Celebrating Valentine’s Day with sugar cookies


Baking, in general, is always proven to be a good time whether it’s solo, with friends or with your loved ones. From countless sweets, the choices are unlimited. Valentine’s day, referred to as the day of love, these heart shaped sugar cookies are the perfect treat to share with that special someone. 

Servings: 25 cookies


Ingredients used for sugar cookies. (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

2 and ¼ cups of all purpose flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¾ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

¾ cup white sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional: ¼-½ tsp almond extract


  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Mixed dry ingredients (JASMINE ROSALES /Ethic News photo)

2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or whisk, beat the butter on medium speed-high speed until smooth for about one minute. Add the granulated sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about two minutes. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract (if used) and beat on high speed until combined, about one minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed.

Wet ingredients mixed in a separate bowl (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. If the dough seems too soft, you can add 1 tbsp of flour for better consistency to roll.

Combined dry ingredients in big bowl (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News photo)

4. Divide the dough into two equal portions, then roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper or a lightly floured silicone baking mat to about ¼ inch thickness. The rolled out dough can be any shape, as long as it is evenly ¼ inch thick.

One portion of rolled out dough. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News)

5. Stack the pieces, with parchment paper between the two, onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least one to two hours, or even up to two days.

6. Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment papers. Remove one of the dough pieces from the fridge and using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut the dough into heart shapes. If needed, re-roll the remaining dough until all dough is used.

Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, make indents in dough. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News)

7. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Recommended to rotate the baking sheet halfway through the baking time for even browning.

Laying prepared dough on baking tray (JASMINE ROSALES/ Ethic News photo)

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for five minutes, transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool the cookies. 

After cooling, it is ready to eat. (JASMINE ROSALES/Ethic News photo)

Once cooled, it can be decorated. Take a glass of milk and enjoy!

Recipe: Baking fudge in the comfort of one’s home


There are moments when one develops a strong craving, in this case having a sweet tooth for a delicious dessert. A popular delicacy for people who want to satisfy this appetite and love chocolate, is fudge. Whether it contains nuts on the inside, other toppings or even if plain fudge is preferred, the options are nearly endless and convenient to make in the comfort of one’s own home with this easy four-step recipe. 

Before beginning the tutorial, the following will be needed:

– A seven-ounce jar of marshmallow creme

– One and a half cups of white sugar

– Two-thirds cup of evaporated milk

– A quarter cup of butter

– Two cups of milk chocolate chips

– One cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

– Half a cup of chopped nuts (optional)

– One teaspoon of vanilla extract

Double check and make sure that all the correct ingredients and amounts have been obtained before beginning. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 1:

Line an eight-by-eight inch pan with aluminum foil and set aside.

Step 2:

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix the marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil and cook for five minutes with a constant stirring.

In the pot make sure all ingredients are mixed in smoothly and contain no clumps. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 3:

Remove the saucepan from heat and pour in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and your mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. 

Once removed from heat, combine the remaining ingredients until fully mixed. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 4:

Pour into the prepared pan. Place it in the fridge and let it cool for two hours or until it is firm.

Pour into lined pan. (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Step 5:

Remove from the fridge and cut into desired size and serve.

Remove from fridge and serve (Jasmine Rosales/Ethic photo)

Students share holiday treat and drink recipes to make this winter season

Originally published in La Plaza Press


The holiday season is the perfect time for seasonal foods and drinks.  Many families have certain foods and drinks they like to make during the winter season to make it more memorable and fun.  Food is universally loved and is the reason holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas are enjoyed so much.  Without food, these holidays would feel incomplete to most people. Making a good meal and enjoying it with loved ones brings everyone together and let’s them enjoy something everyone loves, eating.  

Drinks are very important to complete a festive meal, and to stay warm.  This hot cocoa recipe was made by Sophia Feduska, a junior at Redlands High School.  To start, you need three-fourths cup of milk, one-eighths cup of hot cocoa instant powder, one-half teaspoon of vanilla extract, two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips, one Whipped cream canister, two large marshmallows and two teaspoons of sprinkles.  

Once you have all that you need, microwave milk for a minute and a half or until hot, then add hot cocoa powder and stir until dissolved.  After that, reheat milk until hot, add chocolate chips, stir until chocolate chips have melted and add the vanilla.  Finally, add whipped cream, sprinkles and marshmallows on top.

