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Desserts with a Christmas twist

Christmas brownies
Christmas brownies
Marion Tomlinson

We all make so many goodies at Christmas time.  Many of these can be quite costly.  All of the special spices and candied fruit can add up.  Why not take a normal everyday dessert and give it a Christmas twist?  It is easy to do.  Use the flavors that say Christmas to you.

One example is to use your normal brownie recipe.  My go to recipe is one bowl brownies.  Add your flavors to the batter.  For a fruit flavor, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cherry juice and a small jar of maraschino or baking cherries chopped (my son's favorite).  For a mint flavor, add a 1/2 cup soft peppermint candy canes chopped.  For a Christmas favorite, add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.  Any of these flavors can take the brownie to a new level.

Another example would be using a pound cake recipe.  My favorite recipe is cream cheese pound cake.  There are many ingredients you could add to this batter.  Chopped nuts and cherries would be a nice addition.  A blend of your favorite Christmas spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger would work well.  My favorite idea is to butter or oil your Bundt pan well.  Mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon then pour the mix into the pan.  Shake it all around and make sure every crevice is covered.  Pour out any excess.  Pour in your batter and bake as directed.  When you take the cake out of the pan, it has this wonderful sweet cinnamon coating.  Make a glaze of powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a tablespoon of milk.  Drizzle this over the cake and you have a new Christmas favorite.

Any old recipe can be given a Christmas twist.  Ask your kids for their favorite flavors and play with the recipes to make your own Holiday specialties.