I decided to make Latkes(potato pancakes) for the first time. My Jewish friends said this a very traditional dish served for Hanukkah and easy to make. You can enjoy it with some sour cream or apple sauce.
I wanted to also make something very festive and came across this cute Driedal Treat idea. It is just marmallows with a pretzel stick on top and nutella and a hershey kiss at the bottm. Then hebrew letters drawn with frosting gel.
I LOVE Eggnog!! If you love eggnog just as much as I do then you will love this easy eggnog milkshake recipe.
-1 cup of eggnog
-1 cup of vanilla ice cream
- 6 Ginger Snap cookies
Blend the ice cream, eggnog and cookies. Pour into a glass and top with whip cream. To make it INSANE I garnished the rim with frosting and crushed ginger snap cookies. I also added an eggnog cake roll and homemade eggnog donuts.
I had to make donuts using my absolute favorite holiday beverage, EGGNOG!!!
-1 cup of flour
-1/3 cup of sugar
-3/4 tsp of baking powder
-1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
-pinch of nutmeg
-1/4 tsp of salt
-1/2 cup of eggnog
-2 tbs of vegetable oil
-1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
-3 tbs of eggnog
-2 tbs of water
-1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
Prheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease your donut pan.
In abowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Then add the eggnog, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla until mixed well.
Put the batter in a large ziploc bag and cut the tip and fill the donut pan.
Bake for 6-7 minutes.
To make the the glaze , just simply whisk together the powdered sugar, eggnog and water.
Once cool dip into the eggnog glaze.
I was really fascinated by the Unicorn Poop cookies that I had to create a festive version with the Holidays approaching. So why not make Elf Poop Cookies? They taste like peppermint because an Elf's diet surely consists of candy canes! LOL
-1/2 cup of softened butter
-1/2 cup of shortening
-1/4 cup of cream cheese
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1 cup of sugar
-1/2 tsp of peppermint extract
-2 cups of flour
-red and green food coloring
-red glitter icing
In a bowl, combine the butter, shortening and cream cheese and beat well. Then add the sugar and salt.
Beat in the egg and peppermint until combined. Then gradually add the flour.
Divide the dough in half in two seperate bowls and add the food coloring( one red and the other green).
Wrap the red and green balls of dough individually with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 20 minutes or in the fridge for an hour.
Set the oven to 375 degrees.
Remove the dough and place on some some wax paper on the counter(this way you don't need to use flour). Take a tbs size ball of the red dough and roll into a rope. Then do the same for the green dough. Then twist and coil the two together and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Once the cookies are cool I went ahead and put some red glitter icing and sprinkles on top.
Gingerbread Man cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie! I decided to make a GIANT version of this Christmas cookie classic.
This recipe yields about 3 Giant Gingerbread Man cookies. You can double the recipe to make more.
-3 1/2 cups of flour
-2 tsp of Gingerbread spice
-1/2 tsp of ground cloves
-1/2 tsp of baking soda
-Pinch of salt
-3/4 cup of molasses
-1 tsp of vanilla
-1 stick of softened butter
-1/4 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 2 cups of confectioner's sugar
-1 egg white
-1/2 tsp of water
Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutout Template
-First mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. The flour, spices, baking soda, and salt.
-In another bowl beat your butter, sugar, molasses, egg and vanilla. Once mixed well slowly add in your flour mixture. Mix well until combined.
-Then take your dough and separate into two balls and wrap with plastic wrap.Set aside in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
-Remove the dough from the fridge and roll between two pieces of parchment paper. Once the dough is flat place in the freezer for about 15 minutes,
-Then take the dough out of the freezer and cut out into Giant Gingerbread Man cookie shape. Then once it is cut out place on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
-Remove from freezer and bake the cookie at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Then remove from the oven and rotate and bake again for about 6 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes before decorating.
-Decorate with royal icing and candy!
This is such an easy dessert recipe. If you LOVE pumpkin you will be addicted to this! To make this Pumpkin Pie Dip you will only need 4 ingredients.
- 1 thawed tub of Cool Whip
-1 can of pumpkin
-1 5 oz box of vanilla pudding mix
-1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.
In a bowl mix the pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix powder and pumpkin pie spice. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Enjoy with some Nilla Wafer cookies, graham crackers or just grab a spoon. Enjoy!
Happy November!! Thanksgiving is just around the corner! My two absolute FAVORITE Thanksgiving sides are candied yams and stuffing. So I decided to make these two sides into sweet & savory cupcakes! You can also make these with Thanksgiving leftovers.
Candied Yam Cupcakes
- 2 3/4 cup of flour
- 1 tbs of baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 stick of softened butter
-1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 can (15 oz) of yams
- 1/2 cup of milk
-a jar of marshmallow Fluff
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake cups.
-Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl
-In a separate large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy with an electric mixer.. Add in the eggs, yams, milk and vanilla. Then slowly mix in the flour mixture. Once mixed well fill the cups 1/2 full.
-Bake for 20 minutes. Test with toothpick for doneness.
-Set your oven to broil. Frost/pipe the cupcakes (once cool) with the marshmallow Fluff. Then place on a cookie sheet and place on the top rack in the oven.
-Watch very carefully and broil for just 30-90 seconds until the marshmallow is toasted.
-Remove from oven and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional).
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
-Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Then scoop stuffing into cups.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
-Use an ice cream scoop to top the stuffing "cupcakes" with warm mashed potatoes. this will be the "frosting."
-As a final touch drizzle some gravy on top.
I have always wanted to make sugar skull cookies but I figured it would be challenging. I found a way to do easily and it is a great activity for kids.
-5 cups of flour
-2 tsp of baking powder
-1 tsp of salt
-1 1/2 cups of softened butter
-2 cups of sugar
-1 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 egg whites
-1 cup of powdered sugar
-1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
You will also need gel food coloring for decorating.
Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Then add the eggs and vanilla. Continue to mix.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and slowly add to the wet mixture.
Once mixed well make the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight or for 6 hours.
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge to soften. Then flour your surface and rolling pin and begin to roll out the dough. Use a skull cookie cutter to cut into skull shapes.
Place cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Combine the ingredients of the royal icing in a bowl. once the cookies are cool. dip the front of the cookie into the icing and place on a wire rack to dry and harden.
Once the icing is hard go ahead and decorate the skulls with gel food coloring.
I have shared this once before on my blog but it is such a fun Sugar skull idea that I have to share it again. The dollar store sells plastic skulls that can easily be made into sugar skulls. You can spray paint them or paint with acrylic paint. You can also add glitter, jewels and accessories. this is a very inexpensive and fun craft idea.
What is a Zombie party without some brains!!
Brain cupcakes are super easy to make. Just add a few drops of red food coloring to white frosting. Place the frosting in a pipette bag and cut the tip. Draw a line down the middle and some squiggles to the edge across the side of the cupcake. Then repeat to the other side. To make the brains look bloody add some red gel food coloring.
Intestines never tasted so good! Pizza intestines make for a great recipe for your Zombie affair.
-1 box of Puff Pastry Sheets
-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
-Make sure the puff pastry sheets are thawed and cut the sheet(2 come in a box) into 3 strips,
-Place tomato sauce down the middle, then add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
-Pinch the edges together to close the pastry sheet(you can apply a little water to the edges). Then place the "intestine" on a greased pan. Apply this same method to all the rest of the sheets to form intestines. Connect them to each other in the pan making the pastry sheets into an "S" like shape to form intestines.
- Cut a few slits and apply extra tomato sauce the make the intestines look more bloody. You can apply an egg wash finish to make the dough shiny.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
You will need:
-Red fruit punch
-Plastic brain mold
-Fill the brain mold with water and freeze. Once frozen remove from mold and place in the punch bowl.
-Fill the bowl with the fruit punch first and then add the soda.
-Lastly place some plastic eyeballs in the bowl.
Who doesn't love a tasty green Witch finger? If you have a Halloween party coming up, here are some easy Witch themed treat ideas.
Shortbread Witch Fingers
-1 cup of softened butter
-1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
-2 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 cups of flour
-green food coloring
-Whole almonds for the finger nails
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and a few drops of green food coloring. Mix well and gradually add the flour.
Flour your hands and grab about a tablespoon of dough. Shape into a finger. I created two knobs on the finger to be knuckles.
Place on a greased cookie sheet. With a butter knife on the surface of the finger slice a few lines on the knuckles. At the tip of the finger place an almond to be the creepy finger nail.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes until the edges are brown.
Super easy and tasty!
You will need:
-Decorative stripes straws
-Black foam paper
Make whatever kind of cupcakes you want (homemade or store bought). To make the Witch Hat split in half an Oreo and scrape away the filling. On the top of the Oreo place a drop of frosting. Then place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of where you put the frosting(you will want enough frosting to secure the Hershey kiss and when you press it frosting comes out underneath). Then cut off the yellow of a candy corn and place on the front of the Hat where there is some frosting(this is the buckle).
For the Witch feet, cut in half a striped straw. Then with black foam paper cut out two Witch shoes. Then glue the Witch shoes to the end of the straw (I used a glue gun).
Then simply insert your Witch feet and hat on your cupcake.
Enjoy these WICKED Treats!!
Hi there! I am Felicia.
I am a Holiday Expert and self proclaimed "Fest-Diva"! I enjoy celebrating Holidays. Time to Get Holiday Happy!