Contributed by: NAPSA
Cool Creamy Treats Add Fun To The Season
(NAPSA) - Adding a few fun twists to some favorite holiday treats can be a terrific-and tasty-way to ring in the season.
For instance, trade in the cocoa mugs for minichurros served with delicious hot cocoa-flavored ice cream. It swirls sweet, fluffy marshmallows with a creamy, chocolate ice cream-and with only 120 calories a serving-that's sure to please your little helpers. And jolly minicones bursting with peppermint ice cream will be a favorite of Santa's elves at any age.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In a bowl, combine egg whites and sugar. Beat on medium speed until frothy. Sift flour and cocoa powder. Add to egg and sugar mixture. Add melted butter, half-and-half and salt. Stir for about 30 seconds.
Leaving space for one or two cookies, spoon 1 tablespoon of batter onto the baking sheet and spread with the back of the spoon into an even circle about 3-4 inches. Bake the 2 cookies for about 8 minutes.
Transfer baking sheet to a heat-resistant surface. Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula under one of the cookies and lift to a cooler surface, then roll the cookie into a cone shape and let cool. Ice cream cones will start to harden almost immediately. Serve with a scoop of Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Peppermint Light Ice Cream.
Preheat 2 inches of canola oil in a 12-inch frying pan to 375 F.
In separate dish, mix sugar and ground cinnamon and set aside. In a 3-quart saucepan, add water, brown sugar, salt and butter. Heat to good boil. Remove from heat and add the flour. Mix it in until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and vanilla together. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until well blended and eggs are completely mixed in. Fill a pastry bag with the churro dough and attach a large, star-shaped tip.
Test your oil by placing a small amount of dough in it. The dough should bubble up; otherwise, your oil is not hot enough. Once the oil is hot enough, squeeze some dough with the decorator tool into the oil, about 3 inches long.
You should be able to cook 6-8 churros at a time. Cook them about 3-4 minutes, turning once. Once churros are golden brown, place them on a paper towel-covered plate to absorb excess grease. While still warm, roll each churro into a round dish with the cinnamon and sugar mixture; coat well. Serve with a frosty mug of Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Hot Cocoa Light Ice Cream.
Makes 2 1/2 Dozen Churros.
For more information and recipes, visit www.slowchurned.com.
Serving Size: Makes 20 Minicones
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