As student’s head home for winter break and get more into the holiday spirit with friends and family, what better way to spread holiday cheer than by making some delicious treats! Check out these holiday baking hacks for when you’re in a pinch, craving something sweet, or feeling creative!

Caramelized Sugar Gingerbread Houses

Photo of gingerbread with caramelized corners by Emily Dunn

Ingredients and Directions 

1 cup of white sugar. 

Place sugar in a medium pan and cook on medium heat, stirring often. Heat while stirring until sugar melts and liquifies into a glue paste. This should take about 5-10 minutes. 

Use the sugar paste to glue the gingerbread pieces together and attach candy decorations to your gingerbread house. This one ingredient and simple hack will definitely work in a pinch and put a spin on gingerbread building!

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Photo of different steps in hot chocolate bombs by Sweets by Jen/Facebook

Ingredients and Directions

Milk

Medium Saucepan

Microwavable mug

Leftover Chocolate

Start by melting the chocolate either on stove top or in the microwave. Once the chocolate is fully melted, pour the chocolate into silicone sphere molds and then place it in the freezer until the chocolate is solid. 

After the chocolate is solidified, fill one of the halves with cocoa powder and marshmallows. Finally add the second half of the sphere to the top and use a lighter to melt to create a seal. 

Photo of someone making chocolate silicon balls by Sugar Geek Show

Keep Baked Goods Softer Longer

Photo of Bread with Cookies by Joe Lingeman

Ingredients and Directions: 

Leftover cookies, brownies, etc. 

½-1 piece of a loaf of bread. 

Tupperware container

After enjoying your freshly baked treats, and it’s time to put the leftovers in a container, make sure to put in a piece of bread along with them. This hack will keep your cookies significantly softer and fresher for longer! It works by the moisture of the bread getting absorbed by the cookies that need it. This will turn the bread into a rock and keep your homemade goodies moist for days!