While ice cream is a summer staple, and candy apples are a popular treat in the fall, what do you make for dessert in the winter? The answer is simple: something warm. If you’re looking to try out a few new ideas, check out these 5 easy winter dessert recipes.
For this recipe, you will need two pears, one teaspoon vanilla, one teaspoon cinnamon, three-fourth cups of refined sugar, and two cups sweet dessert wine. Peel the pears and heat up two cups of water along with the wine, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large pan. When the sugar has dissolved, slice the pears and cook for half an hour. Serve with a glass of wine and a little bit of whipped cream.
This is an easy way to impress a date during a movie night. Just pop a bag of regular popcorn in the microwave and empty into a bowl. Then, unwrap a few caramel chewy candies and place in a microwave-safe container with a teaspoon or so of water. Heat in the microwave until gooey and mix in with the popcorn with a spoon. The salty-sweet combination is delicious, but the prep time is minimal. Just make sure you clean off the spoon immediately or it will be difficult to clean later.
Apple crisp is a classic winter dessert. Just peel an apple and cut out the seeds and stem. Then place in a microwave-safe bowl along with oats, brown sugar, and a slab of butter. Heat until the butter sizzles, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. Making microwave apple crisp may not seem like gourmet cooking, but it’s quick, easy, and still gives you restaurant-quality results. Top with a cinnamon stick for added effect.
Aztec hot chocolate
The Aztecs knew how to eat their chocolate, and this spicy twist on hot chocolate will tantalize your taste buds. Prepare hot chocolate as usual, but stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Extra marshmallows or a teaspoon of sugar will make this treat extra sweet. If you aren’t a fan of the artificial flavor that you get with powdered hot chocolate, try melting a bar of dark chocolate instead. The mixture won’t dissolve as smoothly, but the cocoa content contains more antioxidants and a richer flavor.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are an all-American dessert, but you can make them even more special by adding pumpkin. Just substitute half a can of pumpkin for half a cup of flower, and make your cookies as usual. If you really like things sweet, add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar. Also, to ensure even cooking, keep the cookie sizes small.