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Here is this week's delicious question:
Cookie Exchange: Share some of your favorite holiday recipes.
Growing up, Christmas at our house always meant loads of holiday baking. Both my mother and grandmother spent hours and hours baking all kinds of sweet holiday treats from fudge, to peanut brittle and cookies. One of the highlights for us kids was helping to make the festive green and red colored sugar cookies. We were always covered in flour by the end, but it is a holiday tradition that I share now with my two kids. We will be baking up a batch of Christmas cookies this weekend.
Our family recipe has been used for at least forty or more years that I know of. I am not sure where it came from but we have made it each and every year. I think what makes this recipe is the dash of almond extract. Whenever I smell almond extract, I immediately think of Christmas cookies. Don't think this recipe if only for Christmas. It can be used year round for any type of cookie. We also make it at Valentine's day and frost them with pink frosting. I don't frost the cookies at Christmas, but you can feel free to do so if you like.
Here is the recipe:
1 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Almonds (optional they will not work in a cookie press)
a few drops of red or green food coloring (also optional)
cookies can be frosted with a butter cream frosting.
Work Butter until soft, cream with sugar & eggs.
Beat Until smooth, add dry ingredients. Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet.
Bake @ 400 for 6-8 mins or until edges are light brown.
One of my absolute favorite candy recipes is Hershey Coconut Balls. My grandma started making these when I was a teenager. They quickly vaulted up and became my favorite. When I was going through my recipes a few years ago and transferring them to ipad, I scoured the internet but I couldn't find anything like it. What I love about this recipe is that it is simple and so good. I have no idea where my grandma got the recipe, but it has been my favorite holiday recipe for over twenty years. Try it! You can whip up a batch in about five minutes. You can experiment and coat them in any topping of your choice if you aren't a fan of coconut. You can use nuts or crushed candy canes or anything else you desire.
Grandma's Hershey Coconut Balls
2 large Hershey Bars w. almonds (or you can go without but I love the almonds)
1 carton Cool Whip
1 cup sweetened coconut
Melt Hershey bars either in microwave or double boiler. Fold in Cool Whip. Place in freezer until firm. Roll into balls and roll in coconut to coat or topping of your choice. Must keep refrigerated. (Note if melting in the microwave watch it closely and do not burn it).
Hide these in the back of your freezer and scarf them down! Delicious! My favorite!
What would the holidays be without Fudge?
My family also has a standard go to fudge recipe that has been in the family for years. It is called Ila's Fudge. Who Ila is remains a mystery. None of us know, but whoever Ila was she sure made some delicious fudge. One thing I like about this recipe is that it uses actual marshmallows instead of marshmallow creme. I am not a fan of a bunch of processed ingredients in my cooking and baking and I prefer to use natural ingredients whenever possible. No cake or cookie mixes for me. Fresh, high quality ingredients always make the most delicious food and treats. Here is my family's fudge recipe:
2 cups sugar
10 large marshmallows
1 small can (5 1/3 oz) evaporated milk
1 6 oz package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup nuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pinch of salt
Place sugar, marshmallows and evaporated milk in a double boiler and bring to a boil. Simmer for seven minutes while stirring. Remove and pour over the chocolate chips, nuts and butter. Beat until smooth and everything is melted. Add in vanilla and salt. Pour into an 8x8 inch pan and place in freezer to set. Once it is firm, cut into small squares and serve. Be sure to store in the freezer.
Now I love the traditional recipes, but I am also about finding some new recipes. Last year on Thanksgiving, since it was a small affair at our house for once, I decided to just do a small batch of cookies in lieu of pies and such. I tried this delicious Mint Chocolate Cookie recipe. These cookies are simple and just yummy! The secret is placing a mint chocolate on the top right as they come out of the oven. The mint melts and acts like chocolate mint frosting. Love these!
Here is a version of the recipe for you to try.
I recently discovered a great little baking blog, well it actually isn't little, It is called Sally's Baking Addiction. Sally is always whipping up some decadent creations. Just last week, we made Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes for my husband's birthday, they were spectacular. Highly recommend.
Anyway, Sally recently posted a recipe for Candy Cane Kiss Cookies or Chocolate Vanilla cookies. Both look equally delicious, and I think we will be trying a small batch of each. I am thinking I might pop some mint chocolate kisses on the chocolate cookies for variety. I plan on doing some this weekend with the kids, so I will let you know how they turn out.
A delicious post I must admit. Feel free to share your favorite holiday treats! I can assure you that we will soon be doing some holiday baking and I will have my two best baking helpers to help.....
Happy Holidays everyone!
Next week's question:
Stocking Stuffer ideas....what are some of the things you would like to find in your stocking?