Baking and the holidays are synonymous. A Thanksgiving or Christmas without sweets just wouldn’t be the same for most people, including me.
I know that when growing up, my mom’s holiday baking was something we all looked forward to with great anticipation. She always made a multitude of cookies and other baked goods, and we could find them in various tins and boxes on the back porch when we came home.
These days, I don’t think as many moms are baking as there were in my youth, mainly because many are working outside the home. Or perhaps they didn’t take time to watch and help their moms because of busy school schedules and other activities.
Regardless, if you’re interested and need some help, there is a solution. Hershey’s Cookie Headquarters Is now open. The one-stop holiday baking site offers expert advice and recipes to beginners.
This year’s CookieHQ offers step-by-step recipes and gift how-tos, professional tips and exclusive access to a team of experts ready to answer your toughest baking questions.
Beginning today at www.HersheysKitchens.com and at the @HersheysKisses Twitter handle, experts will be available every day (weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to help make homemade the easiest choice for holiday gifts and entertaining. Bakers can submit questions, share comments and join in on the latest conversations with fellow baking enthusiasts.
But more than just answering baking questions, Hershey’s is helping bakers whip up delicious sweet treats with holiday-themed recipes tested in Hershey’s Kitchens. CookieHQ offers recipes for holiday cookie classics like Peanut Butter Blossoms and Hershey’s Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies and fun, Pinterest-worthy recipes like Individual Toffee Pumpkin Pies with Acorn Kisses Chocolates and Santa Hat Topped Red Velvet Cupcakes. The following is an example of the recipes.
All-American Heath Brownies
1/3 cup butter or margarine
3 sections (½ ounce each) Hershey’s Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
11/3 cups (8-ounce package) Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits
Heat oven to 350 degree. Grease bottom of 8-inch square baking pan.
Melt butter and chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture, stirring until well-blended. Spread batter in prepared pan.
Bake 20 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from sides of pan. Remove from oven; sprinkle with toffee bits. Cover tightly with foil. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove foil; cut into squares.
Yield: 16 brownies.
Approximate nutritional analysis per brownie: 190 calories, 4.5 grams saturated, 30 milligrams cholesterol, 125 milligrams sodium, 28 grams carbohydrates, 21 grams sugar.