Holiday Sweets: A Collection of Inspired Recipes, Gifts and Decorations

Holiday Sweets: A Collection of Inspired Recipes, Gifts and Decorations

by Georgeanne Brennan, Richard Jung
     
 
One of the greatest pleasures of every holiday is the making of special sweets to share with family and friends. In "Holiday Sweets'" author Georgeanne Brennan shares some of her personal favorites in an irresistible collection of recipes for holiday baked goods, candies and ice creams. This festive volume also includes fun craft and gift ideas for using sweets to

Overview

One of the greatest pleasures of every holiday is the making of special sweets to share with family and friends. In "Holiday Sweets'" author Georgeanne Brennan shares some of her personal favorites in an irresistible collection of recipes for holiday baked goods, candies and ice creams. This festive volume also includes fun craft and gift ideas for using sweets to decorate the home and table that children and adults of all ages will enjoy.

"Holiday Sweets" offers over 40 tantalizing recipes for holiday goodies. Cookie jars filled with Pecan Lace Cookies or Apricot-Pistachio Bars are sure to delight family and friends. Boxes of homemade candy brimming with Chocolate Fudge, Almond-Butter Toffee, or Turkish Delight make holiday gifts extra special for loved one. Traditional Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce or snowy white Angel Food cake with Coconut curls make memorable finishes to a festive Christmas feast, while Pumpkin Hazelnut Cheesecake makes a spectacular finale to any Thanksgiving dinner. "Holiday Sweets" also features a chapter just for kids for making teats like colorful Candy Cane Cookies, candied Popcorn Balls, and Sugared Walnuts.

Beautifully illustrated with gorgeous color photography, "Holiday Sweets' present over 15 crafts projects using sweets, both homemade and store bought, to decorate the home and holiday table. Guests will delight in stealing a sweet from an easy-to-make candy Wreath or Candy Acorn Kissing Ball, and will admire homemade gingerbread cookies presented in a spectacular, wintry Gingerbread Cookie Box stenciled with powdered sugar. And homemade sweets packaged to make Decorative Pudding, Fruitcake or Cookie Cup Gifts are special gifts to give for any holiday or occasion year round. This inspiring collection of delightful ideas and recipes is sure to welcome in the holidays and festivities to every home and table.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765116635
Publisher:
Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Holiday Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.67(d)

Read an Excerpt

One of the recipes for children featured in the book:

Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

Not only are these about the easiest cookies to make, but they also offer a great variation in ornamental ideas. Bits of candied cherry, single nuts, coconut, or a dollop of jam or melted chocolate can all be used for decoration.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/3 cup finely ground almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts
Seedless jam, chocolate chips, candied cherries, walnuts, almonds, or pistachio nuts or other fillings

Preheat oven to 375'. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, lime zest, flour, and salt. Shape into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Break off walnut-size pieces and roll them into-inch balls. Roll the balls in the ground nuts. Place on a baking sheet and push down on each ball with your thumb to make an indentation. Fill the indentation with a dab of jam, a chocolate chip, a bit of candied cherry, or a nut half or piece.

Bake for 8 minutes, or until barely beginning to turn golden in color. Remove to a rack to cool. To sore, pack in single layers, separated by waxed paper, in an airtight container. The cookies will keep for about 1 week. Makes about 40 cookies.

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