Christmas Baking!

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20161220_102602Once a year during Christmas, I do a baking marathon. I spend way too many hours in the kitchen and make way too many baked good. I LOVE IT! Usually, I do it with my mom and best friend, but timing didn’t work out this year, so I did a solo marathon with my kids. This year, I made TEN different baked goodies. I usually have a couple more on my list that I made earlier this month, so I didn’t do them today (which allowed me to try some new treats!), but I’ll add my other favorite cookies as well just so that you can keep them in mind for your next baking day.

These are my Holiday must haves:

Shortbread

I am very picky about my shortbread recipes because they have to be melt in your mouth. I used to be able to buy the most amazing shortbread when I lived in Fort McMurray. After we moved, my friend and I would try to find a recipe that replicated the magic of that shortbread. Every year, we would try a different recipe and after about 4 years, we finally have one that is amazing. Thanks to The Kitchen Magpie, I am now able to make Perfect Whipped Shortbread. It is light, fluffy, and melt in your mouth. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Sugar Cookies

I love making Pilsbury’s Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies. While I didn’t make them for this round of baking due to time restraints, it’s always a cookie I make during the holidays. I love them because they are also a great activity to do with your kids! Check out my article on cookie decorating!

Ginger Snaps

Ginger snaps are another one of those must haves during the holidays. I prefer them to be not too crunchy and a little chewy. I made Double Gingersnaps from my Very Merry Cookie Party cookbook.

Nanaimo Bars

One of my favorite desserts is Nanaimo bars. They are a layered bar with a chocolate graham cracker bottom, a custard icing middle and chocolate top. It’s a very canadian dish, but I can’t get enough of it!!

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Snickerdoodles are sweet cookies with a sugar and cinnamon coating. While they aren’t necessarily a holiday treat, I always make them during Christmas. I used the Pillsbury recipe for these Snickerdoodle Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread is a must have for any holiday baking day. I made mine last week, so I didn’t do it today, but this is another great option for cookie decorating with your kids. I used the Basic Gingerbread recipe from my Very Merry Cookie Party cookbook.

Gingerbread

I tried making this cake for the first time last week, and it is now on my must have list for baking. I used the recipe in Americas Test Kitchen Cookbook, but can’t find the beerless recipe on line. I’ll add the recipe soon though!

 

The other baked goodies I made today were:

Granola Bars

Fudge – I tried this and failed miserably because the kids distracted me and things started boiling over. I’ll try again later.

Haystacks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brownies

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

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