Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Baking

Sunday my little bro came over and we did some holiday baking. You can’t go wrong with homemade cookies and candy. They are great gifts for neighbors, the mail man, trash men, and co workers. I left a cute little bag out with the trash this morning and it just made me smile. Giving gifts for me is just as fun as getting them!

This year we made some…

Gingerbread Cookies
I never bake at the perfect time. The small ones always burn. I need to try and bake remember to bake the same size shapes together.

I think I’ve determined that Martha Stewart’s Ultimate CC Cookie is my favorite recipe.

And a Pinterest find Chocolate Candy Can Snow Flakes
They taste like Christmas in your mouth! I made some modifications and I love them. I have to admit I’m not much of a sweets girl but these are great and crazy easy!

2 1/2 cups chocolate rice crisp cereal (we’re big fans of Nature’s Path cereal around here) – I used regular Rice Crispy Cereal
6 candy canes, crushed into small pieces
1 cup sliced almonds – I used pecans and blended with the candy canes in the food processor
22 ounces white chocolate chips (or a block, if you chop) – I used milk chocolate

Combine the chocolate cereal, crushed candy canes, and almonds into a large bowl. Toss around the ingredients until they are well combined.

Melt the white chocolate until it is entirely smooth, using one of the methods described above.

Pour the melted white chocolate into a large bowl. Pour the chocolate-candy cane-almond mixture into the melted chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, and moving quickly, combine all the ingredients together until everything is coated well.

Drop rounded spoonfuls of the mixture in little mounds onto a parchment-paper covered baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the refrigerator (you’ll probably have another one filled too) to allow the treats to harden, about 30 minutes. Store the snowflakes in the refrigerator in a covered container.

My only modification for the next batch will be to add some sprinkles or white chocolate drizzled on top be sticking them in the fridge. Right now mine are boring brown clusters.

I attempted these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies I found on Pinterest, so easy but mine did not turn out well.

I may not be able to cook but I do love to bake!

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