Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Christmas Favorites

Every Christmas I love spending a couple days baking all our favorite cookies, candy, and other treats to wrap up pretty and give away. Some of these weren't on my favorites list until I married my husband. My MIL has some fantastic recipes that won their way to my heart! Here are just a few of the things our family enjoys.

I love making the tags as much as I enjoy baking the goodies!

Raspberry Bars

Tender shortbread, tangy raspberry jam, crunchy sugar crystals. . .mmm!


I think most people have at least tried these. So simple, so good.

Caramel Fudge Cookies

Raisin filled cookies

They don't sound tempting, don't look extra fabulous (I usually drizzle them with white chocolate to improve their looks) but they are oh so good!

Raspberry Bars

Crumb Mixture:

2 ¼ C Flour
1 C Sugar
1 C Chopped Pecans
1 C Butter
1 Egg

1 10 oz. Jar Raspberry Jam

Heat oven to 350. For crumb mixture, in large mixing bowl combine Flour and sugar. Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form. Stir in nuts. Add egg and stir just until combined. Reserve
1 ½ cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of greased 8 inch square pan. Spread jam to within ½ inch from edge of unbaked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over jam layer. Bake for 35-40 or until edges are browned. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Makes 2 dozen.

In large heavy pot on stove combine:
1 C corn syrup
1 C sugar
1 C peanut butter
Bring just to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in 5 cups rice crispies. Press into buttered
9 x 13 pan.
In microwave safe bowl combine:
1 C semi sweet choc chips
1 C butterscotch chips
Melt at reduced power, stirring often, until completely melted and smooth. Spread on top of scotcharoos and let set.

Raisin Filled Cookies
2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 Tblsp. water
2 tsp. vanilla
6 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, water and vanilla, then add dry ingredients. Mix well. Dough will be soft. Divide dough into 4 sections. Roll each section into a 1 /2 inch X 12 inch log. Wrap in wax paper and put into refrigerator for several hours so it will be firmer to cut. (I put the rolls in the freezer so they firm up faster)
2 cups ground raisins
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tblsp. flour
1 cup water
1 tsp.vanilla
1/2 cup nuts
Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and let cool a little.
Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Put approximately 1/2 to 1tsp. filling on each cookie and cover with another cut of dough. You do not need to press down. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking (if desired). Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes.


Mya said...

Cute. They all look and sound grrrreat. :) Merry Christmas!

Clandestine Road said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas!


Clandestine Road said...

Also, I found this frosting recipe and thought you might like it, too. It is marscapone cheese frosting and it is light and heavenly:

2 (8-ounce) containers mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 cup cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put the mascarpone cheese, cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer whip the cream mixture to soft peaks.


Taija said...

That sounds fantastic Angela! Thank you so much for sharing, I will try it for sure!


Kelly said...

My friend here in Austin makes Scotcharoos and she thought everyone has had them or heard of them too, but I hadn't. I'm glad to have the recipe for it now...but am dieting at the moment, so I'll try them later. Those raspberry bars look amazing too.