Must Have Desserts for the Holiday Season

When all the holiday shopping is finished, the presents are wrapped and the plans are made, what next? Theres no better way to get excited about the upcoming holiday then planning your holiday menu. CaterBid has put a list of delectable items for your holiday far.

Indeed, we needed to start with the best course first, dessert! Enjoy these holiday recipes and remember you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. So sit back, relax and whip up one or two of CaterBidʼs Top 10 Holiday Desserts this season.

When searching through the LA Times website, I found an amazing recipe for sugar cookies. Although simple sounding these cookies look wonderful on the table and are super fun to bake!

Amandaʼs Sugar cookies
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus chilling time for the dough and decorating time

Servings: About 7 dozen cookies

Amanda’s Amazing Icing

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 drop lemon juice 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon milk, more or less as desired Food coloring, if desired Flavored extracts, if desired

In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice and corn syrup. Whisk in milk to make a thick, spreadable icing. If coloring the icing with liquid food coloring, you might want to add a little less milk as the coloring will dilute the frosting. For different flavors, add drops of vanilla, almond or lemon extract. For shinier icing, use a little more corn syrup and a little less milk. The frosting will keep, tightly covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.

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Iʼve never been a huge chocolate fan but when I stumbled upon this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cake on the Ladiesʼ Home Journal, I knew it I had to try it.

Chocolate Peppermint Cake
Makes: 12 servings Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes Start to Finish: 3 hours
Ingredients
4 sticks (1 lb.) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for pans 3 cups cake flour, plus additional for pans 1-3/4 cups boiling water 1-1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed)
1 bar (4 oz.) bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1-1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1-1/4 cups heavy cream 3 bars (4 oz. each) bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 ounces (12 to 13) whole round hard peppermint candies, plus 1/2 cup chopped for garnish 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 container (12 oz.) whipped cream cheese (2 cups), at room temperature 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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