Happy December! During the holiday season, family and friend gatherings are inevitable. So why not show off your cooking and/or baking skills to the ones you love? CSA has got you covered, whether you’re looking for something new to make for the potluck at work or annual famjam!
Here are some easy holiday recipes that you can create that will impress your friends and family!
1. Holiday Citrus Punch
Having a party and you’re in charge of drinks? This blend will be a crowd pleaser and has a citrusy punch taste!
- 2 cups of bottled pear nectar
- 4 cups of orange juice (from blood orange or regular orange juice)
- 2 chips of chilled club soda
- 1 cup of light rum (optional)
- Orange slices
- Grab a large punch bowl and pour the pear nectar and orange juice into the bowl.
- Before serving the drink, add the chilled club soda and light rum into the mix
- Add the orange slices and ice to top everything off!
For more information: http://www.marthastewart.com/275508/holiday-punch-recipes#198883
2. Snowman Cookie Balls
These cookie balls are almost too cute to eat. This recipe doesn’t require any baking and takes less than an hour to prepare!
- Oreo cookies
- 3 tablespoons of brick cream cheese
- 9 oz. of white baking chocolate
- Decorating frosting and/or gels
- Finely, crush approximately 10 Oreo cookies
- Mix the remaining Oreo cookies with the cream cheese
- Roll the mixture into approximately 15 balls
- Melt the white baking chocolate
- Dip the balls in the chocolate
- Place the dipped balls onto Oreo cookies (non-crushed)
- Allow the balls to dry for a few minutes
- Decorate them!!
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm
For more information: http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/melting-snowmen-oreo-cookie-163980.aspx
3. Cranberry Brie Crostini
When the main course is not ready yet but everyone is already starving, appetizers are essential to any holiday party. This crostini would be a perfect snack before the main entree!
- Baguette slices
- Brie cheese
- Whole berry cranberry sauce
- Top the baguette slices with the lots of Brie and a spoon full of cranberry sauce
For more information: http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/new-years/g1562/crostini/?slide=11
4. Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Don’t have much time to make cookies from scratch? Easy, with this quick recipe, they would think that you actually baked cookies from scratch!
- 1 box of Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake mix
- 1/2 cup of butter (room temperature)
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cups of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cups of peppermint bits
- Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
- Stir the cake mix, butter, and eggs together
- Add the chocolate chips and 1/4 of the peppermint bits with the mix
- Divide the mixture into balls and place onto baking sheets
- Place the remaining peppermint bits and chocolate chips on the dough balls
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes
- Cool the cookies for a few minutes
For more information: http://www.yellowblissroad.com/5-ingredient-double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/
Happy Holidays and happy cooking!
Author: Fiona Lai
Fiona is a first year Computer Science student at Western University. She loves coffee and cakes, as well as sitting in aesthetic looking coffee shops.