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3 easy family-friendly holiday desserts

Warm up the holiday season with these simple yet indulgent desserts, from red velvet waffles to gooey brownie cookies.

Cake Mix Waffles

Red Velvet Waffles for a holiday breakfast or dessert? It’s amazing what you can do with cupcake batter, a waffle iron, and 15 spare minutes! Start with Compliments Red Velvet Cake Mix and follow the package instructions, stirring in 2 tsp chocolate chips. Heat the waffle iron before misting it with cooking spray. Fill the moulds with batter; cook until they’re crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and oh-so tasty, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Let them cool, then serve with your favourite toppings (think ice cream, chocolate drizzle, or cream cheese icing).

Brownie Mix Cookies

The crispy corner pieces of the brownie tray always seem to go first, don’t they? Enter our Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies, which bring you the best of both worlds. It’s the ultimate Christmas cookie. Crispy on the outside, fudgy on the inside, rich and chocolatey—these tasty holiday desserts are, above all else, easy to make. Simply prepare Compliments Deluxe Brownie Mix according to package instructions, adding in ¾ cup Compliments Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips & Chunks. Drop heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and bake at 350°F until puffed, about 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy as is—or top with marshmallows, caramel, melted chocolate, and whatever else your sweet tooth desires!

Banana Bread Mix with Chocolate

Whether for breakfast, dessert, or a teatime snack, banana bread is that versatile treat that suits any time of day. Here’s an easy way to take it up a notch, adding drama (and flavour) to the presentation: Fancy Chocolate Banana Bread. Prepare Compliments Banana Bread Mix according to package instructions, adding in ¾ cup Compliments Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips & Chunks for extra flavour. Top with a ripe banana sliced lengthwise, and sprinkle with a spoonful of coarse sugar (for crunch and sparkle!), then bake according to package instructions. Enjoy!