Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Goodies

I have had lots of Facebook requests for the recipes of all my Christmas goodies I have been making. Here are a few of them. I will be adding more as I make more goodies.
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
This isn't really a recipe. I used two packages of white chocolate bark and melted it down in the microwave according to the package directions. While that melted, I took two of the large candy canes and put them in a gallon size Ziploc bag and crushed them with a hammer. I mixed the crushed peppermint into the melted chocolate and then poured it out onto a piece of wax paper to solidify. Once it cooled I broke it into pieces. That's all there is to it!

Candied Walnuts
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
2T butter
1/2 t. vanilla
1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Butter the foil; set baking sheet aside.
2. In a heavy skillet, combine the nuts, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until sugar begins to melt. Do not stir.
3. Reduce heat to low; continue cooking until sugar is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove skillet from heat. Pour the nut mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Cool completely. Break into clusters.

Sugar and Spice Pecans
1T egg white
2 cups pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1T pumpin pie spice
1. Heat oven to 300. Place nuts in a small bowl; pour the egg white over the nuts and stir until the nuts are coated and sticky.
2. Mix the sugar and pumpkin pie spice; sprinkle over the nuts, stirring until the sugar mixture completely coats the nuts. Spread on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.

Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
Green food coloring
Heat the oven to 400. Cream butter and sugar. Blend in remaining ingredients. Fill cookie press with the Christmas tree attachment and press the dough through onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6-9 minutes until the dough is set, but not brown.

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