- Portion size 2 servings
- Credits : novi tauber
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cups water
The Ultimate Shortbread Cookies Credits: Jeff Coulson
The holidays wouldn't be complete without sweet, buttery shortbread, so we've perfected a classic. This one has a crispy snap but still melts delicately in your mouth.
Best Maple Butter Tarts
Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We've subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we've included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins.
<p>Pomegranate and Rosemary Ice Pops</p> Credits: Photography by Ronald Tsang
Place these pretty ice pops in a tall glass and top with sparkling water (or wine!) for an instant festive cocktail. Once the ice pop melts, you'll be left with a fruity cocktail flavoured with lime and rosemary.
In bowl, stir together pomegranate juice, orange zest and orange juice. Pour into 10 ice pop moulds. Divide pomegranate seeds among moulds. Insert 1 sprig of the rosemary and 1 slice of the lime into each. Freeze until firm, about 5 hours.
Cream Cheese Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies Credits: Jodi Pudge
Gingerbread overload? There's no such thing! These soft, chewy ginger-spiced thumbprints are filled with a tangy cream cheese icing for the ultimate holiday treat. A sprinkling of chopped crystallized ginger gives the cookies an added festive touch.
Cookies: In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg, fancy molasses and cooking molasses. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture just until combined.
Roll by 1 tbsp into balls. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on parchment paper–lined rimless baking sheets. Supporting opposing sides of 1 ball with 2 fingers, press opposite index finger into centre to create well 1/2 inch deep and 3/4 inch wide. Pinch together any cracks around edge. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350°F oven until no longer shiny, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven; using rounded back of 1 tsp measure, gently press wells to reshape. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.
Spiced Cream Cheese Icing: While cookies are cooling, in bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until fluffy; beat in molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Beat in icing sugar until smooth. Spoon or pipe heaping 1 tsp of the icing into well of each cookie.
Garnish: Sprinkle icing with ginger. Refrigerate until icing is set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Makes about 40 cookies.