Winter-Themed Desserts from Our Independent Living Communities

Give these wintery desserts a try this season!


If one of your yearly resolutions involves devoting more time to cooking and baking, the cold weather months are the perfect time to start! While you’re staying warm indoors, it makes perfect sense to relax and enjoy some time in the kitchen making lots of delicious desserts. Across our multitude of independent living retirement communities throughout the country, we take pride in providing our residents with amazing dining experiences, serving foods that meet all your dietary needs. While we invite you to enjoy our amazing concoctions with our communities, if you want to experiment with your own recipes, we think you’ll love these winter-themed dessert ideas!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Peppermint is one of the most iconic flavors during winter months, and it pairs wonderfully with rich chocolate. If you love cupcakes, this recipe for chocolate cupcakes with peppermint frosting from The Pioneer Woman will be the perfect choice for your next baking adventure. To make this dessert, here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Salted butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
  • Peppermint candies

Start by preheating the oven to 350°F, and add paper liners to your muffin tins. Next, heat a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, then add the salted butter and stir in the cocoa. After that, pour in the boiling water and allow the mixture to boil for 15 seconds. Remove it from the heat. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another separate small bowl, mix the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together. Pour the chocolate mixture from the saucepan over the flour mixture and stir slightly. Then, add in the buttermilk mixture and stir until a thick batter forms. Fill muffin cups and bake for about 18 minutes. To make your frosting, beat the butter and powdered sugar, then slowly add in heavy cream. Lastly, add crushed peppermints to the frosting. Frost the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Cookies

If cookies are more your dessert of choice, these hot chocolate cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything will be a game-changer! Hot chocolate is another one of those classic indulgences during the cooler months, and turning them into a cookie helps you enjoy them in a whole new way. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows

First, cream butter and both types of sugar until smooth, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, add together the flour, hot chocolate mix, salt and baking soda. Then, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until incorporated. Next, fold in the milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chips, and chill the dough for an hour. Once chilled, make cookie dough balls and place onto lined baking sheets. Place mini marshmallows in the cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, and enjoy them warm for the ultimate hot chocolate experience!

At each of our independent living retirement communities, we make it easy for our residents to enjoy a nutritious, well-balanced diet of delicious fresh food. However, we also know that nothing beats the occasional delectable dessert. We hope these winter-themed desserts inspire you to try a new recipe this season!

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