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One of my favorite traditions growing up was baking during the holidays with my mami. She loved making packages for neighbors and friends, and we would deliver them to their doors. Sometimes we would hand deliver them and other times we would leave them on the doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run! I continue this tradition with my girls, and we’ve adapted some recipes to make easy holiday cookies, brownies, and pumpkin flan for friends.
To start our baking love, we picked up some of our favorite ingredients to spice up the holidays from Nestlé at Walmart.
One of my mami’s specialties was flan. Honestly, when I was a kid I thought it was gross. Her friends loved it, especially those who had visited Latin American countries. It’s important to me to incorporate family recipes into our traditions, but I like to adapt it, add a twist, and make a modern dish. I love pumpkin! That’s one of my favorite flavors of the holidays. So I added pumpkin to my mom’s recipe!
Pumpkin Flan Recipe
Make 4 mini-loaf pans. I use the disposable containers.
1 cup of sugar
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup of pumpkin
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 1 cup of sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour the hot liquid into your containers, to evenly coat the bottom.
Beat eggs in bowl and add evaporated milk, condensed milk, and pumpkin.
Pour mixture on top of caramelized sugar in containers.
Cover with aluminum foil, so it’s sealed as best as possible.
Bake at 350 degrees in a glass dish or roasting pan filled with water about one inch deep for 55 minutes or until set.
Do not overbake or it will dry out.
When your friends and family take it out of the containers, they need to take a knife around the edges of the inside of the container, and then flip it over onto a plate. That’s when the yummy juice comes out!
Two of my kids love flan, the others don’t, so I always need to add some cookies for the kids!
Easy Holiday Cookies
Here’s where I love how easy Nestlé baking products make my life. I use the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. You can find it in the refrigerated section, and they are pre-cut. Slap them on a cookie sheet, bake them, and done! Those holiday chocolate chips, though. Swoon!
When I showed my 6-year-old the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Morsels Red and Green bag, she jumped up and down with delight? “Mom, WHERE did you get these chocolate chips? They look like they came from Santa!”
Right? So I had to add them to brownies, too. I love me some Butterfinger, but my daughter has a peanut allergy. I have to be a secret squirrel to get my peanut butter fix in. Nestlé has introduced 4 new baking mixes, so I chose NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Baking Mix with Butterfinger Morsels to bake for friends. I ate one or two and then wrapped them up.
To vamp up my holiday-ness, I included some NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Morsels in the brownies, and microwaved and drizzled some of those same holiday morsels over top of the brownies! The more chocolate, the merrier.
So get your baking on! There’s still time. Wrap up your gifts with a bow, and start delivering to bring some holiday cheer.
For more holiday baking ideas, visit here and here! Check out your baking aisle at Walmart for ingredients and the refrigerated section. Our local Walmart also had a special holiday baking aisle. Better yet, order your ingredients online and do Walmart Grocery Pickup! You can also refer a friend for $10 off, and you’ll save $10, too!
So when you’re done with your holiday baking, can you be a pal and send me a plate, too 🙂