Countdown To Christmas: Delicious Holiday Treats

Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake

Looking to get into the holiday spirit this year? Check out our Countdown To Christmas on capecod.com. Each day we’ll be posting something new to help you feel the holiday cheer. And what better way to celebrate than with food and drinks? Enjoy our festive recipes below.

Mug Cake
Craving the taste of a decadent chocolate cake but it’s 3 a.m. and you don’t want to bake a whole cake for just yourself because, let’s face it, there’s a chance you may eat it all… Thankfully, the internet food gurus have come up with a thing called the mug cake. This tasty treat is meant to be made in your favorite mug and can be cooked right in the microwave.

Ingredients:
¼ cup all purpose flour
2tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
⅛ tsp. salt
¼ cup & 1 tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. hazelnut chocolate spread (aka Nutella)

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then whisk in the milk and vegetable oil until there are no clumps. Pour the batter into a mug that can hold at least 14 ounces, as the cake will rise. Plop 1 Tbsp of hazelnut spread in the middle of the batter and let it sink down a little into the mug. Do not worry about pushing it down. Heat for 70 seconds in the microwave and voila, you have yourself your own personal lchocolate cake!

Cranberry Bread

Delicious Cranberry Bread

Delicious Cranberry Bread

I might get into a little bit of trouble for sharing this one, but my mom’s homemade cranberry bread is a holiday staple. Friends ask her to bring it to every Christmas party and it also double as a great breakfast food.

Ingredients:
2 Cups of flour, sifted
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp grated orange peel
2 tbsp margarine
1 egg
¾ cup orange juice
1 ¾ cup of halved cranberries.

Sift all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl then add the wet ingredients. Stir until the batter has no clumps and bake in a bread pan at 350 for 1 hour. I suggest checking the loaf every 20 minutes or so. When done, take it out of the pan and allow it to cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Then feel free to spread a little butter on a slice and feast away!

Hot Cocoa with Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
This delicious treat is sure to keep you nice and cozy this winter. Sit back with the family, wrap up in a blanket, pop in a movie and enjoy! This cocoa is a sweet spin-off of regular hot cocoa and is great for those cold holiday nights.

Ingredients:
½ stick of butter
½ cup of sugar
1 pint of cookies and cream ice cream, any brand
3 to 5 cups of water

In a large saucepan melt down the butter, sugar and ice cream until it comes to a nice smooth consistency. Add in 3 cups of water and taste test the mixture. Then stir in half cups of hot water, tasting in between, until it’s perfect.

– By Kaitlyn Holzworth

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