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It’s the Season of (Sweet) Treats

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 19th, 2016 | Tasty Thoughts
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christmas-cookies-on-a-plateImagine that! Last week I wrote about savory treats, and now this week I’m focusing on sweet. Who would’ve thought that this would be the followup article? 😉

By now we are deep into the holiday season. More than likely you have: attended a holiday party; completed some holiday baking; nibbled on treats at the office; been asked to make a dish to share at your child’s school, for a family gathering, or your book (wine) club. All of this eating does have a purpose- it gives us a reason to set new year goals.

So, after a week of savory treat ideas, it’s almost imperative that I provide some sweet suggestions. While you may be focusing on cookies, there are so many more options. Sweet treats can come in the form of breakfast treats, beverages, and frozen goodies. Don’t limit yourself to sugar cookies and gingerbread men!

Eggnog Ice Cream– It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean that frozen desserts are off limits. This ice cream is a must during the holiday season. Almost everyone enjoys eggnog, why not turn it into a dessert that can be topped with red and green sprinkles?

Single Serving Cheesecakes– Cheesecake is yummy without a doubt. However, when bringing a whole cheesecake, you need to bring a pie server and remember to bring it home with you. If you serve individual cheesecakes, that problem is solved! Plus, no one has to consider what size slice to take; you’ve solved another problem.

Coffee Cake Muffins– This sweet treat has something in common with the previous recipe- it’s single serve. I’m a huge fan of coffee cake for its sugary cinnamon and nut topping. However, at a group gathering dealing with the aforementioned serving issues, it’s not something I like to bring. This muffin recipe solves that problem and will make it a group favorite.

Maple Oatmeal Scones– Sweets aren’t for dessert only! These scones are tender and make a delicious start to the day. Whether you make them on a lazy weekend morning or get up a bit earlier to make and share at the office, you’re bound to be a hit with whomever is eating them.

Be sure to return to Think Tasty this Wednesday and Friday for some sweet treat recipes!

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