Christmas Baking for a Change

This year I took some time off around the holidays, which I don’t normally do. I got in a baking mood and decided that I wanted to bake some homemade cookies to take to the family gathering. After picking out the recipes I went to the store for things like plain flour, candy canes, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, kisses, buttermilk, cream cheese and various other ingredients. What I didn’t buy more of, and realized I needed late Christmas Eve and sent Jeff back for before the stores closed for the holiday, were eggs for our Christmas breakfast and vanilla.

In years past we used to make chocolate covered everything with my Mother-in-love. When I say everything, I mean everything. We did your standard ritz crackers and peanut butter, Oreo cookies and pretzels dipped in chocolate. Along the way we started the tedious task of putting peanut butter in bugles and dipping them in chocolate. If you haven’t tried this before, take my word for it and do it. If there was chocolate left over we’d look for something to cover in it. She would bake the pre-made peanut butter cookies and top with a Hershey’s kiss after she took them out of the oven. So many memories around Christmas goodies!

So I decided to check Pinterest to see what I could find that sounded good. I ended up choosing some really good recipes. I went with one of my favorites, the no bake oatmeal cookie, which I’ve shared about before here: I did add in a handful of a bought mixture of peppermint chips, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows once I had it mixed up. I didn’t add a lot because I wasn’t sure how the peppermint would go with the peanut butter, but they turned out good with just a hint of peppermint. I also made peppermint sugar cookies, pound cake cookies, cool whip candy, and “the purple stuff” which I’ve shared about before here:

Since this Christmas was going to be freezing, one of the coldest in many years, I also made a hot chocolate mix and had a variety of toppings and whipped cream. However, no one realized it was there so Jeff and I have been enjoying it.

The pound cake cookies brought back childhood memories for a cousin. The no bake oatmeal cookies were a favorite of quite a few. The cool whip candy was Jeff’s favorite.

For our Christmas Day lunch I tried my hand at a buttermilk pie, I think I over baked it. We ate a few bites, but the texture was not right. I’ll have to try again another time.

I’ll share the cookie recipes in another post.

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