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Simple Holiday Desserts

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One of the best parts about the holiday season is baking. Baking warm and sweet desserts with family and friends is sure to welcome the holiday spirit.

Although, sometimes it is a challenge to find something simple to make that will also taste amazing. Intimidating mixer machines, rising yeast, creaming this, whipping that, and all the sifting of sugar and flour can make baking seem confusing.

This is why I put together some holiday dessert recipes that are simple and delicious. Plus, they are perfect for sharing with loved ones. Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread men, chocolate mint brownies, and a sugar cookie shake are a few of these tasty yet simple recipes. And the best part is that they don’t require fancy mixers, whipped egg whites, or anything too time consuming or kitchen destroying—well not positive about the last part, as I always find a way to make a mess out of the simplest of recipes. :) But what matters is that these recipes are simple to bake and taste amazing.

Christmas Cookies and Holiday Desserts

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Dusted-with-Pink Valentine Cookies (GF)

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Heart-shaped cookies are essential for Valentine’s Day–but instead of buying processed cookies, now is the chance to make easy heart cookies using just simple, natural ingredients. These dusted-with-pink cookies are a one-bowl recipe that comes together quickly. Buttery and sweet, they are crispy on the edges with a soft center that is topped with a light pink glaze that is made without food coloring or any other chemicals.

These are a natural, whole-food, sweet, and delicious option for cookies that are a perfect Valentine treat to make for a loved one or for yourself! <3 IMG_2981

Dusted-with-Pink Valentine Cookies
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Dry
  1. 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Wet
  1. 1/2 cup room temp safflower or melted coconut oil
  2. 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  3. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
  5. 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
Pink Icing (optional)
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. Juice of 4 thawed, frozen or fresh red berries
  4. 1 to 2 tbsp. almond milk *
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Assemble the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients then mix until thoroughly combined. Add heaping tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto the baking pan 2 inches away from each other. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges are crispy and the center is soft. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before frosting. Enjoy! <3
Notes
  1. (slowly add liquid until the icing has reached desired consistency)
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Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Cake

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Looking for a quick and delicious holiday treat? This iced peppermint brownie cake is the recipe for you! It’s chocolatey, fudge-like, yet crisp on the outside. The dense and rich brownie cake is topped with a layer of melted chocolate and drizzled with cooling, peppermint icing. It is the perfect contrast of flavors with rich and decadent melted chocolate and just a touch of cool mint flavor.

It’s also a great treat for anyone with food allergies, celiac disease etc. as it is gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. How could one pass up the opportunity to make such an easy, delicious, and cruelty free chocolate-peppermint brownie cake? Merry Christmas!

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Chocolate Peppermint Brownies
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Wet
  1. 8 tbsp. earth balance buttery spread, melted
  2. 1 tbsp. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  3. 4 tbsp. water or vanilla almond milk
Dry
  1. 1 cup GF all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. salt
  3. 1 cup organic sugar
  4. 6 tbsp. cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
Melted Chocolate layer
  1. 1 cup chocolate chips
Icing
  1. 4 cups powdered sugar
  2. 2 tbsp. almond milk or enough to make preferred icing consistency
  3. 1 tsp. mint extract (or amount to taste)
  4. Sprinkle of unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Combine 8 TBSP of melted earth balance, sugar, and cocoa powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl until just incorporated. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until a smooth batter forms. Pour into a round baking pan lined with parchment paper then bake for around 20 minutes at 350 degrees fahrenheit (176 C) Check if it is finished by inserting a toothpick that should come out clean. While brownie cake is baking, assemble the mint frosting ingredients in a small mixing bowl until it it has reached desired mint flavor; set aside. When the brownie cake is finished, remove from the oven and top with chocolate chips. Let the chips melt, then spread to create a chocolate layer. Let cool for 15 minutes then drizzle with the icing. Top with optional crushed peppermint. Enjoy!
Simple Sweets & Treats http://simplesweetsandtreats.com/