Delicious Desserts to Make Your Holiday Bright

McKenzie See-Holbrook, Staff Writer

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With Christmas being closer than we may realize, people are bringing out their most extravagant recipes, and getting ready for the big day. But not everybody has time to waste baking for an eternity; however, with these amazing recipes, you don’t have to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. These Christmas desserts will blow everybody’s socks off, and even make Mr. Scrooge say “Merry Christmas!”

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Bark (recipe provided by www.food.com)

This recipe will make about 20 servings for you and your family to devour after you eat a wonderful christmas meal.  

Ingredients

~ 12 ounces of white chocolate

~ 12 ounces of dark chocolate

~ ½ cup of crushed peppermint candies

First, line a 9×12 pan with parchment paper. Next you need to melt the dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl until it is a smooth consistency. Pour the melted dark chocolate on the parchment paper, spread the chocolate until it is around ⅓” thick. When you are finished with that repeat the steps using white chocolate and pour it onto the dark chocolate trying to make it around the same thickness. Now it is time to prepare your mints. Unwrap the mints of your choice, place them into a ziplock bag, and crush them up using a hammer or a meat tenderizer. Sprinkle them onto of the white chocolate before it has hardened. Let the chocolates harden in the refrigerator for at least two hours, then break the chocolates by slamming the pan onto the kitchen counter. Store the pieces in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them at your holiday feast.

Holiday Gingerbread Cookies (recipe provided by www.allrecipes.com)

This recipe makes 36 servings and is wonderful if you have a large family or you would just like to save them for yourself.

Ingredients

~ ¾ cup molasses

~ ⅓ cup of brown sugar048-21

~ ⅓ cup of water

~ ⅛ cup of softened butter

~ 3 ¼ cups of all purpose flour

~ 1 teaspoon of baking soda

~ ½ teaspoon of ground allspice

~ 1 teaspoon of ground ginger

~ ½ teaspoon of ground cloves

~ ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

In a medium size bowl, mix together the molasses, brown sugar, water, and butter until smooth. Now you must combine the flour, baking soda, allspice, ginger, cloves and cinnamon, stir them into the wet ingredients until all of the dry mixture is absorbed. Cover the dough and let it chill for at least three ho
urs. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into your desired shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Finally bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes and place on a wire rack to cool. Now you have amazing cookies that will make everyone want to know your recipe.

Buttery Shortbread Cookies (recipe provided by www.chewoutloud.com)

Ingredients

~ 2 cups salted butter (cold and cut into pieces)

~ 4 ½  cups all purpose flour, divided3-ingred-shortbread-cookies

~ 1 cup light brown sugar

~ optional your favorite sprinkles~

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Mix the butter and brown sugar until it is light and add 3 ½ cups of flour and mix until combined. Sprinkle ½ cup of flour onto a large board. Knead the dough by hand for five minutes, adding as much of  the remaining ½ cup of flour to the dough so it becomes soft and not sticky. Work in your desired amount of sprinkles. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let chill for 30 minutes. Roll dough into ½ inch thickness and cut into your desired shape. Place cookies 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

When you don’t have enough time to bake for the holidays, it can be frustrating. With these quick and easy recipes, everyone can bring a special dessert to your family’s Christmas. 

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