Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Baking

I frequently like to try new things during the holidays. This year I went crazy and tried several new things.


Chocolate bark with pretzels. I also made some with dried cranberries and marshmallow. Fairly easy. I will make the kind with pretzels again, I think.


I decided I wanted to make candy. First I had to purchase molds.


It's a little harder than it looks. After melting the chocolate, filling the molds takes a bit of technique. It took me a few tries to keep from being messy.


Dark chocolate chip cookies. This was the first batch of chocolate chip I ever fixed that didn't turn all that well: I left out a 1/2 cup of butter by mistake.


Fudge. Not a new thing, this is my signature holiday treat. But I am not making as much of this as I once did. I used to make nearly 20 pounds of fudge every year; now I'm down to less than 10.



The candy from the molds. The white or white-colored tasted the best.



Sugar cookies. I burned the first dozen and had a difficult time with the rolling and cutting out. It is a lot easier to just get the Pillsbury dough and make round cookies.



I also made snickerdoodles and butterscotch cookies. During the course of the cooking, I burned up my mixer (a hand mixer) and my husband on Saturday went to Lowe's and bought me a nice KitchenAid mixer. I was surprised. He said it was part of my Christmas. I had no idea that a good mixer could make such a difference in the cooking process, but it certainly does.

I hope that everyone had a good holiday. We woke this morning to snow/sleet/ice. It is still dark as I write this so no photos yet. We'll see what it looks like when the sun comes up.

4 comments:

  1. Glad you found some molds for the candy, and how cute are the little tree lights! You have been a very busy girl in your kitchen. That's more than can say for myself. :)

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  2. Here's my favorite Christmas cookie: make a sandwich with two Ritz or Hi-ho crackers and peanut butter. Dip in almond bark, either white or chocolate. Enjoy. It's probably the only Christmas cookie I will ever make again, it's that good. If you feel festive you can put sprinkles on them while the almond bark is still meltie.

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  3. Oooh, that's a lot of good stuff! You must have gone visiting with goodies in hand.

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    1. Yes, I made up a number of tins and took them around to the neighbors. I enjoy doing that, spreading the celebration all over!

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