Day# 1 Christmas Baking Has Begun!

k5084230Three of my Christmas “goodies”... done!…

Many more to go!…

I know I have to get started on my baking, candy making… to get it in the mail!…

Every year I get a list together of a few new items to make… and some old reliables…

My relatives in Georgia are my guinea pigs… (Bobby’s three sisters and families…) trying out my recipes… a tradition I started many years ago…

Last night I mixed up my batter for Cherry Chewy Cookies”... a recipe I saved from “Can’t Stay Out Of the Kitchen”…

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Cream everything but, flour, cherries, pecans and coconut…

Fold in these ingredients next…

Place rolled balls onto baking sheets covered with parchment paper…

Bake 375 degrees for 12-13 minutes…

I added 1/2 of a candied cherry to top…

This recipe made 5-1/2 dozen cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1- cup brown sugar

3/4- cup butter

1- egg

2-tbsp. milk

1-tsp. vanilla

2- cups all-purpose flour

1/2- tsp. salt

1/2- tsp. baking soda

1- cup quartered candied cherries

1- cup chopped pecans

1- cup coconut

and then an old recipe I have made off and on for over 40 years“I can’t even believe that!”…

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“Candied Strawberries”...

My Dad brought home this recipe for me to make…

He wanted to give them as gifts…

He bought all of the ingredients…

I was married with two young boys… and loved doing for Christmas anyway!…

I made so many of these… I couldn’t look at a strawberry for a year I know!…

I found a copy of this recipe on Cooks.com…

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Mix all ingredients in a big bowl… Best to refrigerate at least an hour or overnight…

Shape into strawberry shape… just play with it…not that hard and doesn’t have to be perfect…

I like placing them in small muffin tin papers…

Decorate a green leaf on top with canned green frosting…

can be frozen… until ready to serve… Keep refrigerated…

Just a few on a cookie tray adds some color…

I doubled batch to make 5-1/2 dozen…

INGREDIENTS

1-cup coconut

2- pkg. (3oz. size) Strawberry Dry Jello

3/4 – cup sweetened condensed milk

1- cup ground almonds…

1/2- tsp. vanilla

Roll in extra dry jello

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My one other recipe I made today and will definitely make a few more batches... Easy and pretty!

“Christmas Fudge”... from… share-christmas.com/recipes/fudge…

 

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Boil sugar, butter, heavy cream (half/half) and salt for 5 minutes… stirring often…

remove from heat and stir about 5 minutes…

Add powdered sugar, vanilla and chopped red and green candied cherries… folding in…

Pour into 8″ X 8′ pan…

Cool and cut into small squares…

Store in air tight container

I’m hoping to get 25 pieces ( 2-dozen) + 1 … from this pan…

INGREDIENTS 

1-cup sugar

1/2- cup butter

1/2- cup heavy cream

1/8 tsp. salt

2- cups powdered sugar

1-tsp. vanilla

1/2- cup red candied cherries( chopped)

1/2- cup green candied cherries chopped

All of these are quite easy… very tasty… and will be fun to make!

 

 

 

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