Holiday Brownies

These Holiday Brownies are super fudgy, Christmas tree shapes, topped with sweet green icing, M&Ms and sprinkles.  Holiday Brownies are the ultimate holiday dessert- perfect for lunch boxes too! 

Brownies are one of my favorite desserts! Easy to make, easy to serve and kids love them. These brownies are super fudgy, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside with a rich chocolate flavor. For decorating, I used store bought green icing, but you can make your own icing if you’d like. 

How to Make Holiday Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a metal 9×9 pan with parchment paper allowing some to hang over edges of pan, grease with cooking spray and set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk in eggs by hand, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk for about 1 minute.
  • Add sugar and whisk in until smooth, for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour melted butter. 
  • Whisk in melted chocolate until well combined. 
  • Add flour and cocoa powder and stir using a rubber spoon, just until combined. 
  • Add Chocolate chips and give it a one extra stir. 
  • Pour into prepared pan and smooth out.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 27-30 minutes. Let cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing. 
  • Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles:
    • Start by cutting into three equal rows- try to do a better job than I did at making them equal. 
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    • Then cut in alternating diagonals. Cut each row into 4 triangles. Set aside leftover pieces for snacking.
  • Press the popsicle sticks into the bottom of each brownie triangles.
  • Squeeze green icing over brownies, add sprinkles and a few M&Ms. 

The Christmas tree brownies are the ultimate Christmas recipes dessert idea.

Tips for Baking the Best Holiday Brownies

  • Do not over mix your brownie batter after adding the flour. 
  • Do not over bake them either. Mine were done at exactly 27 minutes in an 9×9-inch pan. Each oven is different. But remember, they will continue to bake slightly in the hot pan once pulled out of the oven.
  • Line your baking pan with greased parchment paper so you can easily pull them out of the pan. 
  • Let your Brownies rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour before cutting.

If you are looking for Christmas dessert recipes, you will love making these holiday brownies.

Looking for More Dessert Ideas, Here are Some!

Jam-Filled Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Date Bars

Date Roll Cookies 

Holiday Brownies Christmas

Holiday Brownies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These festive Holiday Brownies are great for your next Christmas Party!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted- 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Green Icing 
  • Christmas M&Ms
  • popsicle sticks 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a metal 9×9 pan with parchment paper allowing some to hang over edges of pan, grease with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk in eggs by hand, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk for about 1 minute.
  3. Add sugar and whisk in until smooth, for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour in melted butter.
  5. Whisk in melted chocolate until well combined. 
  6. Add flour and cocoa powder and stir using a rubber spoon, just until combined. 
  7. Add Chocolate chips and give it a one extra stir. 
  8. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 27-30 minutes.
  10. Let cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing. 
  11. Remove the brownies from the pan, and cut into triangles:
  12. Start by cutting into three equal rows.
  13. Then cut in alternating diagonals. Cut each row into 4 triangles. Set aside leftover pieces for snacking.
  14. Press the popsicle sticks into the bottom of each brownie triangles.
  15. Squeeze green frosting over brownies, add a few M&Ms to each brownie tree.

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coconut date bars, healthy, quick, delicious and a quick dessert idea!

Coconut Date Bars

 
And if you’re feeling extra indulgent, I suggest you check out these Almond Chocolate Covered Dates
I’ve always loved the combination of sweet dates and nuts together and in this recipe the pecans and plain biscuits just add an extra crunchy texture to these delicious coconut date bars! SO GOOD!

Ingredients you’ll Need to Make Coconut Date Bars

How to Make these Coconut Date Bars

(Here is a step by step with pictures, check card below for exact measurements.)

Making coconut date bars couldn’t be simpler. you’ll cook  the dates with little butter until soft, mix in pecans and biscuits, add them to a baking pan, sprinkle with coconuts and place in the fridge or freezer. That’s literally it – there’s no baking required either! You’ll only need 15 minutes of spare time to prep this recipe.

