A sweet retreat: Holiday recipes that will blow you away

By: Griffin Quadro, Staff Writer

There are many fun holiday recipes. If you’re spending Christmas Eve picking up last-minute presents, then these slow cooker recipes are for

you. In this collection you’ll find dinners, appetizers, desserts and drinks that can cook while you’re at the mall.

Roast Beef and Gravy

This is by far the simplest way to make roast beef and gravy. On busy days, you can put this main dish in the slow cooker and forget about it. My family likes it with mashed potatoes and fruit salad.

Hot Holiday Cider

This slightly tart apple cider is perfect for a holiday party It fills the room with a wonderful aroma. Some of the best

Christmas Cookies

gingerbread, peppermint and meringue, oh my! Bake up a few dozen this holiday season to make friends, family and Santa extra jolly. The Best way to make Gingerbread is too whip up a batch of gingerbread boys or girls on a blank canvas for merry decorating. Go simple with piped white icing and candies or go all out with ugly Christmas sweaters. It doesn’t get more festive than these classic, spiced-just-right gingerbread man cookie recipes.

Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Treats

Santa is sure to stop by your house if you leave these minty chocolate cookies waiting for him. They’re quick and easy for the whole family to make together.

Gingerbread-Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Ever since I was a kid, pumpkin pie has been my favorite. The first time I made it was for Christmas a couple of years ago. The following Christmas, I received a gift with all the ingredients for this pie in it and a note asking me to make it again as soon as time permitted.

Cake Pops

This recipe is very versatile and heavily addictive. You can mix and match cake and icing flavors as well as the chocolate coatings. The variations are unlimited, and they can be nicely packaged and given as gifts. These holiday recipes will make your holidays a whole lot merrier.