4 Fun and Delicious Treats to Make This HolidayYour kids will join you at the dining table and even while baking this coming holiday. Add a little bit of cuteness to your delicious treats so that your loved ones will enjoy these top holiday treats with a smile on their face. Here are four fun holiday treats recipes that you can easily make.
Pilgrim Hat Cookies
These pilgrim hat cookies will give your friends and family one more thing to be thankful for. If you didn't know it yet, cookies are universally loved. It is no surprise that it is added to this list. Start with fudge-bottomed cookies, add the perfect herbs or spices, then some icing.
One cookie: 130 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
- 1 cup vanilla frosting
- 7 drops yellow food coloring
- 32 miniature peanut butter cups
- 32 fudge-striped cookies
- 32 pieces orange bubblegum bits
1. In a little empty bowl, combine food coloring and frosting, then take the paper liners off from the peanut butter cups.
2. While holding the bottom of a peanut butter cup, dip the top of the cup in yellow frosting—position over the center hole on the bottom of the cookie, forming the hatband and crown.
3. Add a buckle of one orange bubblegum bit.
4. Repeat with remaining cups and cookies.
This recipe is one of the most popular Holiday desserts, and it's easy to see why. Thanksgiving cakes are easy to make, ideal for busy cooks who still want to prepare a delicious dessert. You can add some herbs or spices to this cake to make the taste stand out more.
One slice: 581 calories, 6g protein (61g sugars, 1g fiber),
55mg cholesterol, 83g carbohydrate, 462mg sodium, 26g fat (12g saturated fat).
- 2 cups white baking chips
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 6 large eggs, room temperature
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
- 2 packages spice cake mix (regular size)
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- Paste(red, yellow, green) or any liquid food coloring
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the cake mixes, pumpkin, eggs, milk, and oil; try to beat it on low speed for at least thirty seconds.
2. Next, Stir in baking chips, then fill two greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Pour the remaining batter into two greased and floured twelve cup fluted tube pans.
3. Bake it until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out—twenty minutes for the cupcakes and forty to forty-five minutes for the cakes.
4. Cool in pans for twenty-five minutes and remove to wire racks so that it will cool completely. Don't forget to level the bottom of each cake. Spread one of the cake bottoms with frosting; place them together to form a pumpkin, and afterward, set it aside.
5. If you have food coloring, combine red and yellow food coloring to make orange; tint about three-fourths of the frosting—tint remaining frosting green. The next step is to place one cupcake right side up in the center of the cake to support the stem.
6. Place a dollop of green frosting on top of the cupcake and place the remaining cupcake upside down; add green frosting. Frost the cake with orange frosting.
7. With green frosting, curly pipe vines, and leaves, combine coconut with green food coloring; sprinkle around the base of the cake.
Apple Fritters in Air Fryer
These healthy holiday treat apple fritters are a lower-calorie, healthier alternative to the classic deep-fried version. These air fryer apple fritters will be a hit holiday dessert with a sweet and flaky exterior and soft apple-filling spice!
1 fritter: 145 calories, 3g protein, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 24g carbohydrate, 183mg sodium, (14g sugars, 1g fiber).
- Cooking spray
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup 2% milk
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 2 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon 2% milk
1. Line air-fryer basket with parchment (make sure that it's cut to fit); spritz with cooking spray—Preheat air fryer to 410°.
2. In a large empty bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, eggs, lemon juice, and one teaspoon vanilla extract; stir just until moistened. Fold in apples.
3. In batches, drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls 2-in. apart onto an air-fryer basket. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 5-6 minutes. Turn patties; continue to air-fry until golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
4. The next step that you should do next is to melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, then carefully cook it until the butter starts to brown and foam. Do this for at least five minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool.
5. Add confectioners' sugar, one tablespoon milk, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to browned butter; whisk until smooth. Drizzle over cakes before serving.
These simple cookies are crispy and buttery, with crisp edges and a soft center. They're great for special holidays, but they'll always be welcome in your home, especially as a dessert. This is also a great holiday treat for gifts!
Two each: 185 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg spice
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Food coloring, optional
1. In a large bowl, sugar, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then vanilla and sour cream. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt, then gradually beat into a creamed mixture.
2. Divide the dough into three portions. Shape each dough into a disk; wrap it in plastic. Refrigerate for thirty minutes or until it is easy to handle.
3. On a flat surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. cookie cutter. Place two in. apart on greased baking sheets.
4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
5. Mix the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, salt, and enough cream to reach the desired consistency in a small bowl. If desired, tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired.