Christmas Baking Extravaganza (Share please!!)
& a Christmas RAK
I am about to go full-throttle into my Christmas baking, so I thought I'd share my treat plans with all of you...and ask you to return the favor and share your favorite Christmas treat recipes with me (and the rest of us who visit here!).
In fact, I still want one more recipe to try, so maybe you can give me some ideas!
My FAVORITE Christmas cookie is the Mexican Wedding Cookie...aka Russian Tea Cake...aka (in my family) the simply-put Pecan Ball. I will be making these and taking them to the rounds of Christmas gatherings (unless Gary and I eat them all first--which is a distinct possibility!).
1 cup butter
1/2 cup confectionary sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup finely chopped nuts (or to taste)
additional sifted confectionery sugar
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stin in vanilla. Combine flour, salt, and nuts, then gradually add to the creamed micture. Chill dough at least thirty minutes (the chilling is very important!). Shape into small balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from cookies sheet, then roll in additional sugar while still slightly warm. Cool on wire racks and then roll in sugar again. (This makes 4 dozen.) Guaranteed yumminess!!
No Bake Chocolate Cookies
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
Mix sugar, cocoa, margarine and milk in saucepan. Boil for one minute and then remove from heat. Immediately add vanilla, oatmeal, and peanut butter (some recipes also add in coconut or nuts, but I prefer just the oats and pb). Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper. Cool completely and serve (unless, of course, you eat them all first!).
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
Mix oil and sugar thoroughly, then add egg and beat well. Stir in molasses. Add flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger and still well. Dropby teasponfulls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar, then move to wire rack. (This makes a ton--about 5 dozen.)
Easiest-Ever Peanut Butter Blossoms
There's no need to even put together an ingredient list and recipe. It's TOO easy! Just buy the refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough, and bake as directed. As soon as you take out of the oven, push a chocolate kiss into the middle of the cookie. Easy...and yummy!!! (little kids especially love these!)
Okay...now your challenge is to send me YOUR favorite Christmas treats ideas and recipes. I want to try something new!!!!
AND....because it's the season of giving and all that, I am going to host a Christmas RAK!!! YAY!!!
Post a comment now (and often!) and I will print out all the comments from now through Christmas Day. I will draw a name the night of Christmas Day and post the winner the following day. Not sure what the surprise will be, but I will try and gear it toward the winner's personality and interests...and it will be good, I promise!
So, send me your Christmas treat ideas and leave a comment!!!!