15 December 2010

Christmas Goodies

I've spent the last week and a half making various baked goodies to divide up into Christmas gifts for some family and friends. I still have more to bake, but here's a small list of what I've been working on...

Eggnog Fudge
If you even like the flavor but not the thick drink, you should try this. It is the perfect texture and it SO yummy! And it was all done on the stove top, so no oven work required!
(Mixed reviews from non-eggnog lovers. A few tried it and liked it but hubby didn't...instead he asked for something chocolate...and quick!)

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
I've seen recipes for this in several places, but this time I used the Brown Eyed Baker's. These are pretty easy and an obvious great combo of peanut butter & chocolate.

Coconut Macaroons
Another easy recipe (do you see a trend?). I also like to dip the top of some of mine in chocolate.

Cinnamon Caramel Corn Popcorn
This one is good in theory, but it helps to not put the over 100 degrees higher than the recipe called for...oopsies...burnt. I may try again if I have time.

Chocolate Pretzel Turtles
Seriously...easy peasy. What took the longest was unwrapping the rolos.

Peppermint Bark Popcorn
Easy. Delicious. Popcorn. Chocolate. Peppermint. Do I need to say any more?

Peanut Brittle
First time for me to make peanut brittle. Not difficult, but you have to work fast cuz this stuff sets VERY quickly! I used the microwave version because that's what I had in my cookbook at home.

Peppermint Bark
I love this stuff! I have made it with all white chocolate as well as the layered as seen above. One thing I like to do is combine some of the crushed candy canes into the white chocolate before spreading so they are mixed INTO the chocolate. Then scatter the rest on top. I also like to get violent with it and stab it into pieces! Just be sure to use a strong knife, such as a steak knife, or you could bend good cutlery.

*This is my safety warning...don't play with knives.*
Ok, I feel better now.

I also found this neat gift idea last year. Instead of baking tons of stuff, I gave some of these Brownie Mixes in a Jar. I packaged them all cute and Christmas-y and it was a great idea for those few people that I needed a little something extra for or just wanted to keep it low-key.

Are you baking anything for Christmas right now? If so, please feel free to share a recipe. I'm looking at new recipes every day to determine what I will make next!

Next thing I will be baking...Fruitcake.
You may have grimaced when reading that, but that's probably because you've never even had a good fresh fruitcake! The one I make is still packed with fruits and nuts and is super dense, but it is also soft and full of buttah.


  1. ohmygod linz! those all look SO good. esp the peanut brittle and eggnog fudge. where did you get the recipe for that? i think it might be perfect for boy's parents...thanks for the inspiration! i'll be over in five to help you eat all that :)

  2. I just baked those blossom cookies, yummm! And fruitcake sounds delicious!


  3. YUM! These all look delicious. And your food pics look great. Mine always turn out grainy and not very pretty. I made peppermint bark this year and I'm making caramel puff corn. I want to try that eggnog fudge now though. I don't like the thick drink, but I do like the taste. :)

    Better Than a Milk Mustache

  4. You are right, I've never had fresh fruitcake...I hope it is good!
    The peppermint bark looks more than yummy. I might have to give that a try!

    The Auspicious Life

  5. Those pics just made my mouth water! Yum...