No time? Enjoy 2 quick holiday treats
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time is precious during the holidays, so we’ll make this quick.
You want something fun for your get-togethers. You’ll make this quickly.
1 dozen strawberries
1 cup whipped cream
Handful of chocolate sprinkles
With a paring knife, cut the leafy end from each strawberry so they stand upside down evenly. Cut off the tip of each strawberry to make Santa’s hat.
With a spoon or a large icing tip, place 1 to 2 teaspoons of whipped cream on top of the strawberry base. Put Santa’s hat on top. Add a small dollop of whipped cream to the top of the hat to make a pom-pom.
Put two chocolate sprinkles in Santa’s face for the eyes.
With a toothpick, place two small dabs of whipped cream down the front of the strawberry for buttons.
Store in refrigerator to keep cold.
Source: Leanne Bakes
Make this your way. Build either a slightly more involved version with parsley leaves or a simpler version framed by thin breadsticks, as pictured. Though this recipe uses grapes, you also can use cherry tomatoes or olives to complement the cheese cubes.
1 (8-ounce) package cheddar cheese
1 (8-ounce) package Pepper Jack cheese
1 (8-ounce) package Colby Jack cheese
½ of an 8-ounce package Monterey Jack cheese
(You can use any variety of cheeses you like, really.)
1 pound green grapes
1 pound red grapes
1 package fresh parsley leaves
1 (2-inch) piece of celery
Cut cheese varieties into ¾-inch cubes.
Place cheese cubes and grapes in alternating rows on a platter or cheese board to resemble a Christmas tree shape.
Arrange parsley leaves throughout grapes to resemble tree branches.
Put the celery at the bottom of the tree to create the trunk.
- Cut a piece of cheese in the shape of a star.
- Roll 2 tablespoons spreadable cream cheese into a ball, then roll in 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley to coat.