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RoseRed135

Baking for Christmas (or Hanukkah, etc)

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Do/did/would you ever bake for the holidays? A cake, a pie or some cookies? Or??

Also, if you will, do you ever do a "bake off" w/ family and/or friends? Or include kids/GC? Or do you tend to bake by yourself?

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Oh yes... I always put together baking for the Holiday Season. I don't enter contests or anything like that, but for my own family, absolutely.

Shortbread, Nanaimo Bars, squares, butter tarts... a must have over the Holidays! :) 

 

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Doing a cookie bake with sister & favorite cousin tomorrow...we are making the family Christmas cookie. I am also making gingerbread people for the gkids to decorate while waiting for the Christmas eve party to start...

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I wasn't going to bake but wound up making cookies today, 3 different kinds- Happy Solstice- Happy Yule, y'all ..

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I have collected some really good recipes over the years, but my kids are all on a diet and I promised just one...they both chose my peanut pattie.

 

 

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5 hours ago, SueSTx said:

I have collected some really good recipes over the years, but my kids are all on a diet and I promised just one...they both chose my peanut pattie.

 

 

Yum! It still sounds good, Sue!

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Ooooo... You're making me hungry, ladies!

For years, when my girls were growing up, I/we baked brownies for Christmas, sometimes the "golden" kind. Once they were older and out of the house, I began alternating - the brownies one year, store-bought treats (Christmas cookies) or whatever, the next. Sometimes, I baked a pie for Christmas dinner, over the years, but other times I bought it - no set tradition there. But now, dear SnIL does so much baking (we go to his and ODD's house on Xmas Eve) that anything I do seems "redundant," LOL! Some years, I'll bake something during the season, just for DH and me (and the granddolls or whoever comes over during vacation, etc.). But I haven't done any baking specifically for Xmas in a long time. :)

ETA: This year, I might try Sue's Peanut Pattie, again, just for our house.

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Times have changed, people in general are more watchful about what they do eat even if they are not "dieting".  I have sent cookies to the local "coffee" drinkers for decades.  They last longer and longer, so even the older men are not eating as many sweets as they used too.

I quite making pies years ago because my daughters are so much better than mine and I can send them back home with her.

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This year we selected/made 4 sorts of cookies (always Italian Baby Kisses), Christmas fruit cake, some fruit/nut breads. We bake Italian panettone for Christmas breakfast. We bake/freeze most everything early November. Now all we have left to cook is fudge.
 
We do have dessert after meals. Most of our grands, AC, and my husband love sweets/desserts, even just fruit sauces or fruit muffins. I like tiny bites/slivers of sweets with coffee. Not just on holidays.   :)
 
ETA: We make delicious fudge the easy way. Now just need to travel/arrive in new snow.

 

Fudge   (on Kraft site it's called Fantasy Fudge)

 

  6 cups sugar

  3 sticks butter or margarine
  1 1/3 cup evaporated milk

 

Bring to a boil, stir constantly while low rolling boiling for 5-6 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in ingredients below.

 

24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
14 oz marshmallow cream
1 1/2 cup chopped unsalted cashews or pecans

 

Butter two 9x13 casseroles, dump hot mixture into casseroles.

Cool on counter (not in fridge) and slice as you prefer. 

Edited by JanelleK
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I make Banana Nut bread year around.  It is hubby's favorite.

Even when dieting, I allow myself a tiny sliver or two with my cocoa in the middle of the afternoon.  It helps prevent "cheating" so I might as well include it on my plan.  I gave up soda, but I have to have a smidge of chocolate.

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I also do banana bread all year...It's actually the old "A to Z Bread" recipe that started in the 70s...still the best. you can use 2 cups of whatever fruits/veggies that have gone 'tired' in the fridge or all the zucchini in the garden! My recipe makes either 2 loaves or 24 standard muffins...the muffins freeze wonderfully.

I'm making DH's prize winning fudge for a NYE party, hosted by a dear friend who loved DH's fudge...

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