Holiday recipes

Holiday break is one of the most favorite school breaks in high school history. You got Christmas Day, and a full 13 days of break to do whatever you want.

Some people have their entire break planned out, but others don’t have a clue. Here’s an idea! Create and bake some holiday treats to get you in the mood for the holidays! Here’s a list of 3 holiday foods to make on break.

  1. GingerBread House

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut out the paper patterns for the gingerbread house template:
  • Roll gingerbread dough out to edges on a large, rimless cookie sheet. Place paper patterns onto the rolled out dough. With a sharp, straight edged knife, cut around each of the pieces, but leave pieces in place.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes until dough feels firm.
  • Place patterns on top of the gingerbread again and trim shapes, cutting edges with a straight-edged sharp knife. Leave to cool on baking sheet.
  • Place royal icing into pastry bag with a writing tip and press out to decorate individual parts of house, piping on decorations, windows, door, etc., as desired. Let dry until hardened.
  • Glue sides, front and back of house together at corners using royal icing.
    Glue the two roof pieces to the pitched roofline of the house. Then, similarly, glue the sides and roof of the entryway together with icing. Attach the entryway to the front of the house.
  • Continue decorating the house, gluing on gumdrops, licorice and peppermint, as desired. 
  1.  Peppermint Lollipops

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • Red and/or green paste food coloring
  • 10 lollipop sticks
  • Crushed peppermint candies, optional

Directions

  • Butter 10 assorted metal cookie cutters and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in oil, keeping face away from mixture as odor is very strong.
  • For each color of candy swirls, pour 1/4 cup sugar mixture into a ramekin or custard cup; tint red or green.
  • Immediately pour remaining sugar mixture into prepared cookie cutters.
  • Drizzle with colored mixtures as desired; cut through with a toothpick to swirl.
  • Remove cutters just before lollipops are set; firmly press a lollipop stick into each.
  • Sprinkle peppermint candies over tops if desired.

 

  1.  Mini Apple Crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 cup crushed raw almonds
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
    FILLING:
  • 3 unpeeled medium apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix the first four ingredients. In a large bowl, combine almonds and oats; toss with butter mixture until well coated. Press 2 tablespoons onto bottoms of six greased 6-ounce ramekins.
  • For filling, combine apples, sugar, lemon juice and pie spice. Spoon filling evenly into ramekins.
  • Top with remaining oat mixture.
  • Bake until topping is dark golden brown and fruit is tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve warm; if desired, top with ice cream. 

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