Fun Holiday Desserts!

From Natalie:

It’s been a busy couple of months but I am back and baking this time!  Krisann is definitely the baker of the crew but these two desserts are easy and really delicious so I thought I would post them.  You may want to try them for your holiday gathering, I did!

Ingredients:  Shortbread

(Adapted from http:familyfun.go,com/recipes/shortbread-cookies)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the ingredients together with your hands into a dough.  Divide into two sections. Put each half into an ungreased cake pan.  Flatten out and decorate with a fork as shown below:

One you have completed the decorative marks take a sharp knife and cut into wedges.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown.  Re-cut the wedges and let cool for about 30 minutes.  Then move carefully to a cooling rack.

Delicious warm with a cup of tea!  Enjoy!

Adorable Santa Hat Brownies:

We were looking for something fun to make for a little friendly competition at work and my colleague Emily found a recipe for these adorable “Santa Hats” online.  She found it on another wordpress site (daisyt13) but I changed the recipe somewhat.

Ingredients:

  • A batch of your favorite brownies
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Using a hand mixer, beat the butter and cheese until creamy.  Add the vanilla.  Add the sugar 1/2 cup at a time until the whole mixture is a creamy frosting. 

I used a mini cupcake tin for the brownies. With a pastry bag and a round decorating tip, make a circle of the frosting on top of the brownie.  Trim the strawberries so the top is flat.  Place the strawberry upside down on top of the ring of frosting.  Using the decorating tip, top off the strawberry with a frosting “pom-pom” for Santa’s hat. 

Really adorable on your holiday dessert table!

Wishing  all of you and your families a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!

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Posted on December 18, 2011, in Dessert, Dinners and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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