Christmas Baking Planning
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 — 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.
This year I tried my hand at a layered Jell-O recipe. The Christmas Jello Stars were so festive and so good.
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 have a fresh ground flour/sweetened with honey sugar cookie that I fell in love with last year. I’ll get the recipe posted early this year so that you can have a real-food option for baking.
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.
And a new try this year: Red Velvet Cake Roll. Heavenly. It would be a perfect gift to accompany with Pumpkin Roll.
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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