  • To begin making coconut date bars, start by lining a baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. I used an 9×9-inch dish.
  • crush your plain biscuits by hand into small pieces and set aside. 

  • Pit dates, place in a food processor and process until finely chopped. 

  • In a large skillet, melt butter and add dates. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat or until soft mixing consistently. (The dates will still be coarse but much softer).

  • Remove from heat and add chopped pecans, mix well.

  • Add crushed biscuits and mix some more until all the ingredients are incorporated. Let the mixture cool enough to handle. Then mix further with hands (if needed).

  • Transfer mixture to the prepared paper-lined baking pan and pack down using the back of a measuring cup.

  • Sprinkle with shredded coconuts evenly on top and lightly press down. 

  • Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before cutting or in the freezer for half an hour.
  • Remove the coconut date from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
  • Place it on a cutting board.
  • Cut into equal size bars with a sharp knife. Store these healthy bars in an airtight container. 

More No Bake Desserts?

Oat and Grain Bars

No Bake Jello Cheesecake

No-Bake Cream Pie

No-Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Do you love a coconut date dessert? Then you will love this easy no bake coconut date bars recipe!

Coconut Date Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Craving something sweet without the guilt? These quick no bake coconut date bars is always the answer!

Instructions

    1. Start by lining a baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. I used an 9×9-inch dish.
    2. Crush your plain biscuits by hand into small pieces and set aside. 
    3. Pit dates, place in a food processor and process until coarse. 
    4. In a large skillet, melt butter and add coarse dates. Cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat or until soft mixing consistently. (The dates will still be coarse but much softer).
    5. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans, mix well.
    6. Add crushed biscuits and mix some more until all the ingredients are incorporated. Let the mixture cool enough to handle. Then mix further with hands (if needed).
    7. Transfer mixture to the prepared paper-lined baking dish and pack down using the back of a measuring cup.
    8. Sprinkle with shredded coconuts evenly on top and lightly press down. 
    9. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before cutting or in the freezer for half an hour.
    10. Remove the coconut date from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
    11. Place it on a cutting board.
    12. Cut into equal size pieces with a sharp knife. Store these healthy bars in an airtight container. 
    13. Enjoy!

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Manakish ( also known as manaqish, manaeesh, or manakeesh) is a popular Lebanese breakfast flat bread.

Cheese Manakish

Cheese Manakish is a popular breakfast in the Middle Eastern cuisine. Manakish is made of flatbread topped with a variety of choices. Some of these toppings include cheese, zaatar , spinach or beef

Cheese manakish recipe with the best manakish dough!

The Cheese Manakish Dough

The dough for this cheese manakish recipe is very easy to prepare. With just 6 ingredients, this manakish dough  requires just one bowl with a lid (no stand mixer, though you can use one if you’d like), about 5 minutes of kneading, and 3 hours to rise. 

 If you don’t have the time to prepare homemade dough, you can use ready-made pizza dough as an alternative. 

The Cheese Manakish Topping 

In Lebanon we use a special cheese for manakish called “Akawi”, but since it is hard to find in the US, I have been using a mix of Queso Blanco cheese (I find mine at Walmart) with shredded mozzarella, a little butter and a pinch of salt as a delicious alternative! 

Manakish ( also known as manaqish, manaeesh, or manakeesh) is a popular Lebanese breakfast flat bread.

manakish recipe or manakeesh. You will love this Lebanese cheese manakish recipe with a homemade manakish dough.

Cheese Manakish

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes

Manakish (also known as manaqish, manaeesh, or manakeesh) is a popular Lebanese breakfast flatbread.

