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