While many adults enjoy eggnog, it often isn’t suitable for children and young teens.  A safe alternative can be a Coquito, this recipe was made by Alejandro Rodriguez, a sophomore at South Carolina Virtual Charter School.  This simple recipe requires two Cinnamon sticks, one can sweetened condensed milk, one can cream of coconut, one coconut milk, four ounces of evaporated milk, one-half teaspoon ground nutmeg, one-half teaspoon ground cinnamon, and one-half teaspoon vanilla extract. 

To start this easy recipe, mix all but the two cinnamon sticks together, once mixed, add cinnamon sticks afterwards, drink and enjoy!

A classic Spanish drink that many families enjoy is champurrado.  While it has many different ways to be made, this recipe is simple and delicious.  All that’s required is a stockpot, blender,  one and one half to two liters of water, one hot chocolate tablet, two packets of Gamia Maria Crackers, two cans of evaporated milk, two to three cinnamon sticks.  Some optional ingredients can be used such as walnuts, honey, or vanilla extract.  

(CYRUS ENGELSMAN/ La Plaza photo)

To start, insert water into a stockpot, heat to low boil and add hot chocolate tablet and mix, throw both packets of crackers and evaporated milk into the blender and blend, once blended mix drinks together and stir.  Once all that’s done, enjoy.

As important as drinks are, a meal incomplete without food.  This egg casserole made by Paul McClure, a Redlands High School junior, shows how delicious casseroles are.  To start you’ll need one 14 inch baguette, one pound Pork sausage, one small onion, three cups shredded cheddar cheese, one dozen eggs, four cups whole milk, salt, pepper, hot sauce.  

Once everything is prepared, slice and toast the bread until golden, then fry sausage and onion until sausage is brown and onions are translucent, followed by greasing a thirteen-by-nine baking pan and shingle half of bread layer with half of onions and sausage and one cup cheese, repeat with the rest of bread, sausage, and onion, after that whisk up eggs, milk, salt, pepper, hot sauce and pour over the casserole. Wrap and refrigerate overnight with a weighted lid, finally spread remaining cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees Farenheit until lightly browned.

Snacks are just as important as meals, and lots of people’s favorite snacks during winter time are haystacks.  For this recipe, one cup of butterscotch chips, half a cup of peanut butter, half a cup of peanuts, and two cups of noodles are needed.

To begin this recipe, peanut butter and butterscotch chips need to be melted, after that stir peanuts and noodles into mixture, finally place the mixture into waxed paper and set to cool.  While this is a common recipe for haystacks, additional ingredients can be added such as shredded parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, or sugar for extra flavor.

While food is an essential for dinner, a good dessert can make a good night even better.  Sierra Lesnikowski, a junior from Summit High School, recommends her Snickers (candy bar) salad.  For this dessert, one container of cool whip, two green apples, mini Snickers, a large bowl, and caramel are required.  

To make this dessert, put the whole container of cool whip and a bit of caramel into the bowl, secondly cut up the mini Snickers and apples into small pieces and put them into the bowl, finally mix it all together and add some caramel at the top for extra flavor and decoration.  

The winter season is perfect for people to come together and spend time with the people you love.  No matter what’s being made, always make sure there’s enough for friends and loved ones alike.  Holidays are not the same without food, and really brings everyone together.  Meals help people share memories and fun times together, whether it’s having an amazing meal or making something new with loved ones, food always helps people come together.

Student shares how to make homemade banana bread and fettuccine alfredo


As Christmas is coming, many people love to make and enjoy baked homemade treats. One of my family’s favorite things to make during the holidays is homemade banana bread. 

The banana bread right out of the oven. (Emily Prinstein / Ethic photo)

Banana Bread


  1. 1 Stick (1/2) Butter
  2. 3 Large Ripe Bananas 
  3. 2 Large Eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  5. 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  6. 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  7. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ½ teaspoon cinnamon

 The ingredients in the banana bread. Use these ingredients and have a perfect loaf of banana bread. (Emily Prinstein / Ethic photo)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside. 
  2. Add the stick of butter into the microwave for one minute.
  3. Add the bananas to the same bowl and smash with a fork.
  4. Add the Vanilla extract and eggs to the bowl and stir.
  1. In a second bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Add the dry and wet ingredients into one bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes until the bread is completely set.

