Here is one of my favorite Christmas cookies ever!! They are easy to make, they have CARAMEL, and they look great! Try them– you will see!
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We give plates of goodies to all our neighbors, give teachers goodies with a giftcard, take a bunch to my grandma’s for a week of vacation desserts, take them to parties, and give them to people who help us in various ministries of our church.
I try to make at least one baked dessert a day starting on December 1st, and then I freeze them. When it comes time to put together the bins/plates of goodies, I place the plates/bins all around the edge of my kitchen table. I move the chairs so that I can walk around the table. I then write each recipient’s name on a sticky note, and put the note in front of the goody container. I like to have the sticky notes so that I don’t forget anybody and because I give more desserts to large families. I use bins or containers for those that I take into church or somewhere else to deliver and plates for our neighbors. I take one dessert at a time and walk around the table, putting those items in the containers.
Other recipes I make are Chocolate Crackles, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Caramel Pecan Bars, Cream Cheese Candies, and more!
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I make most of the desserts for Thankgiving and Christmas at my side of the extended family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Everyone just makes the dishes that they normally do, and dessert usually falls to me. I enjoy preparing the desserts, and I have some standbys that I make quite frequently. However, I sometimes get bored making the same ‘ole, same ‘ole! So this year, I decided to try something new. Here are three new recipes I tried for Christmas this year: [Read more…]
I start with making the cookies with the peanut butter cup as the cookies need to cool before removing them from the miniature muffin tins, so they can cool while the other cookies bake.
For the Peanut Butter Blossoms, I make the dough, roll the dough into 1″ balls, roll the balls in sugar, place them on a cookie sheet and bake. As soon as they come out of the oven, I press the kisses into the middle of the balls. My kids love to unwrap all the kisses, so I don’t have to do that step! Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the pan before taking them off, or the kisses may lose their shape from being jostled while the chocolate is warm. Let the cookies sit on a cooling rack until the kisses are firm.
For the Peanut Butter Cookie Cups, roll the dough into 1″ balls, place the balls into greased miniature muffin cups–1 ball per cup. Take your fingers and press the dough onto the bottom and sides of the cup. Bake until light golden brown. When done, remove the cookies from the oven, press a miniature peanut butter cup into the middle of the cookie. Let cool for several minutes or the cookie will break. When sufficiently cool, carefully remove from the pan (sometimes I have to turn them a little or use a fork to loosen the from the sides of the pan.)
This dessert is not necessarily a Christmas dessert, but I put red and green M & M’s on top of them, and they look great for Christmas.
HOWEVER . . . I had one problem that I did not realize I had until I had already mixed up the crust part of the bars.
I didn’t have regular green and red M & M’s! I had the mini size M & M’s, but I wanted to save most of them for another dessert. So I pulled out the fall M & M’s I had bought yet never used. The kids sorted out all the brown ones, and I used the gold and red ones along with some mini red and green M & M’s. Mission accomplished!
It’s just something that has to be made at this time of year! So yesterday, I finally made it! I love this recipe as it makes a lot of bread! I make mini-loaves for the girls’ teachers, and this recipe makes enough for all of the teachers, plus some for us! I made 5 mini-loaves and one skimpy 8″ x 4″ pan.