28 Nov DIY Festive Holiday Desserts
The holiday season is here and we understand how much there is to get done between decorating the tree and wrapping the presents with bows. Keep up the sugar rush with these simple and festive desserts you can use to wow your guests!
Candy Cane Cheesecake- http://cookingarena.info/top-10-christmas-dessert-recipes/3/
Directions: Preheat your oven to 325º and grease an 8″ or 9″ springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.
Make the cheesecake filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, then sour cream, flour, peppermint extract, and salt. Gently fold in the crushed candy canes.
Make crust: In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Press the mixture into a prepared pan. Pour filling over crust. Bake until center of cheesecake only slightly jiggles, about 1 hour 30 minutes. (If you want to bake the cheesecake in a water bath, wrap the bottom of pan and place in a deep baking pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come up halfway in the baking pan.) Turn off heat, prop open oven door, and let cheesecake cool in the oven, 1 hour, then remove aluminum foil and refrigerate cheesecake in a pan until firm, at least 5 hours and up to overnight.
Add whipped cream along the border of the cheesecake and sprinkle with crushed candy canes for a festive finish!
Christmas Light Cupcakes – http://cookingarena.info/top-10-christmas-dessert-recipes/4/
Directions: Line a muffin tin with liners.
Make chocolate cupcakes according to package directions. Let cool completely.
Make cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In another bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. Gently fold in whipped cream.
Transfer to a piping bag or large Ziploc bag. Frost the cupcakes, making sure they are all a good height. Trace a black line around the frosting with decorating gel. Stick the M&Ms along the black line, imitating rainbow Christmas lights. Repeat to frost all 24 cupcakes.
Candy Cane Marshmallow Dippers – http://cookingarena.info/top-10-christmas-dessert-recipes/9/
Directions: Start by lining a small baking tray with parchment paper. Stick the straight side of the candy canes into the center of the marshmallows.
Dip marshmallows into melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Place on the prepared baking sheet and place into the refrigerator to harden for about 10 minutes.
Serve with warm hot chocolate!
Spread holiday cheer by making these while surrounded by loved ones! Wishing you and your family happy holidays!