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Cut and Taste Holiday Treats

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 16 2004

The holidays are busy -- there are cards to write, presents to wrap, and rooms to decorate. Some of these traditions date back thousands of years; for example, ancient Romans covered their houses with evergreen branches to celebrate the first day of winter. Of course, becoming a part of history can be exhausting, so take a break, and enjoy some of these easy, holiday treats.

Holiday PB and Js
A lunch staple is cut out for a party when it's designed with festive cookie cutters. To make a sandwich, trim the crusts off two slices of bread. Spread peanut butter and jelly on one slice; cut a hole out of the other with a cookie cutter, and place it on top.

Cookie Puzzle
Who's game for this challenging treat? Cut gingerbread while it's warm; after it cools, decorate with royal icing. Wrap pieces with a note: "Don't cheat: Solve the puzzle before you eat!"

Fudge Topper
Make homemade fudge -- an even sweeter gift with crushed peppermint. This is a great way to use leftover candy canes -- simply put them in a zip-top plastic bag and then pound with a kitchen mallet.

Hot-Cocoa Stirrer
Mix things up in a classic winter drink: Add a candy-cane "spoon." It melts in the liquid for extra flavor.

Snowflake Quesadillas