Some Holiday recipes to help brighten your season

Tylisha Jackson, Staff Writer

Sometimes, store-bought Christmas dinners, desserts, and appetizers aren’t always the best quality of eating or healthiest or cheapest, so I believe these are a few of the best inexpensive, healthy and delicious Christmas recipes you could surprise your family with. You could even be creative, start a new kind of bake sale at school for yourself, for a club, or an organization. These recipes, if baked or cooked correctly, can be very healthy, budget saving and kind of fulfilling if you enjoy cooking. Another suggestion, when using these recipes, would be give these to your family cook(s) or mom, try your own new tradition.

So, Happy Holidays from The Lance and don’t eat too much so you don’t have to work off too many Holiday calories.


Recipe No. 1 – Oatmeal Toffee Cookies


3.4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda $

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup packed brown sugar $

1/4 cup butter, softened $

1 teaspoon vanilla extract $

1 large egg $

1/3 cup almond toffee bits

Cooking spray $


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Stir in toffee bits.

3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.


Recipe No. 2 – Poached Pears in Spice Tea


Sugar, honey, jelly, tea bags, 600 ml water


1. Put the sugar, honey, jelly and tea bags into a big saucepan with 600ml water

2. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

3. Add the pear halves, then cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes until the pears are just tender – poke them with a skewer or the tip of a knife.

4. Lift out the pears, then turn up the heat

5. Throw in the cranberries and boil for a few minutes until syrupy.

6. Discard the tea bags.

7. Serve the pears with the warm syrup poured over and a spoonful of crème fraîche or yogurt.


Recipe No. 3 – Sticky Apple Cups


Apples, yogurt, orange juice


1. Halve each apple through the circumference

2. Dig out the core with a dessert spoon from both halves, leaving bowl-shaped hollows behind.

3. Mix together all the remaining ingredients except for the orange juice.

4. Fill the apples with the mixture.

5. Fit them into a microwaveable dish and pour the orange juice on top.

6. Cover and cook on Medium (500w) for 5-7 minutes until soft.

7.Cool for a few minutes before serving with the yogurt.