Biancaa Modi –
This time of year is just great. Sadly, it’s also this time of year when I get yelled at the most for attempting to bake as I strive to be the next Master chef. So, speaking from my experience (or lack of), here’s some of my favorite winter/holiday time treats great for anyone to eat.
Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter-Nies
Almost like brownies- not quite. When I think winter, I think sweet butters, icings, and chocolates- and what’s better than having two out of three, in one. If you’re going to bake a hearty holiday treat, it’s all or nothing right? I would recommend these 11/10 times.
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- ⅓ cup Nutella
- Cream butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
- Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.
- Add flour and mix until combined.
- Press mixture into an 8×8 pan. Drop Nutella in spoonfuls on top of dough. Use a knife to swirl the Nutella into the dough.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 9 bars.
Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
A classic holiday staple for me. And when I say classic, I mean it’s the only thing I can bake without accidently burning. Plus, they really are healthy and easy to make- and a treat for all my vegans (or not vegans) out there.
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or ¼ cup honey)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons blanched almond flour for finishing
- 1 tablespoon jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine first three dry ingredients
- Incorporate coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla
- Form dough, roll into balls and coat in flour
- Slightly flatten ball, and create small indent
- Fill indentation with ¼ teaspoon of jam
- Bake 8-10 minutes
White Chocolate Bark
I personally am not allowed to use the oven when I’m home alone because apparently, I “can’t be trusted.” So, this treat is great anyone like me, or anyone who might be too lazy to use the oven, because this is festive, and wintry, but takes almost no effort. Not to mention, when decorating these tasty treats, you can use your mad designer skills.
Christmas Lights Chocolate Bark
- Mike and Ike’s Sour Apple or Green Fruit flavor
– almond M&Ms
- white chocolate chips or vanilla candy melts
green food gel
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth. Spoon a few small scoops into a small bowl; mix in the green food gel. Transfer the green colored chocolate to a small Ziploc bag; snip off a small corner.
- Spread the remaining melted white chocolate onto a baking sheet in a rectangular shape. Place the M&M candy as lights on the melted chocolate; pipe the green chocolate in a line, connecting the lights.
- Place in the refrigerator for 20 or so minutes to set. Break into pieces.