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Holiday Recipes to Treat your Friends and Family

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Gen Moore
Peppermint Chocolate chip cookies made by Gracie Holm and Brooklyn Olson on December 1, 2023

The holiday season is approaching quickly which means lots of parties, family gatherings, and gift giving is ahead. With all of these things happening, the holidays aren’t as special if they don’t have good food. Imagine thanksgiving without good rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, or the traditional pie. It would be a little sad. To make the holidays more special, here are 3 recipes that you can make for your friends and family. 

Brisa Haroldsen, junior, says that her favorite treat for the holidays are peppermint chocolate chip cookies. She said, “My mom makes peppermint chocolate chip cookies that are way good.” She helps her mom make these cookies and then they give them out to their neighbors, family members, and friends. 

Gracie Holm cracking an egg to make cookies on December 1 (Gen Moore )

Peppermint chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter (softened) 
  • ¾ cup white sugar 
  • ¾ cup brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 tbsp milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 ¼ cup flour 
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 
  • 5-6 crushed candy canes 

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit 
  • In a large bowl using a stand or hand mixer cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. 
  • Mix in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. 
  • Add in the salt, baking soda and flour( one cup at a time) Mix until combined and a dough begins to form, be careful not to over mix. 
  •  Add the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes 
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes or until cooked.
  • Let cool and enjoy 

 

Lexi Egbert’s favorite recipe that brings the holiday spirit into her home is oreo fudge. 

“I love making fudge for the holidays, it’s one of my favorites.” Said Lexi, junior. She brings this to her family Christmas party.  

Brooklyn Olson making Christmas treats on December 1 (Gen Moore )

Oreo Fudge 

Ingredient

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk 
  • 2 ¾ cups white chocolate chips 
  • 10-12 oreos chopped 
  • ⅛ tsp salt 
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 

Directions 

  • Line a 8-9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure the sides of the pan are covered in parchment paper as well 
  • In a microwave safe bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate chips . stir with a spatula. 
  • Microwave for 1 minute. Be careful not to over microwave it or it will create a bad texture for the fudge. Stir the mixture until it is all melted and combined together. Then Stir in the chopped oreos, salt and vanilla extract. 
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread until it is even. Put extra oreos on top of the fudge if you’d like. Cover and let sit on the counter for 4 hours or overnight.   

 

Peyton Hawke, junior, and Logan Hawke, freshman, say that their favorite Christmas food is eggs benedict. Logan said “ That stuff is so good, I would eat it every day if I could.” In the Hawke house their mom makes eggs benedict every christmas for breakfast. It’s been a tradition ever since they were little.  Peyton said “If my birthday wasn’t so close to christmas I would request it as my birthday dinner.” If you’re looking for a special way to treat your family on christmas morning this recipe is for you. 

Eggs Benedict  with hollandaise sauce 

Ingredients 

  • 2 english muffins, halved 
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter, to toast muffins
  • 2 slices Canadian bacon, or ham
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar 
  • Cayenne pepper 
  • Chives or dill (garnish) 

Ingredients (Hollandaise sauce)

  • 2 large egg yolks 
  • 2 tbsp lukewarm water 
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon justice 
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard 
  • ½ cup butter 
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt 
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste  

Directions

  • Make hollandaise sauce 
  • Place a pot of water with 1 tbsp vinegar on the stove, bring to a simmer. This is to poach your eggs in 
  • In a large skillet saute your meat until hot and golden then transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm 
  • Melt 2 tsp butter in the same skillet as before and add the English muffins cut side down. Toast until they are golden brown. Remove skillet from heat but leave the muffins on the skillet to keep them warm. 
  • Once the water is barely simmering, poach 4 eggs. Crack eggs into individual ramekins, one egg per ramekin, 
  • Add eggs to the pan one at a time dipping the edge of your ramekin into the water and gently sliding the egg out. 
  • Assemble: Place English muffin halves on a serving plate cut side up. Top with the Canadian bacon, then put the eggs on top of the meat.  pour hollandaise sauce over the eggs, Sprinkle cayenne pepper and garnish with chives. 

 

Hollandaise sauce directions

  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites 
  • Add the egg yolks to a small saucepan with water, lemon juice, and dijon mustard, whisk until well combined 
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the egg mixture 
  •  Place the pot over medium-low heat, whisking constantly. As the butter melts it should get frothy. Keep whisking the mixture constantly for about 3 minutes until it starts to become thick. Remove immediately from heat. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

 

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