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Christmas Baking

December 21, 2009

I love baking any time of the year, but Christmas is my favorite.  The past few years we have walked through the neighborhood passing out bags of homemade goodies.  This will be our 3rd year.  The 1st year it was such a great way to meet our neighbors.  Now, it’s fun to walk around and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  We did have some people move in a few doors down, so it will be nice to meet them.  So, here are just a few recipes…very simple things to make to take around to neighbors or to a party.  For neighbors, I just went to the $$ store and bought Christmas bags to put the goodies in.

First up:

BUTTONS

Buttons

Super easy….

Bag of round pretzels….I couldn’t find these, so just used the Snyder’s Snaps

Bag of Hershey kisses

Bag of M&M’s

Heat oven to 200 degrees.

Fill a cookie sheet with pretzels.  Put a Hershey kiss on each pretzel.  Put in oven for 5 MINUTES, NO LONGER!!  The kisses won’t look melted, but they are…5 minutes is plenty of time.  Then press a M&M into the top of the kiss.  Let cool and harden.

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I made up a bag of these….Oatmeal….nothing special here.

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Toffee Bars

These are addicting!!

1 pkg graham crackers

1 c. butter (2 sticks)

1 c. brown sugar

1 pkg. milk chocolate chocolate chips

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 11×15″ cookie sheet with foil.  Cover bottom of pan with graham crackers.  Bring sugar and butter to boil over medium high heat.  Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour over graham crackers.  Bake 6 minutes.  Cool 2 minutes.  Cover with chocolate chips.  Spread and smooth chocolate.  Cool completely and break into pieces.

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Buckeyes

I haven’t made these yet…..but I have tasted them, and they are amazing.  Super simple recipe from a friend!

1 small jar creamy peanut butter

16 oz bag powdered sugar

1 stick butter (softened)

Mix with mixer.  Roll into balls.  Put in freezer to harden.  Dip in melted chocolate.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2009 10:25 pm

    We’ll have to try the buttons… the kids will LOVE making those.

    This year I added in Maple Walnut Fudge… and there’s always the standby Oreo Truffle… yum!

  2. Kristyn permalink
    December 21, 2009 11:29 pm

    Being from the Buckeye State 🙂 I have a few tips for you for the Buckeyes (this is probably the only thing I can advise you on!) – Use JIF Peanut Butter and Premium Light Cocoa Melting Chocolates, you can find in the craft department of Walmart. This isn’t the exact recipe that I use but it is close. Also, make the peanut butter balls small. Oh, and the buttons, have you ever used Rolos and pecans? Those are really good too! Happy Baking!! Merry Christmas!

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