November 14, 2018

5 Amazing & Sweet Christmas Treats

Maybe it’s too early to crank up the Christmas tunes, put up the lights and make eggnog, but it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas sweets assortment! From traditional sugar cookies to international Christmas sweets, this year you’ll have a busy and merry baking shop right at your home. All of these amazing treats are cute, tasty, sweet and bad for your figure, but who cares - it’s Christmas! Take a look at what we have for you this holiday season.

Sugar cookies
Sometimes, the simplest things are the best! All you need for this Christmas treat is sugar, flour, butter and eggs and plenty of creativity to give these cookies a festive look. You can get interesting cookie cutters and frosting in basically any store, so don’t hesitate to serve Rudolph the Reindeer, little Christmas trees, baubles, candy canes and many others. You can even grab a bag of marshmallows, stack them on your cookie and create cute little snowmen! These are much tastier than the real snowmen and you can make them in the warm comfort of your home.

Christmas bark
If you happen to have some leftover chocolate from Halloween, you’re in luck! Transform it into a special gourmet Christmas treat everyone will love. Grab a baking sheet, melt different kinds of chocolate (mixing dark, milk and white chocolate allows you to create all sorts of amazing patterns and designs), pour them on your sheet and let your imagination fly wild! Top your chocolate block with different toppings like dried fruit, nuts and seeds, wait until it cools and break it into bark-looking pieces. These Christmas bark chocolates can also double as a Christmas gift to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Ice cream
It’s never a bad time to have ice cream, not even on Christmas, especially when you can have festive flavors! Just make sure to get a big tub from one of your favorite ice cream retailers and you’ll be set all through the holidays. There’s no flavor to your liking in stores? Get plain vanilla or chocolate and add a few personal touches to the ice cream. Mix it with various ingredients you like (ginger cookies, dark chocolate flakes or a holiday sprinkle mix) and create your own unique Christmas flavor. This is a Christmas treat both kids and adults will love to make and gobble up!

Rum cake
If you want something a bit more exotic, why not give rum cake a try? This Caribbean Christmas treat is a real fruity delight that will make all your guests feeling relaxed and merry! There are different recipes online, but the original one is made with rum and dried fruit soaked in rum for months before the cake preparation. The dough is made with caramelized sugar and baked until brown at the top and beautiful golden in the middle. Unfortunately, kids will have to skip this treat (there’s a lot of rum in there) and even adults who have too much of this Christmas cake can experience intoxication-  so no driving if you eat the whole thing!

If you want to impress your guests with your sophisticated Christmas treat menu, opt for pandoro. This traditional Italian Christmas cake was created in the 19th century and its look hasn’t changed ever since Angelo Dall’Oca Bianca, an impressionist painter, designed its beautiful star shape. This wonderful sponge with a festive scent of vanilla and butter will impress even the pickiest of guests, especially if you cover the cake with icing sugar. Pro tip: if pandoro is too plain for you, serve covered with Tuaca-Mascarpone Cream, Nutella, eggnog or rum!

Once you settle on your holiday treat menu, all you have to do is gather your family and have yourself a merry (and sweet) little Christmas!

Guest Post by: Peter Minkoff

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design,  he worked from many local fashion companies as a trend forecaster. Beside fashion, he loves traveling and roaming through vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his own styling business.

Thanks a lot for this article Peter!

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