Holiday Baking 2016

So much holiday baking this year.  It’s been fun, though!  I think I must be making up for last year’s do-as-little-as-possible Christmas season, because of incoming baby.  My mom has been here and been a lot of help baking, too 🙂

Let’s see what did we make?

These were my husband’s request.  I doubled the recipe, and they were pretty easy to make.  I recommend cooling them a little longer in the freezer when you place the peppermint kisses though, as some of ours still got a bit melty.  I liked the contrast of the green sprinkles with the red and white candies, but I imagine red, or maybe even gold sprinkles would look nice too.  They are tasty, but I am not a huge peppermint fan, so I left the nomming of these to my husband.  Side note, store these separately from all your other baked items, else they will all probably smell and taste like peppermint!

These are an old standard for me at this point.  I’ve made them at least three times, from this recipe.  I always substitute Christmas colored M&Ms (which I can only ever find at Walmart) for chocolate chips, and I substitute 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of the white sugar for brown sugar to make them chewy in consistency.

This is the first time in a while that I have attempted cut out cookies, and this recipe worked great for me.  I left out the almond extract, and they taste quite good still.  I left the dough rolled out in my fridge for at least 3 days before I cut and baked the cookies, due to being super busy.  I doubled this recipe too, and regretted it later because the prospect of decorating that many cookies was daunting.  Back on Black Friday, I had purchased a few tiny cookie cutters that fit nicely on parts of the dough that were too small for most of the standard sized cutters.

This was my first attempt at Royal Icing.  Rather than do two consistencies, I made buttercream for piping because we were already making some buttercream for a cake that week.  I doubled the icing recipe as well, and wound up leaving my stand mixer running on a somewhat low speed all day long while we decorated so that the icing wouldn’t harden.  It worked pretty well honestly.

I used some pretty normal Christmas cookie cutters, and some more fun ones, like my recent acquisition of a dragon shaped cookie cutter.  And the ninjabreadmen ones.  And some Star Wars ships.  But also the penguins and Christmas bulbs and snowflakes, etc.  My sister and mom both helped with decorating, which was nice. 🙂

Mom made these.  It’s basically your standard rice krispy treat, but dye the marshmallows green, decorate with some candies at the bottom (I used some cute Runt-like candies this year), and use Cornflakes instead of Rice Krispies.

Mom made this cookie as well.  They are very simple, just a shortbread with some pecans chopped in them, and then rolled in powdered sugar.

  • Rice Krispy Treats

Only thing we did special here was use some holiday Rice Krispy cereal boxes.  Just your standard marshmallow krispy deliciousness.

We always make these because they are so very easy.  I dress them up at the holidays with some of the Nestle red and green and chocolate chips mix.  This year we tried one pan with chocolate sweetened condensed milk (it didn’t change the flavor much, honestly).  I like to leave the walnuts out as well.

Did you do any baking this holiday season?  My waistline will certainly not be thankful for all the extra calories, but it was fun, and dieting is what new year’s resolutions are for, haha!

 

5 comments for “Holiday Baking 2016

  1. Patty Poulos
    December 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Wow! Makes me want to come down south and taste all these goodies! Your house must have smelled really good when you were baking! Everything looked delicious and yummy! Miss you all lots,
    Love, aunt Patty

     
    • December 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thanks! I feel like my oven has been constantly on for the last two weeks LOL

       
  2. December 20, 2016 at 11:34 am

    So much baking – I’m impressed!

     
  3. December 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Holy crap! That’s a lot of cookies. I miss baking with you, buddy.

     
    • December 20, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      I miss baking with you too! I thought about out last Christmas baking extravaganza, and the disastrous cake pops the other day LOL

       

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