It’s the time of year when friends and family get together to catch up, rejoice, and be thankful. While the holidays can also be a stressful time for many, it’s important that we embrace the positives in our lives and connect with loved ones. Food and drink is often the thread that ties the celebration together. What we most look forward to are the sweet, decadent desserts — especially if it was a recipe passed down through the generations.
Food is a sensory experience that is associated with memories. The sweetness of a holiday dessert isn’t just about taste. It subconsciously transports us to another setting and place. The aroma, texture, and flavor triggers our memories and takes us back to our childhood, or reminds us of a loved one long gone. Nostalgia, emotion, and time comes flooding back — all thanks to a little butter, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate.
Holiday desserts invoke sweet memories of the past, while bringing us together in the present.
Homemade pies are a tradition of many families. Each delicate crust is unique to a recipe that’s been handed down over the years. Whether your favorite filling is peach, blueberry, pumpkin, raspberry, cherry, strawberry or apple, homemade pies are a sweet dessert that connects the generations.
Creative colors and sweet frosting put anyone in a festive mood. Shaped by cookie cutters that have been in the family for decades, holiday sugar cookies bring us happy memories and remind us of more innocent days.
Get warm and cozy with fudge, peppermint bark, chocolate truffles, caramel candy, peanut butter cups, marshmallows, toffee bars, bon bons, caramels, taffy, peanut brittle, and whatever else you can think of!
You might decide to make a light and fluffy homemade cheesecake for your holiday gathering. There are so many flavors: almond, turtle, mocha, banana cream, peanut butter, strawberry, chocolate chip, berry swirl, butterscotch, and classic!
Developed in Central Europe in the 1800s, blintzes are a family tradition that can make any breakfast a special occasion. This flat, delicate pancake is rolled with powdered sugar, butter, and a choice of filling: blueberry, apricot, strawberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, apple, or lingonberries.