What are you baking for Christmas?
What sort of yummy treats are you baking? Feel free to share any recipes.
I will do candy cane fudge again,thanks to officepro for the recipe here in this section.Chocolate covered pretzels,snowmen pops(also in this section)christmas trees,candy pizza's for the kids.
I use to devote one cloudy cold December day to baking each year. I would make homemade fudge, caramel, snowball cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies and cream cheese mints. It would take me from early morning until early evening to make everything since I tripled and quadrupled my recipes. I would pass it out to all of our maintenance men at the apartments we use to manage. Then made up trays of goodies for my family and friends.
I have not done that much baking in over 7 years and miss it. I now just bake up a few trays of cookies and decorate them. I would like to get back to all day baking again and may do that this year. I loved doing that!
I love to bake period so whatever looks or sounds good to me I'm all down for it lol :mrgreen:
I usually make alot of cookies. I make peanut butter, snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms, sugar, chocolate chip, white chocolate chip with cranberries, butterscotch chip, thumbprints, and a few more that I change from year to year. I also make fudge, buckeyes, meltaways, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bark, hard candy, peppermint patties, truffles, molded chocolates, peanut butter cups, and this year I want to make some creme filled chocolates.
We will bake all types of cookies, cakes, sweet potatoe pies, peach cobber, Pineapple upside down cake is the speciality.:tree:
I always make choc chip, spritz (almond cookies made with a cookie gun) my Mom has been making these since I was little and we put green food dye in them and they are shaped like Christmas trees..they are my favorite and sugar cookies. This year we are going over to my In Laws for a "Cooking Baking Party"...we are each bringing 2 recipes and will end up making about 10-12 different kinds of cookies..Im really looking forward to this because it wont take as much time to make that many differnt cookies but we will each get to take some of each others cookies and maybe find a new favorite?
Christmas Turtle Candies
¼ lb. pecan halves
24 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1 tsp. shortening
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 300º. Cover cookie sheets with aluminum foil, shiny side exposed. Lightly grease foil w/ vegetable spray. Place 3 pecan halves in a Y shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel candy in the center of each Y. Bake just until caramel is melted, about
9-10 minutes. Heat shortening & choc. chips over low heat just until choc. is melted. Spread over candies & refrigerate 30 minutes.
Peanut Brittle – Mom & Dad
1 ½ C. white sugar
1 C. white karo
Cook until it starts to bubble
2 C. raw peanuts &
1 tsp. salt
Boil until it’s a light amber color (Boil pretty hot – Mom sets her stove on about 8 for about 7-8 minutes – my stove on 6 – 6 ½ & boil about 7 minutes)
Take off burner & add:
2 tsp. baking soda
Stir until it bubbles & soda mixes in (Mom said maybe about ½ minute – if that) Pour onto a greased cookie sheet, or buttered Reynolds wrap. Mom said it works better to have 2 people to pour b/c you have to do it so fast, or it won’t be as light – one to hold the pan & one to scrape it out.
1 C. sugar
1 C. dark Karo
1 tsp. cane molasses (opt.)
1 T. vinegar
1 T. soda
Cook 1st 4 ingredients in large heavy pan, at med. Heat. Stir constantly. Cook to hard crack (300º). Remove from heat. Add soda & mix well. Pour on buttered jelly roll pan. Cook & crack gently. Dip in melted chocolate – 1 C. choc. chips & 2 large bars melted
Creamy Mocha Fudge
2 cups (12-ounce package) HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
4 teaspoons powdered instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water OR 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil.
Combine semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, milk, sweetened condensed milk, coffee mixture and vanilla in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted.
Remove from heat; stir in nuts.
Spread evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
Remove from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil; cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.
NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe.
Chow Mein Noodle Candy
1 pkg. chocolate chips (12 oz. – 2 C.)
1 pkg. butterscotch chips (12 oz.)
1 C. canned planters peanuts (6 ½ oz.)
1 C. chow mein noodles
Melt chips in double broiler (or micro). When melted add peanuts & noodles. Stir. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper.
Oreo Cookie Truffles
1 (16 ounce) pkg.OREO Cookies, crushed
1 (8 ounce) Cream Cheese, softened
16 oz. Melted white chocolate
Crush cookies to fine crumbs in food processor;.(Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.)
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.
Peanut Butter Cups
1 C. Peanut Butter
¼ C. Margarine
2 C. Powdered Sugar
Mix peanut butter, butter, & sugar until well blended. Shape into 3 rolls (I shape it into a lot of small rolls-it’s easier I think), & wrap in waxed paper. Put in freezer for 30 minutes. Put a drop of chocolate in the bottom of a small paper cup. Cut the rolls into slices, put peanut butter in the drop of chocolate & cover peanut butter with chocolate.
The recipe calls for chocolate to be 1 (12 oz.) milk choc. Chips & 3 T. shortening
If you can find Country Kitchen Cocoa Lite, you don’t need the shortening. I cut back on the powdered sugar. I also double the batch & It takes 5 bags of choc. Chips.
If using a double boiler to melt the chocolate, use very hot water, not boiling
Christmas Cut-Out Cookies
1 C. Shortening (Jean uses ½ C. margarine & ½ C. Crisco)
2 C. Sugar
1 C. Sour milk (1 C. milk minus 1 tsp. + 1 tsp. vinegar)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
4 tsp. Baking Powder
Pinch of salt
½ tsp. almond extract
5 C. flour
Works best if it is set in the fridge overnight. Roll ¼” thick & cut out. Bake 7-9 min. @ 350º.
I will do several baking:
In the beginning of Dec I will make applesauce bread, fudge candy, chocolate cookies with vanilla chips, chocolate chip cookies and ginger bread cookies.
During my 3 day bakefest the weekend before Christmas I will bake/make:
Cookies: all of these will be double or triple batches
chocolate cookies with peanutbutter chips
Cut out sugar
Peanutbutter Blossoms (peanutbutter cookies with the hersey kiss in the center)
Peanutbutter surprise - peanutbutter cookies baked in mini cupcake papers with a reesecup pressed in the center
Breads/cakes: - regular and mini loaf sizes
Orange Cranberry bread
I am still going through my recipes so I may be adding a couple new things this year.
Christmas Eve I will make my pies for Christmas dinner: apple crumb and pumpkin.
:rudolph:I'll be baking Pumpkin Pie bread. We plan on having it for thanksgiving and Christmas breakfast, but enjoy it other times of the year, so I always freeeze some to enjoy throughtout the year. I also plan on baking oatmeal rasin cookies, and peanurt butter blossom cookies.
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