Holiday Recipes That Are Braces-Friendly

Holiday Recipes That Are Braces-Friendly
Posted on 12/15/2015
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The holidays are almost here, and for those of you who are just as excited as we at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics are, you have already begun thinking about holiday food! As a Chicago kid's dentist, we recognize that a holiday highlight for younger ones is eating delicious holiday treats, and we do not want their orthodontic treatment to stand in the way of that! We have provided some braces-friendly holiday recipes that are as delicious as they are safe for those undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

This relatively simple recipe will yield soft, festive cookies that you'll want to eat time and time again.


You will need:

  • 2 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • Combine flour, baking power, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon; set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar, then add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients from previous step and mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake from 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Glaze: Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Blend until smooth and spread over cookies.

Fudge Cocoa Bites

These easy-to-make chocolate treats will outdo your classic brownie recipe.



You will need:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 


  • Combine shortening, sugar, water and vanilla. Beat until smooth using an electric mixer. Add eggs and mix well. Mix in flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder by hand.
  • Drop by tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Fluffy Peppermint Layer Cake

This fluffy peppermint-flavored cake is both elegant and delicious.



You will need:

  • 2 ¼ cups of cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups of whole milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • 1½ cups of sugar
  • ¾ cup of butter, softened
  • 8 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • Red or pink food coloring
  • For non-brace wearers: peppermint sticks, candy canes, or peppermint candies (for garnish)


  • Grease two 8x2-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with wax paper. Grease paper and lightly dust pans with flour, then side aside.
  • Stir together flour and baking powder; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg whites, and vanilla; set aside.
  • Beat ½ cup of butter with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat for 3 minutes on medium speed. Alternately add flour and milk mixtures to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick that is inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans by running a knife around the sides of the cakes. Peel of wax paper and throw it away.
  • Frosting: Beat ¾ cup softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, about ½ cup at a time, beating well. Slowly beat in 1/3 cup of milk and peppermint extract. Beat in remaining powdered sugar gradually, and beat in additional milk to reach spreading consistency. Transfer 2 cups of the frosting to a bowl and add food coloring to make a nice shade of pink.
  • Split each cake horizontally with a long serrated knife, making a total of 4 layers. Place one cake layer on a service plate, cut side up. Spread top of cake with 2/3 cup of the frosting. Repeat with two more cake layers. The last cake layer should be placed cut side down. Spread the white frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  • For non-brace wearers: garnish the cake with crushed peppermint candies.

Contact Your Chicago & Glenview Kid's Dentist!

If you happen to have some sort of dental or orthodontic mishap this holiday season, do not fret – the entire team at Yummy Dental and Orthodontics will work with you to get your problem solved! Additionally, if you are seeking a pediatric dentist or orthodontist in Chicago, Glenview, or surrounding areas, contact us! We provide effective orthodontic treatment that will leave your child with a healthy, beautiful smile!