Holiday

Kelly Senyei

Christmas Brownies

Add a seasonal spin to a dessert classic with a quick and easy recipe for festive Christmas Brownies studded with semisweet chocolate chips and candied cherries.  

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a crowd-pleasing pan of brownies. But I’m skipping the squares and bypassing the bars with a fun new Christmas-inspired take on this traditional favorite. And it all starts by transforming a little melted butter and chocolate into the fudgy base of these brownies.

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Next comes the festive add-ins, including candied cherries and semisweet chocolate chips. I decided to take the flavor up another notch by stirring in 2 teaspoons of espresso powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to really bring out the rich flavor of the chocolate.

Christmas Brownies Recipe

And the real beauty of this recipe is that the brownies are baked in a 15×10-inch pan, which makes them the perfect base shape for slicing into triangles. Simply slice the pan of brownies in half length-wise (down the center) and then slice at a diagonal to form 22 “trees” with four edges as scraps. And by “scraps,” I mean “the parts you eat while decorating the brownies.”

Christmas Brownies Recipe

Transfer each tree to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then melt 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, stirring until they are smooth. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip off the tip and drizzle the chocolate across each tree. A shower of sprinkles completes these sweet treats.

Christmas Brownies Recipe

Ready to wow holiday guests? Preheat your oven for Christmas Brownies and give Christmas cookies some serious competition in the holiday dessert department.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

With the colder weather moving in, ’tis the season for cozy warm drinks. Given how much I love hot cocoa (I just created a hot cocoa bar in my dining room.), I’m always looking for creative ways to make this delightful drink even more special for me and my guests.

One way to change up classic hot cocoa is to substitute white chocolate for milk chocolate. Inspired to try such a creamy white version, I turned to this recipe from BHG.

Although I have my own white chocolate cocoa recipe, I really like this one because it incorporates cinnamon, nutmeg, and almond extract. These are some of my favorite flavors of the season.

As much as I love this recipe, I decided to give it my own twist for the holidays by spiking it. I had fun experimenting.

First off, was Marshmallow Vodka. (Yes.there really is such a thing!). It was wonderful. But be warned, since it’s vodka it’s going to be a little stronger tasting.

Another delicious liqueur to try is RumChata. This is a cream liqueur that is made with Caribbean rum, real dairy, vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices. As you can imagine, these flavors blend really well with the white hot chocolate.

Finally, a splash of peppermint schnapps is another tasty addition. Peppermint is a traditional flavor of the season, and it goes really well with this recipe. Plus, you can garnish the whole drink with a candy cane to make it look picture perfect!

Again, you can get the recipe for this White Hot Chocolate here.

Do you enjoy hot cocoa during the holidays? How do you vary this cold-weather classic to make it extra special for this time of year?

Cheers!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm


BHG Guest Blogger

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a Holiday classic, and this version, with a hint of Orange and Hazelnut, are sure to become a yearly tradition!

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

Hey there, Delish Dish readers!  I’m Allie and I usually blog over at Baking a Moment.  I’m a mom of two and I just love spending time in my kitchen, baking up scrumptious desserts for my loved ones to enjoy.

Now that the holidays are upon us, all I want to do is cozy up and make cookies.  When I spotted this recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens website, it instantly brought back so many memories.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

There’s something about that soft and chewy chocolate interior, with its slightly crisp and crackly crust, that’s just so nostalgic.  You’ve probably enjoyed this kind of cookie many times before, but this version offers a little something different to tease your tastebuds.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

I’m always a fan of cooking and baking seasonally, so I took the original recipe and added in the zest of one clementine.  I also cut back the flour to just 1 1/2 cups, and swapped in 3/4 cup of finely ground hazelnuts for a bit of a nutty bite.  Two tablespoons of hazelnut liqueur intensifies the wintry flavor, and I also replaced the demerara sugar coating with powdered (aka: confectioner’s) sugar, for a soft and snowy effect.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

The cookies came out just as perfectly as I remembered them always being, but with a seasonal flavor that my whole family really enjoyed!

 


Grace Wenzel

Friday Finds 3.14

Hello again, Delish Dish-ers! Spring is in the air here at BHG. Finally the weather seems to be cooperating just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Full disclosure, I am not Irish, but I grew up in a very Irish community in small town Illinois so I have full respect for this holiday. Really, I’m all for any holiday that I can wear green (I look really good in green). Here are some of my favorite St. Paddy’s Day recipes from the blogger community. Enjoy!

I found this Green Ombre Cake from i am baker and fell in love!

While Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally an English dish, the Irish also reclaimed it and made it their own. Check out this great Shepherd’s Pie from Sips and Spoonfuls.

The day after St. Patrick’s Day might call for this Green Monster Smoothie from Shugary Sweets. I love the bright green color!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your parties, try this healthy and colorful Fruit Skewers recipe from Get Creative Juice.

Luckily, everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day which means we all deserve a kiss! Check out this fun cake from Studio DIY!

I hope your “Irish eyes are smiling” this holiday!

Bloggers, would you like your recipes to be included in our Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here: BHG.com/BHGinsiders. And don’t forget to tweet at @BHG with your best recipes! We can’t wait to see!

Warmly,

Grace Wenzel, Social Media Editorial Assistant


Erin Gleeson

Warm Brie with Fig & Pistachio Tapenade

Every Christmas Eve, my parents host an open house with appetizers and cocktails. It’s one of my favorite annual gatherings- friends and family stop by all evening. Every year, we make some type of baked brie, and this year we are serving this recipe with a fig and pistachio tapenade, yum! It’s easy to make ahead and it’s so delicious that guests will devour it! I often make and serve it in a mini cast iron pan so that the cheese stays melted longer  once it’s out of the oven. I sprinkle mine with Maldon sea salt for a sweet/salty kick.

This recipe and many others are in the Better Homes & Gardens “Holiday Recipes” magazine, on newsstands now. Several of my fellow Delish Dish bloggers also share some fantastic recipe ideas.

My warmest wishes to you and your families this holiday season!

xo,

Erin

 

Get the recipe for this Warm Brie with Fig and Pistachio Tapenade here. 

 


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Peppermint Dream Cake

‘Tis the season for holiday baking. I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to turn my oven into a cookie baking machine. With Christmas just two weeks away, it’s time to let the flour fly and crank out some delicious homemade goodies.

Before baking cookies, however, I just had to have something sweet and pepperminty. This craving surprised me because, in the past, peppermint wasn’t one of my favorite flavors when it comes to dessert.

To satisfy my craving, I decided to try my hand at this recipe for Peppermint Dream Cake. It looked and sounded delicious and I already had most of the ingredients in my pantry.

 

It was fun putting this cake together. I especially enjoyed the frosting recipe. I’m accustomed to making icing that consists of butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar, so it was nice to give something new a try. This particular frosting is very light, but still full of flavor.

To make this cake a show stopper, I decided to get creative with the decorations. I used some white chocolate and made a winter wonderland of trees.

The trees are very simple to make. To start, melt some white chocolate in a double boiler. Once the chocolate is nice and smooth, pour it into a plastic baggie, snip off a tiny piece of the corner of the bag, and pipe some trees onto wax paper. (The thicker you can get the lines, the better. This will lessen the likelihood of breakage.) Once the chocolate has hardened, tuck the trees into your icing.

These adorable little trees really make this cake special.

If you want to make this cake, you can find the recipe here.

Have you started your holiday baking? What’s you’re favorite sweet treat of the season?

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm