Scrumptious Last Minute Holiday Recipes

{Happy Holidays}You may be down to the wire, but I am here to help.

  Whether you are looking for a hostess gift, a sweet treat for your dessert table, or an activity for the little ones, one of these recipes is sure to lighten your load and brighten your holiday season.

Gooey Nutella Cookies

{Gooey Nutella Cookies}

You are just 4 ingredients and 4, simple, steps away from the most delectable treat. My Nutella cookie is caky and moist with a gooey Nutella center. Oh, and did I mentioned that this recipe is perfectly portioned? When this batch is divided into 24 cookies, you end up with 125 calories a cookie, 20 g of carbohydrates and only 4 g of fat!

Ingredients: 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, 1/4 a cup of sugar, 1 cup of Nutella (plus a bit extra for middle of the cookie, 24 hazelnuts for garnish (optional).

Get It Cookin’:

  • Pre hear oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixer combine egg with Nutella and sugar.
  • Once combined, slowly add in your flour. Note: once the flour is mixed in the dough is very, well, dough like. This is exactly the texture you are looking for.
  • On a lined baking sheet, roll dough into tiny balls and press out into 1/2 inch, 24 cookies, flat. Use about half the dough, the remainder will be use to top the Nutella filling.
  • Put about a half a teaspoon in the middle of each cookie. Dont go crazy with measuring, just use your eye. If you end up using a bit too much, you only end up making them more gooey!
  • Roll your remaining dough into tiny balls and flatten to place over the Nutella. If you end up just covering the Nutella and not the entire cooking because of the amount you have left over, don’t stress.
  • Place in oven for 6 minutes.
  • Halfway through baking top cookies with a hazelnut (optional).
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!

Check out the full recipe with step-by-step images HERE

Raspberry Bars

{Raspberry Bars}

These Raspberry Bars (cut bite sized) are simple and delicious way to indulge on a winters night.

Ingredients: ¾ cup of margarine (softened), 1 cup of brown sugar (packed), 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 ½ cups quick oats (or you can use old fashioned uncooked oats), 1-2 (depending on your preference of raspberry) 10 ounce jars of raspberry preserves

Get It Cookin’:

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Combine your sugar and margarine until fluffy, then mix with all other dry ingredients.The mixture ends up being like a crumb topping.
  • In a non stick sprayed 13×9 inch pan, pat half of the mixture onto the bottom of the pan, then layer your raspberry preserves over the top.
  • sprinkle the remaining crumb topping over the preserves and pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes – until crumb topping is nice and brown.
  • These guys are hot, so make sure that you let the cool well before cutting up into bite-sized pieces!

Check out the full recipe HERE

Holiday Candied Nuts

{Candied Nuts}

These cinnamony, sugary nuts are a holiday staple and also a sneaky way to pack on the pounds. Not too worry, my recipe gives you all the sugary warmth you love, with  less fat, less sugar and oh yeah a lot less guilt.

By swapping out butter for egg whites, pecans for a mix of nuts, and sugar for Splenda sugar blend, you only add an additional 458 calories to your entire pound of nuts while simultaneously cutting down your fat.

Allow me to explain.

Nuts are a healthy fat and can be a great source of protein but it is imperative that they are portioned  properly. A typical portion of nuts is 10-12. I know, so few! This recipe usually calls for a pound of pecans which, as far as nutritional value goes, is the least healthy nut of them all. My recipe has 32 portions of 12 nuts (yes I actually counted them out), so there is only an additional 15 calories per serving added to your perfectly portioned assortment of 12! Plus, you also get a taste of your favorite pecans without overdoing them.

Ingredients: 1 pound of equal parts pecans, walnuts and almonds, 1 cup of Splenda sugar blend {for baking}, 1 tablespoon of Splenda brown sugar blend, 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Get It Cookin’:

  • Pre heat oven to 320 degrees.
  • In a bowl beat your egg whites with cinnamon.
  • In a large ziplock bag combine sugar & brown sugar.
  • Pour nuts into your egg whites and mix together so that they are fully coated.
  • Take your coated nuts and pour into the ziplock bag with sugar mixture.
  • Mix your nuts and sugar together until they are fully coated with sugar mix.
  • On a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or silpat) evenly distribute the nuts.
  • Put in oven for one hour, mixing every 15 minutes.
  • After the hour, crank oven up to 400 degrees for the final 20 minutes – give another mix after 10 just to make sure everything is evenly baked!

Check out the full recipe HERE

 

Have a beautiful holiday! 

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