Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Treats

Here it is, my holiday treat list.

Or this is a work in progress list of the treats I'd LIKE to make.  If I ever find make the time to do it.  With less than a week to go, I'd better get my butt in gear!

Definitely Makin' These:
Oreo Bon Bons
7 Layer bars (even though I think there's only really 6 layers)
Molasses Sparkle Cookies
Peanut Butter Balls (also known as Buckeyes to some folks)
Mary's Sugar Cutouts

7 Layer Bars
From:  Mom (not sure where she got it.  May also go by the name of Magic Cookie Bars)

Preheat oven to 350 Deg F.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in small bowl.
Add 1 cup graham cracker crumbs to butter, mix to combine.
Press crumbs into the bottom of a greased 9x9 baking dish.  (I usually line the pan with foil.)
Layer in this order on top of the graham cracker crumb crust.
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
12 oz chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Cool.  Lift foil out of pan and peal back to cut into bars.

Molasses Sparkle Cookies
From: Origin unknown

Preheat oven to 350 Deg F.
3/4 cup Shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cup flour
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together the shortening, sugar molasses and egg.
Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, soda and salt.
Mix molasses mixture into the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
Refrigerate dough for an hour or so, until it's easier to handle.
Divide dough into equal portions and roll each into a ball.
Roll the balls in granulated sugar and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes in preheated oven.
Yields approximately 3 dozen.

Peanut Balls
From: Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook

1/2 cup Peanut butter
3 T. Butter
1 Cup sifted powdered sugar
8 oz. chocolate chips or chocolate-flavored candy coating.

In a mixing bowl stir together the peanut butter and butter.
Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring till combined.
Shape into 1 inch balls; place on  a waxed paper.
Let stand till dry (about 20 minutes)
Melt the chocolate, either in a double boiler or in the microwave; cool slightly.
Dip balls, one at a time, into the chocolate, letting the excess coating drip off peanut butter balls.
Place on waxed paper; let stand till coating is firm.  Store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Makes about 30 pieces.

It's off to the grocery store to buy supplies.  Wish me luck to get all this done before Christmas!

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