Spending time cozied up by the fire, watching holiday movies, and baking magical treats in the kitchen are all great ways to make the holiday feel more nostalgic. Baking holiday dessert recipes during the holiday season is a wonderful way to connect with family and friends during the holiday break from Stratford Culinary School. Not to mention all the delicious treats you get to enjoy. Holiday treats also make wonderful gifts for coworkers, teachers, friends, or family. Next time you feel inspired to do some holiday baking, try some of these traditional, family-friendly recipes to get everyone in the spirit of the season! Anyone can join the fun – you won’t need a pastry degree to master these delicious bites of holiday heaven.
What could be more traditional during the holidays than decorating a gingerbread house? Kids and adults alike get their creative juices flowing building and decking the halls of a ginger-flavored abode. Some people keep it simple using store-bought houses, with all the candy decorations included, while others opt to make it from scratch. Culinary arts university students can put their pastry skills to good use by decorating the roof with elaborate icing details, while kids can have a blast using some of the candy to decorate, while eating the rest! We like to use Dots, peppermints, gum drops, Twizzlers, and sprinkles, just to name a few, as great candy options. If you’re short on time, you can use graham crackers in place of the gingerbread and make mini-houses.
Perfect Sugar Cookies
Ah, sugar cookies. So simple and yet so delicious. There are many different ways to have fun with sugar cookies. Traditional sugar cookie cut outs are a fun and festive way to get the kids involved. They can roll out the dough, pick out their favorite cookie cut out shapes, and decorate with a variety of icings and candies. Another fun way to serve these tasty treats is to bake them on a popsicle stick to create cookie lollipops. Sugar cookie dough can be made up to three months in advance and stored in the freezer until you are ready to bake!
Who doesn’t love fudge at during the holidays or anytime of the year, right? Fudge is so decadent and easy to make, that’s what makes it such a favorite around the holidays. You can use milk chocolate or white chocolate as the base flavor. Then, have fun with this holiday dessert by playing with spices and extracts. If you are making chocolate fudge, try using mint extract in place of vanilla. Or if you are making white chocolate fudge, add some spices like nutmeg and allspice for a gingerbread fudge. Another fun play on fudge is adding cookie pieces, nuts or sprinkles to the batter.
Truffles make such a beautiful treat to give as gifts or enjoy for yourself. They can be made many different ways using a variety of ingredients. Peppermint and chocolate truffles with crushed candy canes, raspberry chocolate truffles, gingerbread truffles made with white chocolate and warm spices, oreo truffles, and salted caramel truffles are all delectable choices. These make a great activity for the whole family. While adults put their muscle into mixing all the ingredients, kids can roll them up, put them on candy sticks, dip them into chocolate and sprinkle on the toppings.
Brownies are a favorite dessert that can be enjoyed by both children and adults year round. For the holidays, try spicing things up a little. You can add peppermint extract or spices such as nutmeg and ginger to give them a festive, holiday flavor. Another fun option is to cut them up into tree shapes, and get the kiddos involved decorating them like little trees, using green frosting, candy decorations, and peppermint sticks for the stem. If your in a time crunch, you can use a boxed brownie mix. Otherwise, put your culinary arts degree to good use and showcase your best recipe creation.