s beauty. Enjoy the recipe.

Halloween 2015 Graveyard Cake

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Do you have any ideas for spooky, yet delicious treats to serve this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

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7 No-Hassle, No-Bake Treats That Will Make Your 4th of July Party Pop

The 4th of July holiday is rapidly approaching and Americans all over the country will be looking to celebrate in any way possible. From barbeques, to beach bashes, to picnics and potlucks, to fireworks extravaganzas everyone will be looking for the chance to get outside and celebrate the birth of our great nation. With everyone looking to take advantage of the summer’s gorgeous weather and spend a day in the sun celebrating with friends and family that unfortunately won’t leave much time for baking. In respect to baked goods the 4th of July is actually like the exact opposite of Christmas.

The lack of time and space available for baking (plus who really wants to deal with the oven when it’s 80 plus degrees and gorgeous outside anyway) doesn’t change the fact that every party needs some delectable treats. So here are 7 no hassle, no bake treats that will be sure to make your 4th of July party pop like the fireworks that will soon light up the night sky nationwide.

4th of July Treats

1) No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Parfaits

4th of July Cheesecake Parfait

These patriotic delicacies can be made in 5 minutes or less. Find the recipe here.

2) Red, White, and Blue Jello

4th of July Jello

Delicious, patriotic, and refreshing. Find the recipe here.

3) Patriotic Peanut Butter cookie Dough Bark

4th of July  Cookie Dough Bark

Perfect for all the cookie lovers out there. Find the recipe here.

4) Red, White, and Blue Coconut Berry Icebox Cake

4th of July Cocunut Berry Cake

A patriotic cake, that you don’t have to bake. It’s perfect. Find the recipe here.

5) American Flag Chocolate Dipped Oreos

4th of July Chocolate Dipped Oreos

It doesn’t get more American or tasty than this take on the famous Oreo. Find the recipe here.

6) Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats

4th of July Rice Krispy Treats

Another patriotic take on an American Favorite. What’s not to love. Find the recipe here.

7) Star Spangled Gumdrops

4th of July Gumdrops

Sugary, sweet, all American, and a surefire hit. Find the recipe here.

5 Festive Treats to Bake this Holiday Season

The Holiday season is described as the most wonderful time of the year for a myriad of reasons. From the time spent with friends and family, to the beautiful lights and decorations, to the spirit of magic and giving that seemingly emanates from us all, to the delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, to the feast we will then enjoy surrounded by our loved ones we all love this wonderful time of year for something unique.


For many of us some our favorite childhood memories of the Holidays stem from the enjoyment of our favorite Holiday desserts with our family and friends. Whether it’s frosting cookies, helping the Grandparent’s with the pumpkin pie, leaving out fresh cookies and milk for Santa, or just enjoying a piece of peppermint bark and hot cocoa in front of the fireplace and the Christmas tree we’ve all enjoyed some of our favorite festive treats during the Holiday’s.

Holiday Baked GoodsSource: recipes.howstuffworks.com

 

With that nostalgia factor in mind, it comes as no surprise that a lot of people are looking for new desserts to carry on the tradition of creating Holiday memories with their own children.

 

Here are 5 recipes for baked goods that can help you create some of those priceless memories this Holiday season:

 

1) Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies

This healthier take on the Holiday staple is a great way to have your cake and eat it too this Holiday season. This simple substitution cuts out fat and a little bit of sugar while not eliminating any of the flavor or fun that are ideal for creating lasting memories.

Holiday Baked Goods Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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2) Gingerbread Icebox Cake

This cake that is prepared in a bundt pan is stunningly beautiful (almost a decoration in it’s own right) and is much easier to construct than a gingerbread house. Make the cake ahead of time and decorate it before your guests arrive to achieve that wow factor. It also will make a great substitution for that fruit cake that leaves you with tons of leftovers every year because no one likes it.

Holiday Baked Goods Gingerbread Cake

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3) Peppermint Snowballs

These peppermint snowballs are very simple to make with dough made from scratch or your favorite packaged sugar-cookie dough. Adding in the peppermint pieces and a smidge of powdered sugar make these cookies a true Holiday delight.

Holiday Baked Goods Peppermint Snowballs

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4) Cranberry Apple Pie

No fruit is more associated with the Holidays than cranberries and no pie is less associated with the Holidays than apple. So why not cross the two to create a truly flavorful concoction that is sure to become a staple of all your Holiday meals to come.

Holiday Baked Goods Apple Cranberry Pie

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5) Swiss Rolls

Despite all the intricate detail in a swiss roll they are in fact very simple to make, which comes in handy during the busiest time of the year. Not to mention the cake itself has no butter in it ensuring the thickly spread jam and whipped cream won’t make you feel overly indulged. Plus it will look absolutely gorgeous on a platter while your guests are letting their dinner digest before digging in to the desserts.

Holiday Baked Goods Swiss Rolls

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Do you have any other ideas for festive treats to serve this Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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