Homemade for the holidays

The holidays are a time to celebrate, show thanks and indulge. What better way to blend all three than whipping up some tasty creations to share and enjoy? Whether a quick bite or large feast, sweets are a delicacy during bitter, cold months. With these simple recipes, the season of cheer is sure to be savored well past winter. 


Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Not much is better than a fresh cup of hot chocolate on a crisp morning to start the day. All this recipe requires is a quick search through your kitchen cabinets. This mix can warm up even the most frigid brain freeze — making it the perfect treat to energize you during finals week as well as the break to follow. 


  • 2 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups dry milk powder 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Stir sugar and cocoa powder together with a food processor or spoon until well-mixed. 
  2. Add salt, cornstarch and cayenne. Mix thoroughly. 
  3. Combine powdered milk. 
  4. Evenly distribute chocolate chips within the mixture.
  5. Store in airtight container.

To make one mug:

  1. Fill 1/3 to 1/2 of a mug with cocoa mix. Add hot water or milk and stir until mix is dissolved. 

Ideas for amping up your hot chocolate game:

  • Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon, shaved chocolate or crushed peppermints.
  • For a mocha drink, add a shot of espresso before the hot water or milk.
  • For spiced cocoa, add 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice seasoning. 


Peppermint and White Chocolate Truffles

We all enjoy a hefty dessert occasionally, but sometimes a small grab-and-go dessert is all that’s needed. Truffles provide the balance of flavor and moderation that allows dessert fans to appreciate a treat without feeling stuffed. Try one, or the entire batch of 15. 


  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy canes


  1. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. 
  2. Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until liquefied.
  3. Add white chocolate and peppermint extract to the cream cheese mixture and whisk until smooth. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate until firm. 
  5. Use a scoop to measure out chocolate. Roll it in between your hands into a smooth ball, then roll it in a bowl of crushed candy canes.*

*Protip: Roll in candy canes the day you plan to serve them or else the candy layer will get sticky from absorbing moisture in the chocolate.