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Christmas Recipes Bonanza

Posted by Hallee on Dec 17, 2010 in Hallee's Galley, Holiday fare, Recipes |

Since there is just a week left until Christmas Eve, I thought I’d consolidate some recipe ideas for you.

Candy

My fudge recipe was given to my grandmother in 1946.  A friend brought a plate of fudge to a Christmas party at church, and wrote the recipe down on the back of a church bulletin.  The only thing that I changed was to remove the margarine from the recipe and replace it with half butter and half coconut oil.  This fudge is amazing.  When I do my Christmas baking this year, I will make my own marshmallow cream and will link that recipe to this one — it’s even better with homemade marshmallow cream.

We call this Captain Crunch Candy.  I don’t know what the original name was, or where my mother got the recipe.  However, I remember eating this every single Christmas of my life.  It’s amazing and a favorite in our goodie baskets we make for friends.

Cookies

When Gregg is home, he is in charge of making Gregg’s Gingerbread Cookies.  He will make them at night, and have the dough ready to go the next morning.  This is a huge batch – plenty for Christmas gift giving, or for a gingerbread house decorating party.  We use Gregg’s Quick & Easy Royal Icing when we decorate them.

I grew up making Traditional Sugar Cookies at Christmas time.  My mom would have them baked and ready for when I came home from high school, and I would decorate them with Buttercream Frosting – colored all different colors.  We had a variety of sprinkles and imperials.  I’d pull out my decorating tips and bags and spend hours on Christmas trees and angels, making each one perfect.  The flavor combination of the sugar cookie and frosting is wonderful, and they are always so pretty in gift baskets.

Monday, we made cookies and delivered them to shut-ins and elderly at our church.  I made a new recipe, and Kaylee made Engaging Eggnog Cookies. She sandwiched the cookies with Engaging Eggnog Icing. They were so yummy.

I love my spritz cookie press.  You can bake a pan of spritz cookies in no time.  I have a butter recipe and a chocolate recipe.  I like to make the wreaths and dip them in white or dark chocolate, then sprinkle them with Christmas imperials.  The Christmas trees are also awesome to make – just sprinkle them with green sugar and you’re good to go.

I also came across this tip on how to decorate Christmas sugar cookies.

Breads

I love making miniature loaves of breads for my gift baskets that I hand out to friends and families.  Two recipes that are a must each year are Shannon’s Banana Bread and Delicious Cranberry Nut Bread.

Cakes

I have a miniature bundt cake pan set.  I make Heavenly Red Velvet Cakes and just drizzle them with mascarpone cheese frosting.

Something the kids have loved in the past, and that I’ve taken to Kaylee’s school for her Christmas parties all through elementary school are my Santa Cupcakes and Reindeer Cupcakes.  They are way easier to make than they look.

Enjoy your Christmas baking and candy making!  It is one of the things I love about Christmastime.  I love putting together plates or baskets filled with home-made goodies and festive colors.  I hope that you will get as much joy as I do from the whole mixing, making, baking process as I do!

Merry Christmas!

Hallee


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