Friday, March 30, 2012

Christmas Cookies, and an Easy Recipe for Fudge

Our Family loves Christmas, and we have a wonderful tradition of baking lots and lots of cookies.  We share them with friends, and we put out big platters after our Christmas Eve dinner.

Christmas Cookies 01

Some are top secret recipes passed down from my Grandmother that I have sworn to uphold for life or longer.  (they didn't have blogs and Pinterest in her day, and everyone guarded good recipes to keep their bridge club impressed)  

Christmas Cookies 02

 There are others that are so good and so easy that I have to share them with anyone who hasn't tried them yet.

Christmas Cookies 03

The Gingerbread man cookie pan I used for these cookies is the best.  The kids love these huge cookies, and It's a lot easier on my arthritic hands when it comes time to doctorate them!

Look at the smaller tray of cookies, you'll see whoopie pies.  They are so easy,  and I added a little peppermint to the icing filling, and crushed some candy canes and rolled the icing edges through the pieces to garnish. 

The little round ones are Truffles.  They are also very easy to make!  Just crush a bag of double stuff Oreo cookies, and mix them together with a softened bar of cream cheese.let this mixture sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.  Line cookie sheets with waxed paper while melting a bag of chocolate chips with a stick of butter in a small sauce pan over low heat.  Roll the cookie mixture into balls and dip them into the melted chocolate.  Place them on the cookie sheets, then allow to chill in the fridge for an hour or longer.

Once they have cooled, I warm a small amount of green or red frosting, and drizzle it over the Truffles for garnish. 

If you like home made fudge, you'll love this recipe from Nestle Toll House!

1 1/2 cups of Granulated Sugar
2/3 cup of Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 Tablespoons of Butter
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups of Nestle Toll House Morsels
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1/2 cups of Chopped Pecans or Walnuts (optional)
Garnish of choice 

Prepare an 8 inch square pan by lining it with foil
Combine the sugar, milk, butter and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil.  Allow it to boil for five minutes while stirring continuously.  Then remove the mixture from the heat.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir until they have all melted. 

Quickly transfer the mixture to the pan, garnish, if desired, and place in the refrigerator to cool for at least two hours.

Remove from the pan by lifting the foil, remove the foil, and cut into pieces.

If you are adventurous, try different flavors of morsels and combinations of flavors.