Christmas is only five days away, and the holidays are not complete without desserts. If you're looking for different recipes than the traditional chocolate chip cookies, we have what you need.
Here are seven unique holiday-themed dessert recipes to try this year:
White chocolate peppermint cookies
This take on white chocolate cookies is the perfect way to jazz up Santa's cookies. Filled with the deliciousness of white chocolate with a kick of peppermint, this will be your favorite cookie recipe this holiday season. This recipe is quick and easy, only taking 25 minutes to make. Add some hot chocolate in the mix and you have yourself a merry, sweet Christmas.
You can find the recipe for white chocolate peppermint cookies here.
Hot chocolate cookies
Is there anything better than hot chocolate on a cold December night? How about hot chocolate with hot chocolate cookies? Although it's a chocolate supreme treat, make your holiday a little sweater by trying these at home. This recipe makes regular chocolate chip cookies look boring, and is equally as easy to make. It will only take you 30 minutes to make these hot cocoa cookies and you will probably finish eating them quicker than that. Try making these oozy, mouth watering cookies this holiday season.
You can find the recipe for hot chocolate cookies here.
Pecan pie truffles
Pecan pie is a holiday favorite, so try making pecan truffles that will surely impress your guests. Filled with pecan pie flavors, these little truffles can be made for a Christmas dessert, a fun gift or midnight snacks while you're watching your favorite holiday movie. This recipe will take less than an hour to make, and you can freeze them for an anytime snack.
You can find the recipe for pecan pie truffles here.
No bake coconut snowballs
This recipe is perfect for coconut lovers and anyone low on time this holiday season. If you have five minutes to spare, try making these for a healthier Christmas treat. These coconut snowballs are filled with coconut and dipped in chocolate for a no bake version of cookies your whole family will love.
You can find the recipe for no bake coconut snowballs here.
Pumpkin cheesecake muffins
We aren't sure when muffins became breakfast food, but we are so glad they did. These pumpkin cheesecake muffins are sugary goodness for any pumpkin lover. With cream cheese filling and brown sugar crumb cake topping, it will be the most tempting breakfast for Christmas morning. The comforting feeling of eating pumpkin during the holiday season should be reason enough to make these. This recipe will take you 50 minutes.
You can find the recipe for pumpkin cheesecake muffins here.
Cinnamon roll sugar cookies
A perfect combination of two of your favorite treats, it doesn't get any better than this: cinnamon roll sugar cookies. This recipe will take you 50 minutes to make. And the best part is you can make them year round. Forget tradition, try making these cinnamon roll sugar cookies this year.
You can find the recipe for cinnamon roll sugar cookies here.
Baked apple cider donut holes
Apple cider and donut holes? Count me in! This sweet treat is exactly what you need Christmas morning. Filled with apple cider flavor and covered in cinnamon sugar or an apple cider glaze, this fall-inspired dish is a perfect snack. This recipe will take you 42 minutes to make, so round up your family and friends for a fun baking night. If you're a fan of apple cider and donuts, miss the opportunity to make these.
You can find the recipe for baked apple cider donut holes here.
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East Austin restaurant la Barbecue has been robbed a third time in less than three months, according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram.
In the post, the restaurant included photos of what appeared to be a man exiting a minivan from surveillance footage.
"This guy pulled up in a car full of stuff… he ripped our gate open and stole a couple empty kegs," the post said. "The ring system scared him off so he did not venture back into the area. PLEASE EVERYONE ON THE EAST SIDE BE CAREFUL!!! This guy goes back into his car to grab something before he goes in. I am hoping he won’t be back!!"
The robbery comes as many restaurant and food truck owners have been on guard from recent break-ins. East Austin cheesesteak truck R&B's Steak and Fries has also been robbed three times in around three months, according to owner Kris Elliott. Elliot said the truck was last robbed around a month and a half ago.
"When the weather gets cold, it seems like these things start to happen more often," Elliott said. "We're just happy no one got hurt."
Additionally, he said all 5 of the food trucks in their lot have experienced burglaries. The landlord of the space is taking action by investing in alarm and camera systems. "Been very tough dealing with this problem as us small business owners are just trying to survive during the pandemic," Elliott said.
And it's not just in East Austin. North Austin restaurants Eldorado Cafe and Chez Zee Bistro were both broken into and robbed on the weekend of Jan. 8, while over a dozen food truck robberies and break-ins were reported in the latter half of 2021.
Some, like Chez Zee's Deborah Velasco, wonder if the understaffed Austin Police Department's decision to no longer respond to non-emergency calls is part of the problem. Xose Velasco, owner of East Austin's Discada, said owners are keeping their guard up in the wake of the robberies as he was robbed twice within a month of reopening in November 2021.
"We try to keep the lights on," Velasco said. "We're a little bit more careful."
After 12 months, the long-anticipated massive Tesla factory in Southeast Travis County is up and operating and everyone wants a look inside.
Phase 1 of Giga Texas appears to be tied up as production of the Model Y Tesla is underway, the electric car company revealed on Wednesday in its fourth-quarter earnings call. The factory, located on the former Harold Green-turned Tesla Road, sits on more than 2,000 acres of land in southeast Travis County.
Here's a glimpse inside the factory.
Model Ys will be the first Teslas to come out of Giga Texas with an estimated delivery of August. The wait estimate comes after Tesla noted supply chain issues have affected their factories, which have been running below capacity for several quarters. A deep blue metallic like this goes for $1,000 more than a white or silver Model Y, totaling $61,990.
Model Ys began being produced at Giga Texas at the end of 2020. In general assembly at the factory, the Teslas get their major interior components to finish the vehicle.
Workers at Austin's Gigafactory are attaching seats to a structural battery pack. It's been described by some as the biggest difference between Texas-made Model Y's and the current version at the Fremont, California factory. It shouldn't have a major impact on the owner's experience, but Tesla has updated instructions for the jacking procedure, as the lift points are different.
With a sleek, open office setup, workers can take in a view of the factory from their seats. It's a component CEO Elon Musk wanted for what is now the headquarters of Tesla.
On the Austin, Texas public location Snapchat, a photo of inside Giga Texas has appeared. On the left you can see a sneak peek of a Model Y body.pic.twitter.com/N7zliZ5vkL— Sawyer Merritt (@Sawyer Merritt) 1643081462
With Snapchat's maps, anyone can look at everyday activity happening at the factory. To view these geographically-linked stories, click the bottom left "map" icon and search "Tesla Giga Texas." Once you've found it, you can view the Snapchat story of those in and around the facility. While most stories stay up for only 24 hours, Giga Texas is a designated place on Snapchat, allowing users to view a collection of photos and videos from the inside.
Following Model Ys, Texas-made Teslas will include the Cybertruck, Semi and Model 3. But it might be a while before those other models arrive. EV makers have been hit hard by the chip shortage, and it's thought that changing features are contributing to Cybertruck delays as Tesla works to compete in the electric pickup market.
Joe Rogan paid a visit to buddy Elon Musk this week. The two have been seen around town since both moving to Texas. Naturally, Rogan was impressed with the prototype.
If you're dying to get a closer look at this factory, you just might get to. In December, Musk said the factory would have tours available to the community early this year.
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