The following content is sponsored through a partnership with the Washington State Potato Commission. All opinions expressed are solely those of Boastful Food LLC.
As Andy Williams once sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Indeed. Oh the holidays! Each year they seem to come upon us a little sooner than the last and we barely have time to digest our turkey before the hunt for the biggest Christmas tree is on, and the forced obligation to “make merry” is upon us again. Dare we dream of Christmases past, when we were kids in our fuzzy pajamas, peeking out windows for a sight of Old Saint Nick and longing for Christmas morning to arrive so we could tear open our presents.
Luckily, one of the best parts of the season, no matter your age, is the food. Everyone can get in on it and there’s always plenty of sweet rewards to be had in the form of baked goods. I’m sure you’ve got your favorites and maybe not-so favorites, like the ever dreaded, dry and boozy fruitcake that well-intentioned relative always makes sure to have on hand. If we’re going to blast our calorie intake for a few weeks out of the year, we very well should make it count.
I’m a sucker for eggnog and while I love a great buttery Christmas cookie as much as the next holiday reveler, I thought I’d put a new “twist” on my holiday baking this year and create a recipe that is fun and festive and something the whole family will enjoy. The special ingredient? Washington potatoes! Santa’s potato pretzels with eggnog cream give a respectful nod to the old fruitcake of yore and pack this sweet treat with dried fruits like candied orange, cranberries, golden raisins and walnuts. A little mashed potato and some rapid rise yeast, make these pretzels soft, chewy and ho-ho heavenly when paired with a whipped and fluffy eggnog cream cheese. I promise, Santa won’t care if you’ve been naughty this year if you leave out a plateful of these.