When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
A homemade edible gift is always a thoughtful gesture, whether it's destined for a spot under the Christmas tree or to be toted along to a party as a hostess gift, but it's no secret that most take a fair amount of time and foresight to prepare. Still, that's no reason to abandon the idea entirely. If you're pressed for time, turn to this fast yet festive fix: za'atar spiced nuts. Not only are they a nice reprieve from the onslaught of holiday sweets and decadent treats, but they also can be made (cooling included) in only about an hour, so you can get on with the festivities at hand. Get the easy recipe.
Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.
This might be one of the easiest snacks you'll ever make, and aside from saving calories, you'll also save money since a fruit leather costs around $0.50 to $0.75 — these are only $0.19 per serving.
We love a challenge (who doesn’t?), so we tackled the ultimate in decadent desserts—chocolate mousse. We knew we had our work cut out for us to lighten up this rich classic.
Here’s what we found: Three chocolates are better than one when trying to save on fat and calories. Semisweet chocolate adds rich chocolate flavor and creaminess, while Dutch-processed cocoa lends intense chocolate flavor. The white chocolate chips add creamy sweetness.
Instead of folding in whipped cream, as traditional recipes do, our recipe relies on fat-free Italian meringue made by beating hot sugar syrup into whipped egg whites for a mousse with a billowy, thick texture. Italian meringue is made with sugar syrup, rather than sugar, and is thus more stable. It lends a creamy lushness to desserts without any added fat.
Most will admit that cookie dough is the best (if only) reason for making cookies, but these incredible cookie dough truffles from The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook skip the whole nonsensical baking part.
There's no egg in the batter. Instead, heavy whipping cream helps bind the dough together.
To shape the truffles easier, pop the dough in the freezer to firm it up. Also, try wearing powder-free gloves while rolling the balls to prevent your hands from warming up the dough.
It will be difficult not to scoop up little bite-fuls while making, so plan on doubling the recipe so you can snag some guilt-free.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
Some might call this cornbread-based casserole dressing; others, stuffing. I call it butter-rich; bacon- and chestnut-enhanced; and ridiculously, sinfully delicious. Semantics of name aside, this cornbread stuffing is no joke and may just be the best stuffing I've tasted. And I've tried more than my fair share of recipes.
A note about the recipe: some of the ingredient proportions may seem odd — a whopping 1/2 cup maple syrup comes to mind — but just trust that it works. Admittedly, it tastes a bit sweeter than most stuffings, but I'd be shocked if you and your Thanksgiving guests don't come back for a hearty helping after the initial, slightly puzzling bite. Get the exceptional holiday recipe.
Pumpkin pie sounds healthy — I mean, it's made from pumpkins, right? — but the crust is mostly butter and white flour, and the cream in the filling is high in saturated fat. Your heart will love you if you whip up this version, which is completely raw, vegan, and gluten-free. Did I mention it tastes good, too?
You'll never go back to regular crust again after taking a bite of this one made with almonds, cashews, dates, raisins, and coconut. It's irresistibly packed with sweet, nutty flavor and a satisfyingly soft and chewy texture unlike any boring buttery crust you'll ever have.
The filling is made with uncooked pumpkin, and for those of you weirded out about eating raw pumpkin, it tastes slightly sweet with a little crunch, similar to a mild-tasting apple. The banana adds some natural sweetness, and the spices make it taste like the holidays.
At 302 calories a slice, it beats the 316 for a traditional slice, plus it offers more fiber, less cholesterol, and much less sodium.
Keep reading to learn how to make this simple pie that'll have your egg, milk, and flour pumpkin pie-loving friends ooing and ahhing.
No Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin and cranberry, and no Hanukkah is complete without sufganiyot, so here's a beautiful hybrid for you: pumpkin sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) with a cranberry jam filling.
I won't lie to you; this recipe isn't easy or fast. But this is a labor of love that your family will definitely appreciate.
Don't deep-fry often? Most don't! But that's what makes it a special-occasion treat. As you fry, your house will smell like a doughnut factory.
I'm all for good kitchen hacks. I used the mouth of a mason jar to cut out the dough. And instead of using toothpicks to poke holes into the sides of the doughnuts, I found a handy plastic straw.
The doughnuts are rolled in granulated sugar and taste incredible even without the cranberry jam filling.
As for another hack, rather than use a pastry bag with a fancy pastry tip, fill a clear squeeze bottle with the jam. I find this method less messy and easier to clean up.
The sufganiyot are bound to go fast at the table; they have the seasonal pumpkin flavor along with a tart tanginess from the cranberry jam filling. What are you waiting for? Get frying!
While it's easy enough to cut open a can of cranberry jam or jelly, this recipe is almost too easy to pass up, plus it's likely to be gobbled up lickety-split during the Thanksgiving feast.
No fussing with pectin, no need to add lemon. The only ingredients are sugar and frozen cranberries.
Heat the two ingredients over the stove top until the cranberries break down and the sugar dissolves.
Some people prefer a whole fruit jam, but when it comes to cranberry, I like to blend it up into a puree. There's no sieve involved here. Just return the blended cranberries back to the stove and cook until thickened.
Jar it up for later use as an edible gift (trust us, the host or hostess will thank you!) or for your own Thanksgiving feast. The jam tastes incredible slathered in turkey sandwiches or even piped into jelly doughnuts.