It can be stressful hosting any dinner party, even a Christmas one! So here are some tips for delicious desserts that you can offer that are quick and easy to make.
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1. Candy Cane Fudge
For this treat you’ll need to line a 20 cm square baking pan in aluminium foil and grease it. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 (300 gram) packets of vanilla baking chips and 1 (400 gram) can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir regularly until it’s almost melted, after remove from the heat and stir until smooth.
When the chips have melted completely stir in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract, 1 dash of red or green food colouring and 1 1/2 cups of crushed candy canes. Spread it evenly in the bottom on the square pan, let it chill for 2 hours and then cut into squares.
2. Festive Sugar Cookies
Start by sifting together 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and put aside. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of white sugar until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of sour cream until blended.
Then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it set overnight. Afterwards preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. On a floured surface roll the dough out to a 7 mm thickness. Cut out the desired shapes with cookies cutters, preferably ones with a Christmas theme. Place the pieces 4cm apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes and allow them to chill before serving.
3. Penguin Cake Pops
For this recipe start by making your own cake pops, you can find a recipe online. Roll them into an oval shape and attach them to lollipop sticks. Then dip the pops into white candy melts and let it dry in a block of Styrofoam. With a tooth pick draw on black lines with the black candy melts, almost in the shape of a heart. Before the lines have dried dip the right, left and back side into the black melts.
Now add on white star sprinkles for the feet with tweezers and the white candy melts as glue. Use the black melts for the eyes by applying tiny dots with a tooth pick and for the nose glue on an orange sprinkle. For the earmuffs cut candy straws and add a small amount of melts where the muffs will be added. Attach a candy straw and 2 jumbo heart or star sprinkles for the muffs.
4. North Pole Cupcakes
Start by preheating the oven to 180° C and line a cupcake pan with red and white paper liners. In a large bowl stir in ¾ cup of sugar, 1 ½ cups of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder and ½ tsp of salt. Then add in ½ cup of oil, ½ cup of milk, 2 eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla essence until creamy and smooth. Bake for 15 minutes and let to cool when complete.
Frost the cupcakes with vanilla icing and sprinkle them with white sprinkles. Take a candy cane and break the curved part off. Insert the cane in the centre of the cupcake slightly tilted. Place a small red candy on the top of the cane and use the frosting for glue. Secure a small North Pole flag on the cane also using frosting.
Christmas deserts don’t have to be difficult and tedious to make! So next time you’re wandering what to serve at your bash why not look through this list of delicious treats.