Holiday Baking

Looking for a simple but fun way to decorate your holiday treats? Bakeology owner Kristina Lau helped the Valley Today's Kristi Larson with some tips and new ideas for this baking season.

One of the most simple ways to impress your guests is to add a little holiday spirit on your desserts. Using either your favorite brownies cut into circles, or store bought brownie bites, add white frosting. Then cut the top off a strawberry and place it flat side down on the frosting. Then with the same white frosting add a small dot on the tip of the strawberry. The finished treat will look like Santa hats!

Cinnamon Ornaments won't be ediable, but they will make your home smell like the holidays. Here's directions:

1 cup applesauce
1-1¼ cup (130 grams) ground cinnamon

-Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
-In the bowl combine the applesauce and cinnamon. It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed. You can mix the dough by hand, it may just take longer.
-Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out pie dough). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to ¼ inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.
-Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren't touching. Use a skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1½ - 2 hours or until rock hard.
-Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree.

Another simple way to add some holiday cheer to any dessert is to take part of a candy cane to create a north pole sign. Print off small signs that say North Pole and attach it to the candy cane using frosting or melting chocolate. Then dip the top of the stick into frosting and roll in white sugar to be snow on top of the pole.

Kristina says when making sugar cookies, it's best to flatten the dough before putting it in the fridge. This will help the dough cool faster and more evenly.

"Dip your dough all in flour when you're about to roll it out, because it makes a really nice even spread for your cookie." Kristina says. "Using a rolling pin that has a size gauge on the side will make a nice consistent cookie for you."

To create a fun knit pattern with frosting, first frost with one color. Then using a second color in a piping bag frost lines evenly on the cookie. Use a toothpick to then create lines going back and forth. Depending on the width of the lines will also make the pattern look different.

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