Showing posts with label Christmas baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas baking. Show all posts

Dec 20, 2014

Sandwich Cookie Truffles

1 pkg. cream-filled cookies (such as Oreos but
not double-stuffed)
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
Smash the cookies to fine crumbs. Stir in softened cream cheese.
Roll into balls and chill for 1 hour.
Melt 12 oz. white chocolate. (Some use regular chocolate.) Using toothpicks, dip the balls into melted chocolate and set on waxed paper and chill to harden.
If you like, you can drizzle dark chocolate over the white to make them pretty or decorate in some other way. We like to color the white chocolate green and leave a "buckeye" showing the cookie mixture. Any way you do it, these don't last long, and they make great gifts for friends, family, and others on your list!

Dec 19, 2014

Pecan Pie Bars

Just what they sound like--great for parties

Crust:
1/2 c. oleo
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
Mix well and press into 9x13" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

Topping:
Mix
5 eggs
1 c. syrup (I use light but recipe says you can use light or dark)
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. pecans, broken

Pour mixture over crust and bake at 275 degrees for about 50 min. Cut into bars.

Dec 18, 2014

Fruit Pizza

I don't claim this one is exactly healthy, but it does have fruit, and you can make it look very festive by focusing on reds and greens.

Make sugar cookie dough and flatten it onto a lightly greased pizza pan. You can use your own recipe or even store-bought, but here's one that works:

Crust:
1 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Blend butter, sugar, egg & almond extract well. Mix flour, soda, and tartar and blend in.
Bake in 375 degree oven until lightly browned. Cool.

Topping
When cool crust is completely cool, spread with topping.
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Fruit:
Top with fresh fruit: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, bananas, etc. (Note: I've never gotten as creative as the pic above, but someday I might!)

Dec 17, 2014

Yum-yum Pie

Also called Macaroon Pie, this one's easy but really good!

In a blender:
2 eggs
1 c. milk
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
2 tbsp. melted butter/oleo
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
Blend well. Pour into greased pie plate and sprinkle with 1 c. flaked coconut.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.

Dec 16, 2014

Brownie Pudding

              
                                        This one always makes me feel like I can do magic!

Brownie batter
1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Pudding
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. hot water

Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add milk, oil, and vanilla (I add 1/2 c. walnuts here). Stir well and put into greased 8x8 baking pan. (Batter is thick; I flatten it a little with a spatula.)
Combine brown sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Pour hot water in and stir until liquified. Pour over the brownie batter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

When done, the brownies are on top and below them is rich, dark pudding. Scoop out a serving, turn it upside down in a bowl, and add ice cream or whipped cream, and you've got a major treat that was easy to make!

Dec 14, 2014

Recipe: Simple Sauce for Sunday

The easiest and best hot fudge sauce for ice cream, desserts (or even to eat with a spoon, as someone I know well tends to do).

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 square baking chocolate
1 scoop peanut butter (more or less to your taste)

Melt the baking chocolate in a saucepan. Pour in milk and mix well over low heat. Add peanut butter for a creamy consistency and rich taste. Stores well in the fridge, I hear, but it never lasts long at my house so I can't speak to that! Put it in a pretty jar and it makes a great gift, too.


Dec 13, 2014

Reindeer Cookies

Any sugar cookie recipe will do for these cookies, but here's one that's good. It's the decorations that make them fun.

1/2 c. margarine/butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp.
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 c. flour

Oven 350 degrees
 Combine butter, cream cheese, and p. sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on low, add flour until dough holds together. Make it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 1 hour.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into triangle shapes. Bake 15 minutes until edges brown lightly. Cool completely.
Frost cookies with chocolate icing. Break pretzel loops off and set them along top edge for antlers. Add candies or dots of colored frosting for for eyes and noses.

Dec 12, 2014

Cookie Cutter Cakes

This recipe can get a little fussy, but that's what it's all about in Christmas baking, right?

1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. oleo/butter
1/4 c. shortening
1/2 c. milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour
Flavorings (see below)

Combine the first six ingredients and blend for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add flavorings you want from this list or make up your own. I like to divide up the batter and make three or four differently flavored cakes, which takes smaller pans. If you make it all the same flavor, use a 9x13 pan.
  For egg nog: 1 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp. rum extract, 1/2 c. chopped nuts
  For cherry: 1 tsp. almond extract, 8 oz. jar of chopped maraschino cherries
  For lemon: 2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  For orange: 2 tsp. orange juice, 2 tsp grated orange peel
  For nut: 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/2 tsp. almond extract, 1/2 c. chopped nuts
  For coconut: 1/2 tsp. coconut extract, 1/4 tsp. almond extract, 1/3 c. flaked coconut

Bake 25-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool, cut into shapes (if desired), and dip in thin confectioners' icing. (Mix 1 tsp. of vanilla with one tbsp of butter and 1/4 c. milk. Add powdered sugar until the consistency is right.)
Of course you can color the icing and put sprinkles, etc. on these petits four type cakes.

Dec 11, 2014

Caramels

I only make these once a year because the cooking part takes so darned long. Still, they're wonderful little bits of heaven, and they cost a fraction of what you'll pay in a candy store.

2 c. sugar
Dash salt
2 c. white corn syrup
1/2 stick butter
2 c. condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Boil sugar, salt and corn syrup to 245 degrees. Add butter & milk (don't let it stop boiling).
Cook to 242 degrees, stirring constantly (this is the part that takes forever, but it you aren't careful it will scorch on the bottom and you'll have lumps of yukky stuff.)
Add vanilla.
Pour into 9-inch square pan and cool. Cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper.

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