‘Tis the season to make the 2012 holidays full of cheer-- and there’s no better way to do that than with festive treats inspired by the creative minds at the Betty Crocker Kitchens. The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends spotlight the year’s hottest food trends, each with a delicious new recipe that adds a fresh twist to the holiday festivities. Whether food lovers are entertaining guests at home or bringing must-have treats to a party, Betty Crocker is helping them this holiday season with ideas and recipes inspired by today’s hottest trends.
For more on these Red Hot Holiday Trends, please visit www.BettyCrocker.com/redhot.The third annual Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends include the following food ideas: 1. Trend: Sweet SurprisesBakers are always looking for ways to give a twist to traditional sweets. This year, secret ingredients, hidden surprises and revealing colors are on the menu.
- Recipe: Alfajores Hidden Surprise CookiesPut a new twist on an old classic by stacking these Argentinean-inspired sandwich cookies triple high and adding a secret pocket filled with sweet surprises.
- Recipe: 18 Layer Red Velvet CakeTake your holiday celebration to impressive new heights! Once you cut into this stunning cake, guests will go gaga over all 18 layers. You don’t have to reveal how easy it is to make. We won’t tell.
- Recipe: Caramel Apple Crisp TartsIndulgent breakfast pastry meets warm and cozy apple crisp in these decadent, doable tarts, perfect for holiday brunch.
- Recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Pumpkin CheesecakeJust when you thought cheesecake couldn’t get any more delicious, we added a flavorful update from the bar: a shot of bourbon and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. The perfect end to a special meal.
- Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle CakesThese indulgent mini cakes are inspired by our favorite holiday treat – chocolate truffles. They’re filled and topped with ganache and sprinkled with crystallized ginger, pistachios and cacao nibs. Wrap up these tiny treats for the perfect gluten free gift.
- Recipe: Chocolate Stout Caramel CornStout beer, roasted almonds and plenty of milk chocolate chunks make this caramel popcorn an irresistible snack.
- Recipe: India Pale Ale Caramel CornSweet caramel popcorn gets spiked and spiced with a pour of IPA beer and a hint of garam masala.
- Recipe: Brown Ale Caramel CornThis salty-sweet mix has all the highlights of happy hour: popcorn, pretzels, cocktail peanuts and beer.
- Recipe: Roasted Squash and Sweet Potato FlatbreadPiled high with Indian-spiced roasted vegetables and fresh mozzarella, then topped with salted pistachios and cilantro, this hand-held appetizer is the life of the party.
- Recipe: Sparkling Ginger Hard Apple CiderThis fruity, sparkly, bubbly, big-batch cocktail gets its signature kick from hard cider, bourbon and ginger liqueur. It’s a modern take on punch that’s perfect for entertaining.
- Recipe: Elf FoodA surefire way to lure elves from their hiding spots: combine candy sprinkles, maple syrup and tiny doughnuts (made from Cheerios!) for an irresistible mix.
- Recipe: Bakerella’s Snowman Cake PopsBetty’s friend Bakerella created these jolly snowmen (with two eyes made out of sprinkles, not coal) that are almost too cute to eat. Almost.
- Recipe: Paw Print Dog TreatsBow wow! These super cute, extra-easy treats – featuring paw prints made with melted carob and peanut butter – will be your pup’s new favorite.