Holiday Treats

We at Details, Darling look forward to the little joys in life. We also know how hectic the holidays can be. Whether you’re traveling to a far destination, meeting the in-laws, or cooking everything from scratch we want to make sure that you actually get a chance to sit down, kick your pumps up and have a glass of bubbly with the ones you love.

If you are the host of that annual ornament exchange or you’re the one bringing the bubbly we want to make sure that you got the sweet treats covered. That’s why we took a second to do a little research, and a little nibbling to figure out which holiday treats are the best.

Pomegranate Chocolate Bark
(For your Vegan, gluten free and dairy free cousin)
Dietary restrictions? Going to a hippy holiday party? Trying to eat more natural? No problem. Eating vegan, dairy free, or gluten free is easy with these delicious pomegranate dark chocolate bars! Perfect for anyone trying to skip the extra calories, or just not capable of cutting themselves a slice of pie.

Prep: 5 minutes  Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of Cacao powder

½ maple syrup (don’t like maple syrup? Feel free to use any similar sweetener with a similar texture! Substitutes can include agave or honey, which is what I used!)

1/3 cup of coconut oil

1-2 pomegranates- de seeded, or if your lazy like me you can purchase the seeds for 4.99 at your local Trader Joes

1 pinch of salt

Mix cacao, syrup,  and coconut oil until smooth. Pour on to saran wrapped pan or lined pan. Sprinkle pomegranates evenly through out mixture.  Add the pinch of salt evenly through out the mixture. Through into the freezer for 20 minutes, and carefully break a part mixture into palm sized pieces. Try not to eat them all!

Mixed Berry Crisp
(For the traditional looking to switch it up)
Prep: 5 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1 24-ounce package of frozen mixed berries

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

1 ¼ packed brown sugar

1 cup of flour

1 cup of oats

1 cup of finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

¾ (6 tablespoons)of a stick of butter

Preheat the oven to 350°. Take frozen berries and toss in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Toss the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a separate bowl. Add room temperature butter with fingers, mushing everything together until crumbs form. Place berries in to a pie dish, (I used a clear glass one to expose the pretty color), and divide oat mixture evenly. Place in oven and cook at 350° for about 30-35 minutes or until crumbly a toasty golden brown color.

Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies
(For a twist on the traditional)
What would the holidays be with out the nostalgic taste and smell of peppermint in the air? A timeless taste that will leave you feeling satisfied but not stuffed.

Ingredients:

½ cup of unsalted butter, diced into bitty pieces

1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies (To make the melting easier, I got mini chips!)

2 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped up

1-¼ cups of flour

½ teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of salt

2 eggs

1 large egg yolk

2/3 packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting (OPTIONAL)
For the extra touch, if given the time, the peppermint cream cheese frosting takes about 15 minutes including prep to make!

Ingredients:

4 ounces of cream cheese

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

½ teaspoons of peppermint extract

2 cups of powdered sugar

2-3 candy canes for topping

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a microwave safe bowl, take chocolate chips and baking chocolate in microwave on high for 20-second increments until melted. CAREFUL! Don’t let it burnJ. Set aside to cool. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt until evenly mixed. Set aside. In another bowl, mix eggs, yolk, brown sugar, granulated sugar, until mixture is fluffy and creamy. Add extracts and stir. Stir in dry mixture until evenly combined with the egg mixture, and let stand for about 30 minutes so ingredients can set. After mixture has set roll dough into spoon sized balls and place about 2 inches apart and bake about 8-11 minutes each.

While the cookies are baking, the frosting can be made by combining cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar, and poof! You are a master chef.

Let cookies cool, and apply frosting. Crush about 2-3 candy canes to top cookies for the much needed cool and satisfying crunch. Normally, I throw the candy canes in a plastic bag, and rough them up a bit!

Christmas Crack
(For the snacker)
Love a good crunch? No fear, the best dessert appetizer is here! This delicious and silly Christmas treat is incredibly addictive and easy for anyone to make! Great for making with friends, family, or even the in-laws.

Ingredients:

½ cup of white popping kernels, or 2 full popped bags of tender white popcorn

1 package of white chocolate

1 1/3 chopped or broken pretzels

1 package of mint M&Ms, or red and green, or blue and white

Sprinkles- I went with red and green to match the M&Ms!

Directions:

Pop popcorn in popper, or in microwave, and place into a large bowl with pretzels and M&Ms. Melt white chocolate chips on 50% power in the microwave for 30-second intervals until melted. Drizzle evenly over popcorn and pretzels and toss gently. Place on a sheet covered in wax paper and immediately add sprinkles before mixture sets. Allow to cool and then break into pieces!

Whatever your choice in dish may be, remember that the holidays are about appreciating and spending time with loved ones, family and friends. We want to make your holiday prep easier so you can get the chance to do that and not worry too much about the details. From us gals at Details, Darling! We wish you a very Happy Holidays!