5 Favorite Christmas Desserts to Impress Your Family

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The struggle to come up with Christmas food ideas is real, especially if you’re not a seasoned chef.  And if you’re looking to impress, it’s easy to get way over your head with desserts in particular. However, there are some very simple Christmas favorites that will get your family saying “yum” with just a few ingredients and steps. Here are our top five faves.

1.   Eggnog Fudge

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Combining two holiday favorites, you’ll love this Christmas-only treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup eggnog
  • 13 oz. package white chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 8 oz. jar marshmallow cream

 

How to Make:

  1. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, boil the sugar, butter, and eggnog together. Stir frequently for 8-10 minutes after boil starts.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in white chocolate chips, nutmeg, and marshmallow cream until well blended and chocolate is melted.
  3. Pour in small pan lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cool at room temperature and then cut into squares or large pieces.

 

2.   Mint Cookies

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Cookies are expected, but when you don’t have an oven to work with, you can still make something deliciously Christmas.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. baking chocolate
  • 3 drops of peppermint extract (found in spice aisle)
  • 1 package Ritz crackers

 

How to Make:

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave and stir in extract.
  2. Make rows of Ritz crackers on baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
  3. Cover and spread chocolate on Ritz crackers and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

 

3.   Christmas Chocolate Bark

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Triple the punch with three different kinds in one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 2-3 candy canes, crushed

 

How to Make:

  1. Chop chocolate very finely and separate into individual bowls.
  2. Melt bittersweet chocolate using a microwave safe bowl and pour and spread onto a small, rectangular pan or dish lined with parchment paper.
  3. Cool for 15 minutes in the freezer.
  4. Repeat steps for semisweet and white chocolate by making new layers on top of the one before it and freezing each time so it does not run.
  5. While white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

 

4.   Christmas Cake Balls

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Cake balls are all the rage, but you don’t need a fancy maker. Create them the easy way with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cake mix (your choice)
  • Red or green frosting
  • Holiday-themed sprinkles

 

How to Make:

  1. Prepare cake mix by directions on box.
  2. Crumble warm cake in a bowl until soft again and form into balls using a melon baller, cookie scoop, or your hands.
  3. Warm frosting in microwave until somewhat runny. Drop in cake balls and cover. Use a fork to transfer onto a plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Cool in the fridge for 2-4 hours or until frosting is hard.
  5. Add sprinkles.

 

5.   Nutella Cheesecake

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Nutella is great all year round, but cheesecake is especially amazing during the holidays. This recipe is almost too easy to be true!

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • 1¼ cup white sugar
  • 13 oz. jar of Nutella
  • 1 crust of your choice (chocolate graham cracker is recommended)

 

How to Make:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar till mixed.
  2. Use a blender to stir in Nutella.
  3. Pour and spread evenly onto crust.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.

 

Easy Holiday Recipes for College Students

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With the holiday season coming up, it’s no surprise that you’ll be wanting a few holiday treats to snack on in the dorm.  Since you can’t have Mom’s home baked goods when you’re in college, you’ll have to come up with another way to get them–either hit up a grocery store or try your own hand at baking.  Not everyone is meant to be a master baker, but these recipes are so simple that anyone will be able to do them.

1. Three Ingredient Butter Cookies

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What’s better than a cookie recipe that only requires butter, brown sugar, and flour?

2.  Christmas Crunch

Among the easiest recipes out there, this yummy snack can probably be made with things you already have stocked up in your dorm.

3.  Eggnog Dip

This Eggnog Dip, delicious and simple, comes together easily and is perfect for holiday parties!

This sweet dip would be perfect for parties and gatherings.  Pair it with anything from sweet cookies to salty pretzels.

What are you looking forward to baking up this holiday season?