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A Sweet Christmas

Updated on July 19, 2014

The Gift of Food

There are certain recipes that scream to be made at certain times of the year, Christmas especially. We all have our favorites that we look forward to making and of course eating.

Baked goods also make great presents for others. Put them in a decorated tin laced with tissue and wrap a lovely bow around it and you're ready to make someone's day.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite "Christmas only" recipes that make great gifts for other or a sweet treat for your family. And, of course, they are also good at any other time of the year!

Citation: unless otherwise stated images are copyright M. E. Wood.

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Bailey's Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients:

12 oz semi sweet chocolate (I use the little blocks of baking chocolate from the bulk store)

8 oz cream cheese

3 cups icing sugar

4 tbsps Bailey's Irish Cream

1/3 cup ground hazelnuts (I also get this from the bulk store)

Directions:

Melt chocolate on low heat. Stir often to keep from burning to bottom of pan. When completely melted set aside.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Blend in sugar a 1/4 cup at a time. Add melted chocolate and Bailey's being sure to mix well. Put in refrigerator for one hour.

Here's the fun part. Scoop out by the tsp and shape into balls. It is important not to keep in one hand for too long as it will get mushy. Switch back and forth between hands. When it is a smooth ball roll in hazelnuts (I also roll some in leftover icing sugar), set on tray. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. The longer they sit the better they taste.

This recipe makes five dozen deliciously addictive truffles.

Some kitchen stuff you might need

ChefLand Parchment Paper Pan Liner Baking Sheets - 12" x 16" (100)
ChefLand Parchment Paper Pan Liner Baking Sheets - 12" x 16" (100)

Prevents cookies and pasties from over browning.

 

Angel Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 tsp cream of tartar (necessary!)

1/2 tsp brown sugar

2 cups flour

Directions:

Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until fluffy. In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients, mix well before adding a third at a time to wet ingredients, mixing well.

Roll into balls in flatten, use in a cookie maker or roll out and use cookie cutter. All work well. Bake in oven on parchment paper lined cookie sheets at 300 degrees F. Keep and eye on them and remove when they begin to color.

A Cookbook You Might Like

The Family Christmas Cookbook: Best-Loved Recipes from the Christmas Annual
The Family Christmas Cookbook: Best-Loved Recipes from the Christmas Annual

"The Family Christmas Cookbook contains not only interesting stories about each recipe, but also ideas for how to include children in preparing them and extra pages for adding family recipes or traditions. While bringing generations together, families can brighten the holidays with delicacies ranging from English Plum Pudding, Norwegian Sandbakkels, and Swedish Lucia Buns to Mexican Bunnuelos, Brazilian Lace Wafers, and African Kanya, all featuring updated recipes."

 

Easy Shortbread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of cornstarch

1 1/2 cups icing sugar

3 cups flour

1 pound butter, softened

Directions:

Blend all ingredients. Cut into two section and roll dough flat. Use different shaped cookie cutters press out cookies. Leave as is or decorate with diced cherries. Alternative is to roll by hand and press into cookie sheet with 1/4 cherry. Bake on parchment covered cookie sheet at 325 degrees until lightly golden. This recipe makes approximately six dozen shortbreads.

Skor Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 bag of chocolate chips

1 package of saltines

Directions:

Line a 9 x 13 inch deep cookie sheet with tinfoil making sure to press it into the corners and sides without tearing it. Grease tinfoil with a light coating of oil wiping off excess with paper towel.

Line this tray with the saltines. One package should completely cover the tray. In a saucepan melt butter and sugar. Bring to boil for 2 - 3 minutes. Carefully pour over the saltines making sure to cover them all.

Put in a 400 degree oven for five minutes. It will bubble like crazy. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over tray. Take a spoon and spread chocolate as it melts. Once the chips have completely melted and you have have spread it over saltines, refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces and store in air tight container in fridge or freezer.

Cow Pies

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk chocolate chips

1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup raisons

1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions:

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in raisons and almonds. Drop by tablespoon full on to a cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Chill in fridge.

eatmore bars
eatmore bars

Eatmore Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

1 1/2 cups peanuts, chopped

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips in saucepan. Stir in peanut butter and honey. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Press into a 9" x 13" pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate overnight and cut into squares the next day.

Tip:

Store baking in freezer and take out what is needed one hour prior.