The bananas, eggs and vanilla extract placed together in a bowl before it is mixed with a whisk. (Emily Prinstein / Ethic photo)

Fettuccine Alfredo

Creamy fettuccine alfredo featured after being prepared. (Emily Prinstein / Ethic photo)


  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 tablespoon garlic
  3. 2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  4. 1.5 cups heavy cream
  5. 1.5 cups milk
  6. ½ cup parmesan cheese
  7. ½ cup romano cheese
  8. Salt and black pepper ( to taste )
  9. 1lb Fettuccine

In this picture are the ingredients that are in the creamy fettuccine alfredo. The ingredients that are in the photo are butter, garlic, flour, heavy cream, milk, parmesan cheese, romano cheese and fettuccine noodles. (Emily Prinstein / Ethic photo) 


  1. Boil the noodles according to the package.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan on medium heat. Then add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  3. Whisk in the flour. Then add the heavy cream and the milk.
  4. Reduce the heat to low when the sauce begins to bubble.
  5. Slowly add the cheese, continuing to mix.
  6. Drain the pasta and carefully mix it into the sauce.

Video: Baking with Bella, chocolate chip cookies

(BELLA ESPINOZA/ Ethic video)


Whether you need delicious snacks for a party, or just want a sweet after school treat, this cookie recipe is a quick, easy solution to all of these problems. With simple instructions and common ingredients, you can make delightful chocolate chip cookies for all to enjoy. This recipe is from allrecipes.com


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


Always wash your hands, clean your workspace, and prepare your ingredients before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cream together softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Dissolve baking soda into hot water. Add baking soda mixture to batter and stir along with salt. Stir in flour and chocolate chips. Place large spoonfuls of batter onto baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are nicely browned. Let cookies cool before serving.

Baking with Bella: Holiday sugar cookie recipe and video tutorial


Sweets and treats fill tables, gifts, and goodie bags in the holiday months of October, November, and December. If you are hosting or attending a party and want to bring a seasonal snack, this is the recipe for you. This simple, easy recipe for soft sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting can be decorated for any holiday. The recipe is from http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com




2 cups sugar

1 cup butter or margarine

3 eggs

6 tablespoons milk

5 cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

5 teaspoons baking powder



¼ cup butter, softened

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

4 oz cream cheese, softened



Always clean work surface and wash your hands before cooking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For cookies, cream together sugar, butter, eggs and milk until well combined. Add flour, salt and baking powder until just combined. Liberally flour a work surface and rolling pin. Roll out about ¼ of the dough at a time to ⅜ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on very lightly greased cookie sheet. Cook about 10 minutes until cookies are just done and remove from pan immediately. Frost when completely cooled.

For frosting, soften butter and cream cheese, then blend together with remaining frosting ingredients. Tint with food coloring if desired and frost cookies.

How to make delicious marshmallow krispie brownies


As the holiday season begins to sneak up, the parties are just beginning. From Thanksgiving feasts to Yankee-swap Christmas parties, it’s no wonder why this isn’t always a season of peace and joy for everyone. But no need to worry, this quick and easy brownie recipe can save your holly jolly spirit when you are in a hurry!

These brownies are the ultimate way to impress your family and friends with your baking skills, when in actuality they are super quick and easy. Follow these simple steps bellow and before you know it you will have some of the best tasting treats around.

Makes about 2 dozen


1 package (19.8 oz) Brownie Mix (Ghirardelli is prefered)  

1 package ( 10.5 oz) Mini Marshmallows

1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips (almost one bag)

1 cup peanut butter(Jif original is prefered)

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1 ½ cups Rice krispie cereal

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Some of the items you will need to use (LILLIAN MOHR/Ethic News)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×13 inch pan

Prepare and bake brownies based on directions on box.

Remove brownies from oven and sprinkle the marshmallows on while they are still hot.

Then place back in the oven and bake for an additional 3 minutes.

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You will need to fill a pan with marshmallows(LILLIAN MOHR/Ethic News)

Place the chocolate chips, the peanut butter, and the butter in a medium saucepan.

Cook over low heat setting continuously until the chocolate chips are completely melted.

Add the Rice krispie cereal and mix well.

Spread the Rice Krispie mixture evenly over the marshmallow layer.


Refrigerate for about an hour or so until the brownies are fully cooled.


Then enjoy!

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This will be the expected final product(LILLIAN MOHR/Ethic News)