Magazine article Working Mother

Sweet and Easy (as 1, 2, 3 ... 4)

Magazine article Working Mother

Sweet and Easy (as 1, 2, 3 ... 4)

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Choco-Cherry Fudge

Makes 16 pieces * Prep Time: 5 to 7 minutes, plus 4 hours chilling time * Cook Time: 4 minutes

You don't need to spend hours decorating cutout cookies to impress friends and families. This fudge comes together quickly in the microwave and makes a beautiful giftwhen wrapped in clear cellophane bags and tied with festive ribbon.

Make It Your Own Re-create one of our childhood favorites, Chunky Candy Bar, by omitting the walnuts and swapping in ½ cup chopped peanuts and ½ cup raisins.

8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup walnuts, chopped

16 maraschino cherries with stems

1 Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on 2 sides.

2 Add chocolate and condensed milk to a large microwave-safe bowl and cook on medium-high 4 minutes, until the chocolate is melted (checking at regular intervals). Stir vigorously to combine. Stir in nuts.

3 Pour the fudge into the pan and spread into an even layer. Lightly score the top with a knife to create squares, first in half, then quarters, eighths and finally sixteenths. Gently press a cherry into the center of each square. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

4 Remove the fudge from the pan by lifting it out with the paper overhang and place on a cutting board. Cut along the lines to serve.

Cinnamon Stars

Makes 24 cookies . Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes, plus 30 to 35 minutes sitting time*

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Kids will love playing with their food as they dig in with their hands to make this cookie dough. This recipe gets bonus points for being gluten-free, too!

Make It Your Own Stars are festive, but fun is the most important ingredient when baking with kids. So let them break out a variety of cutters to make these cookies if they want to.

2 egg whites

2¼ cups powdered sugar, sifted (plus extra for dusting)

1½ cups almond meal

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 Help kids beat egg whites lightly with a wooden spoon in a large bowl. Let them gradually stir in the powdered sugar to form a smooth icing. Transfer . cup to a small bowl, cover tightly and set aside.

2 Add almond meal and cinnamon to the remaining icing and help kids gently press the dough together, letting the warmth of their hands soften the dough. Add 1 teaspoon water if it seems too dry.

3 Lightly dust a clean work surface with powdered sugar and help kids roll out the dough to about .-inch thickness. Spread with a thin layer of the reserved icing. Leave uncovered at room temperature 30 to 35 minutes, until icing has set.

4 Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Kids can cut out shapes using a variety of star cookie cutters (dipping the cutters in powdered sugar to help prevent sticking). Place cookies on the baking sheet and cook 10 minutes or until just firm. Let cool on the sheet. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

White Christmas Cheesecake

Serves 8 * Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus at least 4 hours chilling time *

Cook Time: 2 to 3 minutes

Add a pre-baked crust to your shopping list to complete this so-simple dessert. Just plan on making it a day ahead so it has time to chill in the fridge before serving.

Make It Your Own Swap the white chocolate topping with chopped bits of chocolate-coated toffee candy.

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (¼-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin

5 ounces white chocolate, chopped

1 In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. add condensed milk and continue beating until well combined. …

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