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Holiday Recipes

Cooking over the holidays is stressful enough. Finding the perfect recipe shouldn’t have to be. We have compiled a few easy recipes to share with you this season. Enjoy these for any occasion!

Roasted Applesauce

For a richer twist on a classic snack or side, try this recipe. Bake apples with butter in a covered pan in the oven for 15-30 minutes or until they soften. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes after turning up the heat. Then, stir up the softened apples and season with salt and sugar. This no-fuss recipe will help save time when there are other things to stress about this holiday season.

Fried Chickpeas with Sage

This delicious snack might just replace holiday cookies! Dry out chickpeas and toss in a mixture of flour, salt and paprika in a large bowl. Fry the chickpeas in a ½ olive oil, ½ canola oil mixture. Once they have stopped popping and have turned golden brown, remove the chickpeas with the skimmer. Next, toss the sage in flour and fry it, once again removing the product with a skimmer. Toss the chickpeas and sage together and they are ready to serve.

Tangy Spiced Brisket

Once these ingredients are in the slow cooker, you can leave to go gift shopping and come back to a delicious, hearty winter meal. First, caramelize onions and sauté halved garlic. Mix in paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne, oregano and thyme. Stir together beef stock, ketchup, chili sauce and brown sugar in a large bowl. Once the brisket is in the slow cooker, spread onion and garlic mixture over it and pour the sauce on top. Cook on low for about 10 hours. Once the brisket has cooked, chill it for a few hours. Then, heat it in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Apple Cake

This apple cake is the multi-tool of holiday recipes. It can be eaten for breakfast or dessert and it can be frozen and saved for later. First, beat oil and sugar together and add in eggs. Then, sift together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda and stir into the sugar mixture. Add in vanilla, apples, walnuts and raisins until combined. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes.

Snowman Cupcakes

Start with cupcakes of any flavor. Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you use a boxed mix. Spread white icing on top and dust with decorating sugar or shredded coconut. Once sufficiently coated, use chocolate and butterscotch chips to make the eyes, mouth and nose!

Sausage Rolls with Caramelized Red Onions

Serve these sausage rolls at your holiday get-together and you’ll have people coming back for more next year. Cheat a little and use store-bought pastry puff to cut down on stress this holiday season. First, caramelize onions in olive oil, adding cranberry sauce and balsamic vinegar as you go. Then, mix together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and fry. Roll out the pastry to a rectangle and roll the filling into a long cylinder in the middle, adding the caramelized onions on top. Brush the pastry with an egg wash and seal. Portion out the roll and chill it for about 20 minutes. Then, bake the roll for 15-20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Lattes

No gumdrop buttons here, just delicious, caffeinated beverages! Pour all the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours. Turn it up to warm for another 2 hours and stir again before serving. For a special twist, dip the rims of cups in caramel sauce and graham cracker crumbs. Top with whipped cream and caramel syrup and enjoy!

Eggnog French Toast

Combine a classic drink with a classic breakfast food for a winning combination! Whisk together eggnog, eggs, nutmeg and rum extract. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish. Dip slices of bread into the mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Toss them on a griddle and cook until golden brown. Top with whipped cream for an extra-sweet treat.

Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels

Tide guests over before the main event with these scrumptious snacks. Combine cream cheese, feta cheese, dried cranberries and green onion. Spread the mixture on tortillas. Roll them up and refrigerate for about an hour. Slice up the wraps to make a festive hors d’oeuvre.

Rosemary Garlic Crusted Roast Beef

This dish will make you look like a professional cook, even though you just use your slow cooker. Rub roast beef with olive oil. Chop up some rosemary and combine with garlic, salt and pepper. Create a crust on the roast beef using this rub. Sear roast on each side in a skillet. Use balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan and toss everything in a slow cooker. Cook for 8-9 hours.

Wickedly Good Halloween Recipes

So many people stress over finding the perfect halloween costume, but when it comes to halloween snacks, they miss the mark. If this sounds like you, or you’re just ready to try something new this Halloween, try one of these recipes:

Don’t Tell Your Mummy (About This Brie)

Actually, maybe you should tell her because this delicious appetizer is so easy – and an instant hit to boot.

First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While preheating the oven to 400℉, cut a sheet of pastry puff into narrow strips and wrap them around a wheel of brie like a mummy. Next, brush the puff pastry with an egg and milk mixture and place it on the baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the puff pastry is a deep golden and the brie is warm and gooey.

Place two mini pepperonis into two sliced olives, use these as the eyes, and that’s a wrap! Find the full recipe here. 

Brownie Bat Truffles

Chocolatey delights that will make your taste buds soar.

First, bake a pan of fudgy brownies and allow them to cool while you lick the bowl (don’t worry, we won’t tell). Then, line a pan with parchment paper and grab a large mixing bowl. In the bowl, use your hands to crumble the brownies. Mix in some chocolate frosting and knead until the entire mixture is evenly moistened.

Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to measure out about 1 Tablespoon balls of this mixture. Break an oreo in half and stick one half in each side to create the wings of the bat. Repeat this until you’ve used up all of your brownie/frosting mixture. Place each bat on the baking sheet and freeze them for approximately two hours.

Once the truffles are firm, melt some chocolate, wait about 15 minutes until they come to room temperature, and dip the truffles in. Decorate them as spookily as you please. You can find the whole recipe here… if you dare.

Frozen Boo-Nana Pops

These delicious treats won’t ghost you. 

These under-100-calorie treats will trick your taste buds with how delicious they are. After preparing a baking sheet with wax paper, quarter a banana, stick a popsicle stick in the end of each quarter- and freeze.

After they’ve frozen, melt white chocolate, dip the bananas in, and add milk chocolate chips for eyes. Pop the pops back in the freezer until you’re ready for a fright (or just a yummy snack). The full recipe can be found here.

Dracula’s Dentures

A dessert good enough to sink your teeth into.

After baking some chocolate chip cookies and letting them cool, cut them in half. Frost the bottoms of each cookie half and add six marshmallows along the curved edge of the halves.

Cover with the other cookie halves and put two almond slivers in between two pairs of “teeth” to make fangs. You’ll be getting too many compliments to count with this recipe.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This may sound cheesy, but making this is a ball.

Combine shredded cheddar cheese, regular cream cheese, onion and chive cream cheese, and paprika in a bowl. Cover this mixture and place it in the refrigerator to chill.

Once the mixture is firm enough, shape it into a pumpkin-like ball. Remove the florets from a stalk of broccoli and shape it to resemble the stem of a pumpkin.

Slice up a few apples to pair with the cheese ball and serve to all the boys and ghouls at your Halloween gathering.