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A Menu of Delectable Confections Inspired by George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
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It’s November, which means the season of holiday feasting is upon us with Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away. To get you in a festive frame of mind, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best Nutcracker-inspired sweet treats to make your season bright. Click the food photos for links to the recipes!
Share YOUR Recipes and Win an Ultimate Holiday Date Night!
Next week we’ll be posting a batch of recipes submitted by our audience on our blog. We hope you’ll share your favorite holiday recipes – from sweet treats and cocktails to family feasts or holiday brunch favorites – with us! To enter the contest, post your favorite family recipe in the comments section below by next Thursday or post it on our Facebook Wall. Our favorite recipe will win a pair of tickets to Nutcracker or a Holiday Revue plus dinner for two at Morton’s Steakhouse!
Enjoy, and we’ll see you at The Nutcracker!
No, they’re not just plums dusted in sugar! Real European-style sugarplums are a hearty, wintry concoction of chopped fruit and nuts. Recipe courtesy of Saveur Magazine and food blogger Jennifer Yu of Use Real Butter.
Often relegated to a supporting role as cake decorations, here marzipan comes into its own as a delectable sweet treat that is sublime – nutty, creamy, and sweet – all by itself. Although chocolate just makes a good thing even better. Recipe courtesy of the awesome food blog Smitten Kitchen (whose potato latkes we featured in last year’s holiday recipe roundup).
Candace Bouchard as Marzipan Shepherdess in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Nut Crackers (gluten free)
(Yes, Nut Crackers. We couldn’t resist.) Try these hearty crackers with hummus or your favorite cheese at your holiday cocktail party! Recipe courtesy of David, Luise and Elsa from the vegetarian food blog Green Kitchen Stories.
Nutcracker and Mouse King in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Oregon Ballet Theatre.
We think Mother Ginger would definitely approve of this decadent treat from one of our favorite celebrity chefs, Nigella Lawson. And it only calls for one cup of Guinness, so Mother can reward herself with the leftovers after a long hard day of chasing around all those children. Recipe courtesy of Food Network.
Martha Stewart’s Snowcap Cookies
Delicious any time of year, these classic chocolate crinkle cookies are dusted with powder sugar as white as snow. Delicious! Recipe courtesy of Holiday Goddess Martha Stewart herself.
Spiced Hot Chocolate
A little bit Spanish and a little bit Arabian, this beverage is spicy, soothing and sweet – the perfect holiday drink. If you want a little kick, toss in a dried chili pod while it’s steeping. For a more adult version, finish with Tia Maria, Kahlua or spiced dark rum to drive the winter blues away. Recipe courtesy of chef Daisy Martinez and food blogger Eliana of A Chica Bakes.
Candy Cane Martini
The candy cane – perhaps the most iconic of holiday treats – gets a grownups-only makeover for an after-dinner treat as zippy and enjoyable as Balanchine’s hoop-jumping Candy Cane variation. Both are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Recipe courtesy of food blog Once a Chef, Always a Chef.