Giada’s holiday treats for Santa (and Rudolph)

The Italian chef and cookbook author has done some research and found out that Santa is tired of eating cookies and milk year after year. Here, Giada De Laurentiis shares her recipes for pecorino crackers, stuffed portobello mushrooms and apple zeppoles — different treats you can leave by the chimney on Christmas Eve for Santa.

Apple zeppole with cinnamon whipped cream

Makes 4 servings; Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 20 minutes


    • 1 large apple, peeled and grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 cup flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup whipping cream
    • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Olive oil for frying


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