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Recipes | Holiday Baking Made Easy

Holiday Baking Made Easy

There’s something about the smell of freshly baked cookies and breads wafting from the oven that makes the holidays special. And since baked goods are relatively inexpensive to prepare, even folks on a tight budget can afford the basic ingredients. But if your to-do list doesn’t leave you time for the classic labor-intensive recipes, which involve dough rolling, cookie cutting, and decorating, don’t fret. With the following three recipes, you’ll have a plate of delicious holiday treats before you can say “yum!”

Get spicy

Who doesn’t love a spiced quick bread? This one includes pumpkin and cranberries for extra holiday cheer. To make Pumpkin Cranberry Quick Bread:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In one bowl, mix wet ingredients and sugar: 2 eggs (beaten slightly),1/2 cup canola oil, 1 cup canned pumpkin, and 2 cup unrefined cane sugar.

  • In another bowl, mix dry ingredients: 2 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 3/4 tsp cloves, 3/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry. Stir in 1 cup chopped cranberries.

  • Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans and bake for 1 hour.

Dream on

If you’ve ever swooned over dream bars at a bakery, you’ll be amazed how easy they are to make at home. To make Dream Bars:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  • In a bowl, mix 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs with 1 stick melted butter.

  • Line 13x9-inch glass baking pan with parchment paper. Press graham/butter mixture into pan.

  • Pour 1 12-oz can sweetened condensed milk over crust. Sprinkle 2 cups chocolate chips, then 1 cup chopped nuts, then 1 cup flaked coconut over crust.

  • Press down firmly with spatula and bake 25 minutes.

Leave your mark

It wouldn’t be the holidays without one traditional cookie recipe. This one requires no rolling, cutting, or decorating and is great to make with kids. To make Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a bowl, cream 1/3 cup unrefined cane sugar with 2/3 cup butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp salt. Gradually mix in 1 1/2 ((The half is in small print here, but the fractions are in large print elsewhere in the article)) cup whole wheat pastry flour.

  • Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls.

  • Place balls 2 1/2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb, fill each thumbprint with 1/4 tsp raspberry jam, and sprinkle with chopped nuts.

  • Bake 8 to 9 minutes.

Sara Lovelady has been a freelance health writer for over a dozen years. She has written health-related articles for both consumer and trade publications, including Healthy Living, Holistic Primary Care, Nutraceuticals World, Natural Products Insider, and Food Product Design, and writes Tree of Life’s Healthy! monthly consumer newsletter, which is distributed to over one million people in over 1,000 natural food stores nationwide. In 2003, Ms. Lovelady founded Wordgirl®, a copywriting business that helps natural products companies successfully market their products. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College and currently resides in beautiful Ashland, OR.

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