Christmas is just about here and you are probably frantically trying to figure out what you are going to make for exciting Christmas desserts. No doubt you want to pick out something that is going to be tasty, but finding something that can be fun for everyone in the family is definitely a great idea. So, when you are choosing your desserts, make sure that you consider the taste, the way the desserts look, and of course make sure that they are family oriented.
In fact, as you are choosing and making holiday desserts this holiday season, you may want to go with choices that will allow everyone in the family to get involved. Kids often enjoy getting involved with the Christmas baking, and if you can find some recipes that they can help out with, no doubt you'll all have a great time together preparing tasty treats for the holiday season. If you are not sure where to begin or what to prepare, here are several great holiday dessert ideas that you may want to give a try.
Fun Christmas Wreaths
If you want a simple recipe that everyone can help with, these fun Christmas wreath cookies are easy to make and fun for the kids to decorate. Of course they are tasty and enjoyable for eating as well.
All you'll need is a cup of butter, making sure it is softened, two egg yolks, 2/3 cups of sugar, ½ tsp of almond extract, and then 2.25 cups of flour. Mix all the ingredients together except the flour until well mixed. Then add in the flour slowly.
Put the dough that you make into a cookie press or a pastry bag. You'll squeeze out the dough into the shapes of wreaths on a cookie sheet. After you have the wreaths on the cookie sheet, then let your kids decorate them. Have them sprinkle the wreaths with plenty of green sprinkles, and then add little red hots to them at the bottom to look like b berries.
They are to be baked at 375 for between 7-9 minutes. Then allow them to cool f or 5 minutes before putting them on wire racks for cooling.
Cool Christmas Cutouts
Cutout cookies are traditionally known as Christmas cookies, and they are favorites with kids and adults alike. The whole family can have a great time mixing up and making the cutout cookies.
To make these cookies, you'll need two cups of softened butter, an 8oz pack of cream cheese that is softened, two cups of sugar, two egg yolks, one tsp of vanilla, and 4.5 cups of flour. You'll cream the cream cheese and butter together and then add the egg yolks, the vanilla, and the sugar and mix it all together well. Then begin adding in the flour. Before you can go any further, you'll need to chill the dough for a couple hours.
After the dough has chilled, begin rolling out the dough. Roll it out to between ¼ and ½ inch thickness. Use various cookie cutters to cut out shapes and then place them on a baking sheet. They should bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until they are set. Just make sure that you don't choose shapes that are easily breakable.
After you bake the cookies, allow them to totally cool. Then mix up a nice butter cream icing, and add colorings so you can decorate the cookies. For stars, blue is a great choice, red is great for stockings, and of course green for Christmas trees. The whole family can help out, and once they are done, you are sure to enjoy eating these tasty holiday treats together.
Fun and Simple Baklava
Does your family love the taste of baklava? If so, you may want to consider making it. However, it can be time consuming to make this treat. However, here is a very simple and quick way to get the baklava taste without all the trouble.
Purchase some miniature phyllo tart shells, which you'll find in the frozen food section. Get 3 packs of the 1.9 oz size ones. You'll also need to have two cups of walnuts, half a cup of butter, ¾ cup of honey, a tsp of lemon juice, a teaspoon of cinnamon that is ground, and then a quarter teaspoon of ground cloves.
Make sure that the nuts are finely chopped. You can let kids do this with a nut grinder or you can put them in a chopper to chop them up fine enough for this dessert. Then mix all of the ingredients, except the tart shells, together. Then take the mixture and fill each of the shells with them. Have the kids help you fill the tart shells to get them involved. Then put them in the fridge for about an hour. Take them out and you'll have a tasty treat that was simple to make but that has amazing taste.
Cool Gingerbread House
Finally, have you ever seen one of those cool gingerbread houses and thought they were just too difficult to make? Well, we found this great video that shows how simple they really are. Enjoy and happy baking: