Dressed up Cake Mix Christmas Cake- Late Post

Yes, I am very late with this post but I still wanted to share this very quick and very simple dress up of a cake I made for Christmas Eve using a boxed cake mix!

Here is what I started with. When I was making the Peanut Butter Balls I ended up with a little extra chocolate candy melts. It was already melted so I spooned it into a sandwich bag, cut a corner off and piped very simple Christmas trees onto parchment paper and let them set in the fridge.

All I had to do once the cake was baked and iced was to arrange the chocolate Christmas trees around the outside and then I plopped a gingerbread ornament on top.

I used the big candy ball sprinkles to make ornaments for the trees and a few on top for decorations and I had a cute little cake ready to take to my in-laws Christmas Eve!

Sandie

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Gum Drop Fudge

I guess I really should have posted this recipe before Christmas but I simply ran out of time! The past two weeks or so have been so busy that when I actually get to my laptop to post I find I am typing 2 or 3 posts at once to get them done and posted. I sure dropped the ball getting to this one lol!

This is another version of a condensed milk fudge…. which means it is quick and easy to make and can be done entirely in the microwave!

(The cookie trays assembled!)

Sandie

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Salsa for our Christmas Preserve Baskets

I had fully intended to make this salsa in the summer when I had easy access to fresh tomatoes. You know what they say about good intentions??? Well, my intention was to make it in the summer but ended up being the week before Christmas and I had to use canned, diced tomatoes instead of fresh. It still turned out well but would have been even better with fresh! This salsa would make for a great snack with your favourite tortilla chips or even crackers, or used in whatever recipe you have that calls for salsa.

Sandie

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Peanut Butter Balls

These are a huge family favourite, they always have been for as far back as I can remember. They are such a favourite that I can always get Dillon to do the rolling part for me lol. While that isn’t necessary always a good thing, it is one thing I can mark off my list of things to do. This year he not only rolled the requisite “balls,” but he also made a log and a cube???? I don’t know if he is reverting back to his childhood and pretending it’s playdoh or what he’s up to but the help is appreciated!

Sandie

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Graham Crumb Cherry Balls

I am done my Christmas baking!!!!!!

I’m not quite sure why, but I seem to have done a lot of “ball” shaped treats for the cookie trays this year…. completely unintentional…. but these are another delicious addition to our Christmas cookies this year, something you will really want to try!

They will also make a nice contrast to the Cherry Surprise Balls that I make every year!

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Sandie

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Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Mints

Aren’t these so cute lol?  And I have to say they taste just as good as they look.  Again these cookies will be a bright addition to our cookie trays that we hand out to family and friends/neighbours! I think these will be one of the first cookies to go off the trays!

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Sandie

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Stained Glass Cookies

I have seen versions of this type of cookie all over the internet and wanted to try it this year….. hoping it wasn’t one of those “it’s not as easy as it looks online” projects.  It was surprisingly simple… thankfully.

These cookies look great on the cookie trays, adding a nice splash of colour to the cookies displayed and taste just as good as they look.  They taste delicious as well. The smell when cooking was a combination of cookies, green apple and cherry and the other jolly rancher candies flavours that I used. You can still taste the different flavours once they become stained glass as well!

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Sandie

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