Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Baking Bonanza

Ah the holidays, the perfect justification for what took place yesterday with my sister-in-laws. An amount of baking so massive that it should be outlawed in 47 of the 50 states (and no, that does not include Guam).

Rather than go through and give you a bunch of unecessary (but of course witty) commentary, I will just post the pictures of everything we made and let you druel...
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Peanut Butter Treats
Black Cherry Swirl Fudge
*I had a MUCH better picture of this...I will try to figure out what happened to it on the camera and swtich it later today!!
Peanut Clusters
Chocolate Covered Cherry Bars
Butter Spritz Cookies
Haystacks (hubby's favorite!!)
Peppermint Meltaways
Mint Cookie Brownies
I can't remember the official name right now)

Oatmeal "Chocolate Chip" Cookies
You WISH you were taking one of those home with you, don't you?!?!
We had an AWESOME time baking and talking and tasting. It was fun to make some tried and true recipes, and to try some new ones. While we were experimenting with some new recipes we learned a few things that I would like to pass on to you that will hopefully help your baking adventures in the future....
*No matter what the recipe says, DO NOT use wax paper to line a pan for fudge....FOIL, FOIL, FOIL (and butter the foil).
*You can never use too much chocolate...I'd rather err on the side of overdoing it when it comes to the good stuff.
*My sister-in-laws are smart ladies...when you are making multiple recipes, separate them based on what needs to be cooked in the oven and what can be cooked on the stove...then you can alternate and maximize your time!!
*I have been doing this for years, but it bears sharing...make a copy of your recipe when you get ready to bake it, and have a pen handy. If you spill, you don't ruin your good recipe, AND, you can make notes for the next time and then go back and write them on the original later when everything is clean and dry.
*Just because they say "Strike Anywhere" doesn't mean you can....I don't know what's wrong with me but I couldn't seem to light the stinkin' matches!!
(OK, so that's not a baking tip per se, but it was irritating me to no end!!)
Happy holiday baking and Merry Christmas!!
I will work on getting links to the recipes, but until I do, if there is a particular recipe you would like, please comment below and leave your email address and I will get you the recipe!!


Mike and Shelby said...

You really baked up a storm! What a fun day....and YES, I do wish I was taking one of those containers home. :)

Mike and Shelby said...

oh, and I am interested in the recipes for the peppermint meltaways and the chocolate covered cherry bars! If you are willing to share that, I mean. :)