Holiday Recipes

Grace Blitz, Reporter

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Over the winter season, family and friends gather for the holidays and are often brought together by the one thing that all humans love. Food. Cookies, cake, festive snacks and drinks are delicious around the holidays. Here are two recipes you can enjoy when you get together for some cheer with family and friends. 

 

Sugar Cookies

 

Easy and quick to make, sugar cookies are always a fun dessert to bake and decorate for the holidays. To make the cookies, you’ll need: 

 

2 ¾ cups flour

1 ½ cups white sugar

1 egg

1 cup softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder 

 

-makes 48 cookies-

 

Preheat oven to 375° (F). Stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl. In a separate larger bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in with the dry ingredients, a little at a time. When mixed, make dough into balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes (or until browned) and let cool. If desired, frost and decorate!

 

Christmas Crackle

 

No holiday get-together is complete without some yummy snacks. A perfect combination of salty and sweet, this is an ideal option to serve during a gift exchange or game night. Here’s what you need to serve Christmas Crackle:

 

3 cups Cheerios

3 cups Rice Chex

3 cups Wheat Chex

2 cups Corn Chex

1 cup pretzel sticks

2-3 cups M&Ms

24 oz white chocolate, plus an extra 4-8 oz if needed

 

-makes 12 servings-

 

In a large bowl, combine the Cheerios, Chex, pretzels and M&Ms. Mix them up a bit, making sure that everything is evenly distributed. Meanwhile, over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate according to the directions on the package. Once the chocolate has melted and is a smooth consistency, drizzle the chocolate over the cereal mix and combine with a wooden spoon or hands. Make sure all the cereal is covered in chocolate. If you need to melt the extra white chocolate to cover all the mix then go right ahead! Once the entire batch has been combined, lay it out to dry on a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Let dry for one hour so the chocolate is cooled and hardened. Break it up into medium pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

When you need some holiday food, check out these two recipes and enjoy!