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Baking 2017

Discussion in 'Christmas Food' started by mommytotwo, Oct 18, 2017.



  1. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer

    What sort of cookies, and other goodies will you be baking this year? Will you be trying any new recipes? Also, feel free to share any true and tried recipes you may have so that others will be able to enjoy the yummies you have created in the past.
     
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  2. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    I don't get a lot of free time for baking, but I always manage at least one batch of chocolate chip cookies, with coconut added and coconut extract substituted for the vanilla. (Mr. likes them best that way!) The past few years I've also managed a batch of sugar cookies from an old recipe my mom always used. Can't get them exactly like hers, though!
     
  3. SnowflakeMom

    SnowflakeMom Christmasologist MMC Lifer

    Those choc chip w/coconut sound so good. I will have to try that!

    I am not much of a baker either...my girls and I do always make Santa cookies on Christmas Eve either choc chip or sugar.
     
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  4. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    I use half a cup, instead of chopped nuts. Let me know what you think if you try it!
    The coconut flavor is VERY subtle.
     
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  5. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    Christmas cut out (sugar) cookies
    Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies
    Orange Drop Cookies
    Peanut Brittle
    Peanut Butter Cups
    Sponge Candy
    Kiss Pretzels
    Christmas White Trash
    Candy cane/pie filling dessert

    And Hopefully:
    Oreo Cookie Truffles
    Maple Nut Chocolates

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  6. Minta

    Minta Charles Dickens' Editor Christmas Crew MMC Lifer

    Well I split up my baking ...in the beginning of the month I make oatmeal raisin and chocolate cookies with vanilla chips for us to enjoy while watching our Christmas shows.

    Around the 20th I start my 3 day bakefest :) for the cookie tins/platters that I hand out for Christmas.
    These are the standard that I bake every year
    Triple Batch of Chocolate Chips
    Double batch of sugar cut out cookies
    Double Batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms
    Double Batch of Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
    Double Batch of Cherry Shortbread cookies
    Double Batch of Molasses Drop Cookies
    Double Batch of mini loaves Applesauce Bread
    Double Batch of mini loaves Banana Bread
    Double Batch of mini loaves Orange Cranberry Bread
    Double Batch of mini loaves Pumpkin Spice Bread
    (the mini loaves may get made the a week or 2 before Christmas if I have room in the freezer for them)

    Additional Ones I am making this year:
    Double Batch Mint Snowball Cookies
    Double Batch Oatmeal Scotches
    Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods or Chocolate Bark - haven't decided which ones yet.
    I am also still debating if I want to make another type of cookie.
     
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  7. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer

    Anyone care to share any recipes? I want to put together some homemade goodies for neighbors, and friends. I am going to be making mini loaves for a bake sale, and if I can, I want to put together a set of like three assorted mini loaves.
     
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  8. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    There's a Recipes thread in the forums that's jam-packed with festive recipes and waiting for more to be added!
    I'd suggest posting any recipes there where everyone can find them, then post a copy here, if you like.
     
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  9. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    I would be happy to share any of my recipes. Some may be over in the recipe thread, I'm not sure! Just let me know if you are interested in any of them! :)
     
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  10. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    Now I'm getting hungry browsing the recipes thread!! Thanks @MerryCarey :p
     
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  11. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer

    Thank you for the forum tip!
     
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  12. ClaireLovesChristmas

    ClaireLovesChristmas Christmasologist MMC Lifer

    This thread is making me so excited for my Christmas baking! Christmas Eve is my main baking day, I start really early with the girls and we make cinnamon rolls (is there a better xmas scent to come out of your kitchen on Christmas Eve?) cookies, gingerbread, cheesecakes, iced muffins...I'm sure I've forgotten something..I try to be organised so that xmas eve I don't have to go for anything and can spend the day with the girls baking and tracking Santa. We have an open house with family and friends dropping in so love to be able to offer fresh baked goodies!! It's nearly time!!!!!!
     
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  13. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer


    Sounds like a great day at your house, and a very nice tradition.
     
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  14. Skippy1707

    Skippy1707 Chestnut Roaster MMC Member

    I was literally about to ask this question as far as Christmas baking goes.

    I think this year we will be making shortbread biscuits - I think they are the same as sugar cookies - just because they are yummy
    Peppermint creams - gifts and nibbles
    Lemon Drizzle cake - in case we have guests
    Victoria Sponge - we have this as dessert on Xmas day
     
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  15. mommytotwo

    mommytotwo Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer

    Does anyone have a good sugar cookie, and icing recipe?
     
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  16. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    These are our favorites - we bake the counter full of these every year:


    Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

    1 C. Shortening (Jean uses ½ C. margarine & ½ C. Crisco)
    - Can also use 1 C. Butter flavor Crisco -
    2 C. Sugar
    3 Eggs
    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

    Mix all together. Works best if it is set in the fridge overnight. Roll ¼” thick & cut out. Bake 7-9 min. @ 350º.

    For the icing I use 1 of these 2:


    Cream Cheese Frosting
    8 oz. crm. Cheese
    ½ stick marg.
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 box powdered sugar (varies according to desired consistency)

    OR

    Butter Frosting
    1/3 C. Butter
    4 1/2 C. sifted powdered sugar
    1/4 C. milk
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

    In a mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in remaining powdered sugar. Add more milk if necessary.

    (The cookies & the butter frosting freeze well if you decide to bake ahead & icing before freezing)
     
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  17. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    This is another very good cut out recipe - the butter frosting I posted above came with this recipe, but I use it with the other cookies sometimes!

    Soft Sugar Cookie
    1 cup white crisco
    2 cups white sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 cup Buttermilk
    3 tsp.baking powder
    1 tsp.white vanilla
    5 1/2 cups flour

    Mix together, put in fridge for at least 1 Hr. or up to a couple of days. Wet counter top and sprinkle on flour prior to rolling out. If desired sprinkle w/ sugar prior to baking or add icing later. Bake at 350 * for 10 min. (I baked mine for 7-8 min.) DO NOT OVERBAKE. These cookies should not brown or look golden. Makes appr. 6 Doz.


    Butter Frosting
    1/3 C. Butter
    4 1/2 C. sifted powdered sugar
    1/4 C. milk
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

    In a mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla. Slowly beat in remaining powdered sugar. Add more milk if necessary.
     
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  18. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    Now I want to go home & bake!!!
    I will probably start the peanut brittle in the next couple weeks! :)
    We have set our candy making day with the family for Dec. 3rd. My nieces baby shower is in morning, so my nieces will be home anyway & we'll just continue on with the day baking candy! :):) I'm hosting candy day this year, so I'm very excited for it!!!
    +a
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
  19. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    Just bought cookie ingredients so I can get started anytime now!

    @Holiday, thanks for the soft sugar cookie recipe. I'll have to try that sometime ... I miss the big, almost cake-like sugar cookies that used to be around when I was little. Archway used to sell them. I think they're considered a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe.
     
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  20. Holiday

    Holiday North Pole Resident MMC Lifer Christmas.com Alum

    You are welcome! Both recipes make a soft/puffy cookie. (that's how I like them! :)) Let me know how they turn out if you try!
     
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