It’s that time of the year where the streets are cold and freezing, creative decorations are the main attractions, flickering lights are everywhere, and meal preparations are the talk of the town. Yep, we are in the holiday season! Can you already feel the holiday spirit? Have you had your gifts prepared or your meal course for the day? Don’t worry; there’s still time to prepare.
In this season, you’ll find it common to see people rushing in and out of stores to buy things that they will be needing come the anticipated thanksgiving and yuletide season. You will see sales from stores on almost all items, including appliances, home decor, even meal ingredients. Indeed, there is no way that everyone will just let this season pass without any good memories of it.
What’s more memorable is the food that you’ll share with your loved ones. It is one of many traditions that we consider significant in the holidays. Whether your preparations are glamourous or just a simple meal, it is the sentiment and joy of preparing it that makes it even special. Here are some desserts fit for this holiday season.
1. Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge
It is no doubt that the holiday season will surely indulge our sweet tooth, and one way of satisfying ourselves is through a cinnamon-chocolate fudge. This easy to make dessert is a combination of sweet and satisfactory. All you need are the following: sweetened condensed milk, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, chocolate chips, unsalted butter, and salt.
Mix all the ingredients until the chocolate chips are melted, and the mixture is thick. After this, in a pan with parchment paper, pour the mixture and refrigerate for two hours. Finally, remove the mixture from the pan, cut it to your desired size, and enjoy it!
2. Homemade Acorn Squash
Eating healthy should not be forgotten even during the holiday season, and the ideal recipe is a baked acorn squash stuffed with diced apples, dried fruit and nuts. This recipe is perfect for those who are into eating healthy and still want to savor the holidays. Acorn squash is also suitable for kids because it’s yummy and nutritious.
Homemade acorn squash is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and can protect against chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes. Not only does it add color to your holiday menu, but it can also promote overall health for your family.
3. Traditional English Trifle
English trifle is a classic dessert found on most British holiday tables. It’s like their gift to the rest of the world. With its delectable layers and delicious taste, you would always ask for more. You need to soak a sponge cake in fruit juice, a layer of creamy custard, and whipped cream to make your trifle. Chill for a few minutes and enjoy it.
4. Classic Sour Cream Cheesecake
Cakes have always been part of our holiday table, especially cheesecakes. But you can also have your style of making cheesecakes! How about topped with cherry pie filling?
This recipe will surely put a twist on a classic cheesecake recipe. For the cheesecake crust, prepare confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, and graham cracker crumbs. Mix and pack it firmly on a pan.
For the filling, prepare granulated sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix all the ingredients in an electric mixer and pour into the graham crust. Then, add the topping, a mixture of sour cream, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and cherry pie filling. Put in the oven and wait for it to cool.
Now you have your classic sour cream cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling!
5. Turtle Candies
Turtle candies are easy to make, and all you need are three ingredients! This classic mouthwatering treat will surely make kids and kids at heart spend most of the day indulging themselves. Prepare pecans, caramels, and semisweet chocolate. In a tray, arrange the pecans facing different directions. Then add melted caramel and melted chocolate on top of each other. Chill for at least 30 minutes, and you’re done!
6. Salted Caramel Pie
Ahh, yes, pies. Pies are desserts that fit all occasions and will surely make you drool, especially if it’s a salted caramel pie. To make this luscious dessert, you need to prepare graham cracker crumbs, melted unsalted butter, light brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, fleur de sel, heavy cream, and confectioners’ sugar.
To make the pie crust, mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and light brown sugar in a food processor. Afterward, press the mixture into your pan and bake for 10 minutes. For the caramel filling, pour the condensed milk into a glass baking dish and sprinkle it with fleur de sel. Cover the baking dish with foil, place it in a pan with water, then bake for two hours.
Then, mix the heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar into the mixer to make the whipped cream topping. Finally, scrape the caramel filling on top of the crust and chill. Add the whipped cream topping afterward. Enjoy!
All blessings, whether big or small, are appreciated in times of the holiday season. Even a simple celebration is enough for people that value it. What’s more important is the moment we share with our loved ones that will last throughout the ages.