Category: Holiday Recipes

Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue Kisses

Looking for some healthy treat ideas that you can make with your kids as you get ready for the holidays???

Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringue Kisses Recipe 

Piping cookies from a pastry bag is a lot of fun, and the work goes quickly. But you can just as easily make these into drop cookies, if you prefer. Just drop them by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.

Worthy of a special occasion

Yield: 4 dozen (serving size: 4 kisses)
Recipe fromCooking Light

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Dash of salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. 2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor; process until finely ground. Combine hazelnut mixture, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  3. 3. Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Add granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold hazelnut mixture and vanilla into egg mixture.
  4. 4. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon egg white mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 48 (1 1/2-inch-round) mounds onto prepared baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until meringues are done and dry to the touch. (Meringues are done when surface is dry and meringues can be removed from paper without sticking to fingers.) Turn oven off; partially open oven door. Cool meringues in oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven; carefully remove meringues from paper.

Nutritional Information:

Amount per serving 

  • Calories: 94
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 2.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.8g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.4mg
  • Sodium: 26mg
  • Calcium: 4mg

Kathy Farrell-Kingsley, Cooking Light
DECEMBER 2008

Ways To Get Your Kids Involved In Thanksgiving

Plan with your kids!

Go over your Thanksgiving menu with your kids.  Come up with some ideas together…or add in some of their favorite side dishes and/or desserts!

 

Take your kids to the supermarket…

Maybe you don’t want to take them for the full shop for your holiday dinner, but it’s a great idea to take your kids along with a smaller shopping list.  Shop for the ingredients for the recipes that you picked together and try to point out some of the seasonal foods (pumpkins, butternut squash, pomegranates, etc…) that they may not normally get to see. This is a great opportunity to introduce some new foods!

 

Help in the Kitchen!

A day or two ahead of the holiday, recruit your kids to help prepare some of the dishes you picked out together. Also, let them help with the preparation of a recipe they haven’t tried before. When kids get to do some of the cooking, they get really excited. They love getting their hands dirty!

 

 

Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!!

Arts and crafts are always a treat during the holidays. Your kids will be very proud if you display some of their artwork on the holiday table. Have them make placemats and place cards for your guests. While they are busy decorating, have them set the table too!

 

 

Remember what you are thankful for…

Go around the table and have everyone share something that they are thankful for. This is a great tradition to start with your family that they will always remember.  Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Snack O Lanterns…Healthy Halloween Treat!

How cool is this!?! Great idea for a classroom party!

You can get really creative!

http://spoonful.com/recipes/snack-o-lantern

 

 

 

What you’ll need

  • Navel orange
  • Canned or fresh fruit salad (if you use canned fruit…get it packed in fruit juice, not syrup)

How to make it

  1. To make one lantern, use a small knife to slice the top off a navel orange and cut around its interior to hollow it out. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them, and mix them with canned or fresh fruit salad.
  2. Carve small facial features in one side of the orange, then cut a slit in the lid to accommodate the handle of a green plastic spoon. Fill the lantern with fruit salad. Insert the spoon and set the lid in place.