By Rachel Bertone
As the holidays quickly approach, it’s hard to contain the excitement the season brings. Stores are filled with bustling shoppers searching high and low for the gifts on their list, town squares are being decorated with evergreen wreaths, bright red bows and twinkling lights, and kids are hoping for just enough snow to cancel school.
While the season is a time to give thanks and visit with family and friends, it’s also a time to eat! Food brings people together at the holidays, whether you’re enjoying a big family feast or heading to a Christmas party. Some of the tastiest dishes make an appearance around this time of year, and from pumpkin to peppermint to gingerbread, festive flavors pop up everywhere. Bite-sized appetizers and holiday birds (don’t forget the turkey!) are always something to look forward to, but scrumptious sweets abound everywhere you look. Traditional pumpkin pie, gingerbread-man cookies, peppermint candies, eggnog and rich chocolate fudge are just a few of the popular seasonal treats. And while it’s great to make these yummy desserts, it’s even better to receive them as gifts.
Cookies, cakes, pies and candy are easy gifts that not only taste delicious but are also thoughtful and inexpensive. Make a big batch to split and give to friends, co-workers and teachers. Cool down decadent chocolate cupcakes with a bright peppermint frosting, challenge fruitcake’s reputation with moist, flavorful fruitcake bars or put a new spin on an old favorite with buttery brown sugar fudge. Each of these simple recipes tie traditional holiday flavors into hand-held, delectable desserts that are perfect for sharing.
For more delicious holiday sweets, try one of these festive recipes: