Planning for Christmas Baking
- By: Hallee
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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.
Now that 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.
Kaylee tried a new recipe last year – Engaging Eggnog Cookies. She sandwiched the cookies with Engaging Eggnog Icing. They were so yummy and will now be part of our Christmas gift baskets.
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.
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.
This year, I will also be making loaves of my Whole Wheat Honey Oatmeal Bread.
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.
Once you have your lists made, go ahead and stock up on the supplies. A lot of the cookies and breads can be made ahead of time and frozen.
During the remaining weeks leading up to Christmas, I’ll be making breads, cakes, candies, and cookies, getting ready to put the baskets together.
Do you give homemade treats as gifts? What are you making for Christmas?
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I do huge cookie trays for each of my kids’ schools – they’re all 3 in school this year, at different schools, so I have a lot of cookies to make. I also take smaller trays in to audiology and speech therapy offices, and make boxes of cookies for therapists, bus drivers, etc. It adds up to a lot of cookies. Which is an understatement. :)
My cookie list:
sugar cookie cut-outs, frosted
gingerbread cookie cut-outs with royal frosting
orange butter cookies with orange buttercream frosting
butter spritz cookies, dipped in bittersweet chocolate
Mexican wedding cookies (those nut cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar)
All I have left to make are the pizzelles, baklava, and Mexican wedding cookies.
The other thing that I do for the schools, I always try to take them in early – like the Monday of their last week of school, so that they arrive before a lot of other treats do, and they are certain to be finished before the break happens (so I can get my tray back, lol)
I know you gave me the orange cookie recipe before — what are your chocolate mint cookies?
I have not yet done holiday baking as a gift but I plan to this year. I love this post! Would you consider posting a picture or list of what a final gift basket includes?
I am a cookie baker too… I’ve got a week’s worth of recipes up at Acting Balanced and will have 25 cookie recipes up by Christmas… I make big trays and little bags for sharing.
I can send it to you. It’s based off of a chocolate-peanut butter cup recipe from the bag of peanut butter chips, but I substitute min extract for the vanilla and use 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 chopped Andes mints instead of the peanut butter chips. They’re new for my trays this year, but very yummy.