Christmas treats for the holidays

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It is the season to break all your diet rules and indulge in having some of the most delicious treats to keep you warm and give you the energy needed to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones.

Here you will find the easiest recipes for some of the most delicious treats that are pretty much everyone’s favourites!

1. Hot Chocolate

The best drink for doing two things: One, to instantly put you in a good mood. And two, to warm you up.

Hot Chocolate

All you need is:

– Milk (any kind you prefer)

– Cocoa powder (pick your favourite)

Cocoa powder (photo: cafezupas)

– Vanilla Extract

– Sugar

– A pinch of salt

Place the milk in a small pot and heat. Take off the stove before it boils and stir in your cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar and salt until evenly mixed.

Decorate with your favourite sweets! Marshmallows and peppermint candy canes are great options.

Hot Chocolate (photo: spoonuniversity)

2. Vanilla Latte

If your are not a chocolate person, we have something for you to indulge in. Vanilla Lattes can now be made in the convenience of your own kitchen!

(photo: apairofpears)

Ingredients:

– Brewed coffee

– Vanilla extract

(photo: mrshornerskitchen)

– Sugar

– Milk

Put milk, sugar and vanilla extract in a saucepan, then whisk at a fast speed to create a froth until the milk is warm. Pour over your brewed coffee and voilà!

Vanilla Latte (photo: purevg)

3. Gingerbread Loaf

Winter loves spices that bring warmth and comfort like ginger and nutmeg, making Gingerbread a great dessert to enjoy along with a cup of warm tea

Gingerbread Loaves (photo: pillsbury)

– 2 cups flour

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1½ teaspoons ginger

– ¾ teaspoon nutmeg

– ½ teaspoon salt

– ¼ cup sugar

– ½ cup molasses

– ½ cup butter, softened

– 2 eggs

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

two eggs (photo: thursdayagain)

 Preparation:

– Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.

– In a mixing bowl, pour flour, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg and salt and mix together then set aside.

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– In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, molasses, butter, eggs and vanilla, then stir until mixture is even.

– Add the flour mixture gradually, stirring just until blended after each addition.

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– Spoon the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 175 degrees for between 40-50 minutes.

– Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove to serve.

Gingerbread Loaf (photo: tinnedtomatoes)

4. Sugar Cookies

We can’t forget the little children, and the best way to treat them this holiday season is to bake them sugar cookies and let them unleash their imagination by custom decorating their own treats!

Sugar Cookies (photo: girlturnedgeek)

Follow this easy recipe. Most ingredients you’ll find at home:

– 3 cups flour

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1 cup unsalted butter

– 1 cup sugar

(photo: abountifulkitchen)

– 1 large egg

– 1 teaspoon vanilla powder

Preparation:

– In a bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.

– Beat together unsalted butter and sugar until evenly mixed, then add in the egg. Mix again, then add in vanilla.

(photo: cornbreadandheels)

– Gradually add in flour mixture at about a cup at a time. Mix until dough forms and begins to clump together.

– Gather up dough and knead it with hands until it’s nice and smooth. Roll it into a ball, wrap it with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge to chill for 20-40 minutes. You will want it to be kind of firm but not hard. If it’s too hard, leave the dough on the counter until it softens up.

– Bake at 175 degrees, it will take up anywhere from 7-15 minutes depending on the thickness and size of the cookies.

(photo: sweetpeaskitchen)