Ingredients

For Dough

  • 4 cups flour Bread
  • 1 cup warm milk ( I heat in microwave for a few seconds)
  • 2  tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For Cheese Topping

Instructions

    To make the dough: 

  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes to foam.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with lid, combine flour, salt, warm milk and vegetable oil.  Work the mixture with your hands.
  3. Pour in the yeast mixture. Continue kneading until soft dough forms. I knead until dough feels elastic, smooth, and no longer sticks  to my hands (If after mixing, the dough is still too sticky for you, you can sprinkle just a tiny bit of flour).
  4. Shape the whole dough into a big ball.
  5. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on ball-shaped dough and spread evenly.
  6. Cover the dough with a piece of seal plastic wrap and close with lid
  7. Wrap container with a large blanket or towel (to keep warm) and leave to rise for about 3-4 hours or until it doubles in size.
  8. Punch down the dough and form into 12 small balls.
  9. Arrange the small balls on lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on top too.
  10. Cover again with a towel and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.


To Prepare Cheese Topping:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix together shredded mozzarella and queso blanco cheese, melted butter and salt until well combined.
  2. Set aside.

To Prepare Cheese Manakish for Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with a lightly greased parchment paper.
  2. Form the cheese manakish by flattening the small dough balls on a floured surface into small circles with your fingertips. They will be about 5-6 inches in diameter.
  3. Press on each one with your fingertips to sculpt little dips for the topping to sit in.
  4. Add about 2 tbsp cheese topping in the middle of each flattened circle, leave a 1 inch border around.
  5. Fold the one inch border of dough over the meat filling and pinch the edge all around to from a thick border.
  6. Sprinkle a pinch of roasted sesame seeds to the center of each cheese manakish (optional).
  7. Arrange the manakish on the prepared greased baking sheet tray.
  8. Bake at 400° F heated-oven for 10-12 minutes or until the dough is slightly browned on bottom and edges.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy! Keeps well for about a week in tight sealed Tuppeware.
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If you are looking for Halloween lunch ideas for kids, you will love these peanut butter and jelly spiders.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Spiders

If you are looking for Halloween lunch ideas for kids, you will love these peanut butter and jelly spiders.

Halloween is almost here! At this time of the year I like to get creative with my kids’ lunch boxes. I made these cute Halloween inspired mini Peanut Butter and Jelly Spiders

These peanut butter and jelly spiders are fun to prepare with the help of your little ones- pack them in your child’s lunch box or serve them on Halloween parties- well if you host one this year 😉 

If you are looking for Halloween lunch ideas for kids, you will love these peanut butter and jelly spiders.

 

INGREDIENTS FOR Peanut Butter and Jelly Spiders

Here’s what you’ll need to make these fun Halloween sandwiches:

  •  wheat or white bread slices
  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Jelly or jam (your choice of flavor)
  • Thin pretzel sticks
  • Candy eyeballs 
  • Lid of a mason jar

How to Make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

It is a so easy to prepare these peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Halloween! 

  • Using the lid of a mason jar or a round glass cup, carve out rounds into two slices of bread.
  • Spread an even layer of peanut butter across one of the bread rounds. 
  • Spread an even layer of jelly across the other side of the bread round.

  • Place pretzel sticks on each side. Don’t forget, spiders have 8 legs ! 

  • Combine the two rounds together, covering the pretzels legs. 

  • Add a tiny dot of peanut butter to the back of the candy eyes. Stick two eyeballs onto the top layer of your Peanut butter and jelly spider sandwich, creating the spider eyes. 

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Spiders

Peanut Butter and Jelly Spiders

Yield: 1 spider
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make these Halloween inspired PB & J Spiders in less than 5 minutes!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Using the lid of a mason jar or a round glass cup, carve out rounds into two slices of bread.
    2. Spread an even layer of peanut butter across one of the bread rounds. 
    3. Spread an even layer of jelly across the other side of the bread round.
    4. Place 4 pretzel sticks on each side, creating the spider legs.
    5. Combine the two rounds together, covering the pretzels legs. 
    6. Add a tiny dot of peanut butter to the back of the two candy eyes to help them stick. Stick them onto the top layer of your peanut butter and jelly spider sandwich, creating the spider eyes. 
    7. Enjoy!

