Thursday, November 29, 2012

25 Days of Easy Holiday Dessert Recipes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Myrtle Beach!  The store parking lots are full of cars as shoppers are finding the perfect gifts for friends and family, twinkling lights from Christmas trees are a glow in the windows of homes, and when you turn on the radio, you can search the stations to find your favorite Christmas song you've been longing to hear since last year.  There is nothing that ushers in the Holiday Season more than wonderful smells of your favorite holiday delicacies that delight the senses and bring back wonderful memories of Christmases past. 

Would you like to bake but just don't have the time?  With all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, here are 25 quick and easy recipe ideas that will get you into the Holiday Spirit without requiring hours in the kitchen!  You may see an easier version of your holiday favorite or find a new recipe to begin a new Christmas tradtion.

12 Easy Desserts
Five-Minute Fudge Wreath
Cowboy Cookies
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Grandma Hiers' Carrot Cake
Simple Holiday Bark
Knock-You-Naked Brownies
No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes
Chocolate Volcano Cake
Pecan Toffee Tassies
Old Fashioned Apple Pie
Sweet Dessert Panini
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

12 Easy Low-Calorie Desserts 
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Angel Food Cake
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
Semolina Crema
Raspberry Tart
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Christmas Strawberries
Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Greek Yogurt with Oranges and Mint
Ginger Angel Food Cake
Leftover Pie Dough Cookies
Chocolate Macaroons

1 Family Favorite Dessert

Peanut Buttercup Cookies

1 package Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough frozen
36 Reese's miniature peanut butter cups unwrapped

Slice frozen dough into 9 sections. Quarter each section. Roll each quarter into a ball and drop into mini muffin pan. (If the muffin pan is not Teflon, lightly grease before placing dough into pan). Bake as the package instructs. Immediately after taking pan out of the oven, press a Reese's miniature peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. Let cool slightly before trying to remove. For best results, take the edge of a very thin knife and slide around the edges. Let the chocolate re-harden and then stack in an airtight container.   Store in cool area or freeze.

Variations:  If you have a favorite peanut butter cookie dough recipe, use that instead! You can also try using sugar cookie dough if you don't like peanut butter.

If you are coming to Myrtle Beach this Christmas, stop in the Official Myrtle Beach Welcome Center for discounts on tickets, shows, and other area attractions (and maybe a sample of your favorite recipe - Please!)  Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

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