Something Sweet for the Holidays

It’s the time of year when you are surrounded by all kinds of treats and goodies and you indulge because it’s the holiday season, right? We thought it would be fun to create a roundup of our favorite sweet treats to give you some baking ideas for all the family gatherings and holiday parties coming up. Here are a few of our favorite treats you must try this holiday season!

  1. Peanut Butter Sticky Buns – These are a-to-die-for treat. My family does a spin on this by making what we call “Monkey Bread.” These are an easy treat for Christmas morning. With the family running around and opening presents there isn’t too much time to bake, but these treats make things simple and delicious. You can make it the night before and simply pop it in the oven when you wake up. Easy as pie! http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/02/peanut-butter-sticky-buns.html
  2. Pomegranate Glazed Doughnuts – How amazing do these sound? This is the perfect blend of festiveness with deliciousness. Everyone loves fresh glazed doughnuts but why not added a fun splash of pomegranate? http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/12/pomegranate-glazed-donuts.html
  3. Mocha Mint Frappe – This is the perfect drink to take when looking at Christmas lights or to be served at a Christmas party. This treat is made for those who love peppermint and chocolate. It’s fun and different. Everyone loves warm hot chocolate type drinks during the holiday but having a cold drink may just be the spin we need for this holiday season. http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/11/mocha-mint-frappe.html
  4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Don’t think we’d leave out the traditional Christmas drinks we all love. These warm drinks are perfect to curl up by the fire with. The wonderful thing about hot chocolate is that you can really make it your own. Try adding cinnamon, cayenne, peppermint, Nutella, vanilla, etc. Whatever flavors you love can be easily added into your favorite hot chocolate. http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/12/peppermint-hot-chocolate.html
  5. Baked French Toast Sticks – These are the perfect treats for children and adults alike. They can be easily served at a party or to the children at your family gatherings. A Beautiful Mess blog adds on a few different ingredients you would never think of for these tasty treats. http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2013/02/baked-french-toast-sticks.html
  6. Apple Maple Cake – Here is a delicious treat that is sweet with a little bit of sour. The Granny Smith apples add a little bit of a variety to this delicious treat. These apples add a tart note to the cinnamon, walnut, and maple flavorings. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/apple-maple-cake
  7. Blondie Cupcakes – Blondies reimagined in cupcake form brilliantly combine two classic treats. Everyone loves a classic blondie so why not recreate it into cupcake form? These are a delicious and super easy treat to bake. Plus, they’re always a crowd favorite. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/blondie-cupcakes

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Recipes via abeautifulmess.com and realsimple.com 

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