Hello and happy Nutcracker season to all! I know that this year’s Nutcracker season is looking rather different, but the one thing that remains is the excitement! So this year, to celebrate this highly anticipated time within the dance world, we decided to share an idea that will work perfectly with both Nutcracker season and lockdown: BAKING! With all of this extra time at home, we thought whipping up something warm and delicious would be the perfect way to spend your time and even add a little Nutcracker twist to your existing routine. So, today we will be sharing with you seven dessert recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers inspired by the “Land Of Sweets” from Act II of The Nutcracker! Not only are these recipes yummy, they also make for the perfect holiday treat. Without further ado, let’s get cookin’, good lookin’!
Spanish Variation – Chocolate
Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes by Sweet Spicy Kitchen
Our first stop on the land of sweets is the Spanish variation, which represents one of my favorite sweets, chocolate! When searching for the perfect recipe to represent this smooth, elegant and sassy dance, we wanted to look for something totally original, decadent and unforgettable. We came across these Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes, all complete with an Oreo crust, by fellow blogger “Sweet Spicy Kitchen” and knew had found the one! The texture of the cream cheese, blended with semi sweet chocolate chips makes for a smooth and rich combination, and the Oreo crust adds just the right “oomph” to the dessert. All in all, it is the perfect sweet counterpart to this classic dance!
Arabian Variation – Coffee
The Best Ever Coffee Cake by Cookies and Cups
This recipe was so exciting to find because this is my all time favorite dance in the entire Nutcracker ballet! The Arabian piece is known for being as captivating and bold as the sweet it represents: coffee! When looking for a recipe for this dance, we wanted to find something just as elegant and jaw dropping as the Arabian dance, and I don’t know about you, but nothing captivates me more than a good piece of coffee cake! This particular coffee cake from Cookies and Cups is buttery, light and goes perfectly with a nice cup of, you guessed it, coffee!
Chinese Variation – Tea
Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Tea by Brewed Leaf Love
There’s no better way to get warm on a cold day than with a good cup of tea, which is exactly the sweet treat that the Chinese Variation in The Nutcracker represents! This Cinnamon Vanilla Milk Tea by Brewed Leaf Love is described as decadent and frothy, and honestly, that couldn’t be more true! This tea is everything we didn’t know we needed, and we think that it fits the light and airy energy that the Chinese Variation never fails to give us!
Russian Variation – Candy Cane
Peppermint Bark by Spaceships and Laser Beams
Every time the dancers in the Russian Variation hit the stage, the crowd goes crazy! So why not pair this crowd favorite dance with a crowd favorite treat? For this variation we went with a classic and widely loved Peppermint Bark, topped with crushed candy canes! This recipe from blogger Spaceships and Laser Beams is quick, easy and oh-so delicious!
Recipe Link: https://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/peppermint-bark/
Mother Ginger and Her Bonbons
The Perfect Soft Gingerbread by Savory Nothings
We couldn’t forget about the one and only Mother Ginger, now could we? Picking this recipe was an absolute no brainer because who doesn’t love a good GINGERbread cookie? This easy and delicious recipe from Savory Nothings is the perfect holiday treat and an absolute classic! You’ll have just as much fun making these cookies as you do watching Mother Ginger strut around stage with her cute little bonbons!
The Sugar Plum Fairy
Sugarplum Bars by Land O’Lakes
And last, but certainly not least we have our pick for the one and only Sugar Plum Fairy. When searching for this recipe, we wanted to find something decadent, light and sweet just like the Sugarplum’s iconic dance. We are so happy to say that we found it in these Sugarplum Bars! Land O’Lakes bring together the perfect ingredients to take your tastebuds on a ride and produce a sweet treat that you won’t forget!
Thanks so much for hanging out and going through these delicious sweets with us! We hope you enjoyed these recipes and have an amazing time making them, and an even better time eating them. If you would like to check out all of these recipes and more, check out our brand new Pinterest page by searching “From The Top Dance Blog” in your Pinterest app. Have a wonderful weekend and remember…