Seasonal inspiration from blogger Kate Bowler, of domestikatedlife.com
When it comes to holiday hosting, the best entertaining hacks are simple recipes that allow you to whip up something special with just a moment’s notice. Keep your pantry and kitchen stocked with some staple ingredients and these easy-to-make recipes, and you’ll have time to impress your holiday guests and enjoy the party too!
Cinnamon Sugar Cream Puffs
BY KATE BOWLER
This holiday sweet treat comes together with simple ingredients that I always have in my kitchen: flour, sugar, cinnamon, butter and Eggland’s Best eggs. The dough is easy to prep, and the cinnamon sugar flavors dress up a classic dessert that will wow your holiday guests!
- 1 stick of butter, cut into cubes
- 2 tsp. of white sugar
- ½ tsp. of salt
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- ½ tsp. of cinnamon
- 4 large Eggland’s Best eggs
- 1 tbsp. each cinnamon, sugar (combined) whipped cream, for filling confectioners sugar, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 375º F.
- In a saucepan, combine cubed butter, sugar, salt and water and heat over medium heat until melted and beginning to boil.
- Add sifted flour and cinnamon into the boiling mixture and stir quickly to incorporate the ingredients. Stir until a sticky dough begins to form and pulls away from the pan. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- Add Eggland’s Best eggs, one at a time, to the cooled dough mixture and whisk to incorporate.
- Transfer the dough to a pastry bag and pipe 1.5” round domes onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 26-28 minutes, until the tops are a light golden brown.
- Let the puffs cool before slicing in half, and filling with whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Dust the tops of the cream puffs with confectioners sugar before serving.
Eggland’s Best eggs have more of the delicious, farm-fresh taste you love plus 6 times more vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E, and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs.
Holidays Together Make Life Rich
Life’s rich when family and friends come home for the holidays. This RITZ Holiday Tree recipe is a festive way to get everyone excited for the season, and simple enough for the whole family to get involved! This fun recipe can be prepared ahead of time, and refrigerated for up to 2 hours before serving.
- 4 oz. brick cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- ¼ cup thawed frozen whipped topping
- 22 RITZ Crackers
- 1 tbsp. coarse green colored sugar
- 1 slice star fruit (carambola)
- 1 tbsp. red decorating icing
- 1 tbsp. holiday sprinkles
- Mix cream cheese and sugar in medium bowl until blended. Gently stir in whipped topping.
- Spoon into pastry bag fitted with small star tip; use to pipe cream cheese mixture onto crackers. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
- Reserve 1 topped cracker for later use. Arrange remaining topped crackers, in 6 descending rows, on large platter to resemble a Christmas tree as shown in photo. Add reserved topped cracker for the tree trunk and star fruit slice for the tree topper.
- Use red icing to pipe lines on tree and press sprinkles into icing to resemble strands of Christmas lights.
- Substitute ½ cup canned ready-to-spread frosting for the cream cheese mixture.
- Add your favorite holiday sprinkles in place of, or in addition to, the green sugar.
- Use small holiday candies for the Christmas lights.
- Substitute a large yellow gumdrop for the star fruit. Place the gumdrop on a sugarcoated cutting board and flatten it with a rolling pin. Use a small cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut the gumdrop into a star shape.