This holiday season you may want to show your baking and pastry arts skills off to colleagues, friends and family. After all, when you attend a holiday party or pot luck, odds are one or two other people will bring cookies or brownies. So this year go above and beyond by concocting some less common festive treats. While some of them may take a little more finesse and prep time, it’ll be worth it to show up with a truly individual dish. Here are four treats you can make at home for the winter season:
1. Candy canes
Candy canes are a classic treat around the holidays. Not only are they festive and colorful, but they can be used for decoration. What’s more, you can make these seasonal treats any color you’d like, so if you’re bored of the traditional white and red combo, you can easily switch it up. This candy cane recipe from the Food Network can be made in about half an hour.
Making homemade doughnuts or doughnut holes can be a bit messy, but the results are definitely worth it. There’s nothing like a fresh doughnut, and when you make them at home you can easily decorate them as you please. Whether you love a simple glaze or an elaborate design of frosting and sprinkles, homemade doughnuts are sure to make a splash next time you host a party or attend a potluck. Here is a simple doughnut hole recipe from Just a Taste.
3. Caramel apples
Although most people associate caramel apples with the fall, these treats can be enjoyed year round. With so many varieties of apples, this fruit is in season from August to November and has a great shelf life. More common types of apples, such as granny smith and red delicious, can be found in most grocery stores for most of the year.
4. Peppermint brittle
Peppermint brittle might seem tricky to make, but in actuality it’s quick and easy to cook up this holiday treat. The actual process of making the brittle only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and then you just have to wait for it to cool. To make this dessert truly homemade, make the candy canes from scratch rather than opt for store-bought ones. Here is a recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com.