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Holiday Recipes


Treats to Pair with Oatmeal Cookies


Oatmeal cookies are a classic wintertime snack. While you might be used to having them with a glass of milk, we decided to mix it up a little. Here are some of the best treats to pair with this oatmeal cookie recipe, from drinks to desserts.

Bourdon Cider

If you’re looking for a drink to go with cookies for book club or an afternoon with friends, look no further than the Bourbon Cider. Mix 1 part bourbon with 3 parts cider. If you prefer this drink warm, add a cinnamon stick for extra flavor.

Salted Caramel or Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream

For an all-out treat fest, we recommend pairing these cookies with a pumpkin-flavored or salty ice cream. Try a scoop or two of salted caramel or pumpkin cheesecake with a few oatmeal cookies on top. Drizzle with caramel syrup and whipped cream.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

For classic cold-weather drinks, try a peppermint hot chocolate with cookies fresh out of the oven. More non-traditional drink combinations include ginger tea or a hot chai latte. Enjoy one or two of these pairings or try them all; winter hasn’t even officially started yet.

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


  • 1 stick plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 Cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, and cinnamon; mix well.
  4. Add oats and raisins (if desired) and stir well.
  5. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Wait until completely cooled to store.

Candy Cane Cake Recipe


Cheat your way to the best tasting holiday dessert! You could easily bake your own cake, but who has time for that during the holidays? You’ve got planning and shopping to do, so head to your local supermarket and pick up some candy canes and an angel food cake to craft a moist, yummy dessert!


Grocery List 

  • 1/4 cup of sugar 
  • 8 ounces of peppermint candies or candy canes 
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 store-bought angel food cake 


1. Place peppermint candies or candy canes in a large plastic bag and seal. 


2. Crush them into small pieces with a meat pounder, hammer, or use the bottom of a fryer pan.


3. In a large bowl, beat cream with sugar using a mixer until soft peaks form. 


4. Frost cake with whipped cream. 


5. Sprinkle the top of the frosted cake with your crushed candy canes. Toss the crushed candy canes at the sides of the cake.  

6. Serve immediately and refrigerate leftovers. 

Photo Credit: April Schallau

DIY Simply Sweet Pomegranate Syrup


Pomegranate juice is tasty and good for you. When you mix it with a little sugar and water, you can make a simply sweet pomegranate syrup that is perfect for adding to sparkling water for a yummy, refreshing soda! If you’re looking for a fast and inexpensive gift idea for the holidays, try this pom syrup! 

What You’ll Need 

  • 1-1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups of water 
  • ¾ cup of pomegranate juice 
  • Glass bottles 
  • Gift tags 
  • Raffia 


1. Add water and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 

2. Continuously stir.


3. Once it reaches to a boil and the sugar dissolves, lower the heat and gently boil for another 5 minutes. 

4. Continuously stir. 

5. Stir in the pomegranate juice and let cool.

6. Once cool, pour into glass bottles. 

7. On the front of your gift tag, write “Simply Sweet Pomegranate Syrup.” 


8. On the back of the tag, write the directions for making a pomegranate soda using the syrup: “Add ice cubes to a large glass and add 2 tablespoons of the syrup. Pour in sparkling water and enjoy! Keep refrigerated.” 

9. Tie the tag around the neck of the bottle using raffia or ribbon. 



Photo Credit: April Schallau

Homemade Gingerbread Latte


One of my favorite lattes from coffee shops during the winter and holidays is a gingerbread latte but all those trips to the coffee shop can add up. And if you’re like me, you love indulging in this drink too to stay warm from the snow! Now, you can make this yummy latte right at home; it’s even better than the $5 coffee shop latte! This recipe makes plenty of syrup that you can store in your fridge for a couple of months so you can indulge whenever you want! 

Grocery List 

  • 2 cups of clean, fresh water
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla 
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • 8 oz. of strong black coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground cinnamon



  1. To make the syrup, add the water, sugar, ground ginger and ground cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat. 
  4. Stir in vanilla. 
  5. Brew your hot coffee and add your milk. 
  6. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the gingerbread syrup. 
  7. Zap in the microwave since the milk will cool it. 
  8. Top with whipped cream and shake a little cinnamon on top. 
  9. Once the syrup has cooled, you can store the syrup in a container in the fridge. 



5 Maple Cocktail Recipes


Rock your taste buds with the delicious taste of autumn using pure maple syrup. During the holidays, sometimes those holiday calories really add up. But by using pure maple syrup, you’re actually getting some awesome health benefits!