After nine amazing years, How I Met Your Mother is finally coming to an end, and we're savoring every moment of the final season. That includes making our version of "sumbitch cookies," crispy, chocolatey, caramel and peanut butter cookies that are naughty in all the right ways. Bake up a batch of these to keep your mouth happy all the way through the series finale. Watch the video, and then get the recipe.
When it comes to entertaining over the holidays, the key is keeping things simple and delicious. The best way to do that? By serving memorable one-bite finger foods. We're talking appetizers and desserts that pack plenty of flavor but require no utensils and no cleanup. Ahead, check out 25 of our favorite recipes that pair perfectly with bubbly, of course.
Sure, you know lentils as the protein-rich legume that helps lower cholesterol. But you also probably know it as a boring bean. We're here to tell you to forget that last part! Ahead, check out six healthy but flavorful recipes you'll crave all year round.
Red Lentil Tomato Soup
Red lentils are a special kind — high in fiber, they keep you feeling fuller longer. That's why we love this healthy spin on classic tomato soup. Special ingredients like Italian parsley and red wine round out the light dinner that still satisfies.
Lentil and Red Pepper Bake
Looking for a quick meal? Here you go! The red bell peppers — high in vitamins and fiber — perfectly complement protein-rich lentils in this low-calorie recipe. What's even better, you'll be surprised at how large a 250-calorie portion of this cheesy bake really is.
Millet, Lentil, and Pomegranate Salad
Lentils star in this genius recipe from POPSUGAR Food, along with other nutritious ingredients. The millet — a healthy, often-overlooked grain — and ruby-red pomegranate seeds are so tasty: all you need is some lemon, parsley, and green onion for a star-studded salad you won't soon forget.
Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
Considered a weight-loss superfood, lentils make for warming soups that you'll reach for time and time again this Winter. This incredibly simple recipe is packed with flavor, thanks to cumin and turmeric, the bright yellow spice known for its anti-inflammatory properties. To make the soup even more seasonal, add some butternut squash.
French Lentils With Potatoes
For a great protein-packed meal, look no further than this easy Winter salad from POPSUGAR Food. The mix of classic French flavors like onions, carrots, parsley, and French lentils just can't be beat. You'll see that it calls for steamed potatoes to vary the texture, but this part is definitely optional.
Cumin-Spiced Lentils With Quinoa
A perfect option for vegans who are also gluten-free, this savory lentil stew is comfort food at its finest. Consider it a creamy dish full of protein, fiber, and flavor, all less than 400 calories.
Move over, eggnog: there's a new holiday cocktail in town. At your next holiday fete, we urge you to get into the yuletide spirit with a candy cane cocktail that calls for only three ingredients. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, we'll show you how to create a candy garnish two ways: a superspeedy method and another that's sure to be the talk of the party. Watch the video to see how it's done, then print out the candy cane cocktail recipe for easy reference.
Keep your pup in great shape with these healthy low-fat dog biscuits, which are easier than you think to make. Instead of heading to the store for artisan treats, you can toss these together with simple organic ingredients that only cost a couple of bucks. Plus, you can easily tailor the biscuits to your pup's taste.
Free of sugar, oils, additives, and preservatives, these munchies are just the right thing to keep your loyal friend happy, healthy, and begging for more. Rather than using peanut butter as a base, these healthy low-fat dog biscuits are made with organic pumpkin puree and fresh spinach. Pumpkin is beneficial to your pup's digestive health, full of antioxidants, and aids in keeping your dog at his ideal weight. And spinach is packed with vitamins and iron.
Start a holiday party the easy way by crafting these appetizers featuring (mostly) pantry items like nuts, canned beans, olives, and other nonperishables. We promise your guests will never suspect a thing . . .
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water, warm
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For cupcakes: Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter with powdered sugar on low speed. Add molasses, egg, and egg yolk. Add flour mixture, and stir until just combined.
- Dissolve baking soda in warm water. On a low speed, mix the warm water mixture into the batter.
- Fill cupcakes liners 3/4 full. Bake at 350ºF for 18 to 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when touched.
- For cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed. With mixer on low speed, add powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla extract.
- To assemble: Use an offset spatula to ice cupcakes. Decorate with sprinkles and seasonal candy, optional.
- Desserts, Cupcakes
- North American
- Makes 12 cupcakes
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.
With its bright red color, there is a common misconception that grenadine, the syrup used to flavor many cocktails, is made with cherries. The thick, sweet liquid is actually made with pomegranate juice (the word grenadine is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade).
When I realized that the sweetener was very simple to make, I decided to whip up a batch and present it to my sister, who enjoys the occasional "cherry" coke. Homemade grenadine is a great hostess gift, especially for someone who is into mixing cocktails or who has a penchant for Shirley Temples. To look at the incredibly easy recipe, read more