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You Don't Have to Spend Hours Cooking for the Holidays

You Don't Have to Spend Hours Cooking for the Holidays

Your office holiday party is this weekend, your mother-in-law is expecting you to bring a killer dessert to family dinner and you just don't have the time, energy or ideas to get it done. We're here to help. These easy recipes look fancy but are made from just a few simple ingredients to impress your guests or hosts in a pinch. 
Spinach Crescent Cups
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1 tube of sheet (not pre cut) crescent dough
Pre prepared spinach dip
A mini muffin tin 

1. Preheat oven to temperature on crescent dough tube.
2. Lay out dough and cut into even squares (about 12 squares, a pizza cutter works well for this).
3. Gently place dough squares in muffin tin and scoop in spoonfuls of spinach dip.
4. Bake until dough edges turn golden brown, about 12 minutes. 
Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies 
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Prepackaged sugar cookie dough
White chocolate baking chips
Mini chocolate chips
Candy canes

1. Bake cookies according to package directions and let cool.
2. Melt white chocolate baking chips and spoon melted chocolate onto center of cookies. Spread out melted chocolate evenly.
3. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and chocolate chips into wet chocolate. 

For some gluten and top eight allergen free options, check out the recipes below. These may take a little longer but they are sure to delight any party goer or holiday guest with special dietary needs and are good for you so you can feel better about them.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin (or peppermint) Truffles
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Recipe adapted from Paleo Running Momma:
1/2 cup canned pumpkin *
1 cup pitted dates
2 tbsp coconut oil (instead of nut butter) 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon*
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice *
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 package Enjoy Life dark chocolate chunks
2-3 tbsp shredded coconut*

*I updated this recipe to make it more Christmas-y by using 1 banana instead of pumpkin, and mint extract instead of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, and crushed peppermint sticks instead of shredded coconut. 

Instructions attached to PIN link.
Dutch Apple Pie
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Recipe adapted from Gluten-free on a Shoestring:

Updates to recipe:
I cut the sugar for the crumble topping by only using 1/3 cup coconut sugar (instead of xanthan gum, brown sugar and granulated sugar) and I replaced the butter with coconut oil.

For the filling, I limited the sugar to 1/3 cup coconut sugar instead. (Using pink lady apples makes it plenty sweet!)

1 cup (140 g) all purpose gf flour 
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/3 cup (73 g) packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled


2 1/2 pounds (about 5 large apples) Granny Smith apples (or other tart and firm apple), peeled, cored and sliced thin
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Just grab a GF pie crust from the store to save time! 

Instructions attached to PIN link. 

Cranberry Lemon Vodka Punch

If a drink was your thing to bring and you need something delicious quickly, head to the store get these things and dump them all in a punch bowl when you arrive at your destination for a no-fuss, bulk drink. Leave the alcohol out for a drink for all ages or change it up to make it your own.


1 quart cranberry juice
1 can frozen lemonade
2 cups vodka
1.5 quarts of 7 Up or Sprite

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