Thursday, December 13, 2012

Family Favorite Holiday Recipes

Styrofoam Santa has hung on my parents' front door at Christmas time for as long as I can remember.
I am blogging over at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales today about some of my family's favorite holiday traditions. When I was a little girl, my mom spent hours in the kitchen baking cookies and making candy, then serving it all up on huge serving platters and letting us all munch to our heart's content. Here are a few recipes that have become family classics.

BEST-EVER PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Crisco
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:
Cream butter, Crisco, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar. Stir in egg. Sift together dry ingredients and combine with liquid ingredients. Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of large walnuts. Place three inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten with fork dipped in flour; crisscross. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until cookies are set but not hard.

CHRISTMAS WINE COOKIES
Ingredients:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/4 cup sweet red wine
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups chopped pecans
1 pound candied fruit
1/2 pound golden raisins
1/2 pound chopped dates
Directions:
Mix until all ingredients are even. Drop by teaspoons on slightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. These are still moist when done.

HELLO DOLLY SQUARES
1st layer: Melt 6 tablespoons butter; mix with 1 cup graham cracker crumbs and spread evenly in 13 by 9 inch pan.
2nd layer: 1 cup chocolate chips
3rd layer: 1 cup chopped pecans
4th layer: 1 cup flaked coconut
5th layer: 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.

WHITE TRASH
Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups Cheerios toasted oat cereal
3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
16 ounces M&M's plain chocolate candy
2 1/2 cups salted mixed nuts
2 cups small pretzels
2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips (Ghirardelli brand preferred)
Directions:
Dump the cereals, M&Ms, nuts and pretzels in a large bowl.
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Melt very slowly, stirring occasionally, being careful not to burn the chocolate.
Dump melted chocolate over the rest of the ingredients and fold over and over until you have well-coated hunks and chunks.
Spread the whole mess out on parchment paper and set in a cool place until it sets up, then break it into pieces.
Store in zip-top bags or air-tight containers.

Finally, for my snickerdoodles recipe, click HERE.

What are your family's favorite holiday recipes? Leave a comment below and feel free to share the ingredients and directions. I am always on the lookout for something new!

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