We did a little baking yesterday and made our traditional Christmas cookies and goodies. The thing about me is that I’m all about that semi-homemade life and so while we still spent a few hours baking, I didn’t have to spend that much time cleaning.
Since I’m an on top of it blogger I took exactly zero pictures but thanks to my Google search, I have a few to share.
So also to be a good-ish blogger I have a disclaimer: these aren’t my photos. I borrowed them from Google images. I don’t own the pictures or have rights to them. Does that mean I am not supposed to use them here?
But they are on the World Wide Web for all to see so I did to make this post more aesthetically pleasing. But because my conscious (and who knows, maybe the law) makes me, I’ll link where I found them.
I thought I’d give you the recipes and shortcuts in case you were looking for quick Christmas treats that don’t use all the baking aisle ingredients but taste like they do.
And because I don’t know how to do that “jump to recipe” thing I’m going to keep this short and sweet for y’all.
Christmas Crunch (Yields a shit-ton of sweet and salty goodness so just be prepared)
- 2 bags microwave popcorn
- baby pretzels
- 10 oz bag of red and green M&M’s.
- Vanilla almond bark (6 squares)
- Red and green sprinkles
Side note: Now are the red and green candy and sprinkles crucial to the success of this recipe? No, no they’re not. But the red and green is what makes it festive, friends.
Pop the popcorn and then remove all the un-popped kernels. Then get yourself a ginormous bowl to mix together all the ingredients but not the sprinkles. You’ll need to melt the almond bark if that wasn’t already obvious. After it’s all mixed together, spread it out on a parchment sheet covered baking sheet. Then, go to town with adding the sprinkles. Let it all harden and then break yourself off some pieces and enjoy!
Gooey Butter Cookies (Apparently a St. Louis thing but they should be an everywhere thing because they are phenomenal! But, anything with a stick of butter and a block of cream cheese is bound to be delish).
Yield: My kids helped me roll the dough into balls so they were all different sizes but we got 30 cookies out of this recipe.
- Stick of butter
- Block of cream cheese (8 oz)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- Powdered sugar
Whip together the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and egg until it is good and fluffy. Then, add the cake mix and mix that together. Cover and chill the dough for 30 minutes because it makes it easier to roll into balls. Then roll into dough balls and roll into powdered sugar. Place them on a greased backing sheet and cook at 350 F for about 12 minutes. Remove and sift more powdered sugar on top of them. You can also take your fesive sprinkles from the Christmas crunch and sprinkle those on top of the cookies for that Christmas glow. Let cool and then enjoy!
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Buy this kit. I got mine from Sam’s.
Follow the directions (except roll the dough balls in granulated sugar before baking).
And since it’s Monday, here’s another goody for you to enjoy.