Christmas treat recipes - count down to Christmas day 3


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Christmas treat recipes - count down to Christmas day 3

  1. 1. empowernet Treat Recipes – Count Down toChristmas Day 3Welcome to day 3 of our Count Down to Christmas series. Today we are in the kitchen for myfamous Christ mas t reat recipes. You may see my previous posts about creative wrapping ideashere and creative gift ideas here. Each year since I’ve been married I prepare variousChristmas treat recipes for my husband’s large family. Each year it seams to grow… somethingabout kids growing up and having families of their own… who ever said they could do thatSee the goodies lined up to the left of everyone… and some of the family was missing!So here are a few of our favorite Christmas treat recipes.Christmas Treat Recipes VideoCan’t see the video. Here is the link: Bread (or muffins)½ cup butter, softened1 cup sugar2 eggs2 cup all-purpose flour½ teaspoon soda3 ripe bananas, mashed½ cup broken pecans (opt)Preheat oven to 325.Cream butter, add sugar. Cream together. Add unbeaten eggs and mashed bananas. Sift flour,salt, and soda together and add to mixture. Add pecans. Pour in greased loaf or muffin pan andbake (1 hour for bread, 25 minutes for muffins or until cake tester comes out clean).
  2. 2. Note: The mixture will be dry until you add your bananas. Don’t add liquid! Bananas are best ripe.Defrosted frozen bananas work great too.Everyone loves this recipe.Cranberry BreadYields: 1 large loaf or 4 mini loavesIngredients:2 cup flour1 cup sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped1 cup whole cranberries3/4 cup orange juice1/4 cup vegetable oil1 egg1 teaspoon grated orange rindDirections:Preheat oven to 350. Stir together in a large bowl: flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, soda andsalt.When well blended, add walnuts and cranberries. Stir to coat nuts and berries. In a separate bowl,stir orange juice, vegetable oil, egg and orange rind with a fork until well blended. Pour over the dryingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are completely blended into wet ingredients. Pour intogreased 9×5 loaf pan (line bottom with wax paper). (I grease the pan by spraying it with Pam, thenplace the waxed paper on the bottom, and I spray it with Pam also.)Bake 350 for 60-70 minutes. Check it at 60…top should feel firm not soft when gently pushed.Turn out on cake rack. Peel off waxed paper. Turn bread upright and cool on rack.Bread freezes very well. Wrap in two layers of plastic wrap and place in freezer storage bag tofreeze.HaystacksIngredients:1/3 cup cocoa powder2 cups sugar1/2 cup milk1/2 cup butter or margarine1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 cups oats, rolled, not cooked1 cup coconut shreds1/2 cup pecans, choppedDirections:In a large saucepan, combine cocoa, sugar, milk and butter. Heat, stirring constantly, over medium-
  3. 3. high heat until the mixture boils. Boil 2 to 3 minutes.Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla, oats, coconut and pecans. Stir until stiff.Drop in heaping teaspoonfuls on waxed paper. Cool.Makes 24 to 36 “haystacks”.Mexican Wedding CakesIngredients:1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened1/2 cup shortening1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely choppedDirections:Preheat oven to 325 degrees.Beat butter, shortening and one cup powdered sugar until fluffy.Add salt and vanilla, and beat well. Stir in flour, 1/3 at a time. Mix in nuts.Shape dough into 1″ balls. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until lightly colored.While warm, roll in remaining one-half cup powdered sugar, and cool on a wire rack. When cool, rollin remaining sugar.Fudge Brownies½ cup butter or margarine, softened3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped coarsely1 cup sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla2/3 cup all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon baking soda½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Using a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate on low heat while continuously stirring.Remove it from the heat and let cool a bit.Grease a 9” x 9” x 2” pan. Add sugar to chocolate mixture and mix well. Add the eggs to thechocolate mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in the vanilla.Using a small bowl, mix together the flour and soda. Add to the chocolate mixture. Stir until justcombined. Add nuts if desired. Spread into the pan.Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. 4. Peanut Butter Balls1 ½ cup peanut butter, creamy16 ounces powdered sugar1 cup butter or margarine, melted1 tablespoon vanilla extract1 package semi-sweet morsels, melted (optional)Mix all ingredients but chocolate in a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix well. With your hands shapeinto 1 inch balls. If desired dip into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper to dry.Oatmeal Cookies3 cups oatmeal, uncooked1 teaspoon vanilla extract½ cup sugar½ cup cocoa powder (optional)1 cup butter or margarine, softened¾ cup brown sugar1 egg1 ½ cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ground1 cup peanut butter chips (optional)1 cup raisins (optional)Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients. Drop 1 ½ teaspoonful per cookie spread 2 inches or moreapart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool on a rack.To make bars, press into a 13” x 9” greased pan and bake 30-35 minutes.Chocolate Chip Cookies2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 cup butter or margarine, softened¾ cup sugar¾ cup brown sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 eggs2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)Preheat oven to 375. Mix all but the chips and nuts until well blended. Mix in the chips and nuts.Drop 1 ½ teaspoonful per cookie spread 2 inches or more apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Removefrom pan and let cool on a rack.To make bars, press into a 13” x 9” greased pan and bake 25-30 minutes.
  5. 5. Christmas Treat Recipes – Free Gift for YOU!Click here to download a pdf of the Christmas Treat Recipes~Merry Christmas!P.S. Have you watched the crazy video about making money with this viral blogging syst em yet?The end of the video might offend you… I know it shocked me.. but when I got over it, and listenedto what they were saying, the content of it changed my life. Click here t o wat ch now.About The Author: elianIm a work at home mom to 2 beautiful boys (I guess Im biased). I run two different businesses andlove helping in my community. I have a passion for "cottage industry" and building community.Connect with me at