Don't let all your Halloween sugar highs come from prepackaged candy. We found 17 awesome, creative desserts, all sure to inspire you to create your own spooky cookies, cakes, and more. From the elaborate — we're loving the Dracula-esque cookie sandwich with marshmallow teeth — to the simple (you can make Nutter Butter ghosts in just a few minutes), these treats might be scary, but they're also supersweet.
The holidays and peppermint go together perfectly, don't they? You can find the red- and white-striped candy everywhere this time of year – all over grocery stores, on Christmas trees, and even swimming in mugs of hot chocolate. We've rounded up five of our favorite peppermint recipes. Each one of these sweet treats gives you the refreshing, peppery burst of peppermint flavor.
No doubt many of you have heard of Voodoo Doughnut; the crazy and insanely delicious doughnut shop in Portland and Eugene where anything goes on a doughnut - namely the Bacon Maple Bar. My friend and I were in search of the perfect donut shop in our blog. Well, Voodoo was definitely a no-brainer for myself in Eugene, and honestly I'll take any excuse I can to head over there and try new things. The other place was a tiny little mom and pop donut place in Anaheim, CA, where people line up around the building and down the street for their signature blueberry donuts. If you're ever in any of these two areas of the states, please do yourself a favor and check them out.
It'd be impossible to make it through the holiday season without eating at least a few decadent desserts on top of our homemade edible gifts. Thankfully, Team Yum has seen so many sugary standouts in 2010 that we're well-equipped for all that Christmas baking. Want to end your meal (and your year) in an outstanding way? Then click through for some sweet inspiration.
Break out the cookie cutters, the rolling pins, the fudge spatulas, and the bread pans . . . it's baking season! While I don't encourage diving into the holiday festivities mouth first, I do think we should all indulge ourselves just a bit and nibble off that tip of peppermint bark. But, before you go dipping into that bowl of eggnog or frosting up a batch of sugar cookies, you should take my quiz and see how much you know about these holiday treats.Take the Quiz
If the holiday season's left you stretched too thin, don't rule out making edible gifts; simply look for a recipe that'll take less energy and labor. Drop-and-bake cookies are one answer for the time-strapped. What could be more cheery and Christmassy than double-chocolate cranberry cookies? The large, chewy, baked goods take little time to make, and I've found the dough chills well for future baking, too. Slip them in a tissue-lined tin, and you've got your holiday gifting covered! Want the recipe? Keep reading.
I'm a big fan of raspberry cocktails, so I knew the minute I came across a raspberry rose syrup that it'd be a must try. The recipe called for rose petals, but I substituted rose water, which I already had on hand (it can be found at Middle Eastern grocers or online at Amazon).
The cooking process is basic: Dissolve sugar in a wine-and-water mixture, cooking raspberries down until a gooey syrup forms. The finished product is not only sweet and tart, but also has a lingering floral flavor from the rose water. See the easy recipe — and the different ways I made use of the syrup! — when you read more.
The concept of salty sweets has been around for a couple of years now, but lately, I've found myself going through a salty chocolate phase. There's something so satisfying about rich, creamy chocolate paired with a light crunchy sprinkling of salt. How do you feel about it?
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As a child, I first saw Turkish delight, or lokum, in the BBC adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I had to try it. It looked so strange and enticing! Ever since then, I've been a fan. The sugar-dusted, gummy, jelly-like cubes of candy are best fresh, so the only time I partake is when I find them at a legit candy shop. The rose water flavor is traditional, but too perfume-y for me; I prefer the fruit flavors. Some variations also have nuts. Have you tried it before? What did you think?
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After learning about the different types of doughnuts that exist in the world, I won't lie, I was totally craving a fresh-from-the-oven glazed doughnut. The funny thing is I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a doughnut! Looks like I might be indulging in one soon . . . how about you? Do you eat doughnuts?
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