Moose Track Bites, Strawberry Milk and more

Moose Track Bites, Strawberry Milk and more

Chef Zane Holmquist joins TODAY to share a few of his favorite Christmas sweets, snacks and drinks. He shows us how to make all the spicy pork-in-a-blanket, protein-packed dates and chocolate bites, crispy pecan and pear rolls with a chocolate dipping sauce, spiced peppermint chocolate with espresso and warm strawberry milk.

All pig-in-a-blanket with cranberry mustard

Courtesy Robin Ventress

I have loved all bagels since my early days of cooking in New York. Over the years, I have made several recipes with this spice blend. The Pig-in-a-Carpet takes me back to my childhood in Utah, but I wanted to come up with a more adult, “everything” version. This is a great recipe for family snacks at any time of the year, but it is especially fun for the holidays to counteract the abundance of sweet snacks. Cranberry mustard is also great served with roasted turkey or pork and added to turkey sandwiches.

No-Bake Moose Track Bites

Courtesy Robin Ventress

I am a cyclist and I use dates for fuel while cycling. I also really like ice cream. So I wanted to come up with a flavorful fuel recipe that packed a good amount of calories into two chunks. The addition of mix-ins of moose tracks adds to the festive look of these. You do not have to be a cyclist, this is a good snack to take with you on winter activities such as skiing, ice skating or sledding or just hanging out with the family. They stay in the fridge for several days.

Pecan and pear roll-ups with chocolate-hazelnut dip

Courtesy Robin Ventress

This is an amazingly sweet bite that reminds me of baklava or strudel, but with its own personality. This combines these two flavors, and the addition of chocolate-hazelnut dip really brings it all together. This is a great dessert for beginners as you can make these rolls in advance and freeze whole for later use.

Peppermint Half-and-Half

Courtesy Robin Ventress

This drink is the perfect combination of a coffee pick-me-up with the warm comforting feeling of hot cocoa. The addition of the schnapps gives it a special holiday feeling that is perfect for sitting by the fire on Christmas Eve or while opening presents on Christmas morning.

Warm strawberry milk

Courtesy Robin Ventress

Strawberry milk reminds me of a drink my grandmother made for us in the winter as a pick-me-up. It takes me back to my childhood in Utah when I went skiing and sledding in the neighborhood park. This is a great recipe for warming up the kids after an afternoon out in the snow.

If you like the fun and festive recipes, you should also try these:

Marbled peppermint bark

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Reindeer Trace hot chocolate

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