Left Over Egg Nog French Toast

With Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking about all the Egg Nog many people will be drinking. But what happens to the left over Egg Nog that no one wants to drink after the holidays are over? Here is a quick and simple recipe that utilizes that left over liquid and turns it into a delicious breakfast or brunch treat!

Egg Nog French Toast from Anna Mortillaro on Vimeo.

Equipment: 1 Medium Bowl, 1 Fork, 1 Measuring Cup, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Non-Stick Griddle, 1 Spatula

Ingredients: Egg Nog, Eggs, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Bread, and Butter

Directions:

  1. Mix 3/4 cup of Egg Nog with 3 eggs, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and as much cinnamon as you desire
  2. Dip 5 pieces of bread into your Egg Nog mix, one at a time, making sure to coat both sides of each piece of bread
  3. Turn the burner on your stove to medium heat and place your griddle on top
  4. Grease your griddle with a generous amount of butter
  5. Place two pieces of bread at a time on your griddle, allowing the bottom to turn a golden brown color before flipping with your spatula
  6. After flipping, allow the other side of the bread to turn a golden brown
  7. To ensure that your french toast is cooked through, check the center by cutting a small slice in the center of the bread
  8. Enjoy!

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“Stained Glass” Hanukkah Cookies

Happy December everyone! Here’s a fun Hanukkah recipe!

Hanukkah Cookies from Anna Mortillaro on Vimeo.

Equipment: 1 baking sheet, parchment paper, 1 bowl, 1 mixing spoon, a flat surface (to roll your cookie dough out on), 1 small knife, 1 cup, and 1 rolling pin

Ingredients: Sugar cookie mix (and the flour, butter, and eggs that your cookies require), and Jolly Rancher hard candies

Directions:

  1. Mix together your sugar cookie ingredients as directed on the box/bag that you picked for this recipe. (My cookies used 3 Tbsp of added flour, 1 stick of butter, and 1 egg)
  2. After your cookie ingredients have formed a soft dough, spread some flour on a flat surface and on your rolling pin
  3. Roll your dough out until flat and about 1/4 of an inch thick
  4. Using the rim of an upside down cup, cut out your cookie circles
  5. Using your small knife, cut out your symbols inside your cookies, discarding the dough from the center of your shapes (this dough can be used again to make more cookies!)
  6. Place your cookies on a sheet of parchment paper on your baking sheet
  7. Place 1 Jolly Rancher inside the shape cut into each cookie
  8. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 5-7 minutes
  9. Let your cookies cool for 10-20 minutes
  10. Enjoy your cookies and Happy Hanukkah!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

Thanksgiving is a few days away so I decided to make a cute Turkey Day recipe!

Equipment: 1 Cupcake pan, paper or tin foil baking cups, 1 bowl, a spoon, a knife, a small ziplock bag, and a pair of scissors

Ingredients: Cake mix (and the eggs, water, vegetable oil, etc. that your chosen cake mix requires), icing (both chocolate and vanilla), Fudge Stripe Cookies, candy corn, Oreos, mini m&ms, and orange food coloring

Directions:

  1. Combine your cake ingredients as directed on the box of your chosen cake mix
  2. Bake your cupcakes as directed on the box. You will know that they are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean
  3. After your cupcakes cool completely, cover the tops of your cupcakes with chocolate icing
  4. Cut a Fudge Stripe Cookie in half and cover one side in chocolate icing, then place the cookie on the top half of your cupcake so it looks like a rainbow
  5. Place 4 or 5 candy corns on the icing on the fudge stripe cookie, making the “feathers” of your turkey
  6. Separate the halves of two Oreos, placing the cookies with the cream on your cupcake next to one another beneath your Fudge Stripe Cookie
  7. Place one mini m&m on each Oreo completing your turkey’s eyes
  8. After mixing the orange food coloring into your vanilla icing, take a spoon and transfer two spoonfuls into the bottom corner of your ziplock bag
  9. Cut a small hole in the corner of the ziplock bag with your scissors so as to create an easy icing applicator
  10. Squeeze a small amount of icing out of the ziplock bag in between the Oreo “eyes,” making your turkey’s beak
  11. Enjoy your Turkey Day treat!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

With Halloween just around the corner I decided to make a simple recipe for cupcakes. Its super easy, super fun, and super cute!

Equipment: 1 Cupcake pan, paper or tin foil baking cups, 1 bowl, a spoon and a knife

Ingredients: Cake mix (and the eggs, water, vegetable oil, etc. that your chosen cake mix requires), icing, regular sized and mini marshmallows, candy corn or candy pumpkins (or both), sprinkles (optional), and food coloring.

Directions:

  1. Combine your cake ingredients as directed on the box of your chosen cake mix
  2. Bake your cupcakes as directed on the box. You will know that they are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean
  3. After your cupcakes cool completely, cover the tops of your cupcakes with icing and add some sprinkles
  4. Cut the end off of a regular sized marshmallow and place it in the center of your cupcake
  5. Place a candy corn and candy pumpkin on top of the center of your marshmallow using a small dab of icing
  6. Cut a mini marshmallow in half and attach the two pieces to both sides of the candy corn or pumpkin using a small amount of icing
  7. Using a toothpick, draw a face onto the top of your marshmallow (making a face for your ghost) with food coloring.
  8. Enjoy your ghost cupcakes!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Another special appearance by my favorite game of thrones cutting board!

Welcome!

Hello visitors! Welcome to my holiday baking blog! Each month I will post a new recipe with either a video and/or pictures describing how to make it. These recipes will celebrate national calendar holidays and will also include some seasonal recipes as well that will make the holidays even more exciting! Thank you so much for visiting the site and I hope you enjoy your baking experience and delicious holiday treats! Also, please feel free to contact me in the Contact page with suggestions and links to your favorite recipes or any recipes that you would like me to write about and make for my blog!

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The picture above shows a recipe for “healthy” apple pies that I made in October to celebrate the beginning of fall. This recipe here is a little more intricate than I would usually recommend because the pie dough is made from scratch, but if you have a little extra time, then this recipe is perfect for you! Plus, guest appearance from my favorite Game of Thrones cutting board!