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7 Easy to Make Holiday Treats

A loaf of pumpkin bread

Love it or hate it, the holidays are time to feast. It’s impossible to resist the allure of comfort foods like mashed potatoes or finding space for that delicious piece of pie. If you’re planning on entertaining guests in the Alder Apartment Building this holiday season, then preparing a scrumptious menu is half the battle.

However, not everyone’s cooking skills are equal. That’s where these 7 easy to make holiday treats come to the rescue. Not only are they simple to create, but they’ll leave a smile on your guests’ faces. Here’s a step-by-step guide for each.

1. Banana Nut bread

Banana nut bread is an instant hit at parties and get-togethers. This incredibly tasty dessert (surprisingly) only takes three steps to make. All you need to do is preheat the oven to 350 degrees, mix all of your ingredients into a bowl, then pour the mixture into loaf pans and let them sit in the oven.

In 40-45 minutes, your bread is ready to serve. Plus, the ingredient list is short. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 package of Jell-O brand Instant Banana Cream Pudding
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans

2. Chocolate Bread Pudding

Gooey, chocolatey, and scrumptious, this dish is an instant hit. Follow these directions to a T, and yours will turn out perfectly.

  • Whisk eggs, milk, and sugar in a saucepan
  • Add butter and chocolate, then warm the pan on low heat
  • Continue to stir until the butter and chocolate melt, then add vanilla
  • Arrange bread slices in a baking dish, creating three layers
  • Pour your mixture over top
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap before placing a second dish on top to weigh down the bread
  • Allow the dish to sit for one hour as the bread absorbs all of that chocolatey goodness
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees, then leave to bake for 35-40 minutes

3. Turtle Bars

Turtle bars are a favorite around this time of year, and they aren’t as hard to make as you might think. All you need to do is create your dough from flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter before baking it. Once you have the crust, the next step is that delicious toffee coating.

You’ll need to whisk milk, egg, and vanilla together to start. Layer that on your crust with pecans, chocolate chips, and toffee pieces before baking until golden brown. Leave concoction to cool for about two hours, then cut it into bars and serve.

4. Gingersnaps with Crystalized Ginger

For this delicious treat, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. In the meantime, cream your butter. Next, place 1 ¾ cups of sugar with your butter into an electric mixer on high speed. Once they’re mixed, lower the speed to medium as you add in the eggs, molasses, vinegar, and vanilla.

Mix in your spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and pepper) as well as flour and baking soda. Continue to mix until everything is blended evenly, then fold in a little crystalized ginger. From these, simply form your gingersnaps and bake for around 14 minutes.

Pro tip: It helps if you place the mixture in the fridge first, allowing to cool for about an hour.

5. Indian Pudding

Hints of nutmeg, decadent brown sugar, and notes of cinnamon make Indian Pudding an excellent choice for the holidays. This recipe is as simple as they come, with only two real steps to completion. There are a variety of recipes online, but this particular version is bound to make a splash at any Christmas or New Year’s get-together.

6. Lemon Pound Cake

Brush as many loaf pans as you would like with butter, then stick them in the oven as you preheat it to 350 degrees. Next, you’ll need to sift:

  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • And nutmeg into a large bowl.

Set the bowl aside as you place your butter into an electric mixer until smooth. Add in sugar to make it fluffy, then lightly whisk in the eggs. Add lemon zest along with 1/4 of your initial mixture from the first bowl. Add 1/3 cream, repeating this process until everything is smoothly blended.

Finally, add in your extracts. Bake this concoction for 40-45 minutes or until golden. You can use a toothpick to ensure the middle is cooked as well. The neat part about pound cake is that it can last one whole month in your freezer when wrapped in plastic. So, you don’t have to stay up late baking this dish the night before an event.

7. Oatmeal-Pie-Spice Cookies

There are two tricks to amazing oatmeal cookies: the right ingredients and removing the cookies at the perfect time. Keep a close eye on your batch as they bake, only allowing them to stay in the oven for roughly 12-15 minutes. As for the ingredients, here’s what you need:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flower
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • An 1 teaspoon of either apple or pumpkin spice

Alder Apartment Building

Treats like these provide a level of comfort during the holiday season. That’s what life at Alder is all about, leisurely living in luxury style. This vibrant, beautiful collection of apartment homes is adorned with modern interiors, designer-selected finishes, and a signature style that create an envious appeal. Located in central Northridge, you’re right in the middle of Los Angeles and the Los Padres Natural Forest. It’s the best of both worlds on the West Coast wrapped into one.

Modern touches in every home provide comfort and style in spacious floor plans. Quartz countertops are accentuated by modern cabinetry and wood-style plank flooring. Full-sized washers and dryers eliminate the tedium of community laundry, while smart building technology makes life greener and easier.

The Alder community features a plethora of carefully curated amenities designed to cater to every facet of life. Stay active in the state-of-the-art fitness center or yoga studio, handle your work obligations in the business center, then relax in the resort-style pool terrace complete with cabanas and fire pits. Entertain your guests in the club lounge or pamper your pooch in the grooming salon. Everything you need is right outside your front door.

Come and see what vibrant, beautiful living looks like. Welcome to the radiant life. Welcome to Alder.