10 Fun And Delicious Holiday Recipes

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“10 Fun And Delicious Holiday Recipes” above a picture of muffins and cookies

Happy holidays, everyone! However you plan on celebrating this season, eating delicious treats with your family is a great way to spend the winter holidays! 

Peppermint Puff Pastry Sticks

Difficulty Level: Incredibly Easy

A quick and easy dessert to make, these puff pastry sticks dipped in chocolate and covered with peppermint are ridiculously simple but are sure to be well received by anyone who enjoys a bit of mint during the winter holidays. And you don’t have to stop with just mint, dip them in anything you like! Oreos, peanuts, M&Ms, and chopped up candy bars are all great substitutes. You can even forget the puff pastry completely and use large pretzel sticks instead!

Holiday Monster Cookies  

Difficulty: Easy

Despite the name, the only thing scary about these yummy cookies is how you won’t be able to stop eating them! Chock full of salty and sweet treats, this classically red and green holiday bake is easy to make and yields about 24 festive cookies.

Peppermint Patties

Difficulty Level: Easy

With a recipe that yields 40 patties per batch, you’ll never have to buy the artificial ones again! Impress friends and family by giving them some of these minty delectables, or save them all for yourself, but whatever you choose, this a great chance to roll up your sleeves and have some fun with chocolate!

Chocolate Mousse

Difficulty Level: Fairly Easy

A great choice for chocolate and coffee lovers, this sweet and creamy dessert is based on a French chocolate mousse the chef had in Paris on her honeymoon. How sweet!

Ginger Cookies

Difficulty Level: Fairly Easy

Soft and chewy, this cookie recipe has a lot of ingredients but is very simple to make and is a great addition to any holiday dinner. If you prefer your ginger cookies hard and snappy, just leave out the baking soda! 

Mini Linzer Cookies

Difficulty Level: Fairly Easy

Simple but elegant, these tiny treats are an Austrian adaptation of shortbread cookies and though this recipe calls for raspberry preserves, really any good preserve will do. Perhaps a more citrusy preserve to compliment the season and keep your immune system strong? 

Peanut Brittle

Difficulty Level: Simple (but finicky)

You’ll need to work quickly to make this salty dessert right, but if you can handle the heat you’ll end up with a delicious treat to snack on all winter long. It also makes a great gift to send to family and friends!

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

It’s cheesecake. It tastes like gingerbread. Can it get any better? How about I also give you a recipe that makes cheesecake taste like pumpkin pie? I’ve tried making the pumpkin version myself and it turned out amazing! Cheesecake is a lot easier than it seems, as long as you stick to the recipe. Make sure not to swirl too much if you end up trying your luck with marbling!

Julekage 

Difficulty Level: Intermediate but lengthy 

This Danish Christmas bread may seem like a difficult mountain to climb, but the reward is a beautiful holiday treat that looks as wonderful as it tastes. The ingredient list is long, but the individual items are fairly simple to get and simple to make, even if you don’t have much experience with bread making.

Baklava Fingers

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Makes: 24 

I found this recipe in The Essential Appetizers Cookbook featuring a splendid array of appetizers by Australian chefs, but they’ll work just as well as a holiday dessert! Because I could not find a recipe online that sounded as delicious as this one, I have copied the recipe from the appetizer book, but consider adding some pecans, ginger, or nutmeg as well!

Filling Ingredients: 90 grams (or 3 oz) walnuts finely chopped, 1 tbsp soft brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 20 grams (or 3/4 oz or 1/10 cup ) melted butter.

Syrup Ingredients: 1 cup (or 250 grams or 8 oz) sugar, 2 tbsp honey, and (optional) 2 tsp orange flower water

You’ll also need: 8 sheets filo pastry and an additional 50 grams ( 1 and 3/4 oz) melted butter

Step 1: Preheat oven to 415℉ and brush a baking tray with oil or melted butter

Step 2: Making the filling. Place the walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and 20g butter (as well as any other spices if you would like to) in a small bowl and stir until combined.

Step 3: Remove one sheet of filo pastry and cover the rest to prevent drying out. Brush the filo sheet with melted butter and fold in half. Cut the sheet into three strips and place a heaped teaspoon of filling close to the front edge of the pastry. Roll up, tucking in the edges. Place on the prepared baking tray and (surprise, surprise) brush with more melted butter. 

Step 4: Repeat with the remaining pastry sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown

Step 5: Making the syrup. Combine the sugar, honey, and a half-cup (4 oz) of water (THIS IS NOT THE ORANGE FLOWER WATER, which will be added later) in a small pan. Stir over low heat, without boiling, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once dissolved, you can bring the syrup to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the orange flower water.

Step 6: When golden brown, transfer the pastries to a wire rack over a tray and spoon the syrup over the pastries while both the pastries and the syrup are still warm. 

Step 7: Enjoy! Also, according to the book, these pastries can be placed in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Have a wonderful holiday season, Cowboys!