Christmas Baking To Make Your Holidays Tasty

    Christmas baking has always been a part of Christmas Tradition and it's something that I look forward to every year.  In light of this holiday season, I've put together this list of recipes that make for THE BEST Christmas Goodie Collection.


Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out dough on floured surface.  Cut shapes with snowflake cookie cutter (or any other festive cookie cutter).  Place on untreated cookie sheet and bake for 6-8min.

Photo taken by Ashley Toon of First Glance Studios

For Icing:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • food colouring of choice

Directions:

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth.
  2. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla.
  3. If it's too thick, add more corn syrup.  Stir in food colouring.
  4. I use a piping bag to ice my cookies, but you can do whatever is easiest for you.

Almond Roca

Photo taken by Ashley Toon of First Glance Studios

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp plus 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Butter 15in X 10in X 1in baking pan with the 1/2 tsp of butter.
  2. In a medium-large size pot, over medium-low heat, bring sugar and remaining butter to a boil (stirring constantly). Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes
  3. Uncover, and add almonds.  Cook and stir with a clean spoon until candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage).  STIR CONSTANTLY.  
  4. Pour into prepared pan (don't scrap edges.). Cool 1-2minutes.
  5. Sprinkle milk chocolate chips over.  Let stand for 1-2minutes.  Spread evenly.
  6. Sprinkle pecans over.  Press down gently.  Chill for 10min.
  7. Melt semisweet chocolate chips and drizzle over.  Chill 10min.
  8. Melt white chocolate chips and drizzle over. 
  9. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  Break into pieces.

Chocolate Pecan Caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp plus 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Line a 13in X 9in X 2in pan with foil; butter the foil with 1 tbsp of butter.
  2. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips.  Set Aside.
  3. In a pot over medium heat melt remaining butter.  Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and water.  Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.  Stir in milk.  Cook, stirring constantly, until candy thermometer reads 248 degrees F (firm ball stage). 
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape pot).  Cool completely before cutting.

Shortbread

Photo taken by Ashley Toon of First Glance Studios

Ingredients

  • 1 lb butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3 cups flour

Directions

  1. Whip all ingredients together.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 20min.

Caramel Corn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 qts popped popcorn.

Directions

  1. Melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.  Bring to a boil for 5 minutes (DO NOT STIR).  Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  
  3. Put popcorn in a well greased roaster and pour sauce over, stirring to coat.
  4. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15min.

If you are not the baking enthusiast, here is a list of some store bought goodies you can scatter throughout the house for all the guests you will have over the holidays:

  • Christmas Coloured Peanut M & M's
  • Almond Roca
  • Hickory Smoked Almonds
  • Chocolate Covered Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Turtles

What’s your favourite Christmas goodie to indulge in over the holidays? Let me know in the comments below.

- Mama Bird