Notes

You can replace the candy eyeballs with raisins or mini chocolate chips.

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Spinach pies are one of my favorite Lebanese snacks. I could eat them everyday! Spinach pies, or Fatayer bl Sabanekh, is a popular breakfast dish or side/appetizer dish in Lebanon. Spinach pies make a perfect portable snack, you can pack them in your kid’s lunch box or eat them on the go.

Spinach Pies

These Lebanese Spinach Pies are one of my favorite Lebanese snacks. I could eat them everyday! Spinach pies also known as Fatayer bl Sabanekh in Arabic, is a popular breakfast, side dish or appetizer in Lebanon. Spinach pies make a perfect portable snack, you can pack them in your kid’s lunch box or eat them on the go!

Spinach pies are one of my favorite Lebanese snacks. I could eat them everyday! Spinach pies, or Fatayer bl Sabanekh, is a popular breakfast dish or side/appetizer dish in Lebanon. Spinach pies make a perfect portable snack, you can pack them in your kid’s lunch box or eat them on the go.

The Dough: 

The dough for this fatayer recipe is very easy to prepare. With just 6 ingredients, this dough requires just one bowl with a lid (no stand mixer, though you can use one if you’d like), about 5 of kneading, and about 4 hours to rise. 

The Spinach Pies Filling:

The Spinach pies filling is a combination of spinach and onions, seasoned with salt and sumac. Sumac is the basic ingredient to this recipe. You can feel free to experiment with this recipe a bit, for example by adding some feta cheese to the filling if you want. 

  • Start by cutting onions into wedges. 

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  • Cut spinach into small pieces and place in a large bowl. spinach recipes
  • Add onions salt and Sumac spice and mix well.

sumac recipes

  • Add olive oil and mix some more until the mixture is well incorporated. 

fatayer bl sabanekh filling

How to Make Spinach Pies: 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with a lightly greased parchment paper.
  • Punch down the dough and form into 12 small balls.
  • Arrange on lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on top too.

The best homemade dough.

homemade manakish dough

  • Cover again with a towel or plastic wrap and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Form the spinach pies by flattening the dough balls on a floured surface into small circles with your fingertips or use a rolling pin (whatever works better for you). They will be about 6 inches in diameter.

  • Add about 1-2 tablespoons filling in the center of each circle. Leave a 1 inch border around.

  • Pinch together 3 edges of the circle over the center of the filling to form a triangular-shaped pie. Start by pinching two sides of each circle together and bringing the third edge a bit up to the center to close.

spinach pies

spinach pies

  • Arrange the stuffed pies in a single layer onto the prepared baking tray, lined with lightly greased parchment paper.
  • Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining circles and the remainder of the dough.
  • Let cool, serve and enjoy!                 

Looking for more Lebanese Pies Recipes

Zaatatar Manaqish

Lahm bi Ajeen- Lebanese Meat Pies

Cheese Manakish 

Spinach pies are one of my favorite Lebanese snacks. I could eat them everyday! Spinach pies, or Fatayer bl Sabanekh, is a popular breakfast dish or side/appetizer dish in Lebanon. Spinach pies make a perfect portable snack, you can pack them in your kid’s lunch box or eat them on the go.

Spinach Pies

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes

These delicious Spinach Pies or fatayer bl sabanekh make the perfect breakfast, snack or side side dish!

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 4 cups bread flour (or 3 cups all purpose flour and 1 cups wheat flour)
  • 1 cup warm milk (heat it in microwave for a 20 seconds or so)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  •  2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Filling

  • 2 large onions – Cut into fine pieces
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 lbs spinach – Chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup sumac
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

    Prepare the the Spinach Pies Dough:

    1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes to foam.
    2. In a large mixing bowl with a lid, combine flour, salt, warm milk and vegetable oil.  Work the mixture with your hands.
    3. Pour in the yeast mixture and continue mixing until a soft dough forms.
    4. Continue kneading the dough until its feels elastic, smooth, and no longer sticks  to your hands, this step will take about 5 minutes.
    5. If after kneading, the dough is still too sticky for you, you can sprinkle just a tiny bit of flour and knead some more.
    6. Shape the whole dough into a round shaped dough.
    7. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil on dough and spread it so the whole top of the dough is covered with oil evenly.
    8. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and the bowl with its lid.
    9. Wrap container with a large towel (to keep warm) and leave to rise at room temperature for about 3-4 hours or until doubled in size.

Prepare the Spinach Pies Stuffing Mixture:

  1. In a large bowl, add spinach, onions, salt, sumac and olive oil- mix well. The mixture will be overly salty and sour ( if you decided to taste), however after baking the final product should come out just right 😉

Prepare the Spinach Pies for Cooking:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Line a baking sheet with a lightly greased parchment paper.
    2. Punch down the dough and form into 12 small balls.
    3. Arrange on lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on top too.
    4. Cover again with a towel and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
    5. Form the spinach pies by flattening the dough balls on a floured surface into small circles with your fingertips or use a rolling pin (whatever works better for you). They will be about 6 inches in diameter.
    6. Add about 1-2 tablespoons filling in the center of each circle. Leave a 1 inch border around.
    7. Pinch together 3 edges of the circle over the center of the filling to form a triangular-shaped pie. Start by pinch two sides of each circle together and bringing the third edge a bit up to the center to close.
    8. Arrange the stuffed pies in a single layer onto the prepared baking tray.
    9. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
    10. Repeat the process with the remaining circles and the remainder of the dough.
    11. Let cool, serve and enjoy! 🙂                                 

Notes

Any leftover spinach pies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for around a week, or can be frozen for about 2-3 months.

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If you are looking for no bake recipes, you will love this no bake granola bars recipe.

Oat and Grain Bars

These Oat and Grain Bars are basically the homemade heathier version of your favorite store bought granola bars. Oat and  grain bars are a perfect portable morning or afternoon snack- great for lunch boxes, road trips, or outdoor picnics!

If you are looking for no bake recipes, you will love this no bake granola bars recipe.

What I love the most about this recipe is that I always have the ingredients available in my pantry. These granola bars are also versatile, with tons of options to add any other ingredient that you’d like!  It took me a few tries to get the recipe right, the third was a charm! They came out super soft, yummy and chewy.

Oat and Grain Bars Recipe Ingredients

You need these basic ingredients to make this homemade granola bars recipe:

  • Peanut butter 
  • Old-fashioned rolled oats 
  • Rice cereal
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Roasted almonds 
  • Raisins 
  • Roasted sunflower seeds
  • Mini chocolate chips 

How to Make Oat and Grain Bars

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the butter, brown sugar, and honey. 
  2. Remover from heat and add the peanut butter, vanilla extract and peanut butter. 
  3. Mix until everything is coated.
  4. Add the oats, rice cereal, raisins, almonds and sunflower seeds, and stir to combine.
  5. Place the mixture into a parchment lined 8×8 baking pan, and press down firmly.
  6. Sprinkle in the mini chocolate chips.
  7. Set in the fridge for a at least 1 hour before slicing into bars.

No bake granola bars/ granola bars recipe healthy

Granola bars homemade healthy / oat bars healthy

Oat and Grain Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

No-Bake, homemade and healthy granola bars.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the butter, brown sugar and honey. Cook until you have a smooth mixture, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat, and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and salt.
  4. Add the oats, rice cereal, almonds, raisins and sunflower seeds to the skillet.
  5. Stir to combine very well until everything is coated.
  6. Transfer the oat and grain mixture to the prepared pan.
  7. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press firmly the mixture into the pan. Spend extra time on this step, to ensure the mixture is pressed down tightly.
  8. Spread the chocolate chips on top and press firmly again, using a measuring cup.
  9. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  10. Remove the oat and grains from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper.
  11. Place it on a cutting board.
  12. Slice into bars and enjoy!

 


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