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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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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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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Funky Rolling Pin

When I was Christmas shopping at http://www.amazon.ca, I found these really cool rolling pins for making cookies.  They have a pattern made into them that transfers the pattern onto your cookies when rolling.  I chose one that had deer and used my favourite Gingerbread Cookies recipe with it.

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Fruitcake Cookies

I really pondered making these again, especially with the stigma poor fruit cake seems to have. They have always reminded me of the mincemeat cookies that my mother makes.  On a plate of all kinds of cookies, these were still one of my favourites!

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Quick & Easy Maple Walnut Fudge

This is another treat I made for the cookie trays I had out to neighbours and family at Christmas. It is a condensed milk fudge, meaning it is very quick and very easy to make. All total, it probably takes less than 10 minutes making it in the microwave!

It was funny because the day I made the fudge our upstairs smelled like maple for hours after but if you went downstairs it smelled like turkey because I was cooking our turkey to carve and freeze ahead of time in one of those electric roasting pan. Quite a smell difference between up and down stairs lol.

I also made a pan of my Mint Chocolate Fudge for the baskets and a couple of gift boxes mixed fudge.

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Cinnamon Hard Candy

Here is a nice Christmas treat and very festive with it’s bright red colouring, that I made the other day for our Christmas Preserves Baskets. For the life of my I couldn’t find my candy thermometer so I had to make it the old fashioned way…. testing the syrup in cold water to determine whether it was done or not. Thankfully it turned out just fine but I still wonder about my candy thermometer…. maybe Dillon stole it lol.  A funny story… when Dillon was little I can remember him trying to stay home from school, saying he wasn’t feeling well.  I told him we would have to take his temperature to see if he had a fever.  He was expecting the normal thermometer, so when I went into his room carrying my rather large candy thermometer he was unexpectedly cured lol! Poor Dillon, with his mother’s strange sense of humour!

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Caramel “Magic” Squares

I have had this recipe for years, and haven’t made it in years.  I am sure everyone has a version of the “Magic” squares recipe that they love and make over and over again.  This would be mine if I actually ever remembered about it when I feel like baking lol.  I did however make this recipe the other day for lunch box snacks and thought I would share the recipe.

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Lemon Bars

I can’t remember the last time I made lemon squares, but they just seemed like such a good idea to make on Sunday when I had the itch to bake!  I made Lemon Bars, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Banana Bread for lunch snacks.

The lemon bars are like having a bite or two of lemon meringue pie but these are bite size, okay, maybe two bites, making them perfect to put in lunch boxes as a snack or just a quick delicious lemon snack break with coffee!

These would also make  brightly coloured and delicious addition to any Christmas dessert tray!

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Gingerbread Pudding Cake

I know it’s kind of early for anything gingerbread, but I just couldn’t help myself lol!  I saw a recipe online and “doctored it up” to work with what I had on hand.

Chris said it sort of reminded him of Christmas pudding and he loved it!  And I have to say the smell of it baking was almost sinful and definitely reminiscent of the upcoming holiday season!

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