Dec 12, 2012 • By

Holiday recipes inspired by top trends

There are trends, and then there are “red hot” trends.

According to the food lovers at the Betty Crocker Kitchens, red hot trends are exciting, fresh and making their mark from coast to coast.

The latest installment of The Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends (the third annual) is a collection of new recipes inspired by the year’s top food trends.

“Our team selected what we think will be the season’s most popular food ideas. Using the trends as inspiration, we created new recipes perfect for sharing at holiday gatherings,” says Kristen Olson, food editor at Betty Crocker.

Here are 2012’s tastiest, trendiest ideas of the season.

Sweet Surprise

Bakers are always looking for ways to put a twist on traditional sweets. This year, secret ingredients, hidden surprises and revealing colors are on the menu.

Alfajores Hidden Surprise Cookies are classic sandwich cookies stacked up with pockets of hidden dazzle.

Layers. Layers. Layers.

This year has been all about layers, in everything from food to fashion. Even the classic layer cake has been reimagined.

18 Layer Red Velvet Cake is a stunner that is surprisingly simple to make, as Kristen blogged about on

Comfort Food Remix

There are endless takes on our favorite comfort foods, and breakfast is no exception. Restaurants, food trucks and home cooks are waking up to flavorful new ideas inspired by a.m. favorites.

Caramel Apple Crisp Tarts combines the indulgent breakfast pastries with warm and cozy apple crisp.

Spirited Kitchen

Cooks and bakers everywhere are raiding the bar to add shots of flavor and amp up the fun in their creations. Bitters are this season’s must-have ingredient.

Chocolate Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake includes a flavorful update from bourbon and a few dashes and aromatic bitters.

Gluten Free for All

Gluten free baking has come a long way. Creative new foods and decadent treats that everyone can enjoy are on the table this holiday season.

Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cakes are Ganache-filled mini cakes based on a holiday favorite, the chocolate truffle.

Global Flavor Mashup

From Mexican street food to Korean barbecue, interest in global cuisines continues to grow. Mashups are the ultimate taste sensation this year.

Roasted Squash and Sweet Potato Flatbread is a party-ready appetizer piled high with Indian-spiced roasted veggies and fresh mozzarella.

Punched Up Punch

This year, punch is back on the menu at creative cocktail bars across the country. Batch cocktails like punch have a renewed focus on flavor.

Sparkling Ginger Hard Apple Cider is a fruity, bubbly big-batch cocktail.

Beer Craft

Here’s what’s on tap: beer with flavor. Craft breweries are enjoying a resurgence. Home brewers and food lovers alike are getting in on this trend too, as more and more are brewing, cooking and baking at home with beer.

Chocolate Stout Caramel Corn, India Pale Ale Caramel Corn, Brown Ale Caramel Corn is a craveable, giftable trio of popcorn spiked with stout, India pale ale and brown ale.

Family Kitchen

Families are getting creative in the kitchen, with adults and kids using playful recipes as a way to connect over food and craft. Together, they are making so much more than food – they’re making memories.

Elf Food is a combination of candy sprinkles, maple syrup and tiny doughnuts (made from Cheerios!) that is sure to lure elves from their hiding spots.

Cake Pops on Top

Cake and creativity are the key ingredients needed to make adorable cake pops. Whimsical designs and sweet decorations add fun to these confections.

Snowman Cake Pops are cute treats made by Betty’s friend, blogger and best-selling author, Bakerella (Angie Dudley).

“Betty Crocker is an icon in the world of food and it is an honor to be able to share this special holiday cake pop recipe with Betty’s fans,” says Dudley (“Bakerella”). “There was a big surge in popularity for cake pops this year and Betty Crocker is right on the mark adding the trend to the Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends. We think people are going to love this fun recipe.”

For more on these Red Hot Holiday Trends, visit

Want even more ideas? Check out red hot holiday trends from 2010 and 2011.