Christmas Cookies – Whole Wheat

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

For the Christmas season, sugar cookies are one of the most popular desserts to bake. This recipe was one my grandma used to make; it is slightly different from other sugar cookies because it uses powdered sugar, anise, and baking soda. It has a perfect texture, and the dough has perfect consistency for rolling out on a floured surface. Enjoy!

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Rich Chocolate Fudge

This chocolate fudge is a perfect homemade dessert to serve at parties or other large gatherings. Half the recipe and have enough for the whole family!

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INGREDIENTS:

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INGREDIENTS:

1 7oz jar marshmallow creme

1 cup butter

3 (12oz) packages chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 1/2 cups sugar

1 (12 fl oz) can evaporated milk

1 cup walnuts (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Finely chop walnuts.

Throw chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla in bowl. If butter is unsalted, sprinkle in some salt.

Combine evaporated milk and sugar in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil, constantly stirring.

Once it has reached boiling, continue in the boiling stage for 15 minutes, constantly stirring.

Pour boiling sugar mixture into all the other ingredients in the large bowl.

Stir it all with a spatula until completely homogeneous.

Spread evenly onto a 9×13 glass baking dish.

Place in the fridge and cool for at least 4 hours before serving.

Consume moderately. Recipe not meant for small family. Share with friends and family as homemade gifts, or serve at parties or other gatherings.

For step-by-step instructions with pictures, visit my original post of this recipe on instructables

Chocolate & Candy Cane Coated Marshmallows

These delicious and simple treats make perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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Ingredients: (Serves 3)

3 medium marshmallows

1/4 cup chocolate chips

3-4 mini candycanes (= 1 medium candycane)

 

NOTE: Medium size of marshmallow is most preferable, and nothing smaller, but if you choose larger marshmallows, be sure to use more chocolate chips, and lengthen microwave time.

As shown, you can use mini candycanes or one medium candycane.

It is easier to keep them in their wrapper and crush them in there, and then you can pour it from the wrapper.

DIRECTIONS:

Place chocolate in small bowl and place in microwave for about 1 minute and 40 seconds, stirring in between. The time just depends on your microwave.

Leaving them in their wrappers, crush them with something like the handle of the knife coarsely. Size of normal chunks that candy-cane should be crushed into are shown above in bowl. Cut the wrappers, and pour all of it into a wide bowl that is good for rolling marshmallows in.

Place marshmallows on a paper towel or parchments paper (parchment paper works best). Using toothpicks to help holding the marshmallow without grabbing it with your hands, use a silicon scraper to spread the melted chocolate onto the marshmallows completely and evenly.

Roll chocolate covered marshmallows in candycane before chocolate hardens. Place on a platter and cool in fridge for ten minutes before serving or putting in gift bags.

To see more step-by-step  pictures, visit my original post of this recipe on instructables.

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Homemade Peppermint Bark

This peppermint bark is very easy to make and uses three ingredients: white chocolate, dark chocolate, and candy cane. If you use just these ingredients with chocolate chips, it turns out to be softer than most other peppermint bark.

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Ingredients:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

3 classic candy canes

 

DIRECTIONS:

Place candycanes out of their wrappers in one heavy duty bag inside another heavy duty bag. Pound evenly with a heavy blunt (preferably flat) object. A dough roller would work great for this. Pound until they are coarsely crushed as shown in bowl.

Place semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on low for about 3 minutes. It is IMPORTANT that you take out the chocolate chips to stir every thirty seconds. Chocolate chips are done when after stirring a bit, most of them are melted.

Prepare baking sheet by putting some wax/parchment paper ontop of it, making sure it is perfectly flat. spread melted chocolate with a silicone spatula (preferably) onto the wax paper carefully, using your hand to hold the wax paper in place. Spread until flat and thin as shown.

Chill in fridge while you prepare the next layer on next step;

Use the same process with the white chocolate. But, with the white chocolate, it will melt alot faster, and it will harden alot faster.

Put in microwave on low for about 2 minutes or until most of chips are melted. BE SURE TO: take out regularly from microwave every thirty seconds to stir well.

Spread upon not-completely-chilled dark chocolate and quickly sprinkle candy cane crumbles on top of it and press it lightly in before it hardens.

If white chocolate hardens too quickly, you can always get it melted quickly by placing it in a preheating oven (set to 170 degrees if it can) for about two minutes. Then proceed to press candy cane evenly in.

Place in fridge for at least thirty minutes before serving or placing in gift bags as Christmas gifts!

To see more step-by-step pictures, visit my original post of this recipe on instructables.

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Christmas Spritz Sugar Cookies

These are really cool little sugar cookies that you can give as Christmas gifts to friends and family.

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Ingredients:

(makes 6 dozen mini cookies)

12 tablespoons butter, softened

⅓ cup sugar

¼ tsp. salt

1 large egg

½ tsp. vanilla

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 ¾ all purpose flour

¼ whole wheat flour

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whip butter with salt and sugar until creamy.

Add vanilla, egg, almond extract and mix until combined.

Add flours (whole wheat & all purpose) and stir until combined.

Option no. 1: You can roll out the dough and cut out the cookies with cookie cutters.

Or Option no. 2: You can do it the ‘Spritz’ way and use a cookie press (I used OXO cookie press) and press cookies. Place/Press cookies onto ungreased baking sheet or silicone mat on baking sheet.

Add sprinkles if you want to make it look pretty.

Bake for about 8 minutes, or until just beginning to brown.

Cool before serving. Makes 6 dozen small spritz cookies.


Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

It’s time for the holidays; and Pumpkin Pie is a perfect dessert for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

It is also as good as any pie for any special occasion. This recipe is ‘from scratch’ because I link to one of my posts explaining how to make the pumpkin puree from scratch instead of using store-bought canned pumpkin.

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Ingredients:

14 oz of Pumpkin Puree   (See my post on how to make pumpkin puree from scratch!)

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon pumpkin spice

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt

1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

 

NOTE:

If you really must, then you can use 1 can of canned, pre-made, factory-processed pumpkin.

 

DIRECTIONS:

If you want to make your own pureed pumpkin, follow my instructions here. If not, then just buy a can of pumpkin and continue:

Set oven temperature to 425 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together the spices and salt. In a large bowl, beat together pureed pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and eggs. Then dump in the spices, and stir in well.

Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust, and bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Then set oven temp to 350, and bake for another 45 minutes, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Remove from oven, and rest for an hour or so, then place in fridge, and cool for another 6 hours until cold.

Serve with whipped cream.

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