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  • 10 Easy Snacks for the Holidays

  • When it comes to food, the Christmas season is often characterized by hearty, feel-good, comforting (and often fat laden) dishes; food that the family elders and self-proclaimed chefs of the clan have laboriously prepared to be feasted upon by the multi-generation gathering.

    However, in truth, any dish, as long as it’s made with love, can be a Christmas dish. These recipes have a hint of Christmas to them. Make them for the days leading to Christmas, on Christmas Eve itself or any day of the year when you need a little merriment. 

    Very Festive  
    These recipes are as festive as you can get. They’re sweet, possibly decorated with a Christmas theme and can be paired with a hot beverage, preferably hot tsokolate. The kids will love making these with you too. 

    1. Christmas Shortbread Recipe

    Makes 8

    You'll need
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup white chocolate chips
    1 teaspoon canola oil
    green food coloring
    candy sprinkles

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    2. Sugared Chestnuts

    You'll need
    1 cup sugar
    4 tablespoons orange juice
    3/4 cup whole chestnuts roasted, peeled

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    3. Chocolate Christmas Cookies Recipe

    Makes about 3 dozen

    You'll need
    1 cup butter, softened
    1 cup sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    1/4 cup regular cocoa powder
    Confectioner's sugar, for dusting 

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    There are dishes that are always present, never absent on the Christmas buffet table. These snacks are just some of them. Reminisce about all the Christmas pasts while making and eating these snacks. 

    4. Easy Bibingka

    Makes 3

    You'll need
    1 cup rice flour
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup water
    2 eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup sugar
    2/3 cup coconut cream, room temperature
    2 teaspoons butter, melted
    75 grams cheese, grated
    2 salted eggs, sliced

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    5. Christmas Jelly

    Serves 8 to 10  
    Prep Time 15 minutes 

    You'll need
    4 packs flavored gelatin (strawberry, grape, orange, lime flavors), prepared according to package directions
    4 small cans all-purpose cream
    1 cup white sugar
    2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
    5 jiggers Sambuca
    5 sachets unflavored gelatin

    For the topping
    3 cups graham crackers, crushed
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1/2 cup white sugar

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    Holidays with a Twist  
    Whip up new recipes using traditional Christmas ingredients. You’ll be amazed at how surprisingly well the old and the new go together. Here are recipes using the festive Christmas ham and queso de bola. 

    6. Christmas Ham and Potato Cakes

    Makes 1 dozen

    You'll need
    2 1/2 cups potatoes, shredded 
    1/4 cup flour
    1/4 cup ham, shredded 
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 large egg
    chopped basil
    sour cream or applesauce (optional)

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    7. No-bake Queso de Bola Cheesecake

    Makes 18 to 20

    You'll need
    For the crust
    1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracekrs
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/3 cup butter, melted

    For the filling
    1 sachet (about 1 tablespoon) gelatin
    1/4 cup fresh milk
    1 cup all-purpose cream 
    2 (8-ounce) bars cream cheese 
    3/4 cup sugar 
    1 1/2 cups grated queso de bola  

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    To Share  
    What’s the holidays without family, relatives and friends? Christmas is the season for sharing and it doesn’t do to keep your blessings to yourself. These make great finger food while sharing stories with those you hold dear. 

    8. Bacon Beer Mussels

    Serves 4 to 6 
    Prep Time 10 minutes 
    Cooking Time 10 minutes

    You'll need
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    125 grams bacon slab or thick-cut bacon, sliced into 1-inch pieces
    1 medium white onion, sliced thinly
    1 stalk celery, diced
    750 grams mussels, cleaned and beards removed
    1/2 cup beer
    salt and pepper, to taste
    1 tablespoon mustard
    1 tablespoon all-purpose cream
    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    9. Patatas Bravas Y Chorizo

    Serves 3 to 4
    Prep time 20 minutes
    Cooking time 10 minutes

    You'll need
    4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    150 grams Spanish chorizo (such as chistorra or Pamplona), sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes salt, to taste

    For the sauce
    1/2 cup tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon mustard
    2 tablespoons hot sauce
    1 teaspoon Spanish paprika

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

    10. Baked Queso de Bola and Spinach Spread

    Serves 4 to 6 
    Prep Time 20 minutes 
    Cooking Time 30 minutes

    You'll need
    For the crostini
    1 large loaf French bread, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick slices
    1/4 cup olive oil

    For the spread
    1/2 cup butter
    2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (sibuyas Tagalog)
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional)
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    1/2 cup sour cream
    3 cups packed spinach leaves, blanched and squeezed dry
    2 cups grated queso de bola
    ground black pepper, to taste

    Recipe instructions are at Yummy.ph.

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