Whipped Shortbread

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups flower

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup glazed cherries

Directions:

This recipe is excellent if you have a cookie maker but also works well if you just drop by the spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Cream butter and sugar. Gradually add flour and continue to mix until light and fluffy. Prepare cookies, decorate with cherries and bake in 324 degree F oven for approximately ten minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and rack. Tastes wonderful when served from freezer. This recipe makes about three dozen cookies.

Marshmellow Roll
Marshmellow Roll

Chocolate Marshmallow Roll

Ingredients:

1 cup icing sugar

1 egg

4 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts

2 cups colored marshmallows

1/2 cup fine coconut

Directions:

Beat the egg and icing sugar while the chocolate and butter are melting in a saucepan. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla to the sugar mixture stirring until mixed. Let cool a few minutes. Gently stir in nuts and marshmallows.

Separate this mixture into three. Shape each one into a long roll about 1 1/2" in diameter. Roll each one in the coconut. Put all three rolls on a tray in freezer. When ready to serve cut into 1/2" slices.

Easy & Tasty Fruitcake

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs, slightly beaten

3 cups mincemeat (I get this from the bulk store)

1 cup Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

2 cups chopped candied fruit (from bulk store)

1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

Grease two 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pans. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking soda. In a large bowl combine eggs, mincemeat, milk, candied fruit and nuts. Add dry ingredients and mix well.

Divide batter between the pans and bake for an hour and half or until knife comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap well in foil and freeze. It's easy to cut while frozen and can be taken out to thirty minutes prior.

I've even had none "fruitcake" eaters enjoy this one.

Butterscotch Squares

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

2 packages butterscotch chips

small package of colored marshmallows

Directions:

Melt butters and chips over low heat and let cool well. Mix in the marshmallows when they won't melt. Lightly smooth into greased 7" x 11" pan. Cool completely in fridge and cut into small squares.

Nanaimo Bars

This recipe is made in two sections.

Base Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

5 tbsp sugar

5 tbsp cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 cups graham wafer crumbs

1 cup fine coconut

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Base Directions:

In a saucepan, melt butter slowly over low heat. While it's melting add sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg. Continuing stirring until it looks like custard. Set aside. Mix crumbs, coconut and nuts together then add to butter mixture. Combine well. Press into ungreased 8" pan and set aside.

Filling Ingredients:

4 tbsp butter

2 tbsp vanilla custard powder

3 tbsp milk

2 cups icing sugar

Filling Directions:

Cream butter. Add vanilla, custard powder and milk and mix. Add icing sugar and continue to beat until the consistency of icing. Spread with a warm metal spoon over base and allow to harden in fridge.

Topping Ingredients:

6 squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate

1 tbsp butter

Topping Directions:

In a small saucepan melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Spread evenly over the top of the icing filling. Refrigerate and cut into bars when set.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I have to try those Bailey's Chocolate Truffles - YUM!

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      OMG, my dear!!! Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday to think about sweets ... thanks to my grandma for instilling such a love in me. I actually become a bigger gal every Christmas. ;) You know?

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      Barbara Isbill 

      6 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Love your recipes/ I have included this lens in my feature section of my "Butterscotch Pie by Mama ruby" lens." Thanks.

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      Cynthia Davis 

      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Love your cookie recipe cards! Five stars and favored. Happy Holidays!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      My husband and I make peanut butter balls and give them as gifts every year. They're good.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      PetMemorialWorld 

      9 years ago

      Mmmm off to try Chocolate Marshmallow Roll ;)

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      kathypi lm 

      9 years ago

      i came back to say i did a lensroll to my christmas lenses, thanks so much

    • kathypi lm profile image

      kathypi lm 

      9 years ago

      it's that time of year, i'm searching for tried and true recipes, thanks for the great recipes, kathy

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      papawu 

      9 years ago

      I can cook, but I never said I can bake!! lol. But, holy cow, those Bailey's chocolate truffles are one thing I will try come hell or high water. Wonderfully scrumptious lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Well, hey...this is a perfect lens and terrific timing. I do make truffles, each year and it's a struggle not to eat them before I can give them away - ha! BUT, I have never made Bailey's Truffles, so will do so this year. Mmmmm, good stuff! Also going to try your shortbread. And probably some of the other recipes, as well. I love holiday food!

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