Five Christmas Goodies

"Marc! Smell this dessert!" I scurried across the kitchen to the table where we had just finished lunch and shoved the chocolate-y dessert under his nose. 

Before he could get a proper whiff, I quickly took the pan away so he couldn't swipe his finger into the dish and steal any. Then I promptly shoved it back under his nose to which he just gave me a quizzical and humored look. 

"So... we aren't trying any of it?" he asked eagerly yet slightly annoyed. 

"No! If we eat some we won't have enough to give out, and I'll have to make more. Which means I'd have to go back to town, and buy more ingredients, and it I don't have time to do that." (First world probs am I right?) 

Christmas is my favorite time of year. My mom and Grandma would make dozens of cookies every year. We'd have pies, fudge, sugar cookies, ginger cookies, homemade snickers, peppermint bark, ginger bread with lemon sauce... and an assortment of chocolate treats. Needless to say, there were several years as a child that I made myself sick with the excitement of gifts mixed with all the chocolate. 

This year is Marc and I's first Christmas together as a married couple, and I've loved starting to create our own new family traditions with him. Baking has carried over since I cannot seem to have Christmas without chocolate and goodies! With two part-time jobs and a new puppy, I haven't found time to bake quite as much as my mom always did (I don't know HOW she pulled off so many goodies), but I managed to bust out the cookie sheets and trays to make 5 yummies! Andddd here are the recipes in case anyone wants to try out some new treats!

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Chocolate-Dipped Ginger Cookies
These are my families FAVORITE cookies. Here is the recipe we use to create these sugary-gingery-yummies!

3/4 Cup Shortening
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
5 Tbsp. Molasses (or more)
2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt

Combine in order. Form into 1 Tbsp balls, roll in sugar and bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 
Melt white chocolate and dip cookies. Place on wax paper to cool. 

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Rocky Road
Chocolate and marshmallow and peanuts. Need I say more? We ALWAYS have this at Christmas, and it's super easy peasy to make.

1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Butterscotch Chips
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
3 Cups Mini Marshmallows
1 Cup Salted Nuts

Prepare 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil. Melt chocolate, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter in a medium pan on Low. When melted, mix in marshmallows and nuts till combined. Press into prepared pan and chill. (Best to store in refrigerator)

Powdered Sugar Fudge
We always had fudge for Christmas, and this is not a recipe I got from my family, but it's easy and came out so yummy and creamy! Find the recipe here. (I pressed Christmas-colored sprinkles into the top before I chilled the fudge).

Easy Peppermint Bark
Easy is what I look for in a recipe ;) Especially when I feel pressed for time. This peppermint bark is delicious. I have to hide it so I won't eat all of it... Find the recipe here.

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Cow Sugar Cookies
Marc farms and ranches. So naturally I made cow-shaped cookies for our neighbors and friends. The first batch I tried to make black frosting using the primary colors that come in the normal pack of food coloring... and it ended in a puke green color... so don't try that! Buy black food coloring, buy black icing, save yourself!! 

Cookie:
1 Cup Butter
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp Salt
2 1/2 Cups Sifted Flour

Cream Butter and Sugar together, beat in egg. Add Vanilla, Salt, and Sifted Flour. Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Roll out 1/4" thick and cut. Bake 8-10 minutes or until barely colored. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks. 

Frosting:
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
1 Tb. Butter
1 Tb. Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Lemon Juice

Melt butter and combine all ingredients. Beat until smooth. *Add food coloring if desired.

Merry Christmas! Whether you celebrate with baked goods or not, may you be filled with the joy and love of Jesus as we celebrate His coming!
 

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